2003 Audi RS6

As much as the E39 BMW M5 changed the game for sports sedans, the Audi RS6 took the executive supercar-slayer to the next level. Sporting a twin turbocharged version of the venerable 4.2 V8, the Audi RS6 offered simply stunning performance with 450hp on tap. But horsepower wasn’t the only result of the forced induction, because the RS6 also offered nearly 70 lb.ft of torque more than the S62 motor. Sure, it was a touch heavier than the E39, but on the highway this car was and still is a monster. Like the E39, good condition examples of these super sedans are now trading in the mid 20s; today there is a beautiful grey over grey example with no reserve on the auction. Looking ready to surprise a few 911s, take a look at one of our favorites:

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4WD Week: 2003 Audi RS6

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When I think 4WD German car, I think Audi. They’ve cultivated that image very deliberately over the last 30 years, and the other German makes are just recently catching up in making their full lines available with AWD. But while Mercedes is getting shade for removing some of the AMG fun with the E63 now AWD-only, when Audi released the RS6 there was no question that part of its allure was surefootedness to control the insane 450hp Biturbo V8. The monster is now accessible to the masses as long as they have steady significant income to continue the maintenance. With just 67k miles, the subtle Mugello Blue makes this one of the secretive RSs ever.

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Year: 2003
Model: RS6
Engine: 4.2 liter biturbo V8
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 67,531 mi
Price: $26,550 Buy It Now

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Attractively finished in Mugello Blue over silver and touting a twin-turbocharged V8 engine, this 2003 Audi RS6 is a desirable performance sedan that has had only two owners since new. It was originally sold new here in Seattle for $87,310 and features an impressive list of performance and luxury features. All servicing is up-to-date with this RS6, and a new timing belt was installed during the Park Place LTD Service Center’s pre-sale inspection upon arrival.

This RS6 is powered by a twin-turbocharged 4.2L V8 engine that develops 450hp/415lb-ft of torque and is backed by a 5-speed Tiptronic transmission. Pair that with Quattro All-Wheel Drive and you’ve got a performance luxury sedan that sprints to 60mph in just over 4 seconds on its way to a top speed just shy of 160mph. This example’s V8 powerplant also features the factory Sound Enhancing Exhaust system that elevates the soundtrack to deadly. Luxury amenities include heated leather sport seats, optional GPS navigation, Bose premium audio with iPod integration, heated rear seats, dual-zone auto climate control and an Alcantara headliner. Xenon head lamps, rear parking sensors and 18-inch wheels are also featured. Additionally, this RS6 is equipped with optional rear side-impact airbags, bringing the total to 10.

Included with the car is the original Audi window sticker, two remote keys, owner books, CarFax history report and thorough service records that date back to 2005. With a fantastic look and 450hp to boot, this RS6 is an attractive alternative to an M5 or E55 at a fantastic price point.

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Even at less than 1/3 of the sticker just 10 years ago, we’ve seen examples just as nice for a little less. Still, few AWD sedans can claim the quiet brute force that the RS6 unleashed. My kind of 4-season brawler right here.

-NR

Wednesday Wheels: Quattro Audi Favorites

Much like Volkswagen, Audi went from a fairly conservative wheel lineup through 1995 to some of the best looking wheels on the market. Consequently, there have been countless knockoffs that have sprouted up at budget prices; they always look appealing price wise, but never seem to perfectly replicate the original wheels. For my money and car, I’d always choose the OEM options over the replicas, which means looking to the used wheel market instead of brand new wheels – luckily, there are lots of folks who like to remove their high-quality great looking wheels for something…well, not OEM. Take a look at today’s offerings from Audi then:

Year: 2002-2003
Model: RS6 Celebration
Diameter: 18″
Width: 8.5″
Bolt Pattern: 5 x 112
Offset: ET 30
Condition: Used
Tires: Not Included
Price: $1,099 Buy It Now

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4 Genuine OEM Audi RS6 wheels off of my Black RS6 (I am riding on black Aftermarket wheels).

All Center caps are included (normally $70 each at Audi Dealership – I had to buy one for this listing)

These must go – I need to pay a bill or two.

TO CHECK PRICING – LOOK AT THIS AUCTION FOR 1 WHEEL – http://www.ebay.com/itm/Genuine-OEM-Audi-RS4-2003-RS6-18-18×85-ET30-Wheel-Rim-4B3601025R-/161064533900

YOU CAN HAVE A MATCHING SET FOR A GREAT DISCOUNT!!

The RS4 and RS6 wheels are undoubtedly one of the most knocked-off designs, and poor quality versions adorn everything from budget beater A4s to Golfs. Audi even knocked off it’s own wheel, with the “Celebration” wheel that appeared on both the A4 and S8, but the real deal big-offset wheels are the ones to get if you can fit them. These are great looking wheels with only a light amount of damage at a great price. Looking for something a little better and more cutting edge? How about these S5/RS4 wheels:

Year: 2009+
Model: S5/RS4
Diameter: 19″
Width: 8.5″
Bolt Pattern: 5 x 112
Offset: ET 32
Condition: Used
Tires: Included Dunlop Sport Maxx GT 255-35-19
Price: $2,995 Buy It Now

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OEM 19×8.5 INCH RIMS WITH 32 OFFSET
WHEELS ARE IN VERY GOOD CONDITION
NO CURB RASH ON THESE WHEELS!
ABSOLUTELY NO DINGS SCRAPES ETC.
THESE WHEELS ARE IN BEAUTIFUL CONDITION! DO NOT SETTLE FOR LESS! THESE RIMS ARE A+
COMES WITH OEM AUDI CENTER CAPS AS PICTURED
COMES WITH FACTORY TPMS SENSORS (TIRE PRESSURE MONITORING SYSTEM)
TIRES ARE 255/35/19 DUNLOP SP SPORT MAXX GT. 2 TIRES HAVE ABOUT 90% TREAD REMAINING AND 2 HAVE ABOUT 75% TREAD REMAINING
SHIPPING: FEDEX GROUND
NO INTERNATIONAL, ALASKA, HAWAII, OR P.O. BOX SHIPPING.. 48 STATES ONLY
MONEY-BACK QUALITY GARAUNTEE* *MINUS RE-STOCKING FEE IF RETURNED AND BUYER PAYS RETURN SHIPPING
ANY QUESTIONS, JUST ASK!

Big, big, big. These wheels are aggressive and great looking. They really help to set the S5 apart from the competition, and look fantastic dressing up earlier S models. Speedline manufactured these wheels so they’re assured to be high quality. A bit too aggressive? How about a set of the popular S4 and S5 “Peelers”:

Year: 2012
Model: S5 S-line “Peelers”
Diameter: 19″
Width: 9″
Bolt Pattern: 5 x 112
Offset: ET 33
Condition: Used
Tires: Not Included
Price: No Reserve Auction

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I have a nearly brand new set of 19″ OEM Audi factory SLINE speedline wheels for sale that were recently removed from a Audi S5. The 2008 forward A5 and S5 vehicles use a lower offset (33mm) hence these wheels will fit the RS4 and RS6 vehicles as well. Additionally the Q5 uses a 33mm offset so these are perfect for Q5 as well. These wheels are a great way to update/upgrade your car while improving the appearance and increasing the value of your car. OEM Audi center caps will be included.

Wheels: 9X19, offset is 33mm

The wheels are in excellent condition with no curb scrapes. They have the original OEM factory “hyper-silver” finish and have not been refinished. There are a few tiny little marks simply from moving/storing them but they are near mint. Bolt pattern is 5X112 and the offset is 33mm. I receive a substantial fedex shipping discount which I pass onto you so shipping will be between $30 -$35 per wheel within the U.S. and if outside the U.S. please contact me. If you need the wheels sooner don’t hesitate to contact me. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact me. If you want to see them in Newport Beach, CA please contact me. Free local pickup.

These wheels are also pretty aggressive but a tad more understated than the split RS wheels. The “Peeler” design has appeared now on all of the S and RS variants, and even has been slightly modified and reborn on the Golf R in the “Talledega”. Honestly, they all look great. Like the last set, they are Speedline made so high quality. These appear to be as close to new as possble, so it’ll be interesting to see where they end up. Too big for your roads? How about some evergreen Avus wheels:

Year: 2005-2007
Model: S4 “Avus”
Diameter: 18″
Width: 8″
Bolt Pattern: 5 x 112
Offset: ET 45
Condition: Used
Tires: Included, Worn
Price: $1,000 Buy It Now

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For Sale: OEM Avus Wheels

In great condition.
Tires will be included for free for shipping. Cannot guarantee tread condition.

Fits: 2004-2005 Audi A4 S4
Fits other 5:112 Audi’s and VW’s.
Confirm Offset with your dealer.

Additional Parts available, please contact for details.

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These are a perrenial favorite amongst Audi folks, and appear on many earlier models. There are several different versions of the Avus wheel (I count 6, I believe) but they’re all great in their own ways. They’ll dress them up any older big-body Audi you can fit them on, and even some Volkswagens. Tonal manufactured these wheels and they’re fairly high quality. These appear to be in pretty good condition overall but are a tad bit pricey honestly, I’d hold out for a set for a few hundred dollars less.

Which are your favorites?

-Carter

V8 Week: 2003 Audi RS6

In the rarefied world of German super-sedans, the launch of the Audi C5 RS6 took the category to a new level. With 450 turbocharged horsepower on tap, this was a super car in disguise capable of destroying the competition in stoplight drag races and high-speed Autobahn blasts while offering comfort for 4 people and being useable year-round in any weather event. Try that with your Lamborghini, Ferrari, or even pre-Panamera Porsche. Like most super-sedans, once the warranty was up the residual value fell quicker than the massive brakes could haul it down from speed, and now these beasts can be had in prime condition for not much money. Today’s 2003 example looks particularly stealthy in popular Ebony Black:

Year: 2003
Model: RS6
Engine: 4.2 liter twin-turbocharged V8
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 72,070 mi
Price: $22,750 Buy It Now

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My 2003 Audi RS6 MTM is for sale. I am the third owner and have owned the RS6 for about 3 years. This car was a present from me to me and was appreciated more as a piece of art than a form of transportation. That would explain the low miles I’ve put on it during our time together (about 4,000 miles). All previous owners are from around Tampa Bay area.

When it comes to maintaining my baby, expenses are never spared, as I like to keep all of my vehicles in immaculate condition. My Ebony Black RS6 is fully loaded with every possible option including:

· Ebony Black interior with

· Alcantara® and

· Carbon Fiber

· Navigation

· Satellite Radio

· Sport Exhaust with Black Tips

· Cold Weather package with

· Solar Sunroof

Additionally, my precious RS6 had some work done by the MTM go-to-guys, Hoppen Motorsport in Sarasota, FL. There, it received the MTM upgrades done. These upgrades increased the numbers to over 500HP and a top speed of over 185MPH. I have never had the desire to find out what 185 MPH feels like as I am plenty scared of the RS6 at regular speeds.

Additional Items:

During my ownership, the following items were repaired or replaced:

Dunlop Sport 245 / 45ZR18 96Y XL High Performance RunFlat Tires
The alternator was replaced
Both Intercoolers were refurbished
Both MAF sensors were replaced
Vacuum lines were replaced
Recall about the fuel tank was also performed at Crown Audi of Clearwater
New Battery was installed by Crown Audi of Clearwater
Oil changed with about 9000 miles before next service

The winning bidder will have ten ( 10 ) business days to finalize the deal, that is two ( 2 ) weeks. Deposit is non-refundable and is to be sent via PayPal. The rest of the funds are to be exchanged at the time of pickup in the form of a Cashier’s Check (certified from US bank) or CASH in person.

Please ask any questions you might have.

This particular example has been modified by the Hoppen gang with MTM software, giving this car a bit more scoot (as if it needed that). Long term there are plenty of items to be concerned about, but the amount of performance you get for low 20s is pretty incredible. At least on the highway and back roads, this is a car that can keep up with a similarly priced M5, surprise it from most stoplights, and be useable when the sun isn’t shining. Sure, you lose the manual that the M5 has, but you gain the best part of 100 horsepower. For some folks, that’s what matters more – being able to toast that 911 turbo out of the tollbooth. Having driven a few of these on the track (along with E39 M5s), they’re also quite capable of holding their own against an M5 if properly driven, though they tend to run out of brake and overwhelm their tires earlier than the boys from Munich.

We would be remiss in not featuring an RS6 in V8 week, since it’s one of the more spectacular versions of a V8 platform that’s been available to US buyers in recent history. Ownership won’t be cheap or trouble-free, but honestly once the horsepower numbers crest 300, the bills will start adding up on any 10 year old car regardless of the badge that’s on the back. If you’d like to take the road slightly less traveled than the E39 Highway, this may just be the car for you!

-Carter

2003 Audi RS6

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I often end with caveats, but today they have to lead. I realize that Audi RS6s are notorious for maintenance and will only continue to need more and more expensive repairs, but that didn’t stop me from diving into an old BMW and I’m not sure it could stop me from chasing a long-time object of lust, the first Audi RennSport offering that came to the US. We’ve spent many words fawning over the myriad strengths of the RS6, namely understated badass looks, versatile four-wheel drive, and the insane twin-turbo, 4.2 liter, 450bhp V8… I’ll stop now. As they age and continue to depreciate, they’re coming up for sale at ever-more affordable prices. Less than $25,000 seems insane for the level of capability and specialness of the RS6, but that’s where they’re going and it gets me all excited.

Year: 2003
Model: RS6
Engine: 4.2 liter twin-turbocharged V8
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 83,000 mi
Price: $22,888 Buy It Now

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Seems like 80-100k miles is when owners either get tired of these or decide it’s time to bail before the aforementioned maintenance catches up with them. My course of action? Save up enough to endow a healthy maintenance fund and jump on one of the coolest sedans ever produced before they all either have a lot more miles or start appreciating.

-NR

2003 Audi RS6

The Audi RS6 was, simply put, a game changer for Audi. With two turbos boosting the fantastic 4.2 V8 to an unbelievable 450 horsepower, the RS6 put performance figures of legendary cars like the Ferrari F40 into their mid-sized sedan. When I first heard they would be making it, it seemed mind-blowing at the time – this car sported nearly double the horsepower and torque of the S4 but weighed only a touch more. While a performance staple in Europe with cars like the RS2, RS4, and S6 plus, the U.S. had endured a long line of quick but not outrageous Audis, and the performance image of the brand in the public’s eye reflected that. But with the RS6, Audi lifted the performance envelope of the executive sedan to a new level and placed the cars coming out of Audi’s Quattro G.m.b.H. division squarely in the forefront of the enthusiast’s mind. Audi’s super fast luxury sedan would also be the blueprint for most of today’s modern rivals, with all-wheel drive, forced induction and automatic transmission. At ten years old and far out of warranty, these Autobahn stormers have dropped in price to a level that people not working on Wall Street can afford. Today’s example is one of the lower mileage examples that has come across the block recently:

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Year: 2003
Model: RS6
Engine: 4.2 liter twin turbocharged V8
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 31,149 mi
Price: $39,950 Buy it Now

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4.2L CD AWD Carbon Fiber interior trim, leather seat trim (Std) Turbocharged

Vehicle Details
• Year: 2003
• Make: Audi
• Model: RS6
• VIN: WUAPV64B93N904924
• Stock Number: N904924
• Mileage: 31149
• Transmission: Automatic
• Engine: 8 Cylinder, 4.2 L
• Exterior Color: Daytona Gray Pearl
• Interior Color: Silver
• Title: Clear

Features & Options
4-Wheel Disc Brakes
ABS
AM/FM Stereo
Adjustable Steering Wheel
All Wheel Drive
Aluminum Wheels
Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror
Brake Assist
Bucket Seats
CARBON FIBER INTERIOR TRIM
CD Changer
CD player
Cassette
Child Safety Locks
Climate Control
Cruise control
Driver Adjustable Lumbar
Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror
Driver Vanity Mirror
Engine Immobilizer
Floor Mats
Fog Lamps
Front Reading Lamps
HID headlights
Heated Front Seat(s)
Heated Mirrors
Heated Rear Seat(s)
Intermittent Wipers
Keyless Entry
LEATHER SEAT TRIM (STD)
Leather Steering Wheel
Leather seats Mirror Memory
Multi-Zone A/C
NAVIGATION SYSTEM -inc: CD maps
Pass-Through Rear Seat
Passenger Adjustable Lumbar
Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror
Passenger Vanity Mirror
Power Door Locks
Power Driver Seat
Power Mirror(s)
Power Outlet
Power Passenger Seat
Power Steering
Power windows
Premium Sound System
Rear Parking Aid
Rear Reading Lamps
Remote Trunk Release
Seat Memory
Security System
Stability Control
Sun/Moon Roof
Sun/Moonroof
Temporary Spare Tire
Tires – Front Performance
Tires – Rear Performance
Traction Control
Trip Computer
Turbocharged
Universal Garage Door Opener
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers
Woodgrain Interior Trim

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Daytona Grey is a great color on these cars, as it’s both pretty but stealthy enough to not get too noticed by the law at your triple-digit closing speed. As it should with so few miles, the car looks to be in basically new condition. The interior looks unworn, the wheels aren’t curbed, and the paint looks flawless. Even the engine bay looks as though you could have dinner on it. If you wanted a “brand new” 2003 RS6, this is about as close as you can come. They’re splendid cruisers that can do an occasional track day and surprise supercars off the line. It’s an intoxicating combination for sure.

Most of the RS6s that have popped up recently for sale have 70,000 – 100,000 miles and are in the low $20,000 range. This car is obviously not one of those cars. At only 31,000 miles, it’s certain to have a lot of life left in its components which is a bonus. However, the dealership is asking a serious premium for that lower mileage, at nearly double the going rate of many of the RS6s. Is it worth the $15,000 plus premium over most of the other examples? To most buyers in the RS6 market today, I doubt that it is. Frankly, most of them are looking for the most car for the least money, and this one isn’t it. However, if you start to add up the expensive components that start to need replacement on these cars after 100,000 miles – transmission chief among them – the premium seems a little more tolerable. Even so, I doubt many will do the long term cost benefit analysis and decide this car is the one, especially with prices of the newer and slightly more performance oriented RS4 falling squarely into this territory. I think the seller will find this car a hard sell at this price, even though it is a lot of car for top-spec Camry money.

-Carter

Wagon Week: 2004 Audi RS6 MTM Avant

I’m just going to get this out of the way now: this is my favorite wagon. Ever. This is the cream of the Euro-only crop that I have lusted after for years. Even the RS6 sedan gets my heart racing when I see the big lower intakes and wide fenders rolling down the road, very similar to an A6 3.0 but just beefy enough to hint at the craziness going on under the hood. And as if the not-for-US-consumption RS6 Avant weren’t badass enough, this one has been tuned by Motoren Technik Mayer, one of the premier German tuning firms. These loonies made a double-engined TT Bimoto that went 232 mph. Yeah, um, resume accepted.

This grey beauty looks fantastic on stock Euro RS6 19″ wheels and has a “mild” tune of 500hp, while in Clubsport form MTM can make an earth-displacing 580hp and 598 lb-ft. A 200mph wagon? That’s what Wagon Week is all about. It’s for sale in Germany, but with €17,750 exchanging for roughly $23k, this is the steal heard ’round the world. See you guys later, I’m moving to Europe.

Year: 2004
Model: RS6 MTM
Engine: Biturbo 4.2l V8
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
Mileage: 139,000 km (~ 86,000 miles)
Price: €17,750 (~ $23,000 USD)

2004 Audi RS6 MTM Avant for sale on eBay Germany

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Hello eBayers, I’m selling my super Audi RS6 Avant MTM. It has a power boost to 500 hp, but since that is not registered it can not be assigned, so I open it with the original 450 HP and top speed. The top speed is certainly there, as I have been briefly to 300 km/h. The Turbos run smoothly and the transmission shifts smoothly and cleanly. Thus it has more torque, but one should not make light kick downs. I always drive it when it’s warm and sunny out.

After each ride, I will always run after the turbos, so nothing happens! I know how expensive things can be in the RS6, if something breaks, and that’s why I’m very good with my stuff. It is accident free, but a new rear bumper is seen in the Audi history. There was no collision damage. The previous owner had taken time PDC despite a low pillar.

The timing belt is stamped in the service book and the material certificates, etc. I have it all. It was not done by Audi. Things that necessarily don’t take away from the RS premium. When I did the oil change recently, I was shocked at what the stupid oil filter costs. It has the same as the normal V8 but only has a different part number. An RS6 it costs 25.00 euros and 10.00 euros in normal V8. What nonsense. I can understand if you don’t do everything at the authorized workshop! Front discs and pads are new 15,000 miles ago, as are the rear brake pads. The tires are Bridgestone Potenza Extra Load and have around 50% profile.

The DRC suspension has no problems. I had the car on the lift recently and looked at the tie rods and axles, so everything is OK. It was only noted that the back connecting rod (rubber mount) are no longer the best and that I can replace them. My buddy has a garage and can make one for me. Only had to pay material and a six pack of beer :o))

Otherwise, there is nothing wrong with the paint. Here and there a little track use, but no deep scratches, dents, etc. It really is in great condition. Get in and drive off without hesitation. There is a lot of other information than what I’ve offered here, but the fun factor is indescribable. Downshifted at 180, hit the gas pedal, or by F1 paddle (makes it more fun and direct with the paddle) and you’re still pressed into the seat at 250 km/h without flinching. From then on, you must have both hands on the wheel, before that everything is easy :o)

New vehicle owners were Audi, then a doctor, and before me was a self-employed roofer, a car salesman and then me. I count myself as the third owner. I also have a garage where it is kept warm and dry :o))

Here are the amenities: deluxe automatic air conditioning, leather interior with Recaro sport seats, front and rear heated seats front and rear seats, front electric. Adjustable Bi-Xenon Plus headlamps with headlight cleaning system, electric glass sunroof, Bose sound system, tire pressure monitoring system, front and rear parking sensor, ten airbags, exterior and interior mirrors automatic. dimming, folding electric mirrors, alarm system with interior monitoring, ski bag, adaptive damper system, sports suspension with variable damping, board computer, Alcantara roof liner in black, multifunction leather steering wheel with shift paddles, lumbar support Electr., light package, radio-CD with CD changer, cruise control, electric immobilizer, 19″ alloy wheels, ESP, four-wheel drive, 3rd owner (1st owner was for two months), full service history, following repairs were made:

Gear oil change at 125,000 km
New Alternator
New front left boot
Changed rear stabilizers
Front wishbones, both sides
Castrol oil change at 121,000 km
Air service this year
Private sale without warranty or return

Truly the only thing that could make this more my dream is a manual transmission. Style, speed, mods, everything – I love it. I really can’t believe the price, and if it were in the US I would be seriously considering selling my truck and M5 for this RS6. Why have two cars when one can do it all better and faster?

-NR

Depreciation special: 2003 Audi RS6 for Civic Money

Time for another foray into our continuing investigation of German supersedans whose value has plummeted more than 75%. Today is perhaps my favorite example of this group, the Audi RS6. A beast when it was born nearly 10 years ago, it’s no less monstrous today packing. While some choose big-displacement power and some go for turbochargers, Audi decided both would suffice in making an executive saloon that could spank contemporary Porsches. This subdued excess is my kind of indulgence, and watching their prices drop makes my dream garage tingle. The last RS6 we had was $19k with 116k miles. An additional 10k miles on this one brings a $1k price drop, ringing in at that most pedestrian of new-car prices, $17,995. Sure, there’s no warranty and it’ll surely demand plenty in maintenance, but these are massively outweighed by the fun and badass factor in my eyes.

2003 Audi RS6 for sale on eBay

I love this color.

Audi’s S- and RS- models have held a more consistent trajectory than some ///other performance divisions. While perhaps more subtle from the get-go, this has allowed them to be civilized without ever being called “too watered-down,” and this RS6 plays a big role in that family tree. Beefy, scary fast, and unabashedly made for road driving, these are near the top of my Audi RS fantasies. With prices coming firmly into the teens it’s becoming possible to stash a reasonable maintenance account for the inevitable transmission work, skip the brand-new car, and haul some big-boy ass.

-NR

2003 Audi RS6 for sale

The RS6 has always been an object of lust for me. The dark silver it usually comes in has always been a shining example for me of how great the right car can look in what amounts to a shade of grey. Thus, I was surprised when this black example caught my eye with such ferocity. The black looks lethal with those flared wheel arches, and makes the silver mirrors and grill trim pop like I haven’t seen. Matched with the well-documented beast under the hood and a sub-$20k price, this is one hot Audi.

2003 Audi RS6 for sale on eBay


I hate eBay dealers for their absolute lack of “description.”

That said, 116k miles is within reason, and the $19k Buy-It-Now is a great deal for a car that was more than 4 times that new. If only it were a wagon and manual, it would be perfect. As we never got either of those (damn you, German car companies! Just kidding, I love you… but really), this would have to do as the ultimate mountain mobber. You’ll just have to rent skis instead of taking your own, but that should be no problem with what you have left over from this deal.

-NR

Low-mileage 2003 Audi RS6 for sale

Before Audi started RS-ifying every model it could, they had a tacit policy of only letting one model of RS out at a time, and rarely at that: first the venerable RS2 in 1994-1995, then the sexy RS4 in 2000-2001, then breaking the chain of Avants and Eurocentrism with the understated monster RS6 finally gracing our shores from 2002 to 2004. This was no quickened divorcee’s TT or beefed-up college student’s A3. While I am glad Audi is making those cars (it’s better than not), the RS6 comes from a purer time when hyper-powered civilian cars were the exception and not the rule and it, along with the E39 M5 and E55, terrified unsuspecting civilians. When I head back to the island I grew up on, I still take the long way home to see if the RS6 is parked outside that one house.

The ad is mainly dealer exclamation points and stats any good German car fan should know by heart, but the beauty is in the numbers. 450hp, 4.6 seconds 0-60, 56k miles, Buy-It-Now at $27.9k. 56k miles is pleasantly low for an 8 year-old driver’s car, and this would be one hell of a ride if you can snag it around $25k. It’s in the perfect hue of Daytona Gray Pearl, and while the white leather is slightly garish, I’d take it.

Just truly one of my favorite sedans ever made, and while the typical Audi maintenance will probably catch up with you, it’s still dangerously close to “affordable” in my book. I want it.

-NR