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Old Audi S6 Challenges Lada Niva In A Tug Of War 8
Jan
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in audi, Audi S6, Audi Videos, Film, Lada, Lada Niva, Lada Videos, Offbeat News, video on 01 8th, 2018


In the snow, choosing between an old performance-oriented saloon and a high ground-clearance, off-roader should be pretty straight forward.

Then again, you need to factor in weight, tires and performance, and so the second-generation Audi S6 (C5) kind of has the Lada Niva out-gunned when it comes to power and torque.

Powering the S6 C5 is a 4.2-liter V8 engine, pushing down 340 PS (335 HP) and 420 Nm (310 lb-ft) of torque to all four wheels. With a kerb weight of just over 1,800 kg (roughly 4,000 lbs), it can also dig in pretty well during a tug of war.

Now, while this Niva seems to be packing a few after market modification, it would have to be something truly special in order to match the Audi in any way.

When stock, the Niva 4×4 only puts down a little over 80 HP, so right off the bat, it doesn’t look like much of a fair fight.

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Is Audi Killing Off The R8 In 2020? 22
Dec
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in audi, Audi R8, Audi RS4, Audi RS5, Audi RS6, Audi RS7, Audi S6, Audi S7, Audi S8, Electric Vehicles, Hybrids, PHEV, Reports on 12 22nd, 2017


After giving it a deep thought financially, Audi reportedly have concluded that pulling the plug on the R8 is the best thing to do.

The news comes from Automobile magazine which says that the Germans will axe the R8 in 2020, when the successor of the current Lamborghini Huracan, which also shares its platform and engine with the R8, will come into the picture.We’ve reached out to Audi for a comment and will update this story when we hear back from them.

More worryingly, according to the same story, Audi have allegedly decided that the replacement of the R8 E-Tron is a no-go either. That’s not all, because plans for what should have become the brand’s hypercar, supposedly powered by four 1.2-liter Ducati bike engines, delivering 1000hp, and known internally as the Scorpion, have been shelved as well.

The new 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 engine that powers the RS4 and RS5 is almost at its full potential too, which is apparently the 470PS (463hp) mark, or 20PS (20hp) more than the performance models mentioned above. However, it’s believed that a plug-in hybrid version will throw in an 116PS (114hp) electric motor, although it’s unclear yet which cars will adopt it.

Performance versions of the A6, A7, and A8 are just around the corner, and the RS6 and RS7 are expected to use the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine that powers the Porsche Panamera Turbo and Bentley Continental GT, without any electrification. However, this report contradicts a previous one that gave insight into a more extreme version of the RS7, which should come with a PHEV powertrain, combining the aforementioned internal combustion unit with an electric motor and a lithium-ion battery pack.

It’s not clear what will power the S6 and S7 versions, but we’re likely looking at a twin-turbo V6 petrol engine that should at least match the current models’ output of 450hp, whereas the new S8 might arrive with a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 lump.

An RS version of the upcoming Q8 is also expected at the turn of the decade, possibly powered by the same 650PS (641hp) 4.0-liter twin-turbo found in the Lamborghini Urus.

The cherry on top of the cake is reportedly Audi’s own version of the Porsche Mission E, which is due in 2019, as a modern interpretation of the Audi Quattro with seating for five.

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Is Audi Killing Off The R8 In 2020? 22
Dec
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in audi, Audi R8, Audi RS4, Audi RS5, Audi RS6, Audi RS7, Audi S6, Audi S7, Audi S8, Electric Vehicles, Hybrids, PHEV, Reports on 12 22nd, 2017


After giving it a deep thought financially, Audi reportedly have concluded that pulling the plug on the R8 is the best thing to do.

The news comes from Automobile magazine which says that the Germans will axe the R8 in 2020, when the successor of the current Lamborghini Huracan, which also shares its platform and engine with the R8, will come into the picture.We’ve reached out to Audi for a comment and will update this story when we hear back from them.

More worryingly, according to the same story, Audi have allegedly decided that the replacement of the R8 E-Tron is a no-go either. That’s not all, because plans for what should have become the brand’s hypercar, supposedly powered by four 1.2-liter Ducati bike engines, delivering 1000hp, and known internally as the Scorpion, have been shelved as well.

The new 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 engine that powers the RS4 and RS5 is almost at its full potential too, which is apparently the 470PS (463hp) mark, or 20PS (20hp) more than the performance models mentioned above. However, it’s believed that a plug-in hybrid version will throw in an 116PS (114hp) electric motor, although it’s unclear yet which cars will adopt it.

Performance versions of the A6, A7, and A8 are just around the corner, and the RS6 and RS7 are expected to use the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine that powers the Porsche Panamera Turbo and Bentley Continental GT, without any electrification. However, this report contradicts a previous one that gave insight into a more extreme version of the RS7, which should come with a PHEV powertrain, combining the aforementioned internal combustion unit with an electric motor and a lithium-ion battery pack.

It’s not clear what will power the S6 and S7 versions, but we’re likely looking at a twin-turbo V6 petrol engine that should at least match the current models’ output of 450hp, whereas the new S8 might arrive with a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 lump.

An RS version of the upcoming Q8 is also expected at the turn of the decade, possibly powered by the same 650PS (641hp) 4.0-liter twin-turbo found in the Lamborghini Urus.

The cherry on top of the cake is reportedly Audi’s own version of the Porsche Mission E, which is due in 2019, as a modern interpretation of the Audi Quattro with seating for five.

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New Audi A6 Reportedly Coming With Level 3 Autonomous Driving Next Year 13
Dec
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in audi, Audi A6, Audi RS6, Audi S6, Autonomous, Geneva Motor Show, PHEV, Reports on 12 13th, 2017


Audi have marketed the new generation A8 as being the first car on the market equipped with Level 3 autonomous driving, and now they’re going to implement the technology into the upcoming A6 as well.

Expected to debut next year, probably at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show in March, according to reports Autocar, the new A6 will be able to handle most driving aspects, but the driver must be ready to take control at any time.

This would give it a boost over its usual contenders such as the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and BMW 5-Series, and it could also adopt its larger sibling’s remote parking feature, which allows users to operate the car via a remote, even if there isn’t anyone inside.

Visually, the next-gen Audi A6 will borrow some cues from the A8. It will also get some styling elements with the newly introduced A7, with which it shares its underpinnings.

Customers will be able to choose from a variety of engines that will include a 2.0-liter four-cylinder, 3.0-liter V6, and 4.0-liter V8, alongside two possible PHEVs. In 2019, Audi will introduce the S6 that’s said to feature more than 450hp, while the range-topping RS6 won’t arrive beforel 2020 and could adopt the same PHEV powertrain as the Porsche Panamera S-E Hybrid, which develops 680PS (670hp) and 850Nm (626lb-ft) of torque from its 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 and electric motor combo.

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Is Audi Planning Diesel Versions Of Next S6 And S7 To Go After BMW’s M550d? 23
Sep
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in audi, Audi S6, Audi S7, diesel, Reports on 09 23rd, 2017


While politicians in many countries have expressed their desire to ban diesel (and petrol) vehicles over the next decades, Audi is said to be looking to offer oil-burning versions of the new-gen S6 and S7.
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New Audi S6 Gets Ready To Bring The Fight To BMW’s M550 xDrive 20
Jun
Posted by Michael Gauthier in audi, Audi S6, Audi Scoops, Scoops on 06 20th, 2017


The next-generation 2019 Audi A6 has already been spied on multiple occasions but now our spy shooters have managed to catch the next-generation S6 undergoing testing on the Nürburgring.
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Review: The Audi S6 Is Sometimes Muted, Often Thunderously Marvelous 23
Dec
Posted by Zac Estrada in audi, Audi S6, First Drive, Galleries, reviews on 12 23rd, 2016


There’s loud, and then there’s loud. The Audi S6 is the former and that’s fine.
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Audi Releases A Raft Of Black Edition Models For The UK 11
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in audi, audi a3, Audi Q3, audi s3, Audi S6, Audi S7, Audi TT, new cars, UK on 11 11th, 2016


With an increasing number of UK customers preferring Black Edition versions when it comes to purchasing an Audi, the German automaker chose to add this dark tinted spec option to a greater number of models.
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Five First Impressions: 2016 Audi S6 24
Aug
Posted by Zac Estrada in audi, Audi S6, First Drive, reviews on 08 24th, 2016


BMW is 100 years old. Mercedes-Benz pretty much invented the car. By comparison, the 47-year-old Audi as we know it today, is a new kid on the block.
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This Tuned Audi S6 Could Easily Leave Bigger RS Models To Dust 11
Mar
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in audi, Audi S6, Audi Videos, tuning, video on 03 11th, 2016


Making 520hp at the wheels, this carefully modded Audi S6 might be one of the nicest sleepers on the road today.
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Audi’s Super Bowl XLVII Commercial Accentuates Bravery at Senior Prom: Video 30
Jan
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in 2013 Audi S6, audi, Audi Commercial, Audi S6, Automotive, Commercial, Editorial, Super Bowl, Superbowl Commercial, video on 01 30th, 2013
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Sometimes it seems the commercials during the Super Bowl each year are in direct competition with each other just like the two teams striving to take home the Lombardi Trophy. It is even more evident with automotive commercials, such as the one Audi will debut during Super Bowl XLVII featuring the all-new Audi S6 and a slightly insecure teenager about to embark on his Senior Prom journey. We have to say, this is a good depart from the abused vampire-themed genre of commercials in previous years. This one is pretty darn good. Enjoy!



Nurburgring in the USA: Car and Driver Intros 2013 Lightning Lap Contenders at VIR – Video 24
Jan
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in 2012 Camaro ZL1, 2012 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Coupe Black Series, 2013 Camaro 1LE, audi, Audi RS5, Audi S6, Automotive, BMW, BMW 335i, BMW M5, BMW M6, Caprice, Car and Driver, Chevrolet, Dodge, Dodge Charger, Editorial, Ferrari, ferrari 458 italia, Fiat, Fiat 500 Abarth, Ford, Ford Focus ST, Ford Shelby GT500, Hyundai, Hyundai Genesis Coupe, Jaguar, Jaguar XKRS, LEXUS, Lexus LFA, Mercedes Benz, Mercedes Benz C63 AMG, porsche, Porsche-911, Shelby, Subaru, Subaru BRZ, video, VIR on 01 24th, 2013
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Ever since lap times at the Nurburgring became a benchmark for a vehicle’s over-all performance, there has been a need to find a ‘benchmark’ track in the USA. Car and Driver, along with many other enthusiasts, think we already have such a track, the Virginia International Raceway (VIR).

Virginia International Raceway seems to be the ideal choice for testing a vehicle’s over-all performance dynamics. With the elevation changes, the Grand West Course’s 4.1 miles, 28 turns and proven effectiveness to challenge experienced race car drivers, VIR is the ideal home-grown Nurburgring. Car and Driver sets out to VIR for their Lightning Lap annual track torture test and brings us the official preview to the dueling test along with a run-down of the contenders. Enjoy the video below!



2013 Audi S6 Scores Big Performance Numbers (0-60 in 3.7 seconds) 11
May
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in audi, Audi A6, Audi S6, Automotive, News on 05 11th, 2012

The highly anticipated Audi S6 does not look much different from its A6 foundation but it proves to be quite the contrast when it comes to performance numbers. The looks should not fool you at all because the new 2013 Audi S6 is nothing close to a pushover when you consider it’s astonishing and eyebrow raising performance numbers scored by Car and Driver.

The guys at Car and Driver were among the first to get their hands on a new 2013 Audi S6 and ring it out to lay down some test figures. Among those test figures, the 420 horsepower twin-turbocharged V8-powered 7-speed dual-clutch all-wheel-drive S6 rocketed its way to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds and burned up the quarter mile in 12.1 seconds at 115 mph. By the numbers, enthusiasts would not first guess that these specifications belong to a mid-sized Audi. After-all, Audi conservatively rates the S6 0-60 mph time at 4.8 seconds. If you ask me, that’s a pretty damn reserved figure considering Car and Driver’s test numbers.

For years, the Audi S line of vehicles has been the ultimate luxury sleeper but still an underdog when it came to the numbers when pitted against other direct German competitors. This time, the tables have turned while Audi takes advantage of their lightweight aluminum construction and efficient, yet powerful, powertrains. The V10 in the S6 predecessor may have had more brute, but the new boosted V8 is lighter, more efficient and has less body weight to get moving.

Just about every ‘performance’ oriented vehicle or sports car equipped with an automated transmission (usually dual clutch) to come off of the assembly line in the past 5 or so years, has a launch control feature. Even some manual transmission iterations have some type of launch feature. The new Audi S6 takes advantage of today’s tech giving it the ability to reach 60 mph in 3.7 seconds through its very own launch control system. If you are taking note, that is faster than the Cadillac CTS-V sedan. Not only that, but the 2013 Audi S6 is more efficient, receiving EPA estimated fuel economy numbers of 17 mpg city and 26 mpg highway.

I welcome you to view Car and Driver’s specifications below and maybe take out some time to compare them to other performance sedans. I think Audi has the right formula if these test numbers prove to be consistent.

VEHICLE TYPE: front-engine, 4-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan

ESTIMATED BASE PRICE: $71,000

ENGINE TYPE: twin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 32-valve V-8, aluminum block and heads, direct fuel injection

Displacement: 240 cu in, 3933 cc
Power: 420 hp @ 6400 rpm
Torque: 406 lb-ft @ 1400 rpm

TRANSMISSION: 7-speed dual-clutch automatic with manual shifting mode

DIMENSIONS:
Wheelbase: 114.6 in
Length: 194.1 in
Width: 73.8 in Height: 56.7 in
Curb weight: 4255 lb

C/D TEST RESULTS:
Zero to 60 mph: 3.7 sec
Zero to 100 mph: 9.2 sec
Zero to 130 mph: 16.1 sec
Rolling start, 5–60 mph: 4.9 sec
Top gear, 30–50 mph: 2.1 sec
Top gear, 50–70 mph: 2.6 sec
Standing ¼-mile: 12.1 sec @ 115 mph
Top speed (governor limited): 155 mph
Braking, 70-0 mph: 157 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 0.87 g

FUEL ECONOMY (C/D EST):
EPA city/highway: 17/26 mpg
C/D observed: 14 mpg

TEST NOTES: Launch control is activated in D sport with ESC off. Just stomp the gas with the brake and it zings to 5000 rpm, lift and it moves out.

[source: Car and Driver]







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