Fast cars are usually flashy. Lamborghinis makes a ton of noise and their doors open vertically, while Ferraris spontaneously burst into flames. This Audi RS6, however, is just as insanely fast, but manages to keep it to its damn self. You can now own this understated, biturbo masterpiece for less than the price of a Nissan freaking Versa.
This 2003 Audi RS6 is the German automaker's foray into making ridiculously fast saloons out of their moderately fast grocery-getters. Its 450 horsepower biturbo V8 engine was enough power to get the car's rotund backside from 0 to 60 in 4.6 seconds, which was on par with the Porsche 911s and lesser-optioned Ferraris of the day. It was freaking fast.
This car in particular looks to have been well looked-after, with all factory records since new. Although the miles are high at more than 170k, the seller's description inspires confidence in this complex motor:
RS6 in fantastic condition. Every factory dealer service done since new. Beautiful condition all around. If you know these cars, then you know one doesn't get to 170k miles and need nothing without a truly caring and committed owner. Runs, drives, and performs exceedingly well. Never any bodywork. Needs two tires, though a set of four mounted snows are available. Transmission overhauled at 150k miles, belt service due in 20k miles. Title in hand. All service records available. Everything works as it should, no concerns!
As any Audi, it's well-appointed and comfortable. I've owned a twin turbo A6 in the past, and above all else, it's a really nice place to spend your time. This example is among the most affordable on the market, and if all goes well in a pre-purchase inspection, the miles shouldn't be a concern at all. Yes, the maintenance can be expensive, but on a high strung super cruiser like this one, it's worth it, if only for the feeling you'll get when welding your foot to the floor on an highway on-ramp.
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Tavarish is the founder of APiDA Online and writes about buying and selling cool cars on the internet. He owns the world's cheapest Mercedes S-Class, a graffiti-bombed Lexus, and he's the only Jalopnik author that has never driven a Miata. He also has a real name that he didn't feel was journalist-y enough so he used a pen name and this was the best he could do.