The S6’s details are new from the hood forward. A reworked LED headlight design, a new bumper and a more pointed “Singleframe” grill give the S6 and S7 a more purposeful stance.
Those rumbling pipes don’t necessarily mean you’ll be burning more fuel, however.
But when you want it, more than enough power surfaces. The 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 puts out 450 hp (up 30) and 406 lb.-ft. of torque. According to Audi that pushes the S6 from 0-62 mph in just 4.4 seconds—faster than a base Porsche 911.
On the road, you can feel the weight of the big V8 hanging off the nose of the car.
The cars are rocketships on the Autobahn. Both the S6 and S7 feel firmly in control, quiet and calm – as if they’re taking grandma out for leisurely picnic.
Along with this upgrade, the S6 and S7 are available with Audi’s highly intuitive MMI system. You can use the touch pad or scroll the wheel to write a street address, search locations via photos, control the suspension settings and even the ambient lighting; you can also search for the latest news or check Twitter or Facebook.
For those of you interested in customizing your S6 or S7 further, there are a few exclusive S line colors: Daytona grey, Sepang blue, and Salsa red. You can get the interior design selection as well, and all-in, the package will add around $10,000 to your bottom line. According to Audi, most S line buyers purchase this option, despite the additional cost.
One other note: For those of you hoping that unicorn – the magic S6 Avant – will make its way to American shores, keep wishing. These are the closest we’ll get – the good looking, quick and well appointed, albeit less-wagony, relatives.
American market pricing for the new 2016 S6 and S7 hasn’t yet been released, but Audi says that it will cost right around the same as the current models, so figure $75,500 and $82,500 respectively. The question, however, will be: Is the 115-plus-horsepower upgrade over the $44,800 A6 3.0 really worth the additional Deutsch geld? If you live near the Autobahn, the answer has to be yes.