Herald Sun - Motoring - - FIRST DRIVE -

THE heavy­weight of the Audi large sedan range is a lot of car for an ex­pected price of about $170,000.

The wheels are the only give­away the S6 this isn’t a reg­u­lar mem­ber of the A6 line-up … un­til the biturbo 4.0-litre V8 rum­bles into life.

A de­tuned ver­sion of the RS6 Avant’s mon­strously im­pres­sive pow­er­plant, the V8 in this guise is good for 331kW/550Nm.

There is a nose-heavy ap­proach to cor­ners — though the grip from the quat­tro AWD hard­ware gives it bite through the turns and there is a lack of cor­ner­ing feel. But the S6 is kilo­me­tre-crush­ing quick and it will over­take B-dou­bles on the short­est of straights.

Com­bine th­ese traits with its in­te­rior am­bi­ence and it be­comes an ideal in­ter­state cruiser.

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