What is it?
What with the backlash against diesel following Volkswagen’s emissions scandal, it would be a brave manufacturer that would back it to fuel a new vehicle. Step up Audi, which has decided to convert its sporty S models to the fuel from the black pump.
If it can overcome the doom and gloom portrayed in mainstream media, it does actually make sense. Diesel engines offer long distance economy and meatier torque figures than an equivalent petrol, and with modern technology, they can even emit fruity noises from the exhaust.
The big news is that diesel powertrain – it’s not a new unit, but it’s the first time this sub-RS model hasn’t been a petrol, and this one’s a mild hybrid, too. In an attempt to make this rather large saloon handle as well as the power output demands, all-wheel steering has been introduced, another S debut.
The suspension has also been given a retune, and has been dropped 20mm, with new six-piston brakes tasked with slowing things down. It also sports Audi’s new design language, giving it sharper styling befitting a sporty model.
What’s under the bonnet?
What’s it like to drive?
How does it look?
What’s it like inside?
As you’d expect of any Audi, the interior is up there with the best in the business – and when it comes to a high-specification model, only more so. The S6 gets Audi’s latest infotainment upgrades, meaning there’s a fantastic double-screen set-up in the centre console, as well as a digital display within the instrument binnacle. The cabin is a lesson in minimalism, with smart, sharp designs throughout, and fantastic materials. Everything you touch feels solidly put together, with the only downside being that using the lower touchscreen for everything does take some getting used to.
What’s the spec like?
The S6 Saloon gets a healthy standard specification. On the outside, there are 20-inch alloy wheels and LED headlights, with a choice of black or white paint.
Inside, you get the excellent sports seats upholstered in leather and that excellent twin-screen infotainment set-up with sat nav, and equipment including cruise control, Audi Pre Sense safety pack, parking assist and Audi Virtual Cockpit.
There are plenty of options available to bump the cost up though, such as a panoramic glass sunroof, a full leather package, and a Tour Pack that adds extra driver assistance kit.