Thursday, 17 September 2020

2021 Audi RS6 Avant Review

2021 Audi RS6 Avant

Overview


High-performance station wagons are a rare breed in the U.S., having been killed off to near extinction over the years. 

But Audi aims to help repopulate the species, bringing the 2021 RS6 Avant. 

2021 Audi RS6 Avant

Derived from the already excellent Audi A6 sedan, the souped-up station wagon adds RS-specific bodywork and exclusive go-fast goodies. 

While alternatives such as the Mercedes-AMG E63 S wagon and the mighty Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo currently rule the long-roof roost, the forthcoming 2021 RS6 Avant could give them a run for their money.

2021 Audi RS6 Avant

Pricing and Which One to Buy


With only one version of the RS6 Avant available, that makes it a very easy—albeit pricey—decision. If you can, try to snag one of the limited-edition 25th Anniversary Nogaro models. 

2021 Audi RS6 Avant

It comes with special 22-inch wheels, red brake calipers, a sport exhaust system, and RS 25th Anniversary badging on the front seats. Audi will make only 25 of them, turning this already rare and desirable wagon into a true collectible.

2021 Audi RS6 Avant

Engine, Transmission, and Performance


Audi endows the RS6 Avant with a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8, which generates 591 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque. 

The power-plant combines with a 48-volt mild-hybrid system that's found on other Audi products, such as the A8 luxury sedan and the Q8 crossover. 

2021 Audi RS6 Avant

The RS6 Avant feeds its standard Quattro all-wheel drive through an eight-speed automatic transmission. Audi claims this super-wagon will rocket to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds and top out at 189 mph (with the optional Dynamic package). 

2021 Audi RS6 Avant

The Avant comes with an adjustable air suspension, though a coil-spring suspension with adaptive dampers is optional. Likewise, rear-wheel steering and a set of 22-inch wheels (21s are standard) can be added to the equipment list for extra coin.

2021 Audi RS6 Avant

Fuel Economy


The EPA hasn't released estimates for the RS6 Avant's fuel economy at the time of writing this post, but given the wagon's 591-hp twin-turbo V-8, I don't expect stellar numbers.

2021 Audi RS6 Avant

Interior, Comfort, and Cargo


The RS6 Avant will showcase the company's sophisticated interior design and cutting-edge technology. 

2021 Audi RS6 Avant

2021 Audi RS6 Avant

The dashboard boasts multiple digital displays and promotes a luxury aesthetic with premium materials such as leather and faux suede as well as upscale features such as ventilated front seats and a head-up display. 

2021 Audi RS6 Avant

2021 Audi RS6 Avant

Audi says the Avant has 20 cubic feet of cargo room behind the rear seats and 59 cubes with the back seats folded. A power rear lift-gate is standard while a motion-activated one is optional.

2021 Audi RS6 Avant

2021 Audi RS6 Avant

Infotainment and Connectivity


The RS6 Avant's dashboard has screens on screens on screens. All models come with a 12.3-inch reconfigurable digital gauge display and a central 10.1-inch infotainment touchscreen. 

2021 Audi RS6 Avant

Below the latter sits an 8.6-inch touchscreen that handles vehicle settings and climate control. Navigation, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot are all standard features.

2021 Audi RS6 Avant

Safety and Driver-Assistance Features


The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) hasn't tested the 2021 Audi RS6 Avant at the time of writing this post and neither has the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), but the A6 sedan received IIHS's Top Safety Pick+ honor. 

The RS6 Avant's list of driver-assistance technology includes adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, and more. 

2021 Audi RS6 Avant

Key safety features include:

  •  Standard automated emergency braking
  •  Standard lane-departure warning
  •  Available adaptive cruise control
  • 2021 Audi RS6 Avant
  • Warranty and Maintenance Coverage

When it comes to warranty, both the RS6 Avant and the Mercedes-AMG E63 S wagon offer a four-year/50,000-mile policy, but the Audi comes with a year of complimentary scheduled maintenance. Otherwise, its coverage is rather basic.

  •  Limited warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
  •  Power-train warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
  •  Complimentary maintenance is covered for one year or 10,000 miles.
  • 2021 Audi RS6 Avant




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