Herald Sun - Motoring - - Motorsport - MICHAEL TAY­LOR

EN­GINES, not the body, sig­nal the big­gest change in the midlife facelift of the Audi A6.

The sleek four-door is still a clean, sleek de­sign and the big­gest vis­ual change is the com­pany’s new sig­na­ture LED run­ning lights, though it does pick up re­shaped mir­rors and LED tail lamps as well as arm­rest and switch changes in the cabin in a pack­age that will prob­a­bly ar­rive in Aus­tralia next year.

It’s the im­prove­ments un­der the bon­net that will make the big­gest im­pact, in­clud­ing a new, su­per­charged petrol V6.

The new en­gine is based on the old 3.2-litre V6, but is now 3.0 litres, with a su­per­charger sit­ting be­tween the cylin­der banks to pro­duce 212kW and a 0-100km/h sprint time bet­ter than six sec­onds. It also has al­most 400Nm at 2000 revs. On the com­bined cy­cle, the new en­gine achieves less than 10 litres for 100km.

An A6 preview drive shows the lat­est A6’s grip is re­as­sur­ing, es­pe­cially in rain, and if all-wheel-drive isn’t enough to guar­an­tee you stay on the road there’s elec­tronic trac­tion con­trol and skid-con­trol sys­tems wait­ing to catch you as well.

The new en­gine makes the A6 un­ques­tion­ably bet­ter but still not a class leader.

Rings mas­ter: the Audi A6 has had a facelift.

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