THE AUDI RS 6 AVANT GT IS THE WAGON THE WORLD NEEDS!
The idea of the Audi RS 6 Avant GT1 goes back to the apprentice project RS 6 GTO concept from 2020. Twelve apprentices learning to work as bodywork and vehicle construction mechanics, automotive mechanics, automotive painters, and tooling mechanics worked on the project for six months with the support of Audi Design. They took most of their inspiration from the legendary Audi 90 Quattro IMSA GTO race car from 1989 and the result shows the range of ways in which young talents can contribute to the company even during their apprenticeship. The new Audi RS 6 Avant GT1 stands out from other models in its range, the RS 6 Avant2 and the RS 6 Avant Performance3 version, thanks to its even more impressive appearance based on the RS 6 GTO concept. The striking front end takes obvious inspiration from the RS 6 GTO concept. The Singleframe and the air intakes are finished in high-gloss black, which makes the car appear even lower and wider. Vertical blades in the front apron, a new intake grille, and a powerful front splitter integrated into the bumper enhance the sharp look. For the first time, Audi Sport GmbH is not only using a fully redesigned hood but is also manufacturing it from carbon fibre. The one-of-a-kind finish makes the redesigned hood’s carbon material a real eye-catcher, and it is impressively framed by the colour of the body. Integrated air outlets behind the large 22-inch wheels reduce air pressure in the wheel arch and improve brake cooling. Like the hood, the fenders housing the large wheels are made entirely of carbon fibre for the first time – a highlight on the vehicle itself as well as for Audi Production.
The side profile is defined by inserts in the side skirts, exterior mirror covers in glossy carbon and the 22-inch wheels in the 6-spoke design made exclusively for the RS 6 Avant GT1. At the rear, the special edition impresses with black “RS 6 GT” lettering, a tailgate specially adapted to the design with a visually lowered loading edge, a functional diffuser with a vertically centred reflector that makes the car appear even wider, and a distinctive double wing inspired by motorsport. The latter was taken almost 1:1 from the apprentices’ concept car. For the first time in the history of the RS 6 Avant2, the roof rails have been removed for an even flatter, sportier silhouette. For the RS 6 Avant GT1, customers have the option to choose exclusive decals in two colours. The first, in conjunction with an Arkona White finish, combines the traditional colours of Audi Sport, black, grey, and red. The model badges at the front and rear also come in these colours. If this colour combination is chosen, the wheels in the distinctive design always come in high-gloss white. Alternatively, the decals in black and grey tones come with the exterior colour Nardo grey or Mythos black. To match, Audi Sport GmbH offers high-sheen wheels in high-gloss black or matte black. The four rings in the Singleframe and the tailgate along with the model lettering are black as standard. The following finishes are available for the exterior: Arkona White, Nardo Gray, Chronos Gray Metallic, Madeira Brown Metallic, and Mythos Black Metallic.
The RS 6 Avant GT1 rolls off the production line with the RS design package plus as standard. The black interior is enhanced by numerous accents in the exclusive colour combination of red and copper, for example, the stitching on the steering wheel, the sides of the centre console, the centre armrest and door armrests and the floor mats with “RS 6 GT” lettering. The new RS bucket seats in a leather-Dinamica combination and the “RS 6 GT” lettering right below the headrests also feature this colour scheme. The honeycomb stitching in the centre of the seat shimmers in Express Red, while that on the outer seam of the bucket seat is finished in copper. The armrests, the dashboard, the centre 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 seat belts catch the eye with their full crimson-red colour. As a special highlight, the centre console features the car’s serial number in the limited run of 660 models.
The new RS 6 Avant GT1 has a power output of 463 kW and a maximum torque figure of 850 Nm. That is an increase of 22 kW and 50 Nm compared with the RS 6 Avant2 base model. The spearhead of the series sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.3 seconds, 0.3 seconds faster than the RS 6 Avant2. The RS 6 Avant GT1 accelerates to 200 km/h from a standstill in just 11.5 seconds, 0.5 seconds faster than the RS 6 Avant2. The standard top speed is 305 km/h, negative acceleration is handled by the standard RS ceramic brake system. The power of the 4.0 TFSI is applied to the permanent all-wheel drive quattro via the standard eight-speed Tiptronic gearbox with optimized shift times. Like the RS 6 Avant performance3, the RS 6 Avant GT1 uses the latest version of the locking centre differential. Particularly light and compact, it distributes engine power to the front and rear axle at a ratio of 40:60. If slippage occurs, more drive torque is automatically applied to the axle with better traction – up to 70 % can flow to the front axle and up to 85 % to the rear axle. The reworked centre differential improves driving dynamics, ensures noticeably more precise cornering, and makes for less understeer at the limit. 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 GT1. 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 GT1, adjustable coilover suspension comes as standard. It lowers the ride height by 10 mm compared to the RS 6 Avant2 and offers a perfect combination of dynamics and comfort. A higher spring rate, triple-adjustable dampers, and stiffer stabilizers (30 % stiffer at the front, 80 % 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 Dynamic Ride Control or the RS adaptive air suspension.
Take a look at the YouTube video from Audi that shows off what has to be the coolest-looking wagon we've seen an automaker release, like ever. THere's just something about taking a high-end sports wagon and throwing in a large helping of hooligan boy racer: The Audi RS 6 Avant GT | Audi
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