Audi has been pioneering luxury and sophistication since its inception, and they don’t seem to be slowing down. Take a look at the RS6 Avant and you’ll see what we mean. Cars in the US haven’t gained much traction compared to what they have across Europe. Of course, the lack of interest among buyers here is mainly due to SUVs flooding the market.
The RS6 has proven itself to be one of the best, if not the best estate car available today. It is a four door beast that can handle some of the best super cars be it on a drag strip or on the right race track. Due to its substantial performance benefits and increased usability, the Audi RS6 has amassed quite a fan base around the world. Folks at Audi have finally decided to introduce the spicier RS6 for the US. In our books, the RS6 is by far the most beautiful car sold in North America. This is why.
2022 Audi RS6 Avant gets an exterior cracker
Audi’s RS division has taken their A-game into account when designing the exterior. Cuts and folds transition seamlessly into shape-following function. Although we should point out that there are quite a few fake vents on the outside. The 2022 RS6 will receive significant styling upgrades over the normal A6 car. Most notable are the larger front air intakes and the lower front splitter. If the A6 All-road felt meh, you’ll appreciate the RS6 Avant, as it looks quite lavish.
Unlike its non-RS sibling, the Audi RS6’s front end gets sharp cuts instead of smooth curves. The RS6 has 22-inch alloy wheels as standard and can be upgraded with carbon-ceramic rotors that fill the inside. A prominent side skirt sets the RS6 apart from the regular model, making the overall stance super sleek. At the rear there is a roof spoiler to improve aerodynamics, along with the signature twin oval exhaust tips. Audi offers you a carbon fiber iesta in the form of carbon inlays in the front and rear bumpers, the mirror housing and between the taillights.
2022 Audi RS6 Avant is about refined interiors
Audi has always inspired us with its minimalistic yet functional design, and the RS6 Avant is no exception. The interior is as opulent as any Audi, with first-class material quality and things that feel good. Being an RS model, Alcantara is also judiciously used in the interior, along with the choice of several leather options.
From seat backs to floor mats, RS branding is scattered throughout the interior. The multi-function leather steering wheel has a flat bottom to further enhance the sportiness, and yes, it also sports an RS logo. The RS-spec sports seats feature prominent side bolsters and signature red stitching. The rear seats are spacious and can comfortably accommodate 3 adults. Although the roof is sharply pitched, this hardly affects the headroom. In addition, the 2022 RS6 Avant offers 30 cubic feet of cargo space that expands to 59.3 cubic feet once the seatbacks are folded down. Overall, the RS6 offers the same level of comfort as any other high-performance car and remains one of the best cabins to spend time in.
The infotainment unit in the RS6 is the latest version of Audi’s MMI unit. Most vehicle functions are controlled via the two centrally mounted displays. In addition, Audi’s virtual cockpit replaces the instrument panel with a 12.3-inch digital unit controlled via steering wheel-mounted controls. The spirited wagon is loaded with everything you would expect from a vehicle of this price. Smart features such as cylinder deactivation, four-wheel steering, active stabilizer bars, Matrix LED headlights and a Bang and Olufsen hi-fi are available in the RS6.
2022 Audi RS6 Avant has a mighty Twin-turbo V8
The RS6 Avant houses a well-known 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 that can be found in several VAG products such as the Panamera, Cayenne and Urus to name a few. While it shares its underpinnings, the tune is slightly different. The unit now has 591 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque, mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission.
Essentially, the RS6 Avant has Audi’s DNA that drives innovation. In addition to producing tons of horsepower, the RS6 houses a 48V mild-hybrid system, which basically means the station wagon can roll along the highway without the engine, for better fuel economy. Sure, in a nearly 600 horsepower car, would you care?
Efficiency aside from the presence of the all-important Quattro four-wheel drive, along with the monstrous powertrain, helps launch the 2022 RS6 Avant to 60 mph in 3.1 seconds. Flat-out will do the 5000-pound station wagon at 190 mph (with the dynamic package). Braking is impressive, with Audi fitting the RS6 up front with 10-pot calipers, managing to stop from 70mph in 160 feet, which is quite impressive considering its weight. Overall, the 2022 Audi RS6 Avant is a healthy splurge for the well-heeled. Is a $100,000 station wagon worth it? A 600 horsepower car may seem redundant, but we’d say yes if your wallet can finance your heart’s desires.