2021 Audi RS 6 Avant Review: Path Vader

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3. Interior, practicality, conclusion

1. Introduction and design
2. Driving experience

3. Interior, practicality, conclusion

Just as well, since once you’re done chasing imaginary rebels and you turn the dials down, the RS 6 is really quite refined. Audi Sport typically pairs lots of daily civility in its RS models, but it’s been taken to a new level with the RS 6. 

Redirect power away from the weapon systems RS drive mode, and you find that the RS 6 is almost able to emulate a luxury limo. The air suspension softens up, the exhaust noise dies away, and the car can possibly even better the standard A8 limo in ride quality and silence – aside from the loud startup roar. 

It helps that the RS interior additions are subtle : Contrast red stitching, carbon trim panels, a flat-bottomed steering wheel, and nothing too loud – though you could throw money at the options list to alleviate that. 

It’s no longer a wolf in sheep’s clothing, but you can carry quite a bit with this sled. After all the high performance talk, remember that it’s still a station wagon and still capable as a regular cargo carrier.

There’s 565-litres of storage room with a big loading aperture and an auto tailgate, and flip the seats down you get 1,680-litres. There’s room enough for three adults in the back, not to mention younglings in appropriate seats so they are not in mortal peril. 

Huge 22-inch wheels don’t mean terrible ride quality

If there are any drawbacks, it’s all carbon-based. The RS 6 is a heavy, high-performance luxury car so it’s a guzzler. There’s now a 48V mild hybrid system which helps alleviate guilt, but don’t expect miracles: in person we never dipped below 13L/100km. 

Weapons Wagons for a more civilised age are already on the way, but looking at its combination of menacing style and high-performance paired to exceptional comfort and wagon usefulness, the RS 6 Avant could easily be all things to one driver.

To bring it back to the title premise, Vader isn’t an iconic villain just because he’s a badass, it’s his redeeming features that make him a compelling character, and it’s the same for the RS 6.

Audi RS 6 Avant 

Engine3,996cc, V8, biturbo 
Power600hp at 6000-6250rpm
Torque800Nm at 2050-4500rpm
Gearbox8-speed automatic 
0-100km/h3.6 seconds 
Top Speed280km/h
Fuel Efficiency13.2L/100km
VES Band C2 / +S$20,000*
AgentPremium Automobiles
PriceS$505,360 with COE
Verdict Super wagon performance to see off supercars and visuals to match, but still retaining the traditional RS usability 
*Increases to S$25,000 in July 1, 2021.

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Derryn Wong
CarBuyer's chief editor has a keen interest in all things mechanical, technological, animal and mineral. He's particularly fascinated by eco-cars and cars which make no logical sense. An avid motorcyclist and photographer, he also enjoys cats. Follow him on Instagram @werryndong