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2025 Audi RS6 Avant GT Brings Distinctive IMSA GTO Look to the Street

  • Audi has just revealed this new, limited-run version of the RS6 Avant with twin spoilers, special wheels, and plenty of carbon fiber.
  • Called the RS6 Avant GT, the limited edition wagon takes after the iconic Audi 90 Quattro IMSA GTO race car from the late 1980s and early 1990s.
  • Production of the RS6 Avant GT is being limited to 660 units globally, with 85 making their way to the United States and seven to Canada.

Many racing fans look back through rose-colored glasses at the halcyon days of racing in the 1980s and ’90s. Whether warranted or not, the era ignites a sense of nostalgia and wonder for the drivers who piloted the machines of the day with such agility. Many automakers today try to harness that nostalgia by creating modern examples of historic vehicles. That’s exactly what Audi is doing with the 2025 RS6 Avant GT, which it hopes will invoke the same sense of awe as the iconic Audi 90 Quattro IMSA GTO race car it is designed after. We might wish the Avant GT featured the 700-plus horsepower and side-mounted exhaust found on the vehicle that inspired it, but the 621 horsepower it does offer should be more than adequate.

Its multicolored livery and white wheels are the first things to notice, but you need only take a cursory glance at the RS6 Avant GT to see that considerable changes have been made to the super station wagon. Upon further investigation, the GT is strikingly similar to the 2020 Audi RS6 GTO concept car originally designed by a group of 12 Audi apprentices with help from Audi Design.

Double Wing, Like ’89 Quattro IMSA GTO Car

Just like with the GTO concept, our eyes were immediately drawn to the large double wing at the back of the car, recalling the prominent double wing on the 1989 Audi 90 Quattro IMSA GTO race car. At the front of the new Avant GT, there’s a new grille, and the air intake is now finished in gloss black. There’s also a more aggressive front splitter integrated into the GT’s leading edge. The Avant GT’s hood and front fenders are completely redesigned and are now finished in carbon fiber. Cutouts at the back of the fenders reduce air pressure and help with brake cooling.

The special-edition wagon will be offered with exclusive decals in three designs. The first, shown here, pairs Arkona white with Audi Sport’s black, gray, and red. The second and third options pair Nardò gray and Mythos black with gloss-black and matte-black wheels respectively.

The inside of the Avant GT comes with Audi’s RS Design Package Plus as standard. That means the black interior is heavily accented with a combination of red and copper stitching in places such as the steering wheel, center console, armrests, and floor mats. Audi kept the carbon-fiber theme going for the interior, swapping the standard front buckets of the RS6 Avant Performance for an exclusive set of carbon-fiber bucket seats up front.

Now that the RS6 Avant Performance is the baseline for the RS6’s, well, performance, the Avant GT’s numbers are a little less exciting. The special edition shares the same fire-breathing twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 as the regular RS6 Avant Performance. That means 621 horsepower and 627 pound-feet of torque being sent to the Quattro all-wheel-drive system through an eight-speed automatic transmission.

As with the engine, the Avant GT carries over the locking center differential from the standard car, though according to Audi the quattro sport differential on the rear axle has been specially tuned for the RS 6 Avant GT. The special edition comes standard with a set of adjustable coil-over shocks, lowering the car by almost half an inch compared to the standard RS6 Avant.

Unlike the standard RS6 Avant Performance, which is manufactured entirely on the production line, the final assembly of the Avant GT is carried out by hand. Production for the RS6 Avant GT is being limited globally to 660 units, with 85 coming to the United States and seven headed for Canada.

Final pricing for North America has not been released, but Audi confirmed that the special edition will be sold in Germany for the equivalent of just under $235,000. Audi said deliveries will start in the spring.

Headshot of Jack Fitzgerald

Jack Fitzgerald’s love for cars stems from his as yet unshakable addiction to Formula 1.
After a brief stint as a detailer for a local dealership group in college, he knew he needed a more permanent way to drive all the new cars he couldn’t afford and decided to pursue a career in auto writing. By hounding his college professors at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, he was able to travel Wisconsin seeking out stories in the auto world before landing his dream job at Car and Driver. His new goal is to delay the inevitable demise of his 2010 Volkswagen Golf.

This article was originally published by a www.caranddriver.com . Read the Original article here. .

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