1995.5 Audi S6 Avant

Why does Audi no longer offer this package? They’ve got the technology, certainly, with a stellar inline-5 in the new 2.5 liter turbocharged unit featured in the RS3 (and previously in the TT RS). They even still offer a manual in the S4, and though the company refuses to bring it here in anything other than allroad form they still make an Avant version. So why not combine them? They’d make an instant fan favorite, as all of the S4 and S6 Avants have been highly sought both when new and as second or third hand used cars. In the likely absence of that ever occurring, today’s example is a great representation of what many consider to be the highlight of the both Audi’s engineering and the most desirable package outside of perhaps the original Quattro:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1995.5 Audi S6 Avant on eBay

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Feature Listing: 1995.5 Audi S6 Avant

In yesterday’s S4 post, I covered many of the special items that made the ’92 model unique for the U.S. market; in fact, I said that in many ways it was the most highly sought of the C4 models. Well, that probably was a bit of overstatement in at least one regard, because while it may be true for sedans for many the Avant model from 1995 was much more special. 1994 to 1995 saw some major changes for the C4; the most obvious being the model designation change from S4 (1991-1994) to S6 (1995-1997). European models had some additional drivetrain options that weren’t available in the U.S., and indeed the Avant had previously been available in S4 form, but the 2.2 liter turbocharged inline-5 carried over largely unchanged into 1995. The big news was the addition of the Avant to the U.S. lineup; at the time, as expensive as an Audi got here. There was also the obvious external refresh; smooth body-colored bumpers and wider side trims eliminated the rubberized black moldings. The hood and lights were lightly re-sculpted too, along with the change (rolling, for some models) from the Fuchs-made 5-spoke alloys to the Speedline-made 6-spoke Avus wheels which would be the signature S-wheel for the next decade. Gone were two staples of the Audi lineup from the 1980s – Procon 10, the seatbelt pre-tensioning safety system Audi highly marketed in the late 1990s disappeared with little fanfare, but also, perhaps more strikingly, S cars would no longer be branded with “quattro” badges – a change that would carry on nearly until today’s models, where models like the RS7 re-introduced it in the grill. Inside minor changes were introduced; a revised dashboard, shift knob, along with the introduction of the most notable change (once again, rolling) to a 3-spoke sport steering wheel. It was a tremendous amount of minor changes that in sum resulted in a slightly different feel for the S6; slightly more polished and grown up, carrying the new design language for Audi that would remain for the next decade. Audi wasn’t done, though, because in “1995.5” Audi once again changed several items on the then-still-new S6. This included a major change moving forward – the elimination of driver control of the rear differential, a hallmark of Audis since the introduction of the original Quattro. Audi opted for an “electronic differential lock”, which in reality was a system which utilized the ABS system to detect wheelspin and apply the brakes. This major change resulted in some minor interior tweaks, such as moving the cigarette lighter, and there were additional revisions to the radio. The transmission’s traditional weak first gear was also addressed, as well as adding infrared locking and some other minor trim changes. All of these changes – some of them running changes – give the limited production S6s, and especially the Avants, a bit of a bespoke feel. With numbers produced only in the hundreds, these are special and coveted cars that are very capable – and highly sought:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1995.5 Audi S6 Avant on QuattroWorld

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Fan Favorites: 1990 Audi Coupe, 1991 Audi V8 3.6 quattro 5-speed and 1995 Audi S6 Avant

Audi fans are an interesting bunch. To be fair, I think that most devoted followers of a specific brand in any circumstance are an interesting bunch, but knowing the Audi folks a bit I’m closer to the understanding. What I find interesting is that there’s such a schism between the model fans and who they attract. Each has a devoted following, and each of those groups is a microcosm in and of itself. Take my model group, for example – the Type 85. In that model group, there are the three major notables: the 4000 quattro, the Coupe GT, and of course the Quattro. Then within each of those subsets, there are further fan specializations; 84 4000S quattro versus the 85-87; early GT versus 85-87 and then the “87.5” crew; and of course each one of the model years of the Quattro has its followers. As with the GT, Audi fans have come to naming half model years to differentiate the upgrades; 87.5 GTs received a revised engine and brakes along with some other minor details, but then there are “95.5” S6s and “2001.5” S4s; heck, there are even “2005.5” S4s. Fans become semi-obsessed with differentiating each of the subset models and what makes them special. Today, though, seeing any of these cars in great shape is special to me – and these three each have their special fan base. Thanks to our reader John, here’s a roundup of three fan favorites that are sure to make some smile:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1990 Audi Coupe Quattro on craigslist

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1995.5 Audi S6 Avant

If you’re a big fan of the Audi S6 Avant, and you see a good one, buy it. These rare wagons were used and used well by their owners, and today few remain in top shape. Many more appear in the condition of today’s car; worn, a bit tired, but underneath the patina they are still one of the best sleeper performance packages out there. Unlike the last example, a clean and super rare Casablanca White example, today’s is shown in the much more common Emerald Green Metallic with black leather – apparently, the prototype of the Goodwood Green example I wrote up earlier this week:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1995.5 Audi S6 Avant on Craigslist

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1995.5 Audi S6

Winter is coming and for some of us around the country, it’s already arrived. Still want your dose of fast but need something that can handle the hazardous road conditions. Try one of these on for size: the Audi S6. Known as the Ur S4 before it got a name change halfway through its production cycle, these relatively mild looking sedans and estates had Audi’s proven 20 valve turbocharged five cylinder under the hood, providing reliable and very tunable power.

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Year: 1995.5
Model: S6
Engine: 2.2 liter turbocharged inline-5
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 96,805 mi
Price: Reserve auction

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1995.5 Audi S6 on eBay

1995.5 URS6 Emerald Green With Ecru Leather interior Pristine Condition Extremely rare with this type of mileage. Clean Carfax, 3 owners, no accidents. Completely stock and all original body panels, european front head lamp lenses, original Audi windshield with factory yellow tint at the top. Car was recently refinished and the paint is flawless. 16″ Fuch wheels in excellent condition. Super rare Yokohama AVS high performance summer Z rated tires all matching and in great shape. This car has no issues, runs and drives great, everything works, and interior is in great shape. Very clean, this was a non-smoker car. Just serviced with all new fluids, brakes, shocks, ball joints, front and rear control arms. Safe and ready to be driven. See Photobucket link for more photos. Photos are very detailed and show thesmall flaws that the car has like a crack in turn the front turn signal, driver mirror glass has a little delamination, and very small crack at the bottom of the front bumper. Overall this car is in incredible shape. Call for more info. 401 440 9067 Thanks, Peter.

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This color combination is rather somber for what is supposed to be an outright sporting saloon. Red is probably my favorite colors when it comes to these, but I’m so enamored with the Ur S4/S6 that I’d certainly take this car as is. As compared to their contemporaries, the BMW M5 and Mercedes-Benz 500E, these fast Audis are still rather affordable, as you can very easily scoop up a good one in the $6,000 to $9,000 range. As time marches on, it’s getting harder to find these with under 100,000 miles in such good shape, so if you’ve considered one of these in the past, now is a good opportunity to get one of these 20 valve wonders.

-Paul

Double Take – High Miles, Low prices: Dos Audi S6 quattros

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The undisputed winner of last week’s S4 showdown was the original S4 powered by the legendary 2.2 20V turbo. While prices of pristine examples have been steadily climbing and we’ve featured a few nice ones recently, there are still some higher-mile ones in nice condition which can be had for less than the down payment on some new cars. Today I’ll take a look at two such examples – higher miles with nice modifications and low prices. Let’s start with the Emerald Green example::

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Year: 1995.5
Model: S6
Engine: 2.2 liter tubocharged inline-5
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 270,000 mi
Price: $4,950 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1995.5 Audi S6 on Craigslist

This rare ‘95.5 UrS6 uber-sedan has been meticulously maintained throughout it’s life with full maintenance records dating back to the original owner. I am the fourth owner, and the first three maintained it at 2Bennett Audimotive (2B); the third owner being Andrew Bennett himself. I have maintained it myself during my ownership, and took record of everything. This car is luxurious, fast, versatile, and efficient for it’s capabilities. You will not be disappointed.

It currently has 270k miles, but any “Ur-S” guru will tell you that this is largely irrelevant with meticulous documented maintenance. The chassis is tight, and there are minimal squeaks and rattles inside. It is far quieter than most cars with half as much mileage. Audi built them to last.

-Driveline-
This car was built in November of ’95, so it is considered a ‘95.5. The 5 speed manual transmission shifts nicely, and the uprated first gear does not whine. The stock clutch engages incredibly smoothly. The Quattro all-wheel-drive provides unparalleled grip, and rain on the street can be largely ignored. The transmission has poly reinforced stock mounts, and the rear diff mount is polyurethane.

-Engine-
The legendary rally-bred 2.2 liter 20 valve turbocharged 5 cylinder (AAN) is a real gem. They are basically bulletproof, and the main reason I bought the car. The stock K24 turbo has less than 1mm of shaft play, so it will not need a rebuild any time soon. The oil has been changed at the factory recommended interval of 5000 miles with full synthetic oil, with a proper German filter (no Fram junk here) its entire life. There are no leaks, though it does consume a quart of oil every 2500 miles or so. A 2B chip coupled with a Scorpion cat-back exhaust, Magnaflow muffler, and Bailey Motorsports dump valve produces an estimated 300 or so horsepower. It is not loud, but has a nice mellow burble and swishy turbo sounds that make it fun to rev. When the turbo spools up, the torque is impressive, making passing on the freeway or in the city a breeze. I have also added a boost gauge that fits perfectly with the interior colors.

-Suspension-
2B sport springs, Koni externally adjustable shocks (with lifetime warranty) and 2B caster/camber plates keep it planted in the corners, and has a really sweet stance without a harsh ride. It gets compliments and turns heads regularly.

-Cosmetic-
Changes include grille surround blackout, clear corner lamps (stock amber included), window tint (with lifetime warranty), and stainless steel exhaust tips. The stock projector headlights have been upgraded with 55W 5000K HID bulbs. These were fantastic when I commuted at night. Spare xenon bulbs are included.

-OEM Features-
-Power moonroof
-Climate control
-Dual power front seats with memory
-Front & rear heated seats
-Power mirrors with parking assist
-Car phone!
-Bose Delta CC stereo
-Collapsible ski boot (allows skis to be put in the trunk)
-Front and rear fog lamps
-One-touch auto up and down power windows
-Securit (OEM) alarm
-Headlight washers

-Issues-
The Bose stereo sounds great, but the tape deck quit working, and the 6 disc changer in the trunk doesn’t seem to be getting power. The radio works fine though. The window washer feed line cracked, and currently does not work. I will be troubleshooting these until the vehicle is sold, so they may be working again soon.

The interior is in very good shape, though the driver’s seat is moderately worn. It has wear on the left bolsters, and has been patched with similar color tape. You don’t feel or see it when driving.

The only other flaw is the paint on the hood is faded and thin. The rest of the paint is pretty good, with small scratches typical of an 18 year old car. It shines up nicely.

-Extras-
The vehicle is pictured with forged 18″ Audi A8L wheels, but it will come with the stock 16″ Avus wheels as well. Also included is the cold air intake pictured, but it was removed to pass smog. I can knock off a few hundred bucks if you don’t want the 18″ wheels or the cold air intake.

This is definitely a driver’s car. I never buy cars that don’t excite me. So if you just want a point A to point B car, look elsewhere. I just did a big tune-up on Saturday 9/28 (documented) and had it smogged for new tags. It passed with flying colors, barely registering on the sniffer, and the new tags should be in the mail. I also have the pink slip in hand, ready to transfer to a new enthusiastic owner.

Email, call, or text Sean 707-328-zero-one-39 to schedule an appointment or if you have questions. Please, no joy rides and serious offers will be considered. No trades please. Interior pictures on the way soon.

In general, I’d have to agree that the mileage is fairly irrelevant on these cars provided good mechanical work was undertaken, and the Bennetts are some of the best at that. This particular car has some great forged A8 wheels on it, but also comes with the original Avus wheels as a bonus. Green isnt’ the most aggressive looking color on these cars, but is period correct (and popular). The downside? Well, often the clearcoat on the green fails as this car’s is starting to. Despite this, at below $5,000 asking price it’s a lot of car for the money even with the miles. Can the same be said for the even higher mile Silver 1996?

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Year: 1996
Model: S6
Engine: 2.2 liter turbocharged inline-5
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 325,000 mi
Price: $5,300 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1996 Audi S6 on Quattroworld.com

this is the last time i will be posting the car for sale – other life priorities demand the capital from the car sale.

the car is located in picton, ontario, canada. due to US emissions regulations the car can not be registered in most US states; however, some can – michigan, texas, washington, new york are some that legally-registered ’96 and ’97 models reside in.

i have had this car for 3.75 years now and bought it completely stock (except for a boost gauge). it was very well-kept and i have done that and beyond in my ownership. it currently has 525K km’s, or 325K miles. anyone who knows these cars (and this one specifically) will understand what this means. it runs and drives like it has 100K. you will not be disappointed!

full disclosure below, and an extensive excel spreadsheet of maintenance logs are included as well. link at the bottom to a lot more pics.

asking $5300. you simply cannot build this car for anywhere near this number.

Specifications

History
– 3/96 build; 1 of only ~106 S6’s to be brought into Canada for 1996 (none for the US)
– 2 previous owners; 2nd owner was an Audi tech, trained on the UrS cars in 1992 and serviced the car for the original owner – so he was the only person to turn a wrench on the car until i bought it (1/2010)

Engine
– MTM 1+ chipset
– 7A exhaust cam
– ARP head studs
– Recently cleaned and balanced stock injectors
– STR RS2 replica exhaust manifold
– Stromung gen4 downpipe
– 3″ v-banded magnaflow 596cfm metal substrate high-flow cat
– 3″-to-dual-2.25″ magnaflow Y-pipe, mated to stock rear section
– EFIexpress LS2 coilpack kit
– Bosch FR5DTC plugs
– Bosch Motorsport 110 DV
– Samco silicone boost hoses
– All-metal UrS4 intercooler
– Metal UrS4 intercooler cross-over pipe
– Recent 14.5v voltage regulator
– Recent head gasket, ARP head studs, valve seals, valve cover gasket, exhaust manifold gasket, intake manifold gasket, oil pan gaskets, and timing belt job (10K km ago)

Drivetrain
– Apikol poly front snub mount
– Apikol poly rear diff crossmember bushings
– Apikol poly rear diff mount
– 034 Motorsport `street’ density engine mounts
– 034 Motorsport `street’ density trans mounts
– SlaterMounts poly front subframe mounts
– Delrin rear subframe bushings
– V8 Torsen rear diff (only 30K miles on it!!)

Suspension, Wheels and Brakes
– H&R 29828 springs
– Bilstein Sport shocks and struts
– SlaterMounts poly front outer swaybar bushings
– Recent new front LCA inner bushings
– SlaterMounts rear foreward-most trap arm bushings
– Recent new rear inner trap arm bushings (BOGE)
– 1992 UrS4 rear subframe with 17mm swaybar
– SlaterMounts spherical bearing swaybar endlinks
– Porsche 996/Boxster S monobloc front brake calipers (red) with Apikol RS2 brackets, 323x30mm rotors and Pagid RS-421 pads (semi-race pads), braided lines, SpeedBleeders
– OEM rear brakes with Textar pads, SpeedBleeders
– 17×8 ET35 C5 A6 4.2 wheels

Exterior
– Silver
– Recent respray by Andrew Warner (all but roof), which included proper sandblasting of minor rust (several 3mm bubbles and some surface rust behind front mudflaps)
– Recent lower door moldings
– Some rust on trunk lid in license plate light area; clean trunk included with car
– Minor blemish in front bumper below RF grille (details in pics)
– Recent ding in LR door from my son’s bike (see pics)
– OEM NOS exhaust tips (one is recently missing – trying to locate another)
– VVME 55w 4300K HID kit (low-beams)
– C5 A6 full-size passenger mirror (new mirror glass in both mirrors)
– Custom Reese hidden hitch (very stealth)

Interior
– Black leather, heated front and rear seats
– Everything works!
– Recently replaced sunroof panel with good unit – no broken tabs!
– 2W dash bulbs
– OEM 6-disc CD changer (added by me, was a pain to source)
– 3.5mm input added with DPDT switch to plug in phone or MP3 player
– Boost gauge
– UrS4 passenger seat (open headrest); original passenger seat had mysterious bolster tear when i bought the car – can be repaired by upholstery shop, and is included with sale)

Misc
– Always warmed up and cooled down properly
– A/C was leaking – found leak at compressor, tightened loose connections. Needs recharge, full o-ring kit and new receiver/dryer included with car regardless (compressor still works)
– Spare parts bin included with sale
– Alignment 5.17.13
– Passed emissions test 5.27.13
– Replaced rear calipers, lines, rotors and pads 7.13.13
– Replaced starter two weeks ago!

please feel free to contact me at peter AT tenecom DOT com for any questions.

thanks for looking!

peter

Like the green car, lots of modifications and maintenance, with well placed newer wheels to complete the look. At a few hundred dollars more than the green car, you gain some miles but lose the paint issues as this car has been resprayed. It certainly looks the part and corrects many of the lower fender rust issues and peeling trim these cars experience over time. At $5,000, either one of these cars strike me as good potential deals but I’d take my favorite shade on these – the silver one. Yeah, you’ll have to fix some things, but at least you wouldn’t be worried about putting too many miles on the clock!

Which one do you think is a better deal?

-Carter

1995.5 Audi S6 Avant

The last of the UR cars, the 1995.5 UrS6 kicked off a five year hiatus for Audi’s S program in the US and could well be one of the last great S6 Avants sold stateside. Yes, I know what you might be thinking, “what about the C5 S6 with the 340 hp 4.2L V8?”  While a great car in its own right, the C5 misses the mark of the C4 UrS6 by a long shot. The most glaring shortcoming of the C5 is the Audi tiptronic slushbox. Add in the C4’s tunability and reliability, and it’s no wonder these are one of the most sought after Audis on the market. This clean S6 in Emerald green over Ecru leather is a great chance to own the last of the great Ur cars.

Year: 1995.5
Model: S6 Avant
Engine: 2.2 liter turbo inline five
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: unknown
Price: $8,750

1995.5 Audi S6 Avant on Craigslist Denver

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1995.5 UR S6 Avant. 1 of 300 produced. This is a one owner car. Car has stock Avus wheels and a set of winter wheels and tires. Car has always been garaged. Third row seat. new timing belt and water pump at 126,000.

While the description of this car is vague at best, the $8,750 price tag leads me to believe that this car is pushing 200K miles. Even at that mileage, this car appears to be a clean, and well cared for example. The tan leather looks almost new in the pictures and the paint shows well for being 18 years old. For anyone within driving distance to Golden, Colorado, it’s definitely worth a look in person…that’s if it lasts.

-Brian