New Audi S6 Gets Ready To Bring The Fight To BMW’s M550 xDrive

The next-generation 2019 Audi A6 has already been spied on multiple occasions but now our spy shooters have managed to catch the next-generation S6 undergoing testing on the Nürburgring.

Caught wearing an A6 body, the high-performance model is distinguished by a four-tailpipe exhaust system and lightweight alloy wheels that are backed up by a beefier braking system. The production model will go even further as we can expect unique bumpers, a specific-grille and special mirror caps – among other things that will separate it from the plain vanilla models of the series.

Performance specifications remain a bit of a mystery, but early speculation suggests the car could use the twin-turbo 2.9-liter V6 from the Porsche Panamera 4S. In that particular application, the engine develops 440 hp (328 kW) and 405 lb-ft (548 Nm) of torque.

It remains unclear how much the engine could produce in the S6 but the outgoing model has a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 that develops 450 hp (331 kW) and 406 lb-ft (550 Nm) of torque. The engine is connected to a seven-speed S tronic transmission and a quattro all-wheel drive system which enables the sedan to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 4.4 seconds before hitting a limited top speed of 150 mph (250 km/h).

One of the S6’s main rivals will be the new BMW M550i xDrive that gets a 456hp and 480 lb-ft 4.4-liter V8 twin-turbo engine catapulting it to 60mph (96km/h) in under 4 seconds.

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