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

type Series Production Car
production years 2066 – 2011
released at 2006 NAIAS
built at Germany
price $ $ 74,020
engine Audi BXA 90º V10
position Front Longitudinal
aspiration Natural
ignition Coil-On-Plug
block material ALUSIL Aluminium-Silicon Alloy w/Silicon Crystal Liners
valvetrain DOHC, 4 Valves per Cyl
fuel feed FSI Direct Injection
displacement 5204 cc / 317.6 in³
bore 84.5 mm / 3.33 in
stroke 92.8 mm / 3.65 in
compression 12.5:1
power 320 kw / 429.1 bhp @ 6800 rpm
specific output 82.46 bhp per litre
bhp/weight 208.4 bhp per tonne
torque 540 nm / 398.3 ft lbs @ -1000 rpm
redline 7100
body / frame Aluminum Spaceframe
driven wheels RWD w/Stability Control
front tires 245/40ZR-18 Continental ContiSportContact2
rear tires 265/35ZR-18 Continental ContiSportContact2
front brakes Vented Discs w/ABS
rear brakes Vented Discs w/ABS
f suspension Multi-Link w/Coil Springs, Anti-Roll Bar
r suspension Multi-Link w/Coil Springs, Anti-Roll Bar
curb weight 2059 kg / 4540 lbs
wheelbase 2847 mm / 112.1 in
front track 1595 mm / 62.8 in
rear track 1575 mm / 62 in
length 4915 mm / 193.5 in
width 2012 mm / 79.2 in
height 1448 mm / 57.0 in
transmission ZF 6HP26 6-speed Tiptronic Automatic
gear ratios 4.17:1, 2.34:1, 1.52:1, 1.14:1, 0.87:1, 0.69:1
final drive 3.8:1
0 – 60 mph ~5.2 seconds
0 – 100 mph ~12.7 seconds
0 – 1/4 mile ~13.8 seconds