For all of you Audi enthusiasts that are patiently (or impatiently) waiting for the actual release of the Audi RS6 Avant in America, I have both good news and bad news. The good news is that Audi has finally released pricing for the new RS6 Avant in America, for the first time in history. The bad news, however, is the fact that it starts at $109,000.
Admittedly, we knew it was going to be a six-figure car, as it sort of always has been. However, seeing it start at $109,000 is still a bit disheartening for most enthusiasts. Sure, there are a lot of Americans who can afford the new RS6 but the majority of us Audi enthusiasts cannot.
Those who can afford it, though, will be getting a ton of car for their money and quite possibly the best overall performance machine on sale in this country.
Powering the Audi RS6 Avant is a 4.0 liter twin-turbocharged V8 with 591 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque, which is paired to an eight-speed automatic and Quattro all-wheel drive. That setup launches the RS6 from 0-60 mph in just 3.5 seconds but we’ve actually seen it done in quicker than that.
A limited-slip rear differential is included in that starting price as-standard, which will help it go around corners as well as it goes in a straight line. Steel brakes are standard but there are optional ceramics that come in either red or grey and raise the top speed limiter from 155 mph to 190 mph.
As-standard, all RS6s get adaptive air suspension, providing a nice blend of comfort and handling. However, an optional DRC (Dynamic Ride Control) suspension setup, which consists of cross-linked hydraulic suspension with a central reservoir, is the sportier setup if you want sharper handling. From what we understand, it’s the better suspension and worth the option.
For early buyers, there will be a 25th Anniversary Nogaro Package, exclusive for just 25 Audi RS6 Avant buyers. It celebrates the 25th anniversary of the RS6, obviously, and comes with some exterior and interior upgrades. For instance, it gets 22-inch 5-V-spoke trapezoid design, red brake calipers, “RS 25th Anniversary” embossed front seats with Denim Blue stitching and a Black Optics exterior package.
I doubt I’ll be buying the Audi RS6 Avant anytime soon, considering it’s far too rich for my blood. However, it’s still cool to know it’s on sale in America.