Awesome Audi S6 Is the Car of the Future, Here Now [REVIEW]

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Audi S6


Snarling Ready to Pounce


Bang Olufsen Audio

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All this and coolness doesn’t come Our test car retails for $87,720.

up, because you’re about to the Audi S6, one of the fastest sedans in the Besides its muscular performance, bristling with the latest car so advanced that it gives you a of what’s to come in the future of cars.

Audi lent us car for a week, giving us a close-up at the most advanced technology in cars, circa mid-2013. The Audi S6 we tested ($87,720) is not the expensive car from this German automaker, but it’s enough on Audi’s hierarchy to off the tremendous power and astonishing of today’s best cars.

At glance, this ominous chariot looks like a curvy version of your sedan. Don’t be fooled. A look reveals clues its true nature. Look how it on its haunches ready to pounce, that Angry-Bird look on its

Check out the wide track of its low-profile tires, and that badge on the side that V8T. Yes, those are that this is most a hungry wolf in an ornery sheep’s clothing.

If you’re a who likes to take a peek the hood, you’ll be delighted at the 4.0 L V-8 engine you’ll see underneath. you’ll be experiencing all 420 horses of beast, cranking out a maximum of 406 pound-feet, specs that are in the of the world’s most powerful

After a quick walkaround, I was to take a seat and see what baby could do. As I sat down in the S6, I knew I was in for a treat. Just the electronic fob makes the car recognize unlocking the door for you.

you sit down and start the engine a quick button push, the S6 to life. Take a look at six-second video and you’ll see the dials jumping to attention in test sequence, the steering tilting to just the right the 7-inch infotainment screen into position, and even the Olufsen tweeters emerging either side of the dash tiny prairie dogs:

As we for our first ride, my two traveling were able to logon to Connect. an in-car Wi-Fi that’s hooked up to the T-Mobile 3G letting two of us — one on a laptop and another an iPhone — access the web via Wi-Fi. The drawback was that the T-Mobile in our area is pokey, giving us a upload and download speed of than 2Mb per second. That’s than almost any home connectivity.

The S6 also allowed me to in my iPhone, giving me control of all of my on board, as well as letting me Pandora radio. This allowed the S6 to use my iPhone’s LTE network, is 10 times faster. However, is not a new feature at all — we have the same plug-in capability in our 2005 Civic Hybrid.

If you’re looking to use apps in the S6, be disappointed. There’s no such here — even the cheapest car we the Chevy Spark. had better app than this. But perhaps the audience for this luxo-sport doesn’t care much apps.

It felt to me like in context, the S6’s smartphone (along with its other niceties) was just enough, easy Bluetooth connectivity lets you upload your and place hands-free calls speech recognition.

Another use of speech recognition was the easy to online points of interest, you can search Google for restaurants, gas and other locations, either or on your programmed route. felt like science to me, giving me live data the Internet to assist me in finding I wanted in the physical world. of all, it was relatively easy to use with all of the other touchscreen-based systems I’ve tested.

not to say the Audi S6‘s infotainment is perfect. Discerning someone’s meaning is difficult even for in a noisy environment, so it’s not that speech recognition a car barreling down the highway at 70+ MPH not be completely accurate. But in most inside the S6’s exceptionally cabin (even when way beyond any U.S. speed its recognition was just good to get the job done.

If you want to manually data, you don’t use a touchscreen — has a clever idea: a touchpad a lot closer to where your hand normally rests. You can addresses using its accurate recognition capability. As you enter number or character, you get voice confirming what you just This is an excellent way to enter an on a GPS system, not requiring you to take eyes off the road at all.

And then there’s the Google maps, overlaying the usual maps, giving you a realistic at the world you’re navigating.

Besides those nifty maps, Audi’s Internet-connected system, launched in 2011, like most do, with the benefit of displaying turn-by-turn in the excellent heads-up display appears to hover right the hood. But its most delightful is the way a picture from Google View shows up on the navigation as you get close to your destination. a terrific idea, showing you what your destination like — making it much to spot.

The Audi S6 technology is its way toward the self-driving car. equipped with enough to thrill an old TV director like me — are at least a half-dozen of them in strategic places around the That makes it so the car is almost acting like it’s aware of its surroundings.

When backing up, you see a conventional backup view, and also on the screen you see an view of your car. magical. Somehow the S6 combines the from all those cameras, and it into a God view.

If that’s not enough, if you’re to run into something, you hear sounds within the car, from the direction of the danger.

Audi S6

cameras, accompanied by ultrasonic and systems, give you other life-saving benefits, such as a assistant that makes flash on either side-view to let you know if you’re about to into a car hiding in your spot. There’s also Lane Assist that you back into your if you should stray, while you haptic feedback with a buzz in the steering wheel. But smart enough to not engage if traveling slower than 40 per hour, or if your turn is on.

There’s even an infrared that measures a heat showing you a pedestrian or animal in the up to 1000 feet away.

My magic trick, made by this array of detection is Adaptive Cruise Control, the road-trip companion. It so accurately the same distance behind in front of you, you’d there was a ghost in the machine. Its feature is the way it can follow a car, into a tollbooth or in stop-and-go completely braking until the car It practically mocks the car in front of

Somebody pinch me, I must be

Like an angel on your the car tries to protect you, Its Braking Guard can actually the car if there’s a collision about to which I’m glad I have the occasion to directly It’s also smart to leave things alone if it you accelerating or swerving to avoid an

My only concern when I was all this futuristic tech was I would just sit back and let the car do which Audi repeatedly against in its owner’s manual. in the not-too-distant future, Audi have to publish those Meanwhile, the S6 is getting ever so closer to a self-driving car, and I was by it.

Speaking of delights, the car is intricately letting you adjust its performance comfort mode to dynamic which takes advantage of its performance characteristics. You can configure the making it more responsive for cornering, or looser for highway You can do the same for the shock absorbers, it that cushy feeling of Cadillac, or making it feel a tightly tuned race

You can even adjust the sound of the from an IndyCar roar to a purr. But if you suddenly feel you can override all those ministrations, when you floor the accelerator, defaults to the sportiest dynamic For my testing, I tried all the modes, but it in dynamic mode most the so I could enjoy the astonishing and handling of this world-class that felt and sounded a Formula One racer.

My only was in dynamic mode, the car seemed to to downshift when slowing making a smooth slowdown to a light a challenge.

The positive of dynamic mode is the way the automatic lets the engine rev higher, acceleration even more And if you’re not happy with any of the computerized shifting, you can take yourself with a pair of on the steering wheel, giving you manual control of the shifts, you rev it up to near maximum so you can take of the S6’s tremendous torque.

While you’re enjoying neck-snapping acceleration, you can listen to a to match. Our test car was equipped the most monstrous car audio I’ve ever heard The 1,300-Watt Bang Olufsen Sound System, a $5,900 has 15 speakers, allowing you to listen to satellite radio, HD/FM/AM your smartphone audio or a CD at the possible quality.

Its silky high frequencies, convincing and neighbor-annoying bass were to the point of absurdity. I was astonished by the of this system, rivaling the rooms of the most sophisticated This was the loudest, tightest and impressive audio system ever heard, anywhere.

I like to write the overused awesome, but this is an appropriate to use that word. The Audi S6 is awe-inspiring, pushing me way back in its seat with its world-class helping me out with the power of and the Internet, giving me a peek at self-driving cars will be able to do, and giving me a tour of most cars will as standard equipment five from now. If there’s a car in this world, I haven’t it yet.

Photos by Mashable, White

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