Before the Audi S6 got TDI power in Europe, the previous generation of the large executive sedan was sold in a spicy diesel specification with a potent 3.0 BiTDI engine. The folks over at Darkside Developments on YouTube got their hands on such a car in the S Line specification and have big plans to modify it. The first order of business was to swap out the traditional five-spoke Rotor wheels for something much flashier while staying within the Volkswagen Group.
They decided to go with a large 21-inch set to nicely fill out those wheelhouses after noticing the OEM set wasn’t doing much justice to the car’s side profile. Lowered with H&R springs and riding on Continental GTC alloys, the Audi A6 now looks more along the lines of a baller and features skinny 265/30 ZR21 Vredestein tires. The wheels are a bit too glitzy for my taste, but to each his own.
In contrast to the original configuration with plenty of room to spare in the wheelhouse, the new shoes barely fit. While the car currently has a three-millimeter spacer behind the wheel, a brake upgrade is planned with larger calipers and they’ll put a three-millimeter spacer behind the disc, which means the wheels will be pretty much in the same position as they’re now in relation to the arches.
For the time being, the engine is completely stock, so the V6 diesel with a pair of turbochargers should be good for 313 horsepower and 650 Newton-meters (479 pound-feet) of torque. More oomph is in the works for the 3.0 BiTDI, but as you can see in a brief acceleration test, it’s plenty fast in stock form. After all, Audi did quote a 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 5.3 seconds back in the day, which isn’t half bad for such a large and heavy car running on Devil’s fuel.