2016 Audi A6 and A7 Get Upgraded Engines, Bound for L.A. Show

We'd expected the 2016 Audi A6 and A7 to arrive on U.S. shores with updated styling and equipment, based on refreshes applied to the European versions of the cars, but the German automaker evidently had more up its sleeve. The 2.0-liter turbo, 3.0-liter supercharged, and 4.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engines will receive a significant horsepower upgrade, while a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission will now be offered as standard for the base, front-wheel-drive version of the 2016 Audi A6.

The base 2.0-liter turbo-four in the 2016 Audi A6 gets a healthy power bump up to 252 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque (up from 220 hp and 258 lb-ft). When paired with front-wheel drive, the more powerful 2.0-liter TFSI engine will now be mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, replacing the old continuously variable transmission. The engine continues to use an eight-speed automatic when paired with all-wheel drive. For the 2016 Audi A6 and A7 (European-spec models pictured), all versions will offer an upgraded quattro all-wheel-drive system that Audi says is now more responsive.

Audi's supercharged 3.0-liter V-6—available in both the 2016 Audi A6 and Audi A7 with an eight-speed automatic and all-wheel drive—is also improved to 333 hp (up by 23 hp), while torque holds steady at 325 lb-ft. The A6 and A7 TDI models will both carry on with the same 3.0-liter turbodiesel V-6 good for 240 hp and 428 lb-ft of torque. High-performance 2016 Audi S6 and S7 models will also benefit from a generous 30 hp hike, now up to 450 hp (torque remains at 406 lb-ft). The wild RS 7 carries over mechanically unchanged with 560 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque.

In addition to the powertrain changes, the 2016 Audi A6 and A7 also get a slight makeover for this refresh. There's a new front fascia with LED headlights (standard on A7 models), LED taillights, and new interior design options include Flint gray and Cedar brown. Additionally, S6 and S7 models now offer Arras red interior trim with carbon fiber inserts that feature interwoven red threading. Massage and ventilation functions are now also available for the front seats.

Technology upgrades for the new model year include an upgraded MMI infotainment system, side-assist and lane-assist active safety improvements that now integrate steering corrections to keep the car within its lane, and a redesigned head-up display. 4G LTE internet connectivity with streaming apps and Wi-Fi hotspot capability carries over from the outgoing models.

Pricing for the 2016 Audi A6 and A7 is still unavailable, but it's possible we'll get a better idea of starting price and a release date at the Los Angeles auto show. The 2015 Audi A6 starts at $44,800 including destination, while the 2015 Audi A7 stickers from $66,825.

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