The RS6 Avant GT takes inspiration from the previous concept and features an upgraded engine along with carbon fiber components.
Audi has unveiled the RS6 Avant GT as its latest special edition and the ‘top of the range’.
If it looks familiar, it should, as the wagon is inspired by the 2020 RS6 GTO concept. This custom car was created by twelve students and was inspired by the 1989 Audi 90 quattro IMSA GTO race car.
This generation is easy to spot as the special edition features a blacked-out grille and bumper to make the car look lower and wider. This effort is aided by an open splitter highlighted in red.
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This is just the tip of the iceberg, as the model features a unique carbon fiber hood with exposed accents. The front fenders are also made of carbon and feature vents that “reduce air pressure in the wheel arch and improve brake cooling.”
Sticking to the performance theme, the wagon features a motorsport-inspired twin wing that is “an almost 1:1 take from the student concept car.” The roof rails have also been removed for a “flatter, sportier silhouette,” while a massive diffuser with vertical reflectors helps emphasize the car’s width.
Elsewhere, designers installed carbon fiber mirrors and glossy carbon fiber accents. They are joined by colored badges and special 22-inch wheels in white. Speaking of colors, the model also sports Arkona White, Nardo Grey, Chronos Gray Metallic, Madeira Brown Metallic or Mythos Black Metallic paintwork in addition to eye-catching graphics.
Splashes of color continue inside as the black cabin contrasts with red and copper accents. However, the real highlights are the firmly bolstered seats with the ‘RS6 GT’ pattern as well as the honeycomb center sections.
Buyers will also find red seatbelts, special mats and individually numbered accents on the center console. Dinamica microfiber trim comes standard, but customers can also get open-pore carbon with a twill structure.
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In terms of performance, the universal has a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine that develops 621 hp (463 kW / 630 hp) and 627 lb-ft (850 Nm) of torque. That’s 30 hp (22 kW / 30 PS) and 37 lb-ft (50 Nm) more than the standard model.
The engine is mated to an eight-speed Tiptronic transmission mated to a quattro all-wheel drive system with the same center differential as the performance RS6 Avant. Despite carrying over this component, the car is equipped with a unique adjustable coilover suspension and also a specially tuned quattro sport rear differential. The suspension lowers the ride height by 0.4 inches (10 mm) and promises “the perfect combination of dynamics and comfort.”
Other highlights include stiffer anti-roll bars, a ceramic brake system and Continental Sport Contact 7 tires. Audi says the latter offers “consistently better handling in both dry and wet conditions” as well as reduced lean when cornering at speed.
In terms of raw numbers, the RS6 Avant GT rockets from 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in 3.3 seconds and 124 mph (200 km/h) in 11.5 seconds. If drivers keep their legs straight, the car will top out at 305 km/h.
Production will be limited to 660 units and deliveries are scheduled to begin in the second quarter. All day is spent installing the components by hand, which helps explain why the price starts at €219,355 in Germany and £176,975 in the UK.