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Buyers seeking a technology-laden European high-performance sport sedan or wagon need to look no further than the Audi S6 — a near-perfect blend of horsepower, luxury and class-leading performance. While the loss of the signature V10 powerplant may raise a few eyebrows, the new twin-turbocharged V8 all but erases the memory as it delivers its power in a more usable manner while providing improved fuel economy.
The impressive performance and luxury don't come cheap, as the S6 models arrive with a hefty sticker price. While Audi works hard to keep the price down (mostly undercutting its competition), other domestic and European competitors bring rear-wheel drive offerings to the table. And while all-wheel drive is an excellent all-weather ally, the extra weight it adds often limits ultimate performance.
The high-performance Audi S6 is new for 2013. Both the sedan and wagon are based on the A6 platform, a chassis that was completely redesigned for the 2012 model year.
The 2013 Audi S6 is a mid-size five-passenger vehicle sold in both sedan and wagon -- which Audi calls Avant body styles. At launch, just the sedan will be available in the U.S.
While the previous-generation S6 (a model discontinued in 2011) was fitted with a de-tuned Lamborghini V10, Audi fits the new S6 with a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 rated at 420 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque. It makes a bit less power, but thanks to the standard seven-speed dual-clutch automatic (S tronic) transmission, it is significantly quicker than its predecessor. As expected, Audi's quattro all-wheel-drive system, a self-locking center differential and torque vectoring are all standard equipment on this flagship.
All S6 models, both sedan and wagon, are very well equipped in a single trim level. Leather upholstery, full power accessories, keyless entry, adaptive bi-xenon headlamps, triple-zone climate control, keyless entry/ignition, Audi's Multi-Media Interface (MMI) and 19-inch alloys are standard.
The options list consists of choices such as rear side airbags, blind spot warning system, 20-inch wheels, head-up display, LED headlights, a parking system with top-view camera and climate controlled seats with a massage function.
The EPA fuel economy ratings for the 2013 Audi S6 sedan and Avant have not been released.
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