In late 1997, Audi introduced an all-new range of Audi A6models, based on the Volkswagen Group C5 platform. A newAudi S6, now officially known as the Audi S6 quattro appeared in 1999, to complement its A6 platform-mate.
The saloon version of the new S6 was only available for the European market and came with a choice of two engines: 4.2L 32 valve or the later-developed 4.2L 40 valve unit. Also, the new model was equipped with stiffened suspension, ESP, ABS with ABD and brake assist. Car’s front underwent some major changes in terms of grille design (wider structure) and hood components (all-aluminium).
Like the other Audis using this undersquare five-valve V-8, the S6 Avant sends power to the front and rear wheels via a five-speed Tiptronic automatic and a Torsen center differential. This version of Audi’s Quattro system splits power evenly between front and rear until slippage occurs, whereupon it redirects thrust as needed. It wasn’t installed in our preproduction test car, but the S6 will also have a new Tiptronic with steering-wheel shift buttons and a sport-mode setting, raising shift points to enhance acceleration.
As you would have expected of a ride in the rarefied realm of back then costing $55,000, there’s more to this package than mega-muscle and stiffened sinews. The S6 Avant includes xenon headlamps on high and low beams, excellent brakes augmented by ABS and hydraulic brake assist, traction control, an electronic stability system, curtain side airbags, plus plenty of luxo licks: leather, Wagner-worthy Bose audio with a six-disc, in-dash CD changer, heated power front seats, heated power mirrors, and the option of the OnStar telematics system. One-owner car with only 39,000KMs on it and Euro Spec, never accidented and in great condition!
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