Audi has revealed the new RS6 Avant RS Tribute Edition for the United States, with just 25 units planned.

Billed as a nod to the RS2 Avant, the special-edition model also signals the arrival of the high-performance wagon in North America (for the record, the new RS6 is scheduled to hit South Africa in the first quarter of 2021).

So, what makes the RS6 Avant RS Tribute Edition special? Well, the Ingolstadt-based firm says it boasts “unique design elements that harken back to the iconic RS2 Avant”.

These include the Nogaro Blue pearl-effect exterior paint, along with black trim on the grille, side blades, rear diffuser and roof rails. The side-mirror caps, meanwhile, are body colour. The hot wagon rides on silver 22-inch 5-V-spoke trapezoid design cast alloy wheels, while the brake callipers are painted red.

The interior features carbon twill structure inlays and Denim Blue contrast stitching on the Audi exclusive Valcona S Sport seats, steering wheel, floor mats and facia.

The RS Tribute Edition ships standard with the driver assistance package, which includes adaptive cruise assist and side assist, along with the Executive package, which adds heated rear seats, a head-up display and power soft-closing doors. A Bang & Olufsen 3D Advanced Sound System is also part of the deal.

As a reminder, the RS6’s twin-turbo 4,0-litre V8 petrol engine churns out 441 kW and 800 N.m, which is enough for a sprint from standstill to 100 km/h in a claimed 3,6 seconds. Each Tribute Edition gains a sport exhaust.

In the US, the RS6 Avant RS Tribute Edition is priced from $136 800 (which translates to almost R2,3-million).