2007 Audi S6 – Test drive and new car review – 2007 Audi S6

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Audi S6

The car with a PhD in performance

The S6 is a new addition to S lineup for 2007. The S6 boasts a 435 hp V10 Quattro all-wheel-drive, and a level of sophistication that few cars It’s not cheap, though: for starters (including destination and tax), nearly $85,000 all the options.

But open the throttle on an empty road — or, yet, on a racetrack — and the S6 its price. EPA fuel economy 15 MPG city, 21 MPG highway.

First More than just a sportster

Of all the cars in Audi’s I think the 6 benefits most the S treatment. The A6 is home to some impressive technology, as are most but it’s not exactly the most car to drive. The S6 adds some character and excitement.

Examine it closely, though, and understand why Audi is so good at they do. This isn’t an A6 with a big engine, specially-tuned and fancy body trim. went through the 6 stem-to-stern and the car to create something truly

The S doesn’t quite turn the up to 11 the way the smaller RS4 does, but it’s a more rewarding car to drive the A6.

One of my favorite styling details is up front: The daytime running two lines of five LEDs goes to photo) set low on the front each LED representing one of the V10’s cylinders.

It sends a clear to the rear-view-mirror of the car in front: The S6 is coming, and better get the hell out of the way. The S6 good in most colors, my favorite — bright — is an extra-cost ($750) Unique 19 wheels also the car from the A6.

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In the Driver’s The carbon-fiber question

Interior S6’s intentions clear. fiber trim is optional, and a shame. or is it?

Photo #169; Gold

The S6 features big heavily-bolstered seats that are leather-lined, power-adjustable, and have a big S6 logo right into the seat The car I drove was slathered in carbon which I think looks leads me to wonder if auto in the 70s said the fake wood glued to the side of station looked cool (or groovy or far out or they said back The carbon fiber is a $300 option; I think that’s a

That said, if carbon is, indeed, the wood-grain of the ’00s, making it optional will out to be a good thing. (By the way, if you opt for the carbon-fiber, you get grey birch Go figure.)

The S6 may not be cheap, but it’s loaded: Power everything, climate control, navigation and a high-end stereo are among the Audi’s single-dial Multi Interface (MMI) controls the nav and many other functions; neat to use but, in my opinion, requires too much concentration to be from the road. That the nav system shows turn-by-turn right on the dashboard. making it (and safer) to find way through unfamiliar territory.

On the Road: Loads of power and the to back it up

The big news is the big power: A 5.2 V10 engine tuned for 435 horsepower and 398 of torque. That’s enough to get the S6 to 60 MPH rest in 5.1 seconds, according to The engine sounds great at throttle — it has the throaty of a V8, but with a slightly less tempo — but frequent use of the sound system is a great way to get to every cop in the county on a first-name

Be warned: The temptation of all that is hard to resist.

Audi S6

FSI, direct fuel injection helps give the engine its throttle response. Direct also lowers emissions and fuel economy, but not enough to the S6 from getting slapped a $1,300 gas guzzler tax in the US. I averaged over 12 MPG in aggressive driving.

Handling borders on the unreal, to Quattro all-wheel-drive and standard stability control.

The one problem the S6 is that it’s not available a manual transmission. Sure, the automatic has a manual mode, and it has a Sport mode that you more aggressive throttle Still#8230;there ain’t nothing the real thing, baby.

End: Unique among its — and more affordable, too

V10 is great, but it’s only of the S6’s winning formula

#169; Aaron Gold

The STS-V is another car to consider; it a German pedigree, but with 469 horsepower and a price tag only higher than the S6, it deserves at a And for those who like to drive with sledgehammers, the 425 horsepower 300C SRT-8 is as in-your-face as the S6 is

My one serious complaint about the S6 is the of a manual transmission. I know, I — car writers generally stick-shifts even though the public doesn’t. But there’s a of driver involvement that a clutch pedal can provide, and if a car were begging for that of involvement, it’s the S6.

Still for who not only love to drive but appreciate engineering as an art form, the S6 has no rival.

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