is really on a roll these days. Sales are up, as are
new model introductions, with the A3,
A4, A6 Avant and soon the Q7 crossover. This month we
present to you the redesigned, red-hot A6 S-Line.
start with the new signature front end (Nuvolari) which
now appears on all models, reminiscent of a manta ray
scooping up necessary nutrients, which started appearing
on the W-12 A8 a couple years ago. In fact, buddies thought we were
driving the A8 again, when they saw us pulling up. The
car’s lines are smooth and fluid, albeit straight
without too much style, giving priority to aerodynamics.
The car is longer and heavier, but gets an engine upgrade,
and if you stick to the S mode on the Tiptronic 6-speed
automatic transmission, there is nothing to complain
about in the power department. Furthermore, the ride
is quite comfortable—and sure-footed—for
any type of driving, and two adults will have no problem
sharing the back seat. Leather (Volterra) all around
in our top-of-the-line sedan, along with an array of
other amenities, propelled the price to over $60,000.
By comparison, a base 3.2 V6 with 255hp is $20,000 less.
large trunk combined with split folding rear seat gives
you good cargo space if needed. Electronics abound,
with adaptive lights, cruise control and air suspension
(standard, automatic and dynamic) on equipped models.
Also, the DSP – Dynamic Shift Program will sense
your driving desire by switching from economy to sporty
modes. Drivers adept with steering wheel shifting can
opt for the Tiptronic® buttons to be mounted there.
We hear of a Multitronic®–CVT type transmission
also in the works for the A6.
goodies to note are the rear passenger sun shades, the
headlight washer system, a full-size spare tire, a killer
MMI (Multi Media Interface) integrated DSP 10-speaker
sound system with Bose® Premium Surround Sound with
AutoPilot noise compensation feature and Bluetooth®
interface phone preparation.
we were pleasantly surprised by the gas mileage, considering
a mostly sporty driving experience… your turn?
Warranty/Service: Four-year/50,000 mile limited
warranty, four-year/50,000 mile no charge scheduled
maintenance, 12-year limited warranty against corrosion
perforation, four-year, 24-hour roadside assistance
coverage provided by a third party supplier.