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2013 Audi S6 Overview

Justin Cupler
Automotive Editor - January 10, 2013

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 S6 comes in a single trim level, the 4.0 TSFI Prestige, which comes very well equipped with leather, premium sound system, navigation and a breakneck 4.8-second sprint to 60 mph. just because it has only one trim level doesn’t mean you cannot personalize the S6, as it has four optional packages to spruce things up a bit. The Cold Weather Package adds in a heated steering wheel and heated seats for folks living in cooler climates. The Innovation Package includes power folding side-view mirrors, adaptive cruise control, active lane assist, pre sense plus, night vision with pedestrian detection and parking system plus. The Driver Assistance Package includes power folding mirrors, adaptive cruise, Audi side assist and Audi pre sense plus. The Comfort Seating Package includes upgraded Valcona leather seating, 22-way power sport seats with memory settings, and heated and vented front seats with massage.

Competition for the S6 is not overly heavy, but very fierce. The first competitor on the list is the 2013 BMW M5, which features a 4.4-liter V-8 engine with 560 horsepower, a 4.2-second sprint to 60 mph and a 12-speaker premium sound system. Next up is the 2013 Jaguar XF Supercharged, which boasts a supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 engine with 470 horsepower, a 4.9-second sprint to 60 mph and a 17-speaker audio system. Lastly is the 2013 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG that comes standard with a 5.5-liter V-8 with 518 horsepower, a 4.2-secon 60 mph sprint and all the luxury expected of a Benz.

The Audi really can’t hang with the speed of the Bimmer and Benz, so Audi needs to rely on bringing more to the table in terms of luxury for a lower price if it hopes to succeed.

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