SPIED: Audi S6 Avant caught testing

Now that the new Audi A6 has been revealed, and we saw it at the New York Auto Show, fans are naturally speculating as to what the upcoming Audi S6 might be. There are numerous renders and rumors swirling around at the moment. Now, some spy photos have come out, showing an Audi S6 Avant driving around in heavy camouflage. (We don’t own the photos but you can see them here)

While we won’t get the S6 Avant here in the ‘States, we will get the standard Audi S6 Sedan. That’s unfortunate, though, as the S6 Avant shown here looks great. Plus, who doesn’t love sleeper Audi wagons? In these photos, the Audi S6 Avant looks low, mean and aggressive. Its rear wheel arches swell out like an Audi Quattro’s and its quad exhausts show that it means business. It’s also surprisingly low to the ground, with almost no wheel gap of any kind. How much lower will the RS6 Avant be?

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The upcoming Audi S6 will likely be powered by the same 2.9 liter twin-turbocharged V6 that you’ll find in both the Audi RS5 and Porsche Panamera. That means it will likely make around 450 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque. Those are similar numbers to the old S6 but this new one will be significantly lighter, especially over the front end.

The previous-generation S6 was a very interesting car and one that had some very high points and some low points as well. For instance, its twin-turbocharged V8 was an absolute monster of an engine. Brilliant motor. The interior was also fantastic and it rode really well. But its steering was pretty bad, with absolutely zero feel and far too light of weighting. In fact, it was almost scary to drive quickly, because it felt as if there were no means of physical connection between the steering wheels and the front wheels. That’s how numb it was.

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This new Audi S6 should be significantly better, considering all new Audis have been massive improvements over their predecessors, in terms of steering and handling. Also, the V6 under hood is a lot lighter than the old V8, so it should turn in sharper and ultimately handle better, while making the same power. It won’t be as sexy sounding or as violently torquey but it should be equally as quick.

Nico DeMattia

I've been in love with cars since I was a kid, specifically German cars. Now I get to drive them talk about them on the internet.