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November 1, 2004</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="newstitle">Audi Ends Production of its Ultimate RS6 Super Sedan</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="newsheader">by Justin Couture,American Auto Press</td> </tr> </tbody></table> </td> <!-- ARTICLE TITLE END --> </tr> <!-- ARTICLE HEAD END --> <!-- ARTICLE BODY --> <tr> <td class="mainblack13" colspan="3" align="justify">RS6 Reigned Supreme until Mercedes-Benz and BMW Raised their Game

After just two and a half years and 8,081 units, Audi has ended production of its RS6 super sedan, the most powerful Audi to ever <table align="right" border="0" cellpadding="3" cellspacing="0" hspace="5" vspace="5" width="200"> <tbody><tr><td>
</td></tr> <tr><td class="caption">After a two year run, Audi has announced it is ending production of its RS6 super sedan. (Photo: Trevor Hofmann, Canadian Auto Press)</td></tr> </tbody></table> enter production. Developed by quattro GmbH, Audi's tuning firm, with help from motor specialist Cosworth, the RS6 brought an entirely new definition of what a supercar could be to market. It is luxurious and comfortable, while providing mind-warping performance.

Like the RS2 and RS4 before it, the RS6 carried supercar-pummeling power wrapped in a visually inconspicuous cloak. At the time of its introduction, the RS6 played into the same game of stealth as its arch nemesis BMW with its 400 horsepower M5, and Mercedes-Benz's leather-laden E55 AMG. Audi one-upped the competition by offering an unheard of 450 twin-turbocharged horsepower together with the unshakable traction of its Torsen-based permanent all wheel drive system.

With the introduction of the RS6, a host of changes were ushered in. For the first time Audi offered its European clientele an <table align="left" border="0" cellpadding="3" cellspacing="0" hspace="5" vspace="5" width="200"> <tbody><tr><td>
</td></tr> <tr><td class="caption">Audi shook the competition when it unveiled the 450-hp twin-turbocharged all wheel drive super sedan. (Photo: Trevor Hofmann, Canadian Auto Press)</td></tr> </tbody></table> RS car in two body styles, the traditional five-door Avant (wagon) as well as a four-door sedan. Another critical difference between the Porsche-developed RS2 and RS4 of years prior was that the RS6 was based on Audi's larger, plusher midsize chassis as opposed to their more agile and lightweight compact platform. The RS6 would also represent the first time that Audi offered an RS car with an automatic transmission, claiming that the power of the twin-turbo V8 exceeded any transmission the brand had in house. Such seemingly minute details did little to deter enthusiasts, who were eager for the next dose of additive power, traction and performance, automatic or not.

The RS6 also marked the entry of quattro GmbH to North America, being that Audi Canada never imported the RS2 and RS4. The RS6 <table align="right" border="0" cellpadding="3" cellspacing="0" hspace="5" vspace="5" width="200"> <tbody><tr><td>
</td></tr> <tr><td class="caption">The RS6 seemed to be a hit around the world, placing Audi at the top of many collectors' lists. (Photo: Trevor Hofmann, Canadian Auto Press)</td></tr> </tbody></table> seemed to be a hit around the world, placing Audi at the top of many collectors' lists with demand severely outstripping supply.

Production of the RS6 began in May, 2002. The transformation of a standard A6 sedan or Avant (5-door wagon) into the RS6 was a simple but highly labor-intensive process, which took place at quattro GmbH's Neckarsulm assembly halls whereupon a handful of vehicles were produced each day. Originally, Audi intended to produce 6,000 examples at a steady pace before <table align="left" border="0" cellpadding="3" cellspacing="0" hspace="5" vspace="5" width="200"> <tbody><tr><td>
</td></tr> <tr><td class="caption">Transforming a standard A6 sedan into the RS6 monster was said to be a simple but highly labor-intensive process. (Photo: Trevor Hofmann, Canadian Auto Press)</td></tr> </tbody></table> shutting down production, but in the high-speed world of top-performing supercars, to leave a vehicle alone without continually developing it means that it will soon be surpassed.

As production neared the two-year mark, Audi announced that it had plans to end the production of the RS6. At this point in time, it had already exceeded the original production mark for quite awhile, but the Volkswagen-owned brand wanted the RS6 to go out with a bang. In April, 2004 Audi began production of the RS6 Plus, what was considered to be the ultimate RS6, and the ultimate RS car. Packing an additional 30 horsepower and a tuned suspension, the RS6 plus edged out the current champ, Benz's supercharged E55.

Having had its final hurrah, which extended the production numbers and dates well beyond original intentions, Audi has finally <table align="right" border="0" cellpadding="3" cellspacing="0" hspace="5" vspace="5" width="200"> <tbody><tr><td>
</td></tr> <tr><td class="caption">By the end of this October 2004, 8,081 RS6 quattros will have been produced. (Photo: Trevor Hofmann, Canadian Auto Press)</td></tr> </tbody></table> ordered production to close. By the end of this October 2004, 8,081 RS6 quattros will have been produced.

Despite the recent news that the folks in charge of producing and developing Audi's line of RS cars will be cutting down on the power, they will continue to experiment with new models. Although it hasn't been made official, the Neckarsulm-based workshop will start producing the next generation of RS4 which is expected to arrive next autumn. Insiders are also hinting that plans for a first generation RS3 based off of Audi's compact A3 is in development, as is a second-generation RS6 based off of the new A6.

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A very nice car, especially the Avant version, but not a driver's car like the M5 :flag:
 
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