2011 Los Angeles Auto Show: 2012 Audi S6 Debut

By Matthew Askari | November 14, 2011
What's New Audi's performance-inspired S line enhances already impressive cars. In the case of the 2012 Audi S6 and S6 Avant wagon, Audi features its new 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine, capable of producing an imposing 420-horsepower. What's most impressive is fuel economy in the new Audi S6, delivering an average of 24 miles per gallon, thanks in large part to an aluminum construction that helps shed excess weight. Enthusiasts will appreciate the tight suspension and precise handling, and probably won't mind that it sacrifices some comfort in daily driving situations. The S6 Avant is especially practical with almost 60 cubic feet of cargo room. Who It's For The S6 features all of the goods of the Audi A6, and more. For those looking for a faster, more powerful car, with sedan practicality and Audi's tradition of beautiful interiors, the S6 is a good place to start. The S6 Avant does the same, but in a wagon. Regardless of body, all S6's come with Xenon headlights, LED lights in back, and electromechanical parking brake, color information display, Bluetooth, and ten speakers for the sound system. Top of the range options are also available including a convenience key, the parking assistance system and climate-controlled massage seats; additional tech options include a hard drive and 15-speaker Bang and Olufsen sound system. Key Features The 2012 Audi S6 is leaner and meaner, and in many ways better than ever.
  • New Engine. The S6 benefits from a meaty 4.0-liter twin turbo V-8, which is capable of producing 420 horsepower.
  • Fuel economy. The S6 is expected to deliver performance and a sporty ride in a sedan body, and that it does. With performance like that, 24 mpg average fuel economy is a great bonus.
  • Audi style. Sporty S-logo badges are omnipresent, on the steering wheel, headrests, and brake calipers. The interior is immaculate and Audi's attention to lighting is noteworthy.
What We Think Audi's sports sedan has some mighty tough competition from its German counterparts: Both the BMW 550i and Mercedes-Benz E550 offer highly competitive and appealing vehicles. Like the A6, the S6 has also been very much the middle child of the family, not the hot-selling A4, nor the top of the range A8. It doesn’t have the styling and appeal of the S5 or S7. Still, the S6 is heaps of fun to drive, and boasts a beautiful interior. We're curious to see how it stacks up against its competition.