I'm extremely envious that senior editor Joe Lorio just had the opportunity to drive the new 2012 Audi A6, but spending a night in the 2011 A6 is no bad thing. Despite the fact that it's an outgoing model, I'd still rather own the A6 than the BMW 535i or the Infiniti M37, both of which are new models. Audi's six-speed transmission is smoother than the seven-speed unit in Infiniti's M37 and the engine is more polished. Unlike the BMW 535i, the A6 accelerates and corners with a fluidity and lightness that makes quick driving feel effortless.
The supercharged V-6 is a gem of an engine for its off-the-line response, broad power band, and glassy smoothness. Audi's Quattro all-wheel-drive transfers all 300 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque to the pavement without any drama. Really the only improvements I'm left wishing for are more weight and substance to the steering and a fresh interior to maintain Audi's reputation and fend off the challenge from Infiniti.
Eric Tingwall, Associate Editor