The 2021 Audi RS6 Avant is a brutally powerful and bold-looking example of this rare breed. Audi RS6 Avant is based on the superb Audi A6 Allroad pickup, the hot-rod version wears RS-specific bodywork and gets exclusive fast benefits. 2021 Audi RS6 Avant engine produces 591 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque, which Audi says is good for a 0-60 mph run of 3.5 seconds. Audi’s current lineup has become a bit soft for such strong fans.
The Audi RS 3 and Audi TT RS with the rather weird five-cylinder is taking the ax, while the latest iteration of the Audi RS 5 dismisses the old big V8 model for a V6 that is very powerful but does not offer much in the way of personality.
2021 Audi RS6 Avant Interior
Inside, the RS6 Avant shows off Audi’s sophisticated interior design and state-of-the-art technology. The driver faces a fully digital 12.3-inch gauge clutch, and the soft dashboard features a pair of large touch screens between the front passengers. The rest of the cabin is covered in leather and highlighted with race materials. The 2021 RS6 Avant also has a list of rich standard features that include heated and ventilated front seats, four-zone climate control, a panoramic sun, and wireless charging. The interior can be updated with an upside-down screen, rubbing the front seats, richer skin, and hot rear seats. The van has 30 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats, too. A power lift rear gate is standard while a movement-enabled one is optional.
Audi’s infotainment system is centralized to a 10.1-inch touchscreen integrated into the middle of the visa. It features standard features such as Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a Bang & Olufsen stereo, integrated navigation, and a Wi-Fi hotspot. Below the top screen is an 8.6-inch touch screen that contains settings for climate control as well as other vehicle functions. While both screens have high-resolution menus with large icons that are easily activated through touch inputs, they can draw attention to the steering wheel, especially the bottom.
2021 Audi RS6 Avant Engine
Audi equips the RS6 Avant with a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-8, which generates 591 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque. The power plant combines with a soft 48-volt volt-hybrid system found in other Audi products, such as the A8 luxury sedan and Q8 crossover. The RS6 Avant feeds its standard all-wheel-drive Quattro via an eight-speed automatic transmission. The combination helped our 5031-pound test car rocket pass 60 miles in 3.1 seconds and finish a quarter-mile at 11.5 tick at 120 mph.
The EPA estimates that the 2021 RS6 Avant will gain 15 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway. Compare that to the city estimates of 16-mpg and 23 highways for the 2020 E63 S pickup truck and the city estimates of 18-MPPG and 23 highways for the Panamera Turbo Sport Turismo 2020. Once we can use the RS6 Avant on our 75-fuel economy highway kilometers per hour, which is part of our extensive testing regime, we can estimate its MPP in the real world.
2021 Audi RS6 Avant Safety
The 2021 RS6 Avant has not been tested for collision by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the Highway Safety Insurance Institute (IIHS). Audi offers some standard driver assistance technologies, with adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assistance both available. Key 2021 Audi RS6 Avant safety features include emergency braking, collision warning, night vision, pedestrian detection, blind-spot observation, and cross-road traffic monitoring.