The Audi RS 6 Avant is already one of the most powerful and versatile wagons on the market, with a twin-turbo V-8 engine, a quattro all-wheel-drive system, and a spacious and luxurious interior. But what if you want more? More performance, more exclusivity, more heritage? Then you might be interested in the new Audi RS 6 Avant GT, a limited-edition model that pays homage to the iconic 90 IMSA GTO race car from the late 1980s.
The Audi 90 IMSA GTO was a beast of a machine, with a turbocharged five-cylinder engine that produced over 700 horsepower, a lightweight and aerodynamic body, and a distinctive livery that featured the Audi Sport logo and the stars and stripes of the American flag. The car dominated the IMSA GTO class in 1989, winning seven out of 13 races and earning the respect and admiration of fans and competitors alike.
The Audi RS 6 Avant GT is a worthy successor to the 90 IMSA GTO, with a number of upgrades and modifications that make it even more aggressive and eye-catching than the standard RS 6 Avant. Here are some of the key features of the new Audi RS 6 Avant GT:
- A carbon-fiber body kit that reduces the weight by 220 pounds and improves the aerodynamics and cooling. The body kit includes a front splitter, a rear diffuser, a roof spoiler, and flared wheel arches that accommodate the wider and larger wheels and tires.
- A tuned version of the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine that delivers 789 horsepower and 738 pound-feet of torque, an increase of 99 horsepower and 74 pound-feet over the standard RS 6 Avant. The engine is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and a quattro sport differential that distributes the power to all four wheels. The RS 6 Avant GT can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 3.2 seconds, from 0 to 124 mph in 10.8 seconds, and reach a top speed of 205 mph.
- A sport suspension that lowers the ride height by 0.8 inches and features adaptive air springs and dynamic dampers that adjust to the road conditions and the driving mode. The RS 6 Avant GT also has a rear-wheel steering system that improves agility and stability at high speeds and tight corners. The braking system consists of carbon-ceramic discs and red calipers that provide superior stopping power and resistance to fade.
- A unique design that pays tribute to the 90 IMSA GTO, with a white base color and a red and blue stripe that runs across the hood, roof, and tailgate. The stripe also features the Audi Sport logo and the number 4, which was the racing number of the 90 IMSA GTO. The RS 6 Avant GT also has black accents on the grille, mirrors, window frames, and exhaust tips, as well as LED headlights and taillights with dynamic indicators. The interior is equally stunning, with black leather and Alcantara seats with red and blue stitching and piping, a flat-bottomed steering wheel with carbon-fiber paddles, a digital instrument cluster with a GT mode, and a touchscreen infotainment system with navigation, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a Bang & Olufsen sound system.
The Audi RS 6 Avant GT is a rare and expensive proposition, with only 40 units planned for production and a starting price of $240,000. The car will be available in the U.S. and Canada in the second half of 2024, and customers can reserve their spot on the waiting list by contacting their local Audi dealer. The RS 6 Avant GT is a dream car for enthusiasts who appreciate the history and performance of Audi, and a statement of the brand’s commitment to innovation and excellence.