Say hello to the sporty Audi S6 sedan and S7 Sportback (and hello and goodbye to the S6 Avant wagon we won’t be getting). Based on the new-generation A6 and A7 introduced for 2019, the freshly unveiled 2020 models follow the usual S formula in that they get more aggressive front trim, wider side sills, and a sportier rear diffuser with four chrome tailpipes. Each also features accents in dark chrome or aluminum on the grille, air intakes, mirror caps, and rear fascia.
Under the hood, S6 and S7 models bound for the U.S. (and Asia and Middle East) will pack a twin-turbo 2.9-liter V-6 engine that delivers 450 horsepower and 442 lb-ft of torque.
An Audi S model wouldn’t be worth its badge if it didn’t also get suspension work, and the new cars features an aluminum-intensive multilink setup with firmer bushings and adaptive dampers as standard that lower the S6 by 0.8 inch and the already lower S7 by 0.4 inch. An adaptive air suspension with adjustable damping is optional and can both lift the cars for additional ground clearance and level them off when burdened with a heavy load.
The steering is tuned to be quick than in the A-badged models, and additional available chassis goodies include Audi’s trick Sport rear differential, which apportions torque from left to right at the rear to sharpen turn-in response, and four-wheel steering, which adds variable steering at the front and, at speeds up to 37 mph, turns the rear wheels out of phase with the fronts by as much as five degrees to increase maneuverability.
Inside, the cabin can be outfitted with a choice between black, Rotor Gray, or Arras Red leather and Alcantara upholstery for the sport seats, while plenty of S logos and contrast stitching are present, as well. There are stainless-steel footrest and pedals, and a flat-bottom steering wheel is available as an option. Audi’s fully digital Virtual Cockpit with a 12.3-inch display is on everyexample.