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2011 Audi S6

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2011 Audi S6 Review

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With attractive, consistent designs and world-class luxury, Audi is posing an increasing challenge to BMW, Lexus and Mercedes-Benz. The same goes for its S line of performance cars, which compete against BMW's M cars, Mercedes' AMG models and the Lexus F series. The 2011 Audi S6 is a prime example of Audi's luxury and performance prowess. Though not as silky-smooth as the mainstream A6 on which it's based, and not as much of a track hero as the BMW M5 or the similarly-priced Porsche 911, the S6 offers world-class luxury and performance in one sexy package.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you want a daily driver that can deliver a calm ride to work and a high-performance character when pushed, you'll be amazed by how this 2011 Audi A6 balances these seemingly-incongruent traits.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If all-out power or race car moves are your goal, the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG or BMW M5 might be more to your liking.

What's Significant About This Car?

There are no major changes for 2011 as the A6/S6 lineup awaits a 2012 redesign.

Driving the S6

Driving Impressions In a class with high-strung rivals, the 2011 Audi S6 feels almost laid back. The BMW M5 is harder-edged and the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG has neck-snapping power. The S6, on...

the other hand, is amazingly fast but with an effortless feel. As a result, the S6 inspires confidence and is a particularly satisfying partner on public roads. Both the steering and braking have a responsive, natural feel, and the quattro all-wheel drive system contributes to balanced handling. The sporty suspension tuning does make the S6 harsher over bumps and slightly more fidgety on the highway than the A6, but we would still be happy to drive the S6 coast-to-coast.

LED Daytime Running Lights
Audi was among the first to use LEDs as a styling element. On the S6, low-set bright white LED daytime running lights are grouped in two rows of five to represent the V10 engine within. They give the S6 one of the most distinctive faces on the road.

V10 Engine
We like the 5.2-liter V10's smooth and willing power delivery, as well as the unique sounds it makes. Mercedes gets as much power with more brute force out of a V8, but the S6's V10 is a conversation starter.

2011 Audi S6 Details
Interior

Audi is known for modern, stylish, high-quality interiors and the S6 is no exception. The standard wood trim is attractive and the available carbon fiber is both good-looking and appropriate for a car with the S6's sporty intentions. The same goes for the sport bucket seats, which are supportive during hard cornering. Audi's standard MMI central control system – which handles the entertainment, communication, navigation and climate controls – is among the more intuitive of these systems on the market today, but it can complicate some controls and take a little time to learn.

Exterior

Versus the more subtle A6, the 2011 Audi S6 has some slightly more aggressive styling elements. The bolder front end is highlighted by a uniquely-styled grille and very distinctive LED daytime running lights placed in the lower air intakes. The LEDs also act as fog lights. Along the sides, the S6 features V10 badges, aluminum-look mirrors and unique 19-inch wheels. At the rear, the S6 has a tastefully-integrated rear spoiler and quad exhaust tips.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 2011 Audi S6 comes very well equipped. Standard equipment includes leather upholstery, a Bose sound system, heated front and rear seats, sunroof, Bluetooth phone connectivity, a hard drive-based navigation system with 40 gigabytes of memory, Sirius Satellite Radio and keyless access and starting. Sporty features include front and rear electronically locking differentials, a sport-tuned suspension and 19-inch wheels. Standard safety features over and above the norm include reverse parking sensors, a rearview camera and adaptive high intensity discharge headlights that point into turns.

Optional Equipment

Optional features on the 2011 Audi S6 consist of black Milano leather upgrade, rear side airbags, Audi Side Assist lane-change assistant and smaller 18-inch wheels on summer performance tires.

Under the Hood

The mid-size S6 is powered by a slightly less-powerful version of the direct-injected V10 engine found in the cars' corporate cousin, the Lamborghini Gallardo. Paired with a six-speed automatic transmission with manual-shift capability, the 2011 Audi S6 can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 5.1 seconds and top out at an electronically-limited top speed of 155 mph. The S6 also comes standard with Audi's 40/60 rear-biased quattro all-wheel drive system, along with more aggressive suspension tuning, bigger brakes and a more direct steering ratio than the A6.

5.2-liter V10
435 horsepower @ 6800 rpm
398 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3000-4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/21

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2011 Audi S6 Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.9
Out of 10

Based on 11 Ratings for the 2007 - 2013 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    9.8/10
    Quality
    10.0/10
  • Reliability
    9.9/10
    Performance
    9.8/10
  • Comfort
    9.7/10
    Styling
    9.7/10

Audi S6 after 5 BMWs

By on Monday, July 22, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,400

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Power, acceleration, road grip, fun to drive"

Cons: "None"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I've had 5 BMWs over the last 15 years. When it was time for a new car, I test drove the Audi S4 and S6 as well as the BMW 335xi, 550xi, M3 and M5. The S6 was the perfect mix of performance, value, features, style and driving fun. I can easily say it's the best car I've ever owned."

9 people out of 14 found this review helpful

Great car at this price point

By on Sunday, March 03, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,200

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Great car, fun to drive and lots of tech. The tech is pretty simple to use, and the head-up display is esp. nice as I find my self looking at instrument cluster far less except at night when I'm using night vision to see if I am missing anything. The B&O sound system is worth the money IMHO. We are hearing things in old music we never heard before even on good home stereo. It does lack on the bottom end however and clips a bit there. Std. MP3's and such are not using this system to it's fullest. Listen to it with either a real CD or an iPod with loss less recordings. (Car does not support loss less decoding with using an iPod.) Could the car be improved? Yes, but with minor items that don't really affect ones use of the car. Does it need improved to be one of the best out? No."

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

One of the best

By on Wednesday, February 13, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 40,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Reliable, stylish, fun to drive & easy to control"

Cons: "not the last word in torque,"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I was looking for a sports car but needed a sedan to haul around the family every once in a while. I got the best of both in the S6. The V10 is a very powerful engine, immediatly responsive and eager to please. Unless I'm stuck in traffic, I prefer driving it in S mode, which tweaks up the torque a bit. While the car's exterior has some extra styling compared to the A6, it looks sufficietly similar not to bring unwanted attention to itself. Inside the car is very well done. Classy but also sporty, with all the comforts you will find in a high end sedan. All for 15K less then a M5 or E63. Gotta love Audi!"

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Switched from BMW M to 2013 Audi S6

By on Thursday, December 06, 2012

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,700

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great performance, great comfort, great price"

Cons: "Too many electronic displays... Feels cluttered"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"After owning two M3s and three M5s over the past 18 years, I have switched to the 2013 Audi S6. I have been very pleased with the S6 handling, speed, comfort, and price. I can't find the downside of a car that handles better than the 2013 M5, has 4WD, and costs $20k less."

6 people out of 8 found this review helpful

Awesome sleeper car

By on Saturday, March 26, 2011

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

"Despite all of the performance characteristics of the car, which are many and impressive, I was surprised at how reliable this car has been. Nothing has gone wrong with it, and I drive my car daily in all seasons and pretty hard...... An excellent mix of performance, technology and passenger comfort....it's no M5, but it's not supposed to be. HIGHLY recommend this rig, it rocks!!!"

7 people out of 8 found this review helpful

Great value for the price

By on Monday, March 21, 2011

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

"I got the car at a good price at the end of Audi's car year. I tried the BMW M5, and sadly the people there didn't take you seriously and had no manual M5's. The S6's acceleration is outstandingly smooth. You dont' get head jerks from that of the M5 automatic etc and it's significantly cheaper for a decked out model compared to BMW and mercedes. The features on this guy are quite many, and the handling is amazing when trying to avoid accidents. It hides well, I've been followed a few times by cops but they went after louder looking cars eventually. :) It's expensive, but also worth it. Pros: Awesome awesome engine noise, lots of room for a group of friends/family, great stereo, once you get familiar with the car better you can choose the mode that is best for conditions (manual/sports/drive), the look of the car in the back. Cons: The nav interface is a little strange and the movement of it is a little sluggish, would be nice to have traffic set up a little different because it's one of the best features to have in a car (in LA). The actual look of the front grill is not as good as I would have liked (A4 or A8's look so much better), I am going to find an aftermarket shop to make minor mods to the front and also probably chip the car (speed gov on a >300HP car is lame)."

9 people out of 12 found this review helpful

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