Within the luxury sedan classes, a new niche of vehicle is emerging, one that looks sportier and offers greater performance but which still isn’t, to borrow a phrase, the ultimate driving machine of the lineup. For example, Lexus has begun to offer F Sport models as the first stepping-stone to what is expected to be a broader F Performance lineup. Cadillac is introducing a new Vsport collection of models to slot in underneath the V-Series performance variants. Even BMW, purveyor of those self-proclaimed ultimate driving machines, is offering M Sport treatments with cosmetic and performance enhancements that stop well short of the full-on M treatment.
At Audi, the letter signifying hotter models is S, while the performance versions are called RS. I don’t know how you perceive them, but to me these designations carry performance-oriented weight and significance right out of the box. You don’t really need to explain to someone that the S or RS model is the performance version of the A model. Rather, it is inferred. Plus, the letter “S” looks like the type of road these machines are designed to conquer.
By way of this prelude, then, the subject of this review is the 2013 Audi S6. It is a performance-oriented version of the recently redesigned Audi A6, itself a rather accomplished machine, and one that I recall as one of my favorite models in the mid-luxury sedan class. The S6 is an equally compelling automobile, one that pushes all the right buttons for an enthusiast driver seeking seriously speedy, low-profile motoring, and I want one for my own garage. Perhaps in the sections that follow, I can convince you that you want one, too.