Junkyard Find: 2007 Audi S6

junkyard find 2007 audi s6

When I’m wandering junkyards and looking for interesting stuff, I don’t pay much attention to Audis of our current century. No, I want to photograph old Audis, preferably ones from the 1970s. I make exceptions for discarded members of the Audi S family, however, because these cars do such a great job of demonstrating the ruthlessly quick depreciation of German luxury machinery that didn’t get the maintenance it deserved. Here’s an ’07 S6 that didn’t even see 15 years of use, found in a Denver-area yard last week.

The MSRP on this car started at $74,000, or about $96,150 in 2021 dollars, and the reviewers wrote all the stuff you’d have expected to read about it.

The 2007-2011 S6 got a (slightly) detuned version of the S8’s V10 engine, giving it an impressive 435 horsepower and bragging rights for owners wishing to point out the closely-related engine powering the Lamborghini Gallardo.

I’d be willing to bet that this engine had the most horsepower (when new) of anything in this yard’s inventory on the day that I visited, beating out this S55 AMG and every one of the Chrysler Magnum and Ford Triton V10s in various trucks and vans.

You couldn’t get a manual transmission in the ’07 S6, which probably had zero effect on sales. Perhaps transmission woes knocked this one’s value down from “clean Suzuki Forenza” to “ hooptie Pontiac Sunfire with thrown rod” prices.

True enough.

¡Vorsprung!

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  • Burgersandbeer Burgersandbeer on Mar 30, 2021

    I have a high threshold for automotive pain and I'm good at mental gymnastics to justify ownership costs, but Audi V10s are too frightening even for me. I've read you have to lift the engine to change the oxygen sensors. I'm still not sure if the forums are trolling me with that, but the possibility that it's true was enough to scare me away.

  • White Shadow White Shadow on Apr 01, 2021

    Fun fact: My 2011 Audi has been practically perfect since I purchased it new. Literally zero money spent on it if you don't count maintenance items like brakes and tires. My 2009 4Runner, which is supposedly bulletproof, seizes the pistons in it's front calipers every two years like clockwork, is rotting out it's frame (although the body is still perfect), has had the wiper motor fail, then the wiper switch, and the brake light switch. All with less than 100k on the odometer. Go figure.

  • FreedMike Back in the '70s, the one thing keeping consumers from buying more Datsuns was styling - these guys were bringing over some of the ugliest product imaginable. Remember the F10? As hard as I try to blot that rolling aberration from my memory, it comes back. So the name change to Nissan made sense, and happened right as they started bringing over good-looking product (like the Maxima that will be featured in this series). They made a pretty clean break.
  • Flowerplough Liability - Autonomous vehicles must be programmed to make life-ending decisions, and who wants to risk that? Hit the moose or dive into the steep grassy ditch? Ram the sudden pile up that is occurring mere feet in front of the bumper or scan the oncoming lane and swing left? Ram the rogue machine that suddenly swung into my lane, head on, or hop up onto the sidewalk and maybe bump a pedestrian? With no driver involved, Ford/Volkswagen or GM or whomever will bear full responsibility and, in America, be ambulance-chaser sued into bankruptcy and extinction in well under a decade. Or maybe the yuge corporations will get special, good-faith, immunity laws, nation-wide? Yeah, that's the ticket.
  • FreedMike It's not that consumers wouldn't want this tech in theory - I think they would. Honestly, the idea of a car that can take over the truly tedious driving stuff that drives me bonkers - like sitting in traffic - appeals to me. But there's no way I'd put my property and my life in the hands of tech that's clearly not ready for prime time, and neither would the majority of other drivers. If they want this tech to sell, they need to get it right.
  • TitaniumZ Of course they are starting to "sour" on the idea. That's what happens when cars start to drive better than people. Humanpilots mostly suck and make bad decisions.
  • Inside Looking Out Why not buy Bronco and call it Defender? Who will notice?
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