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The Audi S6 has sort of an on-and-off history, as it debuted in 1995 and was immediately axed, then returned in 2002 only to be cut again following the 2003 model year. Finally, the 2007 model year rolled around and started the longest lasting run of the S6 model to date, but it was cut again after the 2011 model year. The 2013 model year ushers in a new S6 with some pretty significant changes.
Coming into the 2013 model year, the S6 boasts a refreshed body that includes a sportier looking front end, thanks to revised headlights, grilles and lower apron. The interior also gets some changes in the form of a new three-spoke steering wheel with contrasting stitching, aluminum pedals, center-console-mounted “Start” button, and an S6-specific instrument cluster. The biggest change, however, was made under the hood, as Audi scrapped the old 5.2-liter V-10 in favor of a 4.0-liter turbocharged V-8 with 420 horsepower and 406 foot-pounds of torque. This smaller V-8 turns in 17 mpg city and 27 mpg highway, which is 3 mpg more in the city and 6 mpg more on the highway than the 5.2-liter-equipped S6.
The 2013 Audi S6 comes in just a single trim level, and that is the 4.0 TFSI Prestige. On the outside, the 4.0 TSFI Prestige trim level includes aluminum body panels on a steel frame for a lightweight, yet rigid body, Audi quattro all-wheel drive for added stability, automatic headlights for easy low-light driving, heated power side mirrors with power-folding feature for easy use, and 19-inch five-parallel-spoke rims for added styling. Inside the cabin, the 4.0 TSFI Prestige includes a 14-speaker Bose audio system with 630 watts for jamming to your favorite tunes, Audi MMI Navigation Plus so you always know where you’re going, Bluetooth connectivity to safely make phone calls, and Valcona leather seating with S6 embossing for added comfort.
Massive power, great 0-to-60 time and BMW M heritage, but very expensive and no listed mpg is scary
Plenty of power and loaded to the gills, but poor build history and slower to 60 mph
Tons of power, Mercedes Luxury and plenty of prestige, but very expensive and poor highway mpg
Great base price, plenty of horsepower and loaded with features, but lacks prestige, no AWD option and poor mpg