Driven: 2020 Audi S6
Whether it is the S model or RS model that you are after, one thing will be certain, Audi will always make sure that you get good value for your money. The luxury brand has not only exceeded all expectations regarding its technology features but also performance-wise. To really get a feeling of how far Audi has come with the S series, we recently got to spend some time with the all-new 2020 Audi S6.
The first thing that many people will find eye-catching is the new sleek sporty exterior. In the front is of course a naturally expected aggressive honeycomb grille with S6 badging. The new menacing LED lights also make quite an appealing frontier aesthetic. At the rear, we the S6 badging, and new LED taillights with the dynamic indicators, that I must admit look pretty dam awesome in the evening. At the bottom, Audi keeps its fake exhaust pipes, making it look a lot tougher than it is. Make no mistake the Audi S6 still does sound good, but I couldn’t help but miss the good old pops and crackles of the previous 4.2-litre V8 engine. Regarding the exterior paint, the Audi S6 does look stylish in the Daytona Gray Pearl Effect but if this isn’t a fit for you, then Audi has 10 other colour options available.
In terms of engine capacity, the new Audi S6 gets a 2.9-litre twin-turbo V6 engine that comes with mild-hybrid technology. The same 2.9-litre twin-turbo V6 engine is based off the latest C8-generation A6 which means that it can also be found in the Audi RS4 and RS5. On the road, one still feels the S lines presence, especially on take-off. After all the S6 does produce an impressionable 331 kW and 600 Nm of torque and given the right setting can certainly turn a few heads. The S6 is fitted with an eight-speed tiptronic transmission which certainly makes gear changes and power delivery smooth and effortless.
The technology in the S6 is nothing short of spectacular, it now feels as if you are now seated in the Audi A7 and Q8. The inside of the S6 feels luxurious, it features Audi MMI which is displayed on a massive touch display at the center and has a second screen below that is used to control things like the A/C and seats. Other features include a Virtual Cockpit, a digital instrument cluster that gives drivers a customizable view of their speed, fuel economy, media, phone contacts as well as a full-screen map for navigation. The premium Nappa leather seats are comfortable and give great support. The leather-covered steering wheel pushes the S6 to a whole new feeling of class.
Everything about the Audi S6 screams oozes luxury from the exterior to the interior but it does come with an R1 401 500 price tag. It's easy to question whether the R300 000 – R400 000 price difference makes the S6 worth it over the A6, but it's important to remember that the S6 performance alone is a marked improvement from the A6. Whether you agree with the price tag or not, I can testify in saying that the Audi S6 is an immaculate car, in both aspects of performance and comfortability. If you are wanting something a bit more then you're going to have to wait for the thundering Audi RS6 Avant which is due in the first 3 months of 2021.
Audi S6 TFSI quattro tiptronic R1 401 500