Let’s start on the exterior, the latest A6, S6 gets sharp lines and more taut surfaces. Revisions have been made to the Singleframe grille, air inlets, bumpers, side sills, rear lights and exhausts.
Infinite new elements for the Audi A6 and S6 range
The headlights take on Matrix LEDs which is standard on the RS 6 Avant (sports wagon), and comes as an optional item for all A6 and S6 variants. On the A6 allroad quattro, based on the A6 Avant, has a raised body that is accentuated by wheel arch extensions and stainless steel protectors. This combination encapsulates the underside of the front and rear ends. On the other hand, the A6 TDI ultra S line saloon gets up-the-notch sports styling, 18-inch alloy wheels and important specification.
On the inside, the cabin is spacious, and the trimmings consist of quality, elegant colors and carefully selected materials to emphasize the premium class ambiance. A new Lunar Silver upholstery and headlining color choice for S line versions, which have until now been available finished exclusively in black, as are subtle detail enhancements, including an upgrade from dual-zone to deluxe four-zone climate control, new gear lever designs and additional chrome detailing. Boot space is 565 liters, expanded to 1,680 liters if needed.
Technology aficionados will also appreciate the upgraded infotainment options, which include new versions of the top-of-the-line MMI navigation plus and Audi connect elements. Based around an eight-inch retractable color monitor, MMI navigation plus is available as an alternative to the standard navigation system. It now uses an even more powerful Tegra 30 graphics processor from Audi’s partner Nvidia, and includes MMI touch, which enables the driver to scroll and zoom in lists and maps via a touchpad. Audi connect now brings tailored Internet-based services and new media streaming apps to the car via the latest LTE high-speed data transmission standard for ultra-fast 4G click-through and download functionality. On the option list, there’s the Audi phone box.
The range of driver assistance systems are also upgraded in the main categories such as; adaptive cruise control with stop & go function, Audi side assist with active lane assist, night vision assistant, a portfolio of Audi pre sense safety systems, plus the optional head-up display.
In powerplant department, the A6 and A6 allroad incorporate four TDI engine in 4- and 6-cylinder, single or twin-turbo variations. As before, the most efficient engine – the 2.0-liter TDI four-cylinder with 190PS – is reserved for ultra versions of the Saloon and Avant. Then, there’s three 3.0-liter 6-cylinder V6 TDIs with a single-turbo that churns out 218PS up to 272PS. At the top of the range, the 3.0 TDI clean diesel biturbo produces 320PS, an increase of 7PS over its existing equivalent. The top flight 6-cylinder engine is paired to an eight-speed tiptronic automatic transmission. All other engine variants are linked to either a newly designed six-speed manual gearbox that is particularly lightweight and low-friction, or a seven-speed S-tronic twin-clutch transmission.
The top flights S6 and S6 Avant use the 4.0-liter TFSI twin-turbo petrol engine, and via an 8-speed tiptronic transfers 450PS to the wheels. A 0 – 100 km/h sprint is done in 4.4 seconds for the S6 and 4.6 secs for the Avant.
A firmer chassis provided by the independent five-link front and trapezoidal link rear suspension offer exemplary comfort with precise handling. And thanks to the use of light fiber-reinforced polymer springs, the A6 Avant 2.0 TDI ultra’s overall weight is reduced approximately 4.4 kilograms, which means it handles more beautifully and precisely. Lower suspension and electronically controlled adaptive air suspension with the Audi drive select dynamic handling system all contribute to the variant’s handling precision.
Standard equipment in the new Audi S6 and S6 Avant includes quattro permanent all-wheel drive incorporating the sports differential and the adaptive air suspension, which lowers the body by 20 millimeters. In addition, Matt black brake calipers grip the front discs mounted behind the 19-inch wheels. Audi S6 customers have the option of selecting conventionally sprung RS sport suspension with Dynamic Ride Control (DRC), large brake discs with weight-saving wave design, and either 20-inch or even 21-inch wheels.