The new Audi S6 and S7 join the reinstated SQ5 in offering a torque-rich V6 TDI engine that fully delivers on the promise of the S badge - but is also in it for the long haul.
Thanks to an electrically powered compressor working with a 48-volt primary electrical system, the new mild hybrid electric vehicles (MHEV) combine characteristic TDI economy with exceptional throttle response, which can be fully exploited with the help of S sport suspension with damping control and dynamic all-wheel steering.
The S models are characterized by their striking, distinctive design and sophistication – inside and out. The new Audi design language further emphasises their even more sporty look. A dynamically styled front trim, wide sills and a wide rear diffuser with four tailpipe trims infuse the S models with on-road presence. Distinctive S trim elements in dark chrome and aluminium on the radiator grille lamellas, the front blade, the side air inlet, the exterior mirrors and the rear diffuser signal their intent at a glance.
On the S6 (available in Saloon and Avant models), the horizontal splitter with its aluminium look creates an enormous feeling of width at the front. It links the two air inlets and ends with the two winglets at the air ducts. At the rear, the S6 features an integrated spoiler that visually extends the boot lid. Aluminium applications in the diffuser link the four S-specific tailpipe trims. These also underline the width of the vehicle.
On the S7, the wide, low Singleframe grille features lamellas in aluminium standard and centre section in dark chrome matt. The air inlets are enlarged, with very bold contours, and their honeycomb-structure inserts come in titanium black. The blade running through them is in a gleaming aluminium look, as are the exterior mirror housings in aluminium. Other features that distinguish the four-door coupé from the S6 models are the funnels in the air inlets and the angular trim strips on the side sills.
Side-on, the sporty appearance of all three cars is enhanced by the large wheels, which are typical features of the S models. A diffuser insert in dark chrome matt adds the finishing touch to the lower rear end. The four tailpipe trims are in gleaming chrome.
With the S6 Saloon, S6 Avant and S7 Sportback, Audi offers a full-size high performance model for every purpose: the classic Saloon, the practical Avant or the four-door Coupé. All models come with comprehensive comfort, connectivity and driver assistance equipment. The new models expertly blend sportiness with long-distance capability.
Compared to the A models, these S models come with an extended range of standard equipment. This includes 20-inch rims in an S-specific wheel design, and MMI navigation plus including Audi virtual cockpit with 12.3-inch display. Adding to the stylish look are also S Super sport seats in Valcona leather and four-zone automatic air conditioning.
The new Audi S models are excellent cars for long-distance driving – among other reasons thanks to their rigid body structure which largely suppresses noise interference, their advanced aerodynamics and aeroacoustics, as well as their spacious interiors and luggage compartments. Depending on body version, the latter have a capacity of 530 litres (S6), up to 1,390 litres (S7 Sportback) and up to 1,680 litres (S6 Avant).
The S TDI models combine impressive driving dynamics with high efficiency, low fuel consumption and low emissions. WLTP fuel economy values for the S6 TDI Saloon range from 35.8 mpg to 36.2 mpg, equating to NEDC-correlated CO2 emissions of 164 g/km. The figures for the S6 Avant are 34.9 mpg to 35.3 mpg and 171 g/km, and for the S7 Sportback 35.3 mpg to 35.8 mpg and 170 g/km.
The new large S models are due to arrive in the UK in the summer of 2019.