Audi S6 2013: Road Test

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Audi S6

2013: Road

Audi’s A6-based V8 sporting offers a gripping experience


Road Test

Price (recommended price before delivery charges): $168,900

fitted to test car (not in above price): N/A

Crash Five-star EuroNCAP

Fuel: 95 RON

Claimed fuel economy 9.6

CO2 emissions (g/km): 225

You really to get the S6? Then take it to a road straights link medium corners and let rip. The car just

Quattro all-wheel drive ensures as much of the 4.0-litre V8’s power as you want is to the road without being to wheelspin.

There are many cars than the S6 of course. In days of Veyrons, LaFerraris and Holdens (well, the HSV GTS), its and 550Nm is not that special. its kilowatt count is actually 11 compared the Lamborghini V10 that its predecessor, although torque is up and delivered across a vastly range.

Acceleration from 0-100km/h dips from 5.2 seconds to 4.6 as of the deal.

The flipside of the performance is fuel economy and the new S6 claims down 25 per cent from the old It achieves that with the of cylinder on demand, which the V8 into a V4 in certain light situations, and idle stop-start. In the world, we managed 12.7L/100km, isn’t especially good.

But the world has its advantages too, the way the S6 manages its outputs. That’s really grabs your You jet forward and suddenly your road doesn’t feel so familiar anymore.

That’s the S6 has such good traction it along the straight bits enough to catch you by surprise the next curvy bit arrives.

Most other things this car don’t reach adrenalised heights. It looks too like the A6 it is based on for a start, few key details like the aluminium housings, platinum grey 20-inch alloy wheels and a lip on the bootlid giving it away.

it’s also very familiar, although we can live that given the high of Audi interiors. The ambient package, carbon-fibre inlays, trim for the sports seats S6 embossing and a rather decadent pleating in the centres are unique

Then there’s the lack of that mighty V8 makes. Cup hand to your ear and flatten the and you’ll hear it, but not loud It sounds like distant thunder, but I’d prefer it to be closer by.

And happens when the engine has you quickly and too quietly to that bend? Not a lot really. It’s too at near-on two tonnes to enjoy the tight stuff, preferring open roads.

It is determinedly distant in any Drive mode you care to choose. In the Dynamic mode, the electro-mechanical becomes too heavy without feeling more direct or feeling anything really. The dual-clutch seven-speed transmission shifting really aggressively and the air suspension hammers across the

Audi S6

You can get around the transmission issue by the ’box manually via the paddle or shift lever and you can individualise so the throttle and rear sports (for instance) stay in mode while the air suspension is in comfort. You lose a little control that way but gain a lot of ride quality on those big

What you don’t gain is a of the tyre roar the Pirelli P set up. On Aussie coarse surfaces are a pain in the eardrum. What of engine noise you can hear is out.

Mind you, there are clever technologies that do the cabin ambience. Active mounts cancel out the vibrations set up the V8 drops back to four-cylinder and counter-balancing noises issued the speakers also wash out the pleasant note the ‘V4’

Apart from the tyre so much about occupying the S6 is quality; the superb front seats are power adjustable electric lumbar support, thigh supports and memory on the driver’s side. The sprawling in the back for two passengers (a third can fit in the but the transmission tunnel is intrusive) is as is the 535 litre boot, which to 995 litres with the rear folded down.

The cabin and layout is typical Audi. materials backed up by an attractive, impressive design and high quality. There can be a bit of information though, with all the usual and dials added to by a head-up and 8.0-inch monitor that gliding out of the centre stack.

The equipment level is pretty which is as you would expect for car $168,900, which commendably is a cut of $30,000 compared to the old car that was in 2011. Standard gear a powered bootlid, LED headlights high beam assist, glass sunroof, dual-zone control, keyless entry and BOSE 14-speaker audio can pump out music via iPod, MP3 or Bluetooth connection, satnav and TV reception, those leather seats and a space-saver rear

Audi has adopted an intriguing approach for the S6 and its non-identical twin, the S7 by calling them limited and offering only 50 examples in Stock is running out apparently, but we Audi Australia will ship a few more in if there is

And surely there will be. The S6 in a pocket of the market which its rivals BMW and Mercedes-Benz leap-frog. is a halfway house between and full-bore and no-one else goes there.

Benz offer a V8 E-Class, except for the and the CLS 500 is way more expensive. The BMW 550i is the rival.

We could easily for the S6 in such a comparison. It has its limitations as a sports sedan, but as an all-rounder offers a gripping experience, it very well.

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Published. 26 September 2013

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