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By Glen Waddington
19 September 2008 10:00
With an almost invisible change here and there, the Audi A6 joins the Golf and 3-series as the latest barely perceptible facelifts of best-selling German cars. Okay, I know, the Golf shares only roof and glass with its forebear but it hardly moves the game on. For the A6, Audi has merely tweaked the headlamp and front bumper treatments, added a stainless highlight along the side rubbing strips and, on saloons, fitted new LED tail lamps and a new bootlid. It’s the oily bits that have been occupying Ingolstadt minds. A bit.
Maybe not, but you don’t stay ahead of the pack by slowing down. The A6 is firmly cemented as Europe’s best-seller in the business car category, ahead of the BMW 5-series and the Merc E-class. It’s four years old, still soberly stylish and competent, and Audi believes a spec tweak and an A4-style cosmetic refresh are enough. For now.
Well, you’ll have noticed it’s a new capacity for Audi’s petrol V6. Gone is the old 3.2 and in comes this new supercharged 3.0-litre - that’s right, it’s no longer ‘T’ for ‘turbo’. In fact the new engine has an even tougher job than it would elsewhere, because Audi is discontinuing the 4.2 V8 in the UK. The new 3.0 matches it for torque, and improves on the old 3.2 by being 13.3 percent more powerful and 16.2 percent more economical.
Want some more stats? Happy to oblige…
Remarkably, 95 percent of A6s sold in the UK are diesel-powered, so Audi has rationalised petrol versions down to the base 168bhp 2.0 TFSI, the 217bhp 2.8 FSI V6 (up 10bhp) and the new 3.0. Above them sit the V10-powered S6, and the newly launched twin-turbo RS6 saloon. The old 2.4 V6 has gone.
The 2.7 and 3.0 TDIs continue, with power up by 10bhp and 7bhp respectively. The old 2.0 PD unit is no more, and in comes Audi’s new common-rail four-cylinder, with 168bhp - or 136bhp in the new eco-optimised TDIe.
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RE: Audi A6 3.0T facelift CAR review
I must say I'm disappointed. Not in the A6, which would certainly be my choice in this sector but by the misleading title of the article. I was hoping they would rediscover some style, and do so by lifting that awful "face" from the car. No hope there I'm afraid; ho hum :-(
23 September 2008 05:37
HELLBOUND - Used A4 Cabriolet models will initally remain strong as the first A5 cabriolet models will only be the high performance models 3.0's etc. Plus, there will be limited supply. However, after the initial buzz dies down and more affordable engine options are launched the A4's values will drop, as more used examples come onto the market with people trading up to the A5 Cab. Plus dont forget the 'recession' is making a big impact on used car values...
22 September 2008 23:08
I meant A5 Cabriolet :) Just out of curiosity, as Audi plan to stop production, will used A4 Cab values remain strong or will they fall because of the A5 Cabriolet?
21 September 2008 07:10
I actually own an A6. My reason for choosing this car? Apart from being a big fan of Audi, there are a few E class mercs on my street, and 3 of my cousins drive 5 series BMWs. I like the understated nature of my car, it's the best built car I've driven (imho, beats bmw and merc). There isn't anything wrong with it apart from not being a 3.0TDi Quattro or an RS6! It's for sale now though, was going to get a used diesel A8 with all the goodies but would rather wait for the new A4 Cabriolet.
21 September 2008 06:50
Out sells the 5 Series and E-Class?! I'm not a betting man and for a reason!!
The A6 is probably my fave Audi. Its just looks so comfortable in its skin.
Given a choice I would still go for the BMW. If I was letting my heart rule my head the Jaguar XF!
19 September 2008 17:03
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