2009 Audi A6 3.0T

This 3.0-liter supercharged V-6 (3.0T) definitely has more go than the normally aspirated 3.1-liter V-6 in our long-departed Four Seasons 2005 A6. And that's not surprising, given the new engine's addition of 45 hp and 67 lb-ft of torque, which doesn't sacrifice fuel economy (actually, the new, force-fed V-6 yields an improvement of 1 mpg both in the city and on the highway). Like David and Phil, I had a hard time detecting the supercharger, although I think I still prefer BMW's twin-turbo six. But I reserve the right to change my mind once I sample the 3.0T in the smaller Audi S4.

It can be difficult to focus on a powertrain when you're seated in such a sumptuous cabin, however. This particular A6's interior features not only the fantastic materials that we've come to expect and love from Ingolstadt but also a gorgeous color scheme, with beautiful chocolate highlights and aluminum-look trim. Outside, this A6 has cool, updated taillights that more closely mimic those of the newish A5 and A4 as well as LED running lights in front. Even the ride seems less harsh versus that of our long-term example. My only complaint after an evening with the A6 is that the rear seat belt buckles are mounted flush with the seat cushions, which makes it difficult to install a child seat in the middle position.

Rusty Blackwell, Copy Editor

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