Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP), also known as "sticker" price, is a recommended selling price that automakers give a new car that is above the invoice price paid by the dealer. It is a price that does not include any options that can be added to a particular car style. When shown as a range, the prices are starting MSRPs, without options, for multiple styles for that model.
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The Kelley Blue Book Suggested Retail value represents the amount an auto dealer might ask for a specific vehicle; the actual sale price will vary. A vehicle's popularity, condition, warranty, color and local market conditions are factors involved in determining a final price. The retail value is not a trade-in or private party value.
The Suggested Retail value assumes that the vehicle has been fully reconditioned and has a clean title history. The Suggested Retail value also allows for advertising, sales commissions, insurance and other costs of doing business as a dealer. Most vehicles offered at this price have passed an inspection, and some may carry a warranty. Vehicle mileage is assumed to be normal or below normal.
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By Kevin Schweitzer
March 2, 2006
Vehicle Overview Audi is extending its "S" performance treatment from one model into a veritable series. Previously available only on the A4 as an S4, a high-performance variant will now be available on Audi's midsize A6, as the S6. Audi had previously announced it will build an S8 full-size variant.
Exterior There are no changes from the A6 to the S6, although the S6 gets special badging to boast its performance capabilities: a "V10" emblem on each front quarter panel, and an "S6" emblem front and rear. The front "S6" badge, mounted on the gargantuan grille, is somewhat lost amid the ocean of chrome.
Interior There are no changes from the A6.
Under the Hood Audi uses the same 420-horsepower, 5.2-liter V-10 in the S6 and S8. It's mated to a six-speed-automatic transmission that gives the driver the ability to shift gears manually and choose different driving modes, such as "Sport," to enhance performance. The V-10 represents an 85-hp boost from the biggest engine available in the A6, a 335-hp V-8.
The S6 and S8 also get Audi's "quattro" all-wheel-drive system.
Safety The S6 has all the elements of the A6: Sideguard head-curtain airbags, side-impact airbags, an electronic stability system and antilock brakes. In addition, side airbags for the rear seats are an option not available on the A6.