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  • Writer's pictureClement Francis

2023 Audi S6 Review: Understated And Underrated:

The 444-horsepower Audi S6 may not be as fast as the BMW M550i

The Audi RS6 Avant gets all of the attention, and rightfully so. The 621-horsepower super wagon is a stellar performer and a standout in terms of styling. But it's still a niche product that most buyers, even Audi buyers, probably won't be able to get their hands on.

Enter the 2023 Audi S6 sedan. Sure, it isn't as speedy nor nearly as eye-catching as the Avant, but it also costs $50,000 less than its long-roofed sibling. And with that, the S6 still has solid looks, decent speed, and a twin-turbocharged V6 good for 444 horsepower. Even without a ridiculous roofline, there’s a lot to like about the S6.


The S6 looks sharp and refined. It has a big hexagonal grille with black inserts, flanked on either side by LED headlamps with futuristic-looking daytime lighting details. These 21-inch wheels are exclusive to the Design Edition package; the five spokes split into a V shape at the rim drawing similarities to the RS models. And the red brake calipers are another neat visual cue as part of the Design Edition package.

Audi faithful should feel right at home hopping into the S6. It has familiar premium materials and an excellent driver-centric cockpit. The Design Edition package, again, makes the already upscale cabin feel a bit more special with red stitching, Dinamica suede at knee level (instead of leather), a neat flat-bottomed steering wheel, and a few darkened chrome trim pieces.

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