Audi RS6 Sedan Unleashed Ahead of Paris Debut

Audi RS6 Sedan
Audi RS6 Sedan

Hot on the heels of the facelifted A6 comes its more powerful sibling: the Audi RS6 Sedan. It follows the Avant variant which was first shown to the public at the Frankfurt Motor Show last year.

The same 5.0-liter Twin-Turbo V10 engine from the Avant makes it to the sedan variant producing 580 hp (426 kW) and 650 Nm (480 lb-ft) of torque, it is mated to a six-speed tiptronic automatic transmission system and power is passed to all four wheels via Audi's permanent all-wheel drive system.

Thanks to its power-to-weight ratio of just 3.4kg per HP, it enables the RS6 to boast supercar performance. The Sedan sprints from 0-100km/h in just 4.5 seconds, shading an extra 0.1 seconds off the Avant's time, top speed is electronically limited at 250km/h (155mph) although consumers have an option to raise this to 280 km/h (174 mph).

The interior and exterior design has been left largely unchanged from the Avant but we can see the sedan takes its rear end inspriation from the all-new Audi A4.

The RS6 Sedan will hit showrooms in October – shortly after its worldwide debut at the Paris Motor Show and it will carry a sticker price of €105,550.

Source: Audi
Published Aug 12th, 2008 11:34am By Clinton Deacon

The confidently superior sports sedan from quattro GmbH

  • Twin-turbo V10 producing 426 kW (580 hp) and 650 Nm of torque
  • Racing-inspired direct injection and dry-sump lubrication
  • A wealth of high-tech for superior performance

426 kW (580 hp) and 650 Nm (479.42 lb-ft) of torque – with its twin-turbo V10 and quattro permanent all-wheel drive, the Audi RS 6 is a car without equal. Following on the heels of the RS 6 Avant, Audi now presents the sedan. It drives like a supercar thanks to its superior performance and thrilling dynamics, yet offers all of the everyday utility of a large business sedan.

The engine of the new Audi RS 6 is a high-tech work of art. The 4,991 cc V10 bundles a number of Audi’s race-winning technologies – FSI direct fuel injection, dry-sump lubrication and two turbochargers. With up to 1.6 bar of boost pressure, these provide smooth, powerful thrust and an incomparable power band: The peak torque of 650 Nm (479.42 lb-ft) is available from 1,500 to 6,250 rpm and thus nearly over the entire rev range. Peak power of 426 kW (580 hp) is generated between 6,250 rpm and the maximum figure of 6,700 rpm.

With a power-to-weight ratio of 3.4 kilograms per hp, the Audi RS 6 performs like a supercar. It catapults to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 4.5 seconds on its way to an electronically-limited top speed of 250 km/h (155.34 mph), which can be optionally raised to 280 km/h (173.98 mph). The V10 responds immediately and spontaneously to the throttle, and is very smooth while accelerating with a powerful roar.

The engine’s power flows through the six-speed tiptronic, one of a new, dynamic generation of Audi automatic transmissions. Its reaction time has been reduced to one tenth of a second, shift time has been halved compared to units used in other models and transmission ratios are short. The driver can also manually change gears either using the shift lever or the paddles on the steering wheel. The tiptronic transmission transfers the power to an extremely sporty, rear-weighted quattro drive train.

Precision high-tech suspension

The technology bundled into the suspension of the Audi RS 6 guarantees an amazing performance experience. The front axle features four lightweight aluminum control arms per wheel, whose elastokinematics have been designed for particularly sporty performance. The characteristics of the speed-dependent servotronic power steering were retuned and the steering gear ratio is a direct 12.5:1. The rear suspension kinematics have also been modified.

The development engineers have also deployed an exclusive damping technology: Dynamic Ride Control DRC reduces pitch and roll using purely mechanical means. Hydraulic lines and valves connect diagonally opposed pairs of shock absorbers. When cornering, the flow of fluid to the damper of the compressing outside front wheel increases, providing firmer support and reducing roll. When combined with the sports suspension plus, DRC offers a choice of three selectable damper settings – sport, dynamic and comfort – which can be activated via the MMI.

The electronic stabilization system ESP offers maximum driving fun with uncompromised safety. Its relatively high activation threshold encourages a dynamic driving style. It offers a Sport mode and can also be deactivated entirely.

The new Audi RS 6 rolls on 19-inch alloy wheels shod with 255/40 tires. Up front, six-piston fixed aluminum calipers – painted black and decorated with RS badges – clamp down on 390 millimeter brake disks. The rear brake disks measure 365 millimeters in diameter. The rear axle features single-piston floating brake calipers. The floating steel disks feature large cooling ducts and axial perforations for enhanced performance and less weight.

9.5J x 20-inch wheels are offered as an option. These allow the use of a ceramic brake system. The 420 (front) and 356 (rear) millimeter disks weigh a total of 12.2 kilograms (26.90 lb) less than the steel disks. The calipers – up front with eight pistons – are painted anthracite and labeled “Audi ceramic.”

The body of the 4.93 meter (16.17 ft) RS 6 also sports a number of distinctive features that immediately identify it as a dynamic, top-of-the-line model. These include the single-frame grill, the air intakes, the headlights featuring xenon plus, adaptive light and RS 6-specific LED daytime running lights, the flared fenders and deep side skirts, the rear diffuser, the spoiler integrated into the trunk lid and the two large oval exhaust pipes.

The finest of materials and uncompromised quality

Like all Audi RS models developed and built by quattro GmbH in cooperation with AUDI AG, the RS 6 is the embodiment of power, elegance, exclusivity and perfection. The interior is adorned with the finest of materials such as carbon fiber, aluminum, piano lacquer, leather and Alcantara in tried-and-tested Audi quality.

The deeply sculpted sports seats provide optimal support and firm hold. The power-adjustable seats are upholstered in Silk Nappa leather, with leather/Alcantara and Valcona leather available as options. Bucket seats with an even more sporty emphasis are also offered for both driver and front passenger. Standard equipment includes the dual-zone deluxe automatic air conditioning plus, a parking assistant at front and rear, an RS leather multifunction sports steering wheel with flat-bottomed rim and a Bose surround sound system. A boost pressure indicator for the two turbochargers in the driver information system rounds out the instrumentation.

The options are also pure hi-tech: Audi lane assist helps to keep the car in its lane, adaptive cruise control maintains a constant distance to the car ahead and Audi side assist helps the driver change lane safely. The Audi Bluetooth car phone integrates perfectly with the driver’s cell phone to make even using the phone a luxurious experience. It is integrated into the standard MMI operating system, a new generation of which is making its debut in the Audi RS 6.

The Audi RS 6 will be launched on the market in mid-October. The starting price in Germany including VAT is 105,550 euros.

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bruh bruh
the new tail lights look alot better
Aug 22nd, 2008 6:58am
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lebadboi lebadboi
Looks like some people downhere are LOST in New York city with daddy's old car! Keep it low key, show off losers... This manufacturer rocks big time and this car is quite an achievement. No competition is needed, and all tastes cannot be equally matched. You need to recognize a great car when you see one, and this ONE is a HOT piece of machinerie.
Aug 20th, 2008 1:53am
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bernardo bernardo
WHY AUDI WHY??????the A6 was perfect the way it was stop f**cking copyng your own stuff..seems like porsche had it hands on this one!! "OH WAIT!!!the A6 looks diferent from the other models!!!this can't happen!!!" I love the RS6 but gimme the old tail lights
Aug 15th, 2008 8:34am
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Speedoholic Speedoholic
It's hot, but now we have 3 models that looks exactly the same with different sizes.
Aug 14th, 2008 8:26am
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michelin901 michelin901
the current m5 will still come out the better car no doubt. and with the new e and 5 along with their amg and m coming out soon this is yet again another late heavy loser from audi. hit me!
Aug 14th, 2008 1:39am
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plasma_cluster plasma_cluster
rs5 I didnt say the sour lemons dont like an audi i said they dont like the benz. Typisch americana reading skill
Aug 14th, 2008 1:27am
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The_woo_factor The_woo_factor
XXXi...you have watched too many episode of LOST.
Aug 13th, 2008 7:24pm
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It looks LOST :)) , no really , you know when you get the felling when you look at a standing car and it looks like it's moving, well when i first saw the pictures my first impression was that the car looks look like it's lost. LOST in exterior design(same weeping bug face and at the back... a slapped A4 taillights and design ) LOST at the interior (it's supposed to be a serious/luxury sedan with neck breaking speeds, not a carbon fiber, no sport wheel ...no bucket seat's - that look gorgeous -- BUT NOT ON A LUXURY SEDAN). The whole idea of the overpowered luxury sedan was lost... and now that I think... i don't think they had it in the first place. The engine... big WOW - let's "take" the Lambo V10 and slap on some good turbo's as they learned from their older more metro brother the Bugatti. And what did they achieved by doing that...except the whopping 4.5 seconds that no one cares anymore except some geeks over the internet that race their cars over the internet with sites ... they achieved the international "pi**ing in the wind" award now that everyone will have to match and overcome their power only for marketing reasons... starting with BMW that already have a V10 with about 80 bhp and 100 Nm behind(naturally aspirated). So the really bitter question is... What's next... A1 ...the sportclubs oor something that will really hold water(maybe the V12 from the Murcielago :P ). Well in short... i like the interior ..it's gorgeous but I'm refusing the idea that this interior belongs actually to an RS6. The engine is great but fake, exterior design still Audi crappy... a car that brings out a kind of metro(buyer) that I'm afraid to meet.
Aug 13th, 2008 5:54pm
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Joe_Limon Joe_Limon
speaking of the interior, it is very GTR esque.
Aug 14th, 2008 1:30am
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trevor-k trevor-k
man do you complain alot, your comments are as annoying as a mosquito at a barbecue.
Aug 14th, 2008 6:01am
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tootall tootall
I think this car look absolutley stunning! From inside out, there are no complaints from me, judginng by these photos. However I do have one small problem.... The rear end (tail lights to be excat). The backside of this car looks a lot like it's little brother(A4/RS4). I know, I know, they are infact Audis together and some similarities are allowed, but really, from a distance or at night time driving, you can hardly tell the 2 apart. Only until you get to a close enough proximity to be able to read it's badge. All in all, a little more individuality among the classes, series, ranges or however they reffer to them as, could not hurt.
Aug 13th, 2008 2:29pm
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dolcegabbana dolcegabbana
To Norther , you have no fu*cking clue what you are talking about , 1st the 1st e55 was 361 HP you IDIDOT and 2nd come to NY only young rich clubbing , racing , partying , money having people drive amg's and who drives audis ? mostly loosers that would also drive a volvo , so dont say it's for old people , the rs6 is a nice car and no doubt about it, but the next e63 thats coming in the beggining of next year still will be a totally different class , and even if audi will build another rs6 by then , they still wont catch up just because auidi is taking way too long , and all the modells look fckn same , yes s5 is gorgeous , but take cl63 and you just can't compare them especially in build quality your talking about so much , and audi will never compare to the benz no matter what any one sais.
Aug 13th, 2008 1:21pm
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kevoluetion kevoluetion
why should we care about what you say?
Aug 13th, 2008 2:07pm
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afterace2 afterace2
and why would we want to compare cars that aren't in the same class at all like the S5 and CL?
Aug 14th, 2008 12:40am
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trevor-k trevor-k
you must not know new-york too well.
Aug 14th, 2008 2:46am
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higgy08 higgy08
I have to admit...this is an all around great car. This coming from a major BMW fan.
Aug 13th, 2008 6:47am
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carfan58 carfan58
some sour lemons dont like the benz. this audi is more powerful then american four sedan and japan? or no. POWER WARS WE ARE WINNING
Aug 13th, 2008 3:50am
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He said he liked the audi. Oh yea I forgot you're mentally insane so you don't understand what other people say. Like I said before, go seek help at a psychiatric institue you racist little POS SOaB. Hopefully you understood that.
Aug 13th, 2008 4:37am
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kimbo kimbo
I'd still choose M5 for the driving expierence. Only if I lived in Scandinavia the RS6 would be my choice!
Aug 12th, 2008 11:42pm
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Sammy_R-Gti Sammy_R-Gti
wow i love it,,,, bmw / merc look out,,, the big boy has come to play,,,,,, lol jk,,,, anyway thank god they made a sedan the avant was so sucky i mean who wants a family car with that kind of power
Aug 12th, 2008 11:38pm
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burana800 burana800
so boooring looking car.. even it is more powerful than E63 AMG it isnt any faster from 0 to 62 mph
Aug 12th, 2008 11:37pm
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Joe_Limon Joe_Limon
boring? and you think the E63 AMG is any less boring or conservative looking? I know I would prefer this car over the benz purely on asethetics alone.
Aug 13th, 2008 1:22am
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this has got to be the hottest sedan ever. What's with the rear end, is it the one that will be in the next generation A6? One thing to say..E63 and M5 killer, most likely.
Aug 12th, 2008 11:03pm
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Oh my bad, I didn't see the facelift article.
Aug 12th, 2008 11:05pm
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out4ride out4ride
Which jap car is faster in this segment if there is one? And which one is built with better materials? No way in hell. This is better looking than any jap car.
Aug 12th, 2008 10:05pm
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kenta kenta
Are you American?
Aug 12th, 2008 10:54pm
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wisp wisp
Soo... this car looks great? hell no, it still looks the same as that A6 face lift bar the mag rims and worse still it looks like an identical lost twin brother to the new A4. Why did they not make this car at least look a bit like the A5 which honestly is the best Audi formula besides the R8. This is not a Wow job at all unless if you are really in a country with very old cars and that time of 4.5 seconds 0 to 100 is no big achievement for a turbo charged V10 infact it's an underacheivement considering that the Jap cars are acheiving better times with less cylinders. So what big acheivements are in this RS6 sedan? The Avant is still a far better car than this cloned'A4'sedan.
Aug 12th, 2008 8:13pm
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kevoluetion kevoluetion
It eats yr humble beamer for breakfast
Aug 13th, 2008 11:40am
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carreralovr carreralovr
http://img516.imageshack.us/img516/8977/rs4ie2.jpg Looks better dont you think?
Aug 12th, 2008 7:47pm
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carcrazy1234 carcrazy1234
yes lol actually it does haha nice photoshop :D:D
Aug 13th, 2008 1:18am
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trespasser trespasser
So... which car in this class is not heavy? Yes, it is a little bit too heavy, but you get the best 4WD in this segment. Also, keep in mind that regardless the weight problems this car will have super mpg compared to the competition. ;) I know it's not the most important figure to bring up, but it shows how well this car is made.
Aug 12th, 2008 7:02pm
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Penner Penner
It's too mighty, we have to destroy it!
Aug 12th, 2008 6:57pm
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