2017 Audi S6
Audi’s S6 is the hotter, more powerful version of the brand’s everyday A6 sedan. It has been around in its current incarnation since the 2012 model year, having benefited from only a single update last year that brought a bump in horsepower and mild cosmetic tweaks. Every S6 comes standard with Quattro, Audi’s all-wheel-drive system, as well as the A6 lineup’s only twin-turbocharged V-8. (Regular A6s make do with a turbocharged inline-four or a supercharged V-6.) The only visual telltales include trim-specific wheels, aluminum mirror caps, quad exhaust outlets, and a tiny S6 badge in the grille. Audi tweaked the headlights of the A6/S6, giving them a more curved shape. That change pales in comparison to the additional 30 horsepower that Audi extracted from the S6’s engine. The horsepower increase brought the S6’s output to a round 450 ponies; the engine’s peak-torque figure of 406 lb-ft stayed the same. The S6 is a wickedly quick car that carries few if any of the compromises to everyday livability that such speed typically entails. You can drive this Audi sedately without passengers being any wiser to its ability to crack off sub-4.0-second runs to 100 km/h. The suspension is comfortable, even in the sportier driving modes, and the cabin is quiet. That interior, by the way, might be old, but only the slightly dated MMI infotainment system gives that away. The dashboard’s minimalist style and high-quality materials otherwise belie the S6’s age. Similarly familiar, the S6’s exterior styling is understated and handsome, appealing to those who want a fast sedan that attracts little attention. And all-wheel-drive traction is a boon on wet surfaces and in states that see winter weather. It only takes a few moments inside the 2017 Audi S6 to realize that it's something special. Highlights include a handsome dashboard layout, top-quality materials and excellent fit and finish. The standard infotainment system integrates the car's entertainment, communication and navigation functions, which are controlled through a dash-mounted pop-up screen and a dial-and-buttons cluster on the center console. The system boasts logical menus, crisp graphics and a touchpad that lets you use finger movements to spell out addresses, search your contacts list and perform swipe commands, among other tasks.
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