2022 Audi RS 6 Avant: The Jalopnik Assessment

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2022 Audi RS 6 Avant: The Jalopnik Assessment
2022 Audi RS 6 Avant: The Jalopnik Assessment


It’s simple to be thrilled by the 2022 Audi RS 6 Avant given its lengthy listing of superlatives. Its twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 engine produces 591 hp in addition to 590 lb-ft of torque, all whereas making a beautiful roar. That engine is paired with a really competent eight-speed computerized gearbox and, naturally, Quattro all-wheel drive. The result’s a big-ass, very sensible automobile that may scoot to 60 mph in simply 3.5 seconds. It might additionally haul 5 folks and an entire bunch of stuff from Ikea. Actually, the RS 6 Avant is a automobile that may do nearly every part.

Full Disclosure: Audi wished me to drive the RS 6 Avant so badly that it had one dropped off at my home for every week with a full tank of gasoline. They did make me give it again, regardless of some shameless pleading on my half.

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The twin turbo V8 engine under the hood of the 2022 Audi RS 6 Avant.

Photograph: Kyle Hyatt/Jalopnik

The RS 6 Avant is a powerful efficiency automobile, and it’s superb how briskly it feels the entire time. The engine and transmission work nicely collectively to ship energy shortly and easily, and the huge P275/35YR-21 summer season tires and Quattro all-wheel drive guarantee that energy will get to the pavement with a minimal quantity of hassle. The midrange acceleration supplied by that turbocharged V8 is particularly spectacular, with little or no perceivable turbo lag, making the automobile relentlessly fast whereas passing.

The RS 6’s chassis is sweet sufficient to deal with the ability of that snarling V8, too, although the wagon does tend to understeer when pushed. Nonetheless, thanks to plain air suspension and optionally available Audi Dynamic Experience Management 48-volt anti-roll know-how, the RS 6 is ready to conceal its appreciable bulk nicely. That’s no small feat when this wagon weighs a not-insubstantial 4,982 kilos.

The rear-three-quarter view of the 2022 Audi RS 6 Avant in red

Photo: Kyle Hyatt/Jalopnik

That road-hugging weight demands a serious set of stoppers to haul it down from warp speed, so massive, 16.5-inch, 10-piston front brakes with steel rotors are standard. Similarly beefy carbon-ceramic brakes are available for an extra $9,000 (or $8,500 if you want black calipers instead of red), and while I would normally advise skipping the carbon brakes on a road car like this, the RS 6’s immense power combined with the hefty curb weight make them seem like a good buy – if not exactly a good value.

The RS 6 offers typical Audi steering, which is to say accurate but numb. At least the ride quality on those 21-inch wheels and summer tires is surprisingly good.

The interior is typically Audi, as well. This means that the materials are of excellent quality and put together beautifully. The ergonomics are phenomenal, with all controls in easy reach of the driver. Seat comfort is exceptional, too. The big sport buckets hug you while managing to promise all-day comfort, and seat heating and cooling are standard, which is great.

Massive carbon ceramic brakes on the 2022 Audi RS 6 Avant

Photo: Kyle Hyatt/Jalopnik

Infotainment is another classic Audi stronghold. The RS 6 Avant’s MMI software is sensibly laid out, very nice to look at and extremely responsive to inputs. Of course, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are standard, and connect wirelessly. My test car’s optional $4,900 Bang & Olufsen stereo is also pretty good, but gets put to shame by the Burmester sound systems offered by Mercedes-Benz and Porsche.

This being the flagship of the A6 line, the RS 6 has plenty of available tech on hand for safety. Unfortunately, even at its six-figure price, a lot of the good stuff is hidden in expensive add-ons, like the $2,250 Driver Assistance Package that gets you adaptive cruise control, blind-spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert, rear automatic emergency braking and traffic sign recognition. (If you can live with just the rear automatic emergency braking and the blind-spot monitoring, you can buy the $500 Audi Side Assist package instead.) Audi also offers a $2,500 night vision package, but I’ve yet to use one of these systems that actually feels like it provides a real benefit in the real world, so save your money.

The interior of the 2022 Audi RS 6 Avant with brown leather seats and carbon fiber dash inserts

Photo: Kyle Hyatt/Jalopnik

The odds are good that if you’re shopping for a very fast station wagon, the Porsche Panamera Turbo S Sport Turismo and Mercedes-AMG E63 are in your listing. The Panamera Turbo S begins at $191,850 together with vacation spot and affords much less room for cargo and other people, whereas the Mercedes wagon will begin at $121,100. The Audi RS 6 Avant begins at $122,995, together with a $1,095 vacation spot payment, however my absolutely loaded tester is available in at $154,090.

The RS 6 Avant is an unbelievable automobile that seemingly does every part nicely, however at over $150,000 for a loaded one, it’s not precisely the automobile that most individuals purchase for schlepping their children. It’s a distinct segment fanatic automobile in a sadly dying type issue that celebrates all the most effective facets of a model identified for making quick, sensible automobiles. And for that purpose alone, I like it.

The brown quilted leather bucket seats of the 2022 Audi RS 6 Avant

Photograph: Kyle Hyatt/Jalopnik

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