Audi out to convince
Engine efficiency is a highlight of the new A6, writes James Stanford in Sicily
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.