New Audi S6

Audi will reveal a new 5.2 litre V10-powered S6 quattro at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit this week. Developed with technical input from Lamborghini, the quattro four-wheel-driven, 420PS ten-cylinder Audi super saloon will be available to order in the UK from April and will reach its first UK customers in July. Avant estate versions combining performance with up to 1,660 litres of carrying capacity will be launched simultaneously.

Using the Gallardo super car’s 5.0-litre unit, developed by Lamborghini in conjunction with Audi, as its foundation, the new V10 FSI engine that appeared first in the new S8 quattro has been tuned to suit the specific characteristics of the new A6 range flagship. Its adjusted output of 420PS is delivered at 6,800rpm, and peak torque of 540Nm is on tap between 3,000 and 4,000rpm, with over 500Nm available from just 2,500rpm right up to 5,500rpm.

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Channelled through a six-speed tiptronic automatic transmission with software revisions that enable even swifter gear changes than existing A6 models, this output gives the new S6 quattro the potential to cover the 0-62mph sprint in 5.2 seconds (Avant 5.3 seconds) and to reach a top speed limited electronically to 155mph. It can also cover a respectable 21.0mpg on the combined cycle.

The new car retains the restrained styling of its predecessors. It include a unique front end design incorporating a restyled single frame grille and an additional central air intake flanked by larger side intakes containing distinctive LED daytime running strip lights. Front wheel arches flared by 14mm, aluminium look door mirrors and larger body-coloured side rubbing strips enhance the profile in conjunction with 19-inch 5-arm Wing design alloy wheels. At the rear, an integrated boot or tailgate spoiler, a built-in diffuser in a contrasting colour and four ellipsoidal exhaust tailpipes subtly complete the look.

Inside, new Alcantara and leather-upholstered sports seats with integral head restraints and pronounced lateral supports are a focal point, as is the ‘S quattro’ three-spoke leather-trimmed sports steering wheel with contrasting double seam stitching and aluminium look tiptronic gear shift paddles.

The sporting theme is continued in the facia and doors, which are inlaid with carbon fibre, and in the instrument panel, which features a new ‘Flexmetallic’ anthracite-coloured metallic covering and incorporates exclusive dials embossed with the S6 logo. Also new within the instrument panel is an upgraded Driver’s Information System (DIS) with a built-in digital speedometer.

Full UK specification and pricing for the new S6 quattro Saloon and Avant models will be announced nearer to their April on sale date.

Words - Classic Driver
Photos - Audi

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