Firmer and more spontaneous
The dynamic suspension layout of the new Audi S6 is based on a technology that has already demonstrated its sports calibre in the most challenging of conditions: the refined four-link front suspension acknowledged as a typical Audi feature and the self-tracking trapezoidal-link rear suspension carried over from the A6. This combination gives the S6 one of the most complex and efficient rear suspension layouts currently available. In terms of its kinematic behaviour, this technical treat provides a foretaste of the out-and-out sporty, active characteristics of the Audi S6. The precise reduction of bump toe-in as a function of spring travel improves the car's directional stability, steering precision, and handling. The entire layout is designed in such a way as to produce a neutral response with a moderate tendency to understeer when the very high limits of handling are approached.
The chassis is constructed using a multi-material concept. The principal components of the chassis feature lightweight aluminium construction, resulting in decisively lower unsprung masses. The targeted use of sheet steel, on the other hand, achieves optimum rigidity wherever it is required. In selecting specific materials and manufacturing methods for each individual suspension link, Audi's engineers have been able to ensure that the chassis represents an optimum blend of low weight, high rigidity and maximum safety.
As a reflection of its explicitly sporty character, the suspension settings of the S6 have been made firmer, even compared with the A6 sports suspension, and at the same time assure a high standard of comfort for long-distance driving. As the elastokinematics have likewise undergone comprehensive modifications, the Audi S6 is always noticeably more agile; driving stability and traction have moreover been further optimised specifically for the high performance standards of the Audi S6.
The Audi S6 is equipped ex works with 19-inch cast aluminium wheels of a 5-arm wing design. The wide tyres have the format 265/35 R19, a further feature differentiating them from the Audi A6.
An 18-inch brake system assures supreme braking performance and decelerates the car keenly even under high loads (this means that the size of the wheels fitted must be at least 18 inches). Its four large discs are ventilated, the discs on the front wheels measuring 385 millimetres in diameter and those at the rear measuring 330 mm. The front brake discs are 36 mm thick, the rear brake discs 22 mm. The brake calipers are painted black; the front calipers are adorned with a titanium grey supporting plate with an S-specific S6 emblem.
The equipment, data and prices stated here refer to the model range offered for sale in Germany. Subject to amendment; errors and omissions excepted.