• Jan 23rd 2010 at 3:52PM
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Spanish King Don Juan Carlos' Audi RS6 – Click above for high-res image gallery

Wouldn't it be nice to select cars from an automaker's fleet the way you select lobsters from a tank? Some, like King Juan Carlos of Spain, can do exactly that, and this is his latest lobster: a blackout-remixed Audi RS6 sedan. About the only things not given the midnight treatment are the headlights, taillights, and signal indicators on the mirrors. Even the exhaust tips are black.

A book last year alleged that the king owned 71 cars and had a team of 65 attendants to care for them. If true, this one makes a worthy 72nd. Somehow we don't think the royal standards and light bars mounted behind the grille are normal Audi options – but we might ask next time we stop by the showroom. You can get a few more looks at it in the gallery of high-res photos below.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Kings rule. Who is the prime minister of spain? I have no idea. It might be Zapatero, or it might not, they keep changing them all the time. A monark on the other hand you remember, and it's much more exciting to be visited by a monark than by some elected peasant, thus monarky is best.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Of all cars .... an Audi....
      • 5 Years Ago
      And who paid for his 72 cars?

      You guessed right, the Spanish people. Kings are really some of the greatest d-bags in this world.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I have no idea how that statement correlates with the King of Spain's car selection.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Must be nice
        • 5 Years Ago
        "It's good to be the King"

        Mel Brooks- History of the World: Part 1
      • 5 Years Ago
      wow nice. i think America should follow suit and demand that president obama acquire a cts-v coup with all the bell and whistles(which includes the front side mounted american flag :).
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why not a real royal car like the RR Phantom?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks good blacked out, probably better with tinted tail lights. Wish we got the RS4 here of course.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I"m pretty sure the RS6 comes with the black tailpipes..... that's not a mod.

      really the RS6 doesn't need much, a little window tint and a nice wheel/tire
      package... maybe lower it a bit and it's money.

      ....ya, it's good to be KING.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Elsewhere, the US Army is still training what's left of the terrorists.

      Seriously, first of all why write elsewhere when stating Saudi Arabia?
      Second, I thought the terrorists responsible for 911 are dead.
      Third, have you been to Saudi Arabia or do you just like backwarding your sense by watching Fox News ?
      Finally, what's this got to do with the post ?? Seriously what the hell dude ?
      • 5 Years Ago
      The black tips are standard on a speed derestricted RS6 - the normal 250kph restricted has chrome tips.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Guys, I'm afraid that you're for the most part shooting in the dark here. It's ok to make a little harmless fun of the fact that the King of Spain is a car aficionado, but quite another to mock a country or attack an institution just because it "sounds" wrong. Just a few facts to illustrate:
      - All estates, vehicles, planes, etc that the immediate family uses (extended family has no right to them), with the exception of a few gifts that need to be authorized are in fact owned by the state, unlike most other monarchies (the UK's being the most obvious). They don't get any -of the sometimes huge- incomes from the rents of their centuries-old belongings, since they have none.
      - The 2008 budget for the Spanish royal family was of 8.6 million euros, making it one of the most austere heads of state out there, compared to 25M pounds for the UK (thrown in on top of hteir own gazillion personal fortune) or 200M euro for the Italian president (a powerless figure, much unlike the US presidency).
      - The King, Queen and Prince all act as the foremost figures of the Spanish diplomacy, constantly traveling, representing the country, attending acts and giving speeches galore, while permanently in the public eye. I wouldn't trade my job for theirs.
      - True, they love their cars, but if anyone whould understand this, it should be gearheads like us, right? Car companies fall over themselves to have the royal family drive their cars, lending them for free or for a nominal charge: It's great PR.
      - Sure, the ride is sweet, but you can buy eight of these for the price of a Veyron.
      Lastly, I'm not particularly pro-monarchy, but please let's keep a level head when giving an opinion, especially if you throw in words such as terrorism or plundering public funds.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Great piece. About the UK, a part of Royal family income comes from European Union farming subsidies.... In other words, yes, UK pays more to the EU than in receives, but som of what the UK gets back is basically used to further finance experiments of one Charles Windsor to grow vegetables he likes to talk to....
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