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07/25/22
Ingolstadt
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20th anniversary Audi RS 6

20th anniversary Audi RS 6

For 20 years, one vehicle has inspired Audi Sport GmbH and a worldwide fan community like no other: The Audi RS 6 has been shaping the field of high-performance station wagons with impressive performance and outstanding everyday usability for four generations. The successful basic concept from 2002 is based on a twin-turbocharged power unit and all-wheel drive. The basic concept is the same across all RS 6 generations. Even in the competitive environment, the RS 6 continues to make its mark and set new standards.

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20 years, four generations – Audi RS 6: Superior performance with an everyday look

One car has been exciting Audi Sport GmbH and a worldwide fanbase like no other for 20 years: across four generations, the Audi RS 6 has set the tone for high-performance station wagons with impressive performance and outstanding everyday usability. It owes the success of its underlying concept from 2002 to its double-charged engine and all-wheel drive. The basic concept has been the same across every generation of the RS 6. Again and again, it sets new standards in its competitive environment as well. Technical Vorsprung also turns up in other places, such as Dynamic Ride Control suspension. It has been used in other RS models from Audi for a long time.

“For me, the current RS 6 is the crowning achievement of two decades of RS history”

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.

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