THE arrival in Australia of the seventh-generation Audi A6 completes the
executive saloon set for the brand, joining the all-new A8 and
Borrowing heavily from the lightweight construction techniques of
the bigger A8, the A6 employs a spaceframe clad with a mix of aluminium and
high-strength steel to slice 65kg from its waistline, making it 50kg lighter
than its closest German rival.
Electric-assisted power steering and a
seven-speed S-Tronic dual-clutch transmission – both standard on the new model
– also help to chop the weight while benefiting fuel efficiency by reducing
The A6 is up to 21 per cent more fuel efficient,
depending on the model, while also being roomier – thanks to a 62mm longer
wheelbase within shorter overhangs.
Launching with three all-quattro,
all-V6 variants, the A6 has a choice of three engines – normally aspirated 2.8
FSI, turbo-diesel 3.0 TDI and flagship supercharged 220kW 3.0 TFSI
Four-cylinder front-drive variants in both diesel and petrol
will arrive later in the year, ahead of high-performance S6 and RS6 models from
Model release dates: July 2011 - February 2015
THE C6 Audi A6 trod a safe route on styling, following on from its more
adventurous predecessor, although gaining the now-familiar big-frame grille
that graces the Audi range.
This model featured Audi’s first attempt at
a passenger car turbo-diesel in Australia – the 3.0-litre 24-valve common rail
V6, pumping out 165kW and 450Nm and tied to a Tiptronic auto.
the cockpit also gained Audi’s MMI (Multi Media Interface) computer screen,
while the standard safety equipment included front, side and rear airbags, and
active head restraints.
From 2006, the sporty S6 arrived with the V10
engine shared with the sleek Lamborghini Gallardo, but with FSI technology,
direct injection and a balancing shaft.
In October 2008 Audi launched
the king of the A6 range, the RS6 Avant, which became the world’s fastest
From 2009, a comprehensively revamped A6 range arrived
with improved engines, dynamics, comfort, functionality and safety.
Avant wagon was discontinued in Australia, but an updated Allroad quattro
arrived, as did a sedan sibling to the RS6 Avant released late in
The old 4.2 V8 and S6 performance sedan vanished, replaced by an
‘in between’ supercharged V6 model known as the 3.0 TFSI, while a pair of
sub-7.0L/100km ‘green’ models designed to dodge the Luxury Car Tax materialised
from May 2009.