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Audi A6 makeover - pics, info

2008-08-12 07:41
The forthcoming Audi A6 features a LED embedded fa

The forthcoming Audi A6 features a LED embedded facelift and a range of efficient new engines.

Audi’s new A6, with efficient TFSI engines, will be avaliable locally from January 2009.

Sharper outside

Moving away from the slightly bulbous design language which established the A6 in the late 1990s, the new car features an oversized single-frame grill with revised bumpers, air vents and fog lights completing the facelift. Optional LED daytime running lights are now horizontal strips with 6 LEDs each.

Viewed from the rear the gentle lip on the trunk, integrated chrome bumper strip and broad diffuser blend to render a revamped rear end, which has an awful lot of A4 about it.

Technically resolved inside

A company renowned for interior design, Audi’s new A6 boasts improved infotainment capability and deftly retouched interior detailing.

The brilliant MMI interface features a new joystick capping atop the control knob enabling the MMI Navigation plus to operate even more intuitively, perfect for exploring the 40 GB hard drive capacity which can be used to store a veritable treasure trove of MP3s and up to 5000 addresses.

With its 7-inch, high-resolution screen, MMI imaging is rich in contrast and incredibly sharp even in side- or backlit driving conditions. The optional TV tuner receives digital programs (DVB-T) in perfect quality too.

MMI’s navigation now shows a bird's eye landscape view in topographical relief – complete with three-dimensional images of landmark buildings.

Efficient engines

Six petrol and four diesel engines, all running direct fuel injection and cutting-edge FSI, TFSI and TDI technologies, have reduced fuel consumption across the range by about 15%.

Entry level power on the petrol side is a 2.0 TFSI, turbocharged four-cylinder producing 125kW. Audi V6 models are available as two new 2.8-litre FSIs; featuring either 140 kW or the 162 kW thanks to the Audi Valvelift System (AVS). Claimed average fuel consumption is only 8.2l/100km for the 140kW six-speed manual FSI, or 8.4/100km for the multitronic CVT driven 162kW model.

Probably the most eagerly awaited engine is the 3.0 TFSI, which features innovative supercharging technology to blend 213kW power with 5.9 second 0-100km/h sprinting capability and 9.5l/100km economy. With maximum torque of 420Nm available from 2 500-4 850r/min driveability should be excellent. The 4.2 FSI V8 engine with a 257 kW V8 on tap tops off the revised A6 range.

Entry level diesel power is provided by a four-cylinder 2.0 TDI engine, available in two states of tune, either 100kW or 125kW. The 100kW model designated 2.0 TDIe, which uses a six-speed manual shift or automatic multitronic transmission to deliver 320Nm of torque to the front wheels whilst averaging only 5.3l/100 km.

The two V6 TDI engines are a 2.7-litre 140 kW or 3.0 TDI with 176 kW; maximum torque is 380Nm or 450 Nm respectively.

Quattro drive

All models with engine output at 140kW or more feature standard Quattro all-wheel drive with a 40/60 torque split front/rear bias. The mechanically-operated Torsen differential immediately diverts most of the power to the axle, providing better traction whenever the need arises – in extreme cases, up to 65% to the front or 85% to the rear.

With a power steering pump operating only on demand; an alternator regenerated by electrical energy; and a 20mm lowering of the ride height reducing drag coefficient to only Cd 0.28, efficiency has been strongly enhanced across the range.

Beyond consumption friendly engineering, drivers can now opt for an economy minded shift indicator on the instrument panel; coaxing manual-shift A6 drivers to use the most economical shift points whilst driving.

For nervous highway drivers or those indifferent to checking their blind spots, Audi has integrated a side assist system. At speeds above 30km/h it employs radar sensors to detect other vehicles at a peripheral distance of up to 50m, warning drivers of perilous lane-changing conditions with a warning signal on the outside mirror.

Performance minded Audi customers will be heartened by the S-line sports package featuring 18-inch wheels and sports suspension that lowers the ride height by 30mm. The S-line treatment extends to the interior in the form of sports seats, decorative inlays and S-line trimmed upholstery.

Most of the new features found in the A6 sedan and Avant are also present in the versatile A6 allroad Quattro and the dynamic S6. The A6 allroad Quattro can be powered either by the new 213 kW 3.0 TFSI engine or one of the two powerful V6 TDI diesels. The S6 continues to use the 320 kW V10, with the only changes made to the sports model interior and exterior optical details.

The upgraded Audi A6 will be available in German dealer showrooms as of mid-October 2008.


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