Juliet reviews…the Audi S6

It has been a wait of a year and a half, but finally the new Audi A6 and the flagship S6 has arrived in South Africa. There is some who may question whether or not there is still a place for such luxury sedans, especially in a world that is obsessed with the SUV. But regardless of whether you think it is or isn’t, the Audi S6 is a package that will appeal to many. It is comfortable, refined, dynamic, and balanced.

Gone is the 4.0-litre twinturbo V8 from the previous model and in its place is the same engine found in the RS4 Avant, which happens to be one of my favourite cars on the planet. It produces 331 kW of power and 600 Nm of torque. It will get you to 100 km/h in just 4.5 seconds. But something else that makes this S6 engine stand out is that it features mild hybrid technology. According to Audi, in real-world driving, the mild hybrid technology based on 48V reduces fuel consumption by up to 0.7 litres per 100 kilometres. It is a beautifully refined engine and there is minimal turbolag when you put your foot down hard.

If it is the guttural roar of a V8 you are after, I am afraid you will have to wait for the RS6 which should hopefully arrive in 2021. That will feature the 4.0-litre V8 engine. But that’s not to say the S6 is a timid field mouse by any means. The car needs to be in all the sport settings on offer for you to be aurally pleased by what comes out of the exhaust pipes, which do not use any sound symposer by the way. It is all natural!

It may be considered a performance sedan, but I see most of its customers being happy to cruise along the open road, in style, rather than hit a track or a drag strip. It is a beautiful cruiser! It is super comfortable and the interior is geared to your every need. Audi claims it to be the most modern operating concept in its class. Two large displays (as seen in the new Audi A7 Sportback and Audi Q8) replace most of the buttons and controls of the predecessor model. I do always prefer a traditional button over a touchscreen but if I had to deal with any such touchscreen, Audi’s is the one I would go for. It has a physical click-like response when you press it which is both satisfying and reminiscent of a traditional button.

With one of the most refined interiors in it class, an incredibly comfortable drive, smooth ride quality, eager engine, and overall sophistication, I can highly recommend the Audi S6. If you have just over R1.4 million to spend that is.


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