Words by Declan Glynn
The new Audi S6 is a sporty all-rounder with a comprehensive range of cutting-edge technologies in the areas of infotainment and driver assistance systems, a powerful drive system, and a striking exterior.
Available in either Saloon or Avant (estate) body styles, the S6 also perfectly fulfils its brief as a fast, fun family car with space for the growing family.
The new Audi S6 features a new 3.0-litre V6 twin-turbo TDI (diesel) engine, which produces a hefty 349PS (344bhp), and a whopping 700Nm of torque for truly outstanding performance.
This mighty engine is assisted by a 48-volt mild-hybrid system, for greater efficiency.
My review car was an Audi S6 Saloon Quattro Tiptronic TDI, which looked amazing in striking Floret Silver metallic paint.
A massive array of safety, infotainment, comfort, and convenience features are fitted as standard in the new S6, while also standard are five, self-explanatory, driving modes – Efficiency, Comfort, Auto, Dynamic, and Individual.
Push the starter button of the S6, and the car roars into life with a wonderful throaty growl, providing a clear indication of just how powerful this car really is.
Effortless performance from the V6 TDI engine is equally matched by the car’s standard 8-speed automatic (tiptronic) transmission, enabling the car to sprint from 0-100km/h in just 5.0-seconds, on its way to an electronically limited top speed of 250km/h, while consuming as little as 7.8l/100km on a combined driving cycle.
Decent efficiency, together with an annual road tax of just €570, ensures that the new Audi S6 is a car that can be used every day, without the need for deep pockets.
The S6 is a superb motorway cruiser, but also comes into its own on twisty back roads, too.
The car’s standard four-wheel-drive system ensures that the car feels planted to the road at all times, and provides great reassurance to the driver when faced with a multitude of road surfaces, while also offering terrific grip as you power out of bends.
The super-fast, amazingly capable, and thoroughly enjoyable new Audi S6 is yet another fine example of Audi’s ‘Advancement Through Technology’ philosophy.
On-the-road pricing starts at €89,060 for the 4-door, 5-seat saloon, with the Avant model priced from €97,030.