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The new Audi RS 6 Avant brings winning motor sport technologies to the road

Ingolstadt - Outstanding performance and the ultimate in dynamics – the new Audi RS 6 Avant is the high-performance product in business-class motoring. It brings Audi’s winning motor sport technologies to the road. A newly developed V10 biturbo gasoline engine with FSI direct injection plus quattro permanent all-wheel drive puts the new RS 6 Avant out in front of the competition. Its 426 kW (580 bhp) and torque of 650 Nm create an unparalleled experience of power and dynamism. And yet the Audi RS 6 Avant also offers uncompromising comfort and benefits for everyday driving.

The biturbo V10 accelerates the Audi RS 6 Avant at super sports car speed, catapulting it from zero to 100 km/h in 4.6 seconds and then on to an electronically governed top speed of 250 km/h, which can optionally be increased to 280 km/h. The six-speed tiptronic numbers among a new generation of highly responsive automatic transmissions. Designed for active driving, it transfers the huge engine torques to a quattro driveline, which affords extremely dynamic roadability with its slight rear-axle bias.

A dynamic partner – the sport suspension

The sport suspension is ideally matched to the power of the V10 FSI. A fluid-mechanical system called DRC Dynamic Ride Control adjusts the shock absorbers at lightning speed, while the optional sport suspension plus enables the damping characteristic to be set to three different levels. The car comes standard with 19" aluminum wheels, and 20" wheels are available as an option. Installed behind them are the kind of brawny brakes that are used in motor sport; ceramic brake discs are also optionally available for the front and rear axles.

Like all Audi RS models developed and manufactured by quattro GmbH, the new RS 6 Avant stands for the ultimate in sportiness, for power and elegant styling, for exclusivity and for impeccable quality. It has become traditional for Audi to unite the dynamics of the RS concept with the high utility value of an Avant: The very first Audi RS 2, dating back to the year 1993, was built exclusively as an Avant model, and customers still especially appreciate this elegantly functional body style.

The new Audi RS 6, too, will initially be available only as an Avant, offering the unrivaled combination of 426 kW (580 bhp) and up to 1,660 liters of luggage space. The launch of the Audi RS 6 Avant is set for April 2008; its base price in Germany will be €106,900, including value-added tax.

Photos: Audi

(Jan 31, 2008)

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