Audi S6 Origins
The S6 high-performance vehicle has been manufactured through three different design-and-engineering generations: the C4, 1994 to1997; the C5, 1999 to 2003; and the C6, 2006 to 2012. Unlike other popular Audi models, the transformation of the S6 seems drastic due to varied changes throughout the years; for example, the vehicle was first engineered with an inline five-cylinder turbo and eventually powered by a robust V-10.
In 1999, the S6 was first introduced as the Audi S6 quattro and was offered as the saloon-style sedan as well as the Avant, the popular Audi estate-style station wagon.About the Audi S6
The Audi S6 garnered immediate interest from European drivers, especially those familiar with the Audi 100 Series sedans. The Audi A6 and S6 design platforms signaled an immediate desire to compete with the cornerstone of elite German automotive engineering. The early manufacturing of the S6 included both quick and powerful engine options, such as the turbocharged I5 and the 4.2-liter V-8—that later becoming well known within other Audi models.
In the U.S., the Avant was the first model offered from the C5 generation, and drivers were immediately impressed with the 40-valve (five valves per cylinder) V-8 power, superior handling, and capability found within a wagon. While Americans had never possessed an affinity for wagons, here was an automobile capable of transporting the entire family, storing all the shopping from the grocery store, and going from zero to 60 mph in less than six seconds. With the advent of the Avant in the U.S., the S6 had begun to solidify its presence.
The talk of the C6 Audi S6 generation began with the powerful 40-valve, 90-degree, 5.2-liter V-10 that immediately drew comparisons to the similar engine found within the Lamborghini Gallardo. Yet the performance of the two vehicles remained different. However, the engine class of 2006 to 2011 Audi executive sedans was impressive.Modern Audi S6s
The most recent generation of the Audi S6, released in 2006 and still in production in 2012, has experienced a drastic change under the hood. For 2012, Audi opted for a 4.0-liter V-8 capable of producing 420 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque. While there are fewer horses in the stable, the increased torque and the use of a dual clutch, seven-speed, S-tronic transmission make for a quicker, faster and more nimble vehicle. The V-10 clocked in at 5.1 seconds when travelling from zero to 60 mph, while the new V-8 powered the 2012 model to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds. In addition to the weight lost in the engine compartment, the 2012 Audi S6 offers a significant boost in gas mileage with 16/24 mpg city/highway.
Drivers and passengers of the 2012 Audi S6 will enjoy the exterior aesthetic as well as the interior styling. The premium offerings include an impressive media interface with the Audi MMI navigation and digital music storage capability. As in years past, the 2012 will offer several impressive exterior color options, which are mixed to match with the premium-leather interior options.
The Audi S6 has seating for five adults and comes equipped with anchors for safely transporting car seats and carriers.
Standard safety equipment includes stability control, traction control, front driver and passenger airbags, side-curtain airbags, headrest restraints for all five passengers, and robust braking within a four-wheel, anti-lock braking system. Available performance options include 19-inch alloy wheels and 265/35R high-performance tires.
The good news and bad news of the 2012 Audi S6 includes the fact that the sedan will be sold in the U.S., yet the Avant will remain across the pond. Overall, the 2012 offers an engineering improvement upon its third-generation S6 platform members.Audi S6 Evolution
Past Audi S6 versions are still accessible through several Audi and independent dealerships. The first-generation vehicles are nearing a vintage flavor and are rarely found in the U.S., yet many can still be seen on the roads of Germany and throughout nearby European nations.
The 2011 S6 is the final year of the V-10. The MSRP for the 2011 Audi S6 was listed at $76,100. It possesses all cabin amenities and safety features found on and within the 2012 model, whereas little has been altered in regard to driver amenities. The detraction of the 2011 and other third-generation models, was found within the untapped potential. Drivers hoped for something performance-comparable to a Lamborghini, while still enjoying the comfort and luxuries associated with an executive sedan.