2000 A6 New Car Test Drive
Audi's A6 proves that with a touch of stylish flair, a sedan doesn't have to look like a sedan. Now in it's third model year after a smart redesign in 1998, the clean, sweeping lines of Audi's midsize luxury offering are still fresh and forward-thinking, while new features and modifications improve the package for 2000.
The A6 is brimming with amenities and competes with such luxury sedans as the Cadillac Catera, Mercedes Benz C280, Lexus GS 300 and Infiniti I30t -- all of which start in the $32,000 to $36,000 range. The A6 gleams from one end to the other, exuding the assured air of a gem whose every detail has received a thorough polishing. And it provides a comforting sense of its well-earned status as a truly high-class automobile. Audi hopes that the A6 can lure buyers who would like to pamper themselves with the plush appointments of higher-end luxury cars like the BMW 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class, but can't quite afford the price range of those cars.
For the 2000 model year, Audi added two new versions of the A6.
In addition to the 200-horsepower A6 2.8 sedan and Avant wagon, which are priced at $33,950 and $36,900, respectively, Audi has introduced an A6 2.7T sedan with a 250-horsepower twin-turbo V6 that's priced at $38,550. Audi has also added an A6 4.2 sedan with a 300-horsepower, 4.2-liter, five-valve V8 engine at a base price of $48,900.
All except the base A6 2.8 sedan come standard with Audi's renowned Quattro all-wheel-drive system; it's a $1,750 option on the 2.8 sedan.