Audi RS6 GTO concept: quattro past and present combine

Published: 12 November 2020

► Audi celebrates 40 years of quattro
► This RS6 pays homage to the Audi 90
► A project from 12 apprentices in Nerckarsulm

How do you improve one of the best looking fast-estates on the market? If you’re Audi, you make it look like one of the best-looking race cars ever made. Feast your eyes on the RS6 GTO Concept, a meeting of minds between Ingolstadt’s hugely successful 90 Quattro GTO IMSA racecar, and it’s practical – but quick – RS6 super wagon. 

The project was the work of 12 apprentices in Audi’s Neckarsulm plant, and marks 40 years of Audi’s four-wheel drive tech. Under the Audi Sport paintjob, much of the RS6 has been modified with 3D-printed body worparticular interest are the RS6’s new, white wheels – again paying homage to the Audi 90 raced by legends such as Hans-Joachim Stuck and Walter Röhrl. 

Inside the RS6 GTO is less practical than its stock counterpart; the rear seats have been ripped out and replaced with a roll-cage, while the standard front seats have been swapped for ultra-light carbonfibre ones. 

‘The RS6 GTO concept of our apprentices has turned out to be an incredibly great car. I am very proud of our Neckarsulm apprentices and the results of their work,’ said Helmut Stettner, Neckarsulm plant manager and project backer. 

‘It was important to the apprentices to build a vehicle with a location reference and to revive the quattro history,’ said Timo Engler, the project manager. ‘The early 80s mark the beginning of Audi motorsport history.’

Read our review of the standard RS6 here

By Curtis Moldrich

CAR's Digital Editor, F1 and sim-racing enthusiast. Partial to clever tech and sports bikes.