1989 was an excellent 12 months in Audi’s historical past and the corporate is commemorating that with the speedy RS 6 Avant GT, a hot-rod station wagon that, for U.S. clients, will solely be obtainable in throwback livery commemorating the corporate’s race automotive within the U.S. IMSA collection that 12 months.
The Virginia-based Group 44 racing crew of Bob Tullius ran Audi’s manufacturing unit racing program in IMSA that 12 months, racing turbocharged Quattro all-wheel-drive sedans within the crew’s signature equipment white paint and the quantity “4” rather than the crew’s eponymous “44”.
Audi designers took inspiration from the race vehicles’ styling once they developed the 2025 RS 6 Avant GT’s paint scheme and bodywork. That features a light-weight carbon fiber hood, fenders that incorporate air extractors behind the wheel wells, distinctive rocker panels, a double-element rear wing, and new entrance and rear bumper fascias.
Group 44’s 1989 Audi 90 Quattro IMSA race automotive. AUDI
Curiously, for the brand new automotive’s 6-spoke, 22-inch wheels, they borrowed from Audi’s earlier Avus idea supercar quite than replicating the IMSA race automotive’s iconic BBS wheels with their clean, low-aerodynamic-drag hubs.
Alas, the trendy 4.0-liter, 621-hp, turbocharged V8 engine is way too refined to provide the distinctive whistle of the IMSA race vehicles’ pop-off valve when it launched extra strain below deceleration, however with this type of energy, driving the RS 6 Avant GT ought to nonetheless be thrilling. It accelerates to 60 mph in lower than 3.3 seconds and achieves a 190 mph high velocity.
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The 2025 Audi RS 6 Avant GT wears the identical gloss white ache with black and pink graphics as its IMSA-racing forebear. AUDI
It sheds that velocity with carbon ceramic brakes, that, mixed with the grip of the brand new high-performance Continental “Sport Contact 7” 285/30 R22 tires, trim six toes from the automotive’s 60-0 mph stopping distance in comparison with the usual RS 6 Avant.
Some rationalization of Audi’s nomenclature is so as. The “S” denotes that this can be a sedan and the “6” signifies that it’s a mid-size mannequin in the midst of the corporate’s product line. Including an “R” to the “S” signifies that this can be a racy sport model of the automotive, making it an RS 6. You’ll discover that this isn’t, actually, a sedan, however is a wagon, and Audi signifies that with the addition of the phrase “Avant” to the automotive’s identify.
The six-spoke 22-inch wheels of the 2025 RS 6 Avant GT handed up the possibility to replicate the slick model of the BBS wheels on the 1989 race automotive. AUDI
This newest limited-production model – they’ll construct solely 660 of them – provides “GT” to the tip of the time to point that that is the head maximum-performance version. Presto: Audi RS 6 Avant GT.
The cabin of the 2025 Audi RS 6 Avant GT boasts seats with a honeycomb sample that shimmers in Specific Crimson, whereas that on the outer seam of the bucket seat is completed in copper. AUDI
That is an Audi, so naturally, simply as within the previous race automotive, energy is routed to all 4 wheels by means of the corporate’s Quattro all-wheel drive system. Whereas the ’89 IMSA racer employed an H-pattern manual-shift gearbox, the RS 6 Avant GT has an 8-speed Tiptronic dual-clutch automated handbook with computer-optimized shifting.
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A light-weight, compact, locking heart differential usually splits engine energy 40/60 to the automotive’s entrance and rear axles, offering the feeling of rear drive with the grip and acceleration of all-wheel-drive. If there’s slippage, the diff can ship as a lot as 70 % to the entrance or 85 % to the rear axle.
All-wheel-drive vehicles can undergo from front-drive-like understeer because of the energy switch by means of the entrance tires’ contact patches diminishing obtainable grip for cornering, however Audi guarantees that impact is minimized by this new heart differential. The rear differential additionally will get particular tuning with a concentrate on better agility and rear bias when driving in “dynamic” mode for sporty, impartial, and extremely exact dealing with.
That dealing with is enhanced by the substitution of triple-adjustable coilover-shock suspension that Audi designed and builds in-house. This offers a 10mm decrease trip top than the common RS 6 Avant. The GT’s suspension additionally features a 30 % stiffer entrance anti-roll bar and an 80 % stiffer rear bar for higher management of physique roll in turns.
The shocks are the normal handbook adjustment sort, so Audi offers a device equipment and directions for homeowners to dial within the settings for high-speed compression (as when the automotive strikes a bump), low-speed compression (as when the automotive turns or decelerates), and rebound, when the spring reacts to compression following any of these occasions.
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The much less devoted can decide for a similar electronically managed Dynamic Journey Management system or the adaptive air suspension from the usual RS 6, however that appears to spoil the distinctive character of the limited-edition mannequin.
As a particular automotive, the RS 6 Avant GT isn’t constructed on the common meeting line. The automotive does begin at Audi’s Neckarsulm manufacturing line and paint store, however then it will get shipped to Böllinger Höfe, the place the Audi R8, Audi e-tron GT Quattro, and RS e-tron GT are inbuilt restricted manufacturing.
A accomplished 2025 Audi RS 6 Avant GT within the ultimate inspection space of the Böllinger Höfe plant. AUDI
Remaining meeting is carried out there by a devoted crew of simply seven skilled staff working at three meeting stations that have been arrange particularly for this unique particular version. The job takes a day for every automotive, as all the GT-specific options are put in by hand.
Audi says that the Böllinger Höfe facility makes use of inexperienced electrical energy and warmth from renewable sources. However for U.S. consumers, the manufacturing unit is the one inexperienced a part of the RS 6 Avant GT, as a result of Audi will solely promote vehicles which can be headed to America within the shiny white shade scheme of the 1989 Group 44 IMSA racing Quattro. Group 44 boss Bob Tullius must be proud.