The Audi RS 6 is now 20 years old

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The Audi RS 6 has turned 20 years outdated. Audi put out a press launch Tuesday recounting the historical past of this efficiency model, which has been provided as a sedan however achieved iconic standing in Avant wagon kind.

On the flip of the twenty first century, Audi was within the midst of a motorsports push that may see it turn out to be the dominant producer on the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and it needed to capitalize on that with an expanded lineup of efficiency street vehicles. Having simply remodeled the A4 into the RS 4, Audi determined to present the larger C5-generation A6 the identical remedy.

Launched in 2002, the C5 Audi RS 6 used a 4.2-liter V-8 from the S6, however with added twin turbochargers and tuning by Cosworth. It produced 444 hp and 413 lb-ft of torque, propelling the inaugural RS 6 from 0-62 mph in 4.7 seconds. High pace was electronically restricted to 155 mph. A later Plus model boosted output to 473 hp (torque remained unchanged) and raised the highest pace to 174 mph.

Audi RS 6 Avant C5

Audi RS 6 Avant C5

Manufactured in sedan and Avant physique kinds, the C5 RS 6 was solely offered as a sedan in the USA, and just for the 2003 model 12 months. Manufacturing was restricted to only 860 models, and people can be the one examples of the RS 6 to make it to the U.S. for a while.

Audi launched the second-generation C6 RS 6 in 2008, this time with a 5.0-liter twin-turbo V-10 producing 572 hp and 479 lb-ft. Nevertheless, the C6 was solely in a position to shave 0.1 second off the C5’s 0-62 mph time, and the identical electronically-forced pace limits remained.

The C6 was solely offered for 2 years, and was by no means imported to the U.S. We did get an S6 sedan with the naturally-aspirated 5.2-liter V-10 from the Audi R8 and Lamborghini Gallardo supercars, although.

Audi RS 6 Avant C6

Audi RS 6 Avant C6

Audi went again to eight cylinders for the C7 RS 6, which appeared in 2013. The C7’s 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 produced much less horsepower (552 hp) however extra torque (516 lb-ft) than the V-10, and the C7 was considerably faster, reaching 62 mph from a standstill in 3.9 seconds. It additionally boasted a 190-mph prime pace. Out there solely in Avant wagon kind, the C7 RS 6 was not offered within the U.S.

The RS 6 lastly returned to the U.S. for the 2021 model 12 months in redesigned C8 Avant guise. Launched internationally in 2019, the C8 RS 6 Avant once more makes use of a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8, this time producing 591 hp and 590 lb-ft. That will get it from 0-62 mph in 3.6 seconds, whereas the highest pace stays unchanged from the C7’s 190 mph (vehicles with out carbon-ceramic brakes are restricted to 155 mph).

Now you can get an RS 6 Avant from an Audi seller for $117,595 (together with vacation spot). That is not low cost, however if you happen to’ve obtained the means and need a quick wagon, it is perhaps a good suggestion to seize one whilst you can. Because the historical past of the RS 6 exhibits, as soon as it is gone, you by no means know when it is going to be again.

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