RE: Audi S6 Avant: Spotted

RE: Audi S6 Avant: Spotted

Tuesday 13th August

Audi S6 Avant: Spotted

The Audi S6 is now only offered with a diesel; remember when it came with a honking great V10?



Last week saw PH pit Mercedes' E53 AMG against the new Audi S6 Avant in a battle for slightly-less-than-super estate supremacy - a comparison you'll be able to read more about on the site tomorrow. In the meantime, though, our thoughts turned to the manufacturers' past fast fare, and to one car in particular.

The C6 generation of Audi S6 seems about as close to a factory-approved sleeper as it's possible to get. Though undoubtedly a handsome car, its four relatively small exhausts and simple lines are at odds with today's equivalents, which seek to shout about any increase in potency, no matter how insignificant, with carbon trim, stainless tips and blingy badges. The absence of flared arches and aggressive aero addenda, meanwhile, leaves little hint at the performance lurking within.

As the seller rightly points out, attempts to link the S6's V10 to that of the Lamborghini Gallardo should be left in the rumour mill of the internet. Component sharing could be generously described as minimal, with the Audi unit designed to offer greater low-down torque thanks to its longer stroke and wider bore. This meant that the cylinder block, pistons, camshaft and crank were all different, while the Audi's more restricted engine bay necessitated the use of many other bespoke components, too.


Nonetheless, the result was still a sensible, spacious and refined estate car with an all-aluminium 5.2-litre V10 in its nose. Outputs of 435hp and 398lb ft of torque combined with a six-speed ZF transmission and quattro all-wheel drive were enough to see the S6 to 60mph in just 5.2 seconds and on to a limited top speed of 155mph. Despite having that 220kg lump fully ahead of its front axle the Audi handled reasonably well, too, thanks in part to inheriting the RS4's 40:60 torque split.

Based on the photos supplied, this example looks to be in generally excellent condition; a superb way to get from A to B with the maximum of style and minimum of fuss. Provided it's mechanically sound, that is - otherwise a great deal of fuss will likely ensue. Luckily, if the ad is to be believed, we have good reason to be optimistic about it running smoothly. Having been rigorously researched before purchase and daily-driven for 12,000 miles since, there have been no major faults to report, any niggles seem to be purely of the cosmetic kind, and a strong service history ought to give potential buyers added peace of mind.

With only 211 other S6 Avants of this generation ever having been sold in the UK, and similarly-engined cars not exactly a common sight to begin with, today's Spotted could be a bargain way into V10 ownership. And if it does end up costing you your house in fuel, tyres and maintenance, well, at least it's big enough to live in.




SPECIFICATION - AUDI S6 AVANT
Engine:
5,204cc V10
Transmission: 6-speed tiptronic, four-wheel drive
Power (hp): 435@6,800rpm
Torque (lb ft): 398@3,000-4,000rpm
CO2: N/A
MPG: 18-22mpg
First registered: 2006
Recorded mileage: 86,000
Price new: Β£56,600
Yours for: Β£10,499

See the full ad here.





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Jim on the hill

Original Poster:

3,645 posts

134 months

Tuesday 13th August
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Great article, it does look rathe subtle compared to modern options.

Searider

807 posts

199 months

Tuesday 13th August
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I thought about one of these but the size and complexity of that engine was one brave pill too far.
I went for a 3.0TFSI instead, which with a remap should be about the same power.

Midgster

371 posts

178 months

Tuesday 13th August
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13 years ago, £56k bought you a S6 V10 monster
Today £56k buys you the A6 S Line 50 TDi with Leather Seats, Metallic Paint, Comfort and Sound Packs.

I know inflation blah blah blah, but crikey!

Leins

6,746 posts

92 months

Tuesday 13th August
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Do really like that. De-badge and some colour-coded mirrors to make it perfect

Chestrockwell

1,787 posts

101 months

Tuesday 13th August
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Midgster said:
13 years ago, £56k bought you a S6 V10 monster
Today £56k buys you the A6 S Line 50 TDi with Leather Seats, Metallic Paint, Comfort and Sound Packs.

I know inflation blah blah blah, but crikey!
My brother has a 40 TDI S Line A6 and I think it’s a brilliant car, to drive and cruise around in, power is more than sufficient. A 50 TDI must be the ultimate executive saloon car and I’d much rather have that than a big thirsty V10 that needs to be revved out to get anywhere.

If Audi made the same V10 now and put it in the A6, I’d still pick the 50 TDI. Save high revving NA engines for sports cars/super cars. The fact that Audi sold hardly any of these proves my point!

mcpoot

163 posts

51 months

Tuesday 13th August
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Chestrockwell said:
If Audi made the same V10 now and put it in the A6, I’d still pick the 50 TDI. Save high revving NA engines for sports cars/super cars. The fact that Audi sold hardly any of these proves my point!
Not sure it does really. I think more people bought the RS6 than the S6. I mean if you're going to buy a large powerful, thirsty estate you might as well buy the full fat version.

Chestrockwell

1,787 posts

101 months

Tuesday 13th August
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mcpoot said:
Chestrockwell said:
If Audi made the same V10 now and put it in the A6, I’d still pick the 50 TDI. Save high revving NA engines for sports cars/super cars. The fact that Audi sold hardly any of these proves my point!
Not sure it does really. I think more people bought the RS6 than the S6. I mean if you're going to buy a large powerful, thirsty estate you might as well buy the full fat version.
Exactly, there’s no point unless it’s the full fat version. I think this is why Audi stopped going the 4.0 V8 TT in the new S6. Diesel makes more sense as they already do the V6 from the S4/5 in 55 TFSI form.

env

139 posts

134 months

Tuesday 13th August
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Leins said:
Do really like that. De-badge and some colour-coded mirrors to make it perfect
I have a green one of these - be-badged with green mirrors. Thanks!

Terminator X

7,717 posts

148 months

Tuesday 13th August
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Amazing work getting such low numbers out of a V10 wink

TX.

jimhead

3 posts

94 months

Tuesday 13th August
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I picked up a 2012-13 S6 (4.0 V8 twin turbo) with 40k miles on it for £27k, 18 months ago.

I’m not sure you could get more luxury power for less money really. 4wd, 400hp+, barge bus, with a very nice cabin. Hard to beat.

Next sweet buy will be when the E400 wagon drops in price further to £20k or so. Not far away.


BFleming

1,234 posts

87 months

Tuesday 13th August
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I had a drive of one of these last year, around the same vintage, and I found it scary. The throttle was knife-edge, so in town it wanted to launch you into the back of the car in front. Not pleasant. On the open road, however, it was tremendous. The cabin feels very dated though, although I guess this shape has been replaced twice since. I also find them overpriced for what they are (a fast 13 year old Audi).

Notanotherturbo

330 posts

151 months

Tuesday 13th August
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jimhead said:
I picked up a 2012-13 S6 (4.0 V8 twin turbo) with 40k miles on it for £27k, 18 months ago.

I’m not sure you could get more luxury power for less money really. 4wd, 400hp+, barge bus, with a very nice cabin. Hard to beat.

Next sweet buy will be when the E400 wagon drops in price further to £20k or so. Not far away.
XFR or XJR - 500bhp + and cheaper. (And much nicer IMO smile) - although not an estate obviously.

ninepoint2

1,992 posts

104 months

Tuesday 13th August
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mcpoot said:
Not sure it does really. I think more people bought the RS6 than the S6. I mean if you're going to buy a large powerful, thirsty estate you might as well buy the full fat version.
Indeed...yes

cerb4.5lee

12,146 posts

124 months

Tuesday 13th August
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I do find these very appealing and who doesn't like a N/A 5.2 V10!

Scabutz

1,659 posts

24 months

Tuesday 13th August
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ninepoint2 said:
mcpoot said:
Not sure it does really. I think more people bought the RS6 than the S6. I mean if you're going to buy a large powerful, thirsty estate you might as well buy the full fat version.
Indeed...yes
Yep. I had a 2nd hand V10 S6, but they were rarer than hens teeth and it took a long time to find one. Plenty of RS6s around but they were considerably more expensive.

I miss my S6. Wish I had never sold it.

Midgster

371 posts

178 months

Tuesday 13th August
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Chestrockwell said:
Midgster said:
13 years ago, £56k bought you a S6 V10 monster
Today £56k buys you the A6 S Line 50 TDi with Leather Seats, Metallic Paint, Comfort and Sound Packs.

I know inflation blah blah blah, but crikey!
My brother has a 40 TDI S Line A6 and I think it’s a brilliant car, to drive and cruise around in, power is more than sufficient. A 50 TDI must be the ultimate executive saloon car and I’d much rather have that than a big thirsty V10 that needs to be revved out to get anywhere.

If Audi made the same V10 now and put it in the A6, I’d still pick the 50 TDI. Save high revving NA engines for sports cars/super cars. The fact that Audi sold hardly any of these proves my point!
I agree completely. I have a BMW E63 645 and see no point whatsoever in getting the V10 M6, however much I'd actually like one, but that's just for bragging rights and the sound of that V10. The brave pill article the other day had many people saying why the M6 is better, of which I'm sure it is, but is it THAT much better? The 645 is everything it needs to be, I think. Just ;ike the A6 50 TDi is, it's just not a V10!

My point was just the "semi" halo car with a monstrous engine for the same price as a very nice, luxurious and powerful diesel.

Water Fairy

2,925 posts

99 months

Tuesday 13th August
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BFleming said:
I had a drive of one of these last year, around the same vintage, and I found it scary. The throttle was knife-edge, so in town it wanted to launch you into the back of the car in front. Not pleasant. On the open road, however, it was tremendous. The cabin feels very dated though, although I guess this shape has been replaced twice since. I also find them overpriced for what they are (a fast 13 year old Audi).
You should try the throttle response on a sports bike then.................... laugh

Venisonpie

390 posts

26 months

Tuesday 13th August
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I was looking for the suspension turrets and they're right at the back of the engine bay with the motor well ahead of them. They really got this wrong for a long time at Audi.

soad

30,219 posts

120 months

Tuesday 13th August
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Terminator X said:
Amazing work getting such low numbers out of a V10 wink

TX.
Detuned, one would assume? No sense in upsetting Lamborghinis...

Scabutz

1,659 posts

24 months

Tuesday 13th August
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soad said:
Detuned, one would assume? No sense in upsetting Lamborghinis...
It was turned down a bit so as not to upset the S8 which had almost the identical engine and had to have more power.