There’s something about ’90s German cars that just captivate me. Maybe it’s because that was the decade of my childhood, when cars really started to interest me or maybe it’s just because that’s the decade when the Germans were the most creative. Either way, ’90s German metal is something I have a hard time ignoring, especially when it’s something as awesome as this 1996 Audi S6 Plus up for auction on RM Sotheby’s.
Being a 1996 model year, this Audi S6 is of the C4 generation, which was the first ever generation of S6. However, being a “Plus” model, this S6 is extra special. Rather than the typical 2.2 liter turbocharged five-cylinder, which was seen in other performance Audis of the era, the Audi S6 Plus got a 4.2 liter naturally-aspirated V8. It was the same V8 seen in cars like the original Audi S8.
The Audi S6 Plus has one distinct advantage over the S8, though — a manual transmission. Rather than the typical five-speed automatic slushbox transmission from the S8, the S6 Plus had a proper six-speed manual. In today’s world of rapid-fire automatics and downsized, turbocharged engines, the idea of a V8-powered sedan with a six-speed manual and all-wheel drive is drool-inducing.
Only 97 Audi S6 Plus models were made, making this car extremely rare. Making this car rarer still is the fact that it’s painted in the highly desirable Nogaro Blue from the factory and also features Nogaro Blue Alcantara seat inserts and door panel trim. It also has carbon fiber interior trim, Avus wheels, a sunroof and memory seats, all wonderful luxuries in 1996.
This specific car is gorgeous and looks to be in fantastic condition. The auction for it will run from June 3-11, with an estimated selling price between €40,000 – €60,000. That might sound like a lot for an Audi from 1996 but this is a very special Audi and it’s one that any fan of the brand would love to have. A free-breathing V8 paired with a six-speed manual and all-wheel drive in a ’90s sedan body? Where do I sign?