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(from Audi Press
Release) World Premiere of Audi S Models at the IAA 2011
• Audi presents the
S6, S7 Sportback and S8 high performance models
• Newly-developed 4.0-Liter V8 with up to 520 horsepower
• Ground-breaking efficiency with systems such as “cylinder on
Audi will present its
new S models for the first time at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show
(IAA). These models are characterized by power combined with
appropriately low fuel consumption. The engine down-sizing strategy
of the brand with the four rings has reduced the fuel consumption of
the S6 by as much as 25 percent whilst offering sportier driving
The Audi S6 and S6 Avant
quiet understatement and richly appointed – Audi is remaking the S6
and S6 Avant. Both models are sports cars for everyday use, offering
uncompromising practicality. Their new engine, a four-liter,
twin-turbo V8, combines ample power with low fuel consumption in
keeping with the times.
The S6 and S6 Avant use
the 309 kW (420 hp) version of the new 4.0 TFSI. The twin-turbo V8
provides a constant 550 Nm (405.66 lb-ft) of torque from 1,400 to
5,300 rpm. It accelerates the S6 from 0 to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in
4.8 seconds and the S6 Avant in 4.9 seconds. With both models, the
electronically governed top speed of 250 km/h (155.34 mph) is just a
The 4.0 TFSI brings Audi’s downsizing strategy to the
high-performance class. Compared to the engine in the previous
model, the free-breathing, 5.2-liter V10, it offers even sportier
performance while reducing fuel consumption by as much as 25
percent. Average fuel consumption is just 9.7 liters per 100 km
(24.25 US mpg) in the S6 and 9.8 liters (24.0 US mpg) in the S6
Avant, well below that of the competition.
A number of technologies contribute to this top result, including
the recuperation and start-stop systems as well as the new “cylinder
on demand” cylinder management system. When the V8 deactivates four
cylinders under part load, the Active Noise Cancellation system
(ANC) is activated. Four microphones integrated into the headlining
record the noise in the cabin, which is then analyzed by a computer.
If the computer detects intrusive sound elements, it broadcasts an
antiphase sound through the speakers of the sound system. This sound
combines with the intrusive sound and largely cancels it out.
Independent of this, active, electronically controlled engine
bearings use targeted counterpulses to attenuate low-frequency
vibrations. A sound actuator, flaps in the exhaust system, the
engine shroud and a newly developed two-mass flywheel with a
centrifugal force pendulum in the seven-speed S tronic also
contribute to the sonorous sound and smoothness of the engine.
When it comes to power transmission, the S6 and S6 Avant further
extend Audi’s Vorsprung durch Technik. The engine power flows
through a fast-shifting, seven-speed S tronic transmission. The
quattro permanent all-wheel drive system uses the self-locking
center differential and torque vectoring. If desired, Audi
complements quattro with the optional sport differential, which
actively distributes the power between the rear wheels.
The two new S models
come standard with the adaptive air suspension sport. The tautly
tuned air suspension with variable damping lowers the body by 10
millimeters (0.39 in). It provides for highly precise handling
without compromising comfort. The powerful disc brakes, internally
ventilated front and rear, have matt black calipers with S6 logos.
Audi offers carbon fiber-ceramic discs as an option.
The S6 and S6 Avant come standard with cast aluminum wheels in a
unique five parallel-spoke design. The 8.5 J x 19 wheels are shod
with 255/40-series tires. Seven different 19- or 20-inch wheels,
four of them from quattro GmbH, are available as options. The
20-inch titanium-look wheels with a five-arm rotor design impart a
particularly exclusive appearance.
The Audi drive select driving dynamics system comes standard in the
two new S models. Among others, it modifies the characteristic of
the gas pedal, the shift points of the S tronic, the servo boost of
the electromechanical steering and the characteristic of the
adaptive air suspension. The driver can adjust the operation of
these systems in five stages. The optional sport differential and
the dynamic steering, which varies its ratio as a function of speed,
can also be integrated into the system.
Body and design
The car bodies play a
large part in the dynamics of the Audi S6 and S6 Avant. They are
unusually lightweight because they are roughly 20 percent aluminum.
The Audi S6 has a curb weight of just 1,895 kilograms (4,177.76 lb),
the S6 Avant 1,950 kilograms (4,299.01 lb). Both are much lighter
than their direct rivals.
At 4,931 millimeters (16.18 ft), the S6 is 16 millimeters (0.63 in)
longer than the A6; with the 4,634-millimeter (15.2 ft) S6 Avant,
the difference is 8 millimeters (0.31 in). Their single-frame grille
sports aluminum applications and chromed horizontal double bars.
Another chrome strip adorns the front bumper. The exterior mirrors
feature aluminum-look housings, and the side sills are distinctively
The S6 sedan has a spoiler on the trunk; the Avant has a roof
spoiler. With both models, the diffuser on the rear bumper is
platinum gray with an aluminum-look offset edge. The four
chrome-tipped tailpipes are elliptical. The S models are available
in a choice of eight colors, including the exclusive shades Estoril
Blue, crystal effect and Prism Silver, crystal effect. The body is
decorated with S6 and V8T badges.
The interior of the S6
and S6 Avant is also characterized by sporty elegance. There are S6
badges on the key, the leather sport steering wheel with colored
stitching and aluminum shift paddles as well as the instruments. The
illuminated door sill trims and both displays (MMI and driver
information system) greet the driver with the S6 logo. A red ring
adorns the start-stop button, an aluminum clasp the selector lever.
The footrest, the pedals and the soft keys of the MMI operating
system shine in an aluminum-look finish.
Decorative inlays are available in a choice of four materials. Matt
brushed aluminum is standard, with carbon, fine grain ash natural
brown or layered Beaufort oak as options. Customers can choose from
three colors – black, lunar silver and goa beige (only for the seat
upholstery) – for the headlining, instrument panel, carpet and
seats. The standard seat upholstery is a mix of Pearl Nappa leather
and Alcantara, with Milano and Valcona available as options.
Height-adjustable sport seats with power lumbar supports and
embossed S logos are standard. Audi offers two other versions as
options: the power-adjustable comfort seats with memory function and
the power-adjustable S sport seats with integrated head restraints.
These also are embossed with the S logo.
The new Audi S6 and S6
Avant will be rolling into dealer showrooms with a generous list of
standard equipment in spring 2012. This includes xenon plus
headlights with an all-weather light, LED rear lights, an
electromechanical parking brake and the driver information system
with color display. The MMI radio plus includes a Bluetooth
interface, and the Audi sound system has ten speakers.
All of the high-end options in the model series are also available
for the new S models. These include LED headlights, adaptive light,
the ambient lighting package, convenience key, head-up display, the
parking system plus with 360° camera, power rear hatch, optionally
with sensor control, and climate-controlled deluxe seats with
The list of options for the Avant, which offers up to 1,680 liters
(59.33 cu ft) of luggage space, also includes the panoramic glass
The tightly networked driver assistance systems are all
state-of-the-art. These are the various versions of the Audi pre
sense safety system, adaptive cruise control with stop & go
function, Audi side assist, active lane assist, the speed limit
display and the night vision assistant with highlighting of detected
Topping the range of infotainment systems is MMI navigation plus,
which features a large hard drive, an eight-inch monitor and the
groundbreaking MMI touch input system. The system can be combined
with the Bluetooth online car phone, which brings special Internet
services to the car and features WLAN connectivity for mobile
devices. The 15-speaker Bang & Olufsen Advanced Sound System
impresses with its excellent sound.