The Audi A6 family is set to get a facelift in the next year or so, which will include the sportier S6 model. However, the Audi S6 in these new spy photos doesn’t seem to have its facelifted body. Instead, it seems like it could be testing an all-new engine. (We don’t own the spy photos but you can see them here)
In these new spy photos, we can see an Audi S6 Euro-spec, which comes with a V6 TDI diesel engine and fake exhaust tips out back. The latter of which in the rear bumper give its Euro-designation away. However, what’s interesting about that very bumper is the fact that a new dual exhaust system sits right underneath it.
If Audi is testing a new S6 facelift but the only change to the test mule is its exhaust system, the only thing Audi could be testing, that we can think of, is a new engine. Audi is said to be working on a new family of engines, which will be its last-ever family of internal combustion engines. It’s also said to be Audi’s best yet. Could this Audi S6 have an engine from that new family?
According to the spy photographer, the exhaust from this test mule was incredibly loud, which make us believe it will be a V8, rather than a V6 like on current models. Though, it could just be because the test mule lacks exhaust particulate filters required by European regulations on production cars.
We’re hoping Audi is working on a new engine for the Audi S6, as the current 2.9 liter V6 just isn’t very inspiring. Sure, it’s effective, with 444 horsepower and 442 lb-ft of torque, but it lacks the character of the old 4.0 liter twin-turbo V8. If Audi brings back the V8 for the S6’s last petrol-powered hurrah, we’ll be very happy campers.
[Source: Car Scoops]