April 19, 2001

New Look for the Audi A6
Text and pictures courtesy of Audi AG

Audi has opened a new chapter in the success story of the A6. Both saloon and Avant versions will go to the start with innovative engine solutions together with numerous improvements to design and equipment, body and running gear. The way is clear for the Audi A6: the pacesetter in the C-segment has become more dynamic and luxurious.

The choice of drive versions is still unique compared with the competition. A total of 48 different versions of the A6 and A6 Avant are available - including 22 with quattro drive. And only Audi offers the continuously variable automatic transmission multitronic. In the A6 series it can now be combined with five different engines, including for the first time a TDI unit.

Audi has also broken new ground in the field of noise quality. A wiper system newly developed for the A6, new door seals and thicker glass in the side windows keep the cabin insulated effectively against wind noise. This improves sound insulation by around 40 percent as a result. For the driver this means a reduction in sound intensity of approximately 2 decibels at 140 km/h. Rolling noise has also been cut still further and contributes to the excellent acoustic comfort inside the A6.

Our engineers have completely redeveloped or improved numerous components. The most convincing way to experience the result of these optimisations is to take a test drive. Every detail of the car helps to ensure that the Audi A6 is now able to display its qualities in terms of driving pleasure and utility value, comfort and style even more commandingly.

The new A6 generation will go on sale in Germany on 2 May; the first vehicles will be delivered to customers in June.

Premiere: TDI with multitronic

A new dream team is making its debut in the Audi A6. The modified 2.5-litre V6 TDI (now 114 kW/155 bhp) is the first diesel engine that can be combined with the continuously variable automatic transmission multitronic. An engine that the driver experiences as the perfect synthesis of impressive pulling power and maximum ride comfort.

80 percent of the engine's peak torque of 310 Nm is available at just over 1000 rpm. As far as acceleration is concerned, the TDI/multitronic combination matches the impressive performance of a version with manual gearbox. The A6 saloon with 2.5-litre V6 TDI and multitronic accelerates to 100 km/h in 9.7 seconds and on to a top speed of 212 km/h.

A glance at this model's fuel economy, however, reveals the multitronic's great strength. Once again it is on a par with a version with manual gearbox and thus considerably more economical than a conventional geared automatic transmission. In view of this vehicle's performance and the level of comfort offered, just 6.9 litres of diesel per 100 km (average fuel consumption to 1999/100/EC) is a sensationally low result.

The 2.5-litre TDI engine in the new A6 has a modified injection pump in combination with optimised injection nozzles and a new control strategy for the turbocharger with variable turbine geometry. This increases peak output by 4 kW to 114 kW (155 bhp).

Driving pleasure profits noticeably from the engine's significantly improved response even at minimum revs. And new pre-injection additionally ensures noticeable acoustic progress.

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