As the top of the line of the 2nd generation A6, the Audi RS6 is available as both a sedan and a wagon, called the "Avant". This model ranks second at the top of A6 lineup, above a6 2.7T and 4.2 and the lesser S6. Featured in this model is the twin-turbocharged version of the corporate 4.2 Litre V8 engine tuned by Cosworth Technologies, which had been originally developed for the car 1994 A8. The output rose to 444 hp and 415 ft. lbf of torque with the aid of the turbochargers. To trace it back, the V-8 and the turbochargers combination helped give the RS6 an exceptionally wide power band with peak torque available from 1950 down to 5600 RPMs.
Limitedly, the RS6 became only available with Audi's Quattro all-wheel drive system and a 5-speed Tiptronic transmission. This is the same unit that was used in the W12 powered A8 and was chosen because none of the Audi's manual transmissions could jive with the RS6's high torque output. Serving as the debut model for Audi's Dynamic Ride Control (DRC) system, the model's system is mainly mechanical, and uses a pump to keep pressure in the shock absorbers every cornering to counteract rolling and pitching. The system is said to be "smart" as it is able to adjust the stiffness at each shock absorber constantly to maintain a comfy ride as well as high grip. One of the DRC's advantages is that it can operate without having the need for complicated electronics required in similar systems.
The Audi company is proud to say that RS6 has the capability of accelerating from 0 — 60 mph (o — 96.6 km/h) in just 4.3 seconds, 0 -100 mph in 10.7 seconds and reaches an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph that is 250 km/h, although it can notably hit 180 miles per hour or more in unlimited form. Also, based on the record it can be at halt from 60 mph (96.6 to 0 km/h) in 118 feet (35.97m), this is due to its large 365/335 mm front/rear brakes and an uncommon eight piton front design. Also came in the market was the RS6 version of the car producing over 480 bhp and topping 180 mph. This car arrived in the car world only as an avant and was sold in the markets of Europe. Reportedly, there were 8000 RS6s produced world wide. In the North America alone, there were approximately 1,200 units sold.
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