|March 2, 2000
Audi A6 and A6 Avant
The equipment and data stated here refer to the model range offered for sale in Germany. We reserve the right to make changes. Errors and omissions excepted.
With its unmistakable design, innovative engineering and uncompromising quality, the Audi A6 saloon was among the leaders in its market segment right from the start - a success story that continues with the Audi A6 Avant launched last year.
Both the saloon and Avant versions of the Audi A6 are available with three different equipment packages, all at the same price: Advance, Ambition and Ambiente. With its natural colour shades and surfaces that also take their cue from nature, Advance stands for a harmonious combination of natural resources and technology. The fabric design and discreet colours of the Audi A6 Ambition radiate sporting character, dynamism and high class. Classic elegance is the leitmotif of the Ambiente interior, with its lively colours and fine materials.
A6 with eight-cylinder engine
Both the saloon version of the A6 and its Avant counterpart are available with the 4.2 litre V8 engine developing 220 kW (300 bhp), a power unit notable for its sophisticated engineering and convincing performance.
Five valves per cylinder for a rapid exhaust and mixture charge cycle and a three-stage variable-length intake manifold for optimised torque and power are just two of the mouth-watering technical features of these V8 units, which help to provide superior performance in both versions.
On the outside, these top-of-the-range A6s are distinguished by discreet but impressive design features, such as the distinctive front-end styling with the new clear-glass headlights setting the tone. The slightly flared wheel arches take account of the wider track.
The A6 with 4.2-litre V8 engine is available exclusively with the quattro permanent four-wheel drive system. Power is transmitted by the five-speed tiptronic automatic transmission, which also permits manual gear shifts if the lever is moved to a separate gate plane.
The electronic stability program (ESP) ensures optimum safety even in critical driving situations. The all-aluminium suspension with its retuned shock absorber characteristics will satisfy the most demanding ride-quality requirements. The brake calipers are now also made of light alloy, providing an additional reduction in the unsprung masses. The A6 Avant models with V8 engines have air suspension and ride-height control at the rear wheels as standard.
Eight further engines
In the Audi A6 the customer can choose from between three TDI models:
In the Audi A6/A6 Avant, the 2.5-litre TDI engine developing 110 kW (150 bhp) can be supplied with a six-speed manual gearbox and front-wheel drive or the quattro driveline. Both versions are also available with five-speed tiptronic automatic transmission. The V6 unit sets new standards in diesel technology. Direct injection with a radial-piston distributor-type pump and an injection pressure of up to 1500 bar, four valves per cylinder, a turbocharger with variable turbine geometry (VTG), charge-air intercooling and electronic engine management ensure high power and ample torque combined with low fuel consumption figures.
The start of the year 2000 saw an even more powerful version of the V6 TDI join the A6 model range. The Audi technicians have redesigned numerous parts to achieve this increased level of performance.
The injection pump, turbocharger, water and oil cooling systems are all new, and this 132 kW engine is equipped with special conrods and pistons.
These measures not only increase specific power output, but also boost torque significantly. A massive 370 Newton-metres is available in the range between 1500 rpm and 2500 rpm, an ideal foundation for powerful acceleration just below or above the idling speed and excellent pulling power across a major part of the engine speed range.
As a third TDI, the A6 range includes the 81 kW (110 bhp) 1.9 litre four-cylinder engine with manual gearbox or four-speed automatic transmission.
The range of spark-ignition engines for the saloon and Avant includes two four-cylinder units, the 1.8-litre 92 kW (125 bhp) and the 1.8-litre turbocharged 110 kW (150 bhp), and two naturally aspirated V6 engines, one with a displacement of 2.4 litres and a power output of 121 kW (165 bhp), the other with 2.8 litres displacement and a power output of 142 kW (193 bhp).
The refined, powerful torque available in the 2.7 litre V6 biturbo with its 169 kW (230 bhp) extends the upward end of the model range. The 2.7 T has five valves per cylinder, two water-cooled turbochargers and charge-air intercooling, sequential injection and adaptive knock and boost-pressure control. With different tuning the 195 kW (265 bhp) version turns the S4 into an exceptionally powerful sports car. In the Audi A6 2.7 T the factors of convenience and greater torque at low engine speeds were given priority. The result is impressive. Maximum torque of 310 Nm is available between 1700 and 4600 rpm. The immense power flow is continuous through to the maximum rated engine speed of 5800 rpm. Test values for acceleration from a standing start to 100 km/h (7.2 seconds) and the flexibility test (60 to 120 km/h in 14 seconds in fifth gear, 17.3 seconds in sixth gear) can only hint at the magnificent driving experience offered by an A6 Avant 2.7 T quattro.
A6 for individualists
The extensive range of standard equipment on the Audi A6 saloon and Avant can be adapted to individual requirements and taste by choosing items from the extensive list of optional extras. The deluxe automatic air conditioning system for the A6 is fitted as standard in most countries. It permits separate adjustment of the air conditioning settings for the driver and front passenger and also takes into account the direction and strength of the sun.
The list of optional extras includes xenon headlights, sports suspension and the solar-panel slide/tilt sunroof. For those who often have to visit unfamiliar towns, there is a very helpful satellite navigation system.
As an alternative to this Audi navigation system, which indicates route recommendations optically and acoustically from the central display in the cockpit, there is the Audi Navigation System Plus. This has a five-inch LCD screen in the centre console for displaying road maps or town plans. When the car is stationary, this screen can be used as a television set.
Those who drive very regularly will value the Recaro sports seat option for the driver and front passenger. These seats can be adjusted electrically for height and tilt and have particularly prominent sides, a manually adjustable thigh support and an electrically operated lumbar support. This package includes an asymmetrically split folding rear seat back and a through-loading bag.
The Acoustic Parking System APS with its unobtrusive sensors in the rear bumper makes it easier to reverse into parking spaces by warning the driver with acoustic signals that indicate the distance from the nearest vehicle or from an obstacle. The Acoustic Parking System is now available in addition at the front end of the car.
The ISOFIX system, developed jointly by the automobile industry and child's seat manufacturers, can be fitted to the Audi A6 at reasonable cost, since the necessary attachment points are supplied as standard.
A rearward-facing bench seat for children can be supplied for the A6 Avant's load area. It is suitable for two children over three years of age up to 1.30 metres in height or weighing up to 36 kilograms. Special head restraints and safety belts ensure that the young occupants are both comfortable and safe. When not in use, the seat can be folded up, swung to one side or removed completely.