Stunning Audi RS 6 Avant GT Arrives on the West Coast To Work on Its Tan

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The RS 6 Avant has become even more appealing now that the new BMW M5 is here (Touring to follow), and Audi Sport is aware of it. Thus, the company decided to put the stunning RS 6 Avant GT under the spotlight yet again by taking it to the West Coast in a premiere.
Thus, the business super wagon that looks like it could bully some older supercars became the focus of the camera lens in Los Angeles and San Francisco, surrounded by breathtaking landscapes. The images the four-ring brand recently released show this impressive model in Nardo Grey and Arkona White, joined by the Audi 90 quattro IMSA GTO racer.

But why does this classic ride, which conquered many racetracks across North America at the end of the 1980s, join the new hot estate? Because the latter is an homage to it. Inspired by the 2020 RS 6 GTO Concept that twelve apprentices signed, the new Audi RS 6 Avant GT boasts a thick splitter, blacked-out grille and bumper, a bespoke carbon fiber hood, fenders made of the same material with vents, a motorsport-inspired wing, removed roof rails, and a large diffuser.

Carbon fiber mirror caps, sprinkled with glossy carbon accents, are also on deck. The colored logos, like the gorgeous graphics and the bespoke wheels that measure 22 inches in diameter, contribute to the car's special stance. It has more color splashes inside, bespoke floor mats, red seatbelts, Dinamica microfiber, open-pore carbon, RS 6 GT embossing, and a special plaque on the center console that displays the individual build number.

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Only 660 copies of the impressive Audi RS 6 Avant GT will be available, and the add-ons require an entire day for Audi's technicians to install. Thus, you can see where this is going, don't you? If you said a steep starting price, you are right, as this model can be ordered from €219,355 in its homeland of Germany, equaling $237,555 at the current exchange rates, and £176,975 ($226,810) in the United Kingdom.

The icing on the cake sits under the hood and is the familiar twin-turbo V8 power unit with a 4.0L displacement. It produces 621 hp (630 ps/463 kW) and 627 pound-foot (850 Nm) of torque, which represents a 30 hp (30 ps/22 kW) and 37 lb-ft (50 Nm) boost compared to the regular variant. The 8sp Tiptronic transmission delivers everything to the quattro AWD system. The car also features a specially tuned rear differential, unique adjustable coilovers, and rides 0.4 inches (10 mm) closer to the ground.

Are you curious about how fast it is? Well, it takes just 3.3 seconds to sprint to 62 mph or 100 kph from a standstill, which is two-tenths of a second faster than the new 2025 BMW M5 Sedan, and the top speed is 190 mph (305 kph). If you're keeping track of the magic numbers, you should also be aware that the Audi RS 6 Avant Performance is just as fast as the limited-edition GT, and with a few extras, it can easily pass as one.

Audi Sport offers the 2024 RS 6 Avant Performance with an MSRP of $125,800 in the United States, and one of its biggest rivals in the segment, namely the upcoming BMW M5 Touring, will take a swing at it when it finally launches, perhaps early next year or at the end of 2024.

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Before wrapping it up and moving on to the next topic, we will remind you that the RS 6 Avant is on its dying bed. Audi Sport is currently working on its successor, which will be christened the RS 7 Avant as per the brand's new naming scheme. Thus, odd numbers will be used for ICE cars and even ones for EVs – or that's the current plan, anyway.

The all-new Audi RS 7 Avant is expected to feature a plug-in hybrid setup and tip the scales at nearly two and a half tons (~5,500 pounds), similar to the upcoming BMW M5 Touring. The automaker will obviously try to compensate for the added weight by giving it a lot of power. A twin-turbo V8 with electric trickery should be on deck, yet it is unknown whether it will be a derivative of the current one or a unit shared with other fast VW Group products, like the Lamborghini Urus SE.

Reports speak of well over 700 horsepower, again, similar to what the next-gen BMW M5 Touring will offer (717 hp/727 ps/535 kW) and 738 lb-ft/1,000 Nm of torque), and we hope it won't disappoint us when it comes to its driving dynamics. But only time will tell if the 2026 Audi RS 7 Avant will still be a great driver’s car, like the outgoing RS 6 Avant. Meanwhile, you can check it out in pre-production form here while it underwent testing.
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About the author: Cristian Gnaticov
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After a series of unfortunate events put an end to Cristian's dream of entering a custom built & tuned old-school Dacia into a rally competition, he moved on to drive press cars and write for a living. He's worked for several automotive online journals and now he's back at autoevolution after his first tour in the mid-2000s.
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