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Audi A6


Audi A6
Overview
Manufacturer
Audi AG
Production
C4: 1994–1997,
C5: 1997–2004,
C6: 2004–2011,
C7: 2011–present
Body and chassis
Class
Executive car/Mid-size luxury car
Body style
4-door saloon/sedan,
5-door Avant (estate/wagon)
Layout
Longitudinal front engine,
front-wheel drive, or
quattro permanent four-wheel drive
Platform
Volkswagen Group C platform series
Chronology
Predecessor
Audi 100
The Audi A6 is an executive car made by the German automaker Audi AG, now in its fourth generation. As the successor to the Audi 100, the A6 is manufactured in Neckarsulm, Germany – and is available in saloon and wagon configurations, the latter marketed by Audi as the Avant.
All generations of the A6 have offered either front-wheel drive or Torsen-based four-wheel drive – marketed by Audi as their quattro system. Second- and third- generation A6 models have shared their platform with the company's Allroad models.

C4 (Typ 4A, 1994 - 1997)

Audi A6 Avant (C4) front view
Audi A6 Avant (C4) rear view
Audi A6 (C4)
Overview
Production
1994–1997 (Germany)
1998–2003 (China; FAW-VW)
Assembly
Neckarsulm, Germany
Monterrey, Mexico
Changchun, China (FAW-VW)[1]
Jakarta, Indonesia (Garuda Mataram)
Tokyo, Japan (AMA; C4 only)
Body and chassis
Platform
Volkswagen Group C4
Related
Audi 100 (1991–1995)
Audi S4 (UrS4) (1991–1995)
Audi S6 (UrS6) (1995–1997, a renamed Audi S4)
Powertrain
Platform
1.8 L I4 20v Turbo
2.6 L V6
2.8 L V6
1.9 L I4 TDI
2.5 L I5 TDI
Related
5-speed manual
6-speed manual
4-speed automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase
2,760 mm (108.7 in)
Length
4,796 mm (188.8 in)
Width
1,810 mm (71.3 in)
Height
saloon: 1,452 mm (57.2 in)
Avant: 1,479 mm (58.2 in)
Audi's mid-size car was previously named the Audi 100 (or Audi 5000 in the United States), and was released in three successive generations (Audi C1, Audi C2 and Audi C3). In 1994, the latest generation (C4) of the Audi 100 was facelifted and re-badged as the Audi A6, to fit in with Audi's new alphanumeric nomenclature (as the full-size A8 had just been introduced). The exterior was changed only slightly from the "C4" Audi 100 – new front and rear lights, new radiator grille, similarly with chassis and engine and transmission choices. The United Kingdom was the first market to receive the A6, as stock of RHD Audi 100s had run out before expected, and before the rest of mainland Europe.
Audi A6 Sedan (C4) front angle view
Audi A6 Sedan (C4) rear angle view
The new engines for the A6 were 1.8-litre 20v inline four-cylinder, and 2.8-litre 30v V6 petrol engines, with the 2.3-litre inline five engine being dropped on most markets. For the diesel engines, an inline four 1.9 Turbocharged Direct Injection (TDI), and the inline five (R5) 2.5 TDI (103 kW (140 PS; 138 bhp)) were available.
Until 1997, the A6 came with several different engines, two of them turbodiesel, and most of them available with Audi's Torsen-based quattro permanent four-wheel drive system. The A6 was available with saloon and Avant bodies.

C4 engines

The C4 design was available with the following engines:
engine
configuration
Max. motive power
petrol engines
1.8 20v
Inline 4 DOHC
92 kW (125 PS; 123 bhp)
2.0 8v
Inline 4 SOHC
74 kW (101 PS; 99 bhp)
2.0 8v
Inline 4 SOHC
85 kW (116 PS; 114 bhp)
2.0 16v
Inline 4 DOHC
103 kW (140 PS; 138 bhp)
2.3 10v
Inline 5 SOHC
98 kW (133 PS; 131 bhp)
2.6 12v
V6 SOHC
110 kW (150 PS; 148 bhp)
2.8 12v
V6 SOHC
128 kW (174 PS; 172 bhp)
2.8 30v
V6 DOHC
142 kW (193 PS; 190 bhp)
diesel engines
1.9 TDI 8v
Inline 4 SOHC
66 kW (90 PS; 89 bhp)
2.5 TDI 10v
Inline 5 SOHC
85 kW (116 PS; 114 bhp)
2.5 TDI 10v
Inline 5 SOHC
103 kW (140 PS; 138 bhp)

Crash testing
NHTSA Frontal impact; Driver side:
5/5 stars5/5 stars5/5 stars5/5 stars5/5 stars
NHTSA Frontal impact; Passenger side:
5/5 stars5/5 stars5/5 stars5/5 stars5/5 stars
Folksam overall frontal crash test:
Good

S6

Main article: Audi S6
A higher performance version of the C4 A6, called the Audi S6 was produced. It included the 4.2-litre V8 engine, which was uprated to 213 kilowatts (290 PS; 286 bhp), and a new limited edition240 kW (326 PS; 322 bhp) version was added: the S6 PLUS made by quattro GmbH.

C5 (Typ 4B, 1997 - 2004)

2001 Audi A6 Sedan front view
2001 Audi A6 Sedan rear view
Audi A6 (C5)
Overview
Production
February 1997–June 2004 (Germany)
2003–2006 (China; FAW-VW)
Assembly
Neckarsulm, Germany
Monterrey, Mexico
Changchun, China(FAW-VW)
Jakarta, Indonesia (Garuda Mataram)
Designer
Peter Schreyer (1994)
Body and chassis
Platform
Volkswagen Group C5
Related
Audi 100 (1991–1995)
Audi S6 (Typ 4B, 2001–2003)
Audi RS6 (Typ 4B, 2002–2004)
Powertrain
Platform
petrol
1.8 L inline-four engine 40v
diesel
1.9 L I4 TDI
2.5 L V6 24v TDI
Related
5-speed manual
6-speed manual
5-speed automatic
multitronic CVT
5-speed automatic with tiptronic
Dimensions
Wheelbase
2,760 mm (108.7 in)
Length
4,796 mm (188.8 in)
Width
1,810 mm (71.3 in)
Height
saloon: 1,453 mm (57.2 in)
Avant: 1,479 mm (58.2 in)
Curb weight
1,480 kg (3,262.8 lb)
In February 1997, the introduction of a new A6 (Typ 4B), based on a new design automobile platform – the Volkswagen Group C5 platform, with a new range of internal combustion engines was announced and appeared in March at the 1997 Geneva Motor Show. This new A6 moved up a notch in quality, and was marketed in the same categories as the BMW 5-Series and the Mercedes-Benz E-Class. The redesigned body presented a modern design, with a fastback styling which set the trend for the Audi lineup, and gave the relatively large saloon an aerodynamic shell with a low coefficient of drag of 0.28.
Audi A6 Avant (C4) front view

Audi A6 Avant (C4) rear view

In 2000 and 2001, the "C5" A6 was on Car and Driver magazine's Ten Best list. This new A6 was available with a wide range of engines and configurations. The 30-valve 2.4- and 2.8-litre V6 engines represented the bulk of the A6's development programme, with a multitude of other engine configurations available throughout the globe. As an alternative to the manual transmission, a five-speed tiptronic automatic transmission was also available.
The C5 saloon variant arrived in mid-1997 in Europe, late 1997 in North America and Australia, and the Avant in 1998. In Canada, there was no Avant (Audi's name for an estate/wagon) available at all in 1998 – Audi dropped the C4 Avant at the end of the 1997 model year, and jumped straight to the C5 Avant in 1998 in conjunction with its release in the US. As a result of complying with FMVSS, the North American models were equipped with front and rear bumpers that protruded several inches further than their European counterparts, with modified brackets and bumper suspension assemblies as result, and child-seat tethers for occupant safety. In compliance with Canadian law, Canadian models received daytime running lights as standard equipment. North American C5 A6 models received the 2.8-litre, 30-valve V6 engine, the 2.7-litre "biturbo" V6 (also found in the B5 platform S4), and the 4.2-litre 40-valve V8 petrol engines. The V8 models arrived with significantly altered exterior body panels, with slightly more flared wheel arches (fenders), revised headlamps and grille design (before being introduced in 2002 to all other A6 models), larger roadwheels (8Jx17-inch), larger brakes and Torsen-based quattro permanent four-wheel drive as standard.
In 2002, the A6 received a facelift, with revised headlight and grille design, exposed exhaust tips, and slight changes to accessory body moldings, and taillight colour from red to amber in North American models. A new host of engines were also introduced. The 1.8-litre engine was deleted and replaced by a 2.0-litre powerplant with 96 kilowatts (131 PS; 129 bhp). The 1.9-litre Turbocharged Direct Injection (TDI) was tweaked to produce a maximum motive power output of 96 kilowatts (131 PS; 129 bhp), and 310 newton metres (229 lbft) of torque, receiving a six-speed manual gearbox in the process. The 2.4-litre V6 gained an extra 5 hp and better balancing, and the 2.8-litre V6 engine was replaced by a 3.0-litre engine with 162 kilowatts (220 PS; 217 bhp). The turbocharged 2.7-litre was revised, resulting in 184 kilowatts (250 PS; 247 bhp) and 330 newton metres (243 lbft), controlled by standard quattro. The V6 diesel was also slightly modified resulting in 120 kilowatts (163 PS; 161 bhp) (after the second modification) and 350 newton metres (258 lbft). A new more powerful V6 diesel was also introduced with 132 kilowatts (179 PS; 177 bhp) and 370 newton metres (273 lbft). The 4.2-litre V8 engine which arrived in 2001 remained unchanged.
Also new was the multitronic continuously variable transmission, available in most front-wheel drive models. All models, except the 2.0-litre petrol and 1.9-litre TDI, were available with Audi's trademark four-wheel-drive system, quattro. A four-wheel-drive version of the Avant, with raised ground clearance and slightly altered styling was sold as the Audi allroad quattro, Audi's first crossover SUV.
Regarding this C5 generation, Car and Driver magazine stated, "It is one of the most winsome mid-sizers to meet pavement, with some of the nicest handling this side of a BMW. In 2000, the moderate performance of this otherwise excellent, 3.0-litre V6-powered, sedan was improved by the addition of two higher-performance versions: the 250 PS (180 kW; 250 hp), 2.7-litre bi-turbo V6 and the 300 PS (220 kW; 300 hp), 4.2-litre V8, both with Audi's quattro permanent four-wheel drive system. In mid-2003, major muscle came along in the limited-run RS6 – powered by a 450 PS (331 kW; 444 bhp), twin-turbo V8 engine – which immediately finished first in a C/D comparison test".
The second-generation A6 was on Car and Driver magazine's Ten Best list for 2000 and 2001. The updated 2005 A6 won the World Car of the Year award for 2005. In addition, the facelifted third-generation A6 3.0T won two Car and Driver "comparos" that pitted it against other sedans like the BMW 5-Series, the Mercedes E-Class, the Jaguar XF, and the Infinti M.
Crash testing
EuroNCAP adult occupant:
3/5 stars3/5 stars3/5 stars
IIHS overall frontal offset crash test:
Acceptable

S6 and RS6

Main article: Audi S6
The Audi S6 was a high-powered variant of the A6, featuring a modified version of the 4.2-litre V8 engine producing 250 kilowatts (340 PS; 335 bhp) and 420 newton metres (310 lbft). It was available as a saloon and Avant.
Main article: Audi RS6
In the late years of the A6 C5 design, an ultra-high-performance limited-run Audi RS6 model was presented. Weighing in excess of 1,840 kilograms (4,057 lb) and producing 331 kilowatts (450 PS; 444 bhp) and 560 newton metres (413 lbft), it propels the RS6 from 0-100 kilometres per hour (62.1 mph) in 4.5 seconds, and on to 200 km/h (124.3 mph) in under 17 seconds. Initially available as only an Avant, a saloon variant was later added.

Allroad quattro (1999–2005)

Audi's C5 series A6 Avant formed the basis for an semi-offroad model in 1998, labeled "Audi allroad quattro". Compared to the regular A6, the allroad featured an advanced air suspension system, allowing for increased ground clearance; larger wheels with all-terrain tyres, and flared and unpainted bumpers, giving it a distinct appearance and more overall flexibility over varying terrain. As the name "allroad quattro" suggests, Audi's Torsen-based quattro permanent four-wheel drive system was standard equipment for all versions.
Audi allroad quattro 2.5 TDI front view

Audi allroad quattro 2.5 TDI rear view

The standard adjustable air suspension system can lift the car high enough to provide 208 mm (8 in) of ground clearance; a low-range mode (an option with manual transmission), absent from other quattro-equipped vehicles, can be selected with the touch of a button. When used together, the two systems made it possible for the allroad to complete an official Land Rover test-course, thus far it is the only car-based SUV that has been proven capable of doing so in testing. Conversely, the air suspension can lower the vehicle down to only 142 mm (6 in) above road level, and simultaneously stiffen the spring and damper rates to provide a sporty driving experience, much like that of the conventional A6 with the sports suspension.
Audi's 2.7-litre, twin-turbo V6 petrol engine with 250 PS (184 kW; 247 hp) of power and 350 N·m (258 lb·ft) of peak torque was available initially, alongside the 2.5-litre TDI diesel unit with 132 kW (177 hp) and 370 N·m (273 lb·ft) of torque. A variant of the corporate 4.2-litre V8 petrol engine, was made available in 2003, and a less powerful TDI (163 bhp) followed in 2004.
Audi stopped production of the allroad in July 2005. Although the model continued to be available for sale throughout 2006 in Europe, there was no 2006 model year for North America.
With the return of the "allroad" nameplate to North America, with the 2013 A4 allroad quattro, the C5-Platform allroad quattro has begun to take the name "Ur-allroad." The 'Ur-' is used in the German language, as a prefix to signify 'ancient' or 'early ancestor' (e.g., great-grandmother is Urgroßmutter), and is used informally by car enthusiasts worldwide to refer to the original Audi Quattro that was produced from 1980 - 1991 (the "Ur-Quattro"). The use of the term was then extended to the original S4 and S6 models to differentiate them from later models with the same name; and more recently to the C5 allroad models("Ur-allroad"). The need for differentiating the models is likely because the new B8 A4 allroad lacks the C5's adjustable height/load leveling suspension with shock rate adjustment to load and reinforced uni-body, sports only a nominal towing capacity, and lacks a non-allroad A4 wagon counterpart. Some feel that for these reasons it does not live up to the allroad nameplate and is nothing more than an A4 wagon with a trim package.

C5 engines

The C5 design was available with the following engines:
Model
designation
Engine code
Disp.
engine
conf.
Max. motive power at rpm
(Directive 80/1269/EEC)
Max. torque at rpm
0–100 km/h (62 mph)
Top speed
(saloon)
Years
Petrol engines
all multi-point sequential fuel injection
1.8
AJP, AQE, ARH
1,781 cc (108.7 cu in)
I4 DOHC 20v
92 kW (125 PS; 123 hp) @ 5,800
168 Nm (124 lbft) @ 3,500
11.3 sec
203 km/h (126 mph)
1997–2001
1.8 T
AEB, APU, ANB,
AWT, ARK
1,781 cc (108.7 cu in)
I4 DOHC 20v
110 kW (150 PS; 148 hp) @ 5,700
210 Nm (155 lbft) @ 1,750–4,600
9.4 sec
217 km/h (135 mph)
1997–2005
2.0
ALT
1,984 cc (121.1 cu in)
I4 DOHC 20v
96 kW (131 PS; 129 hp) @ 5,700
195 Nm (144 lbft) @ 3,300
10.5 sec
205 km/h (127 mph)
2001–2005
2.4
AGA, AML, APS,
ALF, ARJ
2,393 cc (146.0 cu in)
V6 DOHC 30v
121 kW (165 PS; 162 hp) @ 6,000
230 Nm (170 lbft) @ 3,200
9.1 sec
222 km/h (138 mph)
1997–2001
2.4
BDV
2,393 cc (146.0 cu in)
V6 DOHC 30v
125 kW (170 PS; 168 hp) @ 6,000
230 Nm (170 lbft) @ 3,200
9.3 sec
224 km/h (139 mph)
2001–2005
2.7 T
AJK, AZA
2,671 cc (163.0 cu in)
V6 DOHC 30v
169 kW (230 PS; 227 hp) @ 5,800
310 Nm (229 lbft) @ 1,700–4,600
7.3 sec
245 km/h (152 mph)
1999–2001
2.7 T
ARE, BES, APB
2,671 cc (163.0 cu in)
V6 DOHC 30v
184 kW (250 PS; 247 hp) @ 5,800
350 Nm (258 lbft) @ 1,800–4,500
6.8 sec
248 km/h (154 mph)
2000–2005
2.8
ACK, APR, AMX,
AQD, ALG
2,771 cc (169.1 cu in)
V6 DOHC 30v
142 kW (193 PS; 190 hp) @ 6,000
280 Nm (207 lbft) @ 3,200
8.1 sec
236 km/h (147 mph)
1997–2001
3.0
ASN
2,976 cc (181.6 cu in)
V6 DOHC 30v
162 kW (220 PS; 217 hp) @ 6,300
300 Nm (221 lbft) @ 3,200
7.5 sec
243 km/h (151 mph)
2001–2005
4.2
ARS, ASG, BAS
4,172 cc (254.6 cu in)
V8 DOHC 40v
220 kW (299 PS; 295 hp) @ 6,200
400 Nm (295 lbft) @ 3,000–4,000
6.9 sec
250 km/h (155 mph)
(elec. limited)
1999–2005
S6
AQJ, ANK
4,172 cc (254.6 cu in)
V8 DOHC 40v
250 kW (340 PS; 335 hp) @ 7,000
420 Nm (310 lbft) @ 3,400
5.7 sec
250 km/h (155 mph)
(elec. limited)
1999–2005
RS6
BCY
4,172 cc (254.6 cu in)
V8 DOHC 40v
331 kW (450 PS; 444 hp) @ 5,700–6,400
560 Nm (413 lbft) @ 1,950–5,500
4.9 sec
270 km/h (168 mph)
(unlimited)
2002–2005
RS6 plus
BRV
4,172 cc (254.6 cu in)
V8 DOHC 40v
353 kW (480 PS; 473 hp) @ 6,000–6,400
560 Nm (413 lbft) @ 1,950–6,000
4.5 sec
280 km/h (174 mph)
(unlimited)
2004–2005
Diesel engines
1.9 TDI
AFN, AVG
1,896 cc (115.7 cu in)
I4 SOHC 8v
81 kW (110 PS; 109 hp) @ 4,150
235 Nm (173 lbft) @ 1,900
12.3 sec
194 km/h (121 mph)
1997–2001
1.9 TDI
AJM
1,896 cc (115.7 cu in)
I4 SOHC 8v
85 kW (116 PS; 114 hp) @ 4,000
285 Nm (210 lbft) @ 1,900
11.6 sec
196 km/h (122 mph)
1998–2001
1.9 TDI
AWX
1,896 cc (115.7 cu in)
I4 SOHC 8v
96 kW (131 PS; 129 hp) @ 4,000
285 Nm (210 lbft) @ 1,750–2,500
10.5 sec
203 km/h (126 mph)
2001–2005
1.9 TDI
AVF
1,896 cc (115.7 cu in)
I4 SOHC 8v
96 kW (131 PS; 129 hp) @ 4,000
310 Nm (229 lbft) @ 1,900
10.5 sec
203 km/h (126 mph)
2001–2005
2.5 TDI
AFB, AKN
2,496 cc (152.3 cu in)
V6 DOHC 24v
110 kW (150 PS; 148 hp) @ 4,000
310 Nm (229 lbft) @ 1,500–3,200
9.7 sec
218 km/h (135 mph)
1997–2001
2.5 TDI
AYM
2,496 cc (152.3 cu in)
V6 DOHC 24v
114 kW (155 PS; 153 hp) @ 4,000
310 Nm (229 lbft) @ 1,400–3,500
9.7 sec
219 km/h (136 mph)
2001–2002
2.5 TDI
BFC, BCZ
2,496 cc (152.3 cu in)
V6 DOHC 24v
120 kW (163 PS; 161 hp) @ 4,000
310 Nm (229 lbft) @ 1,400–3,600
9.3 sec
222 km/h (138 mph)
2002–2005
2.5 TDI
BDG
2,496 cc (152.3 cu in)
V6 DOHC 24v
120 kW (163 PS; 161 hp) @ 4,000
350 Nm (258 lbft) @ 1,500–3,000
9.3 sec
222 km/h (138 mph)
2003–2005
2.5 TDI
AKE, BDH, BAU
2,496 cc (152.3 cu in)
V6 DOHC 24v
132 kW (179 PS; 177 hp) @ 4,000
370 Nm (273 lbft) @ 1,500–2,500
8.9 sec
221 km/h (137 mph)
1999–2005

C6 (Typ 4F, 2004 - 2011)

2009 Audi A6 Avant front view
2009 Audi A6 Avant rear view
Audi A6 (C6)
Overview
Production
February 2004–June 2011 (Germany)
2006–2012 (China; FAW-VW)
Assembly
Neckarsulm, Germany
Aurangabad, India (Audi India) (CKD)
Changchun, China (FAW-VW)
Jakarta, Indonesia (Garuda Mataram)
Designer
Walter de Silva
Satoshi Wada (2001)
Body and chassis
Platform
Volkswagen Group C6 platform
Related
Audi S6 (2006–2011)
Audi RS6 (2008–2010)
Powertrain
Platform
2.0 L I4 Turbo
2.4 L V6
2.8 L V6 FSI
3.2 L V6 FSI
4.2 L V8
2.0 L I4 TDI
2.7 L V6 TDI
3.0 L V6 TDI
Related
6-speed manual
6-speed tiptronic automatic
7-speed multitronic CVT
Dimensions
Wheelbase
2,843 mm (111.9 in)
LWB: 2,945 mm (115.9 in)
Length
4,927 mm (194.0 in)
LWB: 5,035 mm (198.2 in)
Width
1,855 mm (73.0 in)
Height
saloon: 1,459 mm (57.4 in)
Avant: 1,463 mm (57.6 in)
LWB: 1,485 mm (58.5 in)
Curb weight
1,520–1,845 kg (3,351.0–4,067.5 lb)

Initial release

The Typ 4F A6 was released in 2004. Designed by Satoshi Wada in 2001, this model was visually an evolution of the C5, but was lengthened to 4,927 millimetres (194.0 in), and incorporates the new Audi trademark "single-frame grille". Like other contemporary Audis, the A6 had a "tornado line" that ran just below the sheetmetal's shoulders and joins the front and rear light clusters.
The C6 iteration of the A6 features more sophisticated technology. Most notable is the Multi Media Interface (MMI), which is a system controlling in-car entertainment, satellite navigation, climate control, car settings such as suspension configuration and optional electronic accessories through a central screen interface. This has the advantage of minimising the wealth of buttons normally found on a dashboard by replacing them with controls which operate multiple devices using the integrated display.
Audi A6 Sedan 3.0T front view

Audi A6 Sedan 3.0T rear view

On the internal combustion engines, the new Fuel Stratified Injection (FSI) direct injection technology was introduced. Although the line of engines represents the same progression as the former model, all engines were new. The multitronic continuously variable transmission continues as an alternative for front-wheel drive models, alongside a new six-speed tiptronic automatic transmission available in the four-wheel drive models. Audi's "trademark" Torsen-based quattro permanent four-wheel drive is available in most of the lineup, and standard in the most powerful models. quattro is not available on the multitronic variants of the A6, but is available on the manual and tiptronic gear systems. Conversely the tiptronic system is not available on the front-wheel drive variants of the car. The six-speed manual gearbox is available with the 3.2-litre V6 engine, but not for the North American market.
Audi A6 interior

Audi A6 technical image

The Avant arrived during the course of 2005. The A6 allroad quattro made its debut in 2006, and as before, is an off-road ready version of the Avant, available with either a 2.7-litre V6 or 3.0-litre V6 Turbocharged Direct Injection diesel engines, or a 3.2-litre V6 or 4.2-litre V8 petrol engine.
Centre console of C6 A6, showing tiptronic gear shift lever, Multi Media Interface (MMI) controls, and electronic parking brake

A6L

It is a long wheelbase version of A6 sedan for China market. The vehicle was unveiled in 2005 Shanghai Motor Show.
The vehicles went on sale in the middle of 2005. Early models include A6L 2.4, with A6L 2.0 TFSI (170PS) followed shortly after. A6L 3.0 quattro (218PS) and A6L 4.2 quattro (335PS) were introduced in 2005. Other models include A6 3.0.

S6

Main article: Audi S6
The Audi S6 performance variant was introduced in the Frankfurt Motor Show, and produced from early 2006 until 2011. It is powered by a 5.2-litre Fuel Stratified Injection (FSI) V10 engine producing a 320 kilowatts (435 PS; 429 bhp) and 540 newton metres (398 lbft). The S6 reaches 100 kilometres per hour (62.1 mph) from a standstill in 5.2 seconds, and the quarter mile 13.5 seconds.

A6 allroad quattro (2006–2011)

Audi announced the C6 series allroad in the spring of 2005 and released it in the summer of 2006. This model was called the Audi A6 allroad quattro (unlike the previous version, which was merely called Audi allroad quattro, with no reference to the A6 nomenclature).
The Audi A6 allroad quattro again featured adaptive air suspension and quattro permanent four-wheel drive system. The A6 allroad was powered by a choice of two Fuel Stratified Injection (FSI) petrol engines, a 3.2-litre V6 and a 4.2-litre V8, and two TDI diesel engines, a 180 PS (132 kW) 2.7 L and a 233 PS (171 kW) 3.0 L. The tiptronic gearbox is standard on the 4.2 V8 and the 2.7 TDI, but optional on the 3.2 FSI and 3.0 TDI.
Audi A6 allroad quattro front view
Audi A6 allroad quattro rear view
The 6-speed tiptronic transmission system converted high-torque engine power into both sporty performance and operating convenience, with crisp, fast gear changes. Advanced electronics respond efficiently to all driver input in both D (Drive) and S (Sport) programmes, helping to prevent unwanted upshifts when cornering. The five-mode air suspension can be raised by up to 60 mm (2.36 in) to provide ground clearance of 185 mm (7.28 in) which is better than the older four-mode.
The car featured a number of off-road styling cues including larger bumpers and sills.
In some European markets, this A6 allroad quattro was more expensive than the larger Audi Q7, but air suspension is an expensive option in the Q7. In its native country, Germany, it cost a few hundred Euros less than the Q7.

Engines

Model
configuration
Max. motive power
petrol engines
2.0 16v TFSI
Inline 4 DOHC turbo
170 PS (125 kW; 168 hp)
2.4 24v
V6 DOHC
177 PS (130 kW; 175 hp)
2.8 24v FSI
V6 DOHC
210 PS (154 kW; 207 hp)
3.0 30v
V6 DOHC
218 PS (160 kW; 215 hp)
3.2 24v FSI
V6 DOHC
255 PS (188 kW; 252 hp)
4.2 40v
V8 DOHC
335 PS (246 kW; 330 hp)
4.2 32v FSI
V8 DOHC
350 PS (257 kW; 345 hp)
diesel engines
all Turbocharged Direct Injection (TDI)
2.0 16v TDI
Inline 4 DOHC turbo
140 PS (103 kW; 138 hp)
2.7 24v TDI
V6 DOHC turbo
180 PS (132 kW; 178 hp)
163 PS (120 kW; 161 hp)
3.0 24v TDI
V6 DOHC turbo
225 PS (165 kW; 222 hp)
233 PS (171 kW; 230 hp)

Awards

In 2005, the A6 won the World Car of the Year award, and has also won the Practical Caravan "Towcar of the Year" awards, due to its array of towing features such as adjustable suspension height and damping, and the presence of a 123 Trailer Stability Programme.

C6 facelift

Audi unveiled a facelifted "C6" Audi A6 on 12 August 2008, at the Moscow International Motor Show. The refresh incorporates some modern Audi design cues to keep the A6 current with the rest of the Audi lineup.
Audi A6 TDI(C6 Facelift) front view

Audi A6 TDI(C6 Facelift) rear view

There are minor cosmetic changes to the front and rear lights which now have daytime running LEDs, the taillights extend towards the center of the trunk lid and pinch off at the license plate mount, however their shape remains rectangular compared to the more sculpted light clusters found in the 2008 Audi A5, 2009 Audi A4, and 2009 Audi Q5 (the latter three being all-new generations).
The intakes below the headlamps are inspired by the Audi RS5. The A6's six (per side) front light-emitting diode (LED) daytime running lights (DRLs) are located within the main headlamp housing, similar to RS6's placement of the LEDs (ten per side), whereas on the S6 these front LEDs (five per side) are found adjacent to the fog lamps in the lower front bumper.
The new front and rear fascias from RS6 would be used on the facelifted A6 and S6 lineup.
Also updated for 2009 is the Quattro all-wheel drive setup, which is already found on the 2008 Audi A5 and 2009 Audi A4. This new system features a 40/60 front-to-rear torque split and offers a more balanced feel, reducing the understeer that comes from 50/50 AWD platforms.
There are now six petrol and four diesel engines available for the upgraded A6. All petrol engines now feature cylinder-direct Fuel Stratified Injection (FSI) technology, and all diesel engines now feature common rail (CR) and Turbocharged Direct Injection (TDI) technologies. There is a new petrol engine, a 300 PS(221 kW; 296 bhp) 3.0-litre supercharged V6, badged as 3.0 TFSI or 3.0T. This new engine is shared with the 2010 Audi S4 and S5 Cabriolet, although in the latter two applications in a higher state of tune and mated to a 7-speed S-tronic dual-clutch transmission.
The new engine and revised quattro system give the 2009 Audi A6 3.0 TFSI almost equivalent performance to the Audi S6 5.2 FSI (which is unchanged except for receiving the cosmetic tweaks like the rest of the Audi A6 lineup). Moreover, the S6's weight is 4,500 pounds and 59 percent of weight is distributed to the front which increases understeer.
US models went on sale as 2009 model year vehicles, and arrived in U.S. dealerships by the beginning of January. Early models include A6 3.2 FSI (sedan), A6 3.0 TFSI quattro (sedan/Avant), A6 4.2 FSI quattro (sedan), S6 5.2 FSI (sedan).

RS6 (2008-)

Main article: Audi RS6
The latest version of ultra-high-performance Audi RS6 was launched in September 2008 and produced until the third quarter of 2010. Based upon the V10 engine powering the S6, the RS6 features an all-aluminium alloy 4,991 cc (304.6 cu in) V10 twin-turbocharged, Fuel Stratified Injection engine with a dry sump lubrication system. It produces a power output of 426 kilowatts (579 PS; 571 bhp), and 650 newton metres (479 lbft) of torque, making it the most powerful vehicle ever produced by Audi.
Initially available only as an Avant, the saloon version went on sale in mid-October 2008.

A6L

It is longer wheelbase version of A6 sedan for China market. The vehicle was unveiled in Auto Shanghai 2009. Early model includes 2.7 TDI (189PS).

C6 facelift engines

Model
configuration
Max. motive power
petrol engines
all common rail (CR) Fuel Stratified Injection (FSI)
2.0 16v TFSI
Inline 4 DOHC turbo
170 PS (125 kW; 168 hp)
2.8 24v FSI
V6 DOHC
190 PS (140 kW; 187 hp)
220 PS (162 kW; 217 hp)
3.2 24v FSI
V6 DOHC
255 PS (188 kW; 252 hp)
3.0 TFSI
V6 DOHC supercharged
300 PS (221 kW; 296 hp)
4.2 32v FSI
V8 DOHC
350 PS (257 kW; 345 hp)
diesel engines
all common rail (CR) Turbocharged Direct Injection (TDI)
2.0 16v TDIe
Inline 4 DOHC turbo
136 PS (100 kW; 134 hp)
2.0 16v TDI
Inline 4 DOHC turbo
170 PS (125 kW; 168 hp)
2.7 24v TDI
V6 DOHC turbo
190 PS (140 kW; 187 hp)
3.0 24v TDI
V6 DOHC turbo
240 PS (177 kW; 237 hp)

Safety

Crash testing
EuroNCAP adult occupant:
5/5 stars5/5 stars5/5 stars5/5 stars5/5 stars
EuroNCAP child occupant:
5/5 stars5/5 stars5/5 stars5/5 stars
EuroNCAP pedestrian:
5/5 stars
IIHS overall frontal offset crash test:
Good
IIHS side crash test:
Good
IIHS roof strength test:
Acceptable

C7 (Typ 4G, 2011 - present)

2012 Audi A6 Sedan front view
2012 Audi A6 Sedan rear view
Audi A6 (C7)
Overview
Production
November 2011–present
Model years
2012–present
Assembly
Neckarsulm, Germany
Aurangabad, India (Audi India)(CKD)
Changchun, China (FAW-VW)
Designer
Jurgen Loffler (2008)
Body and chassis
Platform
Volkswagen Group C6 platform
Related
Audi S6 (2006–2011)
Audi RS6 (2008–2010)
Powertrain
Platform
2.0L TFSI I4
2.5L FSI V6 (China)
2.8L FSI V6
3.0L Supercharged V6
2.0L I4 Diesel
3.0L V6 Diesel
Related
6-speed manual
8-speed Tiptronic ZF 8HP automatic
Multitronic CVT
7-speed S Tronic DCT
Dimensions
Wheelbase
2,912 mm (114.6 in)
Length
4,915 mm (193.5 in)
Width
1,874 mm (73.8 in)
Height
1,455 mm (57.3 in)
The fourth generation C7 series Audi A6 (internally designated Typ 4G) was launched in late 2011 for the European market and in other markets soon after. It is heavily influenced by the Audi A8 (D4), pulling elements from its exterior details. The A6 shares its interior, platform, and powertrain with the Audi A7 four door sedan, which had been released shortly before also in 2011. Compared to the A8 and A7, the A6 has the most aggressive front fascia and LED headlights. Design work began in 2006, with Jurgen Loffler's exterior design being chosen in 2008.
The new A6 increased its wheelbase by nearly 3 inches (76 mm) and its width by 0.7 inches (18 mm). The redesign also decreased the car's drag coefficient to 0.26 Cd.
European engine choices for the C7 include two petrol engines – a 2.8-litre FSI V6 with 204 horsepower (152 kW) and a 300 horsepower (224 kW), 3.0-litre supercharged FSI engine – and three diesel engines – a 2.0-litre inline four-cylinder and a 3.0-litre turbocharged diesel engine in three states of tune. The European A6 3.0 TFSI will have optional a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and an air suspension, two features that will not be available on the United States model.
For North America, the Audi A6 3.0 TFSI quattro will be powered by a 3.0-litre supercharged V6 putting out 310 PS (228 kW; 306 hp) 441 Nm (325 lbft), the same engine carried over from the previous-generation A6 3.0 TFSI, but in a higher state of tune and mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. For the United States but not the Canadian market, there will be an entry-level Audi A6 2.0 TFSI FrontTrak (front-wheel drive) with a 2.0-litre turbocharged inline-four, the same engine in the Audi A4 and Q5, but mated to the Multitronic CVT (continuous variable transmission).
The A6 features all the driver assistance systems from the A8, but adds a head-up display and Active Lane Assist. It also features an optional full-LED headlighting system.
Audi A6 Avant front view

Audi A6 Avant rear view

interior

technical image

A6 hybrid (2012–)

A hybrid electric variant was also available for the first time in the A6, offering a 2-litre TFSI 211 metric horsepower (155 kW) engine combined with a 45 PS (33 kW) electric motor. Electric power is supplied via 1.3kWh lithium-ion battery, with electric-only range of 3 km for constant 60 km/h (37.28 mph) drive and top speed of 100 km/h (62.14 mph).
The market launch of the A6 Hybrid was scheduled for 2012. However, production of the US model was delayed.
Audi A6 Hybrid front view
Audi A6 Hybrid side view
Audi A6 Hybrid rear view
Interior
Engine
Technical image

A6 allroad quattro (2012–present)

Audi A6 allroad quattro
The 2013 A6 allroad quattro was launched at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, along with the 2012 RS4 Avant. Sales began in 2012. The first UK deliveries arrived in July 2012.
German model went on sale in spring 2012. Early models included 3.0 TFSI quattro (310PS), 3.0 TDI quattro (204PS), 3.0 TDI quattro (245PS), 3.0 TDI quattro (313PS).

A6 L (2012–)

The A6 L (built in China for the Chinese market as a long wheelbase alternative to the standard A6) was unveiled in 2012 in Guangzhou International Sports Arena. Early models include A6 L TFSI, A6 L 30 FSI, A6 L 35 FSI, A6 L 35 FSI quattro, A6 L 50 TFSI quattro.

S6 (2012-)

Available in S6 sedan and S6 Avant, they included twin-turbo V8 engine rated 420 PS (309 kW; 414 hp) @5500–6400rpm and 550 Nm (406 lbft) @1450–5250rpm, recuperation and start-stop systems, cylinder deactivation, Active Noise Cancellation system, seven-speed S tronic transmission, quattro permanent all-wheel drive system with a self-locking center differential and torque vectoring (optional sport differential), adaptive air suspension lowers the body by 10 mm (0 in), internally ventilated brake discs (optional carbon fiber-ceramic discs), matt black calipers with S6 logos, 8.5Jx19-inch cast aluminum wheels in a unique five parallel-spoke design (optional seven different 19- or 20-inch wheels (four from quattro GmbH), including 20-inch titanium-look wheels with a five-arm rotor design), 255/40-series tires, Audi drive select driving dynamics system, optional dynamic steering, single-frame grille with aluminum applications and chromed horizontal double bars, exterior mirrors feature aluminum-look housings, S6 sedan with spoiler on the trunk (S6 Avant has a roof spoiler), diffuser on the rear bumper in platinum gray with an aluminum-look offset edge, four elliptical chrome-tipped tailpipes, choice of eight body colors (including exclusive shades Estoril Blue, crystal effect and Prism Silver, crystal effect), body decorated with S6 and V8T badges, leather sport steering wheel with colored stitching, footrest and pedals and soft keys of the MMI operating system in an aluminum-look finish, decorative inlays in matt brushed aluminum (optional carbon, fine grain ash natural brown, layered Beaufort oak), choice of 3 colours for headlining, instrument panel, carpet and seats (black, lunar silver and goa beige (only for the seat upholstery)); Pearl Nappa leather and Alcantara seat upholstery (optional Milano and Valcona leather), height-adjustable sport seats with power lumbar supports and embossed S logos (optional power-adjustable comfort seats with memory function, power-adjustable S sport seats with integrated head restraints).
Other options include xenon plus headlights with an all-weather light, LED rear lights, an electromechanical parking brake, driver information system with color display, MMI radio plus includes a Bluetooth interface, Audi sound system with ten speakers, MMI navigation plus (hard drive, an eight-inch monitor, MMI touch input system), 15-speaker Bang & Olufsen Advanced Sound System.
The S6 sedan was unveiled in the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show.
S6 sedan and Avant models went on sale in spring 2012.

A6 L e-tron concept (2012)

It is a plug-in hybrid version of A6 L with 2.0 TFSI 211 PS (155 kW) engine combined with a 95 PS (70 kW) electric motor. Electric power is supplied via lithium-ion battery, with electric-only range of 80 km (49.71 mi) for constant 60 km/h (37.28 mph) drive. Other features include MMI navigation plus developed in Audi Infotainment Tech Center (ITC) in Beijing.
The vehicle was unveiled in Auto China 2012 in Beijing.
Audi A6 L e-tron Concept front view

Audi A6 L e-tron Concept rear view

A6 Black Edition (2013-)

Available in Saloon and Avant bodies, they are versions of A6 S line with 177PS 2.0-litre TDI or higher engines (excluding S6) in front-wheel-drive or quattro all-wheel-drive configurations, for the UK market. It included 20-inch rotor-design alloy wheels with a dark titanium finish, black grille and number plate surrounds and the window frame strips, and by privacy glass extending from the B-pillar rearwards; black roof rails Piano Black inlays, sports seats upholstered in black Valcona leather, black headlining, BOSE audio system with DAB radio, Audi Music Interface (AMI) for iPod connection.
Sales began in November 2012, with deliveries began in early 2013.

RS 6 Avant (2013-)

It is a version of S6 Avant with increased engine power to 560 PS (412 kW; 552 hp) @5700–6700rpm and 700 Nm (516.29 lbft) @1750–5500rpm, cylinder on demand system deactivates intake and exhaust valves of 4 cylinders (2, 3, 5 and 8), eight-speed tiptronic transmission with shortened shift times and D and S driving modes, quattro permanent all-wheel drive system with torque vectoring with self-locking center differential with an elevated locking value and oil cooler, adaptive air suspension lowering body by 20 mm (1 in) (optional tauter sport suspension plus with Dynamic Ride Control), option is dynamic steering, four internally vented 390 mm (15 in) diameter brake discs in wave design with a wave-like outer contour (optional 420 mm (17 in) diameter carbon fiber-ceramic brake discs with anthracite gray calipers), black six-piston brake calipers (optional red brake calipers), electronic stabilization control with Sport and off modes, high-gloss 20-inch forged wheels in a seven twin-spoke design (optional 21-inch cast wheels in high-gloss silver, polished black or polished titanium-look), matte aluminum applications on the body, high-gloss black protective grille at the front of the car, the bumpers, the fender, sill flares and the large roof spoiler; rear diffuser with two large elliptical exhaust tailpipes, a choice of 9 body colours (including exclusive shade Daytona Gray matte), dial instruments feature black faces and white dials and red needles, flat-bottomed three-spoke multifunction steering wheel, illuminated entry sills, driver information system (DIS) sport RS logos, RS 6-specific driver information system, footrest and pedals and switches in the MMI navigation plus terminal in aluminum finish, decorative bezel surrounding the retractable monitor in a piano finish, interior door openers in a delicate double-bar design, standard Carbon inlays (with six additional materials as options), standard black headlining (optional Silver or black Alcantara), RS sport seats with side bolsters and integrated head restraints and RS 6 logos upholstered in black Alcantara and leather with diamond quilting at center sections (optional honeycomb-quilted Valcona leather in either black or Moon Silver), optional power-adjustable deluxe seats with memory function, two sportily molded rear seats (optional three-person bench seat), xenon plus headlights, LED rear lights, a tire-pressure control system, illuminated entry sills, custom driver-information system, parking system plus, cruise control, three-zone automatic air conditioning, MMI navigation plus with MMI touch and the 10-speaker Audi sound system.
Optional appearance packages (in Matte Aluminum or Carbon) includes customized quattro badges on the central front air inlet. Carbon appearance package includes alternate front splitter and diffuser shapes. Optional Dynamic package increases top speed to 280 km/h (173.98 mph). Optional Dynamic plus package increases top speed to 305 km/h (189.52 mph). Other options include LED headlights with a unique design, the sport differential on the rear axle, Comfort package, head-up display, the high-performance driver assistance systems, Bang & Olufsen Advanced Sound System with 15 speakers and 1,200 watts of total power, Bluetooth online car phone.
UK model was available to order from early 2013, with deliveries beginning in next summer.

Body styles

Body types
Saloon
Avant
Allroad quattro
A6L
Model
Years
A6 hybrid
2012–
-
-
-
A6 2.0 TFSI (180PS)
2011–
2011?-
-
2012-
A6 2.0 TFSI (211PS)
2011–
-
-
-
A6 2.8 FSI (204PS)
2011–
2011?-
-
-
A6 2.8 FSI quattro (204PS)
2011–
2011?-
-
A6 3.0 FSI (190PS)
-
-
2012-
A6 3.0 TFSI quattro (300PS)
2011–
2011?-
-
A6 3.0 TFSI quattro (310PS)
2012-
2012-
2012-
-
A6 L 2.8 35 FSI (220PS)
-
-
2012-
A6 L 2.8 35 FSI quattro (220PS)
-
-
2012-
A6 L 3.0 50 TFSI quattro (299PS)
-
-
2012-
S6 4.0 TFSI quattro (420PS)
2012-
2012-
-
-
RS 6 4.0 TFSI quattro (560PS)
-
2013-
-
-
A6 2.0 TDI
2011-
2011?-
-
-
A6 3.0 TDI (204PS)
2011-
2011?-
-
-
A6 3.0 TDI quattro (204PS)
2011-
2011?-
2012-
-
A6 3.0 TDI quattro (245PS)
2011-
2011?-
2012-
-
A6 3.0 TDI clean diesel quattro (245PS)
2011-
2011?-
-
-
A6 3.0 TDI quattro (313PS)
2011-
2011?-
2012-
-
A6L with 2.0 TFSI (180PS) was sold as A6L TFSI in China.
In USA, Canada, UK A6 Saloon with 3.0 TFSI quattro (310PS) replaced the A6 3.0 TFSI quattro (300PS).
In UK, A6 Avant with 3.0 TFSI quattro (310PS) replaced the A6 3.0 TFSI quattro (300PS).

Engines

Petrol engines
Model
Years
Type/code
Power, torque @rpm
A6 hybrid
2012–
1,984 cc (121.1 cu in) I4 turbo
211 PS (155 kW; 208 hp) @4300-6000, 350 Nm (258 lbft) @1500-4200
electric motor, 1.3 kWh 39 kW lithium ion battery
45 PS (33 kW; 44 hp), 211 Nm (155.63 lbft)
combined
245 PS (180 kW; 242 hp), 480 Nm (354 lbft)
A6 2.0 TFSI (180PS)
2011–
1,984 cc (121.1 cu in) I4 turbo
180 PS (132 kW; 178 hp) @4000-6000, 320 Nm (236 lbft) @1500-3900
A6 2.0 TFSI (211PS)
2011–
1,984 cc (121.1 cu in) I4 turbo
211 PS (155 kW; 208 hp) @6500, 350 Nm (258 lbft) @3250
A6 2.8 FSI (204PS)
2011–
2,773 cc (169.2 cu in) V6
204 PS (150 kW; 201 hp) @5250–6250, 280 Nm (207 lbft) @3000–5000
A6 2.8 FSI quattro (204PS)
2011–
2,773 cc (169.2 cu in) V6
204 PS (150 kW; 201 hp) @5250–6250, 280 N·m (207 lbft) @3000–5000
A6 2.5 FSI (190PS)
2012-
2,498 cc (152.4 cu in) V6
190 PS (140 kW; 187 hp) @5500–6500, 250 Nm (184 lbft) @3000–4750
A6 3.0 TFSI quattro (300PS)
2011-2012
2,995 cc (182.8 cu in) V6 supercharged
300 PS (221 kW; 296 hp) @5250–6500, 440 Nm (325 lbft) @2900–4500
A6 3.0 TFSI quattro (310PS)
2012-
2,995 cc (182.8 cu in) V6 supercharged
310 PS (228 kW; 306 hp) @5500–6500, 440 Nm (324.53 lbft) @2900–4500
A6 L 2.8 35 FSI (220PS)
2012-
2,773 cc (169.2 cu in) V6
220 PS (162 kW; 217 hp)@5750–6500, 280 Nm (207 lbft)@3000–5000
A6 L 2.8 35 FSI quattro (220PS)
2012-
2,773 cc (169.2 cu in) V6
220 PS (162 kW; 217 hp) @5750–6500, 280 Nm (207 lbft) @3000–5000
A6 L 3.0 50 TFSI quattro (299PS)
2012-
2,995 cc (182.8 cu in) V6 supercharged
299 PS (220 kW; 295 hp) @5250–6500, 440 Nm (324.53 lbft) @2900–4500
S6 4.0 TFSI quattro (420PS)
2012-
3,993 cc (243.7 cu in) V8 twin turbo
420 PS (309 kW; 414 hp) @5500–6400, 550 Nm (405.66 lbft) @1450–5250
S6 4.0 TFSI quattro (420PS) (Germany)
2012-
3,993 cc (243.7 cu in) V8 twin turbo
420 PS (309 kW; 414 hp) @5500–6400, 550 Nm (405.66 lbft) @1400–5300
RS 6 4.0 TFSI quattro (560PS)
2013-
3,993 cc (243.7 cu in) V8 twin scroll twin turbo
560 PS (412 kW; 552 hp) @5700–6700, 700 Nm (516.29 lbft) @1750–5500
Diesel engines
Model
Years
Type/code
Power, torque @rpm
A6 2.0 TDI
2011-
1,968 cc (120.1 cu in) I4 turbo
177 PS (130 kW; 175 hp) @4200, 380 Nm (280 lbft) @1750–2500
A6 3.0 TDI (204PS)
2011-
2,967 cc (181.1 cu in) V6 turbo
204 PS (150 kW; 201 hp) @3250–4500, 400 Nm (295 lbft) @1250–3500
A6 3.0 TDI quattro (204PS)
2011-
2,967 cc (181.1 cu in) V6 turbo
204 PS (150 kW; 201 hp) @3250–4500, 450 Nm (331.90 lbft) @1250–3500
A6 3.0 TDI quattro (245PS)
2011-
2,967 cc (181.1 cu in) V6 turbo
245 PS (180 kW; 242 hp) @4000–4500, 500 Nm (368.78 lbft) @1400–3250 (2011-)
245 PS (180 kW; 242 hp) @4000–4500, 580 Nm (427.79 lbft) @1750-2500 (2012)
A6 3.0 TDI clean diesel quattro (245PS)
2011-
2,967 cc (181.1 cu in) V6 turbo
245 PS (180 kW; 242 hp) @4000–4500, 500 Nm (368.78 lbft) @1400–3250
A6 3.0 TDI quattro (313PS)
2011-
2,967 cc (181.1 cu in) V6 twin turbo
313 PS (230 kW; 309 hp) @3900–4500, 650 Nm (479.42 lbft) @1450–2800
For A6 3.0 TDI quattro (245PS), 580Nm model replaced 500Nm model in UK.

Transmissions

Petrol engines
Model
Years
Standard
Optional
A6 hybrid
2012-
8-speed tiptronic
-
A6 2.0 TFSI (180PS)
2011-
6-speed manual
multitronic
A6 2.0 TFSI (211PS)
2011-
multitronic
-
A6 2.8 FSI (204PS)
2011-
6-speed manual
multitronic
RS6 FSI quattro (204PS)
2011-
7-speed S tronic
- choura eletronica de 2,8 cavalos
A6 2.5 FSI (190PS)
2012-
multitronic
-
A6 3.0 TFSI quattro (300PS)
2011-
7-speed S tronic
-
A6 3.0 TFSI quattro (310PS)
2012-
Saloon: 7-speed S tronic, 8-speed tiptronic
Avant: 7-speed S tronic
Allroad quattro: 7-speed S tronic
-
A6 L 2.8 35 FSI (220PS)
2012-
multitronic
-
A6 L 2.8 35 FSI quattro (220PS)
2012-
7-speed S tronic
-
A6 L 3.0 50 TFSI quattro (299PS)
2012-
7-speed S tronic
-
S6 4.0 TFSI quattro (420PS)
2012-
7-speed S tronic
-
RS 6 4.0 TFSI quattro (560PS)
2012-
8-speed tiptronic
-
Diesel engines
Model
Years
Standard
Optional
A6 2.0 TDI
2011-
6-speed manual
8-speed multitronic
A6 3.0 TDI (204PS)
2011-
6-speed manual
8-speed multitronic
A6 3.0 TDI quattro (204PS)
2011-
7-speed S tronic
-
A6 3.0 TDI quattro (245PS)
2011-
7-speed S tronic
-
A6 3.0 TDI clean diesel quattro (245PS)
2011-
7-speed S tronic
-
A6 3.0 TDI quattro (313PS)
2011-
8-speed tiptronic
-
For A6 Saloon 3.0 TFSI quattro (310PS), 7-speed S tronic is used in UK model, 8-speed tiptronic is used in US, Canada models.
A6 3.0 TDI quattro (313PS) was sold as A6 3.0 BiTDI quattro in the UK.

Safety

Euro NCAP test results
LHD, 4-door saloon (2011)
Test
Points
%
Overall:
5 /5 stars5 /5 stars5 /5 stars5 /5 stars5 /5 stars
Adult occupant:
33
91%
Child occupant:
41
83%
Pedestrian:
15
41%
Safety assist:
6
86%

Marketing

As part of Audi A6 Avant launch in the UK, BBH London, Knucklehead, The Whitehouse, The Mill produced the 'Hummingbird' TV commercial, directed by Daniel Barber. The commercial premiered on Saturday 2011-10-01 during ITV1's coverage of the Rugby World Cup. The commercial was to imagine what a bird designed by Audi would look like and to reflect the car's ultra-lightweight technology. Johann Strauss's 'Open Road, Open Sky' was sung by legendary American baritone and automobile lover John Charles Thomas. In addition, 60 second and 30 versions of the ads were supported by press, print and radio campaigns, as well as a presence on the Daily Telegraph's iPad app.
As part of Audi A6 launch in Taiwan, 2011 Audi Fashion Festival featured the theme of 'A6- The sum of Progress', including Shiatzy Chen, Kiki Huang, Robyn Hung and an artistic jewelry brand, Chen Chan.
As part of 2013 Audi S6 sedan launch in the US market, 3 different versions of 'Prom' commercial were premiered during 2013 Super Bowl game. The 60-second ad, created by Venables Bell & Partners, features a teenage boy. Voters were to decide their favourite version of the commercial 24 hours on Friday before the Super Bowl game, with winning entry shown on Saturday at Audi's YouTube channel and during the actual game at CBS.
As part of RS 6 Avant launch, Audi Land of quattro Alpen Tour 2013 featured RS 6 Avant begins on September 23, travelling across twelve driving stages in 6 countries (Klagenfurt – the capital of Carinthia, Austria, Monaco).
In the Audi RS 6 Avant TV commercial titled 'Perfect Fit', it featured a 2012 Audi R18 with the high downforce sprint bodywork in the guise of Audi R18 e-tron quattro.

Use in China

According to Dunne & Company, a research company, as of 2011, purchases in China and Hong Kong make up about half of the 229,200 Audi A6s sold in the world. By 2012 many government officials in China began driving with Audi A6s. After a 1994 campaign from the Chinese government to have officials stop driving Mercedes stretch limousines, the officials began using black Audi A6 cars. Michael Wines of The New York Times wrote that "More than a perk, the black Audi is a rolling advertisement for its occupant’s importance and impunity in a nation obsessed with status."

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Last updated on 11 May 2014 at 21:12.

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