Surprisingly, the 3.0 TDI delivers the same kind of performance, with a claimed 0 to 100 km/h sprint time of 5 seconds, despite an increase in weight. But we suspect that modern gearboxes and launch control play a big part. Thanks to both turbocharging and electric supercharging, the V6 is capable of producing 349 HP and 700 Nm of torque.
Only days after being announced, the three S model can already be configured in Germany, where the S6 sedan starts from €76,500, the S6 Avant from €79,000 and the S7 Sportback from €82,750. That sounds like a lot of money, but we've seen plenty of normal A6 and A7 models that have been configured higher.
The benefit is that unlike with a normal mode, you get the S-specific body kit for free, along with LED lights and a sporty interior. Obviously, there are still expensive options available, like the 6,000 euro B&O sound system, or laser headlights. The ones we'd definitely order are the adaptive air suspension (€2,000) and quattro sport rear differential €1,500.
If you like the look of the cars but want a lot more power, just wait until the RS6 and RS7 debut (at the end of 2019) with about 600 HP. That's about 70% more, which is a ridiculous power gap.
Over in America, all these cars will come with the 2.9 TFSI from the RS4. Pricing isn't available yet, but for reference, the 2018 Audi S6 would have set you back $71,900.