Audi’s fresh, new A6 sedan range has arrived in Australia, bringing new features and new equipment to customers in the luxury class, including a brand new V6 powerplant and revisions across the entire engine range. The result is improved performance and greater efficiency.
These product enhancements for the 2009 Model Year are combined with luxurious interiors and dynamic handling, making the fresh new Audi A6 range a highly-competitive and attractive package, starting from $74,500.
One of the major strengths of the new A6 range lies in its broad selection of engines. Each of the three petrol and three diesel engines available use cutting-edge direct fuel injection FSI, TFSI and TDI technology, in a choice of four or six cylinders.
Each engine is both powerful and efficient and new measures have been introduced to optimise performance and minimise fuel consumption without sacrificing driving pleasure. Fuel consumption across the entire A6 sedan range has been lowered by an average 12 per cent.
These new efficiency measures include;
Engines at launch
At market launch in Australia in February 2009, three petrol engines and one TDI engine is available, however two additional TDI engines will follow in the second quarter of 2009.
The new A6 range at launch starts with the 2.0 TFSI petrol engine, a 125 kW turbocharged four-cylinder unit with 280Nm, mated to Audi’s continuously variable transmission known as multitronic. Efficiency measures for this engine see consumption reduced from 8.5 litres to 7.7 litres/100km.
Audi’s petrol V6 model is equipped with a revised 2.8 litre FSI engine, delivering 162 kW of power and 280 Nm, an increase of +8 kW over the previous generation. This engine features the innovative Audi Valvelift System (AVS), which manages the inlet valve timing so that there is more torque and less fuel consumption. Combined fuel consumption is 9.0 litres / 100km.
With its 3.0-litre displacement and 213 kW of power, the completely new 3.0 V6 TFSI engine is fitted with a supercharger and delivers excellent power development even at low speeds. From 2,500 to 4,850 rpm, the torque curve is broad and flat at 420 Nm. This engine offers significant power output and torque, yet lower fuel consumption and CO2 emissions than a naturally-aspirated engine. Accelerating from 0-100km/h in just 5.9 seconds, this level of performance could once only be achieved by a V8 engine. Today, thanks to Audi’s pioneering engine technology, it is achieved using smaller engines and efficient fuel consumption. At 9.5 litres / 100 km on the combined cycle, the supercharged V6 is amazingly economical.
The V6 3.0 TDI engine is carried over from the previous A6 range but gains an increase in power from 171 kW to 176 kW. At the same time fuel efficiency has been improved even further to 7.1 litres / 100km. Peak torque is up 50 Nm to 500 Nm.
Joining the A6 line-up from May 2009 will be an additional two diesel variants. Both offer exceptional fuel economy and low emissions, continuing Audi’s progressive performance philosophy.
With combined fuel consumption for both variants under 7.0 litres / 100km, these new models benefit significantly from changes to the Luxury Car Tax (LCT) legislation. With the addition of these latest 2.0 and 2.7 TDI engines, Audi will offer customers the largest range of highly efficient engines with consumption of 7.0 litres or below - a total of 14 vehicles – which are either exempt, or benefit significantly from reduced LCT.
The A6 2.0 TDI turbocharged diesel engine offers 125 kW of power and an impressive 350 Nm of torque. With a combined fuel consumption of just 5.8 litres / 100km the A6 2.0 TDI is the most efficient vehicle in comparison to other vehicles in its class. Mated to Audi’s multitronic transmission the 2.0 TDI sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in 8.9 seconds and continues to a top speed of 218 km/h.
The 2.7 TDI is the second V6 diesel engine to be introduced to the A6 sedan range. With 140 kW of power and 400 Nm of torque, this engine easily sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in just 7.9 seconds to achieve a top speed of 227 km/h. Combined with a multitronic transmission, the 2.7 TDI offers a combined fuel consumption of just 6.4 litres / 100 km.
The three TDI engines on offer in the new A6 range are evidence of just how closely Audi has been able to align sporty performance and efficiency. Fuel is delivered by the extremely sophisticated and quiet system of common rails with rapid-action Piezo injectors and an injection pressure of 1800 bar.
The new Audi A6 range places a strong emphasis on Audi’s legendary quattro permanent all wheel drive. With its asymmetric / dynamic 40:60 torque split, the quattro all wheel drive system offers supreme handling with outstanding control on all road surfaces and driving conditions. The mechanically-operated Torsen differential immediately diverts most of the power to the axle, providing better traction whenever needed – in extreme cases, up to 65 percent to the front or 85 percent to the rear. Three of the four engines offered at launch in the new A6 range are available with the quattro drive train and mated to Audi’s tiptronic transmission. These engine variants are the 2.8 FSI, 3.0 TDI and a new 3.0 TFSI.
For improved ride comfort and sporty handling, Audi’s engineers have added new large-diameter shock absorbers equipped with optimised valve system to the front axle, whilst the vertical configuration of the springs have been re-engineered for improved response characteristics. High-powered engines come equipped with larger 17” brakes.
The A6 was the first model to be given the prominent single-frame radiator grille which has now become the design language across the Audi range.
Designers have modified the exterior look of the new A6 Sedan by including new look grille fins finished in high-gloss paint, re-designing the front fog lights which are now rectangular in shape, and adding new front air inlets. LED turn indicators are now integrated into the exterior mirrors and chrome door trims are standard across the A6 model range. At the front, daytime running lights are standard with horizontal LED strips included when Xenon Plus headlights are optioned. A new bumper with wider diffuser is now featured at the rear, along with LED tail lights.
Options now available as part of the headlight system include Audi adaptive light , a dynamic cornering light system ($1,165), and a high beam assistant that automatically switches between the high and low beam ($312).
Several new high-tech assistance systems are also now available as options on the A6 Sedan range. The Audi Side Assist, first seen on the Audi A4, helps drivers when changing lanes at speeds over 30 km/h. Using radar sensors, Audi Side Assist is able to detect other cars up to 50 metres away: a signal on the outside mirror lights up should changing lanes pose a threat. Audi lane assist helps keep drivers in their own lane, radar-assisted adaptive cruise control keeps a steady distance to the vehicle ahead, and Audi parking system advanced has a rear view camera.
Inside, the new Audi A6 continues to set the benchmark for quality within the luxury segment. Two new inlays are now available in Aluminium Trigon and Fine Grain Ash (natural), along with a new leather upholstery colour, Pale Grey. Additional aluminium touches have also been applied to interior switches and buttons. The rear seats in the new A6 have been re-designed and provide even greater comfort for passengers. A new L-shaped head restraint has also been incorporated and enhances rear view visibility for the driver. An integrated headrest system in all seats reduces the danger of whiplash.
Since its debut in 2002, Audi’s Multi Media Interface (MMI) has set the standard for intuitive operating logic. The new A6 Sedan range now features the latest generation of MMI, called MMI Navigation Plus, as standard.
MMI Navigation Plus pioneers an entirely new generation of navigation as it features a 7” high-resolution 800 x 480 pixel screen providing richer picture image which remains sharp even under difficult light conditions. The MMI control knob located in the centre console now features a joystick capping, allowing the navigation to be operated even more intuitively by scrolling to specific locations on the map display.
The new system also incorporates a CD / DVD / Navigation combination hard drive featuring 40 GB capacity. This is capable of storing up to 4,000 addresses in its memory along with music files. It also has an optional TV tuner that receives digital programs.
Standard equipment has also been enhanced with the inclusion of 17” alloy wheels on the 2.0 TFSI, and 18” alloys on the 2.8 FSI, 3.0 TDI and 3.0 TFSI variants. In addition, both the 3.0 TDI and 3.0 TFSI come equipped with mobile phone preparation and Xenon headlights.
A Comfort Package is also available offering customers evening greater value. The Comfort Package includes electric glass sunroof, Audi Parking System, Advanced (with rear view camera), Audi music interface, Audi Advanced Key and a multi-function, sports, leather steering wheel with shift paddles. The RRP for the package is $4,900 (2.8 FSI) and $4,090 (3.0 TDI and 3.0 TFSI). The Comfort Package includes mobile phone preparation when optioned on the 2.8 FSI variant.
An S line sports package is available for those customers wanting to add to the look and feel of their car. The package includes enhanced performance features such as 18” alloys and sports suspension that lowers ride height by 20 millimetres.
Globally, the Audi A6 range is the leader in its class, out-performing core competitor offerings. In 2008, Audi sold 221, 050 units around the world.
The new Audi A6 Sedan range at a glance
The new Audi A6 Sedan range
Available from launch (February) will be:
A6 2.0 TFSI multitronic (125 kW) RRP $78,500
A6 2.8 FSI quattro tiptronic (162 kW) RRP $92,000
A6 3.0 TDI quattro tiptronic with DPF (176 kW) RRP $108,500
A6 3.0 TFSI quattro tiptronic (213 kW) RRP $112,500
Available from May will be:
A6 2.0 TDI multitronic (125 kW) RRP $74,500
A6 2.7 TDI multitronic (140 kW) RRP $84,500
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