In one go, Audi has unveiled sporty S-badged versions of its 5 Series sized models: the S6 Sedan, S6 Avant and S7 Sportback.
In Europe, the sporty models will be offered exclusively with a 3.0-litre turbocharged V6 diesel engine, which produces 257kW of power and 700Nm of torque. Power is delivered to the tarmac through a rear-biased quattro all-wheel-drive system and an eight-speed torque-converter automatic transmission. The benchmark 0-100km/h sprint is covered in a spritely 5.0 seconds in the S6 Sedan, or 5.1 seconds in S6 Avant and S7 Sportback models – top speed is electronically limited to 250km/h in all three cars.
Non-European markets such as the US and Australia won’t get the 3.0-litre diesel – instead, they’ll receive the 2.9-litre twin-turbo V6 petrol engine from the RS 4 Avant, RS 5 Coupe and RS 5 Sportback.
It produces 331kW of power and 600Nm of torque, sent to all wheels through the same quattro AWD system and eight-speed auto. 0-100km/h times haven’t been quoted, but it’s likely the S trio will be a few tenths slower than the RS 5’s 3.9-second sprint time.
Under the skin, the S models feature a sports electric power steering system, 10mm-lower sports suspension and 400mm front and 350mm rear brakes with six-piston calipers. Options include rear-wheel-steering, adaptive air suspension and ceramic brakes with slightly larger rear discs (370mm).
Visually, the S6 variants get a metallic front splitter, more aggressive rear diffuser, quad exhaust tips, revised grille, aluminium mirror caps and 20-inch alloy wheels. On top of that, the S7 features more aggressive air intakes and sporty side skirts.
Inside, there are Alcantara sports seats with contrast stitching, brushed aluminium trim, S-specific displays on the infotainment display and instrument cluster, metallic pedals, illuminated sill plates and a flat-bottom steering wheel.
The Audi S6 Sedan, S6 Avant and S7 Sportback on sale in Europe in the coming months.