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New Audi RS 6 Sedan Breaks Cover



15th August, 2008

Copyright image of 2009 Audi RS 6

Audi’s electrifying 426 kW, 650 Nm RS 6 sedan has broken cover.

With its 5.0-litre twin-turbo V10 engine and quattro permanent all-wheel drive, the Audi RS 6 is a car without peer. Following on the heels of the RS 6 Avant, Audi now presents it’s sedan which drives like a super car thanks to its superior performance and thrilling dynamics, yet offers all of the everyday utility of a large executive vehicle.

The engine of the new Audi RS 6 is a high-tech work of art. The 4,991 cc V10 bundles together Audi’s race-winning technologies like FSI direct fuel injection, dry-sump lubrication and two turbochargers.

With up to 1.6 bar of boost pressure, these technologies provide smooth, powerful thrust and an incomparable power band: The peak torque of 650 Nm is available all the way from 1,500 to 6,250 rpm. Peak power of 426 kW is generated between 6,250 rpm and the maximum figure of 6,700 rpm.

With a power-to-weight ratio of 3.4 kilogrammes per hp, the Audi RS 6 performs like a super car should. It catapults to 100 km/h in 4.5 seconds on its way to an electronically-limited top speed of 250 km/h (where legal).

The V10 responds immediately and spontaneously to the throttle, and is very smooth while accelerating with a powerful roar.

The engine’s power flows through the six-speed tiptronic, one of a new, dynamic generation of Audi automatic transmissions. The reaction time of the gearbox has been reduced to one tenth of a second, shift time has been halved compared to units used in other models 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 transmission transfers the power to an extremely sporty, rear-weighted quattro drive train.

Precision high-tech suspension

The technology bundled into the suspension of the Audi RS 6 guarantees an amazing performance experience. The front axle features four light weight aluminium control arms per wheel, whose elastokinematics have been designed for particularly 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 kinematics have also been modified.

Audi’s Dynamic Ride Control (DRC) reduces pitch and roll using purely mechanical means. Hydraulic lines and valves connect diagonally to 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 (standard for Australia), DRC offers a choice of three selectable damper settings – sport, dynamic and comfort – activated via the MMI.

The electronic stabilisation system (ESP) offers maximum driving fun with uncompromised safety. Its relatively high activation threshold encourages a dynamic driving style. It offers a Sport mode and can also be deactivated entirely.

For Australia, the new Audi RS 6 will roll on 20-inch alloy wheels shod with 275/35 tyres. Up front, six-piston fixed aluminium calipers – painted black and decorated with RS badges – clamp down on 390 mm brake discs. The rear brake discs measure 356 mm in diameter. The rear axle features single-piston floating brake calipers. The floating steel discs feature large cooling ducts and axial perforations for enhanced performance and less weight.

The body of the 4.93 metre RS 6 also sports a number of distinctive features that immediately identify it as the 'king of the castle'.

These include the single-frame grille, the large air intakes, the headlights featuring xenon plus, adaptive light and RS 6-specific LED daytime running lights, the flared guards and deep side skirts, the rear diffuser, the spoiler integrated into the boot lid and the two large oval exhaust pipes.

The finest of materials and uncompromised quality

Like all Audi RS models developed and built by quattro GmbH in cooperation with AUDI AG, the RS 6 is the embodiment of power, elegance, exclusivity and perfection. The interior is adorned with the finest of materials, including carbon fibre inlays as a standard feature (with brushed aluminium or highly-polished black lacquer as ‘no cost’ options) for Australian-destined cars, and Silk Nappa RS-embossed leather seats in tried-and-tested Audi quality.

Standard equipment for Australian-specification cars includes MMI with a colour monitor and TV reception (analog and digital), advanced key entry, electric glass sunroof, Audi Navigation, dual-zone deluxe automatic air conditioning plus, an acoustic parking assistant at front and rear, a 3-spoke, multifunction leather sports steering wheel with flat-bottomed rim and a Bose surround sound system. A boost pressure indicator for the two turbochargers in the driver information system rounds out the instrumentation.

The Audi RS 6 will arrive in Australia in the first quarter of 2009.

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