|March 2, 2000
Audi S6 and S6 Avant
The equipment and data stated here refer to the model range offered for sale in Germany. We reserve the right to make changes. Errors and omissions excepted.
September 1999 saw the introduction of two new sporting models, the S6 saloon and the S6 Avant, with which Audi completed its range of S models. Underneath the hood a 4.2-litre V8 engine with five valves per cylinder goes about its work. Its power output has been increased to 250 kW (340 bhp).
The power flow from this eight-cylinder engine is impressive, with a torque of 300 Nm available only slightly above idle speed, rising to a maximum torque of 420 Nm at 3400 rpm. Top speed is electronically governed to 250 km/h. The S6 sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.7 seconds and the S6 Avant in 5.8 seconds.
A 6-speed manual gearbox or a tiptronic transmission with ratios chosen to suit the car's sporting character delivers power to the quattro permanent four-wheel drive, which in turn transmits it with supreme reliability to the road. A direct steering ratio ensures particularly agile and precise response to steering wheel movements.
The ABS anti-lock brake system, the tandem brake servo and the ventilated disc brakes with aluminium calipers at all four wheels make sure that the car can be braked and brought to a halt very reliably. Additional safety is ensured by the electronic stability program (ESP), which includes the electronic differential lock (EDL), the electronic brake-force distribution system (EBD) and traction control (ASR).
The design of the Audi S6 communicates its dynamic character. Based on the Audi A6 4.2 quattro, the S6 nonetheless creates its own individual visual effect, thanks to new, boldly styled grilles. The flared wheel arches accommodate 17" cast aluminium wheels of Avus design with 255/40 ZR 17 tyres. Polished aluminium outside mirror casings, two visible stainless steel exhaust tailpipes, and bumpers and side sills painted entirely in the body colour create additional visual accents.
With Recaro sports seats in combined Alcantara and leather, a leather-covered sports steering wheel, an Alcantara roof lining and carbon-fibre trim applied to the instrument panel and door trims, the interior too will live up to the high expectations of customers in the top sporting segment.