Audi RS 6 Avant GT: The ultimate wagon gets more ultimate?

Colin
By Colin Wood
Feb 6, 2024 | Audi, wagon, RS 6 Avant GT, RS 6 Avant, RS 6

Photography Courtesy Audi

As if the RS 6 Avant wasn’t wild enough, Audi somehow managed to turn up the dial more. The result? The RS 6 Avant GT.

Taking inspiration from the RS 6 GTO concept (below), the Avant GT gets several aesthetic modifications over the more “pedestrian” Avant, such as an integrated front splitter, functional rear diffuser, a double rear wing, a carbon fiber hood and yes, lots of red and black stickers.

The upgrades aren’t just limited to looks, as the GT gets an additional 29 kW and 50 Nm (approximately 29 horsepower and 36 lb.-ft. of torque) over the RS 6 Avant, bringing the total output of the wagon’s twin-turbo V8 to 463 kW and 850 Nm (approximately 620 horsepower and 626 lb.-ft. of torque).

In addition to a retuned rear differential, the RS 6 Avant GT gets adjustable coil-overs from the factory–a first for Audi:

To further distinguish the special edition from other RS models, the quattro sport differential on the rear axle has been specially tuned for the RS 6 Avant GT. The new parameters focus on greater agility and rear bias in “dynamic” driving mode. Customers benefit from sporty, neutral, and highly precise handling. For the first time, and only for the RS 6 Avant GT, adjustable coilover suspension comes as standard. It lowers the ride height by ten millimeters compared to the RS 6 Avan2 and offers a perfect combination of dynamics and comfort. A higher spring rate, triple-adjustable dampers, and stiffer stabilizers (30 percent stiffer at the front and 80 percent at the rear) ensure less body roll, which once again significantly increases the fun factor. The necessary tools and instructions for making individual adjustments are also on board. Customers can alternatively order the RS sport suspension plus with Dynamic Ride Control (DRC) or the RS adaptive air suspension.

Also in the handling department, the GT is shod in 285/30R22 Continental SportContact 7 tires on all four corners, which Audi says helps the wagon come to a stop from 100 kph (62 mph) two meters shorter than the regular RS 6 Avant.

Audi will only be producing 660 examples of the RS 6 Avant GT for the entire globe, with each one receiving final assembly at Böllinger Höfe, the same manufacturing plant that builds the R8, Audi e-tron GT quattro and RS e-tron GT. Once there, each wagon is assembled by hand by “seven experienced employees at three assembly stations” specifically set up for the RS 6 Avant GT.

Audi didn’t mention prices, but we feel it’s safe to assume that the GT will cost at least a little more than the RS 6 Avant’s $125,800 starting MSRP–assuming it hasn’t already been sold out.

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Comments
Duke
Duke MegaDork
2/6/24 2:05 p.m.

For whatever reason, the wheels don't look as absurdly oversized on that version as they do on the 'regular' RS 6 Avant.

 

J.A. Ackley
J.A. Ackley Senior Editor
2/7/24 9:39 a.m.

This gives off rad-era vibes, but in a modern package. I'm intrigued.

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