The all-new Audi RS6 Avant has instantly become the fan-favorite of the Audi lineup here in America. Not only does it look incredibly and pack a twin-turbo V8 with 591 hp but it’s also the very first RS wagon of any kind in North America. So, naturally, it’s a special car for Audi fans. However, will it be good enough to take down the incredible Mercedes-AMG E63 S Wagon?
In this new video from The Straight Pipes, they break down the Audi RS6 Avant and the AMG E63 S by specs, features and style. They can’t drive either, due to global quarantines shutting down press fleets and keeping people in their homes, but they go through each car about as comprehensively as they can.
Both cars have 4.0 liter twin-turbo V8s, both have about 600 hp (591 hp for the Audi and 603 for the AMG), both are all-wheel drive and both cost over $100,000 USD. So they’re very close on paper.
In terms of styling, the two hosts are torn on which car they like better. The RS6 is certainly the more butch looking car of the two, with its massive fender flares, aggressive front air intakes and enormous wheels. By comparison, the E63 is a bit more subdued but still looks like it will kill you if you look at it funny. So it depends on your taste; if you want your performance wagon to stand out, go for the Audi but if you want it to be more of a sleeper, get the AMG.
It’s genuinely difficult to come to a conclusion between the two cars without driving them, so we’re all going to have to wait until quarantines are over. There’s also the BMW M5 to worry about, even though that’s not a wagon, which is also excellent. Hopefully, that happens soon (mostly for more important reasons first), so we can test the RS6 Avant ourselves as well and find out if it’s better than the competition.