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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.