Audi RS 6 Avant: One 580-horsepower Wagon to Rule them All

By Editors on July 24, 2008 2:11 PM
You saw the word "wagon" in the headline and you're still reading? Good for you. In Europe, the wagon version of a car can outsell its sedan counterpart more than two to one. In America, though, many see wagons as the only vehicles less sexy than minivans. That's why we won't be seeing the thunderous Audi RS 6 Avant melting any North American asphalt any time soon. Packing a twin-turbo V10 good for a whopping 580 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque, Audi claims the RS 6 Avant can reach a limited top speed of more than 170 mph. Indeed, our autobahn-facilitated blast to 145 mph was markedly quick and effortless. We also drove the hauler on Germany's EuroSpeedway Lausitz racetrack, on which it was impressive even in back-to-back drives with Audi's easy-fast, mid-engine (but less powerful) R8 sports car. Lest you feel the urge to start a letter-writing campaign aimed at getting the car imported stateside, you should know that the RS 6 Avant currently starts at 106,900 euros, or more than 150,000 USD. We sure like the thought of including it on next year's edition of Kelley Blue Book's Top 10 Family Cars, though.
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