Talk about déjà vu -- this is almost an exact clone of the A6 3.0T we sampled two years ago. Same black paint; same sumptuous cocoa-on-graphite leather interior; same superb supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 underhood.
But oh, what a difference the sport package makes. Adding the $1900 option dramatically transforms the suspension's character. I'd argue this is the best pairing for the grunt offered by the supercharged six-cylinder: the ride is considerably firmer, but the steering carries more weight and is slightly sharper, and the A6 exhibits much less body roll when pushed hard in corners. It isn't for everyone, but for those looking to drive -- and drive hard -- it may be worth the extra cost.
The A6 is still a competent package, but after seven years with little cosmetic change, its design is starting to age. That will be rectified next year, when an all-new 2012 A6, which incorporates a number of the design and technological features found on the new A7 and A8. I don't fault anyone for waiting for the new model, but the current A6 is still a remarkably stylish, comfortable, and composed automobile.
Evan McCausland, Web Producer