From Audi press: In response to the challenge to deliver supreme performance that always remains perfectly under control, the new Audi S6 will be powered by a completely new ten-cylinder V-configuration engine. This engine, a virtually identical version of which is likewise fitted in the new Audi S8, makes maximum use of its resources: with a displacement of 5.2 liters, it mobilizes an output of 420 bhp at 6,800 rpm. It reaches its peak torque of 540 Nm (approximately 397 ft.-lbs.) between 3,000 and 4,000 rpm. Between 2,500 and 5,500 rpm, torque of over 500 Nm (approx. 368 ft.-lbs.) is available. This engine, weighing only 220 kilograms (approx. 485 lbs.), is thus able to guarantee superior pulling power in every driving situation.
FSI gasoline direct injection, a principle that has proved its worth in the most successful racing car ever built, the Le Mans winning Audi R8, plays an instrumental role in this model's refined flow of power. The S6 is capable of racing from 0 to 60mph in 5.1 seconds; the top speed is electronically governed to 155 mph.
Both the driveline and the steering and suspension have been modified to reflect the immense power potential of the new Audi S6. The six-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission, supplied as standard, accomplishes swifter gear changes; the steel-spring suspension is configured for greater agility and a more direct response, as is the Servotronic steering. The latest-generation quattro permanent four-wheel drive with a 40:60 (f/r) torque split naturally ensures optimum propulsion in all conditions. Thanks to this concept, the new Audi S6 sets itself apart as the progressive alternative to all its competitors.
One of the key requirements in the development of the Audi S6 was to provide a high standard of comfort in every situation, for all its sporty emphasis. This vehicle consequently demonstrates that over long distances there is no inherent contradiction between refined power and the scope for the driver and passengers to enjoy a highly relaxing form of travel.
The interior offers a luxurious atmosphere. It features, for instance, new sports seats complete with integral head restraints, exclusive Silk Nappa Leather upholstery on all five seats and deluxe automatic air conditioning plus, with separate temperature distribution for the driver's and front passenger's sides.
For all the uncompromising and methodical nature of the technical concept, the external appearance of the Audi S6 is decidedly understated and elegant. The
S6 is characterized by such features as 19-inch wheels, subtly flared front wheel arches, the striking single-frame grille with aluminum look vertical double struts and a harmoniously integrated rear spoiler.
The two daytime running light strips, each comprising five LEDs, are both a trendsetting safety element and an innovative masterstroke of design; they are integrated into the front bumper and, when switched on, serve as an unmistakable distinguishing feature of the S6.
The entire drivetrain of the Audi S6 has been designed from scratch. The engine's power on the S6 is translated into motion by a six-speed Tiptronic as standard, which adapts to the driver's style by means of an intelligent feature. The software program that controls this automatic transmission electronically has been optimized to deliver more dynamic gear changes compared with other Audi models; the gear changes are noticeably swifter.
The models in Audi's S range have traditionally epitomized systematic sports appeal. This applies in equal measure to the new S6, which now dynamically hones the visual impact made by the A6. These models are renowned for their inherently light and elegant character – their very distinctive aesthetic appeal reflects their exceptional status as sports models in the luxury class.
The S6 cuts an even more supremely athletic figure out on the roads – but without even the slightest hint of aggression. The most striking differences are to be found at the front end. The eye-catching single-frame grille displays the S6 emblem, and its vertical aluminum-look struts are of a double design by way of further differentiation. There is an air inlet beneath the grille. A spoiler lip at the front end of the car provides an additional sporty highlight.