Most of us Audi enthusiasts have a strong, borderline inappropriate, desire for a new RS6 Avant. It’s hard not to, with its stunning good looks, monster power and wagon practicality. However, there’s a problem. As with most things desirable, the RS6 Avant is very expensive. Starting at over $100,000, it’s not as if the vast majority of enthusiasts can afford it. There may be something to scratch that itch, though.
This 2003 Audi RS6 Avant has just gone up for sale on Bring-A-Trailer and it looks delicious. The C5-generation RS6 Avant was the first of its kind and one of the coolest performance wagons Audi ever built.
Under its hood is a 4.2 liter bi-turbo V8 with 450 hp and 415 lb-ft of torque. That engine is mated to a five-speed automatic gearbox and powers all four wheels. It’s still fast even today, hitting 60 mph in just under five seconds. Even if its old-school auto ‘box will feel a bit dated.
This specific car is a Japanese/Canadian import. It originally went on sale in Japan and was then imported to Canada and is now up for auction. For Canadian enthusiasts, this is an easy purchase. For American enthusiasts, you’ll have to get it imported to the US through a registered importer, which could cost a bit more. Still, it’s probably worth it, as the C5 RS6 Avant was never sold in America, so it’d be very rare.
It looks fantastic and is in excellent shape. That bi-turbo V8 has recently had a service, including a timing belt, water pump, vacuum lines and a battery. Though, the valve cover gaskets do need replacing. No matter, that’s a relatively easy and inexpensive DIY job.
There are a few minor, but impactful, modifications. For starters, it has a wonderful Milltek exhaust system, which makes it sound spectacular. It also rides on KW V1 coilovers, which is what gives it its great stance and ride and has had its upper control arms replaced. Also, I personally love those wheels.
If you desire a fast performance wagon from Audi, this 2003 Audi RS6 Avant could do the trick. Sure, it’s not going to be cheap, as its current bid (at the time of writing this) is at $9,999 and there are still five days left. It will be even more expensive for American customers that have to pay to have it imported and registered. Still, it’s a helluva lot cheaper than the new RS6.