While the Ur Quattro launched the Audi brand into the performance stratosphere, it was the Audi RS2 Avant that actually gave birth to the “RS” name and allowed Audi to compete with BMW M and Mercedes-AMG. Unfortuantely, America never got the RS2 Avant, as it was sold in very limited numbers, none of which made it across the Atlantic back in 1994. Now, though, the Audi RS6 Avant, which is being sold here, is coming with an “RS Tribute Edition”, which honors that original RS2.
Only 25 of these limited edition RS6 models will be sold here in the ‘States and they’ll all come in the same color combination; Nogaro Blue paint with black interior and Denim Blue contrast stitching inside. It doesn’t get the wild optional blue suede seat and door inserts like the original RS2 but at least it comes with Nogaro Blue paintwork, which is always the coolest Audi color.
It also gets the same 22″ wheels as the standard RS6 Avant but it does get red brake calipers as-standard. Aside from that, there’s really nothing else different about the “RS Tribute” car.
Mechanically, it’s the same. So it gets the same 4.0 liter twin-turbocharged V8 as the standard RS6, with the same 591 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque. That means it still does 0-60 mph in a claimed 3.5 seconds. So the answer is no, Nogaro Blue doesn’t make it any faster.
Having said that, Nogaro Blue is the coolest Audi color of all time and an absolute classic. So getting this special edition is worth it for that color alone. The Denim Blue interior stitching is also a nice compliment, so this limited edition car will feel more special than a standard Audi RS6 Avant.
It’s not cheap, though. If you want one, you’ll have to act fast and drop $136,800 on it. Again, only 25 will be sold, so if you want a Nogaro Blue RS6, you’re going to have to order one as soon as possible. Or just buy a regular one and get it wrapped…