The $120,000 Audi RS 6 Avant wagon has some of the fanciest light features of any car – check them all out

2021 Audi RS 6 Avant.KL_59
Let there be light.

  • The 2021 RS 6 Avant I tested recently did cool light tricks when you locked or unlocked it.
  • Inside, it even had futuristic, Tron-like cabin illumination.
  • The best part was that the seat belt buckles lit up so you never had to find them by touch alone.
  • Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories.

There’s always been something about Audis and LEDs.

Audi was among the first – if not the first – automakers to adopt light-emitting diode, or LED, daytime running lights. They debuted in 2004 on the Audi A8 W12 sedan as five LEDs in each headlight. 

The look quickly trickled through the rest of Audi’s lineup after that. Soon, everything from the cheaper A4s up had the scintillating detail – a sparkly, checkmark-shaped strip of LEDs flanking the signature four rings. Nothing like it had ever been seen before and, for a while, you could pick out an Audi heading toward you from afar just based on that pattern of LEDs.

In 2009, the Audi R8 V10 became the first car fitted exclusively with LEDs. Its headlights, turn signals, and daytime running lights all used the technology, which Audi claimed reduced CO2 emissions and was more efficient than the widely used halogen light bulbs. 

It’s now 2021 and nearly everything on the road uses LEDs of some kind, but Audi’s still found a way to distinguish itself. Recently, I tested out a 2021 RS 6 Avant – read the review here! – and stumbled across a neat little light show it puts on when you lock or unlock it. For your viewing pleasure and convenience, I have GIFed the experience below.

2021 Audi RS 6 Avant.
Look at this light show!

When you unlock the car, the front daytime running lights light up in sequence, almost like a welcome greeting. When you lock the car, the rear lights fade out in sequence, like a curtain closing after a show. 

As far as I can tell, this choice was purely an aesthetic one. It certainly doesn’t make the car drive any faster or better. It just gave me, the driver, some small delight in seeing it. There doesn’t seem to be any other reason to include such a feature. 

(And before you email me to yell at me that this is old news and I should get with the program: The internet isn’t all about you. Not everyone knows this about Audis.)

But that’s not all! I invite you to check out two more things.

First, the RS 6 Avant’s door sills light up in the dark and the car projects “Audi Sport” onto the ground, lest you forget what sort of vehicle you have.

2021 Audi RS 6 Avant.KL_95
Like a giant, light-up name tag.

Second, and more practically, the RS 6 Avant’s interior lighting includes seat-belt buckle illumination!

The wagon seats five, so five buckles are encased in a ring of light for you to locate more easily. Anyone who has felt around in the dark for their buckle no longer has to if they’re riding in one of these.

2021 Audi RS 6 Avant.
Strong Tron vibes here.

The rest of the cabin lighting gives off a very futuristic, Tron-like aesthetic. If you looked at the interior during the day, you’d see that the light fits perfectly with the minimalist design. 

But those seat-belt buckle indicator lights. That’s some real MVP stuff right there.

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The $120,000 Audi RS 6 Avant has some of the fanciest light features on the market – check them all out

2021 Audi RS 6 Avant.KL_59
Let there be light.

  • The 2021 RS 6 Avant I tested recently did cool light tricks when you locked or unlocked it.
  • Inside, it even had futuristic, Tron-like cabin illumination.
  • The best part was that the seat belt buckles lit up so you never had to find them by touch alone.
  • Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories.

There’s always been something about Audis and LEDs.

Audi was among the first – if not the first – automakers to adopt light-emitting diode, or LED, daytime running lights. They debuted in 2004 on the Audi A8 W12 sedan as five LEDs in each headlight. 

The look quickly trickled through the rest of Audi’s lineup after that. Soon, everything from the cheaper A4s up had the scintillating detail – a sparkly, checkmark-shaped strip of LEDs flanking the signature four rings. Nothing like it had ever been seen before and, for a while, you could pick out an Audi heading toward you from afar just based on that pattern of LEDs.

In 2009, the Audi R8 V10 became the first car fitted exclusively with LEDs. Its headlights, turn signals, and daytime running lights all used the technology, which Audi claimed reduced CO2 emissions and was more efficient than the widely used halogen light bulbs. 

It’s now 2021 and nearly everything on the road uses LEDs of some kind, but Audi’s still found a way to distinguish itself. Recently, I tested out a 2021 RS 6 Avant – read the review here! – and stumbled across a neat little light show it puts on when you lock or unlock it. For your viewing pleasure and convenience, I have GIFed the experience below.

2021 Audi RS 6 Avant.
Look at this light show!

When you unlock the car, the front daytime running lights light up in sequence, almost like a welcome greeting. When you lock the car, the rear lights fade out in sequence, like a curtain closing after a show. 

As far as I can tell, this choice was purely an aesthetic one. It certainly doesn’t make the car drive any faster or better. It just gave me, the driver, some small delight in seeing it. There doesn’t seem to be any other reason to include such a feature. 

(And before you email me to yell at me that this is old news and I should get with the program: The internet isn’t all about you. Not everyone knows this about Audis.)

But that’s not all! I invite you to check out two more things.

First, the RS 6 Avant’s door sills light up in the dark and the car projects “Audi Sport” onto the ground, lest you forget what sort of vehicle you have.

2021 Audi RS 6 Avant.KL_95
Like a giant, light-up name tag.

Second, and more practically, the RS 6 Avant’s interior lighting includes seat-belt buckle illumination!

The wagon seats five, so five buckles are encased in a ring of light for you to locate more easily. Anyone who has felt around in the dark for their buckle no longer has to if they’re riding in one of these.

2021 Audi RS 6 Avant.
Strong Tron vibes here.

The rest of the cabin lighting gives off a very futuristic, Tron-like aesthetic. If you looked at the interior during the day, you’d see that the light fits perfectly with the minimalist design. 

But those seat-belt buckle indicator lights. That’s some real MVP stuff right there.

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Audi debuted its electric super sedan to take on the Tesla Model S – check out the $100,000 E-Tron GT

Audi E-Tron GT
Audi E-Tron GT

  • Audi unveiled the E-Tron GT, its $100,000 flagship electric sedan. 
  • Its sportiest version, the $140,000 RS, claims 590 horsepower and a 0-60-mph time of 3.1 seconds. 
  • The E-Tron GT hits US dealerships this summer. 
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Audi took the wraps off of the E-Tron GT, a high-end sport sedan that’s a sibling to the Porsche Taycan and takes aim at the Tesla Model S.

The E-Tron GT, revealed through a virtual event Tuesday, will hit US dealerships this summer, Audi says. It will start at just shy of $100,000 for the base model, with another trim level retailing for around $107,000.

The top-of-the-line, high-performance RS model will cost $139,900, almost exactly the same price as Tesla’s sportiest sedan, the Model S Plaid Plus. 

Audi E-Tron GT
Audi E-Tron GT

Although the E-Tron GT doesn’t promise quite the same extreme performance as the Plaid Plus, it’s certainly not lacking on that front. It shares its underpinnings with the Porsche Taycan, as both brands fall under the Volkswagen umbrella. 

Powered by two motors – one at each axle – the standard model puts out a combined 469 horsepower and 464 lb-ft of torque, by Audi’s estimation. The company says it can hit 60 mph in 3.9 seconds, on its way to a top speed of 152 mph. 

The RS version steps things up a notch with a more powerful rear motor that boosts total output to 590 horsepower and 612 lb-ft of torque. The RS goes from 0-60 in 3.1 seconds and has a top speed of 155 mph, Audi claims. The RS accelerates quicker than the V10-powered Audi R8 sports car, the company notes. 

Audi E-Tron GT
Audi E-Tron GT

As for range, Audi says the E-Tron GT can travel 238 miles on a charge, while the RS model can go 232 miles. Using DC fast charging, the car can add 62.1 miles of range in five minutes or recharge from 5% to 80% battery in a little over 22 minutes, according to Audi. Tesla, for comparison, doesn’t sell a Model S with less than 390 miles of estimated range. 

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The E-Tron GT gets a leather-free interior as standard, featuring recycled and synthetic materials instead – although buyers can add leather as an option. It comes equipped with a 12.3-inch display for the instrument cluster and a 10.1-inch main touchscreen, a bit more restrained than Tesla’s 17-inch center screen. 

Audi E-Tron GT
Audi E-Tron GT

Notable options include four-wheel steering, upgraded headlights, a head-up display, massaging seats, adaptive air suspension, and a carbon-fiber roof for the RS model. 

Audi plans to have 30% of its US lineup be either fully electric or hybrid by 2025. The brand has made headway on that front by launching the E-Tron and E-Tron Sportback crossovers – and it’s planning to roll out another battery-powered crossover, theQ4 E-Tron, later this year. 

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