Audi A6

2016 Audi A6

The Audi A6 and S6 have been updated for model year 2016. Freshened styling, and updated Audi MMI and revised gasoline engines highlight the changes to the 2016 Audi A6 and 2016 Audi S6.

New to the entire 2016 A6 and S6 lineup are redesigned LED headlamps, a revised grille, new taillights, restyled bumpers, and new tailpipes. There are new gray and brown interior colors, and the available HUD (head-up display) integrates into the dash more smoothly on 2016 models.

The 2016 A6 2.0T gets a revised 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that now makes 252 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque, an increase of 32 hp and 15 lb-ft; a huge increase, for such a small engine. A6 2.0T comes standard with front-wheel drive and a new seven-speed dual-clutch S tronic transmission, replacing the previous CVT. Quattro all-wheel drive can be added, pared with an eight-speed Tiptronic automatic.

The 2016 A6 3.0T that uses a 3.0-liter supercharged V6 gets a boost to 333 horsepower, 23 more than 2015, with 325 lb-ft of torque. Quattro and Tiptronic are standard.

The A6 3.0 TDI clean diesel continues with its fuel-efficient 3.0-liter V6 turbodiesel that makes 240 horsepower and a beastly 428 pound-feet of torque, while getting an EPA-estimated 29 mpg Combined city and highway. It uses the eight-speed Tiptronic, too.

The 2016 S6 features an upgraded 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 boosted horsepower to 450 and torque to 406 pound-feet. A 7-speed dual-clutch transmission and quattro are standard.

MMI, what Audi calls its man-machine-interface infotainment system, is upgraded for model year 2016, with a fast Nvidia quad-core Tegra 30 processor for quicker delivery of information and graphics; Bluetooth, Siri, and social media functions are included.

The 2016 A6 earned five stars in government crash testing.


2014 Audi A6

A redesigned Audi A6 sedan debuted for 2012, followed by a high-performance S6 for the 2013 model year. Also new for 2013, the Audi A6 2.0T became available with all-wheel drive as well as front-drive, while the A6 3.0T gained a top-view camera system and a fuel-saving start/stop system.

A new A6 TDI clean-diesel model joined the lineup for 2014, with an appealing EPA fuel-mileage estimate of 24/38 mpg City/Highway. Audi claims that beats the miles-per-gallon figure of any TDI competitor. In the A6 TDI, the V6 engine develops 240 horsepower and a burly 428 pound-feet of torque, working with an 8-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission and Audis Quattro all-wheel drive. Audi says the 2014 A6 TDI can accelerate 0-60 mph in a swift 5.5 seconds.

Heated seats are newly standard in the entry-level 2014 A6 2.0 model. Audi A6 2.0T Premium models offer a new optional package with Xenon plus headlights and 18-inch wheels. The 2.0T, TDI and 3.0T models can have a new 19-inch wheel package with all-season tires and 15-spoke star-design wheels, as well as a 19-inch Sport package with 5-double-spoke wheels.

A new Black Optic package for the 2014 A6 and S6 features a black optic grille with high-gloss Singleframe� surround and gloss-black window surround, as well as 20-inch titanium finish 5-arm rotor-design wheels.

For 2014, A6 Prestige models include Audi side assist, which monitors the blind spot areas, as well as fast-approaching vehicles, at a range of approximately 150 feet to the rear. In an impending rear-end collision, Audi pre-sense rear closes the windows and sunroof and tightens seatbelts. The A6 Prestige model also gains power folding mirrors, while the 2014 S6 has these three features as standard.

Also new for 2014, the Driver Assistance plus package (which includes Audi adaptive cruise control with stop and go; Audi pre-sense plus; and power-folding, power-adjustable, auto-dimming, heated side mirrors with memory) now includes a Topview camera.

The base A6 2.0T uses a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-4 engine that now makes 220 horsepower (up from 211 in 2013) and 258 pound-feet of torque. Its paired with a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) and comes standard with front-wheel drive. Audis Quattro all-wheel drive system with an 8-speed automatic transmission is optional on the 2014 A6 2.0T. Fuel economy for the 2014 Audi A6 2.0T is very good, with an EPA-estimated 25/33 mpg City/Highway with the CVT and 20/29 mpg with the 8-speed automatic and Quattro. Premium-grade fuel is recommended.

The 2014 Audi A6 3.0T is silky smooth, and potent, with a supercharged, direct-injected 3.0-liter V6 that produces 310 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque. Quattro and the 8-speed automatic transmission are standard, as is Audis stop/start technology, which turns the engine off at stoplights and during other lengthy idles to save fuel. Fuel economy is an EPA-estimated 18/27 mpg City/Highway. Premium gasoline is recommended, and Audi claims the A6 3.0T accelerates to 60 mph in 5.3 seconds.

The high-performance S6 is Audis answer to the BMW M5 and Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG. The Audi sits between those two in terms of sportiness, with the BMW suited more for the racetrack, and the Mercedes more of a luxurious cruiser.

After a one-year hiatus, the Audi S6 returned for 2013 on the same new chassis the A6 received for 2012, with a body thats better balanced and more athletic. What differentiates the S6 from the A6 models is a more powerful engine, a sport-tuned adaptive air suspension, upgraded brakes and high-performance tires, as well as unique exterior and interior trim.

At the heart of the 2014 Audi S6 is a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8. Cranking out 420 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque, the V8 is paired with a dual-clutch 7-speed transmission. Quattro all-wheel drive is standard. Although the engine in the 2014 S6 is slightly less powerful than its V10 predecessor, the 2014 S6 is faster and more efficient than the last generation. Audi estimates the S6 can go from 0-60 mph in 4.5 seconds, which is more than a second quicker than the old model. Thats especially impressive, considering the current S6 is about 130 pounds heavier. EPA fuel economy estimates for the 2014 S6 are 17/27 mpg City/Highway, which is better than might be expected in view of the cars weight and performance.

As a fuel-saving measure, Audis S6 employs cylinder on demand technology, which deactivates four of the V8s cylinders during periods of lower loads. Audi says this can reduce fuel consumption by 10 percent at moderate highway speeds. The S6 also benefits from a self-locking center differential and torque vectoring.

Plenty of electronic safety and convenience features are available on the A6 and S6, including lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, pre-collision warning and night vision. Theres even an option that can turn the vehicles onboard wi-fi into a wireless hotspot for up to eight wireless-enabled devices.

Its hard to beat Audis interiors, and the A6 is no exception. One arc flows gracefully into the next, on the dash and door panels, from vents to grab handles. On the 3.0T, the leather is grainy, wood is walnut, trim brushed aluminum. The S6s leather interior is quilted in a diamond pattern, and the instrument panel and doors can be trimmed in carbon fiber.

Each A6/S6 seats five people, but theyre more comfortable for four. Rear legroom is decent, but the rear center seatback doubles as a fold-down armrest, so its not contoured for a human back. Plus, the hump in the floor that houses the drivetrain underneath spreads the unlucky passengers feet.

Competitors to the 2014 Audi A6 include the BMW 5 Series, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, and Jaguar XF. For the S6, buyers might consider the Jaguar XFR-S, BMW M5, and Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG.


2013 Audi A6

Audi A6 is a luxurious midsize sports sedan that seats four people in comfort. The A6 lineup was completely redesigned for the 2012 model year, and a new high-performance S6 follows suit for the 2013 model year.

Also new for 2013: The 2013 Audi A6 2.0T is available with all-wheel drive. The 2013 Audi A6 3.0T comes with a top-view camera system and a fuel-saving start/stop system.

The A6 2.0T uses a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-4 that makes 211 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. It's paired with a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) and comes standard with front-wheel drive. Audi's Quattro all-wheel drive system with an 8-speed automatic transmission is optional on the 2013 A6 2.0T. Fuel economy for the A6 2.0T is very good, with an EPA-estimated 25/33 mpg City/Highway with the CVT and 20/30 mpg with the 8-speed automatic and Quattro.

The A6 3.0T is silky smooth, and fast. It gets 310 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque out of a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 that produces 310 hp and 325 lb.-ft. of torque. Quattro and the 8-speed automatic transmission are standard, as is Audi's stop/start technology, which turns the engine off during long idles to save fuel. Fuel economy is an EPA-estimated 18/27 mpg City/Highway. Premium gasoline is recommended.

After a one-year hiatus, a new 2013 Audi S6 returns on the same new chassis the A6 received for 2012. The high-performance S6 is Audi's answer to the BMW M5 and Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG. The Audi sits between the two in terms of sportiness, with the BMW suited more for the racetrack, and the Mercedes more of a luxurious cruiser.

Like the A6, the new S6 now has a longer wheelbase and is slightly shorter and wider. The new body is better balanced and more athletic. What differentiates the S6 from the A6 models is a more powerful engine, a sport-tuned adaptive air suspension, upgraded brakes and high-performance tires, as well as unique exterior and interior trim.

At the heart of the 2013 Audi S6 is a new twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8, which replaces the old naturally aspirated V10. The new powerplant cranks out 420 hp and 406 lb.-ft. of torque, and is paired with a dual-clutch 7-speed transmission. Quattro all-wheel drive is standard. Although the new engine in the S6 is slightly less powerful than its predecessor, the 2013 S6 is faster and more efficient than the last generation. Audi estimates the S6 can go from 0-60 mph in less than 4.8 seconds, a full second less than the old model. That's especially impressive, considering the new S6 is about 130 pounds heavier. EPA fuel economy estimates for the 2013 S6 are 17/27 mpg City/Highway, which is impressive considering the car's weight and performance.

A bevvy of electronic safety and convenience features are available on the A6 and S6, including lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, pre-collision warning and night vision. There's even an option that can turn the vehicle's onboard wifi into a wireless hotspot for up to eight wireless-enabled devices.

It's hard to beat Audi's interiors, and the A6 is no exception. One arc flows gracefully into the next, on the dash and door panels, from vents to grab handles. On the 3.0T, the leather is grainy, wood is walnut, trim brushed aluminum. Leather interior on the S6 is quilted in a diamond pattern, and the instrument panel and doors can be trimmed in carbon fiber.

Competitors to the 2013 Audi A6 include the BMW 5 Series, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, and Jaguar XF. For the S6, buyers might consider the Jaguar XFR-S, BMW M5, and Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG.



 

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