S6 Avant Blacker Than Black, Times Infinity

2002 Audi S6 Avant

Black-over-black S6 Avant with quattro lives on the West Coast, logged 178,000 miles upon its 4.2-liter V8 with modded software.

The baddest Audi wagon in the United States right now is the RS 6 Avant. Nearly 600 horses and 600 lb-ft of torque, all through the famous quattro all-wheel drive system, plus plenty of room and luxury for everyone to enjoy. Of course, it’s not the first Audi 6 to grab the hearts of a few families. Just some 20 years before, the C5-era machines brought the S6 quattro to the table, including an Avant of its own.

One such S6 Avant from 2002 recently turned up on Bring a Trailer, looking blacker than black, times infinity. Is it as metal as it sounds? Let’s have a look to confirm, yes?

2002 Audi S6 Avant

Once upon a time, this S6 Avant rolled out of a California dealership wearing black over black, lending to its death metal exterior. Since then, it spent most of its life along the West Coast, taken up to Oregon after a stay in Georgia.

2002 Audi S6 Avant

Under the hood of the S6 Avant is a 4.2-liter V8, which was modded with new engine management software from JH Motorsports. All of the 340 or so horses go to the quattro corners via a six-speed manual transaxle, itself a replacement unit. The V8 logged under 178,000 miles in its life thus far, including 35,000 miles with the seller.

2002 Audi S6 Avant

Behind the big V8, the S6 Avant’s interior features acres of black leather with burl wood accents to break-up the darkness. Meanwhile, the Audi Symphony Bose system waits for the right song to accompany the V8. Of course, since it’s an Avant, that also means plenty of room out back to hold all of the groceries. Or, perhaps, a few bags for a long trip across the country.

2002 Audi S6 Avant

Though this S6 Avant looks intimidating on the outside, it’s a family friendly machine within. Not to mention the thrills it offers to every occupant while on the road. However, the tough looks guarantee no lesser challenger will try to test the Audi’s might underneath the long black hood. Not that such a challenge wouldn’t go unanswered, of course.

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Cameron Aubernon’s path to automotive journalism began in the early New ’10s. Back then, a friend of hers thought she was an independent fashion blogger.

Aubernon wasn’t, so she became one, covering fashion in her own way for the next few years.

From there, she’s written for: Louisville.com/Louisville Magazine, Insider Louisville, The Voice-Tribune/The Voice, TOPS Louisville, Jeffersontown Magazine, Dispatches Europe, The Truth About Cars, Automotive News, Yahoo Autos, RideApart, Hagerty, and Street Trucks.

Aubernon also served as the editor-in-chief of a short-lived online society publication in Louisville, Kentucky, interned at the city’s NPR affiliate, WFPL-FM, and was the de facto publicist-in-residence for a communal art space near the University of Louisville.

Aubernon is a member of the International Motor Press Association, and the Washington Automotive Press Association.