Star at the Audi stand at the 2002 Geneva Auto show will be the RS6. The Audi RS6 has a unique high-tech package at launch. Its immense power characteristic, quattro permanent four-wheel drive, high-tech brake system and innovative DRC suspension set new standards in the segment of high-performance vehicles.
Development work on the V8 biTurbo engine, which has five valves per cylinder unit, intake camshafts with hydraulic adjustment and two-stage intake manifolds, was spearheaded by quattro GmbH in close collaboration with AUDI AG's engine development department at Neckarsulm. Most of the impressive power gain is attributable to the two Turbochargers, the efficiency of which is further enhanced by two pressure-loss optimised intercoolers. There is one Turbocharger per bank of cylinders. The admission and exhaust ports have been modified in line with the engine's higher performance, and the cross-section of the air ducts enlarged at both the intake and thrust side.
To distribute the weight more effectively throughout the vehicle, the battery has been moved further back, into the spare wheel's recess. The upper section of the air cleaner is made from a carbon fibre composite material, together with a further carbon fibre cover over the front section of the engine compartment, it gives the engine a striking appearance.
To maintain the emphasis on an overtly sporty driving style, the tiptronic five-speed automatic transmission for the RS 6 incorporates a dynamic Sport program: the S drive position on the one hand pushes each individual gear up to higher speed at full throttle, and on the other hand permits swifter downshifts. Depending on the level of lateral acceleration, the transmission management can adjust the shift points upwards. This avoids undesirable gearshifts on a bend. The RS 6 driver can of course also operate the transmission manually: either by briefly pressing the selector lever or by pressing a shift paddle on the steering wheel, like in motor racing. When the driver operates the shift paddle, his choice of gear overrides the driving program currently in use.
Sports appeal and individuality also characterise the interior of the Audi RS 6. The distinctive flair of choice materials and carefully selected components looks particularly harmonious. The Recaro sports seats with special upholstery provide stability, optimum lateral support and ample comfort however long the journey may be. The steering wheel rim and gear lever knob are trimmed with perforated leather. The gearbox gate is of matt aluminium, and the inside door handles of matt black anodised material.
The Audi RS 6 is an independent model that has been created by quattro GmbH and developed in conjunction with AUDI AG. It is being built jointly at Neckarsulm by the Audi plant and quattro GmbH. The RS 6 is assembled and finished at quattro GmbH's production facilities, at the rate of no more than a handful of cars each day, in the best handicraft tradition. This approach assures supreme product quality and has already proven notably successful for assembly of the RS 4, of which 6030 were built between September 1999 and July 2001.
Company press release, last updated before 12 / 01 / 2004
Come on guys. There is more than size and engine power. You all forget the most important feature of this baby! It's control!!! control control! All electronically controlled road handling... It will handle the road MUCH better than any other sedan or station. This is a super sports car wearing a businessmen uniform. Lefting a 911 Turbo in the dust... Cornering like a Ferrari.. You can't do these with a US car. It's accelaration with 4 people sitting inside is almost the same with an RS4 with 2 people.
to chip or not to chip?
"Hi all, Having exercised a decision to procure an RS6 (people carrier) for the transportation of Wifey and 2 Children and decline all (wife) rights to any other fun and games in the forseeable future. I must state it was not the best financial decision, but having now driven the ""Growler"" for a week, I must comment: WOW, Yippee, Vroom and Zoom. This thing makes you want to get up for work at 04:00hrs and drive a detour route. Look forward to the final running in phase and a lot of fun. Problem? Chip ""no warranty"" Will it blow up???"
Why this comment's about it's size?
Well, I read that somebody thinks the car is too small for a station wagon and the price is to high and that for the same money you can buy a Dodge SRT-8 that is bigger, with the same power and price.Firstly,in Europe the roads are not so big like in the USA because most cities are very old.European carmakers build cars that can better be used everyday so they are not so big as the US cars.The cars that come to the US from Europe are as they were designed,that means that european carmakers can't desing a model again,bigger and with more space for the US.So if somebody want's to buy a car,he will buy that what is responding better to him.Don't forget that there are many carmakers in the world that try to make better cars than the other!