Audi has unveiled Black Edition versions of the A6 and A7 in the UK. Each model will roll from the factory with a set of rotor-design wheels and feature a lower sports suspension borrowed from the company's S Line kit. Designers swapped out the standard grille, license plate surrounds and window trim for blacked-out pieces, and the cabins wear piano black accents. Black Edition models also offer up sport seats swaddled in Valcona leather. The packages will be available on A6 sedan and Avant models, as well as the A7 sportback.

The Black Edition packages are based on the Audi S Line specification, which means tricks like navigation, audi drive select suspension, parking assist and LED tail lamps are all part of the party. Buyers in the UK can expect to see their vehicles be available for order this month, but will have to wait until early 2013 to take delivery. Prices start at 35,010 pounds for the A6 Sedan Black Edition and rack all the way up to 50,575 pounds for the A7 Sportback Black Edition.

We've reached out to Audi to see if North American buyers will get a shot at the new trim lines, and will update this post as soon as we hear word back. In the interim, you can check out the full press release below.

*UPDATE: Mark Dahncke, product and motorsports communications manager with Audi of America, has confirmed the A6 and A7 Black Edition models will not be sold in the US. The Black Editions will only be available in the UK.
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NEW AUDI A6 AND A7 BLACK EDITION MODELS SET THE TONE

Dark detailing and more extensive equipment creates even more distinctive and luxurious executive Audi models

New Black Edition versions of A6 Saloon, Avant and A7 Sportback available to order this month - first deliveries in early 2013

A6 Saloon Black Edition priced from £35,010 OTR to £49,185 OTR

A6 Avant Black Edition priced from £36,970 OTR to £51,025 OTR

A7 Sportback Black Edition priced from £50,575 OTR to £56,785 OTR


Key features include privacy glass, rotor-design titanium wheels, BOSE sound system, black styling package
Engine highlights include the powerful 3.0 BiTDI with 313PS and 650Nm
The devil really is in the detail for Audi A6 Saloon and Avant and A7 Sportback models this week as a new Black Edition specification lends the acclaimed executive ranges a distinctly darker air. The three new Black Edition models combine their more emphatic styling with the most extensive equipment list in each range, and are priced from £35,010 OTR to £56,785 OTR.

Black Edition distinguishing features start from the ground up with rotor-design alloy wheels with a dark titanium finish and either a 20-inch diameter in the A6 Saloon and Avant or 21 inches in the A7 Sportback. These stunning wheels amply fill their arches in the A6 helped by lowered sports suspension which is a standard feature of the S line models on which the new specification is based, and in the A7 Sportback by further lowered S line sports suspension.

The darker side of all three models is also expressed externally by a black finish for the grille and number plate surrounds and the window frame strips, and by privacy glass extending from the B-pillar rearwards. Fittingly, the A6 Avant Black Edition is also equipped with black roof rails.

Inside, the scene is set by distinctive Piano Black inlays which complement the sports seats upholstered in black Valcona leather and the black headlining. In A6 and A6 Avant models, the already comprehensive S line equipment list is also expanded by a BOSE surround sound system, DAB digital radio and the Audi Music Interface (AMI) for iPod connection. The A7 Sportback Black Edition gains the BOSE upgrade, and already features DAB radio and AMI as standard from SE specification and above.

In the A6 models the foundation S line specification also brings features such as exclusive S line exterior and interior styling enhancements, satellite navigation, light and rain sensors, Xenon all-weather headlights and LED rear lights, the Audi drive select adaptive dynamics system, the Audi parking system plus and keyless go. On top of these, the A7 Sportback also includes extras such as powered tailgate operation, electrically adjustable front seats and a powered retractable rear spoiler.

Tour de Force

The new Black Edition specification is an ideal accompaniment to the formidable 3.0-litre BiTDI unit with its 313PS and 650Nm of torque, which is available in all three ranges. It combines exceptional performance that perfectly suits the more purposeful stance achieved by the Black Edition upgrade, but can also deliver a remarkable 44.1mpg according to the combined cycle test. In the A6 range Black Edition specification is also available in conjunction with all engines from the 177PS 2.0-litre TDI upwards, excluding S6 models, and with either front-wheel-drive or quattro all-wheel-drive. In the A7 Sportback, it can be enjoyed in all versions bar the front-wheel-drive 3.0-litre TDI 204PS and the S7 Sportback.


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      Stang70Fastback
      • 2 Years Ago
      After looking at these photos, I have decided I hate chrome. These cars look so much better this way... but then again, I like minimalism.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      ponycargt
      • 2 Years Ago
      It looks better the normal way. The chrome window trim and grille surround add elegance, and without them there is a base model look to Audis
        jtav2002
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ponycargt
        I disagree myself. I don't find chrome to be elegant, and in most modern cars comes off as tacky. All these limited or luxury additions of certain cars add chrome, I don't know why. When they did this for S4 here as the titanium package I thought it looked much better between those infinitely better looking wheels and black trim, especially on a white car.
      neilyadig
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nice, I like these shadowline packages - this is similar to the Titanium Package released on the US-spec B7 A4
      S40Powered
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why not making the headlights black-dark grey? That would be interesting.
      sinistro79
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm still waiting for Audi to launch "reliability edition" models.
        trevor-k
        • 2 Years Ago
        @sinistro79
        Audi has been improving their reliability as of late, consumer reports, and JD power have noted audi has made big progression in this area. http://rumors.automobilemag.com/gm-and-audi-make-improvements-in-latest-consumer-reports-survey-but-ford-and-chrysler-arent-so-lucky-180837.html
        Lachmund
        • 2 Years Ago
        @sinistro79
        damn those old fairytales die hard
        ponycargt
        • 2 Years Ago
        @sinistro79
        Interesting how Consumer Reports is suddenly seen by Autoblog readers as a credible source of information after Audi moves up in their reliability rankings
          rocketmoose
          • 2 Years Ago
          @ponycargt
          We don't, but since that's where the naysayers get their information from, we'll gladly show it to them.
      Ben Lee
      • 2 Years Ago
      I thought this was the A4 when I scrolled down.... Audi are looking very "dumpy" lately... or is that "saggy"
      Scooter
      • 2 Years Ago
      Black edition is joke. The exterior differences are almost invisible if even relevant. Now it looks like a VW Jetta. A black edition should've brought darker grey multi spoke 20's, a decent sport body kit and tinted lights. Maybe even a honey comb grille, the "black" edition looks more basic and cheap.
      ThinkAboutIt
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sooooo Audi wants to be BMW and Mercedes ?
      1STH
      • 2 Years Ago
      looks great! i have those titanium RS wheels on my A3 (titanium edition A3)....except these are likely 20s.
      Wildcat35
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ummm, that's red.
      joejoe509
      • 2 Years Ago
      Call me naive but usually black trim indicates a lower budget model, not a sporty model. Must be a European thing...
        Rick
        • 2 Years Ago
        @joejoe509
        Yes, euro thing. Sport package upgrade on BMW comes with gloss black trim "shadowline" because chrome is tacky.
          ponycargt
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Rick
          Yes, so tacky that the flagship sedans by Audi, Mercedes and BMW have it all over
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