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Audi Philippines unleashes the RS6

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Text: Brent Co / Photos: Brent Co, Audi Press | posted November 25, 2009 11:32

580 horses in business-class

PGA Cars, local distributor of Audi unleashed the new RS6 Sedan yesterday at the Audi Greenhills showroom. The new Audi RS6 was born from fourteen years of uncompromising dynamism from the Audi top trim model range. The RS initials are actually derived from the German term Renn Sport, which means motor sport in English. The new RS6 Sedan was developed to continue if not improve the dynamic success story.

The RS6 is a sedan akin to a wolf in sheep's clothing as the seemingly harmless car is fitted with a powerhouse of an engine. Under the hood is a race-bred 5.0-liter V10 twin-turbo FSI dry-sump engine capable of 580hp and a monstrous amount of pulling power at 650Nm. This is mated to a six-speed tiptronic transmission, which is then linked to the quattro all-wheel drive system with rear bias configuration for more dynamic driving.

With much power needs superior braking power, six-piston front brakes with floating mount discs are standard, while an optional ceramic brake system is also available. This upgrades the front brakes with eight-piston calipers and huge 420mm rotors. The ceramic brake option is only available in conjunction to the 20-inch wheel upgrade to house the massive brakes, which not only increase braking but also reduce unsprung weight.

A sports suspension system in the form of the Dynamic Ride Control (DRC) automatically adjusts suspension to driving conditions is standard to the RS6. However, more discerning customers can upgrade the DRC system to include three-stage controls allowing the driver to adjust settings through the MMI interface to either comfort, dynamic and sport modes.

The RS6 features a newly redesigned front bumper with enlarged inlet openings to allow its V10 twin-turbo engine to breath easier. The standard xenon plus headlights are lined with a daytime running light strips comprising ten LEDs on the lower edge setting a powerful visual effect. This is finished off with a honeycomb design radiator grill topped off with a red and silver RS6 logo. The side profile is enhanced with flared fenders and powerful side trims while the aggressive lines flow through the rear, which is embellished by a rear spoiler; carefully integrated to the side panels and trunk lid. A unique broad diffuser houses large oval exhaust tips on each side. The overall look is finished off with a captivating pair of LED taillights.

The business-class interior is an elegant combination of carbon fiber, aluminum, leather and Alcantara carefully selected ad gracefully combined to create a fusion of dynamism and comfort. The flat-bottomed shift paddle equipped leather steering wheel also has multifunction buttons for audio, navigation and phone controls. The front sport seats also feature an ergonomic seating position while providing the body the best possible support. A 13-speaker Bose audio system with MMI is standard. An MMI navigation plus is an option to include DVD support, and a 40GB hard drive which stores navigation data, owner's manual and telephone book entries all within reach in the cap-shaded joystick central control knob.

The new Audi RS6 retails for Php8.8-million and is available in aptly named racy colors such as the RS6 exclusive Sepang Blue, Monza Silver, Monterrey Green, Phantom Black, Mugello Blue, Misano Red, and Daytona Gray.