These spy shots show the sporty wagon completely undisguised, revealing a look that upgrades the new 2012 A6 with a little more aggression while retaining its understated style. The main changes come at the front and rear bumpers, side skirts, and quad-tipped exhaust. Slightly wider intakes up front, a molded diffuser with mesh vent in the rear, and a roof spoiler are the key differences.
Power for the S6 Avant, like the S6 sedan, is expected to come from Audi’s new 4.0-liter V-8, rated at 434 horsepower–just one horse less than the V-10 engine it replaces. It should be less expensive and more fuel efficient, too, making the change a win-win for all but the die-hard.