We’ve fallen victim to a bit of Audi RS6 Avant fever. The new RS6 has become our latest obsession, mainly because it’s finally coming to America. So we can’t get enough of it. But we also recently discussed the original C5-generation RS6 Avant and how that might actually be the best fast wagon the brand has ever made. But what about one of the cars that sat in between them — the C6-generation?
In this latest episode from Carwow, we take a look at the C6-gen Audi RS6 Avant, which is one of the most special fast wagons Audi has ever produced. There are a few reasons why it’s so special, including its subdued looks and stylish interior. However, the key reason for its specialness is its engine.
Powering the C6-gen Audi RS6 Avant is a 5.0 liter twin-turbocharged V10. That’s right, a V10. In fact, it’s the same V10 that was used in the Lamborghini Gallardo at the time. Just with turbos slapped on it. So it made 580 bhp back in 2008, which is only 20 bhp less than the brand-new RS6.
That said, the old car is slower than the new car, doing 62 mph in 4.2 seconds rather than 3.6 seconds, thanks to the latter’s superior torque, engine response, launch control and better transmission. However, the older C6-gen car makes a much, much better noise. The one downside of the C6-gen car is that its old automatic transmission is seriously lacking compared to the newer unit.
Still, the older C6-gen Audi RS6 Avant is still an incredible car, one that looks great, is fun to drive and has a more special engine than the new car. It’s also significantly cheaper to own than the new RS6. So if you want an RS6 Avant but can’t afford the newest generation (and live outside North America), the C6-gen car might be worth looking into. If you can stomach the repair costs, of course.