Movies and TV shows have been the basis of automotive culture, making some unlikely makes and models international stars. One of these peculiarities that has become fashionable is the 1983 Wagon Queen Family Truckster. National Lampoon’s Vacation. It should be seen as hideous and unfit for family consumption, but its obnoxious styling is what gives the wagon its charm – and a sequel that’s helped spawn several recreations.
One such tribute is this Audi RS6 Avant, spotted a few months ago at the Festival of Speed Show in St. Petersburg, Florida, by Justin Quinn. It’s much less square than the OG Truckster, but it has all the hallmarks of the iconic design. The Audi wears a modern take on the “Metallic Pea” color made famous in the movie, which is only made more obnoxious by the free faux wood panels and light wood trim. The Audi sports a wood plaque on each body panel – two on the hood – and the brown crown, which is moved to the front fenders of the Audi.
The Wagon Queen family truck was originally a Ford LTD Country Squire that got a Hollywood makeover for the movie – as many stars do before getting on set. Green paint, faux wood, crown badges, and other touches to the car added to the film’s weird and comedic storyline. This Audi hasn’t gone that far, although it does have a few unique touches. At the rear, the Audi sports a personalized badge that says “Family Truckster” in the script above “4.0 Liter Twin Turbocharged”.
Beneath the rugged Audi exterior is a mighty performance car, something the Griswold never had available. The RS6 Avant sports the brand’s 4.0-liter V8 that produces 591 horsepower (440 kilowatts) and 590 pound-feet (800 Newton-meters) of torque. The car can skyrocket to 60 miles per hour (96 kilometers per hour) in 3.5 seconds, and once you think about it, having that much power in the hands of Clark Griswold would have lent itself to even crazier antics.