German manufacturer Audi has initiated the plans to end production of the current RS6 model, the most powerful creature on the battlefield, at the end of the third quarter of 2010.
The model will undoubtedly make its market return in a couple of years since the next-generation Audi A6 is scheduled to debut sometime early next year, most likely at the Geneva Motor Show. The next RS6 will follow shortly.
Available as an estate and saloon, the current generation Audi RS6 is powered by an all-aluminum alloy 4,991 cc V10 engine that uses twin-turbocharging and FSI direct fuel injection that delivers 579 hp between 6,250 rpm and 6,700 rpm and a maximum torque of 497 lb-ft (650 Nm) between 1,500 rpm and 6,250 rpm. The car accelerates from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 4.6 seconds and to 124 mph (200 km/h) in 12.7 seconds. The car entered production in April 2008, instantly hitting showroom floors.
The next RS6 Audi is expected to drop the V10 engine and use a turbocharged V8 engine with an output between 550 and 600 HP.
The next generation Audi A6 will be made from a multi-material space frame that combines different metals. The added benefits are improved handling, increased fuel economy, and lower emissions. The all-new Audi TT will be the inspiration for the future A6 regarding its sportier look. The vehicle will be predominantly made up of aluminum, but there will be steel and foam reinforcements. Audi is also developing an all-new lightweight front and rear sub-frames which allow for increased strengthening around the integral parts of the lightweight chassis that tie it together.
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