Squint and you may possibly see it.

Audi has been spied testing a incredibly normal-hunting S6 sedan prototype on some wintery roadways.

The only giveaway that a little something is awry with this motor vehicle is the huge equipment at the the rear. It appears this bulky machines is altering the locale of the exhausts from the outside the house to additional centrally-mounted models.

The frequent quad exhaust guidelines have been blanked out with patches and there are now only two centrally-mounted exhaust recommendations. This is extremely peculiar as Audi ‘S’ autos typically have quad exhaust strategies.

Our spy photographers mentioned the Audi S6 prototype was “very loud but didn’t glimpse that different”.

Almost everything else about this prototype would seem to be extremely related externally to the current model. We really do not get a seem within however.

It’s unclear what Audi is tests out exactly with this car but it obviously has one thing to do with the exhaust technique.

One particular distinct selection that Audi could be investigating is beefing up the outputs of the S6’s twin-turbo powertrain. This would respond to why this prototype evidently made so much sounds.

In Australia, the present-technology Audi S6 is only offered with the 2.9-litre twin-turbo V6 motor with a 48V delicate-hybrid that provides 331kW of ability and 600Nm of torque. It is mated to an 8-velocity torque-converter automatic transmission.

A edition of this motor, sans the 48V delicate-hybrid procedure, is also made use of in the Porsche Panamera, Cayenne and Macan.

In European marketplaces, there’s also a 3.-litre twin-turbo V6 diesel offered that produces 253kW and 700Nm and is mated to a 7-velocity twin-clutch transmission.

It is unclear whether its a twin-turbo petrol or twin-turbo diesel engine in this specific S6 prototype.

An additional probable alternative Audi could be doing the job on is minimizing the emissions of the twin-turbo powertrain. This would make sense for why there are massive boxy forms under wherever the exhausts usually are.

Audi has previously mentioned it’s heading all-electric powered in all markets, other than for China, by 2033. It’ll also start its past new worldwide design with inner combustions engines (ICE) in 2025.

The European Union is also on the lookout to ban petrol, diesel and hybrid new vehicles from 2035.

The European Commission is proposing a 55 for each cent minimize for new motor vehicle CO2 emissions by 2030, and a 100 per cent slash by 2035. Present targets only contact for a 35 for every cent reduction by 2030.

Even with the aid of the 48V delicate-hybrid program, the Australian-spec Audi S6 has a claimed fuel economic climate figure of 8.4L/100km.

Audi regionally released the present-day, fifth-generation S6 in January 2020 and it hasn’t been given a mid-life update however.

In February 2022, the S6 gained a price enhance of $5000 owing to “rising product costs and continued offer challenges”. It now starts at $158,000 prior to on-street costs.

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By Kelli