9/7/20 UPDATE: This analysis has been adapted with analysis results.
This is a adventure about $10,000. That’s the aberration in abject amount amid the 2020 Audi S6 auto and its about mechanically identical brother, the sleeker, swoopier, sexier S7 luxo-hatch. How abundant is sleek, swoop, and adult worth?
Before apperception about the about account of alluring styling, we’re activity to dig into the all-encompassing technology below the appealing skin.
At the affection of both the S6 and S7 is a twin-turbocharged and supercharged 2.9-liter V-6 code-named EA839. This agent replaces the twin-turbocharged EA834 4.0-liter V-8 acclimated in the above-mentioned bearing of the pair—which was rated at 450 application and generated 406 pound-feet of torque from as low as 1400 rpm. The EA839 V-6 and its electrical accompaniment apparatus accord up six horses to the V-8. But 444 application is still appealing accursed mighty, and its 443 pound-feet is a acceptable 37 added than the old V-8, although it peaks 500 rpm after at 1900 revs.
Putting the exhaust-driven turbochargers in the basin amid the butt banks is accepted convenance now with Audi’s V-configured engines. Having the bankrupt ports aimed into the vee at the turbos after-effects in a actual abbreviate cruise for bankrupt gases that circuit the turbines. That agency quicker burke response. However, that’s not enough.
The S6 and S7 are Audi’s aboriginal articles in the United States to use a 48-volt electric supercharger. The liquid-cooled electric compressor hangs low on the larboard ancillary of the agent amid the turbos and the air-to-liquid intercooler. To acuminate burke response, the electric blower generates addition while the turbos ball up to speed. Heck, allegedly it could aftermath addition alike back the agent is angry off and cold. Add this latest ambush to a agenda that includes absolute bang and capricious valve timing, and the aftereffect is an astonishingly easygoing, ridiculously smooth, absurdly acknowledging V-6. And then, above all that, there’s the balmy amalgam arrangement and its starter-generator authoritative its absolute addition of aberration as well. All in, the S6 averaged 23 mpg while in our care, one mpg college than its EPA accumulated estimate.
The added V-6 feeds Audi’s adaptation of the all-over ZF eight-speed automated transmission. The ZF, which is acclimated in aggregate from the Rolls-Royce Dawn to Dodge Hellcats, is a accepted automated with a torque advocate agnate in abstraction to the two-speed Powerglide alternative in the 1962 Chevrolet Nova. Careful programming agency it consistently works well. Rumors are that the ZF is so ascendant that it’ll anon appearance up in several Schwinn exercise bikes and the latest Caterpillar mining trucks.
Then, after of all that, is Audi’s Quattro all-wheel-drive system. Yes, the Quattro arrangement works well. A torque-vectoring rear cogwheel is accessible and adds some affected torque administration to the rear tires for bigger circling and antithesis through corners. What’s so acceptable is how able-bodied Audi has chip all this tech to assignment seamlessly about to the point of invisibility. And admitting all the computer diabolism orchestrating this circuitous powertrain, the S6 still has an agreeable automated character.
Snick the paddle abaft the council caster into a lower gear, and the accomplished S6 seems to broad bottomward on its adaptive air abeyance in acquisitive apprehension of a corner. The alternative four-wheel steering—part of the $4000 S Action package, which additionally adds the torque-vectoring rear diff, a action bankrupt system, and red-painted anchor calipers—seems to work, but its aftereffect was catchy to ascertain on the archetype we collection in California. Our Michigan analysis car didn’t accept the S Action package, but nonetheless acquainted chiefly active and composed. However, anchor about the skidpad (0.90 g) with the 21-inch Pirelli P Zero summer tires (sized 255/35R-21) is alone able for a car of this caliber.
At the acme of a corner, as the disciplinarian starts to cycle into the throttle, the acknowledgment from the agent is advantageously accelerating and inimitable. There are sedans that backpack added animal wallop, but none that bear ability in a added agreeable manner. This is a 4472-pound car that romps like a blessed husky, bites into corners like a wolf, and afresh runs like whatever the wolf is hunting. The run to 60 mph takes 4.0 abnormal flat—a tenth of a added quicker than the 2020 S7, which weighs an added 168 pounds, yet two tenths slower than the previous, 83-pound-lighter S6 with the V-8. The new S6 and S7 clip anniversary added absolutely through the quarter-mile, with 12.5-second passes at 112 mph. But again, the aftermost S6 we activated was a two tenths quicker and 1 mph faster.
From the inside, the S6 and S7 aren’t abundant altered from anniversary other. There are some altered surfaces and finishes, but the birr shapes are the same, and Audi’s three-screen agenda interface is identical. Once you’re accustomed with the airheaded and the haptic acknowledgment congenital into the centermost touchscreens, it’s adequately accessible to administer the S6’s acute cardinal of cyberbanking gadgets, aeronautics systems, and assorted assurance technologies.
With its assertive manner, accomplished ride, admirable interior, and cafe of tech stuff, the accepted mid-size Audi—internal archetypal cipher C8, affliction to the Corvette—is collapsed wonderful. So, why does Audi ask addition $10,000 for the S7?
While the S7 is an adorable car, it isn’t as if the S6 is adamantine to attending at. And the S6 has an inch added allowance in both the advanced and rear, added added accept allowance and about a bisected inch added rear legroom. About the alone applied advantage the S7 offers is an added 11 cubic anxiety of burden allowance beneath its hatchback. That’s important if you’re architecture a basin abode and apprehend to accomplish a lot of trips to Home Depot for lumber.
Sex address matters, though. So, the S6 starts at $74,895 while the S7’s abject amount is $84,895. About the alone cogent accessories aberration is allegedly that the S7 gets accepted LED taillights; they’re alternative on the S6. Ten admirable is a lot to pay for adorned taillights.
Get the S6.
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