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Pros: The 2014 Audi S6 is one of the best sports sedans money can buy, delivering a rich combination of performance, luxury, refinement, and technology. The V8 is intoxicating, yet fuel-efficient, balance between ride and handling is remarkable, and the world-class interior has lots of cool technology features.

Cons: Some people would have liked a bit more visual flair and aggressiveness. Also, beware of pricey options.

Audi S6 2014
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2014 Audi S6 Price: This high-performance variant of the A6 comes in a single trim level that starts at $85,500. However, there are several attractive options including head-up display ($1,500), ventilated front seats with massage function ($2,000), and a fantastic 1,200W Bang & Olufsen sound system ($6,500).

2014 Audi S6 Fuel Economy: Expect to burn 12.7L/100km in the city and 8.2L/100km on the highway with the S6, which is impressive given the power on tap (see below). Cylinder-on-demand technology improves fuel efficiency when cruising. Of course, premium gas is required.

Improvements and Changes: The equipment list has been revised. A black optics package ($2,600) adds a black finish front grille, black window frame strips, 20” rotor design titanium wheels with performance tires, and aluminum/beaufort black inlays in the interior.

Powertrain: The 2014 Audi S6 accelerates from 0-100 km/h in just 4.7 seconds thanks to a 4.0L turbocharged V8 engine with direct injection that produces 420 horsepower from 5,500-6,400 rpm, along with 406 lb-ft of torque accessible from 1,400-5,200 rpm. The lone transmission on the spec sheet is an excellent 7-speed S tronic dual-clutch unit. As mentioned earlier, power is distributed to all four wheels by way of Audi's acclaimed quattro system, featuring a sport rear differential that can actively distribute power laterally across the rear axle for even more balanced handling.

Don't miss: Enjoy the magic of an electronically controlled sport air suspension with continuously adaptive damping at all four wheels from the comfort of Valcona leather sport seats offering tremendous support, even when the car's performance abilities are put to the test. These buckets come with 8-way power adjustments and a distinctively designed upper backrest section with embossed S6 logo.

Safety: Six standard airbags keep 2014 Audi S6 occupants protected from the front and sides, while stability control helps secure the trajectory at all times. Various sensors and cameras around the car come into play, as well. Adaptive cruise control and active lane assist are available, as is night vision.

Comparing the 2014 Audi S6: If you're in the market for a high-performance, midsize luxury sedan, make sure you also take a look at the BMW 550i xDrive, Jaguar XFR, Infiniti Q70 5.6, and Mercedes-Benz E 550 4MATIC.