• May 25th 2007 at 8:03AM
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Audi's hard at work expanding the number of models in its portfolio, and one of the most anticipated models of all is the 2008 RS6. With an absurdly wicked 5.2L V10 powerplant that's rumored to receive the turbo treatment to kick out well over 500hp, the RS6 looks like it's preparing to meet the M5 and AMG E-Class head-on.
The folks over at KGP Photography got some good pictures of the RS6 running the 'Ring, and there are subtle differences between it and the S6. The oval-tipped tailpipes and RS4-style rims fare immediate tiopoffs that something's afoot. The front air intake also appears to be tweaked, with its LED lighting apparently removed. The fenders have also been pushed out to accomodate larger wheels.

Does Audi want to rule the luxury world? Looks like it to us, and an RS6 that will be able to take on even the most formidable opponent is part of the plan. The car will duke it out with some pretty stiff marketplace competition, but in the end, we think the ultimate winners are customers who can afford $80,000 to $100,000 vehicles.

[Source: Inside Line]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      This car is going to seriously shake up the market. I can't wait for Audi to bring the pain to BMW and MB.

      All that performance without the pretentious bull$h1t or German styling (isn't than an oxymoron?) of the others makes Audi a serious player in the luxury performance market. With these new S and RS models they are going to get even more street cred too.

      Rich folks buy BMW, old folks buy MB, drivers buy Audi.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "drivers drive audi"

      biggest lie i have ever heard. real drivers drive BMW. lazy people drive audi because of the all wheel drive safety. A real driver can push rwd cars harder and faster through turns than an awd driver. awd requires a heavy foot and slow hands, you dont need any skill to launch the car or take it through a turn. and awd is far less rewarding then rwd. thats why they say that BMW can always put a bigger smile on the drivers face as opposed to audi. like when they did rs4 vs e46 m3, on 5th gear they said that the rs4 was fast but the m3 was much more fun to drive. rs4 is going to get spanked in turns by the e92 m3.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Mike, while I won't debate your reasoning ("rich folks buy BMWs..."), I will say you're correct about Audi bringing the pain. People forget Auto Union was part of the Age of the Titans in the 1930s with Mercedes in Grand Prix racing and their cars were technological marvels. The original RS6 was a supersedan and the next one, with the 500+ hp bogeys from BMW and Mercedes as targest, should be as well.
      But keep in mind, despite your personal feelings, some drivers buy BMWs too. M-cars wouldn't have the rep they do unless they could back it up.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'm glad to see Audi poised to kick some bavarian arse. I'm very much a BMW fan, and BMW's defintely are well built vehicles. But Audi is very much on top of its game, and BMW no longer can sit easily atop the heap of high performance luxury sedans. And they can no longer afford to have un-attractive designs like the current 5 series and 7 series. The M line is hard pressed to match the RS4, the soon to be RS5 and RS6, R8, S8 .... should I keep going?
      • 8 Years Ago
      I just gotta say this: the A6 looks sharp with a dark top over a light body.

      Vinyl roof anyone? It may just be time for a revival.
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