The Audi RS6 is a full size sports car that was originally introduced in 2002 and then again in 2008. Available as either an avant or saloon the latest generation RS6 is powered by a Lamborghini sourced twin turbocharged 5.0 Liter V10 making 580 HP and 480 lb-ft of torque. This much power allows the RS6 to catapults the car from 0 to 60 MPH in under 4.5 seconds while the car's top speed is electronically limited to 155 MPH, but can be raised to 174 MPH at the customer’s request.
The German automaker Audi has unveiled two new limited edition equipment packages for the RS6 full size luxury sport sedan. Called the RS6 Plus and RS6 Plus Sport, the special edition sedan comes with a few exclusive equipment packages from the four ring automaker and will be limited to only 500 units. The upgrades start with a carbon design package for the engine compartment, a sport tuned suspension hidden behind a set of special five spoke rims measuring 20 inches in diameter, an instrument panel and center console covered in lavish leather as well as bespoke RS6 logos adorning the front floor mats. But best of all the special equipment packages distinguish these RS6s by raising the electronically limited top speed of 155 MPH all the way up to 188.28 MPH, that’s over the magical 300 km/h mark. The special RS6’s are priced at 3,250 euros for the Plus package and 8,310 euros for the Sport version.
While we usually associated the kings of yesteryear with riding in some of the most tricked-out carriages you’ll ever see, the kings of today have traded in their horse-drawn rides for something a little more appropriate with the times.
King Juan Carlos of Spain, ever the car enthusiast that he is, is no stranger to riding – and owning – some of the most beautiful machines in the world. Known to have around 70 cars in his garage, King Juan Carlos is living proof that power begets style. Though not as addicted to cars as, say Sultan Bolkiah of Bruinei, the king of Spain still boasts of a pretty impressive fleet of cars including this fully-customized Audi RS6 sedan . If you’ll notice, the whole car has been customized in black with the exception of the car’s lights out in the front and back as well as the signal lights on both side mirrors. We’ll venture a guess that this particular RS6 has also been decked in some pretty sturdy bullet-proof armor.
After all, you probably wouldn’t expect anything less from one of the most influential royalty figures – especially a car enthusiast at that - in the world, would you?
We are all well aware of the benefits of modifying a used vehicle, for starters they are cheaper than buying a new car to start fiddling around with and even better, the older the vehicle the less likely that there are any warranties to void by swapping in a few high performance parts either. One such example is the first generation Audi RS6 , produced between 2002 and 2004, the midsize A6 super car makes use of a 40 Valve 4.2 Liter biturbo V8 making 444 HP and 413 lb-ft of torque straight from the factory driving Audi’s patented Quattro all wheel drive system, and if you can find an example of the more practical avant version, even better.
MFK Autosport has developed a new tuning package that takes the twin turbocharged eight cylinder super sedan and boosts the RS6’s output all the way up to 520 HP without the aid of any wild wings or vinyl decals. MFK focused on retuning the Audi’s engine computer in order to make the most of the factory hardware along with a larger diameter Y pipe and a set of high flow catalytic converters to almost eliminate backpressure and let the turbos spool up as soon as possible. The only additional bling that MFK Autosport saw fit to add to the RS6 are a set of satin black three piece aluminum Schmidt Revolution CC-Line rims measuring 20 inches in diameter to add a bit more aggression to this even faster wagon.
We here at Top Speed love tuned machines, we love them even more when they are racing, but there is a special spot in out hearts for fast wagons. The owner of the BMW M5 must not have known what he was looking at when the Audi RS6 Avant built by tuners MTM rolled up and challenged him to a race. It appears that the BMW is equipped with a Super Sprint exhaust, good for another 40 HP over the 5.0 Liter V10’s 500 HP, but one thing is for certain, an exhaust is no match for a fully built 700+ HP machine.
It is nice to see the return of the sport wagon. This white Audi RS6 built by Berlin based tuners AVUS Performance is a perfect example. As if a 580 HP Biturbo V10 with Quattro isn’t enough AVUS boosts the four ringed estate to 700 HP and restricts the top speed to preserve the tires.
The French enthusiasts at Grip have set up an interesting competition between an MTM modified Audi RS6 Avant and a Ski-Doo snowmobile. The German tuners MTM have boosted the Audi’s 5.0 Liter TFSI 10 cylinder engine from the standard 580 HP to an astonishing 730 HP. The driver is banking on the Quattro all wheel drive system of the MTM RS6 R to get all that power to the snow covered surface. Watch and see how the tuned twin turbo V10 stacks up against the 1200 cc Rotax motor in this downhill battle. The action starts at around 1:00.
VW tuners Sportec have turned their attention to the Audi RS6 . Thanks to a reprogrammed computer and some high flowing catalytic converters the turbocharged V10 is now producing 700 HP and able to sprint to 60 MPH (100 km/h) in only 4 seconds on its way to a top speed of 192 MPH (310 km/h).
Finally, the 2009 Audi RS6 was unveiled! Featuring the 5.0 liter V10 engine, the new sports car from Audi promises to be a dreaded rival for its main competitors like Bmw and Mercedes-Benz. Capable to develop an astonishing 580 hp and 480 ft lbs of torque, the engine catapults the car from 60 mph in under 4.5 seconds while the top speed is electronically limited at 155 mph or, at customer’s request to 174.
The new Audi RS6 also has to be comfortable at speed, and to help accomplish this, the front axle features four lightweight aluminum control arms per wheel.
The German manufacturer also installed a new damping technology called Dynamic Ride Control (DRC) which reduces reduces pitch and roll using purely mechanical means. The vehicle features a new ESP system which offers driving fun without compromising safety, but it can also be entirely deactivated for uncompromised fun.
The 2009 Audi RS6 features 19 inch alloy wheels and comes with 390 millimeters brake disks on the front and 365 millimeters on the rear. Also 20 inch wheels are offered as an option as well as a ceramic brake system fitted with 420 millimeters brake disks in the front and 356 millimeters in the rear wheels.
The new model from Audi will be launched in mid-October and will be available for 105,550 euros (about $157,000.)
Audi seems to be an alphabet soup of future coupes. We know there will be a V10 version of the R8, we’re waiting on seeing a concept car for a sedan/coupe A7, and looking for a V12 diesel version of the R8 likely caller the R10.
But those are the known quantities. What Audi is keeping us in limbo about are the smaller coupes. Audi could be working on an R3 as a version of Volkswagen’s new roadster (and a replacement for the TT); there could also be a R4 based on the upcoming smaller Porsche Boxster ; or there are also rumors about a R6 to compete with the current Boxster’s size.
If the R4 or the R6 make it to production will probably depend on the wishes of Audi’s new corporate parent Porsche. If Porsche sees an opportunity to build one of both of these cars without cannibalizing from its own sales, then these will likely see the light of day.
The latest tuning kit for the Audi RS6 Avant comes from DKR Tuning, a company who recently unveiled its customized Porsche 997 Turbo . The new programme for the German vehicles features some ECU tweaking which boosts the engine from 580 to 660 hp and 750 Nm.
The top speed is also raised at 202 mph! In order to obtain these high speeds, a new H&R suspension kit is installed as well as the 20 inch Cargraphic RS alloy wheels. The tuner offers also new carbon-fiber accessories for the interior in order to give your car a special touch. Price of the kit: $2,000.