Sporty and economical

Tremendous low-end torque and excellent refinement also characterise the second version of the 2.5 V6 TDI that is available for the Audi A6. 132 kW (180 bhp) and 370 Nm ensure sporty behaviour from both saloon and Avant. Optimised mixture preparation once again makes sure that peak torque is available very early on.

Dynamic potential is also the characteristic feature of the new entry-level TDI, the 1.9-litre four-cylinder engine with high-pressure pump-injector fuel injection system. Thanks to 96 kW (130 bhp), it too has no trouble making rapid progress. This 285 Nm engine pulls the saloon with 5-speed gearbox to a speed of 100 km/h in just 10.5 seconds.

At 203 km/h this model's top speed is of a calibre that leaves nothing wanting in this vehicle category. Especially as this level of performance goes hand in hand with typical TDI modesty when it comes to fuel consumption: just 5.7 litres for 100 kilometres. This A6 can consequently cover distances in excess of 1200 kilometres without having to stop for fuel.

Drivers who value a particularly active and sporty style of driving can also order the 1.9-litre TDI version with 6-speed manual gearbox and no less than 310 Nm of torque. This combination makes the experience of supreme TDI acceleration an even more impressive affair.

Power and refinement: Petrol engines

The range of petrol engines has also been extended: Audi now offers the A6 with two completely new petrol engines with aluminium crankcase - a 2.0-litre inline four-cylinder engine with 96 kW (130 bhp) and a 3.0-litre V6 with 162 kW (220 bhp). Both offer not only a power level that is appropriate for this class of vehicle, but also, thanks to balancer shafts, excellent refinement. And both are available in combination with the continuously variable automatic transmission multitronic.

Audi's engine designers have thoroughly modified the two other V6 engines, with a cubic capacity of 2.4 and 2.7 litres. This has paved the way for particularly effective fuel economy. And not only that, but the 2.4-litre engine in the A6, like all four-cylinder versions, the 3.0 V6 and the 220 kW (300 bhp) V8 4.2, meets the EU 4 emission standards.

Another satisfying result of these modifications is a noticeable power boost: the 2.4-litre engine now develops 125 kW (170 bhp) and 230 Nm; the 2.7-litre biturbo version produces 184 kW (250 bhp) and a torque of 350 Nm. An ideal basis for experiencing even more agility and even more driving pleasure than before.

The range of petrol engines for the A6 series is rounded off by the tried-and-tested 1.8 T four-cylinder unit with 110 kW (150 bhp) and - last but not least - by the potent 4.2-litre V8 which produces 220 kW (300 bhp) in the A6 4.2 and 250 kW (340 bhp) in the S6. All engines are available for both saloon and Avant.

Audi's continuously variable automatic transmission, the multitronic, can be combined with the front-wheel-drive 1.8 T and 2.0 versions and with the 2.4 and 3.0 V6 versions.

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