This Lamborghini-Powered 1995 Audi S6 Is the Most Ridiculous Thing You’ll Ever See

The sound from this hodgepodge of Audi parts is incredible.

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If you have the know-how and the tools, modifying a german car can bring a truly special creation to life. However, even with the necessary skills and tools, completing any major modifications, such as an engine swap, will still give you a headache for hours on end. A man named Joel Francisco has completed just that. In short, he swapped the 5.2-liter V-10 engine from a C6 (2006-2011 model year) Audi S6 into a 1995 Audi S6 wagon. Judging from the YouTube video, it seems to be as crazy as one would imagine it is, as it can spin all four wheels on a launch.

The Modifications

This Lamborghini-Powered 1995 Audi S6 Is the Most Ridiculous Thing You'll Ever See
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Francisco did not go all out and strap a pair of turbos to it. The V-10 is bone stock except for two things. The first is the rear-timing cover, which allows a manual gearbox to be bolted to the massive powerplant. That gearbox is the six-speed from the B5 Audi S4. The second is the set of exhaust headers from the Lamborghini Huracan. The $2,500 metal tubes had to be cut up and fabricated to fit under the hood of the classic station wagon. There is also a massive triple pass radiator to help keep the engine at reasonable temperatures.

Contrary to popular belief, this is not a Lamborghini V-10 that was used in Audis, but the other way around. This 5.2 was found in the second generation Gallardo and the Huracan, whereas the earlier Gallardos had a different 5-liter V-10. So, it was, in fact, built by Audi for Lamborghini, if you can believe that.

What’s it like to drive?

This Lamborghini-Powered 1995 Audi S6 Is the Most Ridiculous Thing You'll Ever See
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Francisco said, "The very first drive I did with this thing, I tried leaving as many parts off of it as I could, like the hood and the bumper, because if there was a fire...I wasn’t too confident at first, I was going to be able to see [the fire] immediately and be able to put it out immediately, I had three fire extinguishers with me."

Fortunately, the mad wagon did not spontaneously combust, which leads to possibly the craziest, if not the best, part of this build. This engine has driven about 20,000 miles since being dropped into the donor S6. One of the challenges that Francisco faced after making sure the car would not explode for no reason was defeating the immobilizers. The speed sensors were instructing the ECU to essentially cut fuel after 4,000 RPM, cutting the rev range by about 3,000 RPM.

In the last five years, we have seen a surge in wild engine swaps and unique builds. While this may not be the most complex car out there, it does give hope to anyone else wanting to put time and money into a build of their own.

Josh Conturo
Josh Conturo
Hello, I am the new intern here at TopSpeed! I grew up in Columbus, Ohio, and am a senior at Capital University in Bexley, Ohio. I got into cars as a kid playing video games like Need for Speed: Underground and going to car shows with my grandfather. Once I got to college I realized I love writing and decided to combine that with my love of cars and began writing for the school newspaper. fast froward a couple years and here we are!  Read full bio
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