Audi S6

The S6 is the sport version of the Audi A6. The model differs in every generation by optical and technical details of the normal Audi A6. In addition to powerful engines are also exclusive materials such as selected types of leather or trim of genuine carbon fiber.

Also, a more extensive standard equipment distinguishes the S6. These always include the all-wheel drive quattro and S6- typical design features such as lettering on the front and rear and since the generation C5, the silver caps on the exterior mirrors. Furthermore, the S6 is identified by changes of parts like wheels, exhaust system, suspension, bumpers and sills. The S6 Plus marks the beginning of the automobile industry at the Quattro GmbH and is the foundation for a series of exclusive cars of the Audi brand, to the R8 been.

An even sportier variant is the RS6.

  • 2.1 Exterior
  • 2.2 Interior
  • 2.3 Accessories
  • 2.4 facelift
  • 2.5 Technical data

S6 C4 ( 1994-1997)

The sports version of the Audi 100 C4 was until 1994 the name of S4. After the Audi 100 C4 has been modified in some details and renamed in favor of the new nomenclature in A6, also changed the name of the sports version of S4 to S6. The car was built as a sedan and station wagon ( Avant). The body was fully galvanized and he was offered in two engine options; with 2.2 liter turbo engine (including an electronically controlled boost pressure increase, the so-called " overboost " ) with 5 or 6 gears or 4-speed automatic transmission, as well as with the 4.2 liter engine. This there was with optional 6 - speed manual or 4- speed automatic transmission (including torque converter lockup and dynamic shift program DSP).

From the S6 Avant 4.2 or 547 pieces in Germany were registered on 1 January 2011, according to KBA.

S6 plus

In 1996, the Audi S6 Plus came (recognizable by the blue bar in the former Audi Sport emblem) on the market. It was this is not a special model of the S6, but the first independent vehicle of Quattro GmbH, which undertook modifications to Audi vehicles as a subsidiary of Audi AG, with current models still performs. The S6 Plus had an uprated V8 engine with 240 kW and 6-speed manual transmission. He had additional features compared to the S6, and was as sedan and wagon ( Avant) offered. With this car, the Quattro GmbH began for the first time as a direct subsidiary of Audi itself with the production of vehicles and later took over the production of the "RS" - and "R" - ranks as the RS4; RS6 ( also available as RS6 plus ) to the R8. In contrast, the available 1994 namesake of the series, the Audi RS2 was developed ( based on the Audi 80 ) in cooperation with Porsche and manufactured.

From the S6 Plus until 1997 only 97 sedans and station wagons were built 855. Were on January 1, 2010 or 21 201 sedans and Avant registered in Germany, which makes the S6 plus a relatively rare car model.

  • Values ​​in parentheses are for the Avant.

S6 C5 ( 1999-2005)

Audi S6 ( 2001-2005)

The S6, the second - generation A6 (C5) was offered exclusively with a 4.2 -liter V8 engine. The revised high- speed eight-cylinder with variable intake manifold and five valves per cylinder now developed 250 kW ( 340 hp).

The model had when compared to the standard A6 ( with four-or six-cylinder engines ), a lengthened by 37 mm front car and in addition strongly flared fenders (also valid for the A6 4.2 with 220 kW and the Audi RS6 this generation ) and, like all A6 C5 equipped with a fully galvanized body. To save weight, all V8 models, the hood and fenders made ​​of aluminum were produced. Here, the Audi Double -frame radiator grille has already been shown from April 1999, which represented the precursor to the new single-frame design. This appearance was broadcast on the facelift of the A6 C5 in May 2001 on all A6 models.

During the period from September 1999 to May 2001 the S6 was available with a six -speed manual and five-speed automatic ( Tiptronic ), after the facelift in 2001, the manual transmission has been removed from the program. Although only one engine was available, there were two engine codes (AQJ to 08 /2000 as from ANK). Differences have become the engines in the intake tract and various control electronics, the ANK- engine had, in contrast to AQJ instead of 2 heated oxygen sensors 4 piece although as early as the 2000 model year and the AQJ engine instead of the D3 standard met the EuIII standard. The acceleration of the sedan from 0 to 100 km / h was performed with manual transmission in 5.7 seconds (automatic: 6.7 s ); Avant is 0.1 s slower. The S6 has an electronically governed top speed of 250 km / h Like every Audi with these performance decreed this model also standard on the quattro all-wheel drive, more standard features as opposed to the A6 were:


  • Xenon headlights
  • Fog lights
  • 17-inch cast aluminum wheels in special Avus Design 8J x 17 with tires in the dimension 255/40 ZR17
  • Fully body-colored front and rear bumpers
  • S6- specific, dark gray painted grille with S6 embossed and accented grille appearance, the S and 6 are two elements of the Audi sports flags used until then were
  • Exterior mirror housings made ​​of highly polished aluminum (now typical of Audi S and RS models, however, in silver gray matt )
  • More pronounced bumpers (later in the RS6 use was like him) on the doors in dark gray to a wider sill to interpret
  • 2 flute ring exhaust system with a visible, round tailpipes made ​​of stainless steel on each side
  • Engine cover with red decorative frame around the name V8 - 4.2
  • Aluminum door sill plates with milled S6 logo

Audi S6 Avant

Engine compartment

Aluminum entrance sill


  • Fully electric Recaro sports seats ( Alcantara / Perlnappaleder or surcharge in Silk Nappa ) including lumbar support, adjustable thigh support, and embossed " RECARO " lettering in the backs of both front seats and the two outer rear seats ( deselected )
  • Decorative trim in real carbon in doors, instrument panel and center console ( deselected )
  • Alcantara headliner (beige or black)
  • 3 -spoke leather sports steering wheel with S6 emblem in the lower spoke ( with automatic transmission including a respective rocker switch on the left and right of the steering wheel, the per page with a and a - was provided )
  • Instrument cluster with a light gray background circular instruments, speedometer up to 300 km / h S6 emblem, and in contrast to the series white illuminated display ended needles
  • Anti-theft alarm system with ultrasonic interior monitoring
  • Heated front seats

Instrument panel

" RECARO " lettering in the seatback


As a factory option for the S6, there was an exclusive 16-inch alloy wheels with tires in 215/55 R16 for the winter with a snow chains has been possible. About the quattro GmbH wheels were a number of special (eg, 18-inch S line wheel in the 9 -spoke design ), and other customization options available. The accessories of the A6 could also be used for the S6.


As with the A6 C5 in May at S6 a facelift. Here, some optical and technical characteristics were changed.

Among others was from this time on a bi-xenon headlights (indicated by the larger headlight lens, since the flap for the high beam was placed ) standard. A special feature of this pig launcher was that the unmet by a halogen lamp function of Aufblendlichtes remained. Thus, the driver stood for that time when Fade a very wide range available, since one could cover a variety of different wavelengths with a combination of the yellowish light of the halogen lamp and the blue - white light of xenon headlamp and this in combination with the fog lights was well equipped in all weathers.

The radio antenna and the receiver of the navigation system, which were previously housed separately from each other in the left rear fender and on the trunk lid, were assembled to form a unit and designed as short, sporty roof antenna.

Inside, the car received the new generation of three -spoke leather sports steering wheel with a chrome ring around the central Audi logo that had been designed as a plastic ring. The gearbox was removed from the program, and the previous Audi Sport flag was replaced by the new and hitherto current Audi S emblem. The new emblem was to be found in the speedometer on the lower spoke of the steering wheel on the door sill trims and front and rear. The sedan had a base price of 65 450, - € ( 128,009.07 DM), while for the Avant 67 550, - € were called ( DM 132,116.32 ) (Status: Price List May 2001).

Shortly before the end of production of the S6 C5 in 2005, the first generation of the Audi navigation system plus with MMI operating logic (also called RNS-E ) was available, which in models such as the Audi TT ( Type 8J ) was used until 2013.

The most powerful flagship model in this series was the Audi produced between mid 2002 and end 2004 RS6.


  • Values ​​in parentheses are for 5 - speed tiptronic.

S6 C6 (2006-2010)

Audi S6 ( 2006-2008 )

In the third series A6 (C6 ) is a 5.2 -liter V10 engine was used in the S6, which carried here 320 kW ( 435 hp). The ten-cylinder engine with gasoline direct injection (FSI ) is based on the V8 FSI engine, which also came in the RS4 and Q7 eg on use. Besides the obligatory Quattro S6 also this was only available with a six-speed automatic transmission.

In addition to significantly more engine power, the S6 is distinguished by the following features:

  • Look slightly modified body parts,
  • A radiator grille with vertical chrome struts,
  • An exhaust system with four tailpipes,
  • Mirrors in aluminum look and
  • LED daytime running lights in the bumper

Of the "normal" A6 models.

An even sportier version appeared in April 2008 with the A6 RS6 this series.

It was also carried out as part of the facelift A6 and S6 when in October 2008 a small facelift in order to align it to the appearance of the other C6 models.

Rear view

S6 C7 ( since 2012 )

In April 2011, the new generation of the Audi A6 debuted in the fall of 2011 at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the new S6 was presented.

Instead of ten cylinders, the new model has only eight cylinders. The new four-liter engine has twin turbochargers, as opposed to the previous version. To reduce fuel consumption of the engine with cylinder shut-off and a start -stop system is fitted. Although this engine with 309 kW/420 hp ( previously 320 kW/435 hp) is slightly weaker than its predecessor, Audi promises better performance (4.8 seconds 100 km / h instead of 5.2 seconds as the previous model ) and a more dynamic handling. In addition, the torque to 550 Nm strengthened (previously 540 Nm).

The model is offered as a sedan and Avant. Both came in the spring of 2012 to the market.