2013 Audi S6 and S7 test drive and review

13 Nov 2014 | Author: | Comments Off on 2013 Audi S6 and S7 test drive and review

The thing the Audi folks us at the press launch for the S6 and S7 was that are dialing back the S-series. New S they said, would be A models with big engines in other words, the S6 would with the BMW 550i and Mercedes-Benz rather than the M5 and E63 AMG, the big performance guns would be for the RS models, only a couple of (RS5, TT-RS) are available in the

Then they let us drive the and I immediately realized that had lied . They lied! Pants Control, we have

If the S6 (or S7) is no more than an A6 (or A7) with a engine, then I’m the of Sweden*. Okay, it’s they could have the power up; the 4-liter twin-turbo V8 420 horsepower — a mere more than BMW’s — and 406 lb-ft of torque, and yet same engine is set up for 520 horsepower in the S8.

But the connecting hardware is serious: The drives all four wheels Audi’s 7-speed S-Tronic automatic transmission. which snappy shifts and instant without the slushy feel of a torque-converter automatic. And out back is torque vectoring rear which shifts power to the rear wheel when the gets on the gas coming out of a turn.

* I that, since few of you will meet me in person, it is possible I could be the King of Sweden. So for the of clarification, let me state definitively I am not the King of Sweden.

More than just a big

Driver’s view of the S7 — S6 is identical

Photo #169; Gold

Where the S6 and S7 really is on twisty tarmac. I drove back-to-back on the About.com Top Secret Test Road, and just back on the experience quickens my Most all-wheel-drive Audis are and relatively drama-free, but the S6 and S7 add a level of that reminded me of my first RS4 back in 2007.

What the S6 and S7 so truly fantastically amazingly is the air suspension. For those unfamiliar, an air replaces traditional steel with an air-filled rubber Air suspensions are often used in where a level ride or ride height are desirable, but also do wonders for handling.

suspensions have a ride-handling — one gets worse as the gets better — but air aren’t affected to nearly the degree, a loophole that the S6 and the S7 exploit to the max. End result: Dynamic mode — sets the steering, transmission, pedal, and shock absorbers to most aggressive levels and you can … the curves at speeds would be impossible in a two-wheel-drive with levels of grip and that border on the unbelievable.

Both the S6 and S7 share the same and steering setup; the S7 has a slightly stance, and that translates to a bit grip and a bit less drama. the S6 into a corner and the tires start wailing fairly but you can pretty much ignore and press on — getting car to break its grip on the pavement a supreme act of suicidal will.

The S7 even more reluctant to let go, I did drive it second and therefore had the down pat — that being to accelerate more and less. Both cars are quick, very tidy, easy to drive fast and a lot of

Audi S6

So what are they like at a serene pace? Well, than having to fight the to crack open the accelerator and past every slowpoke in path, they are surprisingly and comfortable. Audi has even the V8 with a cylinder-deactivation feature, allows it to duck under the tax with EPA estimates of 17 MPG city and 27 MPG — just 1 MPG less the 3-liter A versions.

Of course, you exactly expect that in the world, not if you drive the way these want to be driven — I around 12.5 MPG in both.

vs. the competition

Audi is charging for the S6 and $79,695 for the S7. For comparison, the all-wheel-drive BMW xDrive starts at $65,595, Cadillac’s 556 hp CTS-V goes for I would argue that the S6 and S7 are in a class than the Bimmer, the rear-drive CTS-V is just as on a curvy road.

The Audis are certainly a better than the Mercedes E63 AMG ($90,704) and AMG ($95,775), both of which are fast but not quite so agile in the

Many people will the A6 and A7 to the BMW M5, but that car is in a different class. The M5 is a beast, with a twin-turbo V8 bests the S6 and S7 by 400ccs, 140 hp, and 94 lb-ft of all of which is fed to half the number of Set in its most aggressive performance the M5 is a real handful — it allow you to hurt yourself in that the S6 and S7 won’t.

It also nearly twenty grand than the S6.

Would I buy one of these Audis? yeah, I would! The A6 is one of my favorite cars, and the S6 is a bigger, faster, version — what’s not to As for the S7, well, as much as I love the — it reminds me of classic sports cars of the 1960s I don’t know if I could myself to pay six grand extra for the styling (and bigger and reduced rear-seat headroom).

But I’m just a skinflint.

line: The S6 and S7 are two more outstanding to an already-outstanding lineup. They’re quick, easy and enjoyable to fast, and aggressively priced to the competition. Let’s hope keeps on lying. — Gold

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