Audi RS6 Avant C8 Adds Power, Loses Weight With Akrapovic Exhaust

Say what you will about the 2020 Audi RS6 Avant, but it certainly isn’t lacking in the power department. With 600 horsepower on tap, it can go head to head with supercars from not many years, but that doesn’t mean the aftermarket scene should simply ignore the performance wagon. Case in point, Akrapovic has developed a new exhaust system tailored to the C8-gen model, which adds power while slashing weight.

At 30.5 kilograms (67.2 pounds), it weighs 30% percent less than the stock exhaust by slashing a considerable 13.35 kg (29.4 lbs) thanks to the use of high-grade lightweight titanium. At the same time, it boosts output of the twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 engine by 15.8 horsepower at 6,150 rpm and 17.9 Newton-meters (13.2 pound-feet) of torque at the same rpm level.

Akrapovic’s exhaust is part of the Evolution Line and these power gains are the result of comparing two RS6 Avant C8s, one with the custom exhaust and the other with the OEM setup. At an additional cost, buyers can also order an optional carbon fiber diffuser finished in either glossy or matte to discreetly let everyone know this isn’t a stock car.

Beyond the respectable gains in performance, the sound is also notably more aggressive and in keeping with the RS6 Avant’s strong personality. Akrapovic says the meaner noise the car generates is accessible throughout the whole rpm range, from the low-end grunt to the top end under hard acceleration.

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If you plan on getting a new RS6 Avant, you should know Audi Sport offers two types of exhaust systems. You can tell which is which by the look of the tailpipes – they’re chrome on the standard version and blacked-out on the optional RS Sport exhaust. With the latter, the sound delivered by the V8 has a more powerful note and can be altered via the RS1 and RS2 customizable modes.

Adrian Padeanu

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