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“For me, the current RS 6 is the crowning achievement of two decades of RS history”
- Stephan Reil, long-time Head of Research & Development at quattro GmbH (now Audi Sport GmbH), remembers 20 years of the Audi RS 6
- “At the time, nobody imagined that much power in a station wagon because there just wasn’t anything like it”
- “With the current generation C8, the RS 6 has grown into a worldwide success story”
From the first generation RS 6 to the current one: Stephan Reil was there from the start and had a lot of influence on the development of the high-performance Audi. A graduate engineer, he became Division Head for Vehicle Customization at quattro GmbH (now Audi Sport GmbH) in 1996. In 1998, he took over as Head of Vehicle Development for all of the company’s complete vehicles and since 2020 he has been in charge of technical development for AUDI AG at the Neckarsulm site. On the twentieth anniversary of the first generation RS 6, the C5, Reil looks back on the challenges in development and technical refinement and remembers defining events.