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Audi 100

C4 A6

Audi logo1 Nov 1994

By BYRON MATHIOUDAKIS

Audi changed from using numbers to an alphanumerical naming system for its model ranges after the release of the A8 and A4 in Europe during 1994. The C4-series A6 is a derivation of the C4-series Audi 100 that dates from 1991.

Audi’s new alphanumerical naming policy that debuted in the all-new A4 and A8 range during 1994 was applied to the C4’s mid-life facelift not long after, to create the A6.

A smoother nose, tail and new interior trim were underpinned by refinements to the suspension and steering, to create a dated but worthy rival to the newer BMW 5 Series and Mercedes E-class ranges unveiled during 1995.

The 2.8 V6 vanished, leaving the 2.6 V6 to power all models including the Avant (until early '96) and quattro all-wheel drives.

Three new models featuring a new 2.8 30-valve motor emitting 142kW of power and 280Nm of torque were added to the existing range, along with a small facelift and specification upgrade, from January '97 until the virtually all-new C5 A6 lobbed in from October '97.

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