Wednesday, 10 August 2011

New audi A6

The first look at the new Audi A6 in India made me think twice whether it is an Audi A8L or A6 that I have been given for the test drive. But then going over to the sides of the car made me realize that this is an A6 and not the A8L. For 2011, the front has been slightly reworked and gets a mildly tweaked front bumper and the head lamp design. The head lamps are now all LED along with the DRL or daytime running lamps flanking them. The fog lamps are miniscule and sit deep inside the air dam pallet. There is an extended lip spoiler as well here. The 17 inch alloy wheels with low profile tyres make a good design appeal on this car. The wing mirrors however felt a bit useless kind of in the wake of their design. Nothing appeals much here. The 2011 Audi A6 in India unlike its peers hasn’t grown in size. Infact it has reduced weight by upto 80 kgs and has got its length shortened as well. The roofline towards the rear is now more coupe like and the tail lamps are a bit in your face kind of thing. This tail arrangement actually resembles that of the Jaguar XF 3.0D that I recently reviewed. The twin tail pipe arrangement looks cool as most of the Germans abstain from using them in India. There is a rear diffuser as well giving the hints that the engine is placed in the boot. But there is nothing of that sort happening here.

Being 80kgs lighter than the previous generation model has been achieved with the use of more aluminium in the chassis of this car. From the short drive that I had, I can tell you that the handling of this car is now more in tune with that of the BMW 5 series. The steering wheel however leaves a lot to be desired with its sort of numb feeling at the center. This is the same one as checked out in the Audi A8L. It devoids one of the actual feel of the car. Ride quality is superb if a bit jiggly at low speeds but that can be taken care by the comfort mode suspension setting from the MMI interface. Even though the model that I was driving was a diesel variant, it barely made a noise inside the cabin. This makes for one relaxing drive.

Audi A6 with 2.8 Litre V6 FSI Petrol Engine
·         Engine Displacement 2.8 Litre
·         Max Power 201 BHP @ 6500 RPM
·         Max Torque 280 Nm @ 3000-5000 RPM
·         Front Wheel Drive system
·         Transmission- Multitronic transmission
·         Top speed 240 KMPH
Audi A6 with 3.0 Litre Turbocharged FSI Petrol Engine
·         Engine Displacement 3.0 Litre
·         Max Power 295 BHP @ 6500 RPM
·         Max Torque 440 Nm @ 2900-4500 RPM
·         Quattro permanent all wheel drive
·         Transmission- Stronic
·         Top speed 250 KMPH

Audi A6 with 2.0 Litre TDI Diesel Engine
·         Engine Displacement 2.0 Litre
·         Max Power 174 BHP @ 4200 RPM
·         Max Torque 380 Nm @ 1750-2500 RPM
·         Front Wheel Drive system
·         Transmission- Multitronic transmission
·         Top speed 222 KMPH

Audi A6 with 3.0 Litre Diesel Engine
·         Engine Displacement 3.0 Litre
·         Max Power 241 BHP @ 4500 RPM
·         Max Torque 500 Nm @ 1400-3250 RPM
·         Quattro permanent all wheel drive
·         Transmission- Stronic
·         Top speed 250 KMPH

Audi A6 Dimensions
·         Length = 4915mm
·         Width = 2086 mm
·         Height = 1455 mm
·         Wheelbase = 2912

The 2011 Audi A6 in India is a sea change from its earlier model. It has still got conservative looks however the interiors are even better than before with more space and at the same time reducing the footprint. It has got many gizmos and I sincerely hope that the Google Earth application makes its way into the cabin of the Audi A6. It has got an almost good ride and handling package save for the lifeless steering wheel. The engine is powerful and so is the seamless transmission. Moreover, Audi were quick to tell that the price for the new one wouldn’t be much more of the mark set by the old one.
Audi A6 new model 2011 price in India is as follows:
·         Audi A6 2.8 FSI Petrol has been priced at Rs. 39.90 Lakhs
·         Audi A6 3.0 TFSI Quattro Petrol has been priced at Rs. 47.00 Lakhs
·         Audi A6 2.0 TDI Diesel has been priced at Rs. 37.70 Lakhs
·         Audi A6 3.0 TDI Quattro Diesel has been priced at Rs. 46.95 Lakhs

Audi A6 New Model Features In India

·         Driver Air Bag
·         Passenger Air Bag
·         Passenger Air Bag On/Off Switch
·         Side Head Air Bag
·         Rear Head Air Bag
·         4-Wheel ABS
·         Auto-On Headlights
·         Traction Control
·         Auto-Off Headlights
·         Electronic Stability Control
·         Brake Assist
·         Front 3-point seat belts w/height adjustment/automatic pretensioners/belt force limiters
·         Rear 3-point seat belts w/automatic pretensioners
·         Passenger convertible locking retractors (ELR & ALR modes)
·         ISOFIX & upper tether child seat provisions
·         LATCH system for outboard rear seating positions
·         Double-pull to unlock doors from interior handles
·         Safety unlock feature (doors unlock & interior lights turn on w/airbag deployment)
·         First aid kit in rear center armrest
·         Auto Climate Control Air Conditioning
·         Dual Zone Front Air Conditioning
·         Front Air Conditioning
·         Keyless Entry
·         Power Locks
·         Heated Mirrors
·         Power Driver Mirror
·         Power Passenger Mirror
·         Leather Seats
·         Driver Lumbar
·         Power Driver Seat
·         Power Passenger Seat
·         Front Bucket Seats
·         Steering Wheel Audio Controls
·         Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel
·         AM/FM Stereo
·         CD Changer / CD Player / MP3 Player
·         BOSE 5.1 Channel Surround sound Infotainment system
·         Front Floor Mats
·         Heated Exterior Driver Mirror
·         Heated Passenger Mirror
·         Power Tilt/Sliding Sunroof
·         Intermittent Wipers
·         Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers

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