New Audi S models – defining sporty luxury







Published by Gerald Ferreira Date: October 19, 2012
Categories: Audi, Audi A6, Audi A7, Audi A8

Strong performance, superb dynamics, elegant understatement and everyday practicality: the new Audi S models combine all of these characteristics with the latest in state-of-the-art technology.

Audi A6

The Engine The new S models are quite simply sports cars for everyday life. The Audi S6 and S7 Sportback employ a twin-turbo V8 engine which delivers 309 kW from a displacement of four litres, while transmitting 550 Nm of torque between 1,400 and 5,200 rpm. The Audi S8 employs a more powerful version of the same engine, which transmits 382kW of power and generates 650 Nm of torque.

The Audi S6 accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 4.6 seconds while the S7 Sportback takes just one-tenth of a second longer. The Audi S8 needs only 4.2 seconds to reach the same speed. The S6 and the S7 Sportback each average 9.6 litres of fuel per 100 km, while the S8 consumes 10.2 litres per 100km. The cylinder on demand system, which switches off four of the eight cylinders in many driving situations, contributes significantly to this efficiency.

The system deactivates four of the eight cylinders at low load, reducing fuel consumption at moderate highway speeds by up to 10 percent. When the V8 switches into V4 mode, the active noise control system (ANCS) is activated, which counteracts unwanted noise by broadcasting targeted cancellation sounds into the vehicle interior via the sound system’s loudspeakers. The transmission on the Audi S6 and S7 Sportback is a seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch unit, while the Audi S8 uses an eight-speed Tiptronic.

Both transmissions unite sportiness and efficiency by keeping revs low with quick and comfortable downshifts. The quattro® permanent all-wheel drive is standard on all three new S models. The Audi S8 is also offered with the sport differential as standard, which actively distributes power between the rear wheels.

The Exterior Subtle, but eye-catching exterior design details signal the special position that these S models occupy in the Audi range. Black brake callipers with S6/S7/S8 logos encircle the front disc brakes, with the same detail on the bumpers. The powerful single-frame radiator grille and exhaust tailpipes in particular, as well as exterior mirrors featuring an aluminium look, confirm the status of the new S models. Xenon Plus headlights with LED daytime running lights and LED rear lights are standard for the S6 and S7 Sportback, while full LED headlight technology is offered as standard on the S8. The bodies of the S6 and S7 Sportback consist of around 20 percent lightweight aluminium, while the Audi S8 is manufactured entirely from aluminium, weighing only 1,975 kilograms. These bodies excel due to their low weight, outstanding crash safety, high torsional rigidity and sophisticated aerodynamics.

The Interior The interiors of all three S models is sportily elegant; instrument dials are grey and the needles white. Trim parts in aluminium-look, plus door sill trims and bezels made of aluminium, are minor highlights. Electrically adjustable sports seats are standard equipment for drivers and front-seat passengers in the new Audi S6, while the S7 Sportback has S sports seats with integrated head restraints. The Audi S8 offers power-adjustable deluxe sport seats which have been exclusively designed for this model. Audi connect is also standard across all three S models. Audi connect is enabled through the MMI Navigation Plus system with Bluetooth car phone online and an innovative MMI touchpad, allowing passengers to enjoy unrestricted online connectivity turning your vehicle into a WLAN hotspot.

Pricing Audi S6: R834 600 Audi S7 Sportback: R919 600 Audi S8: R1 219 500 All three new Audi S models are now available to order in South Africa . Pricing includes all taxes and the five-year/100 000km Audi Freeway Plan.

Audi A7

Standard equipment:  Audi S6 and S7 Sportback:

  • Bluetooth car phone online for Audi connect
  • Satellite navigation
  • Xenon Plus headlights with LED tail lights
  • 19-inch alloy wheels in 5 parallel ‘S’ design
  • Inlays in dulled aluminium
  • Storage package
  • Alcantara / leather seat trim on sports front seats
  • Alcantara / leather seat trim on S sports front seats for Audi S7 Sportback
  • Aluminium exterior mirror housing
  • Four-corner air suspension
  • Door sills with ‘S’ badging
  • Three-spoke multifunction steering wheel with S tronic controls

Audi A8

Audi S8:

  • Full LED headlights
  • 20-inch alloy wheels in 5 parallel ‘S’ design
  • Adaptive air suspension, sport
  • Double glazing
  • Bluetooth car phone online for Audi connect
  • Inlays in Carbon Atlas
  • Comfort sports seats in Valcona leather
  • Aluminium exterior mirror housing
  • Door sills with ‘S’ badging
  • Three-spoke multifunction steering wheel with S tronic controls