Harry Leahey

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As a bold tribute to four decades of Quattro, Audi has unveiled the RS6 GT, a model, which draws heavily from the legacy of the 90 IMSA racer. 

The car is finished in Arkona White, and is adorned with Audi Sport's iconic black, grey, and red accents. Other colour options  include Nardo Grey or Mythos Black, accompanied by grey and black graphics. 

Beyond its visual flair, the RS6 GT represents a significant performance evolution. It maintains the formidable 630hp and 627lb ft output from its 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8, identical to the RS6 Performance, but distinguishes itself through a series of substantial chassis enhancements.  

Drawing parallels to the RS4 Competition, the GT focuses on refining the driving experience with upgrades like coilover suspension for improved handling and aesthetics, and three-way adjustable suspension settings to bolster driving dynamics. These are complemented by stiffer anti-roll bars.

The GT model is also equipped with the latest Continental SportContact 7 tires to minimise understeer and ceramic brakes are fitted as standard. 0-62mph takes 3.3 seconds, before reaching its top speed of 190mph.

Audi has meticulously crafted the RS6 GT, integrating carbon fibre in the bonnet and front arches for the first time in the model's history, aiding in weight reduction and enhancing rear-biased handling. 

The interior of the RS6 GT meanwhile features carbon-backed bucket seats embroidered with the model name, a serial number on the transmission tunnel, and distinctive red and copper stitching on Alcantara and leather surfaces, alongside Crimson Red seat belts. Everything else, such as the cabin layout remains the same as the standard RS6 Avant. 

Limited to just 660 units, with 60 destined for the UK market, the RS6 GT's exclusivity is matched by its price tag of £176,975, a premium over the current top-tier RS6. 

As potentially the last V8-powered RS6, coupled with its extensive styling and mechanical upgrades, this model is poised to become a sought-after collector's item. 

Introduced in 2019, the C8 RS6 Avant, of which the GT is based, makes 591 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque. This powerplant is coupled with an 8-speed automatic transmission and Audi's Quattro all-wheel drive system, enabling it to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.6 seconds, according to Audi's claims.


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Harry Leahey 06/02/24