Audi out to con­vince

En­gine ef­fi­ciency is a high­light of the new A6, writes James Stan­ford in Si­cily

Herald Sun - Motoring - - First Drive -

ANEW Audi A6 is throw­ing a punch at the large lux­ury heavy­weights, the BMW 5-Se­ries and Mercedes-Benz E-Class.

Audi has strug­gled to lure cashedup cus­tomers into its big lux­ury ma­chines, in­clud­ing the A6 and even larger A8 in Aus­tralia, but is con­fi­dent this new model will con­vince many when it ar­rives in July.

The new car is more spacious and 80kg lighter than the last, thanks to the ex­ten­sive use of alu­minium.

It has a range of re­mark­ably efficient en­gines, while there is a lot of fresh tech­nol­ogy.

Audi has fol­lowed BMW and added a heads-up dis­play fea­ture, which projects in­for­ma­tion such as the speed onto the bot­tom of the wind­screen, and will also of­fer a squig­gle pad dataen­try sys­tem, which al­lows you to draw let­ters and num­bers to con­trol items such as the satel­lite nav­i­ga­tion.

Value

AUDI is yet to lock in pric­ing for the new A6, but don’t ex­pect it to shift too far from the cur­rent po­si­tion.

That means the range is likely to start at close to $90,000, though a more affordable ver­sion could well be added later.

Tech­nol­ogy

THERE will be three en­gines to choose from to start with, in­clud­ing two petrol units and a diesel, but his­tory sug­gests a smaller, cheaper diesel en­gine will come, as will a hot V8 ver­sion.

All three of the ini­tial en­gines use stop/start tech­nol­ogy, which kills the en­gine when you pull up to a stop and fires it up again when you’re set to go.

The en­try-level en­gine is a 2.8-litre V6 with 150kW and 280Nm.

It has an of­fi­cial fuel econ­omy of eight litres per 100km and an emis­sions rat­ing of 187g a kilo­me­tre.

The other petrol pow­er­plant is a 3.0-litre V6 with a su­per­charger nes­tled on top. It pro­duces an im­pres­sive 220kW and 440Nm.

Its fuel con­sump­tion is bet­ter than you might ex­pect, with an of­fi­cial av­er­age of 8.2 litres/ 100km and emis­sions rat­ing of 190g/km. The diesel is a 3.0-litre turbo V6 with 180kW and 500Nm. It uses very lit­tle fuel, with an econ­omy av­er­age of six litres/100km.

All mod­els have Audi’s Qu­at­tro con­stant all-wheel drive sys­tem and a seven-speed dual-clutch au­to­matic gear­box.

Styling

THE A6 looks like a shrunken A8 limo. It has a hun­kered-down ap­pear­ance with nar­row head­lights and tail-

Audi has added some ex­tra bling with LED driv­ing lights

lights stretched to give it a wide and im­pos­ing look.

Like other Audis, the front end is still dom­i­nated by a big grille while Audi has added some ex­tra bling with LED driv­ing lights.

Safety

AS THE price tag sug­gests, there is a huge amount of safety gear in the A6, in­clud­ing a full suite of airbags and elec­tronic sta­bil­ity con­trol.

Op­tional sys­tems in­clude a radar cruise-con­trol sys­tem that can bring

Spacious: The new Audi A6.

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