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..its not clear yet (I'm not being facetious...) (archive)

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Posted by vertigo on April 18, 1999 at 16:27:54:

In Reply to: Re: ...A6 2.7 isn't the S6... posted by Gilbert on April 18, 1999 at 14:46:22:

Yes, it seems odd, but here is what's going
on (to the best of my knowledge):

In Europe, the 2.7 Turbo in the A6 is actually
detuned to 230 hp. It is not yet clear if
the 2.7 Turbo in the US will be getting
the 250hp of the S4 or the 230-ish of current
Euro-Spec A6s (which have been around for
a while). The 2.7 Turbo in the U.S. is meant
to provide a sedan that is quick-to-fast but
not blazing. Most estimates on the 2.7 T A6
in Europe give it around 7.0 second 0-60 times,
which isn't S territory. The S8 has a tuned
8 cylinder that gives it more torque and
horsepower than the regular A8, without turbo
charging. I'd expect the S6 will be similar.
Keep in mind that there are 3.7 liter and 4.2
liter V8's planned for the A6 (still not S)
putting out 260hp and 300hp respectively. The
2.7 T won't compete with these in price, nor
the 4.2 in performance (neither V8 will be
avilablein the US with manual...3.7 possibly
not at all). My best guess is that the S6,
if produced, will have a naturally aspirated
V8 with about 340-350 horsepower, bringing it
close to M5 territory. But a twin turbo V8
would be nice ;-)

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