In the sport sedan category, the BMW M3 and the M5 sedan has been the perennial targets for every premium carmaker. Combining high-performance with luxury comfort, the German sports sedans sold by BMW has provoked some worthy adversaries from Mercedes-Benz, Cadillac and Audi. In the case of Audi, the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show gives a first public view for new S model vehicles expected to take the fight to BMW M line and the Mercedes AMG brand. A fourth generation Audi S6 one of the revised premium performance products at the German show intent to win over favour of speed-seeking luxury.
The Audi S6 sport sedan’s positioning in the performance luxury category is always a little confusing. Based on the Audi A6, the S6 performance and price focuses on the performance oriented versions of smaller sedans from Mercedes-Benz and BMW. This is considered as a strength for the Audi S6 supplying itself as a relatively good value in previous model years. The new S6 sedan enters the limelight as vehicle engineered as a perfect balance between performance, premium accompaniment and practically.
Making use of the fresh, new look of the Audi A6, the basis of the S6 starts with lightweight exterior construction consisting of around 20 percent aluminum. For the Audi S6 sedan, the vehicle becomes 0.63 inches longer than the A6 with standard 19-inch cast aluminum wheels presenting a sportier look. The sensation of aluminum on the wheels is an auto racing-inspired touch the Audi S6 assemblies along other exterior surfaces including along the front bumper, the side mirrors and the edge of the rear bumper diffuser. The addition of a rear diffuser accompanies a rear deck spoiler on the Audi S6 sedan. Employing two unique colour tones over the A6, the Audi S6 can be ordered with Estoril Blue and Prism Silver each embodying a crystal effect. Over top of the chosen paint colour, S6 and V8T badges adorn the Audi S6’s exterior. Besides the standard set of 19-inch wheels, different wheel styles and sizes up to 20 inches can tailor decorate an Audi S6 to performance tastes.
As with all Audi vehicles in the S brand, the S6 moves through the capable quattro all-wheel drive system. Featuring adaptive air suspension sport, the Audi S6 ride can be driver adjusted between a 10-millimeter range. Together, the all-wheel drive and sport-tuned air suspension is set to deliver remarkable handling credentials for the new generation Audi S6. Braking for the 4,178-pound German sedan is executed with four-wheel disc brakes sporting matte black painted calipers. For braking performance under hard-driving conditions, the Audi S6 can be equipped with an optional set of carbon fiber ceramic brakes.
Inside the Audi S6’s renewed cabin, the sports sedan is a marriage of luxury refinement and performance car aggression certain to entice many drivers. Individuals behind the wheel will quickly enamour themselves to the Audi S6 sedan’s interior touches such as the red engine ignition button, aluminum-like foot pedals and technological driving aids including adaptive cruise control as well as heads-up display. Audi’s 360 degree parking camera is equipped on the S6 sedan associated with the MMI navigation plus system. Consisting of an 8-inch center touch display, the Audi S6 sedan’s MMI navigation plus provides Bluetooth connectivity and even wireless Internet into the car. Adjustable front sport seats with power lumber will improve the driver’s connection with their Zen feeling inside of the new Audi S6.
Audi’s entry-level S model using the new 4.0 TFSI engine, this brand new powerplant incorporates eight cylinders fed by a twin turbocharged forced air induction set-up. Not as powerful as the new Audi S8, the Audi S6’s variation of the 4.0 TFSI powerplant produces a more modest 420 horsepower. Compared to the previous generation Audi S6’s 5.2 liter V-10 engine, there is 15 fewer horsepower propelling the quattro all-wheel drive system for the new S6. With emphasis placed on improving fuel economy, the sacrifice of horsepower brings a surprisingly high increase in traveling mileage. Capable of travelling an average 24 miles per gallon of gasoline, the new Audi S6’s TFSI engine employs a cylinder on demand system and start/stop technology to maximize gasoline use.
Despite being a running on a smaller powerplant, new twin-turbocharged Audi S6 is actually faster than its predecessor. Accelerating from 0 to 60 miles per hour in an estimated 4.8 seconds, the new S6 sedan is 0.4 seconds quicker than the 2010 Audi S6.
At least in Europe, a wagon version of the Audi S6 (called the S6 Avant) will be sold. The Audi S6 Avant will feature all the performance enhancements embedded into the sedan counterpart but will present 59.33 cubic feet of cargo room. With popularity of sport wagons making the Audi S6 Avant a viable choice in the European market, American Audi buyers are unlikely to see the cargo-friendly version. Traditionally, the wagon variants of vehicles (especially sports wagons) are denied entrance into the North American model line-up.
Pricing and additional details for the Audi S6 will be announced shortly for the European and North American market.
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The kick-off to the world indoor auto show season, 2011 is the lucky biennial year where automotive enthusiasts get to relish in the spectacle of the Frankfurt Motor Show. Guaranteed already to be a showcase of new ideas in the ever-evolving auto industry, production and concept vehicles are presented in abundance for the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show even as more than two weeks separate the exhibit’s grand opening. A motor show of world intrigue, Ford Motor Company, Toyota, Mercedes-Benz and BMW have been wetting the appetites of potential show goers through previews of their Frankfurt Motor Show presentations. An exhibition based in their home country, Volkswagen’s luxury car brand Audi will also be making a strong showing on September 15th.
In preparation for the 2011 Frankfurt Motor show, Audi has a history of bringing profound guidance for where they want to take their brand’s image. In the last Frankfurt show in 2009, Audi presented their e-tron concept for the very first time to the public. Since the showing almost two years ago, Audi’s continuing development of e-tron is likely to directly lead to a production-based vehicle. Audi also publicly premiered the R8 Spyder at the 2009 show generating some more tradition open-motoring performance buzz. As their world sales increased by 15 percent in 2010 (just one year following the Audi’s last Frankfurt display), the German auto company’s success will garner more focus on their upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show plans. Supplying samples for performance and low-impact driving, Audi seems ready to entertain the German city’s crowd.
Presented in early to mid August, Audi’s prospect for exploiting a full city car design led to the urban concept brainchild. The urban concept car was unveiled ahead of the Frankfurt show in illustrated form ahead of the lightweight 1+1 passenger vehicle’s presentation in real life. Since the debut of the Audi urban concept sketches on August 10th, Audi immediately followed-up the early images with an open top version of the unique smaller car. The Spyder version of the urban concept shares the impressive sport style in a small, electric vehicle package.
Aside from the debut of a radical new way of motoring, Audi will use Frankfurt as the official public introduction of three new models of their S performance line. Added to the 2012 Audi portfolio, the S6 (including the S6 Avant) and the large S8 sedan will debut as new generation vehicles. For the first time since its introduction last year, the Audi A7 Sportback receives its initial taste of S line enthusiasm. Receiving its first eight-cylinder powerplant, the S7 Sportback, along with the S6 and S8, will receive a new generation engine engineered to provide top performance along with improved fuel economy.
Taking a similar approach as with Mercedes-Benz and BMW by consolidating engines used in their performance line-ups, a new 4.0 liter V-8 engine will beat under the hood of all three S models. Smaller than the S line’s previous benchmark, the more compact Audi engine is just as exciting as the next generation models. Providing up to 520 horsepower of sheer driving excitement, the S6, S7 Sportback and the S8 will be guided by Audi’s quattro all-wheel drive system.
As a third separate feature ready to attract spectators at the Audi pavilion, the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show will debut a concept version of the A2. The Audi A2 concept displays a compact car form optimizing cargo space thanks to an electric powertrain. Just recently announced, the Audi A2 concept has become the latest edition to a flashy auto show presentation.
Starting September 15th, the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show will play host to more than 850,000 spectators and over 13,000 members of the esteemed media. With only two weeks remaining until Audi’s near and distant future vision of premium motoring is unveiled to the public, Audisite.com will provide fans of the German luxury brand with in-depth information on the vehicles being profiled.
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