2016 audi s6 Model Overview
New for 2016
The refreshed 2016 Audi S6 receives some minor exterior styling updates, new LED headlights, and cross-stitched seats as standard equipment. Ventilated seats with massage function are also available as an extra cost option. Arras Red is a new interior upholstery option for the S6. The car’s twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 gains more power, now producing 450 hp, up from 420 hp, while torque remains the same at 406 lb-ft.
The 2016 Audi S6 is the performance variant of the A6 midsize luxury sedan and slots above the compact S4 and under the larger S8. Audi’s A7 hatchback is mechanically related to the A6 line and one of its performance variants, the S7, is essentially a more practical S6.
A 450-hp 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 with 406 lb-ft of torque is the only engine available and it’s paired to a seven-speed twin-clutch automatic transmission. Fuel economy is impressive for such a powerful sports sedan at 18/27 mpg city/highway.
Passenger space is excellent for five adults thanks to the S6’s roomy and well-built interior. Cargo capacity is respectable for the class at 14.1 cubic feet, and can be expanded thanks to the standard 60/40 split-folding seatbacks.
The NHTSA gave the 2016 Audi S6 a five-star overall safety score (out of a possible five stars) while the IIHS considers it a Top Safety Pick+, earning a Good score in five crash testing categories (Good is the highest possible score). In the IIHS’ front crash prevention evaluations, the 2016 S6 earned an Advanced designation because it was able to reduce the impact speed by 10 mph in a 12-mph autobrake test and 1 mph in a 25-mph autobrake test (Front crash prevention designations include Basic, Advanced, and Superior). To receive the Top Safety Pick+ award, the S6 must be equipped with the Driver Assistance package, which includes top and corner view cameras, adaptive cruise control with stop and go function, active lane assist, and Audi Pre Sense, which combines forward collision warning and forward automatic emergency braking.
Standard safety features include dual-stage front airbags, front thorax side airbags, knee airbags, and Sideguard head curtain airbags. Rear side airbags are optional on all S6 models.
Trims, Packages, and What’s Standard
Standard equipment in the base Premium Plus trim includes Audi Drive Select, Audi MMI infotainment system with a seven-inch screen and touchpad controls, navigation, keyless entry and start, rearview camera, rear cross-traffic alert, and blind spot warning. Stepping up to the Prestige trim adds a head-up display, 630-watt, 14-speaker Bose surround sound system, and full LED headlights.
Those looking to optimize the performance of their S6 can opt for the S6 Sport package, which adds dynamic power steering calibration, sport exhaust, and a sport differential. The S6 Sport package can also be combined with the Black Optic package, which adds cosmetic upgrades such as body colored exterior side mirrors, gloss black grille, and 20-inch Titanium Matte finish alloy wheels with summer performance tires.
What We Think
In a First Drive review, we said that the 2016 S6 is one of the best sleepers around because not many will suspect that it’s a sports sedan. On the road, the S6 feel well planted, handles well, and drives smaller than it actually is while the twin-turbo V-8 provides gobs of power, allowing it to blast through the highway with ease. Despite its great handling and impressive straight line acceleration, the S6 doesn’t sacrifice luxury, with a well-built and designed cabin featuring real wood and metal accents, and plush leather than can be had in attractive two-tone color schemes. Additionally, there’s plenty of room for five adults in the S6, making it an excellent car that’s able to double duty as a daily driver and weekend fun machine.
- Exceptional balance of comfort, handling, and performance
- Surprisingly good fuel economy
- Well-built and appointed interior
You Won’t Like:
- Conservative exterior design
- No wagon body style in the US