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First look: New S6 breaks cover at Motown

Numbers game: S6's V10 power output falls short of S8's version (and the RS4's V8), but matches it for torque.

Audi storms into Detroit with a BMW M5-chasing, 309kW V10-powered S6 sedan and Avant

10 Jan 2006

FRESH from confirming its R8 Le Mans racer for production and revealing the V10-powered S8 at the Tokyo show in October, Audi has used the 2006 Detroit show to unveil its all-new S6 sedan and Avant high-performance twins.

Due on sale here some time after this year’s 313kW V8-powered RS4 (April) and 335kW V10-powered S8 (October), the redesigned S6 is powered by a version of the S8’s Lamborghini-sourced 220kg 5.2-litre V10.

The all-new S6 may be slightly less powerful than the S8 at 309kW but offers the same beefy 540Nm of torque from just 3000rpm.

7 center imageThe S6's V10 also makes the previous model's 4.2-litre V8 seem downright pedestrian with just 250kW/420Nm on tap - or around the same output as the current S4, Audi's answer to the M3.

But it's no match for direct rival, BMW's rear-drive M5, which offers 373kW from its 5.0-litre V10 - or the Mercedes-Benz E55 AMG, which offers 350kW from its supercharged 5.5-litre V8.

Audi says the FSI direct petrol injection engine propels the new S6 sedan to 100km/h in 5.3 seconds, with its wagon derivative just a tenth of a second slower.

The top-shelf performance of Audi’s M5 and E55 rival comes despite a standard six-speed Tiptronic auto and the latest-generation quattro permanent four-wheel drivetrain with 40:60 torque split.

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