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2007 Audi S6 Review
Has good power, safety, and handling.
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While most Audi vehicles get rave reviews in all areas of safety, performance, and handling, the 2007 Audi S6 is not quite as consistent. It has an impressive V-10 engine, but it also has enough weight to hamper performance. Compared to other high-performance sedans, it just doesn't hold its own. Of course, Audi might claim that buyers should look to the RS6 for true high performance. When comparing cars by price tag rather than expectation, though, the S6 falls behind many of its competitors. The same goes for its handling. While it handles brilliantly in some situations, it feels a bit awkward in others. The 2007 Audi S6's aesthetics, however, might actually beat the high standards set by Audi over the past few decades. It has a more modern, high-performance look that will appeal to some buyers.
Engines: 5.2-liter V-10
Transmissions: six-speed automatic
Models: Audi S6 Quattro
The 2007 Audi S6 returns in 2007 with a monstrous 435-hp, V-10 engine; putting it squarely in competition with other super sport sedans.
The 2007 Audi S6 has a sportier look than most Audi vehicles. Its wide base narrows towards the roof, making it look like a triangle with the top cut off. Rather than being cumbersome, it has an authoritative aesthetic that will attract some attention on the road. The S6 also has a smooth grille. The Audi emblem is there, just as it is on the company's other vehicles, but it is somewhat obscured by the design. Overall, it makes the S6 look a little nicer than its older siblings.
The 2007 Audi S6 lags behind other Audi vehicles in many respects, but its interior hits the mark. The S6 has birch wood and aluminum accents that look wonderful next to its leather trim. The front seats offer maximum comfort, even when driving on twisting roads. Once drivers sit in the Audi S6, they may think about comfort in a different way. The 2007 S6 comes with plenty of luxurious standard features, including dual-zone automatic climate control, leather seats, heated front seats with power adjustments, a 10-speaker audio system, and full power accessories. If you feel that you need more, Audi can add a navigation system, rear park assist with a camera, heated rear seats, a power rear sunshade, or satellite radio at an extra cost. Each of these optional features comes a la carte.
Performance & Handling
The 2007 Audi S6 comes with a 5.2-liter, V-10 engine that delivers 435 hp and 398 lb-ft of torque. Audi claims that the S6 can go from zero to 60 mph in 5.1 seconds, but other sources give it a slightly less impressive time closer to 5.5 or six seconds. Either way, it has impressive power as soon as drivers hit the gas pedal. The S6 can cover a quarter-mile track in 14 seconds. Its top speed, however, is electronically limited to 155 mph. The 2007 S6 handles rather well considering it weighs almost 4500 pounds. Compared to lighter Audi's, it struggles on winding roads. Despite this, the steering remains crisp and should inspire confidence when changing lanes or making a sharp turn. Even on a city's surface streets, the 2007 Audi S6 doesn't handle quite as well as other Audi vehicles or major competitors such as the BMW M5 or Mercedes-Benz E63. Its sport suspension is just a little too stiff for this type of car.
The 2007 Audi S6 comes with plenty of safety features, including stability control, anti-lock disc brakes, a tire-pressure monitor, full-length side curtain airbags, and front-seat side airbags. If consumers want more protection, they can add the optional rear-seat side airbags. A rear park-assist system is also optional. Although there are not crash test results for the S6, the A6 is closely related. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gives the A6 its highest score for its side-impact and frontal-offset tests. Presumably, the 2007 Audi S4 would perform equally as well.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Excellent brakes
- All-wheel drive comes standard
- Nice interior with plenty of features
- Smooth powertrain
You Won't Like
- Stiff suspension impedes ride
- Engine lacks the power to impress
- Mediocre handling balance
Has good power, safety, and handling.
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