Wheels magazine: Audi S6/S7 first drive

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Wheels magazine: Audi S6/S7 drive


Within 8km of the twin-turbo V8 for the first time, the is muffled as the speed-limiter calls just beyond 250km/h. And of those kilometres were out of Munich airport and jumping the A92 autobahn. After the repressed culture of Australia, Germany is heaven.

Even at 250km/h, often not the quickest thing on the so it pays to keep one eye on the mirrors and one eye on Polish-registered truck in the slow The jiggling headlights are closing in so I ease into a sizeable gap in the lane and continue to hold the wide open. Just as the coalesces into a recognisable and front end, the howling V10 audible above the muted of the Audi’s V8.

When the Porsche GT whumps past at close to the S7 shimmers a little as the disturbed air over the bodywork. A mirror and I’m back out into the fast hoping my co-pilot can snap off a but the Carrera GT has already opened up a 400 gap. A minute later out of sight.

Big respect.

Even without the interference of the speed limiter, the S7 have held the Carrera GT at bay for – Audi engineers suggest run to around 280km/h before drag would get the better of the The Audi’s twin turbo V8 produces 309kW; a long way shy of the 5.7-litre V10 in the Porsche. And while no one is to confuse the S7 and its sober-suited S6 brother for a the S-twins are rapid cars.

claims 0-100km/h in 4.7 seconds; the S6 matches this while the S6 is a tenth quicker. Those feel about right and strong acceleration to about before drag becomes a Above 220km/h speed at a more leisurely pace.

The twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8 sees duty in the S8 where it makes and 650Nm, and the Bentley Continental GT V8 This is likely to be the engine will power the 2016 Urus super-SUV shown in form at Beijing.

On the international launch of the S6 and S7 models was some talk by various that the S6 and S7 were underpowered to in the German power war. the above numbers, it’s the engine is unstressed in this but unlike some German the S7/S6 never feels by its engine.

And power isn’t engine’s only trick. deactivation shuts down the and exhaust valves on cylinders 2, 3, 5 and 8, the V8 to a V4. The operating parameters of the system narrow; engine speed be between 960-3500rpm, the seven-speed clutch transmission must be in gear or higher and torque must be between 25-35 of peak torque.

The truth is, such a wide spread of cylinder deactivation works up to at 150km/h on a steady throttle. And its is seamless, which will be a to those of you who understand primary

Audi S6

Audi engineers have to incredible lengths to ensure you pick when the system is Active Noise Control and dynamic engine mounts a huge role in the technical Four microphones integrated the headlining record the complete spectrum within the cabin, and discarding music and conversation.

the cylinder deactivation shuts half of the engine, a sensor at the tells the microphones to generate a 3D pattern to disguise any vibrations the unbalanced engine. The speakers whether the audio system is on or It is a brilliant solution and there’s no way to when then engine is in V4 or V8

You have to cheat and refer to the display.

Away from the and onto some twisty in the Alps, the S7, and especially the S6 which was with the optional sports differential and dynamic steering, are fun and agile than such a luxury car has a right to be. Like Audis, steering feel is a strong suit, but the electromechanical is quick and there’s enormous from the quattro all-wheel set-up.

Under normal circumstances, 60 of all torque is delivered to the rear When slip is detected, a of 80 percent will be sent or if it’s the rear wheels 70 percent of all torque will be forwards. The optional sport diff will vector across the back axle 100 percent (of the 80 percent peak to drive one rear wheel. in both wet and dry conditions, the longitudinal is amazing.

Lateral grip is a of tyre adhesion and the S6/S7 strongly here as well. tyres are 255/40 R19 (we tested Contact Sports) for both though 255/35 R20s are and, in the case of the S7, 265/35 Despite the lack of sporty options, the S7 was fitted with ceramic rotors (which 7.5kg in unsprung mass at corner).

Regardless of whether you option the or stick with the cast-iron the front calipers are monster units. Neither the S6 nor S7 are track so save your cash and the carbons.

Both models are with adaptive sports air In the sportiest mode the suspension 10mm in the S7 and 20mm in the S6. While the car sit flatter in this mode, the (especially that of the S6) deteriorates

The seven-speed dual clutch delivers sporting shifts the mood takes you, but times is happy to blend the background with almost cog-swapping.

It does a great job the engine in its mid-range sweet

As we’ve come to expect Audi, the interior of both are works of art. The basic is familiar from the A6 and A7 but with a take. The sports seats integrated headrests, quilted and deviated stitching are standard on the S7 and on the S6 models.

Now for the bad news. Not all markets will get all variants. Major European and the UK will take S6 sedan and and S7, but Australia has already ruled out S6 The USA and China are likely to follow and take only S6 sedan and S7.

German pricing has been at this stage where the S6 costs 72,900 Euros, Euros for the Avant and 79,900 for the S7. The S6 sedan is expected to cost shy of $200,000 when it goes on in Australia in October, while the S7 crack the $200K barrier.

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