So far, Carfection’s History of Audi RS Avants has been singling out specific Audi RS cars, generation after generation. In this new video, we take a look at two that debuted around the same time — the C6-gen Audi RS6 Avant and the B8-gen Audi RS4 Avant.
First up is the bigger RS6 Avant. Packing a 5.2 liter twin-turbocharged V10 engine, the C6 Audi RS6 was an absolute monster. It made a claimed 571 hp but some clever dyno testing has revealed that it actually made closer to 610 hp. That’s epic in a family wagon. So it’s seriously quick, even by today’s standards. That mighty V10 is paired with a six-speed Tiptronic automatic gearbox. While dated, especially compared with modern ZF eight-speed units, it’s not terrible. Plus, its clever Quattro all-wheel drive and rear differential could send 100 percent of power to the rear wheels. Cool.
It also looked fantastic. Subtle and subdued, the classic Audi way. It looks like a posh family wagon and like nothing more. Which is good, because the tool-bag in the Mustang next to you at a light might try and act tough, but your twin-turbo V10 would leave him for dead. Nothing like a sleeper wagon.
Audi also launched the B8-gen RS4 Avant at the time and it couldn’t be any more unlike the RS6. Rather than looking subdued, the Audi RS4 looks aggressive. Its big angry face, massive exhausts and “RS” badges covering the car, it’s quite noticeably an Audi RS car. Plus, it’s quite loud. With its 4.2 liter naturally-aspirated V8 engine, the Audi RS4 is the anti-RS6. It isn’t a big-bodied torque monster but rather a high-revving screamer with a maniacal soundtrack.
Both of these cars were great Audi RS cars and, compared with newer RS cars, are ones we miss. The new Audi RS5 is a bit bland for an RS car and these two cars prove exactly why.