The Audi RS6 or RS6 Quattro is a high-performance version of the Audi A6, coming in just above the Audi 6 in the lineup. This vehicle is classified as a mid-size sports-focused executive car and was produced by Quattro GmbH, a high-performance private subsidiary of Audi AG. Both the first and second versions of this vehicle came as a 5-door and 5-seat variant of the “Avant”, which is what Audi calls its estate car-station wagon, as well as a 4-door 5-seat saloon-sedan. The third generation of this vehicle is available only as an Avant/estate car.
The RS6 uses the A6 platform with internal combustion engines which are front-mounted and longitudinally oriented with a transmission that is mounted at the back of the engine in a similar longitudinal orientation. Similar to all of the S and RS models of this vehicle, it is available only with Audi’s Torsen-based Quattro permanent 4-wheel drive system. The C5 RS6 was the fourth model to be released from Quattro GmbH, with the first being the Audi RS2 Avant, which was a result of the joint venture between Porsche and Quattro GmbH. The second vehicle to be made available was the Audi C4 S6 Plus, and manufacturing of it started in April of 1996 until July of 1997.
The third vehicle to be made available in this lineup was the 2000 Audi B5 RS4 with the fifth vehicle being the 2005 Audi B7 A4 DTM Edition saloon. The sixth vehicle was the 2006 Audi B7 RS4 and the seventh and most current vehicle to be released was the Quattro GmbH model, which is the more recent Audi C6 RS 6. The Audi C5 RS 6 started production in June of 2002 and ended in September of 2004. The second and most current version of this vehicle was first introduced to the public at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2007.
The Audi RS6 Avant was released to a great deal of praise from consumers and has been hailed as one of the best all-weather supercars in a 5-door body style. The combination of AWD performance, practicality, and horsepower is what set this vehicle apart from all of the others at the time. This model has been discontinued twice since it first appeared on the market in 2002, despite its impressive specs and warm reception. Audi is planning to sell a total of 1.6 million cars in 2014, which is a number that could break records and even threaten BMW’s top sales numbers.
The A6 has a history in America going back to the 1995 model, which is when the German automaker upgrades its 100 model and rebranded it with the A6 name. Audi also renamed the S4 the S6 in the same year, adding the new and very impressive performance model which was nothing like anything the public had seen before. The RS6 had a 450 horsepower V8 engine in 2003, and the RS6 Avant was launched onto the European market in 2013.
The A6 was eventually tweaked by MTM, one of the most famous Audi tuners in the entire world. While there were quite a few changes made to this vehicle, it kept the same 4.0 liter twin-turbo V8 engine, but with some tuning there was a power output increase to 722 horsepower as well as 652 pound-feet of torque, which was a significant increase from the 560 horsepower and 516 pound-feet torque that the previous engine was capable of. This vehicle has definitely impressed the world with its modern specs and sleek design, leaving consumers wondering what this German automaker has planned next for this lineup.