2011 Audi S6

The S6, the latest product to result from the systematic application of Audi’s philosophy of sportiness, will go on sale in the spring of 2006. Its appearance will coincide with the launch of the S6 Avant, the estate-car version.

In response to the challenge to deliver supreme performance the new Audi S6 will be powered by the Lamborghiuni Gallardo’s engine, developed by Lamborghini in conjunction with Audi. The 5.2-litre V10 incorporates bespoke features that tailor its much-loved character to meet luxury saloon requirements, without diluting it.

Both the driveline and the steering and suspension have been modified to reflect the immense power potential of the new Audi S6. The six-speed tiptronic automatic transmission, supplied as standard, accomplishes swifter gear changes; the steel-spring suspension is configured for greater agility and a more direct response, as is the servotronic steering. The latest-generation quattro permanent four-wheel drive with a 40:60 torque split naturally ensures optimum propulsion in all conditions. Thanks to this concept, the new Audi S6 sets itself apart as the progressive alternative to all its competitors.

The interior offers a luxurious atmosphere. It features, for instance, new sports seats complete with integral head restraints, exclusive leather/Alcantara upholstery on all five seats and deluxe automatic air conditioning plus, with separate temperature distribution for the driver’s and front passenger’s sides.

For all the uncompromising and methodical nature of the technical concept, the external appearance of the Audi S6 is decidedly understated and elegant. The S6 saloon is characterised by such features as 19-inch wheels, subtly flared front wheel arches, the striking single-frame grille with vertical double struts and a harmoniously integrated rear spoiler, and the Avant has a modified roof spoiler.

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In Detail

typeSeries Production Car
production years2066 – 2011
released at2006 NAIAS
built atGermany
price $$ 74,020
engineAudi BXA 90º V10
positionFront Longitudinal
block materialALUSIL Aluminium-Silicon Alloy w/Silicon Crystal Liners
valvetrainDOHC, 4 Valves per Cyl
fuel feedFSI Direct Injection
displacement5204 cc / 317.6 in³
bore84.5 mm / 3.33 in
stroke92.8 mm / 3.65 in
power320 kw / 429.1 bhp @ 6800 rpm
specific output82.46 bhp per litre
bhp/weight208.4 bhp per tonne
torque540 nm / 398.3 ft lbs @ -1000 rpm
body / frameAluminum Spaceframe
driven wheelsRWD w/Stability Control
front tires245/40ZR-18 Continental ContiSportContact2
rear tires265/35ZR-18 Continental ContiSportContact2
front brakesVented Discs w/ABS
rear brakesVented Discs w/ABS
f suspensionMulti-Link w/Coil Springs, Anti-Roll Bar
r suspensionMulti-Link w/Coil Springs, Anti-Roll Bar
curb weight2059 kg / 4540 lbs
wheelbase2847 mm / 112.1 in
front track1595 mm / 62.8 in
rear track1575 mm / 62 in
length4915 mm / 193.5 in
width2012 mm / 79.2 in
height1448 mm / 57.0 in
transmissionZF 6HP26 6-speed Tiptronic Automatic
gear ratios4.17:1, 2.34:1, 1.52:1, 1.14:1, 0.87:1, 0.69:1
final drive3.8:1
0 – 60 mph~5.2 seconds
0 – 100 mph~12.7 seconds
0 – 1/4 mile~13.8 seconds