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tackle most jobs with its 350Nm com­ing in at a handy 1750-2500 revs, and the 125kW at 4200 revs.

Ac­cel­er­a­tion to 100km/h is hardly blis­ter­ing at 8.9 sec­onds, and the top speed sits well be­low the rest of the A6 range at 218km/h.

The 2.7-litre ben­e­fits from its 400Nm com­ing in at 1400 revs — a level closer to those usu­ally seen driv­ing 18 wheels than four — and dig­ging in there un­til 3500 revs. The 140kW ar­rives in a fairly nar­row band be­tween 3500 and 4400 revs.

It takes a full sec­ond less than the 2.0-litre to hit 100km/h and man­ages a top speed of 277km/h.

At $74,500 and with con­sump­tion of 5.8 litres for 100km, the smaller diesel gets the full LCT-free tick and an ap­prov­ing nod for CO2 emis­sions at 153g/km, while the larger-en­gine 2.7-litre unit’s 6.4 litres/100km pays the whack only on the dif­fer­ence be­tween the base price of $75,000 and it’s $84,500 tag, and still does well with CO2 emis­sions at 169g/km.

Audi has done well with its TDI en­gines, in­creas­ing sales across all mod­els by more than 500 a year in the past three years, and is on track to do the same for 2009.

The new A6 ar­rivals will lend a hand with that, with Audi ex­pect­ing each to take up 10 per cent of sales.

Lux­ury on the road: the Audi A6 2.0 TDI has proved pop­u­lar, in­creas­ing sales across all mod­els by 500 a year.

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