Top Gear drives the Audi S6 Avant

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Not too long ago, we learned that the Audi S6 would be getting, for the first time, a diesel engine option. Not only is it the first time the S6 is available with a diesel but it’s also the first time it’s available with two different engine options. Though, both engines won’t be available in all markets. Europe will get the diesel, while North America gets the gasoline version (which is better, so ha-ha, Europe).

Top Gear recently had the chance to drive the new Audi S6 TDI to find out what the first ever diesel S6 is like. Naturally, we were very curious to find out.

Under the hood of the new Audi S6 TDI lies a 3.0 liter turbocharged V6 with a 48-volt MHEV (Mild Hybrid Electric Vehicle) system. All in, it makes 349 hp and a planet-turning 516 lb-ft of torque. That’s good enough for 0-60 mph in 5.0 seconds flat, though that’s actually slower than the outgoing generation of S6.

So is this new Audi S6 TDI actually worse than the old car because it’s slower? No. In fact, it’s actually very good, just in a very different way. Rather than feeling like a manic and sort of crazy super sedan/wagon, it’s now a bit more civilized. That mammoth torque figure helps make it extremely punch in the mid-range and allows it to be quite easy to drive quickly, even if it’s not quite as fast as the car it replaces.

According to Top Gear, the Audi S6 TDI is no longer the budget-RS6 but instead a sort of “ultimate A6”. That’s not an insult, though. The S6 is a great car in its own right it just might not be what you expect from the badge.

Having said that, the North American version will be getting the same 2.9 liter twin-turbo V6 as the RS5. That means 450 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque, which should be a lot more fun.