In April 2019, Audi launched the 2020 Audi S6 for the European market. The twin-turbo V-8 engine from the previous car was dropped in favor of a turbo-diesel V-6 engine combined with a 48-volt mild hybrid system. But because Americans don’t really buy diesels, Audi announced today that we’re getting a different powertrain: A 2.9-liter twin-turbo V-6 gas motor making 444 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque.
Like the European car, America’s S6 will be equipped with a 48-volt mild hybrid system meant to counteract turbo lag, improving responsiveness. The engine is mated to an eight-speed torque-converter automatic transmission, sending power to all four wheels via Audi’s famous Quattro all-wheel drive system. In normal driving situations, 60 percent of the torque is sent to the rear wheels; when needed, up to 85 percent of the torque can be sent to the rear, while up to 70 percent can be sent to the front, based on traction conditions. There’s also brake-controlled torque vectoring that can adjust the speed of each individual wheel for maximum cornering ability. Buyer can also option a sport differential that can actively split torque between the rear axle. Audi claims the 0-60 sprint happens in just 4.4 seconds.
Style-wise, the 2020 Audi S6 doesn’t change much versus the standard A6. There’s a unique slatted grille, a few badges, 20-inch wheels, and quad exhaust pipes. Options include 21-inch wheels, a black optic package that darkens exterior trim, and a handful of driver assistance features. Inside, buyers get an S-badged three-spoke steering wheel, sport seats with diamond stitching, and stainless steel door sills with an illuminated S logo in them.
MSRP for the 2020 Audi S6 starts at $73,900 plus a $995 destination charge. Audi hasn’t specified when the new S6 will hit US dealers, but considering it’s already on sale in Europe, we’re betting it won’t be long. The company also hasn’t said when the new S7 will be coming to our market, but we expect it will be soon.
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