The 2010 Audi S6 5.2 Liter V10 Engine

Published: 15th February 2010
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The Audi S6 is designed to be the ultimate sport sedan. An engine sourced from a Lamborghini Gallardo, the S6's dazzling V10 unfortunately only seems to impress on paper, though, as the car's performance is barely improved on the Audi A6 3.0T, which is much less expensive. Unfortunately, though the S6's engine comes from Lamborghini, it produces 127 hp less than the Gallardo version.

The S6's V10 is a 5.2 liter engine that produces 425 hp and 398 lb-ft of torque. While 425 hp is significantly higher than more common lower-budget cars, it is terribly inadequate in this segment. The competition includes the BMW M5, which produces 490 hp, and the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG, which produces 508 hp. The only advantage of the S6 over these competing models is the approximately $10,000 cheaper price tag. Nonetheless, even the Cadillac CTS-V, which costs $20,000 less, significantly outperforms the sluggish S6.

The only transmission option on the S6 is a six-speed automatic with manual shift control (dubbed Tiptronic by Audi). The S6 will get from 0 to 60 mph in 5.1 seconds, the same as the much cheaper S5 convertible, which has just a V6 engine and all the weight of the soft-top convertible machinery to lug around. The S6 also has lower fuel economy ratings - 14 mpg in the city, 19 mpg on the highway, and 16 mpg combined.

Unfortunately, the S6's greatest competition isn't from in-house - the models from BMW and Mercedes run circles around the S6. The BMW M5 gets from 0-60 in just 4.8 seconds, while the Mercedes E63 makes the run in just 4.4 seconds. Those looking to buy a car in this segment will have to look elsewhere to find a car with enough of a kick to justify the hit to the wallet.

Ronnie Tanner is a contributing writer at SW Engines. He writes about audi s6 engine and other industry specific topics.

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