Audi RS 6 Avant

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Having a friend who owns a station wagon is like having a friend who's a vegan or who owns a rescue dog: You're never going to hear the end of it. The era of crossovers has given these low-slug longroofs new life among a small but vocal subset of automotive fans who want you to wake up and realize that not everybody needs a sun-blotting SUV. The 2021 Audi RS6 Avant is treated like a demigod in this circle, and for good reason: It combines ample storage and enough torque to affect plate tectonics in a package that makes for one of the most compelling daily drivers for sale today.

There's no mistaking the RS6 Avant for anything else. The body is low and long, really hammering home that battleship metaphor thanks to the no-cost Nardo Grey paint color and the $6,350(!) Carbon Optic package that replaces all hints of exterior chrome trim with carbon fiber. This pack also adds 22-inch alloy wheels that fill the wheel wells amply. Combine that with some impressively fat rear fenders and you've got a wagon that out-sinisters even its closest rival, the Mercedes-AMG E63 S. I'm not a fan of the protruding rear diffuser, but that gripe extends beyond the wagon to its hatchback sibling, the RS7, as well.

Where there's bark, there's… more bark. Slipping down into the RS6 Avant's standard sport seats, I push the start button on the center console and half the neighborhood is smacked in the face with a bass-heavy roar of a cold start, thanks in part to my tester's $1,000 sport exhaust upgrade. Even though the body looks glued to terra firma, there's just enough ride height here to escape a scrape from my steep driveway as the exhaust announces my departure with enthusiasm, despite the twin-turbocharged V8 never spinning over 2,500 rpm. Whether the pipes stay in their standard mode or are opened up a tad in more aggressive profiles, there's never a lack of noise emanating from under the cargo area. It's great.

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The Good ~ Killer looks ~ Balls-out performance ~ Storage galore

The Bad ~ Big wheels = stiff-ish ride ~ Requires money to purchase

The Bottom Line The 2021 Audi RS6 is proof positive that forbidden fruit tastes excellent.

Editors' Rating
  • Performance 9
  • Features 9
  • Design 9.5
  • Media 9.5

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