Despite not actuality a new phenomenon, the apprehension of a time abridged of sorts that harks aback to the accomplished still comes with a lot of intrigue. In the accepted automotive realm, that abridged is the achievement sedan.
Once the analogue of fast acumen with abundant luxury, the signature ancestors hauler of three decades ago that provided sports car rivalling levels of go now comes in the appearance of an SUV as the about-face appear a agent than can fulfil assorted roles continues at an incessant speed. However, abating the accomplished in the avant-garde era generally leads to a abruptness result, which in this case, involves Audi’s continued abaft new S6.
Like the archetypal on which is based, the A6 which has struggled to allure the absorption of South Africans agnate to what BMW has accomplished with the 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz with the E-Class over the years, the S6 has become article of a aberration compared to its M550i and AMG fettled E53 rivals, with its delayed admission of about two years absorption Ingolstadt’s ambiguity of whether it should abide to accept a bounded bazaar approaching or not.
The accommodation to accomplish both available, as Road Test Editor Mark Jones acicular out with his assignment abaft the caster of the 40 TDI beforehand this month, comes as a acceptable but apparently accidental accession in lieu of models such as the Q5, Q7 and Q8. However, with abutting year appearance the accession of the RS6 Avant, which is acceptable to accept alike beneath address due to actuality an estate, the fan abject the S6 has congenital up back debuting as Audi’s M5 battling in 1991, won’t be abashed with the newcomer admitting it no best accepting a V8.
In archetypal Audi fashion, the S6 doesn’t bark about itself abundant as it could calmly be abashed for an A6 S line. On afterpiece analysis though, elements such as the 20-inch Audi Action five-spoke admixture wheels, red anchor calipers, appearance atramentous Singleframe grille surround, Matrix LED headlights, S advanced bumper, aperture sills and rear apron, cloister bankrupt outlets and atramentous mirror caps, announces this as not a bread-and-butter A6, but a Q or sleeper car S badged Audis accept become accepted for.
The backward but rather cher (R18 370) Daytona Grey Pearlescent acrylic accomplishment adds to the aseptic facade, but admitting the abridgement of artful drama, the S6 is a handsome attractive affair whose smile-inducing adverse ancillary charcoal able-bodied hidden.
Dated is best absolutely not the appellation for the autogenous area the S6 comes with Audi’s latest Virtual Cockpit Display fabricated up of a 12.3-inch agenda apparatus array with S cartoon and readouts, the 10.1-inch MMI Additional Navigation infotainment arrangement and the lower 8.6-inch altitude ascendancy panel. Sporting haptic feedback, both the closing displays can present article of a claiming for technologically challenged users, but already ample out, are accessible to use and understand. However, like in the Q8, artlessly relying on the awning for the above won’t allay consumers favouring the MMI rotary punch no best allotment of the setup.
The blow of the berth is predictably Audi with soft-touch abstracts and categorical congenital quality, as able-bodied as adventurous touches such as the covering flat-bottom S council wheel, the alternative S Valcona covering acrimonious and cooled action advanced seats, aluminium capacity and feel book acquisition piano key atramentous detailing.
Where the S6’s apprehensive ancillary stars, is practicality. Measuring 4 954 mm in all-embracing length, and application the aforementioned MLB Evo belvedere as the Q7 and Q8, the cossack can absorb up to 520-litres of baggage with the rear seats up, and admitting the admittance of a across-the-board sunroof, won’t be doubtable to complaints from those built-in in the rear for a abridgement of arch or legroom.
The undoubted standout of the S6 admitting is its engine. Whereas antecedent ancestors utilised five-cylinder, V8 and V10 units, the C8 is motivated by the Volkswagen Group’s bi-turbo 2.9 TFSI V6 that delivers 331kW/600Nm. Although there was some antecedent disappointment as to why Ingolstadt had autonomous adjoin bringing the 257kW/700Nm TDI archetypal to market, any apropos achromatic already the bent-six petrol started singing.
Helped forth by a 48-volt mild-hybrid system, the aboriginal crowd of the accelerator after-effects in a acknowledgment that is not alone actual in banal Comfort or Auto modes, but so bland and with little account for affair back you put the Audi Drive Select arrangement in Dynamic mode. Adjoin the accomplishments of an aural adorable V6 blubbering that reduces you to clabber in said approach as the butterfly valves in the bankrupt accessible to afford the apparatus gun bangs, the admittance of the glossy eight-speed Tiptronic gearbox that goes about its business with no fuss, and the quattro all-wheel-drive system, saw the 1.8-ton S6 rocket from 0-100 km/h in 4.9 abnormal at Gerotek with Herr Jones abaft the wheel.
An absorbing 0.4 additional off of the claimed figure, the big Audi, unexpectedly, doesn’t abort on the ride advanced acknowledgment to the alternative adaptive air abeyance and those accepted 20-inch wheels. Feeling added buried and adjustable than the high-riding Q8, the S6’s council is analogously aciculate and the anchor bound acknowledgment to the quattro system. In fact, the alone bane was the ammunition burning which, accidentally it has to be said, came to a best of 14.6 L/100 km, far from the optimistic 8.3 L/100 km claim.
Audi’s history of authoritative fast achievement sedans is able-bodied certificate and with the S6, the four rings has already afresh apparent its hand. Sadly, admitting actuality account the wait, it’s beneath than amazing sales record, never apperception the approaching SUV blackmail from its own stable, won’t do it any favours in animosity of the aggressive R1 401 500, afore options, amount tag, additional the absurd old-school affluence achievement persona.
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