The V10 Audi RS6 Is An Affordable 600hp Monster
The E60 BMW M5 is one of the coolest cars ever with four doors and a loud V10. However, it is also one of the most infamously unreliable cars of all time. There is an alternative from the same period, the C6 Audi RS6 from 2008-2010 also has a loud V10 and four doors. Unlike the BMW, it is reliable and it can be yours for a reasonable price. Please note that this generation of the RS6 was not sold in the USA.
It is safe to say that the vehicle has aged better than most cars of its time. It's sensible, refined and even somewhat cool thanks to subtle changes such as large RS wheels, silver mirrors and a pair of oval exhausts. I wouldn't say it's better looking than the M5 but that's down to your preference.
An estate version was also offered in the form of the RS6 Avant.
Interior & Features
I hope you like buttons because the interior is full of them. However, the air conditioning is very simple to use as is the infotainment system. If you've ever been in an Audi from this era, it will all be familiar. Like other Audis from this period, the leather is still quite soft and very comfortable.
Some models were equipped with an optional TV tuner, which is still not available on many luxury cars from today. A solar sunroof was also available, which had the capability to power the vehicle's climate control system without the engine running.
Performance & Engineering
You get a 5.0L V10 from the Lamborghini Gallardo with two turbochargers strapped to it, producing a total 571hp.
Yes, I may have rounded up the horsepower in title but then again, this engine is highly and easily tuneable to beyond 900hp.
The torque is quite astonishing too at 479 lb-ft / 650Nm.
0-60mph is achieved in 4.4 seconds, which is fast even by modern standards.
Reliability & Costs
Several sources including Evo Magazine claim that the engine, transmission, suspension and brakes are all bulletproof and very reliable. The usual oil and filter changes every 20,000 miles is recommended.
I was able to find a 2010 model with 65,000 miles for £25,000, which is a lot for a used Audi but then again, this is a lot of a car.
The most optimistic fuel economy figure I found was 11L/100km or 25 MPG (Imperial), which is excellent fuel economy for a V10 and even by modern standards compared to most V8 sports cars. However, the worst figure I found was 40L/100km or 7 MPG (Imperial), which is abysmal and something you should keep in mind before considering this car.
Can you afford it? Cover yourself by purchasing an extended or aftermarket warranty and just buy it. That is unless you can name a better vehicle in the comments for the money, thanks for reading.