Short for Renn Sport, Audi’s RS moniker is reserved for their most potent offerings. Used sparingly over the years, these RS models are known for showing off the latest and greatest racing-inspired technology and most advanced engineering. This first-gen RS6 was the very embodiment of this halo-car ethos.
The highlight reel is deep and includes an all-aluminum powerplant co-developed with Cosworth that develops 415 lb-ft of torque available from 1950 to 5700 rpm. Recaro front buckets grip the driver as the nearly 10” wide rubber grips the road. Brembo provides stopping power, the car sits nearly one inch lower than its A6 stablemate, and so on.
Only sold for a single model year this side of the pond, with estimates putting North American production at 1,200 units, Audi set out to dethrone super sleds produced by German rivals when they unleashed the first-gen RS6. And dethrone they did, taking first in a Car and Driver comparison against the mighty BMW E39 M5 and period Mercedes E55 AMG.