The current Audi S6 models came out before the credit crunch hit, and at that point in time German manufacturers were in a war to see who could deliver the most power packed into a luxury vehicle. They did a pretty good job too, with 5.2 litres blasting out of ten cylinders and 435hp to help boost up the engine specs even more. However, now that things are not quite so prosperous Audi is adjusting their line a bit and the new S6 Avant, Saloon, and S7 fastback are going to be a bit slimmed down.
Each of these vehicles will run off a 4.0 litre twin-turbo V8 engine that will only have a complete output of 420hp. However, the wide rev band will make up to 550nm of torque available for drivers and will be much more fuel efficient which even the wealthy are going to welcome with the way petrol prices continue to increase.
According to ratings, the S6 is estimated to get about 24.9mpg combined and overall about 225g.km which is not too shabby. This is even more true when you compare the figures to the previous models which were pretty much gas guzzlers.
The reduction in engine size is not the only reason that the new vehicles are more fuel efficient, as the new S6 models also have a cylinder deactivation system built into them that disengages the cylinders from the part load which helps to decrease the overall consumption of the car.
In addition, the cabin also has a noise cancellation system to make the ride a bit quieter as this prevents the four cylinder ots from echoing through into the interior of the vehicle. In addition, the Audi S-Tronic is also on board as well as the energy recuperation system and Start-Stop that is standard for Audis.
The package is already pretty impressive, but it is made more astounding when you figure in the fact that the new S6 is able to reach 62mph in just 4.6 seconds and the S6 Avant and S7 is able to reach the same speed in just 4.7 seconds. A great deal of this is due to the slim lined body of the cars that sport silver mirrors and large wheels making the car one that is pretty much designed for performance.
Even with all of this the Audis are pretty quiet for most of the ride, but they do make a bit of a growl if the car is facing a particularly high challenge. For the most part there is no lag during any acceleration making for a seamless ride and drive and the engine tone itself is pretty uniform.
Overall, this makes the new S6 a very fast and efficient way to travel around, but it is not exactly going to be the ride of the century given the fact that it does all of its action quietly and without too much fanfare.