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Audi RS6 V10: Buying guide and review (2008-2010)

Audi RS6 V10: Buying guide and review (2008-2010) Classic and Performance Car
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Fast estate cars used to be rare tentative one-off experiments by manufacturers on the search for a new niche. Today they’re as commonplace as their saloon counterparts, and while most manufacturers offer some sort of multi-cylindered forced induction family estate, it is arguably Audi that truly championed the idea with the mighty RS2 Avant way back in 1993. 
 
The engineers have since shoehorned all manner of engines into the humble-looking estate cars, but perhaps the most extreme variant is the last-generation RS6 5.0 TFSI Quattro, launched in 2008. Following in the tradition of the well-established German horsepower race, Audi decided that it would bring a gun to a knife fight, fitting a 5.0-litre twin turbocharged V10 into its S6 estate. With a few very necessary modifications to the brakes and suspension the new RS6 was born. It was not only the most powerful estate car ever sold but with 572bhp it was also more powerful than a contemporary Ferrari 458 or Porsche 911 Turbo.
 
A saloon body style was introduced soon afterwards, and this autobahn monster was produced for 3 years before someone realised that they could cut the VW group’s carbon emissions in half if they put something smaller under the bonnet. So in 2010 a smaller capacity V8 was used in its replacement, making the V10 RS6 a unique car – and with the way the world is going, we may never see the likes of it again.
 
Which one to buy?
 
The V10 RS6’s price was pitched a lot higher than its logical rivals from Mercedes and BMW, however neither offered the all-weather security of four wheel drive or twin-turbo’s boosted performance. 
 
The basic running gear and trim offerings stayed the same for the duration of the production period, with a large list of extras and the choice of either saloon or estate body shapes being the only options available.
 
The only gearbox available for this engine was a 6-speed automatic with tiptronic function, the dual clutch S-tronic boxes of the time were unable to handle the amount of torque that the engine generated. The steering mounted paddles are in a fixed position and the gearbox will allow you to hit the rev-limiter without executing an up-change.
 
The lack of a seven or eight-speed gearbox is never missed and there are few cars out there that can out accelerate a V10 RS6 in-gear at motorway speeds. Pushed to the limits in the dry the RS6 is less happy, tending to push into juddery understeer. In fairness this is not what most owners will be doing with their RS6 and driven within its limits the RS6 is a surefooted machine with supple suspension. The cost of having 572bhp on call is paid at the pumps with fuel consumption happily dipping into the low teens when the performance is called upon.
 
The estate versions are a whisker heavier than the saloons but you would be hard pressed to notice any difference in performance, and the added practicality makes them the default choice for larger families. Specification levels were high with some of the standard features including a BOSE sound system and DAB digital radio, massive 20-inch wheels and heated sports seats. 
 
Some of the more desirable options to look out for are the solar sunroof which can operate the air-conditioner while the engine is turned off as well as carbon ceramic brakes. A good option for a car with this level of performance weighing two tons.
 
Performance and specs
 
Audi RS6 Saloon
Engine 4991cc 40 valve DOHC V10 
Power 572bhp @ 6250-6700rpm 
Torque 479lb ft @ 1500-6250rpm
Top speed 155mph (limited)
0-60mph 4.5 seconds 
Fuel consumption 21.7 mpg 
Gearbox Six-speed automatic
 
Dimensions and weight
 
Wheelbase 2846mm
Length 4928mm
Width 1889mm
Height 1456mm
Weight 1985kg
 
Common problems
 
Running a V10 RS6 is not for the faint hearted. Fuel consumption can easily dip below the 20mpg level and while specialists can carry out most of the servicing parts will need to be bought from the main agents. Reliability has proven to be excellent to date.

• Massive 20-inch rims and huge tyres mean that potholes should be avoided and tyre life tends to be around 17,000 miles, as the four wheel drive system apportions power to each corner relatively equally you may be replacing all four tires at the same time.

• The V10 engine is strong, and despite its huge output can handle higher levels of boost, prompting many owners to have the ECUs reprogrammed. Some cars have been pushed to beyond 700bhp, but it is wise to make sure that if any modifications have been carried out they have been done professionally. Even so, there is always an increased risk to mechacanical problems.

• Some of the earlier cars would fracture oil cooler pipes, however this can be repaired by specialists at moderate expense.

• The six-speed automatic gearbox is strong, but oil and filter changes every 20,000 miles are recommended to keep them functioning optimally.

• Brakes are well up to the task of slowing down the two ton RS6, and some came with the optional carbon ceramic setup. Replacement pads are pricey as would be expected on 390mm discs.
 
Model history

2008: Audi RS6 5.0 TFSI Quattro launched with 572bhp twin-turbocharged 5.0-litre V10. Only available with six-speed tiptronic automatic transmission. Initially only available in ‘Avant’ estate body style, but the saloon was introduced mid-year
2010: RS6 Plus models offered with large standard spec. Final RS6 5.0 TFSI Quattro built with replacement reverting to V8 power.
 
Owners clubs, forums and websites
 
• www.audisrs.com – Audi RS forum
• www.audiownersclub.co.uk 
• www.unit20.org – Audi specialists
 
Summary and prices
 
£45,000 is the number you are looking at for a late 2010, low-mileage RS6 with the perfect spec, but today £25,000 will net you a 2008 higher-mileage example. This is a huge amount of car for the money, and almost a quarter of what these models cost when new. 

The RS6 5.0 TFSI Quattro remains a technological tour-de-force with the ability to silence a full load of teenagers with the press of your right foot. The ability to embarrass supercars away from the lights is complemented by added practicality especially in the estate version. If you can afford the fuel and servicing, then why not? 
 
Words: John Tallodi
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Last updated: 15th Dec 2015
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    Variant name:Avant ,Variant: 4.0 T FSI V8 Quattro Audi RS6 Avant 4.0 T FSI V8 quattro finished in Daytona Grey, pearl effect. Specification includes 21" x 9.5j 5-twin-spoke design black-gloss alloy wheels wit, dynamic steering, Audi parking system advanced with top view, digital TV reception, privacy glass, comfort key, roof rails - black, power door closure, sports suspension Plus with dynamic ride control (drc), panoramic glass sunroof, Audi pre sense Plus, LED headlights, high-beam assistant, headlamp range adjustment with fixed bending light, mobile telephone preparation - high with Audi connect, garage door opener (Homelink), sports exhaust, speed limit display, head-up display, dynamic package, adaptive cruise control (acc) with braking guard - Audi sid and carbon styling package. OVER £20,000 OF FACTORY ACCESSORIES FITTED TO THIS CAR

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    FACELIFT MODEL + FULL AUDI SERVICE HISTORY + SEPANG BLUE PEARL EFFECT WITH BLACK OPTICS PACK + BLACK SUPER SPORT SEATS + PANORAMIC ROOF + SAT NAV + SPORTS EXHAUST + ROOF RAILS + QUATTRO GRILLE + BLACK 21 " WHEELS + RED BRAKE CALIPERS + REVERSE CAMERA + LANE ASSIST + FRONT AND REAR HEATED SEATS + BOSE SOUND SYSTEM + KEYLESS (ADVANCED KEY) + PRIVACY GLASS + CARBON FIBRE INLAYS, STUNNING CAR WITH A MASSIVE SPEC + ALL USUAL AUDI RS6 REFINEMENTS Computer (Driver Information System), Electric Windows (Front/Rear), Hill Holder, Rain Sensor, Seats Electric (Driver/Passenger - Driver Memory), Telephone Equipment (Bluetooth Interface), Tyre Pressure Control.

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    £22,500 £22,500

    Full Black Nappa Leather, Audi Navigation Plus, Bluetooth Phone Technology, Multiple Airbags, Dual Zone Climate, RS Body Styling, RS Interior, 6 Speed S-Tronic with Paddleshift., Cruise Control, Powered Folding Mirrors, Satin Chrome Mirrors, Elec Memory Seats, Heated Seats, Front Centre Armrest, RS Steering Wheel With Paddleshift, Auto-dip Rearview, Rain-Sensing Wipers, Reverse Camera, Parking Sensors, Xenon Headlamps, Headlamp Jetwash, Auto Headlights, RS Adjustable Suspension Plus, 20'' Anthracite Alloys, Roof Rails, Bose Surround Sound System, Audi Music Interface, Audi Concert Audio, Factory Alarm, 4x4, Full service history High Specification RS6. Previously supplied by ourselves. low Rate Finance Options Available HP,PCP,Lease Purchase. Part Exchange Welcome. 12 Months Premium Warranty Included.

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    Variant name:4.0T FSI V8 Bi-Turbo RS6 Quattro 5dr Tip Auto ,Variant: 4.0T FSI V8 Bi-Turbo RS6 Quattro 5dr Tip Auto Air Conditioning,Anti Theft System,Automatic Gearbox,Automatic Headlights,Bluetooth Prepared,CD Multichanger,CD Player,Electric Front Seats,Electric Windows,ESP,Four Wheel Drive,Front Fog Lights,Full Service History,Leather Steering Wheel,Power Steering,Satellite Navigation,Xenon Headlights

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    £64,990 £64,990

    Xenon Headlamps, Electric Seats, Heated Seats, Cruise Control, Parking Sensors, 4x4, Full main dealer service history Audi RS6 Avant 4.0 TFSI V8 Automatic registered September 2014 finished in Phantom Black with Full Black Leather interior, Full Switchable Milltek Exhaust System, 21 Inch Niche Alloys with Wheel Spacers, Dynamic Pack, Parking Pack, Head Up Display, Carbon Fibre Door Mirrors, Panoramic Sunroof, Carbon Fibre Interior, Honeycomb Quilted Black Leather Heated Seats, BOSE Surround System, Bluetooth Connectivity, Electric Roof Blind, DAB Radio, Adjustable Lumbar and Bolster on Front Seats, Start/Stop, Front and Rear Parking Sensors, White Contrast Stitching, Memory Front Seats, Built-In Service Check and Full Audi Service History on 06/02/15 and 05/02/16. Finance available on request - subject to status and terms. Ask about our Company Directors packages. Fully Valeted; UK Wide Delivery Available; Part Exchange Welcome. Follow us on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

    • Mileage: 26200 mi
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  • Audi RS6 Avant V10 - 5.0 Litre |

    £33,850 £33,850

    Specification MAKE Audi MODEL RS6 Avant V10 - 5.0 Litre COLOUR Sepang Blue with Metallic Black Valcona Leather Seating YEAR 2009/09 MILEAGE 29582 DESCRIPTION We are delighted to be able to offer for sale this very well specified and immaculate example of the iconic Audi RS6 Avant. Presented in Sepang Blue with Metallic Black Valcona Leather Seating. Supplied with our 12 Month Warranty. STANDARD EQUIPMENT Anti locking Brakes, Driver and Passenger Airbags, Remote Central Locking with Alarm/Immobiliser, Electric Windows, Climate Control, Bi-Xenon Headlights, Bluetooth Telephone Preparation, Cruise Control, CD Player, Day Time Running Lights, Electrically Adjustable Memory Front Seats, Electrically Adjustable Heated Exterior Mirrors, Heated Front Seats, Rain Sensing Wipers, HDD Satellite Navigation System, Multi Function Steering Wheel, Bose Sound System, 20" Alloy Wheels, Front and Rear Parking Sensors. OPTIONAL EXTRAS Adaptive Cruise Control, Electric Slide and Tilt Glass Sunroof, Audi Advanced Key, TV Reception, Power Door Closure, Audi Parking System Advanced - Rear Camera, Voice Control, Electrically Adjustable Steering Column, Rear Window Blinds - Rear Doors and Tailgate, Garage

    • Mileage: 33850 mi
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    UK Supplied, Air Conditioning, Dual Climate Zones, Adjustable Steering Column, Power Steering, Electric Windows, Electric Sunroof, Remote Central Locking, Stereo, CD Player, Front Fog Lamps, Sports Seats, Multiple Airbags, ABS, Traction Control, Full Leather, Bose, 4x4, Service history SUPERB TOP OF THE RANGE ROCKET SHIP 0/60 4.7 SECS 155 MPH FULL LEATHER RECARO SEATS BOSE HI FI ENTERTAINMENT SERVICE HISTORY DRIVES WITHOUT FAULT.

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    £47,950 £47,950

    Air Conditioning, Cruise Control, Trip Computer, Privacy Glass, 4x4 Romans are proud to offer this stunning 2010/60 Audi RS6 Avant Plus for sale presented in Audi Exclusive Racing Blue Metaliic Paint with Two-Tone Black & Grey Valcona leather. Limited to only 500 example worldwide and this being model number 343/500, the Plus edition has a few key differences over the standard RS6 Avant. Firstly, the Plus has been factory de-restricted to achieve an astonishing 188mph from the previous electronically limited 155mph top speed. The twin-turbo V10 produces 580bhp, 479 lb-ft of torque and 0-62 mph is dealt within just 4.5 seconds. Further upgrades include a Carbon Design Package for the engine compartment, sports tuned suspension, unique 20'' 5 segment spoke alloys and floor mats with theRS6 logo. EXTRAS: 20'' 5 Segment Spoke Alloys, Sports Suspension Plus, Carbon Design Pack Engine Bay, Carbon Interior Trim, Electric Front Seats with Memory, Valcona Leather, Electric Steering Column, TV Reception, DAB Radio, Audi Parking System Advanced, High Beam Assist, Electric Tilt/Slide Sunroof, Reversible Load Floor Mats, Through Load Facility, Advanced Key, Garage Door Opener, Privacy Glass, 1 Owner from New, No.343/500 Examples Worldwide, Immaculate Condition!

    • Mileage: 10730 mi
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