However, the C6 generation launched into the middle of a global recession and not all early press reports were kind. The numb steering and 20.1mpg official combined economy figure drew particular criticism. Even so, the first batch of 380 sold out before the first had touched down in the UK.
On the upside, the Quattro all-wheel drive system was praised for being able to transmit the power to the road without drama. The £77,625 Avant was by far the more popular model, outselling the saloon by around four to one in the UK.
The RS6 was updated in 2009 with better on-board Wi-Fi technology and the wagon had a mild facelift in line with the rest of the range. There were also 500 Plus models, though they came with only 10hp more.
Don't be surprised if any car you look at has had several owners as this is a car that many seem to dip into and then move on quickly when the reality of sub-20mpg economy and running costs set in. Several former owners have also told us they sold their RS6 because it was just too easy to reach licence-losing speeds without any effort. You have been warned!
"If anyone was to ask me about having one, I'd say yes definitely go for it, but ideally to adopt my approach: 1. Get it from a main dealer; 2. Get a solid warranty; 3. Fill it with fuel; 4. Enjoy; 5. Repeat."
David Lloyd Owen