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September 9th, 2008
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The equipment

The new RS 6, which will be in German showrooms from mid-October priced 105,550 euros, is fitted with standard equipment that underlines its dynamic, exclusive character. From the outside, Audi's most powerful series-production sedan can be recognized by a whole series of exclusive features – for example the LED daytime running lights, the flared fenders and the 19-inch cast aluminum wheels. The tires are continually monitored to ensure that they have the correct pressure. Metallic/pearl effect paint underlines the sporty, elegant lines.

On the inside, the new RS 6 has electrically adjustable sports seats with Silk Nappa leather upholstery. The front and outer rear seats can be heated. Carbon inlays, a cockpit front panel in piano finish and RS 6 logos are visual highlights in the interior. Safety and comfort are also of the very highest standards. An automatic anti-dazzle interior mirror, a leather-covered RS multifunction sports steering wheel with shift paddles and the deluxe automatic air conditioning plus provide a sense of luxury.

An alarm system and six airbags – two front, two side and two head airbags – enhance safety. ISOFIX mountings enable child seats to be fitted quickly and reliably in the rear. A key equipment feature is the parking aid known as Audi parking system plus – eight ultrasonic sensors transmit signals that are optically and acoustically processed with very high precision.

For the dedicated individualists among the RS 6 customers, the options represent the very pinnacle of what is technologically feasible. The sports suspension plus allows the driver to adjust the damping, which is already highly precise thanks to Dynamic Ride Control technology, in three maps. The 20-inch aluminum wheels are fitted with size 275/35 tires, and behind them there is space for a high-performance brake system with powerful ceramic disks. The options also include raising the top speed to 280 km/h (173.98 mph).

For the seats, Audi offers Valcona leather with contrasting stitching and a leather/Alcantara combination. The adaptive light system, which dynamically illuminates bends in the road, helps the driver to stay relaxed.

Audi's intelligent high-tech assistance systems make driving even easier. Audi lane assist makes it easier to stay in lane. If the driver approaches a lane marking without activating the turn signal, the system will warn him by vibrating the steering wheel. Audi side assist monitors the area to the rear of the new RS 6. When changing lanes, it warns of a potentially critical situation with a bright yellow LED in the exterior mirror.

The adaptive cruise control (ACC) system is another ultra-modern assistance system. It maintains a set speed between 30 and 200 km/h (18.64 – 124.27 mph), depending on the speed of the vehicle in front. The system accelerates and brakes gently as necessary. Working in two stages, the integrated braking guard function cuts in to prompt the driver to apply the brakes in dangerous situations.

MMI – the new high-end multimedia system

In the field of multimedia, the Audi RS 6 has another high-end solution on board – the new third-generation MMI operating and multimedia system. Its intuitively understandable, strictly logical operating concept with a large terminal on the center tunnel has remained unchanged, giving it a decisive edge over the competition. The color monitor with its 6.5-inch or 7-inch screen is positioned high up in the instrument panel where it can easily be seen.

The Bose Surround Sound system is standard in the new RS 6. It generates its powerful, clear sound pattern with a 270 watt amplifier and 13 speakers. Its algorithm analyzes driving and exterior noises and adjusts its frequency response accordingly to compensate. A six-disk CD changer comes as standard with the system.

On request, RS 6 customers can also order the new MMI navigation plus. The user is treated to a dazzling array of functions – a three-dimensional road map, a drive for navigation, audio and video DVDs, a twin tuner for radio reception and full-word voice input for the telephone book, which can store up to 2,000 entries, each with five numbers.

Like the navigation data and the Owner's Manual, the telephone book entries are stored on a hard drive with a memory capacity of 40 GB. This can also be used as a jukebox, perfectly recording and sorting up to 4,000 music tracks. This version of the MMI also incorporates a large, extremely high-resolution display with a brilliantly bright image. The central control knob incorporates a cap-shaped joystick, which makes operation even easier.

Optional technical modules make the MMI even more attractive. The Audi music interface perfectly integrates external MP3 players, for example the customer's iPod. Another highlight is DAB digital radio reception (Digital Audio Broadcasting), which is qualitatively far superior to the analog standard. A TV tuner for analog and digital reception (DVB-T) is also available.

On request, maximum convenience can even be provided making a phone call. The Audi Bluetooth car phone integrates the customer's cell phone via a Bluetooth chip, providing it supports the SIM access profile. The car phone is activated whenever the ignition key is in the lock. It takes the data from the SIM card and from the memory in the cell phone, and then switches the cell phone off completely.

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