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2002 Audi RS 6

2002 Audi RS 6

2002 Audi RS 6

The RS6 has been created by quattro GmbH as an entirely independent model and developed in conjunction with AUDI AG. The V8 biturbo engine of the Audi RS 6 has an output of 331 kW (450 bhp) and is has capable performance of a thoroughbred sports car.

The Audi RS6 is a unique high-tech package. Its immense power characteristic, quattro permanent four-wheel drive, high-tech brake system and innovative DRC suspension set new standards in the segment of high-performance vehicles.

The V8 engine, displacing 4.2 litres, has been specially developed for the Audi RS6. It achieves a permanent maximum power output of 331 kW (450 bhp) between 5700 and 6400 rpm. Its peak torque of 560 NM is available across an extremely wide range of engine speeds, from 1950 to 5600 rpm.

In keeping with the car’s high performance, quattro GmbH has developed a completely new brake system for the RS 6. Large brake discs of a composite design have been fitted on both the front and rear wheels. This technology, which originated in the world of motor sport, involves fixing a cast friction ring to an aluminium brake-disc chamber by means of 14 pins. This floating arrangement improves the stability of the brake discs, particularly when exposed to extreme loads and at high operating temperatures.

The Audi RS 6 is the first model to be equipped with the innovative suspension concept Dynamic Ride Control (DRC). It denotes a special damping system which counteracts movements of the vehicle along its longitudinal axis and transverse axis. Both shock absorbers on the same side of the vehicle are connected with the diagonally opposed dampers on the other side, each by means of one central valve.

When a corner is taken, a flow of oil and thus a supplementary damping force is generated via the central valve between the diagonally opposed shock absorbers. When the suspension is compressed on one side, the damper characteristic is modified in such a way that rolling or pitching movements are almost entirely eliminated. As a result, this alert, mechanically active damping system ensures that the RS 6 maintains extremely good tracking stability when cornering and responds precisely to adjustments of the steering wheel.

The Audi RS 6 is an independent model that has been created by quattro GmbH and developed in conjunction with AUDI AG. It is being built jointly at Neckarsulm by the Audi plant and quattro GmbH. The RS 6 is assembled and finished at quattro GmbH’s production facilities, at the rate of no more than a handful of cars each day, in the best handicraft tradition. This approach assures supreme product quality and has already proven notably successful for assembly of the RS 4, of which 6030 were built between September 1999 and July 2001.

In Detail

engine V8
position Front Longitudinal
aspiration BiTurbo
valvetrain DOHC, 5 Valves per Cyl w/2 Stage Intake
displacement 4172 cc / 254.6 in³
bore 84.5 mm / 3.33 in
stroke 93.0 mm / 3.66 in
power 450 kw / 603.4 bhp
specific output 144.63 bhp per litre
bhp/weight 327.93 bhp per tonne
torque 560 nm / 413.0 ft lbs @ -3650 rpm
body / frame Unit Steel
driven wheels 4WD
front tires 255/40 R18
rear tires 255/40 R18
front brakes Vented Composite Discs w/8-Pot Calipers, ABS
rear brakes Vented Composite Discs w/Single-Pot Calipers, ABS
front wheels F 45.7 x 21.6 cm / 18.0 x 8.5 in
rear wheels R 45.7 x 21.6 cm / 18.0 x 8.5 in
f suspension Four-Link Suspension w/Anti-Roll Bar, Single Tube Shock, Coil Springs,
r suspension Double Wishbones w/Anti-Roll Bar
curb weight 1840 kg / 4057 lbs
wheelbase 2759 mm / 108.6 in
front track 1578 mm / 62.1 in
rear track 1587 mm / 62.5 in
length 4582 mm / 180.4 in
width 1850 mm / 72.8 in
height 1387 mm / 54.6 in
transmission 5-Speed Tiptronic Auto
gear ratios 3.571:1, 2.200:1, 1.505:1, 1.000:1, 0.804:1
top speed ~250 kph / 155.3 mph
0 – 60 mph ~4.8 seconds