The History of AUDI S6

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Audi S6

The History Of AUDI S6

The Audi S6 is a version of the Audi A6, an executive car by German automaker Audi. It on sale in 1994, shortly the A6 designation was introduced, replacing the 100 The original S6 was largely the same car as the original Audi S4, with the visible differences being new and badging.

The S6, like all Audi S is fitted as standard with trademark quattro four-wheel (4WD) system, the S6 using the permanent 4WD.

See also: Ur-S4 / Ur-S6and Audi

Audi was restructuring their lineup in early and mid-1990s, and in began selling the fifth (C4) Audi 100 model as the Audi A6. Wanting to keep a in their lineup, the company small revisions to what was known as the Audi S4, renaming it the S6; the S4 name would eventually be for a completely different model from Audi’s smaller Group B platform-based Audi A4. As was the first S6 model from it is commonly referred to as the Ur-S6, from the German augmentive, (meaning: original).

It was available as a saloon/sedan, and an Avant (estate/wagon) to and United States customers, but as a saloon in Canada, Asia and

C4 powertrain

For 1995, the S6 was powered by a (136.0cuin) turbocharged inline petrol engine, producing (230PS; 227bhp) at 5900rpm and (240.4ft·lbf) at around 1950rpm. The engine gave the S6 surprisingly performance, it had a top speed of 235km/h and went from 0 to 100km/h in 6.1 seconds; 160km/h (99mph) was in 17.5 seconds. After a Car easily achieves


The came standard with a manual transmission (5 speed in North America), and Audi’s T-2 quattro permanent four-wheel system.

Audi made a 4.2L V8 engine available as an in the original European S4s, and the decision to continue to do so with the S6, a 213kW (290PS; 286bhp) of the 4.2 available as an optional upgrade the 2.2L 5-cylinder. Unlike the turbocharged version, the V8-powered S6 was with an automatic transmission as but kept the quattro four drive. A 6-speed manual was also available as an option.

C4 wheels and tyres

C4 braking included radially ventilated brakes front and rear, 10.9in (276.9mm) diameter up front, and 10.6in (269.2mm) discs at the rear. Anti-lock system (ABS) was also

Standard wheels were Avus cast aluminium wheels with 225/50R16 An optional 7½Jx15 alloy with 215/60R15 tyres was available.

Audi S6 Plus

An even powerful, and very limited-production S6 powered by another version of the 32 4.2 litre V8 (engine code later to be seen in the Audi S8, as was briefly available to European The S6 Plus, developed by quattro (a wholly owned subsidiary of AG), was available for sale the 1997 model year (production from April to July 1997). A total of 952 were produced – 855 (estate), and 97 saloons.

Audi’s division reworked key parts of the increasing the power output to (326PS; 322bhp). They made revisions to the suspension, and transmission. With so much on tap, the S6 Plus could 100km/h (62mph) from a in 5.6 (saloon) and 5.7 (Avant) seconds, it comparable in terms of acceleration to like the Porsche 944 Turbo.

In Audi introduced an all-new of Audi A6 models, based on the Group C5 platform. A new Audi S6, now known as the Audi S6 quattro in 1999, to compliment its A6 platform-mate. It was in a 4-door saloon/sedan and a 5-door (estate/wagon).

In North America the bodystyle was the only version

This generation of S6 went out of in 2003.

C5 powertrain

Aluminium subframes supported the major components, including the engine. is from a 4.2 litre 40-valve 90° V8 engine (code AQJ).

A manual transmission was standard and optional five-speed tiptronic transmission (gear ratios: 3.571, 2nd: 2.200, 1.508, 4th: 1.000, 0.803), with steering paddle-shifts, and Dynamic Shift (DSP) was available. Torsen T-2 quattro permanent four-wheel was also standard. Final ratio (with automatic was 2.727, and both axles Electronic Differential Lock

In 2000, there was a new all aluminium 4.2L EU3 emissions standard V8 now with 40-valves (5 per cylinder) and magnesium variable intake (code ANK, ASG, AWN, BBD?). It displaced (254.6cuin), and produced 250kW 340bhp) at 6600rpm, and 420N·m of torque at 3400rpm.

Engine was by way of a Bosch Motronic ME7.0 control unit, with fuel injection, mapped ignition with eight spark coils, cylinder-selective control, and a drive by wire The vehicle could now go from 0 to (62mph) in 5.7 seconds and from 0 to (124mph) in just 21.7 The top speed was electronically governed to (155mph).

C5 suspension and steering

The suspension was stiffened and lowered by (0.39in), and utilised gas-pressurised absorbers.

Rack and pinion speed-sensitive power steering was

C5 brakes, wheels and tyres

consisted of radially vented discs front and rear. The are sized at 321mm (12.64in) by 30mm (1.18in) thick, and are by four-pad HP2 calipers. At the rear, the are 256mm (10.08in) by 22mm

Bosch ESP5.7 Electronic Programme, with Anti-lock System (ABS), brake and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution completed the brake system.

are 8Jx17 cast alloy 6-spoke alloy wheels, 255/40 ZR17 tyres.

C5 and interior

The body panels largely based on the Audi A6 4.2 with flared wheel and door sills, with the (hood) and front wings constructed from aluminium. features included S6 badging, seats (optional Recaro polished aluminium exterior mirror housings, unique grille, and rear decklid

Audi RS6 (C5)

Main Audi RS6

A higher performance RS6 was available, built by quattro using a twin-turbo version of the V8 (code BCY). Power were 450 hp/331 kW at 5700 rpm 6400 rpm, 560N·m from 1950 rpm – rpm. Transmission was a 5 speed automatic, 0-100 km/h just 4.8 seconds.

0-200 km/h was 17.6 and 17.8 (avant) seconds. were upgraded to 255/40 R18 or R19 (5/15 arm design), and there was an Dynamic Ride Control system available, which diagonally interlinked shock to give better body during extreme cornering, and braking. Compared to standard A6, the was lowered by 25mm (1.0in).

The discs were ventilated and to 365/335mm front/rear.

The latest S6 quattro model (Typ 4F) was at the 2006 North American Auto Show in January. It is on the current C6 Audi A6, and uses the Group C6 platform, and is available in and Avant (estate/wagon) bodystyles.


The C6 S6 features an all aluminium alloy (317.6cuin) Fuel Stratified (FSI) 40-valve V10 petrol derived from the Lamborghini re-tuned to produce 320kW 430bhp) at 6800rpm and 540N·m of torque between 3000 4000rpm. It utilises twin double overhead camshafts and variable valve timing for intake and exhaust valves.

The engine is used in the Audi S8, it develops 331kW (450PS;

A six-speed tiptronic automatic (gear ratios – 4.171, 2nd: 2.340, 1.521, 4th: 1.143, 0.867, 6th: 0.691), steering wheel-mounted paddle-shifers is the transmission available. Torsen-based permanent four-wheel drive, and 2007 model year the latest 40:60 front:rear Torsen T-3 differential, are standard. The drive ratio is 3.801, and is assisted Electronic Differential (EDL) and Anti-Slip Regulation (commonly known as traction system).

For the sprint to 100km/h (62mph), the S6 5.2 seconds, with the quarter passing in 13.5 seconds.

C6 wheels and tires

The brakes of radially ventilated discs and rear. The fronts are sized at (15.16in) in diameter, and the rears at (12.99in). An electro-mechanical parking works on the rear.

A Bosch Electronic Stability Programme, Anti-lock Braking System brake assist, and Electronic Distribution (EBD) completed the system.

Standard alloy consist of 9Jx19 cast alloy 5-arm wing shod with 265/35ZR19 An optional 8½Jx18 cast S design with 255/40ZR18 are also available. A direct-acting pressure monitoring system is standard.

Other features

The S6 two rows of 5 distinctive LED daytime lamps (DRLs) along side of the front bumper as a of differentiation from other A6 Bi-Xenon HID adaptive headlights swivel around corners the LED DRLs.

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