Audi RS6

The Audi RS6 is the most powerful model of Audi AG based on the A6, which is now being built in the third generation. The components of this vehicle by quattro GmbH in Neckarsulm, a subsidiary of Audi. The first generation of the Audi RS6 (C5) came in the summer of 2002 on the market. The Audi RS6 is available as a four-door notchback sedan and wagon, but the top version of the first generation, the RS6 plus offered exclusively as a station wagon was.

The first was based on the Audi RS6 A6 C5 and was available with a 4.2 -liter V8 petrol engine with 331 kW (450 hp) and later 353 kW (480 hp) at the RS6 Plus. The last RS6 C5 ran the end of 2004 from the band and was barely four years later replaced by the second generation. The sequel was based on the Audi A6 C6 and was produced with a five -liter V10 engine and 426 kW ( 580 hp) from spring 2008 to the end of 2010.

  • 2.1 Model history
  • 2.2 Motor
  • 2.3 Specifications
  • 2.4 transmission
  • 2.5 brake system
  • 2.6 RS6 Plus

RS6 C5 ( 2002-2004)

Audi RS6 Sedan

Model history

The first Audi RS6 was introduced in mid-2002 based on the Audi A6 C5. The RS6 is for the Audi RS4 and the S6plus the third vehicle, which produced the Audi subsidiary quattro GmbH, and the first Audi model with a turbocharged V8 engine. He was with 450 hp and 560 Nm of torque to the appearance of his successor in 2008 the most powerful engine from quattro GmbH. Equally high are the driving performance of the RS6 achieved despite its relatively high curb weight of just under two tons.

From April 2004, there was only the Audi RS6 plus whose production was originally limited to 999 vehicles. Towards the end of 2004, production of the first generation ran out. A total of 8081 copies of the Audi RS6 at Audi were built at the Neckarsulm plant. The successor to the first - generation RS6 was introduced in 2008.


The RS6 is compared with the normal production version was only marginally changed. Externally, this concerns the changed bumpers, front and rear grille inserts with honeycomb appearance, as well as modified side skirts and aluminum door sills with the RS 6 logo. The larger wheels with standard 18 -inch wheels (optional 19-inch ) and 255 mm wide tires distinguish the vehicle from the normal A6. The body was strengthened in certain areas compared to the normal variant and is therefore stiffer.


The Audi RS6 was offered as a sedan and wagon ( Avant). The RS6 Plus was, however, available except for a single piece of red sedan as a special edition, only as an Avant.

Audi RS6 Avant


At 999 units limited edition: RS6 plus


The most striking visual differences of the body of the RS6 to the normal Audi A6 4B are:

  • Wider fenders
  • Wider side skirts
  • Xenon plus headlights
  • Changed appearance of the front and rear bumper
  • Oval exhaust pipes ( double-flow)
  • Matt polished aluminum mirrors
  • Standard light-alloy wheels in size 8.5 x 18-inch (optional 19-inch )
  • Roof rails


The design of the interior corresponds in large part to the production model, only RS6 lettering in the instrument cluster and a speedometer up to 310 km / h lift the RS6 interior on the A6. The boot holds 424 liters for the sedan. The Avant- boot holds 455 liters, with fold-down rear seatback, it can be extended to 1590 liters.

The standard equipment of the RS6 are, among others:

  • Climate
  • Xenon headlights
  • Four electric windows
  • Recaro leather seats with heating
  • Leather steering wheel with shift paddles
  • Six airbags
  • Center armrest, front and rear


The eight-cylinder engine was built by Cosworth, which until 2004 belonged from 1998 to Audi, in England. The engine is based on the V8 in the Audi S6 C5 with 250 kW/340 hp, which was built from 1999 to 2005. In the RS6 engine has two turbochargers ( turbo ) and two intercoolers. The engine block is made of aluminum, each cylinder has five valves. Behind the intercoolers of the RS6 plus an additional water cooler is mounted respectively.

The relatively high engine capacity of 4172 cc, combined with the twin turbo engine in the RS6 After the conversion 331 kW (450 hp) at 5700-6400/min and develops a torque of 560 Newton meters, which of 1950-5600/min for constant available. Originally wanted to deliver the Audi RS6 with 500 hp, but the automatic transmission is reached with 450 hp at its limit. Taking this into consideration, the performance was not further increased.

The CO2 emission level is specified by the manufacturer 350 g / km. The engine complies with the Euro 3 emission standard.


As standard, the vehicle is delivered only with the Tiptronic automatic transmission converter. The Tiptronic in which can select the five gears, a certain degree of influence is possible. The automatic also allows either to manually change gears with paddles on the steering wheel or the gear selector lever.

The transmission is based on the 5 -speed automatic transmission from the Audi A8 W12 ( 12 cylinder ) and has a dynamically controlled switching program. The switching times have been adjusted for the RS6 and are now shorter. In addition, the Tiptronic recognizes the currently selected driver's driving style and varies the shift points accordingly. Even in sharp cornering does this better than a conventional torque converter automatic and unwanted gear changes thus remain out. A manual transmission was not offered for the RS6.

Power transmission

The Audi RS6 was offered as standard and exclusively with all-wheel drive quattro. In addition, the RS6 also comes complete with an electronic differential lock with electronic stability program.

Landing gear

This special sport suspension in the RS6 with Dynamic Ride Control (DRC ) acts in comparison, however, entirely without the use of electronics to the pitch and roll of the car body counter. It reduces the " nod " when the front of the car dips during braking, as well as the lateral " shaken" the body. The shock absorbers are provided by diagonal coupled together; when the car dips forward right, he no longer goes back left up automatically.

This particular damper system thereby changing the characteristic of the shock absorber. The operation of the system based on the active use of the volume of oil that displaces the dipping piston rod of the shock absorber during compression and the resulting pressure variation in the dampening system. Common shocks compensate for the volume of the immersed piston rods by means of a compressible gas cushion ( mono-tube gas pressure shock absorbers ) or by means of an additional volume into which the displaced oil can expand ( twin-tube dampers ).

Due to the diagonal connection of the respective front bumper to the rear coupled to two systems, the different pressure conditions are used to specifically adapt the respective damper characteristics for these driving conditions occurring in body movements. The result is a comfortable basic tuning of the chassis, which also counteracts a possible pitching and rolling motion of the body in almost all driving situations.


  • Acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h: 4.7 seconds
  • Acceleration from 0 to 200 km / h: 17.8 seconds
  • Top speed: 250 km / h ( limited)
  • Power to weight ratio: 4.09 / 4.18 kilograms per hp (saloon / Avant)

In one test, the car magazine sport auto in January 2003 provided by the factory RS6 sedan reached exceptional test results:

  • Acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h: 4.4 seconds
  • Acceleration from 0 to 200 km / h: 15.6 seconds

RS6 plus

The RS6 plus was initially limited only as combination available and to 999 copies. At the end of production of the saloon there was just a red RS6 plus copy with the last chassis number # 1774th The combined cost without special equipment 101 050 euro (as of April 6, 2004 ). The only ever built RS6 plus sedan cost, including individual facilities, 132,000 euros and was delivered to Austria.


The additional features in contrast to the RS6 is, among other things:

  • A matte black exterior appearance of the chrome parts (only the mirrors are in aluminum look, all other chrome parts black)
  • A sport exhaust system from quattro GmbH with black anodized exhaust tailpipes
  • 22 kW (30 hp) more power (torque remained at 560 Nm)
  • Standard 19 -inch wheels instead of 18 inch
  • Brakes with perforated brake discs from quattro GmbH
  • Plus sports suspension from quattro GmbH (optional at no extra charge )


Standard are known from the RS6 natural leather seats. For an additional charge, the RS6 plus could be equipped with two-tone leather / Alcantara. This interior combinations could be ordered in three packages:

  • "Black Cognac " ( full leather black or cognac )
  • " Blue" ( leather / alcantara black / blue) and
  • "Silver" ( leather / alcantara black / silver).

The vehicle coating corresponds to the respective interior color ( Ebony Black, Sprint Blue, light silver).

The interior has a plaque with the number next vehicle produced carbon trim and pedals and footrest in aluminum look from the RS6 plus. In addition, the RS6 was already fitted plus the available navigation system, as opposed to the previous RS6 construction with a DVD drive, 16:9 screen and MMI control logic.


Technically, the RS6 Plus besides the already mentioned sport exhaust system, sport brakes and sport suspension still an uprated engine ( 480 hp ) and a higher speed limiter recognized (280 km / h). But since this is just a software change that is likely to be the only interesting thing that these power values ​​are now possible with warranty. But that also means that the quattro GmbH, the maximum torque of 560 Nm left untouched, because unchanged converter automatic in the long run still seems too weak to withstand more power.

In addition to the changed software there is only one other technical difference; the RS6 Plus has two additional water coolers that were installed directly behind the intercoolers. This additional water cooler there were also already in the normal RS6 in the so-called " hot- country version", which is the version that was shipped in countries with very high ambient temperatures. By the auxiliary water cooler, the cooling water quantity increases by two liter compared to the normal RS6.


  • Acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h: 4.6 seconds
  • Acceleration from 0 to 200 km / h: 17.3 seconds
  • Maximum speed: 280 km / h ( limited)
  • Empty weight: 1880 kg ( only available as an Avant )
  • Power to weight ratio: 4.15 kg per hp

RS6 C6 ( 2008-2010)

Audi RS6

Model history

The delivery of the RS6 Avant started in April 2008. Sedan appeared only for the A6 facelift in October 2008. The basic price of EUR 110 650 Avant was, while the sedan from 108,400 euros was available. The following later Plus variants were limited to 500 pieces.

By large air intakes, the single-frame grille in diamond design, and the built- in headlights LED daytime running lights, the RS6 from the sporty S6 variant differs. In addition, the wing spreads to remember in shape to the " Ur-quattro ".

At the end of 2010, production of the RS6 ran out.


The engine is a further development based on the model developed by Audi V10, which is used comes in different stages of development in S / R models and in similar form in Audi subsidiary Lamborghini.



As standard, the vehicle is supplied with a converter automatic transmission with Tiptronic, which has six gears. Furthermore, it has a dynamic switching (DSP ) and sport program, a hydraulic torque converter lock-up clutch with controlled and shortened response times.

Brake system

As standard this RS6 comes with six-piston fixed calipers with 390 mm diameter perforated and floating brake discs on the front axle. At the rear, a 356 -mm fixed-caliper brake is applied. For an additional charge, a ceramic brake system with 420 mm (front) and 356 mm brake discs ( rear) is available.

RS6 Plus

In the C6 generation has departed from the classical tradition and plus now separated into two different equipment packages. Addition of price savings both placed on the ashtray plaque as well as raising the speed limit to 303 km / h, significantly. The plus model is limited to 500 vehicles.

  • Plaque on the center console with consecutive numbers from the limited number of pieces
  • 20-inch cast aluminum wheels in 5- segment -spoke design with 275/35-Reifen
  • Carbon panels in the engine compartment
  • Sports suspension plus
  • Raising the speed limit to 303 km / h ( limited)
  • Instrument panel cover, driver's side in leather including side center console
  • Floor mats with RS6 logo
  • Headlining in Alcantara
  • All features of the sports package, plus: Controls, door trim inserts and armrests in leather

RS6 C7 ( since 2013)

Audi RS6 Avant (since 2013)

In December 2012, the third-generation RS6 Avant was introduced as.

This is powered by a 4.0 - liter V8 petrol engine with bi- turbocharging, cylinder deactivation and 412 kW ( 560 hp). Comes standard all-wheel drive quattro used as transmission and an 8- speed automatic. Compared to its predecessor, the empty weight is decreased by about 100 kilograms. The acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h takes place in 3.9 s; the top speed is 250 km / h, but can be raised by the " dynamic package " on 280 or by the " dynamic package plus" to 305 km / h. Through various fuel-saving measures, a combined average fuel consumption of 9.8 liters per 100 km to be achieved.

The market launch of this RS6 is planned for summer 2013, begins with prices starting at 107,900 euros.