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    Tuned 600bhp+ Audi RS6 Avant C7

    Posted in Cars on Saturday, 28 March 2020

    Christian Burges’ malevolent RS6 looks angry as hell down there in the weeds. And those deathly lows are achieved via good old coil springs, there’s no hint of fresh air here… Words Dan Bevis. Photography Lukasz Elszkowski.

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    Sweden wide-arched tuned-remapped 210bhp Audi A6 2.0 TDI Avant C7

    Posted in Cars on Tuesday, 03 March 2020

    Kid ‘N’ Play Sweden - awesome A6 C7 Avant Having kids means getting a sensible car, right? Well, yes and no – if you’re anything like Robin Hellgren, the grown-up family wagon won’t stay very grown-up for long… Words Dan Bevis. Photography Patrik Karlsson.

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    730bhp Stage 2 daily driver Audi RS6 Avant Quattro C7

    Posted in Cars on Saturday, 02 February 2019

    The one with all the answers When you have a brand-new Ferrari as your weekend toy, what could possibly be a worthy match when it comes to your reliable, everyday run-around? Josh Malone here thinks he’s found the answer with his 730bhp Stage 2 RS6… Words Sam Preston. Photography Adam Walker.

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    2017 Audi RS6 Avant Performance C7 700bhp REVO Stage 1 tune by Unit 20

    Posted in Cars on Tuesday, 20 March 2018

    700bhp RS6 C7 Stealthy Daytona grey stunner... Top of this owner’s dream car list… Matt Meyer’s dream car. C7 RS6 Revo stage 1 with outstanding Akrapovic cat-back.

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    A6 3.0 TDI 850Nm and some amazing images

    Winter Warmer

    Performance Audi contributor, Jape Tiitinen, tells us about his stunning, 850Nm A6 3.0 #Bi-TDI – his daily driver during the harsh Finnish winter…

    A6 QUATTRO Stunning C7 with 850Nm

    For regular readers, our Finnish contributor, Jape Tiitinen needs no introduction. He’s an accomplished photographer, demon skate boarder (even at 43!) and a committed Audi fan, responsible for bringing us some of the most inspirational and exciting cars from all over Europe. When he’s not behind the lens (or busting some moves on his board), you’ll find Jape working on his cars.

    His real passion is a stunning RS4 B5, which we featured back in 2015 – a real labour of love that goes every well as bit as it looks. But for the daily grind, he runs something a little more sensible.

    “When I saw a C7 bi-turbo diesel for the first time I knew I had to get one someday,” says Jape. “I had only three mandatory requirements for the car: it had to be an S-line, in Daytona grey with full LEDs.” The big diesel A6 would serve as the perfect family car, swallow his full camera kit with ease, provide sure footed grip in the harsh Finnish winters, and not bankrupt him on fuel costs.

    “My friend Ville at Realcars.fi. texted me to say he’d found the car from East Germany, close to the Austrian border,” says Jape. “I didn’t see any pics of it (only an equipment list) but I was sold. It was almost fully loaded with HUD, ACC, NVC, Webasto, S-line in and out, air suspension etc.” The car was delivered to Jyväskylä in Finland where Jape collected it right before Christmas 2015. He wasted no time getting stuck into the upgrades.

    “I fitted some 21in RS6 C6 wheels with winter rubber to replace the originals that had summer tyres which are no good in Finnish winter,” says Jape. The following week he ordered an air suspension control module, to lower the ride height, and a sound module from Active-sound.eu.

    “The air suspension module is super easy to use and takes only 5mins to install. You just plug the module into Audi’s own system and save different ride heights to the drive select.” The sound module allows the V6 to really open up and can also be saved differently in selected modes on drive select. It’s a very OEM solution and typical of Jape’s attention to detail.

    Next came some VCDS coding to personalise the car to his own tastes. “I deactivated the start-stop system, but this the button still works if I want it to. I also deactivated the rear wiper. It was really annoying that rear wiper went on every time I put the car in reverse if the windshield wipers are on mist.” Finally, he added the cool RS6-style needle sweep on start up and auto boot closing to work from inside the car and via the remote – very cool. “There’s a good link (http://tinyurl. com/hs39ypk) for all these and tons more upgrades on the Audizine.com forum,” says Jape.

    When it comes to wheels, Jape is a self-confessed addict. The A6 currently has three sets available. In the summer it runs either OEM RS6 C7 21s, or Rotiform 21in 3-piece forged ROCs. In the pics it’s on a set of winters – some RS6 C6 segments with studded Nokian tyres. To fit the 21in wheels, the arches had to be rolled and the camber adjusted, as well as skimming 2.5mm off the S6 discs.

    Lurking behind the rims you may spot a set of red calipers. Jape fitted a set of 8-pot S6 units complete with 400mm discs, with adapters. “These brakes give some serious stopping power. A big thank you goes to STRSolutions’ Sami for install,” says Jape.

    When it comes to performance the 3.0 Bi-TDI isn’t exactly lacking, but when your other car is a 600hp RS4, you need something a bit lively to keep things interesting. These units respond really well to remapping and Jape took his C7 to STR-Solutions and Petri at Erikoismoottori.fi. A headline figure of around 400hp is estimated along with 850Nm of torque – impressive numbers for sure. “The difference between stock 650Nm to current 850Nm is huge – the car pulls like a train, but it sure should with an extra 200Nm!” laughs Jape. “There’s no need for any more in winter,” he smiles. The A6 will be back to STR in the summer to see if they can extract even more power with some further upgrades.

    Perhaps the most impressive aspect of this A6 is the exterior – it looks fantastic. It helps that it’s Dayton grey of course, but Jape has refined it to create something with the presence of an RS6. The gloss black window surrounds, roof rails and door handle tops looks sweet, as does the RS-style front grille and black fog light surrounds. Even the larger oval exhaust tailpipes are black. With the badges removed and the front windows tinted to match the rears, it’s a very moody looking A6 – emphasized by Jape’s stunning images using light painting in the snow. It was minus 5 when he did it, so there’s dedication for you!

    The final upgrade was to put 2016 maps and firmware on the 3G MMI system. “It took me a good two days to upload all the data and transfer it in the system – I don’t want to do that again,” he laughs. This is one of those cars that on the face of it may not have many modifications, but the more you look, the more you see, and the overall effect is absolutely stunning. As Jape says, “With the RS4 sleeping for winter, this has been the perfect daily for me.” Of course, it’s still used during the rest of the year, but as winter transport goes, this has to be one of the finest around.

    TECHNICAL DATA SPECIFICATION #2012 / #Audi-A6-C7 / #Audi-A6-3.0-TDI-Quattro / #Audi-A6-3.0-TDI-Quattro / #Audi-A6-3.0-TDI-Quattro-C7 / #Audi / #Audi-A6-Avant-C7 / #Audi-A6-3.0-TDI-Quattro-Avant-C7 / #Audi-A6-3.0-TDI-Avant-C7 / #Audi-A6-3.0 / #Audi-A6-3.0-TDI-Avant-C7 / #Audi / #Quattro / Audi-A6 /

    Engine 3.0 #V6 #Bi-TDI with #STR-Solutions and Petri at #Erikoismoottori / .fi re-map

    Power 400hp and 850Nm

    Transmission 8-speed tiptronic

    Brakes 400mm S6 C7 discs with 8-pot S6 calipers in front, 365mm S6 rears

    Suspension Factory air suspension lowered with Active-sound.eu control module

    Wheels & Tyres OEM C7 RS6 9.5x21in ET25 with Continental 255/30 tyres, #Rotiform forged 3-piece ROC 10x21in ET35 with Continental 255/30 and winter OEM C6 RS6 9.5x20in ET36 (CB drilled to 66.6mm) with Nokian Hakkapeliitta 8 255/35 studded tyres

    Interior Stock S-line sports seats in black Valcona leather, centre console wrapped in flat black. Head up display, 2016 maps and firmware on 3G MMI system

    Exterior RS6 style front grille, EZ front lip, ACC surroundings painted in gloss black, window trim and roof bars wrapped in gloss black, rear valance painted in gloss black, oval exhaust tips from Martelius.fi, front and rear arches rolled, tinted front windows, semi-dynamic rear indicators, debadged

    Tuning contacts/thanks Fb.com/JTmedia.fi and IG @jap3 https://vimeo.com/ Japetiitinen

    Top: Fiinish plates are way cooler than ours. Fact.
    Left: Front end looks bang on the money.
    Left: Interior is nicely kitted out with options.
    Bottom: S6 brakes and RS6 C6 wheels.
    Above: Loving this front end shot.

    “The A6 pulls like a train, but it should with an extra 200Nm!”
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    In your March Issue Roger Cartwright asked for comments about buying an early model used RS6 and future operating costs. My recommendation is that, unless he has a lot of money and a good RS6 certified dealer/ mechanic, don’t buy one of the original 4.2T V8 models. I will start out by saying I am a dedicated Audi enthusiast and owner. I have owned a 1991 #V8 quattro, 1998 A8, 2003 S8, 2003 RS 6 and now a 2013 TT RS (not counting family members who I have purchased other Audis for.)

    I put 207,000 miles on the 1991 V8 quattro and 156,000 on the RS 6. The V8 cost me basically nothing other than routine maintenance after 80,000 miles and the RS 6 cost almost as much as the car cost new in repairs after 60,000 miles.

    Fortunately, #Audi corporate and a great dealer, Winner Audi in Delaware, did all the work from day one, so I received significant discounts and subsidies along the way.

    I finally sold the RS6 last year when the transmission started slipping in second gear and it was going to cost $11,000 to rebuild it with no other options. The RS6 was a great, fast car to drive, but the electronics were horrible. Not only did every switch and button have to be replaced over the life of the car, but the engine and exhaust sensors all had to be replaced multiple times. A year before the transmission went, the catalytic converter temperature sensors went and they had to pull the engine to replace them. The cost: $11,000, but Audi picked up $9,500 as part of the loyal customer program.

    The DRC suspension went three times. They did give lifetime coverage for the shocks, but not the other parts. The suspension had to have multiple bushings and parts replaced many times, from just normal wear. There were many other parts that went wrong, like heating fan motors, radio; mirror retractors; the Navigation system and more. The engine was strong and had no internal issues, but sensor problems drove me crazy beginning as early as 60,000 miles.

    Oh, and by the way, the DOHC timing belts have to be replaced every 30,000 miles according to Audi; that costs $3,500 each time with the required tune-up, plugs, etc. Front brakes and rotors cost $1,750; rear $750. Audi says replace the rotors every time, but the fronts are good for at least two brake jobs unless you are on the Autobahn all day. If the starter motor goes you have to pull the engine, as you do for many other sensors and engine parts. When a turbo oil line leaked they had to pull the engine - another $6,000 plus. The dealer always gave me a discount and the hours were faster than book. Parts are all very expensive: any RS6 unique parts cost more than standard Audi parts.

    I changed my oil every 3,500 miles, followed and exceeded factory service requirements at the dealer and although I periodically drove it fast, it was more of a daily driver. I know other RS6 owners who have had the same type of problems as well.

    If you wonder why I kept it for so long, the answer is that after every major problem I couldn’t believe that something else could go wrong and my sunk cost was so great I didn’t want to give it away.


    As I told my Audi dealer, Audi can make an incredible car that is bulletproof and can win Le Mans and will hold up under any conditions for 24 hours, but after four years and 80,000 miles look out: they can’t hold together for more than six months at a time without some costly repairs!

    Caveat emptor! Buy a normallyaspirated V8 engine Audi to save money in the long term! By the way my 2013 TT RS six-speed (it’s the Plus specification in US) is incredible and the best Audi daily driver I have driven, and I say this having driven the R8 V8 and V10, the RS 5, the S5, S6, S7, S8, RS 4, and most of them on the track.
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