What distinguishes the S6 from its humbler A6 sibling?
The big difference is what lies under the bonnet. The A6 uses four- and six-cylinder engines, but the S6 is fitted with a twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre that can propel the sport sedan from zero to 100 kmh 4.4 seconds and on to a top speed of 250 kmh.
The V8 id equipped with a seven-speed S-tronic dual-clutch automatic that provides smooth but rapid shifts that can be controlled manually using steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters and this combined with Audi’s quattro all-wheel-drive system helps the S6 in difficult weather conditions and improved handling.
The S6 is not a gas guzzler due to a cylinder deactivation system that turns the engine into a V4 in low-throttle highway driving.
The S6 also rides on a full air suspension with adaptive dampers, which can be adjusted to suit the driver’s preferences and a ‘Drive Select’ system controlling throttle response, steering effort and shift calibration.
Interiorly the cabin features organic lines in rich soft-touch materials with fine wood and metal trim. Sports seats are wrapped in cross-stitched leather, a three-sport multi-function steering wheel and a S-line instrument cluster.
The S6 is equipped with MMI which includes an eight-inch pop-up display, a five-inch information LCD display and an optional heads-up display for the windshield.
The S6 comes standard with Audi connect.
The S6 is offered in two trim levels called Premium Plus and Prestige, respectively.