Audi RS 6 ('02)

New Audi RS 6 quattro takes to Scottish roads ahead of September 1st sale date

* Available in sedan and Avant forms for £57,700 and £58,800 OTR
* 450bhp and 560Nm from bi-turbo 4.2L V8 engine
* 0-62mph in 4.7 secs, 248km/h maximum
* Tiptronic auto transmission with Sport setting - linked to steering wheel paddle shift
* Power delivered with precision thanks to Dynamic Ride Control and quattro four-wheel-drive
* Exceptional specification including satellite navigation and television

The world's most rapid production sedan and estate models - the Audi RS 6 quattro and RS 6 Avant quattro - have now arrived in Britain offering super-car rivalling performance and an exceptional, all-encompassing specification for £57,700 OTR and £58,800 OTR respectively.

Officially on sale in the UK on September 1st, the new A6 flagship is powered by a bi-turbocharged 4.2L V8 petrol engine with 450bhp, and is refined by a new adaptive Dynamic Ride Control system, which works in conjunction with quattro four-wheel-drive to deliver optimum composure and control.

The RS 6 quattro can cover the 0-100km/h sprint in just 4.7 seconds, and 198km/h  can be achieved in an even more impressive 17.6 seconds (Avant 17.8 seconds). Top speed is electronically limited to 248km/h.

Its list of standard equipment is no less exceptional. An Alcantara headlining and either carbon fibre or wood trim complement heated and leather upholstered Recaro sports seats, from which occupants can control a premium quality Bose sound system with CD autochanger and a standard fit satellite navigation system incorporating a television.

Racing-style shift controls mounted on the perforated leather sports steering wheel allow the driver rapid access to the five 'manual' gears offered by the standard five-speed tiptronic automatic transmission, and parking is simplified by the standard front and rear Acoustic Parking System.

The only high performance saloon and estate models in their class to offer the major safety advantage of quattro four-wheel-drive have entered new realms of ride comfort and handling composure thanks to Dynamic Ride Control.

The electronically controlled, mechanical damping system monitors road conditions and cornering forces and continually adjusts the suspension characteristics to maintain exceptional balance in all situations, whilst maintaining a supple ride.

This outstanding control extends to braking, which is handled by racing type, 8-piston front ventilated discs and single piston ventilated rear discs, backed by ABS and Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD).

Audi UK expects to import up to 700 examples of the Audi RS 6 quattro, but supply will not be capped and can be increased if demand proves to be greater than anticipated following the September on-sale date.

Engine and transmission
Specially developed for the Audi RS 6 quattro, the 4.2L V8 engine achieves a maximum power output of 450bhp between 5700 and 6400 rpm, and peak torque of 560 Nm across an extremely wide range from 1950 to 5600 rpm.

Development work on the V8 biturbo engine, which has five valves per cylinder, 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, whose efficiency 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 exhaust side.

The adapted engine management is another key contributing factor in the RS 6 quattro's engine efficiency. The Motronic ME 7.1.1 system operates with boost pressure, knock and exhaust-gas temperature control.

quattro GmbH has developed a dual-branch exhaust system with backpressure-optimised middle and rear silencers, larger-section pipes, and primary and main catalytic converters with a metal base. It enables the RS 6 quattro to meet the stringent EU3 emission regulations.

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.

Performance
A specially developed version of the tiptronic five-speed automatic transmission combines with quattro four-wheel-drive to transfer the V8`s power to the road with impressive efficiency and directional stability. The Audi RS 6 quattro sprints from 0 to 100km/h in just 4.7 seconds, hits the 198km/h mark after 17.6 seconds (Avant 17.8) and is electronically limited to a top speed of 248km/h.

To enable maximum exploitation of the available power, the tiptronic five-speed automatic transmission incorporates a Sport program which holds each gear for longer, and 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 driver can of course also operate the transmission manually: either by briefly pressing the selector lever or by using the race-derived shift paddles on the steering wheel. Operation of the shift paddle automatically overrides any gear selected by other means.

In keeping with the car's high performance, quattro GmbH has developed a completely new brake system for the RS 6 quattro. Large brake discs of a composite design have been fitted on both the front and rear wheels.

This technology, which originated in the world of motor sport, involves fixing a cast friction ring to an aluminium brake-disc chamber by means of 14 pins. This "floating" arrangement improves the stability of the brake discs, particularly when exposed to extreme loads and at high operating temperatures.

The ventilated, perforated disc brakes have a diameter of 365mm at the front, and 335mm at the rear. Eight-piston brake callipers are fitted at the front, and single-piston floating callipers at the rear. The parameters of the ABS system and the electronic brake-force distribution system have been specifically redefined for the high-performance brake system.

Running gear
The RS 6 quattro features sophisticated four-link front suspension with aluminium swivel bearings and control arms. The spring/shock absorber units and elastokinematics have been retuned to suit the altered axle weights and modified axle geometry.

A new dimension of handling with DRC
The Audi RS 6 quattro is the first model to be equipped with the innovative Dynamic Ride Control (DRC) system. This advanced damping system counteracts movements of the vehicle along its longitudinal axis and transverse axis. Both shock absorbers on the same side of the vehicle are connected with the diagonally opposed dampers on the other side, each by means of one central valve.

When a corner is taken, a flow of oil, and thus a supplementary damping force, is generated via the central valve between the diagonally opposed shock absorbers. When the suspension is compressed on one side, the damper characteristic is modified in such a way that rolling or pitching movements are almost entirely eliminated.

As a result, this mechanically active damping system ensures that the RS 6 quattro maintains extremely good tracking stability when cornering and responds precisely to adjustments of the steering wheel.

The Electronic Stability Program, fitted as standard to the RS 6 quattro, reinforces the feeling of complete control and security. The ESP 5.7 system, which integrates the functions ABS with EBD (Electronic Brake-force Distribution), EDL (Electronic Differential Lock with active brake control), ASR (Anti-Slip Regulation), MSR (engine drag torque control) and the higher-level yawing-moment control, has been programmed for an overtly sporty driving style.

Distinctive style
The exceptional qualities of the Audi RS 6 quattro are communicated subtly but effectively by its exterior design. In the UK, standard 19-inch, five arm alloy wheels with 255/35 R 19 tyres emphasise the performance potential, along with aerodynamically effective modifications to the nose, tail and sills.

Three large air intake apertures - the centre one for cooling the water and oil and the two outer ones for intercooling - add visual drama to RS 6 quattro's front end. The decorative grilles for the air intake apertures, with their rhomboid openings, are aerodynamically optimised, while the two vertical flaps on the inner flanks of the air intake apertures improve the air routing to the intercoolers.

The aerodynamically shaped spoiler lip also contributes to this effect, as well as boosting the negative lift that keeps the car firmly on the road surface. The fog lights are integrated into the left and right air intake shafts.

The rear apron echoes the nose with its three smaller but visually identical grille inserts. Exhaust gas emerges through the two oval tailpipes beneath the apertures on either side. There is a spoiler on the rear roof edge of the Avant version for additional negative lift; the saloon version has a separation edge on the luggage compartment lid. Aerodynamically shaped sills further underline the sporty lines.

Five exclusive paint finishes for the Audi RS 6 quattro reflect its links with the world of motor sport. Customers can choose from Avus Silver, Misano Red, Goodwood Green, Mugello Blue and Daytona Grey. The RS 6 is also available in Ebony Black.

Interior
Sports appeal and individuality also characterize the interior of the Audi RS 6 quattro. Recaro sports seats with special leather upholstery provide optimum lateral support and ample comfort. The steering wheel rim and gear lever knob are also trimmed with perforated leather. The gearbox gate is of matt aluminium, and the inside door handles of matt black anodised material.

The RS 6 quattro customer has a choice of two interior colours: Black or Silver. The Ebony Black specification includes a choice of three different types of seat upholstery: Valcona leather with silver piping on the seat's contours, a leather/cloth combination or (at extra cost) natural leather.

The leather/cloth combination incorporates side sections and head restraints upholstered in black pearl nappa leather, with seat centre sections in fabric woven with an aluminium thread. The headlining is in black Alcantara.

The Silver option includes seats with light-coloured silk nappa leather upholstery and black piping on the contours, a headlining in silver-grey Alcantara and silver-coloured seat belts. In both silver and black trim, the door panel inserts are in leather to match the colour of the seat upholstery.

The trim strips in the doors and on the instrument panel and centre console are available in a choice of black piano finish, poplar agate wood or carbon fibre, at no extra charge. Brushed aluminium trim which is unique to RS 6 quattro is also available at extra cost.

Principal items of standard equipment
* 9J x 19" Five spoke alloy wheels with 255/35 R19 tyres
* Acoustic Parking System - front and rear
* Alcantara headlining and rear parcel shelf (saloon only)
* Auto dipping rear view mirror
* BOSE Sound System
* Carbon fibre fascia and door trim inserts
* Cruise control
* Driver, front passenger and front side airbags
* Driver's Information System (DIS)
* Dynamic Ride Control (DRC)
* Electric windows (front and rear)
* Electronic Brake-Force Distribution (EBD) with Brake Assist
* Electronic climate control with individual driver and passenger controls
* Electronic Stability Programme (ESP)
* Heated front and rear seats
* Leather upholstery - Valcona
* quattro permanent four-wheel-drive system
* Recaro electric front sports seats with 3-way adjustment
* Remote control central locking
* Satellite Navigation System Plus with 5" Colour screen and TV Function
* SIDEGUARD head airbag protection system
* Symphony II audio system with boot mounted CD autochanger
* Thatcham 1 approved anti-theft device with interior ultrasonic protection
* Tiptronic automatic transmission with Sport setting
* TRACKER 'Retrieve' Service (no cost dealer fit option - can be upgraded to 'Monitor' service for £150 inc VAT)
* Three spoke sports steering wheel with shift paddles
* Xenon Plus headlights (including headlight washers)

The RS 6 quattro in production
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. This approach assures supreme product quality and has already proved successful in the assembly of the RS 4, of which 6030 were built between September 1999 and July 2001.

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