Audi have lifted the covers of what is likely to be their last non-hybrid V8, the 2024 Audi RS6 GT, the pinnacle of their RS6 Avant super wagon range. It is by the far the most extreme car in the range and will be limited to just 660 examples.
This car was built off the RS6 GTO one-off concept from 2020, built by Audi apprentices, which was itself inspired by the 1989 racer Audi 90 Quattro IMSA GTO. This explains the mandatory livery wrap on these cars, though at least you’re offered a choice between white with orange and black, grey with black, or black with grey. There’s no RS6 GT without the wrap it seems.
If that hasn’t turned you off, then you’ll be pleased to hear that it isn’t any faster than the standard version of the RS6 either. It just looks a lot meaner with RS3-style vents and carbon fibre bonnet. Even the new Audi Avus inspired 22-inch alloy wheels add to this effect.
You’ve got the same 4.0-litre twin-turbo petrol V8 capable of 463kW (621 bhp) and 850Nm (590 lb-ft) of torque. The same as you’d find in the RS6 Performance but while that may be disappointing, that car was no slouch either. Audi claims it can do 0-100km/h (60mph) in 3.3 seconds, 0-200km/h (124 mph) in 11.5 seconds, for a top speed of 305km/h (190 mph).
The difference between the cars is the manually adjustable, race-inspired coil-over suspension fitted as standard. It rides 10mm lower than the regular RS6, has stiffer springs, three-stage dampers, and 30% stiffer front and 80% stiffer rear anti-roll bars. Here you get options as well, with coil-overs able to be switched for either adaptive dampers with steel springs or adaptive air suspension.
The transmission has also been revised with what Audi call “optimised” shift tuning, while the Quattro sport differential has been retuned for more rear-biased power distribution.
So while it doesn’t have more power, it should take corners considerably better. Perhaps that’s why Audi fitted the RS6 GT with a pair of bucket seats?
The focus and audience have been made clear for the RS6 GT with one simple choice: the removal of the roof rails for the first time in the RS6 Avant range while adding the twin-level rear spoiler from the apprentices’ concept car. If you’re planning on packing the kids in the car with the bikes strapped up top, then this isn’t the Audi for you.
The Audi RS6 Avant GT is due in European showrooms sometime in the middle of the year with more than 20 of the 660 examples heading to Australia and will arrive in the second half of 2024.