2013 Audi S6 Preview

Jeff Youngs | May 07, 2013
  • All-new model for 2013
  • 20-inch 5-spoke wheels with summer performance tires are available
  • Bang & Olufsen sound system is available
  • Quattro all-wheel drive (AWD) teams up with 420-horsepower V-8 engine
  • Innovation package of options adds many safety features
  • Audi MMI Navigation Plus system is standard


The Audi S6 is a midsize luxury sedan that combines speed and agility with fuel efficiency; it is the high-performance version of the Audi A6. Following a brief hiatus, it's back as an all-new model for 2013. The S6 shares its interior and platform with the Audi A7, but features more aggressive styling cues, and looks sportier than the A6. Originally based on the Volkswagen C5 platform, the S6 is now based on the Volkswagen MLB platform. The S6 competes mainly with the Jaguar XJ, Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class, and the BMW 7 Series. It's offered in a single trim level very similar to the A6's highest trim.

Exterior Features

Black and white are the 2013 S6's base colors; nine other colors are offered at an extra charge. Standard exterior features include rain-sensing wipers, adaptive Xenon Plus headlights, halogen cornering lights, LED daytime running lights, LED taillight technology, rear fog lights, power-adjustable heated side mirrors with memory, built-in turn indicator lights, and 19-inch wheels, which can be upgraded to 20-inch models. The S6 features exclusive front and rear bumpers, and a power sunroof.

Interior Features

The 2013 Audi S6 features standard keyless entry and ignition, 4-zone automatic climate control, heated 12-way power sport seats with lumbar adjustment, leather upholstery (in black or grey, with sport stitching), tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, Bluetooth connectivity, 10-speaker sound system, satellite radio, and the Audi MMI Navigation Plus package, which features an 8-inch display, voice control, and a user-friendly touchpad that can recognize ordinary handwriting. The trunk provides 14.1 cubic feet of cargo space.

Optional Features

A power rear window sunshade and manual rear door shades are optional. The Innovation package includes a head-up display that shows a digital readout of the car's speed on the windshield; a Night Vision Assistant that uses infrared technology to detect pedestrians as far as 1,000 feet away; Top and Corner View cameras that assist in parking and monitor the vehicle's blind spots; and adaptive cruise control. The Cold Weather package heats the steering wheel and rear seats. The Driver Assistance package adds safety features; the Comfort Seating package trades the front sport seats for multi-contour seats (with more conservative styling) that come fully equipped with heat, ventilation, massage, and memory functions. Full LED headlights with LED daytime running lights are available, as is a 1,300-watt Bang & Olufsen Advanced Sound System with Dolby Digital 5.1 technology and a noise compensation feature.

Under the Hood

The S6 features an all-new, 420-horsepower V-8 engine that produces 406 lb.-ft. of torque. This replaces the V-10 model of the previous generation, and Audi claims the new engine can take the vehicle from 0 to 60 mph a full second faster than the old one. Audi's proprietary Cylinder on Demand engine efficiency technology can shut down half the cylinders while the vehicle is cruising. Audi FSI direct injection permits a higher compression ratio for more thorough combustion. A dual-clutch 7-speed automatic transmission (with manual shifters) and Quattro AWD are standard.

Fuel Economy

EPA fuel-economy estimates for the 2013 Audi S6 are 17/27/20 mpg (city/highway/combined).


Standard safety features on the 2013 Audi S6 include anti-lock disc brakes, traction control, front-seat and rear-seat side air bags, front knee air bags, and side curtain air bags. Many other safety features are optional.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has not yet rated the 2013 S6 for crashworthiness. In tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the structurally similar A6 received a "Good" rating--the Institute's highest--for all safety tests.


Audi MMI Navigation Plus features an 8-inch screen, voice control, CD and DVD compatibility, and dual SD memory card slots. New features for 2013 include Bluetooth streaming audio and Audi Connect, which adds Google search and Google Earth map overlays. Audi's proprietary Quattro AWD system combines with electromechanical speed-sensitive power steering to improve vehicle handling.
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