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2007 Audi S6 Review


Muscular Midsize Sedan

A three-quarter front view of a 2007 Audi S6

In short: A V10-powered, high-performance large sedan.

Audi S6 Interior
Audi S6 Center Console
Audi S6 V10 Engine

As the sporty sibling of the already excellent A6, the Audi S6 has had a lot to prove since it first rolled off assembly lines over a decade ago. However, with the latest version of the S6, the people at Audi have proven that they are serious when they say "high performance." 

Fitted with a big and booming 5.2-liter, 435-horsepower V10, the S6 immediately makes its presence known on the road with a rumbling low-end growl that gives way to a throaty roar at high speeds. And speaking of high speeds, the S6 has no problem hitting them in a hurry, with a 0-60 time that would put many so-called sports coupes to shame, let alone midsize sedans. Complementing the S6's muscular engine is Audi's patented quattro all-wheel drive system, making sure that all of that power hits the pavement where it's needed.

While the ride was remarkably comfortable and the rear seating roomy enough in our S6, the unimpressive fuel economy (15 mpg city; 21 highway) may make it hard for some to consider this certified gas guzzler as a daily driver. Nevertheless, if you've got the means and desire the muscle, the S6 is an excellent choice for a performance-minded midsize sedan.

A rear view of a 2007 Audi S6

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Warranty/Service: Four-year/50,000 mile limited warranty, 12-year limited warranty against rust, 24-hour roadside assistance for four-years/unlimited miles.

Base Price: $72,000 / As Tested: $82,915

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front-engine, all-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan

Engine: 5.2-liter V10
Horsepower: 435 bhp @ 6800 rpm
Torque: 398 lb-ft @ 3000-4000 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed automatic transmission with Tiptronic

Curb weight: 4,486 lbs
Wheelbase: 112.1 in
193.5/79.2/57.0 in
Turning circle: 39.0 feet

Brakes: four-wheel disc with ABS and electronic brake assist

Suspension: four-link front suspension, trapezoidal link rear suspension

all-wheel drive, traction control, vehicle stability control
Safety: front air bags, front and rear side abdomen air bags, side curtain air bags

0-60 mph: 5.1 seconds
Top Speed: 155 mph

EPA City: 15 mpg
EPA Highway: 21 mpg
Gas Guzzler Tax: $1,300

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(Updated 04/14/10 NW)