Audi A6 C7 Sedan 3.0 TFSI qu S tronic Review
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Story and photos by Raymond Lai
15 Nov 2011
 

The range topping A6 packs a supercharged 3-litre V6. Raymond Lai finds out if it has the substance to match the best car in its class.

Introduction, styling

These days, many out there are labeling car designers as rather lazy as the new models they pen seem to look rather similar to an outgoing model or just a scaled down or scaled up version of an existing larger or smaller model respectively. Take the Porsche 911 for example – it’ll take a Porsche aficionado or freak to be able to immediately differentiate the new 991 gen car from the outgoing 997’s. Another example is the latest F30 BMW 3 Series – I’m pretty sure there will be many out there who will agree with me that it looks like a scaled down 5 Series, especially from the rear.

Another case in point is Audi with its latest generation A6. Many out there will say that the A6’s styling lacks imagination as depending on the angle, it looks like a scaled up A4 or a scaled down A8. Yes, I had the same thought on my mind as well when I first saw pictures of the C7 A6 almost a year ago. Having seen it first in the flesh in Abu Dhabi back in June and more recently on our roads after the A6’s launch here have certainly changed my mind about the A6’s styling.

Sure, the A6’s looks have plenty of styling overtones from both the A4 and A8 but I reckon that it has better proportions than its other saloon stable mates. Up front, the A6 has a more thrusting face than its two saloon siblings, thus giving it an even more aggressive and sporty stance when viewed from the front. The relatively short front overhang further adds to the A6’s dynamic stance and play an important part in giving the A6 is handsome proportions. The flanks feature the typical Audi ‘tornado’ line as well as the two-thirds metal, one-third glass house proportions. The A6’s ‘tornado’ line though, somehow manages to look more three-dimensional than those on the A4 or A8. The rear features LED tail lamps that have a distinctive pattern when lit. In terms of styling, the A6’s athletic stance definitely gives it a much sportier look than its two closest competitors – the 5 Series and the E-Class.

The range topping 3.0 TFSI quattro variant’s handsome looks are further accentuated by the S line aero kit that it proudly wears on the outside while the stance of the car tested here is made even more purposeful by its optional 20-inch RS-style five spoke alloy wheels and LED main beam for the headlamps.


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Engine

Engine Capacity 2995cc Supercharged
Engine Type V 6
Power 300bhp @ 6500rpm
Torque 440Nm @ 2900rpm
Power to Weight 167.1 bhp per ton

Performance

Acceleration 5.5s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 250 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 15.6 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 7 -speed S-Tronic
Drive Type F4

Measurements

Body Type Sedan
Kerb Weight 1795 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 80 L

Brakes

Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Ventilated Discs