Wed. Aug 10th, 2022

The Audi RS 6 has turned 20. Audi released a press release on Tuesday telling the story of this high-performance model, which was offered as a sedan but achieved iconic status in the form of an Avant wagon.

At the turn of the 21st century, Audi was in the midst of a motorsports push that would see it become the dominant manufacturer at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and wanted to leverage it with an expanded range of high-performance road cars. Having just transformed the A4 into the RS 4, Audi decided to give the same treatment to the larger C5 A6 generation.

Launched in 2002, the C5 Audi RS 6 used a 4.2-liter V-8 from the S6, but with the addition of two turbochargers and tuning by Cosworth. It produced 444hp and 413Nm of torque, pushing the first RS 6 from 0 to 100km / h in 4.7 seconds. Top speed was electronically limited to 155 mph. A later Plus version increased power to 473 hp (torque remained unchanged) and increased top speed to 174 mph.

Audi RS6 Avant C5

Audi RS6 Avant C5

Produced with sedan and Avant bodywork, the C5 RS 6 was only sold as a sedan in the US and only for the 2003 model year. Production was limited to just 860 units, and those would be the only examples of the RS 6 to arrive. in the United States for some time.

Audi launched the second-generation C6 RS 6 in 2008, this time with a 5.0-liter twin-turbo V-10 that produces 572 hp and 479 lb-ft. However, the C6 was only able to shave 0.1 seconds from the C5’s 0-62mph time, and the same electronically enforced speed limits remained.

The C6 was only sold for two years and was never imported into the United States. However, we got an S6 sedan with the 5.2-liter naturally aspirated V-10 from the Audi R8 and Lamborghini Gallardo supercars.

Audi RS6 Avant C6

Audi RS6 Avant C6

Audi returned eight-cylinder for the C7 RS 6, which appeared in 2013. The C7’s 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 produced less power (552 hp) but more torque (516 lb-ft) than the V- 10, and the C7 was substantially faster, reaching 62 mph from a standstill in 3.9 seconds. It also boasted a top speed of 190 mph. Only available in Avant wagon form, the C7 RS 6 was not sold in the United States

The RS 6 has finally returned to the US for model year 2021 in the redesigned C8 Avant guise. Launched internationally in 2019, the C8 RS 6 Avant still uses a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8, this time producing 591 hp and 590 lb-ft. This does it from 0-62mph in 3.6 seconds, while top speed remains unchanged from the C7’s 300mph (cars without carbon ceramic brakes are limited to 155mph).

You can now get an RS 6 Avant from an Audi dealer for $ 117,595 (including destination). It’s not cheap, but if you have the means and want a fast wagon, it might be a good idea to get one while you can. As the history of the RS 6 shows, once it’s gone, you never know when it will return.

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