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Audi RS 6 C5 (4B) Sedan (2002-2004)

Neoscore 68%

Product Overview

Audi RS 6 C5 (Typ 4B) is a high-performance executive sports sedan in production from 2002 to 2004. It was available with a single bi-turbocharged V8 engine that displaced 4.2 liters.
The 4.2TT engine was based on the 40-valve V8 found in the D2 S8 facelift, C5 S6, and B7 S4. It delivered a level of output that was highly competitive at the time, well above what the E39 M5 was able to offer (although the balance and handling of the E39 M5 were clearly superior).
Unfortunately, the only transmission offered was the lethargic and unreliable ZF 5HP24A 5-speed automatic. This transmission suffered from a relatively weak Clutch A drum. While ZF improved the design of this part in 2001, and all C5 RS 6 had the updated part, it still was not really reliable.
Unlike modern turbochargers tuned for fuel economy, the RS 6 used the turbos purely for performance. Thus, the C5 RS 6 had very high fuel consumption.
Still, drivers who appreciate handling will be pleased to know that the RS 6 comes with multi-link suspensions at all four corners. This provides the best cornering performance and tunability, at the expense of cost and a little bit of durability.

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What we found**

Neoscore: 68% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Superb suspension setup
  • Powerful 4.2TT ahead of its time
Cons
  • Not the best styling as a sporty sedans
  • Unreliable automatic transmission
  • No manual option
  • Rather nose-heavy
  • Very high fuel consumption

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Specifications

Capacity

Cargo Capacity
424 L / 15.0 cu-ft
Coolant Capacity
11.0 L / 11.6 qt
Engine Oil Capacity
7.4 L / 7.8 qt
Fuel Capacity
82.0 L / 21.7 gal
Passengers
5
Payload
540 kg / 1190 lbs

Chassis

Brakes | Front
Ventilated discs
Brakes | Rear
Ventilated discs
Power Steering
Hydraulic Steering
Suspension | Front
Multi-link
Suspension | Rear
Double-wishbone
Tire Size
255/40 R18
Turning Circle
11.4 m / 37.4 ft

Construction

Body Style
4-door Sedan

Dimensions

Size | Height
1387 mm / 54.6 in
Size | Length
4858 mm / 191.3 in
Size | Width
1850 mm / 72.8 in
Track Width | Front
1578.0 mm / 62.1 in
Track Width | Rear
1587.0 mm / 62.5 in
Weight
1840.0 kg / 4056.5 lbs
Wheel Size
8.5J x 18
Wheelbase
2759 mm / 108.6 in

Performance

Acceleration | 0 - 100 km/h
4.9 sec
Acceleration | 0 - 60 mph
4.7 sec
CO2 Emission
350 g/km
Coefficient Of Drag
0.34
Fuel Economy
14.6 L/100km / 16.1 MPG (combined) | 21.8 L/100km / 10.8 MPG (urban) | 10.4 L/100km / 22.6 MPG (highway)
Top Speed
250.0 km/h / 155.3 mph

Powertrain

Drivetrain Layout
Front-engine (longitudinal), All-wheel drive
Emission Standard
Euro 3
Engine
BCY
Engine | Bore
84.5 mm / 3.3 in
Engine | Compression Ratio
11.0:1
Engine | Displacement
4.2 L / 254.6 cu-in / 4172.0 cc
Engine | Power
450.0 hp / 335.6 kW @ 5700-6400 rpm
Engine | Specific Output
107.9 hp/L / 1.8 hp/cu-in
Engine | Stroke
93.0 mm / 3.7 in
Engine | Torque
560 Nm / 413.0 lb-ft @ 1950-5500 rpm
Engine | Type
Bi-turbocharged multi-port injected petrol V8 DOHC engine with 5 values per cylinder
Transmission | Gears
5-speed
Transmission | Type
Automatic Tiptronic

Production

Availability
2002 ~ 2004

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