Style, speed, and plenty of space for things

Produced since 1994, the S6 is Audi’s go-faster version of the A6, slotting in under the even-faster RS6 variants. Currently offered as the fourth-generation C7, Audi revealed its fifth-gen A6 at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show, and as such, a new S6 is on the way, as evidenced by this long-roofed Avant wagon prototype recently spied undergoing a bit of cold-weather testing. Read on for our speculative review on what we think it’ll bring to the table (beyond the groceries, obviously).

Continue reading to learn more about the 2019 Audi S6 Avant.

2019 Audi S6 Avant Exterior Styling

- * More aggressive styling than the A6
- * LED lighting elements
- * New bumper design for 2019
- * Large Singleframe grille design
- * 20-inch wheels
- * Quad exhaust tips
- * Low stance

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The fascia will be dominated by Audi’s Singleframe grille, with a hexagonal shape and horizontal dividing lines.

While we have yet to see the new Audi S6 Avant in its full uncensored glory, we do have a healthy number of exterior pictures that depict it in swirling black-and-white camo. By looking over these spy shots and applying a little logic drawn from past experiences with Audi’s models, there are a few assumptions we can make for the upcoming 2019 model year.

For starters, the 2019 model year will bring with it a more aggressive exterior styling than its standard A6 sibling. That should include a new bumper design with a sportier appearance, including sharper edges and larger intakes. Audi will include LED lighting elements for forward illumination, mounted inside sharp-looking headlight housings. The middle of the fascia will be dominated by Audi’s signature Singleframe grille design, which will get a hexagonal shape and horizontal dividing lines, not to mention a center-mounted Four Ring badge.

Moving over to the side, we find the 2019 Audi S6 rides much lower than standard A6 models, hugging the ground with a sporty demeanor. Filling the swollen wheel arches will be a large wheel and tire package, with sizing measured at an impressive 20 inches in diameter. Meanwhile, the tires are low-profile strips that barely fit under the sheet metal.

Finally, in the rear, we find the S6 Avant comes with a quad exhaust tip setup, replacing the wide twin outlets equipped on the A6. The taillight housings are sharp, stretching in from the rear quarter panels and into the hatch. The rear overhang is long, adding extra space for cargo and extra visual emphasis on the tail section of the vehicle.

2019 Audi S6 Avant Interior Design

- * Will take cues from the new A6
- * Horizontal design features throughout
- * High-end materials like Alcantara, leather, and aluminum
- * S badges here and there
- * Dual infotainment screens in the dash
- * New flat-bottom multifunction steering wheel
- * Highly bolstered sport seats in front
- * All-digital gauge cluster
- * Latest driver’s assist features

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Note: 2019 Audi A6 Avant interior pictured here.

The layout is composed of mostly horizontal design features, with trim bits stretching across the dash and into the door panels.

When it comes to the interior spec for the 2019 Audi S6 Avant, we don’t have any spy pictures to work with. However, given Audi just dropped the new 2019 A6 Avant earlier this year, we do have a few clues as to what we can expect.

For starters, the layout is composed of mostly horizontal design features, with trim bits stretching across the dash and into the door panels. The instrumentation will be almost entirely digital (more on that in a bit), while the materials list will include high-end stuff like leather, Alcantara, and brushed aluminum. Square HVAC vents will be high on the dash, while a large rectangular shifter will be placed on the central tunnel amid a few other hard buttons.

Compared to the A6, the S6 will come with S badges throughout, as well as oodles of carbon fiber and a new steering wheel as well. The wheel itself should get a flat bottom and just a few buttons at the thumb-length position. Meanwhile, passengers in front will be held in place by highly bolstered sport seats.

The S6 will also include the very latest in Audi’s MMI infotainment stuff, with the top-mounted 10.1-inch touchscreen complemented by a secondary lower 8.6-inch screen for the climate control. Behind the reshaped steering wheel, drivers will get to enjoy the Audi Virtual Cockpit digital instrument cluster, which measures in at an impressive 12.3 inches and provides not only info like current road speed, engine revs, and system status, but also an in-depth turn-by-turn navigation system as well.

Finally, rounding out the tech features will be the very latest in driver assist features. Audi previewed all this good stuff with the latest A8, and should include adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, blind-spot monitor, and more.

2019 Audi S6 Avant Drivetrain And Performance

- * Turbocharged 2.9-liter V-6 powerplant
- * 450 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque
- * Ditches the old V-8 engine
- * Less weight over the front axle
- * 0 to 60 mph in about 4 seconds
- * Top speed of 155 mph
- * Eight-speed automatic gearbox
- * Quattro AWD as standard
- * More aggressive suspension tuning

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When it comes to motivation, the 2019 Audi S6 Avant will source its engine from the Porsche Panamera 4S.

When it comes to motivation, the 2019 Audi S6 Avant will source its engine from the Porsche Panamera 4S, mounting a 2.9-liter V-6 under the hood that should produce upwards of 450 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque thanks to a double dose of turbocharging boost-makers.

This is also the same the engine Audi used in the RS5, it it’s offered as a replacement for the outgoing turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 on the S6. In terms of output, the new S6 should more or less match that of old S6, but will include a sizable weight reduction compared to the old ‘eight powerplant.

The weight loss will come at the expense of decreased low-end torque, but if you keep your foot in it, it should still produce more than enough power to elevate your heartbeat. What’s more, the lower weight will also help the S6 handle much more sharply, and the fuel economy will be vastly improved as well.

Properly applied, the 2019 Audi S6 should go from 0 to 60 mph in about 4 seconds. Top speed will be electronically limited at 155 mph.

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As for the cog swaps, we expect the S6 to come with an S Tronic dual-clutch gearbox.

As for the cog swaps, we expect the S6 to come with an S Tronic dual-clutch gearbox, with a total of eight forward gears to play with. Putting it all to the pavement will be quattro AWD, which is more or less a certainty with a model like this.

Under the skin, the Audi S6 Avant will be built on Volkswagen’s MLB Evo platform, the same bones used on the A5 and A5 Sportback. The suspension will get a re-tune, with a lower stance than before, and more aggressive damping. We think bigger brakes make sense as well.

2019 Audi S6 Avant Prices

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Look for the 2019 Audi S6 Avant to debut sometime next year, possibly at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.

We most likely won’t get this wagon S6 here in the U.S., but we will get the sedan version, so look for the same good stuff, just with a shorter roofline.

That said, never say never, as Audi is definitely still open to the possibility of giving us ‘Mericans all this lovely five-door speed machine goodness. Just send in those letters, folks. Make it happen.

As for the price tag, we’d expect a number more or less in line with the current model, which starts at around 60,000 pounds in the U.K. ($81,434 at current exchange rates, 05/03/2018).

2019 Audi S6 Avant Competition

Mercedes-AMG E43 4Matic Estate

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Those of our readers living in Europe have all manner of fast, five-door wagons to play with, including this bruiser from Mercedes-AMG. Situated just below its even-faster sibling, the E 63, the E 43 arrives to the party rocking a turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 under the hood, which doles out as much as 401 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque through a nine-speed automatic transmission. Grip is provided by the 4Matic AWD system, which biases torque towards the rear axle for extra lively handling. The interior is also a rather nice place to be.

Read our full review of the 2017 Mercedes-AMG E43 4Matic Estate.

BMW 540i xDrive M Sport Touring

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The Bavarians also play in this space, offering up the 5 Series to compete against Audi’s line of 6’s and Merc’s line of E’s. Lining up against the S6 Avant will be the 540i xDrive M Sport Touring, a mouthful that adds AWD grip and extra M Division speed to the mix. It looks great with its kidney grille up front and aggressive proportions in the flanks, while a decent wallop under the hood is provided by a turbocharged powerplant. It’s also got oodles of room in the interior and plenty of gadgets to boot.

Read our full review on the 2017 BMW 5 Series.

Conclusion

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Mixing speed, comfort, and practicality isn’t always an easy thing to do, but the S6 Avant pulls it off, finding the right balance between all three. While there are faster, more comfortable, and more practical options out there, there are few models that mix each characteristic so well, and in such equal proportions. We can’t wait to see what Audi brings to the table when this thing finally makes its big debut.

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References

2019 Audi A6 Avant Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2019 Audi A6 Avant.

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Read our full review on the 2018 Audi A6 sedan.

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Read our full review on the 2016 Audi S6.

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