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Audi Unveils New S6

August 31, 2011

The 2012-MY Audi S6.
The 2012-MY Audi S6.

INGOLSTADT, GERMANY – Audi announced it's unveiling its new S series at the Frankfurt Auto Show. The S6 is sold in the U.S., so we can expect the new version of this model to make it to U.S. shores. The luxury automaker also plans to unveil its new S7 and S8 models at the show, but Audi hasn’t said whether it plans to bring those models to the U.S. Here we'll cover the new S6.

Performance

Audi's 4.0L TSFI V-8 twin-turbo engine is 25 percent more fuel efficienct than the previous V-10 model.
Audi's 4.0L TSFI V-8 twin-turbo engine is 25 percent more fuel efficienct than the previous V-10 model.

The S6 features the 420 hp V-8 twin-turbo version of the 4.0L TFSI. This engine can produce more than 405 lb.-ft. of torque from 1,400 to 5,300 rpm, and can accelerate the S6 from 0 to 62 mph in 4.8 seconds. This new engine is more fuel-efficient than the previous V-10, accoring to Audi, cutting fuel use by 25 percent. This new engine improves fuel economy to 24.25 mpg for the S6. The 4.0 TFSI features start-stop systems and a cylinder-on-demand cylinder management system.

The transmission is a seven-speed S tronic. The quattro permanent all-wheel drive system uses a self-locking center differential and torque vectoring, and Audi provides an optional sport differential, which actively distributes power to the rear wheels. The S6 comes with the Audi drive select driving dynamics system as standard, which a driver can adjust in five stages. It modifies the shift points of the S tronic, gas pedal characteristics, the vehicle's adaptive air suspension, and the electromechanical steering system’s servo boost.

Exterior

The S6 is just slightly longer than Audi’s A6 (0.63 inches). The S6 sedan has a trunk spoiler. The S models come in eight available colors, including two exclusive ones, Estoril Blue, crystal effect and Prism Silver, crystal effect.

Interior

Inside the S6’s cabin, it features a leather sport steering wheel with aluminum shift pedals. The standard seat upholstery is a mix of Pearl Nappa leather and Alcantara, with options that include Milano and Valcona. Decorative inlays come in four materials, including matte brushed aluminum, carbon, fine-ash natural brown, or layered Beaufort oak.

The sport seats are height adjustable and come with power lumbar support as standard. Two other seat options include power-adjustable comfort seats with memory function, and power-adjustable sport seats with integrated head restraints.

Standard Equipment and Options

Other standard equipment on the S6 include xenon plus headlights, LED rear lights, an electromechanical parking brake, and a driver information system with a color display. The MMI radio plus has a Bluetooth interface.

Options include LED headlights, adaptive light, an ambient lighting package, convenience key, a heads-up display, a parking system equipped with a camera with a 360-degree viewing field, power rear hatch (optionally with sensor control), and climate-controlled deluxe seats with built-in massage systems.

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