The original Audi S6 arrived on the scene in 1994. Since then, it has lived on in four generations with the latest model hitting the scene in 2012. The first sedan debuted with what is now seen as a modest 227 horsepower. The model that is on sale today comes powered by a 4.0-liter V-8 that gets fed with a pair of turbochargers for 430 horsepower. Now a few years into production, Audi has decided to give the sporting sedan a bit of a refresh for the 2016 model year and it is bringing the updated machine to the 2014 L.A. Auto Show.

Audi has altered the exterior styling, updated the interior colors and it found a way to coax even more power from that turbocharged engine. The changes are not drastic, but the combined results of the nicer looks combined with the power bump is a machine that further separates itself from its competitors.

As one of Audi’s longest-lived fast sedans, there is a lot riding on the success of this new car. BMW and Mercedes-Benz are not standing still, and they are continually improving their models.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Audi S6.

  • 2016 Audi S6
  • Year:
    2016
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    V8
  • Transmission:
    8-speed S Tronic
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    450
  • Torque @ RPM:
    406
  • Displacement:
    4.0 L
  • 0-60 time:
    4.4 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    155 mph
  • Price:
    98200
  • Price:
  • car segment:
  • body style:

Exterior

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Visually there are very minor changes to the new S6. The overall size and shape stays the same, but the nose and tail will both see a few small updates. The grille and bumpers have been altered slightly and there are new LED headlamps. The back of the S6 has new LED taillamps. Standard A6 models get new trapezoidal exhaust outlets, but the S6 retains the quad oval outlets.

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As of November 2014, there is no station wagon version of the S6 available in the U.S. This grocery-getting models is currently reserved for out gearheads across the pond.

The new design makes the S6 look a little more aggressive and a little more dynamic.

2016 Audi S6 - Exterior Dimensions

Wheelbase 2,917 MM (114.8 In.)
Length 4,931 MM (194.1 In.)
Width (without mirrors) 1,607 MM (63.3 In.)
Width (mirrors included) 2,086 MM (82.1 In.)
Height 1,430 MM (56.3 In.)

Interior

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The cabin design of the new S6 remains the same, but Audi has seen fit to add a few new interior color options. The big addition is a new Arras Red interior design that features carbon-fiber inserts with red thread weaved through the carbon. You still get the handsome cross-stitched front seats.

For a bit of extra cash, you can get ventilated comfort seats with a massage function. Just in case you happen to get sweaty and tense when blasting down the road in your four-door rocket.

Drivetrain

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All the biggest changes on the 2016 S6 happen under the hood. That 420 horsepower, turbocharged, 4.0-liter V-8 has been pushed up to 450 horsepower, with torque coming in at 406 pound-feet. That is a bump of 30 ponies, a hefty jump for what is essentially a mid-cycle refresh. There is also an available Sport Exhaust system that comes with very attractive black exhaust outlets.

The same S tronic automatic transmission carries over, and the car comes standard with quattro AWD. The sport differential in the Quattro system has been upgraded, and along with some software tweaks, the car should be even more responsive and agile.

2016 Audi S6 - Drivetrain/Specifications

Type 4.0 TFSI, biturbo V-8
Output 450 HP
Torque 406 LB-FT
0 to 60 mph 4.4 seconds
Top Speed 155 mph

Prices

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Audi hasn’t given us an official price for the 2016 S6 yet, but I wouldn’t expect it to increase much, if any at all over the current car. However, a 2015 S6 starts at $75,500 and goes up from there.

2018 Audi S6 Prices

Audi S6 Sedan 4.0T quattro S tronic Premium Plus $71,900
Audi S6 Sedan 4.0T quattro S tronic Prestige $74,400

Competitors

BMW 550i

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The BMW 5 Series has been the mark that most midsize sport sedans aim for, and the Audi S6 is no different. The BMW 550i rolls into the fight with a twin-turbocharged V-8, same as the Audi, but the BMW is a larger motor at 4.4-liters. Despite this advantage in size, the BMW only produces 445 horsepower, 5 less than the new S6. The BMW also comes standard with an eight-speed transmission, giving the Bimmer one more gear than the Audi’s seven-speed unit.

The BMW also holds an advantage in the pricing arena. At a base MSRP of just $67,200 for a 550i with xDrive AWD, the Bavarian is more than $8,000 less than the S6. That is not a small amount of change in any way. If you want to save even more cash, you can opt for RWD only, which should provide a better driving experience.

The Audi S6 is astonishing in every way, but the BMW isn’t exactly a slouch in comparison.

Mercedes-Benz E400

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Mercedes-Benz used to be the king of the German luxury market, but it has fallen far from its perch atop the mountain. When looking at the BMW and the Audi, the Mercedes isn’t even in the same league. Under the hood of this machine you will find no V-8 engine; rather, there is a 3.0-liter V-6. It does have two turbochargers, but horsepower is a relatively paltry 329 ponies. Despite this power deficit, Mercedes-Benz is asking more than $62,000 for a base unit.

There is a V-8 powered E-Class, the E63 AMG, but with a starting price of well over $90,000 it is no longer a competitor. Mercedes essentially created this segment with its plethora of fast V-8 sedans in the past. If you can live without four doors, Benz will sell you a V-8 powered E-Class Coupe in the E550. This still only has 402 horsepower; again well below the Audi S6 and BMW 550i. It seems like Mercedes has lost the plot.

Conclusion

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The Audi S6 was already one of the best cars in the segment, but with updated looks, a more aggressive quattro AWD system and increased horsepower, the S6 has now leaped to the head of the pack. It is the most powerful among the German three, but it is also the most expensive. The BMW is only 5 horsepower down on the Audi though, so it won’t take much for the venerable 5 Series to once again leapfrog the AWD rocket from Ingolstadt.

Still, BMW hasn’t released any new upgrades, so for the time being the Audi is the one to buy if you demand nothing but the best, and price is of little consequence.

  • Leave it
    • More expensive than its closest rivals
    • Still no manual transmission options
    • Only 5 more horsepower than BMW 550i

Press Release

The Audi A6 and A7 receive an upgrade for the 2016 model year, offering more power and technology for two of the Audi brand’s top selling vehicles. Making their U.S. debut at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show, the A6 and A7 sedans boast athletic, taut design with new headlights, engines and infotainment systems for even higher levels of luxury and refinement.

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"The 2016 A6 and A7 model lines will continue to drive our momentum in the upper-premium market by elevating the standard for vehicle technology,” said Scott Keogh, President, Audi of America. “These cars represent the perfect balance of beautiful design, efficiency and performance.”

Design
The 2016 Audi A6 and A7 receive new front and rear designs for a more dynamic stance and greater presence on the road. A vibrant new front fascia includes new LED headlights design, Singleframe grill and bumpers. The rear of each vehicle features LED taillights and new trapezoidal tailpipes.

Interior
Inside, the A6 and A7 will offer new interior design selection combinations with Flint gray and Cedar brown. The new Arras red design selection interior is available on the S6 and S7 that includes carbon fiber inserts with a striking red thread weaved into the carbon fiber inserts. The S6 and S7 continue to offer the S model-specific cross-stitched seats standard. Also available are the ventilated comfort seats with massage functionality. The massage function gives the driver and passenger the ability to select from five massage programs to make traveling longer distances even more comfortable.

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Performance
Both the A6 and A7 model lines receive significant engine updates for 2016 that offer more power and refinement. The available quattro® permanent all-wheel drive sport differential has been upgraded with new software algorithms to further improve responsiveness and provide even better agility.

The A6 continues to be offered with 2.0T, 3.0T and TDI® clean diesel engines along with the high-performance S6 variant. The A6 receives a new 2.0 TFSI four cylinder engine that generates 252 hp and 273 lb. ft. of torque. The powerful new engine is available in front-wheel drive with a seven-speed dual clutch S tronic transmission. The newly designed S tronic transmission requires less energy through the use of a electric lubrication pump and lubrication system while continuing to provide smooth and quick gear shifts. The A6 2.0T quattro continues to be paired with the smooth shifting and efficient 8-speed automatic Tiptronic® transmission.

The 3.0T has been enhanced to produce 333 hp, up by 23 hp from the previous version, 325 lb. ft. of torque, and a Tiptronic transmission. The A6 TDI will generate 240 hp and 428 lb. ft. of torque with a Tiptronic transmission. The high-performance S6 produces 450 hp, up 30 hp from the previous version, and 406 lb. ft. of torque. It is equipped with an S tronic transmission. All variants are offered with a quattro permanent all-wheel drive. The S6 and S7 also feature an available Sport Exhaust system with black oval tailpipes.

2016 Audi S6 High Resolution Exterior
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The A7 is offered with 3.0T and clean diesel TDI engines, along with the high-performance S7 and RS 7 variants. All have the same engines and transmissions used by the A6 and S6 models. Each vehicle has different calibration for the electronic stability control, ABS, and transmission shift points to ensure that the wider track and weight of the A7 model line meet Audi specifications. The RS 7 features the 8-speed automatic Tiptronic transmission and produces a powerful 560 hp, 516 lb. ft. of torque. All variants are offered with quattro permanent all-wheel drive.

Driver Assistance
Driver assistance systems help improve the driving experience of the A6 and A7 model lines. The A6 and A7 utilize engine start-stop efficiency technology. LED headlights are now standard on all A7 models that use less energy and provide lighting that virtually replicates daylight reducing strain on the eyes. Available Audi Side Assist and Active Lane Assist have been improved upon to provide steering input in the event that a vehicle is in the driver’s blind spot. Secondary Collision Assist can automatically apply the brakes to help avoid secondary collisions and the available night vision system can now detect larger animals in addition to already offering pedestrian protection. The optional Head-Up Display projects all important driving information onto the windshield and has been redesigned to be better integrated into the dashboard.

2016 Audi S6 High Resolution Exterior
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Audi connect
The A6 and A7 also feature a faster, more innovative level of in-vehicle connectivity. The available MMI navigation plus with MMI touch displays on a power-retractable, eight-inch monitor and includes voice control, Audi music interface and Bluetooth integration. The Modular Infotainment Platform features NVIDIA® quad core technology and the Audi connect® system accesses the internet via a 4G LTE connection and includes an integrated Wi-Fi hotspot for up to eight devices and a wide variety of infotainment components. Functions include online traffic info, Apple Siri® Eyes Free integration, internet radio streaming as well as picture navigation, read-aloud news headlines, Facebook® and Twitter® alerts and personalized news headlines, among other features.

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