After the BMW M5, one of the benchmarks of the super-saloon segment, went out of production (also setting a production record), it is time for another soldier to retire. The current generation of the Audi RS6, the most powerful creature on the battlefield, will reach the end of production by the time the third quarter of 2010 will have been finished.
Don’t start crying yet, the RS6 will return to our world is a few years, as the next generation of the Audi A6 is set to come to life next year. The vehicle is expected to use a turbocharged V8 engine that should at least match the one used by the upcoming BMW M5. So expect up to 600 hp.
Getting back to the current RS6, we would like to remind you that the car entered production in April 2008, instantly hitting showroom floors.
Available as an estate (this version was the first to be launched) and saloon, the car uses an all-aluminum alloy 4,991 cc V10 engine that uses twin-turbocharging and FSI direct fuel injection to develop 579 hp between 6,250 rpm and 6,700 rpm and a maximum torque of 497 lb-ft (650 Nm) between 1,500 rpm and 6,250 rpm. Just to give you an idea of what kind of beast we are talking about, we’ll tell you that if you look under the bonnet of the RS6 you’ll find seven radiators and four electric coolers. The powerplant is matter to a Tiptronic automatic transmission and pushes the car to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 4.6 seconds and to 124 mph (200 km/h) in 12.7 seconds.
In addition to that, we must mention that the Audi RS6 has been one of the favourite cars of the tuning world.