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2006 Audi A6 Sedan 4.2 Quattro AT6
By Alain Gayot

In short: A sporty mid-range luxury sedan to like.

Audi 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.

Let’s 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.

A 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.

Other 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.

Lastly, 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.

Price as tested: $63,840

Technical Specifications

Performance Data

Engine: 4.2 liter 335 hp DOHC Aluminum V8
-310 lb-ft torque

Transmission: 6-speed Automatic with Triptronic

Safety: Driver/Passenger Front & Side Airbags; Front and Rear 3-Point Safety Belts with Automatic Pretensioning, Adjustable Heated Outside Rear View Mirrors

Top Speed: Circa 130 mph.

Acceleration: 0-60 in 7 sec.

Braking: Anti-lock brake system, Brake Assist, 60-0 in 129 ft.

Fuel Economy:17 city,
23 highway

Handling: Quattro Permanent All-wheel Drive System with Electronic Differential Lock, Electronic Stabilization Program, Alloy wheels, Four-link Front Suspension, Trapezoidal link, Fully Independent Rear Suspension, Rack and Pinion Power Steering

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(Updated: 07/28/08 HC)