By now, it’s no secret that the new Audi RS6 Avant is coming to the ‘States. It’s not a secret anymore because, after its announcement, American Audi enthusiasts were shouting its arrival from their rooftops. However, many of us Audi enthusiasts won’t be able to afford the new RS6 Avant because it will be very expensive. So if you’re one of us that can’t afford a six-figure super-wagon, check out this old one on Bring-A-Trailer.
The folks at BaT have had some pretty special Audi models lately but this one is more special than most. This 2003 Audi RS6 Avant is currently for sale in America, even though it didn’t originate here. While this generation of RS6 was sold in the ‘States, it was only sold here as a sedan. This specific Avant version was actually sold new in Japan as a rare left-hand drive model and has since been imported ‘Stateside.
It only has 87,000 miles on the odometer and it looks very clean. Its light silver metallic paint looks great and its black interior still looks fresh. This Audi RS6 Avant even has the solar-panel sunroof option, which was extremely rare back in its day was only an option for a limited time. So it’s a really interesting car.
The C5 Audi RS6 Avant is powered by a 4.2 liter twin-turbocharged V8, which made 450 hp and 415 lb-ft of torque. That mighty V8 is paired with a five-speed automatic gearbox, which is probably the only downside of the car, as automatics from this era are sluggish and annoying when compared to modern autos. Still, it’s an awesome engine and is going to be great to use, regardless of transmission.
This car been up for auction for just one day, with six days left on the bid, and it’s already at $23,500 (at the time of writing this), so it’s likely going to go up quite a bit. Still, we doubt it will get anywhere near the cost of a new one. So if you’re jonesing for an Audi RS6 Avant but can’t afford the upcoming one, maybe put in a bid for this old one.