Oh So Subtle
Originally located in Southern California, the owner imported this RS6 to Canada in 2011. Located in Chase, British Columbia, it has always been housed in a heated garage, which has clearly benefitted the exterior condition. This car has never seen a snowflake! Painted in Avus Silver Pearl (LY7J), the finish is clean with straight panels and no modifications. The original 18” wheels are mounted in 225/40ZR Goodyear Eagle GT tires with minor curb rash seen in the gallery.
Subtle RS6 identifiers – front and rear badging, oval exhaust tips, unique front and rear fascia, decklid spoiler and matte-aluminum mirror caps – are all present in excellent condition minus a scratch seen on the passenger-side mirror housing. The owner notes small dents on the hood and rear quarter panel, minor scratches over the driver’s side headlight and a pair of small chips in the windshield with no cracking evident. The body is rust free and has no history of paint or bodywork.
In line with its exterior condition, the interior of this RS6 is in great shape with clean gray poplar trim, scuff-free door cards and lightly worn seat bolsters. Finished in black leather with white piping, those seats also feature power-adjustability, heat and memory settings for driver and passenger. The dashboard and clear gauge cover house an RS6 branded tachometer and 200-mph speedometer, behind the perforate leather, RS6-specific steering wheel.
An Alcantara headliner extends down the door pillars and looks tight around the factory sunroof. The original Audi Symphony/Bose audio system is in place as is the head unit with CD player and tape deck. Dual-zone climate controls, the optional navigation system and Audi Telematics with OnStar can be seen near the overhead sunroof controls. The rear seats and trunk carpet follow suit with the rest of this RS6 on the clean presentation and the original first aid kit is shown in its rear, center armrest location.
Twin Turbo Madness
The original, 4.2-liter twin-turbo V8 shows an amazingly low 42,243 miles on the odometer with the seller having put on only 2,500 of those in 10 years of ownership. The engine bay presents well and shows the original carbon-fiber cover with RS6 emblem and color matched air intakes. That attention to detail shows in the condition of the undercarriage and black painted brake calipers with RS6 logos. Part of the original Brembo braking system, they clamp 14.4” front and 13.2” rotors, all of which are cross-drilled from the factory.
Noted service includes a new timing belt, water pump and tensioner in 2016 as well as a new battery in 2019. All parts used have been 100% stock OEM Audi parts. Oil changes have been completed on an annual basis along with the most recent, performed 68 miles ago in June of 2020. The original owner’s manuals and a single key fob are included with the sale.
Audi’s Halo Car for Good Reason
These cars are incredibly rare in the US, with a total number imported between 2002 to 2004 of around 1200 units. The exact figures are murky as Audi originally only planned to send 860 to the US. These were sedan models only, as the US never got the Avant. Total global production for the C5 RS6 is estimated to be around 8700.
There are more hyperbolic statements to describe a 2003 Audi RS6, and this 100% original model in particular, than you can shake a stick at. But that 2003 Car and Driver article nailed it on the head when they described the C5 RS6 as, “A super sports sedan that redefines the class.”