Audi RS 6 Avant: The RS Models
Since 1993, the RS models have formed the dynamic spearhead of the Audi model line. In the upper midsize class, the RS 2 and RS 4 have defined the standards for power and performance, while the RS 6 has moved into a new dimension in the premium class. All RS models unite emotion and perfection to fashion a fascinating overall concept.
The Audi RS 2 was built in cooperation with Porsche starting in 1993. Its five-cylinder turbocharged engine incorporating four-valve technology produced an explosive 232 kW (315 bhp), superbly transferred to the road by the quattro driveline. The models performance specifications and brakes have moved it into the league of high-powered sports cars. The RS 2 originated a concept that was adopted and continued in the year 2000 by its successor, the first Audi RS 4. It was powered by a 2.7-liter V6 with two turbochargers that delivered 279 kW (380 bhp).
The current Audi RS 4, unveiled in 2005, takes a different engineering approach it uses a naturally aspirated, high-revving V8. With the aid of FSI direct fuel injection, its 4.2-liter engine delivers 309 kW (420 bhp) and 430 Nm of torque at 5,500 rpm. The RS 4 is available as an Avant and a Cabriolet; its predecessors came only in Avant form.
The Audi RS 6, which debuted in 2002, came from the A6 model line. It was powered by an earlier embodiment of the 4.2-liter V8 with the boost pressure of two turbos, its five-valve engine with indirect injection produced 331 kW (450 bhp). Audi offered the first RS 6 both in sedan form and as a wagon. The high point for this model line came with the production of the special limited edition RS 6 plus, powered by a 480-bhp engine.
The equipment, specifications and prices stated herein refer to the model line offered for sale in Germany. Subject to change without notice, errors and omissions.