Audi likely to drop V8 engine in favour of a V6 – due in early 2018

An all-new Audi A6 is just around the corner and to go with the new executive saloon Audi will be launching a new performance orientated S6. The new S6 will rival the Mercedes-AMG E43 here in the UK, and it’s now been spied testing on the Nurburgring.

Unfortunately, if you were a fan of the current S6’s turbocharged 4-litre V8 engine, you might be disappointed to learn the new model will likely drop it in favour of the smaller turbocharged 3-litre V6 from the S4 and S5. Power will doubtless rise from the S4’s 260kW to somewhere closer to the current S6’s 330kW, and it will be sent through an 8-speed auto gearbox and Audi’s trademark quattro all-wheel drive.

The upshot of losing its sonorous V8 is that the new S6 is also expected to drop some weight thanks to the downsized engine and the utilisation of the same aluminium-intensive MLB evo platform that underpins most of the Audi range. Audi’s clever torque vectoring Sport differential will also likely be part of the S6’s dynamic repertoire.

Drawing plenty of design inspiration from the Prologue concept of a few years ago, the new A6 will inherit a more muscular design, with prominent shoulders over the front and rear wheels. The S6 will build on the standard car’s design with trademark quad exhausts, silver mirror caps and more aggressive bumpers.

Inside, Audi’s next generation MMI infotainment system will also feature, with Audi’s first application of a touch-screen interface. Designed in conjunction with the new MMI system, the dash will take on a completely different aesthetic to the current car. We expect the quality and materials to be top notch in typical Audi fashion too.

Due to land early 2018, the new S6 may lack the romance of its predecessors and their large capacity V8 engines, but will definitely become a more attractive ownership proposition in the process.

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