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Change at the top
Audi's new A6 is the third new model in the brand's large-sedan family. The redesigned A8 flagship went on sale in the States last fall, the new A7 fastback sedan reaches U.S. dealers in May, and the redesigned A6 completes the changeover when it arrives in September as a 2012 model.
2012 Audi A6 Front Three Quiarters 3
Not-so-new look
Audi has long been lauded for its design, but judging from the new A6 (and the A8 before it), the company now appears content to slowly evolve its form language. Just fractionally lower and shorter in length, the new car's only significant dimensional changes are in width-where it's 2.9 inches wider-and in wheelbase. The reconfigured powertrain (first seen on the A5) has finally come to the A6, allowing the front axle to move forward and resulting in a three-inch-shorter front overhang and a consequently longer wheelbase. Aside from that alteration of proportions, the new look mostly involves tweaks. The shape of the grille opening has been revised, making it a hexagon; the rear fenders sit out from the greenhouse; and LED lighting is more widely used. To the previous LED daytime running lights, the new A6 adds LED taillamps and (as an option) all-LED headlights.
Interior design
Perhaps more so than with exterior styling, Audi has made its mark recently with its interior design, and here the changes are more evident. The new A6 features a redesigned dash with elongated trim panels that wrap around onto the doors. In our test car, the trim was a unique-looking planked oak veneer; brushed metal is also available. The new instrument cluster is more three-dimensional and sits in a curved backdrop. The comfortable front seats include adjustment for seat-cushion length and four-way movable head restraints. In the rear, even six-foot passengers have adequate headroom under the sloping roof, but the seat cushion is low. Knee clearance is good, and foot room is adequate.
Under the hood: some new motivation
Two of the three current engines won't reappear in the new model. The 4.2 V-8 is gone. The 3.0-liter supercharged V-6 (again badged 3.0T) returns as the volume engine. And in place of the entry-level 3.2-liter V-6 is Audi's familiar 2.0T, paired with the Multitronic CVT. Available at launch only with front-wheel drive, the 2.0T eventually also will be offered with Quattro all-wheel drive. As much as we love the 2.0T in other applications (A4, A5), the turbo four's 211 hp is a significant ride down compared with the previous V-6 engine's 265 hp. Although the 2.0T's fuel economy of 25/33 mpg city/highway is certainly enticing, it will be interesting to see whether buyers will find the smaller engine adequate in the A6.
2012 Audi A6 Front Three Quarter In Motion 2
Unfortunately, there was no A6 2.0T on hand at the launch event we attended. Instead, we spent most of our time in with the 3.0T, which is paired exclusively with Quattro and whose performance is unlikely to disappoint anyone. Again with 300 horsepower, and with a bit more torque-325 lb-ft, up from 310-this muscular six makes the new A6 splendidly quick. The engine is also utterly unobtrusive, never even hinting that there's a supercharger at work. In fact, the one criticism some might have of this engine is that it lacks any real aural presence. The only way we could get a rise out of it was slapping off some rev-matched downshifts with the seven-speed S-Tronic dual-clutch gearbox, but U.S.-market cars won't have that transmission; instead our 3.0T will use an eight-speed automatic. With two more ratios than the current car's six-speed automatic, the new transmission helps the 3.0T improve its EPA ratings from 18/16 to 19/28 mpg (city/highway).
We also had a chance to take a turn in an A6 with a 3.0-liter TDI. Again, this European-spec model wasn't exactly what we'll get in the States, but Audi is planning to add this engine to the U.S. lineup, with output expected to fall somewhere between that of the two European variants' 204-245 hp, and 295-369 lb-ft of torque. The diesel is responsive and extremely well-mannered-its quietness is really astounding. North American buyers won't get the auto stop/start feature nor will we get the A6 hybrid, which pairs the turbocharged 2.0-liter four and an electric motor for an impressive 245 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque.
Chassis changes
The A6 catches up with its siblings by finally switching to the rear-biased Quattro system with a 40/60 default torque split. Additionally, an optional sport rear differential can send power to the outside wheel in a curve. The new A6 also switches to electrically assisted power steering. Although this aids the cause of efficiency, electric power steering is rarely the enthusiast's choice. The good news here is that the A6 steering system remains precise and well calibrated. Efforts can be fine-tuned via the standard Drive Select system, which also offers choices in powertrain responsiveness (altering throttle and transmission mapping), damper firmness, and the aggressiveness of the sport rear differential and the seatbelt pretensioners. In addition to the familiar comfort, automatic, dynamic, and individual (custom mix-and-match) modes, there's a new efficiency mode. The latter all but snuffs out throttle response, and we can't imagine wanting to drive in this mode. We preferred the dynamic mode for its meatier steering efforts, although even comfort mode isn't too overboosted. Neither made much of a difference in handling or ride quality. The new A6 corners eagerly, with less understeer than you'd expect. Credit the rear torque bias and the less nose-heavy powertrain layout-speaking of heavy, the new A6 isn't; it's actually a bit lighter than its predecessor (78 pounds lighter in the case of the 3.0T Quattro). The car also rides well, as long as it's not rolling on twenty-inch wheels, which telegraph every crease in the road; the nineteens are noticeably better (eighteens and seventeens are also available depending on the trim level).
2012 Audi A6 Front Three Quarters 2
Why drive when you can surf?
Speaking of available features, the 2012 A6 adds some notable new ones. Topping the list is the car's ability to be a wireless hot spot, supporting up to eight web surfing devices (you'll need a data plan with a yet-to-be selected wireless provider). Cars with that service can do Google searches via the standard MMI with the results sent to the navigation system; the wireless data service also enables the navigation system to use Google Earth images together with the road maps. This new navigation unit also features the touchpad (seen already in the A7 and the A8), which allows drivers to make entries by drawing letters and numbers on the pad with their finger.
Other new tech toys include a head-up display, active cruise control with pre-collision warning (from the front and the rear), night vision, adaptive headlights (with the bi-xenon headlamp only, not the LEDs), lane departure warning and lane-keeping assist, blind spot warning, and the ultra-expensive Bang & Olufsen sound system (figure $6000 or so).
2012 Audi A6 Front End In Motion
What's in, what's out
When it arrives this fall, the new A6 will offer higher tech spec, a somewhat bolder interior design, an enhanced driving experience, and improved fuel economy. What will be diminished will be the model choices. In addition to the aforementioned V-8, the Avant departs the lineup, as does the mighty V-10 S6. The S6 will return (likely in 2012), but the Avant is probably gone from our market for good. -Joe Lorio
2012 Audi A6 3.0T
On sale: September 2011
Base price: $50,000 (est.)
L x W x H: 193.5 x 73.8 x 57.8 in
Wheelbase: 114.6 in
Track, f/r: 64.1/63.7 in
Engine: 3.0-liter supercharged V-6
Power: 300 hp @ 5250-6500 rpm
Torque: 325 lb-ft @ 2900-4500 rpm
Transmission: 7-speed automatic
Curb weight: 4045 lb
Cargo volume: 18.7 cu ft
2012 Audi A6
2012 Audi A6
The new A6 finally receives Audi's revised powertrain layout -- first seen in the A5 -- which sees the engine placed slightly rearward. The engine is still located completely ahead of the front-wheel center line, but a switch to a 40/60 rear-biased all-wheel-drive system bestows the A6 with handling that belies its front-heavy layout. Partly constructed of aluminum, the new A6 weighs about 80 fewer pounds than its predecessor and its aerodynamics have been improved, contributing to the car's impressive fuel economy numbers. A three-inch wheelbase stretch shortens the A6's overhangs, and a substantial 2.9-inch increase in width improves not only the car's stance but also its interior room. And the interior is where the A6 really impresses -- with its beautifully designed and executed shapes, as well as whizbang gadgetry. The navigation system can fuse Google Earth images into the maps it displays, a mobile internet hot spot for up to eight devices can be set up, and the MMI system uses a touch pad on the center console that can read your handwriting. The A6 is available with a head-up display and numerous active safety systems, including lane-departure warning, lane-keep assist, blind-spot warning, active cruise control, and Audi Pre-Sense Plus, which activates protective measures if it detects an imminent collision. Given the A6's prodigious speed potential (the V-6 can accelerate to 60 mph in 5.3 seconds), safety technologies are welcome.
2012 Audi A6 Front Right Side View
Audi has a real winner on its hands in the 2012 A6. The car looks great inside and out, and it drives very well to boot. Audi used to be an also-ran in this segment, and now it sits at the top of the luxury mid-size sedan class. BMW has lost the intimate connection between car and driver in the current 5-series, and Mercedes doesn't offer nearly as nice of a cabin in the E-class as Audi does in the A6.

2012 Audi A6 3.0 TFSI Quattro

2012 Audi A6 L E Tron Concept Front Three Quarter Live
Audi is looking to the future in China – and not just with its sales: this week at the Beijing auto show, it pulled the wraps off of its newest plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, the A6 L e-tron Concept.
Audi RS6 Avant Spy Photo
We previously spotted the next Audi RS4 Avant being put through its paces on the Nürburgring, and now our colleagues at Motor Trend have snapped pictures of Audi testing another go-fast wagon in Sweden. The car seen here is the next RS6 Avant, an identity betrayed by the giant brakes, flared-out fenders, and subtle aerodynamic add-ons of this partially camouflaged tester. The new RS6 should offer at least 500 hp -- probably close to 550 hp -- from the twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 found in the regular Audi S6, S7, and S8. (Versions of that engine already produce 520 hp in the Audi S8 and 500 hp in the Bentley Continental GT.) The previous-generation RS6 Avant conjured 580 hp and 479 lb-ft from a twin-turbo 5.0-liter V-10. Other upgrades for the new Audi are likely to include grippy carbon-ceramic brakes, and weight-saving carbon-fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) for components like the fenders or spoilers. The RS6 will almost certainly retain the seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and Quattro all-wheel-drive layout seen in the little-brother S6. Audi doesn’t sell an Avant version of the A6/S6 on our shores, but it’s possible the hot car could be sold here as a sedan – or, if the shoe fits, a variant of the A7 hatchback. At this point, we haven’t heard any confirmation that the RS4 or RS6 are destined for sale in the U.S., so these go-fast Audis could be relegated to the realm of foreign fantasy. Be sure to check out the full collection of spy photos at Motor Trend. Source: Motor Trend
2012 Audi A6 Moby Dick Ad
The 2012 Audi A6 comes standard with a Quattro all-wheel drive system that can fight through inclement weather, be it snow, mud, or rain. It can also win battles against Ahab, a pesky tow truck driver who is featured in the following ad and is constantly trying to hunt down a white Audi A6.
2012 Audi A6 Allroad Front Three Quarter In Motion
Now that the A4 allroad has had its chance to shine, Audi is pulling the wraps off the new A6 allroad, which is based off the Europe-only A6 Avant wagon. Audi sold the first-gen A6 allroad in the States back in the early 2000s, but the following second-gen model never made it here. Though we won’t see this new third-gen model on our shores either, we will be getting the smaller A4 allroad later this year.

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2012 Audi A6 Specifications

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Engine
2.0L I4Engine
Fuel economy City:
25 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
33 MPG
Horsepower:
211 hp @ 6500rpm
Torque:
258 ft lb of torque @ 3250rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential (optional)
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation (optional)
Vehicle
50,000 miles / 48 months
Powertrain
50,000 miles / 48 months
Corrosion
Unlimited miles / 144 months
Roadside
Unlimited miles / 48 months
Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:11
Component
AIR BAGS:SIDE/WINDOW
Summary
VOLKSWAGEN IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL 2012 AUDI A6 VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM APRIL 8, 2011, THROUGH MAY 26, 2011. DUE TO A PROBLEM IN THE STITCHING PROCESS OF THE CURTAIN AIR BAG, THE SEAM OF THE AIR BAG MAY NOT BE STITCHED PROPERLY.
Consequences
IN THE EVENT OF A CRASH, THE HEAD CURTAIN AIR BAG MAY NOT DEPLOY AND WILL NOT BE ABLE TO PROPERLY PROTECT AN OCCUPANT, INCREASING THE RISK OF AN INJURY.
Remedy
VOLKSWAGEN WILL NOTIFY ALL OWNERS AND DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE LEFT AND/OR RIGHT CURTAIN AIR BAG FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING JANUARY 2012. OWNERS MAY CONTACT VOLKSWAGEN AT 1-800-822-8987.
Potential Units Affected
317
Notes
VOLKSWAGEN OF AMERICA, INC


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:50
Component
FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE:FUEL INJECTION SYSTEM:FUEL RAIL
Summary
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain model year 2011-2012 Audi S4, S5, Q7, 2012 Audi A6, Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid, and 2012-2013 Audi A7 vehicles. In the affected vehicles the fuel injection system may experience a fuel leak.
Consequences
A fuel leak in the injection system in the presence of an ignition source, increases the risk of a fire.
Remedy
Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will replace the fuel rails and corresponding seals, free of charge. The recall began on March 17, 2015. Owners may contact Audi customer service at 1-800-822-2834 or Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298. Volkswagen's numbers for this recall are 24AP for Audi customers and 24BK for Volkswagen customers.
Potential Units Affected
26,008
Notes
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.


NHTSA Rating Front Driver
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NHTSA Rating Front Side
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NHTSA Rating Rear Side
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NHTSA Rating Overall
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NHTSA Rating Rollover
Not Rated
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
Good
IIHS Overall Side Crash
Good
IIHS Best Pick
1
IIHS Rear Crash
Good
IIHS Roof Strength
Good

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5-Year Total Cost to Own For The 2012 Audi A6

Depreciation
37.4%
Loss in Value + Expenses
= 5 Year Cost to Own
Depreciation
$17,320
37.4%
Insurance
$8,490
18.3%
Fuel Cost
$9,757
21%
Financing
$3,363
7.3%
Maintenance
$4,072
8.8%
Repair Costs
$2,931
6.3%
State Fees
$428
0.9%
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Value Rating: Average