A few weeks ago I got behind the wheel of the latest #Audi A6 in 45TDI guise and I was left impressed. The car offers a comfortable driving experience, decent power and all the must-have tech. It was the ideal open road cruiser, however, if you want a bit more excitement, a bit more noise and thrill then the latest Audi S6 might satisfy your needs.
Before we get into the finer details of the new AudiS6, it is worth mentioning one of the biggest differences between this car and the one which it replaces. The previous model featured a twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 which has been ditched for the same high-performance 2.9-litre turbocharged V6 found in the new RS4 and RS5 models.
This motor develops 331kW and 600Nm of torque, 50Nm more than the previous V8 just by the way. Audi claims that the S6 can hit 100kph from standstill in 4.5 seconds, which is quite quick for a big sedan. Performance is further improved thanks to the implementation of mild-hybrid technology, as well as an electric compressor. Without getting too technical, this compressor helps to minimise turbo lag, which means the engine feels ever-responsive.
When it comes to the design I must give credit where credit is due. I really do admire the way in which Audi differentiates its performance products. You see, the S6, at first glance looks just like any other A6 with an S-Line body kit. You actually need to look closely to notice the underlying performance credentials. Upfront is a small S6 badge on the large grille, the brakes are large and the callipers red, at the rear are four tailpipes and another S6 badge and that’s about it. Unlike the RS models the S models don’t shout about their performance credentials and I actually like that.
The interior is another highlight for me. Not only is it well put together with top-notch materials throughout, but it also features some great technology that has been seamlessly integrated into what is both a luxurious and sporty looking interior. The Audi S6’s electronic user interface benefits greatly from the fitment of the latest Audi infotainment system. Three screens adorn the facia and each offers a slightly different user experience.
The digital instrument cluster offers sporty themes to fit that of the car, the infotainment screen is large, clear and easy to use. It also offers wireless Apple CarPlay which is a bonus point. The third screen controls all the climate functions. There are a total of seven actual buttons on the centre console, everything is controlled via the MIB3 system.
When it comes to driving the S6 one can expect a bit of Doctor Jekyll and Mr Hyde. When left in comfort mode the car feels incredibly soft and the adaptive air suspension does a great job. The car floats over the road surface effortlessly. The throttle is less sensitive and the car feels less eager, which is what you want when in Comfort mode. The steering is light and the rear steering makes parking this rather large saloon so easy that I was able to do it in one move, with one finger. The 360-degree cameras also help though.
Use the Audi Drive Select option and switch from Comfort to Dynamic and Mr Hyde comes out to play. Everything changes, the car lowers itself to the road, the steering gets heavier, the throttle gets sharper and the 8-speed gearbox drops a few cogs. Flaps in the exhaust also open up and the S6 is ready to dominate the road ahead. The car is not only fast in a straight line, but thanks to the quattro all-wheel-drive system you can go through corners faster as well. The large saloon also feels smaller when behind the wheel than it is, it’s easy to place and it encourages you to exploit its impressive performance figures.
But, like the overall design, no one element jumps out and slaps you in the face. Each element; the performance, the sound and the way it feels all complement each other to create an overall enjoyable experience. The S6 is a massively impressive product, it can get you to the office and back from Monday to Friday and it will entertain you over the weekend.