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4 Wheel Drive Madness


A list of some spectacular 4x4s and some not so spectacular. | 4x4 History


2001 February: Audi Australia released the faster, S6, version of the A6 sedan. The S6 uses Audi's 4.2 litre V8 with 5-valves per cylinder; here it produces 250kW at 7000rpm and 420Nm at 3400rpm with 300Nm from near idle. It drives a 5-speed Tiptronic gearbox and quattro full time 4WD with Torsen centre differential.

Active safety features include ABS brakes, electronic brake force distribution, traction control and electronic stability program. If they aren't enough, there are multiple front and side airbags.

Aluminium is used for front and rear subframes, suspension parts, brake calipers, door sill trims and even door mirrors!

Audi S6 2001, loa 4833mm, width 1850mm (body), height 1443mm, wheelbase 2759mm, track 1578mm/ 1590mm, weight 1735kg - 1760kg unladen, GVM 2275kg - 2300kg.
Engine: 4172cc V8 petrol, 5-valves/cyl, dohc, bore 84.5mm, stroke 93.0mm, c.r. 11.0:1, power 250kW at 7000rpm, torque 420Nm at 3400rpm.
Transmission: 6-speed manual or 5-speed Tiptronic, quattro 4WD, Torsen centre diff'.
Fuel consumption 21L/100km city, 14.1 - 14.3L/100km highway, claimed.