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2006-01-10 10:13

Making its international debut at the 2006 Detroit Motor Show, the new S6 sedan and Avant combine V10 power and quattro all-wheel drive into a dynamic, highly focused sporting package.

The new Audi S6 will be powered by a completely new V10 engine based on that used in the Lamborghini Gallardo.

This engine, a virtually identical version of which is fitted in the new Audi S8, makes maximum use of its resources: with a displacement of 5.2 litres, it produces 309 kW at 6 800 rpm.

r/min. Between 2 500 and 5 500 rpm, torque of over 500 Nm is available.

The engine weighs only 220 kg.

FSI petrol direct injection, a principle that has proved its worth in the most successful racing car ever built, the Le Mans winning Audi R8, plays an instrumental role in this model's refined flow of power.

The saloon is capable of racing from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.2 seconds (S6 Avant: 5.3 seconds); the top speed is electronically governed to 250 km/h.

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.

One of the key requirements in the development of the Audi S6 was to provide a high standard of comfort in every situation, for all its sporty emphasis.

This vehicle consequently also demonstrates over long distances that there is no inherent contradiction between refined power and the scope for the driver and passengers to enjoy a highly relaxing form of travel.

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.

The S6 saloon is characterised by such features as 19-inch wheels, subtly flared front wheel arches, the single-frame grille with vertical double struts and a harmoniously integrated rear spoiler, and the Avant has a modified roof spoiler.

The two daytime running light strips, each comprising five LEDs, are both a trendsetting safety element and an innovative masterstroke of design; they are integrated into the front bumper and, when switched on, serve as an unmistakable distinguishing feature of the S6.

The S6 sedan is on the cards for South Africa during 2006.


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