Audi RS6


The original Audi RS6 was the top-of-the-line of the 2nd generation

(1997-2005) A6, and was available as both a sedan and a wagon (called Avant

by Audi). It was second at the top of the A6 lineup, above the A6 2.7T and

4.2 and the lesser S6, and was exceeded in power and price only by the Audi

RS6 Plus. It effectively replaced both the S6 4.2 and S6 Plus models of


The RS6 featured a twin-turbocharged version of the corporate 4.2 Litre V8

engine tuned by Cosworth Technologies (Now known as Mahle Powertrain),

which had originally been developed for the 1994 A8. With the aid of the

turbochargers, output rose to 444 hp (331 kW) and 415 ft·lbf (560 Nm) of

torque. The combination of the V-8 and the turbochargers helped give the

RS6 an exceptionally wide power band, with peak torque available from 1950

to 5600 RPMs.

The RS6 was available only with Audi’s Quattro All-Wheel Drive system and a

5-speed “Tiptronic” transmission, the same unit that was being used in the

W12 powered A8, chosen because none of Audi’s manual transmissions could

cope with the RS6’s high torque output. The RS6 also served as the debut

model for Audi’s Dynamic Ride Control (DRC) system. The system is mainly

mechanical, and uses a pump to keep pressure in the shock absorbers during

cornering to counteract rolling and pitching. The system is “intelligent”,

it is able to adjust the stiffness at each shock absorber constantly to

maintain both a comfortable ride and high grip. However, DRC’s main

advantage is that it operates without the need for most of the complicated

electronics required in similar systems from Mercedes-Benz and other


According to testing by Car and Driver magazine, the RS6 can accelerate

from 0 – 60 mph (0 – 96.6 km/h) in just 4.4 seconds, 0 – 100 mph in 10.7

seconds and has an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h),

however the vehicle can reportedly hit 170 miles per hour or more in

unlimited form. It can stop from 60 mph (96.6 to 0 km/h) in 118 feet

(35.97m), thanks to its large 365/335 mm (14.4/13.2 in) front/rear brakes,

and an uncommon eight-piston design in the front.

There was also an RS6 Plus version of the car producing over 480 bhp and

topping 180 mph. The car came only as an avant and was sold only in

European markets. It lasted for just one model year but quickly sold out

once it was released.

While about 8000 RS6s were produced worldwide, approximately 1,200 units

were sold in North America. A small community of RS6 owners exists in North

America and some refer to the vehicle as “The Beast” or “The Lord of the

Rings” (in reference to Audi’s interlocking ring logo). RS stands for

RennSport – Racing in German, fitting as the RS line of cars from Audi are

the most performance oriented of all Audis.rtually the same engine, and

similar power. The main criticism has been the paddle-shift gearbox’s

ability to operate smoothly and correctly.

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