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Audi S6

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Audi’s garage is full and much faster.

All of its models, save the smallest A3, now in sportier S versions. The latest to be are the new S6, S7 and S8.

The three cars share an 4.0-liter V8 with twin direct injection and fuel-saving deactivation. It makes 420 hp in the S6 and S7 and a Brobdingnagian 520 hp in the S8.

Performance-minded all-wheel-drive is standard on all of the as is a torque-vectoring rear differential can shift the power side to to help steer through The S6 and S7 get a quick-shifting 7-speed dual automatic transmission, while the S8 do with a slightly less but more stately torque-converter

Each of the vehicles is fitted an active suspension featuring air springs that, along just about every dynamic parameter, can be adjusted Comfort to Sport settings to the mood of the driver.

Additionally, all three come with plenty of high gadgetry, including a cellular infotainment system with Maps overlays for the navigation and a hot spot.

The cars are well-equipped, with prices to match. The S6 $72,795, the S7 $79,695 and the S8 $110,895. options include lane-keeping infrared night-vision systems and up displays on the A6 and A7.

No showboats, the S-models it low-key with subtly styling cues like a air dam and side skirts, quad pipes poking out of a restyled diffuser and aluminum sideview housings, while carbon trim and diamond-stitched leather-upholstered seats are the main dress-ups for the

I spent a few hours with model and discovered that, they are all from the same they have very personalities, indeed.

This is a tidy thing. The S6 drives a littler car, with point and shoot responses. The 420 hp V8 is matched to the package in true not too not too small fashion.

Audi’s system is absolutely inscrutable You don’t buy a car like this to get in trouble, and it won’t let you. the grip on hand and the torque-vectoring even on sloppy roads in wet leaves it’s a chore to get out of shape.

The S6 sorts out your without ever giving you the that robot has taken going about its computer-controlled in a very subtle way that ruin the mood. Much goes to the electrically-assisted steering, has a direct, natural feel as good as any of these systems and than most.

Power delivery is immediate, no delay as the turbos to spool up. were designed to deliver power at all revs and do. With the dialed into sport the are crisp with whether to its own devices or when you grab one of the behind the steering wheel.

If the engine were louder in the There’s a deep, organic (as in organ) growl when foot is on the floor, but it’s and perhaps suitably serene. standing on the other end of the exhaust have it better in this but I wouldn’t trade places them.

The A7 rewrote the book on turning the form into a not just functional one.

Audi S6

It looked so good when it hit the that, as with most rides, the urge to stuff power under the hood and its socks off was strong. And the result is you might have imagined it be.

Test Drive: 2012 A7

But don’t think it as just a S6 a hatch. Although they a wheelbase, the S7 is a couple of inches and wider overall and it feels bit of it. The extra baggage isn’t but does change the flavor of the

While the S6 instinctively slices and like a Jedi family the S7 requires slightly more inputs. It’s like the between slalom and giant sidecut skis. The S7 still to handle the tight stuff, but to settle in to the big sweeping turns.

And the station wagon-like cargo pays extra dividends in application, at least for me. It may just be thinking, but the echo chamber there seems to bring of that exhaust note the cabin. That’s carry-on that’s worth the fee.

is the battle cruiser of the bunch, master of the universe stuff. If you are a job or destroyer, you’ll feel at home.

A substantially larger and car than the other two, nevertheless quicker in straight The lack of a launch control in its 8-speed automatic transmission no problems as the all-wheel-drive system is than able to put down all of the 481 of torque under foot. The from zero to 60 mph takes a 3.9 seconds.

That’s supercar quickness a 4641 pound car with that can give you a shiatsu-style as you’re being shoved them.

No worries if the blacktop squiggly, either. The S8 has variable steering that quickens up at and the suspension handles the car’s without any sloppy fuss. It has the feet of a fullback, or perhaps a end.

Despite the four-zone business class accommodations, seat passengers don’t get enough legroom for a car this A stretched wheelbase is reserved for the more affluent 12-cylinder A8, but the V8 in the S8 is powerful and the car more fun to drive.

Let the old relax in the back row of the 12-cylinder you’re better off enjoying from front row left in the S8.

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