The wait is almost over, and the $109,995 2021 Audi RS6 Avant‘s North American arrival is imminent. But what are fans of Audi’s hotted-up wagon to do if the factory-spec RS6’s twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 engine’s 591 horsepower just isn’t enough to satiate their need for speed?
Well, maybe ABT has the answer. The Germany-based tuning firm’s RS6-R is a limited-edition, tuned variant of the high-performance Audi wagon with an extra 99 horsepower over stock. That brings the Audi’s output totals to 690 horsepower and 649 lb-ft of torque (that’s up by 59 lb-ft), and makes the RS6-R is a proverbial M-80 firework. The run-of-the-mill RS6 seems like a sparkler by comparison.
ABT didn’t just add power to this beast, though, it also blessed—or cursed, depending on your point of view—it with a new sense of style. Reworked front and rear fascias, new side skirts, rather tacky looking fender vents, and a stainless-steel exhaust system with big, quad tips complement a set of 22-inch wheels. There are also revisions to the suspension, including height-adjustable springs and new anti-roll bars.
If the RS6-R’s wagon body style doesn’t does do it for you, then the ABT RS7-R’s fastback profile might. As its name implies, the RS7-R takes the goods of the Audi RS7 and adds an extra dose of ABT spice. Like the RS6-R, the RS7-R’s twin-turbo V-8 engine makes a whopping 690 horses and 649 lb-ft of twist. The car’s added performance accompanies a number of exterior enhancements, as well, including new fascias, a small lip spoiler, and 22-inch wheels. Coil-over springs and new anti-roll bars are also part of the kit.
Interested in ABT’s RS6-R or RS7-R? Then you better act quick, as the company plans to build a mere 125 examples of each vehicle. Expect to pay a pretty penny, too, with the RS7-R’s kit sporting a near $76,000 asking price (including 19 percent VAT) across the pond. And that’s before accounting for the cost of the car itself!