The Audi RS 6 is now 20 years old

The Audi RS 6 has just turned 20 years old. The Audi RS 6 first began production in 2002 and has since captured the hearts of many throughout four generations of the high-performance station wagon. Let’s look at the history of the RS 6 and how far it has come.

20th anniversary Audi RS 6

In the early 2000’s, Audi were starting to focus on motorsports which were in high demand. Audi managed to secure a winners stand finish on their first try at the 1999 24-hour Le Mans. Looking to manufacture a stronger vehicle, Audi looked at the A6 as a candidate to be transformed to give it better performance. This was the start of the RS 6’s journey with the release of the C5 Audi RS 6.

Audi RS 6 models

The C5 Audi RS 6 was powered by the same 4.2-litre engine from the S6. To give it more power, it was added with twin turbochargers and fine tuned at Cosworth for a whopping 450PS and 560Nm of torque worth of output. 0-100km/h was achieved in 4.7 seconds and top speed was initially 250km/h. Audi quattro Gmbh later added a ‘plus’ version which was slightly more powerful delivering 480PS, 560Nm of torque and a top speed of 280km/h instead.

It was only until six years later that the second-generation of the Audi RS 6 (C6) came to light. Audi further improved the power and displacement of the vehicle and upgraded it to a V10 engine. It easily delivered an amazing 580 PS and 650 Nm of torque, which was even stronger than the R8 at the time.

The third-generation model came in 2013 which was the C7 Audi RS 6. Audi went back to basics with this model, replacing the the V10 engine with the initial double-turbocharged eight-cylinder on the C5 model. Performance dropped slightly by 20PS, but the torque went up to 700Nm. Paired with the new 8-speed Tiptronic, this Audi reached 0-100km/h in only 3.9 seconds and had a top speed of 305km/h.

The last model of the RS 6 series came in 2019. The fourth generation C8 RS 6 is the most powerful model in the series, producing 600PS and 800Nm of torque. It was greatly improved and had a 48-volt mild hybrid system which was a first in the series. It performed exceptionally in terms of lateral acceleration and cornering as well as stability at high speeds.

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