Got R1.2m? You can buy Prince Harry's old Audi

01 August 2018 - 16:00 By AFP Relaxnews
Prince Harry's 2017 Audi RS6 Avant.
Prince Harry's 2017 Audi RS6 Avant.
Image: Auto Trader

Ordinarily a 2017 Audi RS6 Avant going up for sale wouldn't create much interest: it's not very common on UK roads, but it's not a rare collector's item either. But this one is creating a stir because it was previously owned by none other than the Duke of Sussex, better known as Prince Harry, who who recently married American actress Meghan Markle.

It may seem odd that such a high-profile member of the British aristocracy wasn't flying the flag for Britain by driving an Aston Martin, a Bentley, a Jaguar or a Range Rover. To be fair, the Prince did drive his new bride off in an electric Jaguar E-Type Zero on their wedding day, but the Audi has been his daily ride in the past.

Perhaps it was the relative anonymity offered by this somewhat mundane-looking Audi that attracted the Prince. It certainly wouldn't stand out in a crowd or attract the attention paparazzi photographers.

But while the looks may be pretty ordinary, the performance of the car is anything but.

Under the bonnet is a 4.0-litre, 552bhp, twin-turbo V-8 engine driving all four of the wheels. Although it does have the Dynamics Package that ups the top speed from the limited 155 mph to 174 mph, the more attention-seeking embellishments of the Dynamic Plus Package and its prominent "quattro" logo on the grille are absent here.

While some cars with celebrity histories get priced up to considerably more than ordinary market price, this one isn't too far away from the market average. The 2017 model with just 7,184km on the clock is priced on AutoTrader at £71,900 (about R1.2-million), which looks in line with comparable models.

Though Prince Harry's ride is the 552bhp version, and the other models are 597bhp performance models, the royal's old RS6 does have some £11,000 (about R191,000) of options added to it.

As a former Apache gunship pilot, Prince Harry would have been a safe pair of hands behind the wheel of such a high-powered car, and his RAF training would have made him one of the few people capable of safely operating Audi's fiddly MMI touchpad interface.