Not much gets written about the Audi A6, which is a shame because we have found it one of the most enjoyable models in German automaker's lineup to drive. A report in Car and Driver as to the future of the A6 2.0-liter turbo might not get the model much more press, but could get it more sales. The 211-horsepower four-cylinder has only been available with a CVT and front-wheel drive; now an eight-speed automatic and Quattro appear on the option sheet.

C/D says will be a surprisingly modest $2,200 premium to move up from the FWD model to the Quattro, with $45,295 needed for the 2.0's base Premium trim – but since the front-drive CVT model will continue to be offered, we're not sure if the eight-speed Tiptronic will be a cost option as well. Even if so, there should still be a healthy stack of Benjamins between it and its German competition, and the addition of Quattro isn't expected to knock it from the top spot in fuel economy among its luxury foes. The upspec'd A6 should appear in dealerships this August.


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      Bird
      • 2 Years Ago
      Lets rewind the clock a little to 10 years ago. MSRP on a 2003 BMW 525i started at 40k, and offered 184 HP/175LBS Tq.. Not sure why there is such a problem with this trim level Audi is offering. Live in an urban area and you are in traffic almost all of the time, HP and 0-60 times become less relevant to fuel economy, comfort and safety, which the A6 in particular excels at. Not everyone buys a German sedan to go fast.
      Kevin
      • 2 Years Ago
      I still think it should at least have the output of the TT-S (265 bhp) to really get its foot in the door as the entry model. And hell, just bump the V6 to S4/A8 ouput as well (Not that it's lacking by any means but why not?).
        JK
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Kevin
        Agree- I have no issue with offering the 2.0T in the A6, but they should allow a little more boost through in the process. In the proper spec that motor would have no trouble moving the bigger A6 along.
      Christian L.
      • 2 Years Ago
      My 2012 Q5 is an 8 speed auto already. Why is this news? the headline makes it sound like Audi has a new 8 speed transmission
      Cadillacftw
      • 2 Years Ago
      instead of just FWD * Autoblog really needs an edit button.
      RetrogradE
      • 2 Years Ago
      I have the 2.0T in my GTI and like it, but my car is much smaller (duh). I'm with you fellas: bring the TDI version. VW sells a lot of them, why doesn't Audi want a piece of the pie? Better yet, bring a TDI Hybrid. That'd be cool.
      Weezle Eye
      • 2 Years Ago
      The only thing I could think about while reading this article is "the emperor's new clothes". Who the helll buys a 2 liter 4, fwd, heavy sedan for over 45 Gs????? WTF!!! I've got to give it to Audi for finding these rich idiotic car buyers that are willing! BTW, there are a ton of sedan choices that have a 2 liter 4 and fwd for under 20k$.
        viper3ez
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Weezle Eye
        let us just say it was a wtf moment for me reading this post just finding out now the A6 is a 4 banger FWD vehicle. granted i am not big on Audis and really only care about their performance models but this had me thinking "is audi competing with the toyota camry or avalon with this car?"
          warren,
          • 2 Years Ago
          @viper3ez
          You didn't know this? The A6 has always been FWD & sold with a variety of small gas and diesel engines around the world for 15 years now. Even as recently as 2005 you could buy an A6 that crawled to 60mph in over 10 seconds and topped out at about 125mph. Also, Quattro has always been an optional extra on the 4 and 6 cylinder cars. A lot of people in a lot of markets just don't need high speed or AWD. That may seem unacceptable to a typical American who demands a 160mph car but never drives it above 85, but most people elsewhere in the world appreciate how dumb a proposition that is, especially when gas is expensive. The A6 is about interior refinement and space first.... performance is always secondary.
          rjstanford
          • 2 Years Ago
          @viper3ez
          Well, that depends. In every way other than acceleration, it's the same as it would be with a supercharged V10 under the hood. You see, European cars in general don't have the weird US limitations that mean that you can't get any nice parts without the largest engine. Same goes for volume as well - the idea that a small car (or a car with a small engine) must be cheap and crappy is generally restricted to the 'States (and thankfully changing somewhat now).
        Jonathan Wayne
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Weezle Eye
        I had an Audi A6 2.8 Quattro V6 years ago and I can tell you from experience that it was a great car but dog slow with that engine. With high quality materials come lots of weight. This car must be just incredibly slow and awful.
          hans
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Jonathan Wayne
          given it has audi space frame, i think the a6 3.0t only weighs about the same as an a4 avant (which has a 2.0t engine). so the a6 2.0t quattro will probably not be much slower than an a4
      • 2 Years Ago
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        libertedelacroix
        • 2 Years Ago
        No, he is just a troll. He really drives a POS econobox but likes to act like he has these cars. Its ok bro, we all think you are cool.
        • 2 Years Ago
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          fastaudi
          • 2 Years Ago
          I doubt the A6 was more expensive than the other two you had to "choose" from. Should have saved your company some money and picked a Camry.
          libertedelacroix
          • 2 Years Ago
          Actually Nick (or should I call you Moron?), I drive my own car that I bought myself (that's right BOUGHT, not leased). True, I did drive a used 2001 Toyota Avalon for 5-6 years, but seeing as how I am 22, a graduate from a UC, and worked full time while going to school, I could afford to buy a brand new Audi A4 (and pay most of it off right from the get go). You are clearly not a car guy. I understand people may have gripes with their cars (I have a few myself with my car), but at the end of the day, I can still enjoy my car. You are probably just bitter because even though you are one of the most successful people on earth making hundreds of thousands of dollars (yea... right...), your wife still gets banged by the neighbor next door, and he happens to drive the 5 series/E class. But please refrain from taking your hate out on the car. Or your kids. Or dog.
        jessesrq
        • 2 Years Ago
        Did you realize this before or after you got it? And why?
          • 2 Years Ago
          @jessesrq
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      Ak74
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nice camry
      zizixx89
      • 2 Years Ago
      cost more than a fully loaded 12' maxima V6 & CVT
        libertedelacroix
        • 2 Years Ago
        @zizixx89
        Not sure if serious.... Did you really just compare an Audi A6 (German luxry mid size sedan) to a Nissan Maxima??? Did you mean to say Infiniti M37? Because if you did not, you sir, are a moron.
        srDRIVEN
        • 2 Years Ago
        @zizixx89
        noted, as do almost all other luxury cars (even down to a totally base, small, 4 cylinder, crappy performing C250).
          srDRIVEN
          • 2 Years Ago
          @srDRIVEN
          NightFight I did, it felt exactly like a dolled up Jetta. I was extremely disappointed. In your own words, don't make an assumption before you bash me.
      CarCrazy24
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is great news...now where is the Avant version? Guess the All-Road helps...needs a diesel though
        KAG
        • 2 Years Ago
        @CarCrazy24
        You think they would offer a diesel version in the USA by now, but I heard there is a hybrid for the 2.0T motor coming soon.
        mr.vw
        • 2 Years Ago
        @CarCrazy24
        That's why we didn't pull the trigger, no TDI option no dice. I wonder when VAG will learn that AWD TDI wagon would be a good seller in north america.... where we get snow....
      guyverfanboy
      • 2 Years Ago
      For the price of this car, the CVT should be dumped and the 8-speed made standard.
        libertedelacroix
        • 2 Years Ago
        @guyverfanboy
        I agree with this. I am an Audi guy, and even I have to wonder why. But then again, we are seeing it from a car enthusiasts perspective. People like my mom would not know the difference between the CVT or 8Speed, nor does she care for quick shifts, performance handling, or fast acceleration (she drives a CLS550 and out of the 385 hp, maybe has used at most 150 hp of it). What she does care about is styling, build quality, interior fit/finish, and that german "premium" feel. If this car can do all that, and sip less gas then, say, a Lexus GS, she will buy it. She is the rule, WE are the exceptions. If it was me, I would never get anything but the S6 (or at the very least the supercharged V6 with a tune).
        mapoftazifosho
        • 2 Years Ago
        @guyverfanboy
        The CVT is fine for 99% of the buyers of this car. In fact if tested blind they'd probably prefer the CVT based on the smoothness...like libertedelacroix said...we are the exception, not the rule.
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