The new Audi S6 Avant has been spied undisguised ahead of its official launch later this year.
Sources in Germany have indicated to Autocar that new Audi S6 Avant will be a more civilised and refined car than its predecessor. Just as the A6 has become more luxurious in its latest guise, so the S6 will capture much of that refinement and mix it with the smooth yet punchy delivery of a new 4.0-litre turbocharged V8.
The Audi S6 Avant is tipped to get the single-turbo version of the new engine, with an output around 440bhp. A twin-turbo version with around 555bhp is believed to be reserved for the RS6 version but will be seen first in a new entry-point Bentley Continental GT V8.
The new S6 will have just 5bhp more than the 435bhp V10-powered old-gen model, but its performance and economy are expected to better its predecessor’s. New lightweight construction and more compact dimensions mean it will be lighter.
The S6 Avant is expected to feature a seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission, which should be smooth and quick-shifting, as well as having a Sports programme for rapid shifts.