2012 Audi S6 and S7 Sportback now on sale in Australia

October 22, 2012

Audi Australia has announced two limited editions for the local market; the new Audi S6 sedan and the Audi S7 Sportback. Both come with the all-new twin-turbo V8 engine.

Just 50 examples of each will hit the market. Audi says numbers had to be limited due to popular demand in international markets. The two are Audi’s newest ‘S’ models to join the lineup.

Both feature an identical powertrain consisting of Volkswagen Group’s new 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 engine, also seen in the latest Bentley Continental V8.

In the Audis it produces 309kW of power and 550Nm of torque. This is enough grunt to propel the S6 from 0-100km/h in 4.6 seconds, while the slightly larger S7 four-door coupe does it in 4.7 seconds.

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Despite the awesome power and performance, the engine comes with various fuel-saving technologies. The highlight of which is cylinder deactivation, or cylinder-on-demand (CoD) as Audi calls it, which shuts down four of the eight cylinders when under low load driving conditions. This contributes to an average fuel economy rating of just 9.6L/100km.

Being the top-line variants of the A6 and the A7 Sportback, both come with loads of standard features. Some of these include:

  • 20-inch 5-parallel-spoke S design alloy wheels
  • Adaptive air suspension (Sport)
  • Digital TV reception
  • Electric boot open and closing function
  • Head-up display (HUD)
  • LED headlights with high-beam assist
  • quattro all-wheel drive sports differential
  • S Sport front seats upholstered in Valcona leather

Both models are now available to order, with prices starting at the following (excluding on-road costs):

Audi S6 sedan 4.0 TFSI quattro S tronic – $168,900
Audi S7 Sportback 4.0 TFSI quattro S tronic – $179,900

Brett is the editor and founder of Performance Drive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.