Ingolstadt, July 26, 1999

Audi Completes its S Range
The new Audi S6 and S6 Avant

                      

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The S3, S4 and S8 are now joined by the S6. With the introduction of two new sporting models, the S6 saloon and the S6 Avant, which will be unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) in September, Audi now completes its range of S models.High performance and modern appearance are characteristics common to all members of the Audi S family. And every Audi S model, from the S3 to the S8, including the two new cars, features quattro permanent all-wheel drive.

A powerful heart beats in the Audi S6: underneath the hood a 4.2 litre V8 engine with five valves per cylinder goes to work lustily; its power output has been upped 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, and a maximum of 420 Nm at 3,400 rpm. Top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h. The S6 sprints from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.7 seconds (the S6 Avant in 5.8 seconds).

A six-speed manual gearbox or a tiptronic transmission with ratios chosen to suit the car's sporting character delivers power to the quattro permanent all-wheel drive, which in turn transmits it with supreme reliability to the road. The direct steering ratio ensures particularly active and precise response to steering wheel movements.

The ABS anti-lock braking system, the tandem brake servo and ventilated disc brakes with aluminium calipers on all wheels ensure that the car can be braked and brought to a halt very reliably. Additional safety is provided by the ESP electronic stability program, which includes the EDL electronic differential lock, the EBD electronic brake-force distribution system and the ASR traction control system.

The design of the Audi S6 communicates its dynamic character. Based on the Audi A6 4.2 quattro, the S6 none the less creates its own visual impact, thanks to new, boldly styled grilles. The flared wheel arches accommodate 17" cast aluminium wheels of Avus design with 255/40 R 17 tyres. Polished aluminium door mirror casings, two chrome-plated 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 trims 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.

The new Audi S6 is fresh evidence of Audi's technical authority and its justified claim to sporting character. It will attract new customers with exacting standards to the Audi marque. The Audi S6 can be ordered from Audi dealers from the end of July at a price of DM 120,870.29 (EUR 61,800.--) for the saloon and DM 124,684.17 (EUR 63,750.--) for the Avant.





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