We know that Audi is currently working on a next-generation A6, as the current car is getting a bit old. It’s still a great car and still winning comparison tests, however, it’s getting a bit long in the tooth and is in dire need of a replacement. Well, that replacement is coming soon and along with it comes the next-generation Audi S6.
The current-gen Audi S6 is a great car, one we really liked a lot during our recent test drive. However, it’s also getting a bit old and will need a refreshing if it wants to keep up with the new Mercedes-AMG E43 and the upcoming BMW M550i xDrive. Well, this new and upcoming Audi S6 was just caught doing some testing at the Nurburgring. (We don’t own the spy photos but they can be seen here)
While this car does look like a standard Audi A6, you can tell it’s an Audi S6 thanks to its quad exhausts pipes. Plus, the S6 was never really that distinguished from its standard A6 sibling anyway, so it shouldn’t really bare a lot of visible differences. The biggest differences will be under the skin, such as lighter chassis bits, stiffer suspension, sharper steering and, most importantly, a bigger engine.
Speaking of engine, under the hood of the new Audi S6 should be a variant of the brand’s 2.9 liter twin-turbo V6, the very same motor that debuted in the Audi RS5. It’s also the same engine that powers the Porsche Panamera 4S, which is similarly sized and a familial competitor of the S6. In Panamera-guise, that twin-turbo V6 makes 440 hp and 405 lb-ft of torque. Considering that’s a bit lower than the current car’s 450 hp twin-turbo V8, we expect a bit of a power bump from the Audi S6.
The current car is damn fast and its engine is a masterpiece, so we’re not worried about the next car’s performance. Where we’re hoping for it to improve is in its steering. Admittedly, the current car handles very well, has a ton of grip and can really hustle a back road. But the steering is far, far too light and so completely numb that I was actually backing off the power through corners as I was completely unaware of what the front end was doing. So we’re hoping that its front end is more improved than anything else. If that happens, the next-gen Audi S6 should be able to keep up with its aforementioned German competitors.