The new Audi A6 Saloon and Avant range are expected to be available to order in September, with first customer deliveries arriving in late 2014. Pricing is yet to be confirmed, but expected to start at around £32,000.
The Audi A6 combines the premium executive quality with an undoubtedly sporty edge. Baring sporting credentials in mind, the 2.0 TDI Ultra offers up 64 mpg, which demonstrates groundbreaking efficiency.
Xenon headlamps are now standard for SE models, LED headlights are standard on S-Line models, and Matrix LED lights are optional on A6 and S6 models, yet standard on the flagship RS 6 Avant. Subtle changes to the bumpers, grilles, air inlets, and rear lights also feature in the exterior revisions on the new car.
There are new interior options, too. The quality is unsurprisingly exquisite, with colour and material choices highlighting the premium ambiance in the cabin. For S-Line versions, a new Lunar Silver upholstery and headlining is available as an option. Four-zone climate control can also be specified from the options list in your Audi dealership. A pleasant and comfortable travel experience is guaranteed with the Audi A6.
The upgraded infotainment system in the new A6 includes new versions of navigation system and Audi connect. An eight-inch colour monitor displays the gadgets and gizmo’s of the car. If you opt for MMI navigation plus, it will feature a touch screen, allowing you to zoom and scroll through maps and lists via a touch-pad. Audi connect brings enhanced internet services with ultra fast, 4G media streaming and download capabilities.
In the UK market, the A6 will have the choice of four diesel engines, with four or six cylinders. Emissions have been reduced by up to 22 per cent. The most efficient of the above engines, is the 2.0 TDI 190 hp, four-cylinder block which will be found in the Ultra versions of the A6 Saloon and Avant. In front wheel drive variants of the A6, the CVT gearbox has been replaced by a smoother, and quicker shifting, seven-speed S-tronic dual clutch transmission.
The entry level 3.0 V6 TDI powerplant, has a single turbo charger producing 218 hp, an increase of 14 hp over the outgoing engine. The next model up has 272 hp, also single-charged, whilst the top of the 3.0 TDI range has a 320 hp bi-turbo motor. The latter engine is connected to an eight-speed tiptronic transmission and the rest have six-speed manual gearboxes as standard. The previously mentioned dual-clutch is of course, optional.
Quattro all-wheel drive is available in all models, but the 2.0 TDI variant. The 272 hp engine and above, have access to a sport differential, which can distribute power between the rear wheels.
Sports suspension is standard on the A6 S-Line and optional on the SE model. The car is lowered by 20 mm with this fitted, yet optional on the former is S-Line sports suspension which lowers the car by 30 mm in total, giving the car a greater squatted and aggressive stance.
The performance models of the range; S6 Saloon and Avant, and the RS 6 Avant both use a 4.0 TFSI twin-turbo V8 unit under the bonnet. In the S6, this motor produces 450 hp, catapulting the Saloon from rest to 62 mph in just 4.4 seconds, whilst the Avant has a 0.2 time deficit. The S6 can reach just over 30 mpg on a combined cycle, thanks to Audi’s Cylinder on Demand (COD) technology. This uses four of eight cylinders under part load, thus improving fuel consumption.
On the other hand, power is up to 560 hp in the RS 6, with a 0-62 mph time of 3.9 seconds, reaching a top speed of 189 mph. Whilst the RS 6 cannot match the fuel efficiency of the less powerful S6, it can still manage to muster up 29.4 mpg, largely to the same COD system.