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Spotted! Audi S6 Avant Caught Testing, Teasing Performance Wagon Fans Worldwide

Hot on the heels of Audi’s official 2012 A6 Avant photos are these less-than-official yet still mouthwatering images of what appears to be its high-performance sibling. The folks at Motor Trend recently snapped photos of engineers from Ingolstadt testing what appears to be the company’s new S6 Avant family hauler.

The chances of seeing either the S6 Avant (or even the base A6 wagon, for that matter) enter the North American market are slim, fat, and none, but the engine underneath the hood should mirror that of the S6 sedan, which is expected to make its way to the U.S. Audi hasn’t revealed any details on that car, but reports suggest the S6 will follow the footsteps of BMW’s M5 and the new Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG, and ditch the current 5.2-liter V-10 in favor of a smaller, forced-induction V-8. Rumblings indicate said engine could be a turbocharged 4.0-liter unit capable of producing near — if not more — than 435 hp.

Although the car above is wrapped tip to tail in a swirly camouflage, it’s fairly obvious it’s an S-spec car, thanks to the quad exhaust tips, large 20-inch wheels, swollen fenders, and aggressive front and rear fascias.

Look for the next-generation S6 to make its debut this fall at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Until then, make sure to check out the full gallery of spy shots of the S6 Avant over at Motor Trend.

Source: Motor Trend

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2011 Audi S6

2011 Audi S6

MSRP $76,100 quattro Sedan

EPA MPG:

14 City / 21 Hwy

Horse Power:

435 @ 6800

Torque:

398 @ 3000