Audi S to power of four

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Neighbourhood News -

HIGH per­for­mance Audi en­thu­si­asts could be spoilt for choice by four for­mi­da­ble new S mod­els all ben­e­fit­ing from a new eight-cylin­der bi-turbo en­gine de­liv­er­ing up to 520PS and 29mpg.

The all-new S6, S6 Avant, S7 Sport­back and S8 open for UK or­der this month (May) ahead of first de­liv­er­ies in July – on-the-road prices range from £53,995 for the S6 to £77,900 for the S8.

The new V8, in­cor­po­rat­ing cylin­der on de­mand tech­nol­ogy and a host of other ad­vances, re­places the nat­u­rally as­pi­rated V10 FSI en­gine in the all-new S6, S6 Avant and S8 mod­els, and in the process im­proves econ­omy by as much as 25 per cent.

In the S6 and S6 Avant the V8 de­liv­ers am­ple power with real world fuel econ­omy. It ap­pears here in 420PS form, and pro­vides a con­stant 550Nm of torque from 1,400 to 5,300rpm, enough to cat­a­pult the S6 from 0 to 62mph in 4.6 sec­onds and the S6 Avant in 4.7 sec­onds, and to spur them on to an elec­tron­i­cally gov­erned top speed of 155mph.

A num­ber of tech­nolo­gies con­trib­ute to this im­pres­sively un­com­pro­mis­ing per­for­mance, in­clud­ing the fa­mil­iar re­cu­per­a­tion and start-stop sys­tems, and also a new “cylin­der on de­mand” cylin­der man­age­ment sys­tem which de­ac­ti­vates four of the en­gine’s eight cylin­ders un­der part load to con­serve fuel and im­prove ef­fi­ciency.

These mod­els are also fit­ted as stan­dard with adap­tive air sus­pen­sion in its firmer Sport con­fig­u­ra­tion. The tautly tuned set-up with vari­able damp­ing low­ers the body by 10mm, and pro­vides for highly pre­cise han­dling with­out com­pro­mis­ing com­fort.

The cabin con­tin­ues the sport­ing theme in an equally un­der­stated and el­e­gant way - S6 badges on the key, the leather sports steer­ing wheel and the in­stru­ments.

In the Audi S7 Sport­back the en­gine pow­ers the five-door coupé from 0 to 62mph in 4.7 sec­onds, and on to a limited top speed of 155mph, with com­bined econ­omy of 29.4mpg.

It is fit­ted as stan­dard with adap­tive air sus­pen­sion sport and the Audi drive se­lect dy­nam­ics sys­tem. In­side, there are S badges, the red ring on the start-stop but­ton, the S7 logo in the il­lu­mi­nated door sill trims, the alu­minium strip on the S tronic se­lec­tor lever and the alu­minium shift pad­dles.

The Audi S8 is the new head of the Audi S model fam­ily – a large and lux­u­ri­ous sa­loon that gen­er­ates 520PS and de­liv­ers a con­stant 650Nm of torque be­tween 1,700 and 5,500rpm. The re­sult is out­stand­ing per­for­mance: the sprint from zero to 62mph takes just 4.2 sec­onds, and it av­er­ages 28mpg on the com­bined cy­cle, equat­ing to CO2 out­put of 235g/km - a con­sid­er­able gain over its com­peti­tors, and its pre­de­ces­sor.

The new Audi S8, via its eight­speed tip­tronic trans­mis­sion, also unites sporti­ness and ef­fi­ciency.

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