- Repair & Care
The S6 is a high-performance version of Audi's A6 sedan, which is covered separately in the Research section. The S6 has a 435-horsepower V-10 paired to a six-speed automatic transmission and Quattro all-wheel drive. The S6 comes only as a sedan in Prestige trim. Competitors include the BMW 5 Series, Mercedes-Benz E-Class and Infiniti M.
New for 2011
There are no significant changes.
The S6 looks the part of a gussied-up A6 with bumper-mounted LED lights. Unique front and rear bumpers and aluminum trim on doorsills and windowsills complete the package. Exterior features include:
Besides unique leather seats with S-line logos and thicker side bolsters, the S6's wraparound cockpit sees few changes from the A6. It comes standard with many features that are optional on the lesser A6. For 2010, Audi's third-generation MMI system gains improved map scrolling thanks to a joystick atop the controller knob. Audi substantially improved the system's graphics, too. Interior features include:
Under the Hood
The S6 is stoked by Audi's first-ever V-10 engine, a normally aspirated (non-turbocharged, non-supercharged) 5.2-liter with direct injection. It combines the generous torque characteristics of a high cylinder count with the high-rev output of a 7,000-rpm redline, and it moves the S6 from zero to 60 mph in 5.1 seconds, according to Audi. Mechanical features include:
Safety options include a blind spot warning system that illuminates a light on the side mirror if a car occupies that side's blind spot. Side-impact airbags for the rear seats are optional, too. Standard features include: