Audi RS6 saloon 5.0 TFSI Quattro Tip Review
Good Vibrations

Story and photos by Raymond Lai
10 Dec 2009

The ground rumbles each time you fire up the RS 6’s monstrous 580bhp V10 – this is the epitome of absolute power.

Absolute power

The saloon has a ‘duck tail’ type spoiler on the leading edge of the boot lid, making it look even more menacing and purposeful than the Avant estate version.

There seems to be a power war among the top three premium German brands for their executive models. First it was BMW with its 507bhp M5, then it was Mercedes-Benz with its 514bhp E63 AMG and then Audi comes along and decimates its rivals with the 580bhp RS 6. BMW is about to fight back with a new turbocharged V8 with a rumoured 540bhp but this is still short of the Audi’s 580 horses.

While BMW has its M division and Mercedes-Benz has AMG, Audi has its equally potent but lesser known quattro GmbH. Audi’s crack division designs and develops the brand’s RS models which included the RS 2 and RS 4 series in the past in addition to the RS 6. But what is unique to quattro GmbH is that it makes only one RS model at any one time and this is the reason why the latest RS 6 here is only introduced after the end of production of the sublime RS 4.
Since its first incarnation in 2003, the first generation RS 6 has been an iconic figure among fast German executives thanks to its rumbling biturbo V8. The second generation model here brings the RS 6 saloon onto an even higher level thanks to its mind blowing biturbo V10.

Taking the A6 saloon as a base, quattro GmbH’s designers have done brilliantly to make the RS 6 look squat and purposeful. Up front, the RS 6 has a deeper bumper with large air intakes while the grille inserts are of a honeycomb design, a signature RS styling feature. There are LED tail lamps and oval exhaust tips on each side at the rear. The latter is another unique RS design feature. But the RS 6’s best styling go faster bit has to be those heavily flared wheel arches housing 20-inch wheels. The squared-off arches are supposed to mimic the original quattro coupe’s.  In addition, the saloon has a ‘duck tail’ type spoiler on the leading edge of the boot lid, making it look even more menacing and purposeful than the Avant estate version.

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Engine Capacity 4991cc Turbocharged
Engine Type V 10
Compression Ratio 10.5:1
Bore x Stroke (85.5 x 92.8)mm
Power 580bhp @ 6250rpm
Torque 650Nm @ 1500rpm
Power to Weight 298.2 bhp per ton


Acceleration 4.5s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 250 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 7.1 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 6 -speed Auto Tiptronic
Drive Type F4


Body Type Sedan
(L x W x H)
(4928 x 2051 x 1360) mm
Wheelbase 2846 mm
Kerb Weight 1945 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 80 L


Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Ventilated Discs