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Volkswagen is recalling 5,992 2001-2004 Audi A6, 2003 Audi RS6 and 2002-2003 Audi S6 models because a fuel system flaw could lead to a vehicle fire, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This fuel issue is only affecting vehicles with 4.2-litre engines.
“The aging of the plastic material in the fuel tank rollover valve combined with bending stress from the aluminum ventilation line to the rollover valve nipple may lead to cracking of the nipple,” said NHTSA in its summary of the problem. “If this happens, a fuel leak may result. A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source could lead to a vehicle fire.”
The recall is expected to commence in June. Audi owners can receive further information at 1-800-822-2834.
[Source: Inside Line]
That certainly didn’t take long. Shortly after Audi revealed its new 2012 Audi A6 sedan, a digital artist that goes by the name EDL went straight to work, rendering up what a future RS6 version of the luxury saloon might look like.
Noticeably missing is the traditional RS-series widebody, but we think we can all be in agreement the more aggressive front is fitting for an RS6. Other details include a set of massive rims, big brakes, a nice lowering job and some small tweaks like the silver mirror covers.
Audi’s 2012 A6 will initially come with a 3.0L TFSI Supercharged V6, but we’re willing to assume that the RS6 might be powered by a large V8 or V10 powerplant with a few turbos strapped to it. We’re also excited to see the level of luxury Audi plans to offer on its new RS6 models considering just how impressive the interiors of its standard cars are.
GALLERY: Audi RS6 Sedan
Even though the current generation Audi RS6 is being discontinued, Cargraphic has decided that now is an opportune time to give those owners something to look forward to. Tuned wagons are some of our favorite vehicles, especially since no one ever expects it and they look absolutely killer when done right. Having 656-hp to back it all up helps too.
Cargraphic takes the twin-turbo Audi V10 to a whole new level bumping it from 572-hp to 656-hp, with very little details on how it’s achieved. We’re going to safely assume it’s an ECU upgrade of some sort since they do take the liberty to mention an exhaust bolt-on option. The exhaust is so aggressively tuned in fact that it’s not legal for use in German and only available for export use only.
Along with their exhaust options are a set of 21×10.5-inch Cargraphic GT-R wheels wrapped with 285/30/21 rubber. It’s a good thing this wagon pumps out over 650-hp to help spin those bad boys.
Official press release available after the break.
GALLERY: Cargraphic Audi RS6
The engineers at MTM are self-crazed Audi fanatics. Even though they tune other lines of automobiles including VW, Seat, Skoda, Bentley, Lamborghini, KTM, Spyker and Porsche, their roots date back to the early days of Audi quattro technology. The founder of the company was actually an engineer on the team developing the famed Audi five-cylinder in-line engine and in 1990 he founded MTM which stands for Motoren Technik Mayer.
While they’re not the most popular brand in North America for Audi tuning, compared to say, APR, there’s no denying their tuning prowess and success with their products. Their newest release is the MTM RS6 Clubsport which develops a whopping 730-hp and close to 580 ft-lbs of torque out of the 5.0L V10 Biturbo engine. This is quite the impressive upgrade from the factory 580-hp and 480 ft-lbs.
With these performance figures, the Audi RS6 now blasts the quarter mile at 12.6 @ 124 mph while hitting 0-60 in a mere 4.1 seconds. This is all achieved thanks to an ECU upgrade, air filter and exhaust system. Chances are the bulk of the power is made through the ECU, increasing the boost and ensuring the fuel curve keeps the motor nice and fed. Don’t look past the simple bolt-ons though; a properly tuned intake and exhaust on a V10 really frees up breathing space.
MTM also offers plenty of aesthetic upgrades on the RS6 with a set of 21-inch MTM Bimoto wheels for rollers, a carbon fiber diffuser for the rear and matching carbon fiber front lip spoiler. Suspension-wise, the RS6 can be lowered with a set of MTM individually adjustable springs.
All this power means more safety and with all MTM Clubsport models, this is a track-ready machine with a roll cage, six-point harness and carbon Recaro Pole Position seats.
Sadly the RS6 isn’t offered on this side of the Atlantic, so we’ll have to wait and see what MTM has in store for the S6, supercharged S4 and naturally aspirated S5.