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Audi RS6 family tree

The new RS6 is the latest in a long line of Audi super saloons, started in 1994 with the launch of the five-cylinder 315bhp RS2.

The recently unveiled Audi RS6 Avant is the latest in a long line of Audi RS cars, first started back in 1994 with the launch of the giant-killing RS2 - a 315bhp Porsche developed model, based on the existing S2 Avant. The estate body was reportedly agreed upon as reassurance Porsche that it wouldn't prove to be a threat to any of their sports cars, and thus the legend was born.

Since then, Audi's RS range has grown to include extreme variants of most of the company’s models, from the hatchback A3 to the executive-class A6.

- Audi RS2 driven
- Audi RS3 review
- Audi RS4 cabriolet driven
- Audi RS4 vs BMW M3
- 2012 Audi RS4 Avant revealed
- New Audi RS5 Cabriolet driven
- Audi RS6 Salooon driven
- Audi RS6 vs Audi R8

Audi RS2
Audi RS4 Avant
Audi RS4
Audi RS4
1. Audi RS2

The first of the breed, this Porsche-developed 315bhp super-wagon grabbed headlines when it beat the McLaren F1 from 0-30mph.

2. Audi RS4 Avant

Cosworth helped to develop the 376bhp twin-turbo V6 engine that powered this RS4.

3. Audi RS4

B7 generation gets new high-revving 414bhp V8 engine and three body options.

4. Audi RS4

All-new RS4 drops the saloon and convertible option, but gets new 444bhp naturally aspirated V8.

Audi RS6
Audi RS6
Audi RS6 Avant
Audi TT RS
5. Audi RS6

444bhp for the first RS6. Almost seems mild when compared to what came next...

6. Audi RS6

Lamborghini Gallardo-derived turbocharged V10 producing 572bhp makes this the most powerful road-going Audi ever made.

7. Audi RS6 Avant

New RS6 has less power and two cylinders fewer, but weighs less and will do 0-62mph in 3.9secs and 189mph

8. Audi TT RS

TT RS sees the return of a turbocharged inline five-cylinder engine, with 335bhp.

Audi RS3 Sportback
Audi RS5
9. Audi RS3 Sportback

Audi chose to fit the award-winning 335bhp five-cylinder engine to the RS3 super hatch.

10. Audi RS5

444bhp V8 coupe is a full-on BMW M3 rival.