Audi RS 6 Avant GT debuts with superwagon looks & power


Yes, the new Audi RS 6 Avant GT we’re seeing here is globally limited to 660 units, with each unit in Germany carrying a price tag of €219,355, which is €89,355 more than the base RS 6 Avant. Deliveries will begin in the second quarter of 2024. There’s no explanation on how Audi came up with the number 660, but I guess what’s important to know is that out of 660, 191 units are allocated to Germany, 85 units to the United States, only 7 units to Canada, and rest of ’em for other markets.

To create this wild-looking RS 6 Avant GT, Audi looked at the RS 6 GTO concept from 2020, created by 12 apprentices who were learning skills such as bodywork, mechanicals, tooling, and painting. The apprentices took the legendary Audi 90 quattro IMSA GTO race car from 1989 as their inspiration, which is of course, where the wild livery came from. Which means, the RS 6 Avant GT is essentially the production version of the apprentices’ concept.

The bodywork features a livery with colors inspired by those of the concept—which in turn had colors inspired by a 1989 race car. Notice that the black, gray and red decals have a break in the middle of the rear door, maybe just to avoid that “too much” feel. Besides the Arkona White body color shown here, buyers can also choose from Nardo Gray, Chronos Gray Metallic, Madeira Brown Metallic, and Mythos Black Metallic. The decals may be excluded if the chosen body color doesn’t match.

The 22-inch wheels (wrapped with Continental Sport Contact 7 285/30 R22 tires) are finished in high-gloss white, but depending on the body paint, high-gloss black or matte black options are also available. Other than the visual bits, the hood of the car is redesigned and is made of carbon fibre. The front wings/fenders are redesigned with air outlets—which help reduce air pressure in the wheel arches and also help with brakes cooling. And of course, there’s also a pass-through roof edge spoiler, which looks pretty cool.


What else can I tell you? Oh yeah, the adjustable coilover suspension comes as standard with a 10 mm lowered ride height than the regular RS 6 Avant. A higher spring rate, triple-adjustable dampers, and stiffer stabilizers (30% stiffer at the front and 80% at the rear) should ensure less body roll. However, for some strange reason, if you want to spend more, Audi will sell you the optional RS sport suspension plus with Dynamic Ride Control (DRC) or the RS adaptive air suspension. The RS ceramic brake system is included as standard.

The RS 6 Avant GT rolls off the production line with the RS design package plus as standard, which gets you, among other things, accents in a color combination of red and copper. The new RS bucket seats in a leather-Dinamica combination and the “RS 6 GT” lettering right below the headrests also feature this color scheme.

The armrests, the dashboard, the center console including its sides, and the door waist rails are upholstered in Dinamica black microfiber, while the decorative inlays are covered in Dinamica deep black microfiber. The decorative inlays are also available in an open-pore carbon twill structure as an option. The crimson red seat belts don’t fail to grab the attention either.

Moving on to the juicy bits of the story then, the RS 6 Avant GT continues to pack a 4.0L V8 TFSI motor coupled with quattro AWD system and 8-speed ZF automatic. But in this application, the output figures are 463.4 kW (630 metric hp) and 850 Nm (627 lb-ft); an increase of 22 kW (30 metric hp) and 50 Nm (37 lb-ft) compared with the base RS 6 Avant. As for the official performance figures, the 0-100 km/h (62 mph) sprint time is 3.3 seconds; 0.3 seconds quicker than the RS 6 Avant. The top speed is 305 km/h (190 mph). Audi claims to have reworked the center differential for improved driving dynamics, precise cornering, and less understeer at the limit.

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