The First-Gen Audi RS6 Avant might still be Audi’s best fast wagon

Now that the all-new Audi RS6 Avant is finally coming to America, it’s going to become our favorite fast Audi very quickly. But that’s really because it’s the only fast Audi wagon we’ve ever had in the ‘States. When we finally get to drive it, it might actually become the best fast wagon Audi’s ever made. However, that title might still be the first-gen RS6 Avant, a car with an icy-coolness that’s hard to deny.


In this recent article from Top Gear, they make a case for the original C5-generation Audi RS6 Avant as the best of the bunch. To be honest, it’s hard to argue against it, as it’s such a great car. And that’s even after TG drove the all-new one.


Sure, the new RS6 is a brutally fast performance car with reflexes and capability that far out-class the older car. However, the original Audi RS6 Avant is from 2002, so it can’t be expected to hang with more modern performance cars. Plus, it’s far less aggressive looking and more subdued. So while the new car looks great, the original is the more handsome machine.


Its interior is also from an era of Audis that was far simpler and understated. So while it might not have all the bells and whistles of the new car, it’s actually a nicer place to be for a lot of enthusiasts, such as this one.


Powering the classic (can we call it that yet?) Audi RS6 Avant was a 4.2 liter bi-turbo V8 with 444 bhp (450 hp) and could help the big wagon reach 62 mph in under five seconds. Considering the new car can get closer to the low three-second range, the original C5-generation car seems quite slow. But in reality, it’s still quite fast and its older V8 sounds wonderful, without any exhaust or speaker trickery.



We wish cars like the C5-gen Audi RS6 Avant were sold in the ‘States back in the day. That way, we could actually buy used ones right now. I guess we’ll just have to wait until they’re 25 years old to import them. Hopefully, some are still running by then.

Nico DeMattia

I've been in love with cars since I was a kid, specifically German cars. Now I get to drive them talk about them on the internet.