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2002 Audi S6

  • 2002 Audi S6 Avant Wagon
    • MAX MPG
      21
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      340/310
    • ENGINE
      4.2L V8
    • MSRP
      $58,700
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2002 Audi S6 Review

The versatility of a station wagon combined with the performance of a sports sedan.

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Overview

The 2002 Audi S6 is the high performance version of Audi A6 Avant wagon. Although Audi had first introduced the Audi S6 in 1995 for the 1996 model year, it was only available in the U.S. for one year as a sedan and a wagon. With the unveiling of the 2002 model year lineup, Audi has re-introduced the Audi S6 to the U.S. market. While it is available as a sedan and a wagon in other countries, only the Avant sport wagon style is available in the U.S. for the 2002 model year.

The Range

Body styles: five-door wagon
Engines: 4.2-liter V-8
Transmissions: five-speed automatic Tiptronic
Models: Audi S6 Avant Quattro

What's New

The 2002 Audi S6 Avant Quattro is a new vehicle in the U.S. model lineup for Audi. It is a high performance tuned version of the Audi A6 Avant that features a highly tuned V-8 engine to improve output and performance. From the exterior, there is little to differentiate the two. There are some visual clues, such as badging and trim, but other differences may not be so apparent to the eye. The 2002 Audi S6 Avant Quattro is equipped with an all aluminum suspension, and have springs and shocks that have been tuned to be tighter. It also sits just slightly closer to the ground due to the tuning of the shocks. Upgraded brakes and stabilizer bars with a larger diameter round out the changes.

Exterior

While the exterior of the 2002 Audi S6 Avant Quattro may look very similar to the Audi A6 Avant, slight modifications have been performed to improve the performance of the sport-tuned wagon. The weight of the 2002 Audi S6 Avant Quattro has been reduced when compared to its counterpart due to the use of aluminum body panels and sub-frames. The ride height is one inch lower than the A6 as a result of tuning to the shocks. The overall shape and lines of the 2002 Audi S6 Avant Quattro is basically the same as the A6, but unique badging, flared wheel wells, dual exhaust pipes, aluminum trim, and a double grille all provide a more aggressive look to the sports wagon.

Interior

The elegance of the Audi A6 cars is carried over to the 2002 Audi S6 Avant Quattro. Wood trim accents the leather seats that have extra bolstering in the front to ensure passenger support. Standard luxury features include 12 way power front seats that are heated and have memory settings, a dual-zone climate control system, an in-dash six CD changer, and a tilt and telescoping steering wheel that lifts and lowers upon exiting and entering the car.

There is plenty of cargo room in the rear of the 2002 Audi S6 Avant Quattro, which can be further increased by folding down the rear row of seats. In fact, the room available rivals that which is found in some SUVs. There is only seating for five passengers though as no third row of seating is available.

Performance & Handling

The 2002 Audi S6 Avant Quattro is equipped with a 4.2-liter V-8 that provides 340 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque. The only transmission available is a five-speed automatic Tiptronic transmission that has controls mounted on the steering wheel. The 2002 Audi S6 Avant Quattro is equipped with the Quattro all-wheel drive system, which monitors the grip of each tire and modifies power based on traction at each wheel.

Not only is the 2002 Audi S6 Avant Quattro maneuverable around the city, but it has plenty of power for passing and maneuvering on the highway. The engine provides more than enough power both off the line and for thrust while at speed, but gas mileage is affected negatively by this. The precise steering and excellent road grip make the 2002 Audi S6 Avant Quattro enjoyable to drive.

Safety

Standard safety equipment for the2002 Audi S6 Avant Quattro includes anti-lock brakes with electronic brake assist, a stability control system, a traction control system, front and rear side airbags, and full-length side curtain airbags.

EPA Fuel Economy

Audi S6 Avant Quattro: 12/19 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Sport-tuned engine and suspension
  • Roomy interior
  • All-wheel drive
  • Long list of standard features

You Won't Like

  • No manual transmission available
  • No third row of seating available
  • Navigation system

Sum Up

The versatility of a station wagon combined with the performance of a sports sedan.

If You Like This Vehicle

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