Audi’s Best Car of 2020 Is a Surprisingly Great Deal

Audi is bringing its best performance car to the U.S.

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We’ve known for a hot minute that Audi’s amazing RS6 Avant wagon is finally coming to the United States. Now, we have the official pricing. Audi says the RS6 Avant will start at an MSRP of $109,000, which still puts it a hair under $110,000 with the $995 destination charge. Six figures is a lot to pay for a car…but when you factor in what that money gets you, the RS6 Avant is an absolute steal.

The RS6 Avant offers legitimate supercar performance. Its twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 puts out 591 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque, and it accelerates from 0-60 mph in only 3.5 seconds on the way to a top speed of 190 mph. Better yet, that oomph doesn’t come with the usual sports car compromises, like a tight seating position or lack of space; it comes in a relatively practical family wagon with Audi’s spectacular quattro all-wheel-drive setup.

Compare that to what you get in the luxury SUV market — which is the choice many potential RS6 Avant buyers will be making. The starting price for the RS6 Avant is more than $15,000 less than than the Porsche Cayenne S Turbo, which can’t match the Audi for performance. The RS6 Avant has 41 more hp, 78 more lb-ft of torque, and is nearly a second faster to 60 mph in the Aston Martin DBX…which costs $80,000 more. Those cars may be more capable off-road, but how often does one really leave the pavement in one of them?

Audi also slipped in an announcement about the RS Avant’s 25th-anniversary Nogaro package (the bright blue car seen above). After telling the media last December that package would not be available in North America, the company now says it will offer a limited run of 25 vehicles. Still, even if you can’t grab one of those limited-run versions…you won’t be missing out on much if you’re stuck with the regular RS6 Avant.

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