580hp and 479 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 4991cc 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 479.42 lb-ft is available from 1500 to 6250rpm and thus nearly over the entire rev range. Peak power of 580hp is generated between 6250rpm and the maximum figure of 6700rpm.
The Audi RS 6 performs like a supercar. It catapults to 62mph in 4.5sec on its way to an electronically-limited top speed of 155mph, which can be optionally raised to 174mph.
The engine's power flows through the six-speed tiptronic automatic transmissions. Its reaction time has been reduced to 0.1sec, shift time has been halved 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 transfers power to an extremely sporty, rear-weighted quattro drivetrain.
The technology bundled into the suspension of the RS 6 guarantees an amazing performance experience. The front axle features four lightweight aluminum control arms per wheel, whose elasto-kinematics have been designed for 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 has also been modified.
The development engineers deployed an Dynamic Ride Control (DRC), which 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 or can be deactivated entirely.
The new Audi RS 6 rolls on 19" wheels shod with 255/40 tires. Up front, six-piston fixed aluminum calipers - painted black and decorated with RS badges clamp on 390mm brake rotors. The rear brakes measure 365mm in diameter. The rear axle features single-piston floating calipers.
20x9.5" wheels are offered as an option. These allow the use of a ceramic brake system. The 420mm (front) and 356mm (rear) rotors weigh 26.90 lb less than steel discs. The calipers - up front with eight pistons - are painted anthracite and labeled "Audi ceramic."
The 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 grille, air intakes, headlights featuring xenon plus, adaptive light and RS 6-specific LED daytime running lights. Then there's the flared fenders and deep side skirts, rear diffuser, spoiler integrated into the trunk lid and two large oval exhaust pipes.
Like all Audi RS models developed and built by quattro GmbH, the RS 6 is the embodiment of power, elegance and exclusivity. The interior is adorned with the finest materials such as carbon fiber, aluminum, piano lacquer, leather and alcantara.
The deeply sculpted sports seats provide optimum support. 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 the driver and front passenger. Standard equipment includes the dual-zone air conditioning, parking assistant, RS multifunction steering wheel with flat-bottomed rim and a Bose surround sound system. A boost gauge 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, while the Audi Bluetooth car phone integrates perfectly with the driver's cell phone. It is integrated into the standard MMI operating system, a new generation of which will debut in the Audi RS 6.
The Audi RS 6 will be launched in Europe in mid-October. The starting price in Germany is 105,550 euros. We must wait to see what price is announced for US customers and whether the optional equipment will be made available here.
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