Audi RS6

Production for the Audi RS6 was extremely short lived – it began in late 2003 and ended in early 2004. The RS6 is the highest-performance version of Audi's C5 body style A6. For those who are particularly interested in the nomenclature of a vehicle, the "RS" stands for RennSport, and is positioned ahead of the "Sport" line in Audi's regular line-up Testing completed by Car and Driver magazine, found that the RS6 can accelerate from zero to sixty mph in just 4.7 seconds, from zero to 124 mph in 17.6 seconds and will top out, due to electronic limits, at a speed of 155 mph (250 km/h). The braking capability of this particular vehicle is well worth mentioning. It can stop from sixty mph (96.6 to 0 km/h) in 118 feet (35.97m). This is made possible by its large 365/335 mm (14.4/13.2 in) front/rear brakes, and the rare eight-piston design in the front. In total, about 8000 RS6s were produced worldwide. When the model was launched, Audi of American planned to only sell approximately 860 units in United States. As it turns out, a total of approximately 1200 were sold at the end. The Audi RS6 sure didn't come as a bargain, and in fact, it was priced at $82,000 for the U.S. market. However, due to the numerous awards that vehicle received, it appears that the model is well worth the price tag listed. Ward's Auto World placed the RS6 among the "10 Best Engines for 2005". This is in fact more impressive than it sounds because the competitors in the segment are a tough bunch. The RS6's combination of performance, handling (AWD), luxury and available space was why it was chosen over its closest competitors, the BMW M5, Jaguar S-Type R, and Mercedes-Benz E55 AMG. The Audi is sure to please the die-hard driver who maybe cannot afford a car in the one hundred thousand dollar range.