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2012 Audi A6 3.0T Quattro [w/video]

Because "Pretty Damn Good" Is So Last Year Earlier this year, executive editor Chris Paukert and I were chatting one morning about the 2011 Audi A6 he was driving – a car that would soon be replaced with the sharp new 2012 model you see here. Of course, we discussed how the car's styling was growing a bit long in the tooth, but aesthetics aside, Paukert's overall impression of the 2011 A6 was that it was still "pretty damn good." Fast-forward a few months, and I'm standing in front of the 2012 A6, its full-LED headlamps glaring at me, its new sheetmetal stretched over a more... Read More

Vital Stats

Engine:
Supercharged 3.0L V6
Power:
310 HP / 325 LB-FT
Transmission:
8-Speed Automatic
MSRP:
$49,900 (Base)
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