2007 S6 New Car Test Drive
The Audi A6 continues a legacy of dynamic excellence and exceptional comfort. The A6 is packed with technology, enhancing convenience and driving dynamics. The attention to detail inside and out is impressive.
There is much to love about the A6. Its cabin is airy and comfortable, with firm, supportive seats. Its styling is crisp, clean and modern, though the front is dominated by a massive and controversial grille.
Underway, the A6 boasts sharp, precise steering, and a firm ride. In high-speed corners the quattro models feel like they're on rails, one of the benefits of Audi's superb all-wheel-drive system. Braking and handling are excellent, whether on dry pavement or when hurtling through a torrent of rain.
V6 and V8 versions are available. The well-equipped V6 model delivers brisk acceleration, while the V8 qualifies the A6 as a high-performance sports sedan. The S6 is for serious drivers who don't mind trading comfort for performance.
Most cars are redesigned every five years or so and this latest-generation A6 was launched as a 2005 model. It's larger and roomier than the previous-generation version, and features dramatically changed styling.
What's new for 2007: a more powerful V8 engine for the A6 4.2 and the introduction of the high-performance S6.
The 2007 Audi A6 line includes the 3.2 FrontTrak sedan ($41,230), the 3.2 quattro ($44,380) and 4.2 quattro ($54,580) sedans, the Avant 3.2 quattro ($47,280), and the S6 quattro sedan ($71,280).
The 3.2-liter V6 delivers 255 horsepower, the 4.2-liter V8 generates 350 horsepower, and the 5.2-liter V10 in the S6 puts out 435 horsepower. The quattro models feature Audi's all-wheel drive and come with six-speed automatic transmissions.
The A6 3.2 comes loaded with standard features: leather upholstery; wood trim; dual-zone automatic air conditioning with pollen filters; AM/FM/6CD/MP3 with 10 speakers; 12-way power driver's seat with four-way adjustable power lumbar support; split-folding rear seats; tilt/telescoping steering column; leather-wrapped, multi-function steering wheel; leather-wrapped shift knob; trip computer; theft deterrent system; and 16-inch alloy wheels.
Options for 3.2 models include premium leather upholstery ($1,000); power opening and closing rear tailgate ($450); manual rear and side window sunshades ($250); 18-inch alloy wheels with all-season tires ($900); rear side airbags ($350); a DVD-based navigation system ($1,600); Sirius satellite radio ($550); a leather-segmented steering wheel with shift paddles ($690); heated steering wheel ($200). Speical order options for the Avant include adaptive air suspension ($2,300); leather driver's side dashboard ($1,275); front sport seats ($500); and adaptive cruise control ($2,000).
The CVT sedan is also available with 17-inch alloys and all-season tires ($750) or 18-inch high-polished alloys and all-season tires ($1,200). Quattro models also can be ordered with the 18-inch polished alloys ($900). Special order options for the sedan include front sport seats ($500); heated steering wheel ($200); leather driver's side dashboard ($1,275); adaptive air suspension ($2,300); and adaptive cruise control ($2,000).
The S line Package ($2,750) includes sports suspension, 18-inch alloy wheels with all-season tires, gray birch wood trim, S-Line badges, aluminum door sills with S line badge, S-Line front and rear bumpers, headlight washers and a four-spoke multi-function steering wheel with shift paddles. An S line package with 19-inch alloys and performance radials ($3,350) is available on quattro models.
The Premium Package ($1,450) offers a power slide/tilt glass sunroof and heated front seats. The Convenience Package ($2,750) includes bi-xenon headlamps, adaptive headlights, a Bose premium sound system, auto-dimming interior mirror with compass, auto-dimming and electrically folding exterior mirrors, memory for the driver's seat and mirror adjustments, Homelink, a storage package, programmable daytime running lights, and a power tilt and telescoping steering wheel.
The Technology Package ($4,000) includes voice recognition, Advanced Key, a new Advanced Parking System with rearview camera, DVD navigation system, and Sirius satellite radio. A Cold Weather Package ($550) offers heated rear seats, a ski sack and, new for 2007, headlight washers.
The 4.2 quattro adds premium leather, 17-inch wheels, high-intensity headlamps, a power sunroof, upgraded mirrors and upgraded audio to the list of A6 standard equipment. The 4.2 offers similar options to those for the 3.2, but the list also includes a solar sunroof replacing the glass sunroof ($790).
A Warm Weather Package ($1,190) includes a solar sunroof and power rear and manual side sunshades. Stand-alone options: Sirius satellite radio ($550); carbon fiber inlays ($300); adaptive cruise control ($2,000); heated rear seats ($225); and gas guzzler tax ($1,300). Special order options include a normal front seat in Volterra leather; a silver headliner replacing the standard black; and 18-inch alloy wheels with high-performace tires. Also available is a leather dashboard ($1,275).
Safety features include electronic stability program, anti-lock brakes, Electronic Brake-force Distribution,.