The Audi S6 is a high-performance version of the Audi A6 and is classified as an executive car, manufactured by German carmaker Audi. This vehicle first went on sale in 1994 a little while after the A6 designation was created and effectively replacing the “100” nameplate. The very first version of the S6 was primarily the same vehicle as the S4, but with a few key differences, including the new body-cladding as well as badging. There was a higher performance RS6 vehicle released in certain markets and its design was based on the A6.
There were a number of exterior changes made with the Audi S6, with some sharpened edges and a more angular front bumper which creates a somewhat sleeker appearance than its predecessors. There are also some horizontal chrome strip slashes going across the trunklid of this vehicle and certain versions of it have wide, rectangular exhaust pipes. One of the most significant changes that was made to the exterior of the S6 is its rear fascia, with new taillights which correct the ‘overbite’ problem that some consumers and critics complained about in previous models.
Other than a new color as well as some additional trim options, not much has been changed with regards to the S6’s interior. There is, however, new and advanced hardware added to the navigation and infotainment system, which includes a faster graphics processor as well as a few different assistance systems, including a lane departure warning along with blind-spot protection. These features have been successfully integrated with each other and are extremely user-friendly, which is just one of the reasons why this vehicle has experienced such a tremendous amount of success with consumers since its initial release.
Since it was launched in 1994, the Audi S6 has used a 2,226 cubic centimeters turbocharged inline five-cylinder petrol engine with a Bosch Motronic electronic engine control unit or ECU, which is capable of producing up to 169 kilowatts at 5,900 revolutions per minute and 240 pound-feet of torque. When this vehicle was released, it was available with a 6-speed manual transmission, though only the five-speed was available in North American markets. This vehicle also uses Audi’s dynamic Torsen T-1 quattro permanent 4-wheel drive system. The C4 braking system which the Audi S6Y uses features radially ventilated disc brakes in both the front and rear with two-piston floating Girling calipers which have the Audi logo on them.
The even more powerful Audi S6 PLUS was released onto the market, but was only available to European consumers. This vehicle was developed by Quattro GmbH, Audi’s high-performance subsidiary company, and went on sale as the 1997 model only with production starting in June of 1996 and ending in October of 1997. Only 952 of these cars were ever made, including 855 Avant models and 97 saloons. This vehicle used a variant of the 32 valve 4.2 liter V8 engine which was also used in the Audi S8 as AKH later on.
The C6 S6 came with some great new updates, specifically to the engine, which was an all-aluminum alloy 5,204 cubic centimeter Fuel Stratified Injection 40-valve V10. This engine has a much longer stroke and wider bore than the 5.0 liter V10 which was used in the Lamborghini Gallardo, which was yet another selling point for consumers who value power and speed above all else. The C7, which is the latest model in this series, was launched in 2013 following the C7 Audi A6 and the Audi A7. This vehicle offered a much more powerful and sleek alternative to its siblings and is considered to be one of this automaker’s crowning achievements to date.