The 2007 model year offers some significant changes for the A6 model line. Audi set a new benchmark in the luxury performance segment when it introduced the Audi A6 to North America. In all of its forms, the latest generation of the Audi A6 combines superior driving dynamics and sophisticated technology with exceptional comfort and equipment.
With countless innovations, excellent driving dynamics and a luxurious range of equipment, the Audi A6 is a vehicle that sets standards.
The most significant change to the 2007 A6 is the new standard V8 engine on the A6 4.2 quattro. Using the same FSI direct injection technology developed for the legendary Audi R8 race car, the new 4.2-liter FSI V8 engine produces 350 hp at 6800 rpm and 325 ft.-lbs. of torque at 3500 rpm. Compared to the 4.2-liter V8 used in previous years, the new FSI V8 produces 15
Front-wheel drive and quattro permanent four-wheel drive reliably transmit this impressive power to the road in every situation. The sophisticated suspension opens up a new dimension in driving dynamics. Thanks to FSI technology, the 2007 A6 4.2 quattro has a fuel economy rating of 18 mpg city / 25 mpg highway, a one and two mile per gallon increase over the 2006 model figures of 17 city / 23 highway.
Continuing on the improved performance theme, Audi now offers S line packages across the entire model line for 2007, including the A6 Avant and A6 FrontTrak. This package includes a number of exterior elements including a distinctive front grille with S line badge, aluminum door sills with S line badges, S line front and rear bumpers and 18-inch 5-arm quattro GmbH wheels with 245/40/18 summer performance tires (performance tires optional on FrontTrak). A6 quattro models with the S line package can be equipped with an optional two piece 19-ince 20- spoke alloy wheel with performance tires. When equipped with this package, the standard wood trim in the A6 will be replaced with an elegant gray birch wood trim.
Powerful engines with up to eight cylinders and 350 horsepower, the most advanced transmission technologies, and a choice between quattro® permanent all-wheel drive or FrontTrak front wheel drive make Audi’s current A6 range its most comprehensive ever. Thanks to the cutting-edge suspension combined with high body rigidity, this power and performance opens up a new dimension in driving dynamics.
Already acknowledged as classic, the fundamental proportion of Audi’s sports sedan with its low-slung windows and coupe-like roofline now comes with even greater strength and energy. The contours of the shoulder line sweeping up and the movement of the dynamic line above the side sills give the entire body of the car a unique push in forward design. The distinctly curved
dome on the middle of the engine compartment hood symbolizes the power and performance offered by the new Audi A6 . Seen from the front, the trapezoidal design of the single-frame radiator grille reveals clearly that the A6 represents the latest generation of Audi models.
The bodies of the A6 boasts exceptional torsional rigidity. This lays the foundation for its sporty yet harmonious handling and superior vibrational comfort, the latter in turn contributing towards the interior’s excellent acoustics. The outstanding behaviour of the occupant cell in collisions earned the A6 business saloon five stars in the Euro NCAP crash test.
The design of the A6 and A6 Avant brings the clear and unmistakable Audi styling to the large vehicle category. After the debut of the saloon at the beginning of 2004, the single-frame grille at the front became part of the formal idiom of the entire brand. A light, narrow glasshouse rises above the taut flanks of the powerful base structure. Whereas the shoulder line is virtually horizontal, the dynamic line rises gently above the sill – giving the impression that the body is pushing forward.
The most advanced headlight technology is equally visible behind the clear-glass headlight covers. The A6 was the first Audi to feature powerful Bi-Xenon adaptive headlight technology, standard on the 4.2 - optional on the 3.2 and Avant - which helps the driver see around corners. The headlights follow the course of the road ahead as a function of steering angle and road speed to a maximum of fifteen degrees, substantially improving the visibility. The driver sees upcoming bends more clearly and precisely and is able to detect possible obstacles at an earlier point in time. At night, the driver can also benefit from the “coming home and leaving home” lighting system. This system lights the exterior of the vehicle under the rear view mirrors in combination with the front fog lights to provide a clear picture of your surroundings. It can be activated from the multifunction steering wheel or MMI. Obviously, this means a significant improvement in active safety.
Inside, a wide centre console, which is angled towards the driver, emphasises the sporty yet elegant architecture. It is linked with the instrument panel by a joint cover to form one unit. The teardrop-shaped surrounds of the speedometer and rev counter have room to accommodate the fuel and coolant temperature gauges in the corners. The outline of the single-frame grille is displayed on the airbag cap in the steering wheel.
Build quality of the highest standard is a point of honour for Audi, as is a clear and logical ergonomics concept.
The highlight of the latter is the MMI operating system, much praised in a host of tests, with a central monitor in the dashboard and a large control unit on the centre tunnel. The parking brake operates electromechanically – a typically convenient technical detail from Audi.
The A6 saloon measures 4.92 m in length. The generous 2.84 m wheelbase provides luxurious cabin space in both models and excellent comfort for all seats.
While the luggage compartment of the saloon has 546 litres of luggage space, the Avant offers 565 litres, which can be increased to 1,660 litres by folding down the rear backrests. A lift-up luggage compartment floor, roller cover, load guard, two aluminium rails with practical lashing points as well as roof rails come as standard. Optionally available are an electrically operated luggage compartment lid and a storage box for fitting behind the rear seats. Added to this there is a load retention set with a tensioning strap and telescopic bar, which keep items of luggage safe.
The 2007 A6 and A6 Avant continue Audi’s recognized interior design leadership in terms of material quality and fit and finish. A truly driver-focused cockpit envelops the driver and passengers with materials such as aluminum, leather and wood. The round temperature and fuel gauges are located in the corner of the teardrop-shaped surrounds, next to the large tachometer and speedometer. The four-spoke multifunction steering wheel is highlighted by its single-frame trapezoid centerpiece with the four Audi rings on the central airbag cap.
The Multi Media Interface (MMI) control terminal, located behind the gearshift lever, is in perfect ergonomic arrangement and places its display exactly in the driver’s line of vision, integrated beneath the top dashboard cover.
All of the car’s occupants benefit from a higher standard of comfort and spaciousness inside. The wheelbase of the Audi A6 line is a spacious 111.9 inches. This means extra comfort and safety as well as additional legroom for the front passengers, plus extra knee room at the rear. The luggage capacity on the sedan is 15.9 cubic feet. The Avant model increase the A6’s
cargo volume to 20 cu.ft. with the seats in place and 58.6 cu.ft. with the rear seats folded. The luggage compartment in the new A6 Avant is as advanced as the rest of the vehicle.
It employs two securing rails that are recessed into the floor. They are fitted with four sliding, adjustable, and lockable load-retaining lugs that can be used to secure items of almost any size. Also using these rails is a removable telescoping arm and a retractable cargo strap. Both of these items help to separate and secure items in the cargo area. The load floor itself can be folded and locked in a variety of positions to divide the cargo area. Finally, there are several baggage hooks integrated into the trim, with a luggage net to one side.
For the first time on an Audi Avant, an optional automatic tailgate that opens and closes at the push of a button is available. The opening process can also be initiated remotely by pressing the button on the car key.
Eight potent and cultivated engines power the A6 – five petrol units and three TDIs, the diesel versions being equipped with particulate filters. The power output of the engines ranges from 103 kW/140 bhp to 257 kW/350 bhp.
In addition to front-wheel drive, most versions are available with quattro permanent four-wheel drive incorporating the self-locking centre differential; this is standard on the 4.2 FSI and 3.0 TDI. Three modern technologies transmit power to the wheels – a manual six-speed gearbox, a tiptronic transmission, likewise with six speeds, and the continuously variable multitronic.
The petrol engines
The entry-level petrol engine in the A6 model line is the 2.0 TFSI with turbocharger and direct injection; it delivers 125 kW (170 bhp). Its impressive torque of 280 Nm is permanently available between 1,800 and 4,200 rpm. The next engine in the series, the 2.4-litre V6, belongs to the modern family of V power plants with an aluminium block and 90-degree included angle between cylinder banks. It develops 130 kW (177 bhp) and 230 Nm, constantly available between 3,000 and 5,000 rpm.
From November, Audi will be offering a new six-cylinder power plant for the A6. The 2.8 FSI musters up 154 kW/210 bhp and 280 Nm, the latter between 3,000 and 5,000 rpm. In addition to FSI direct injection and four adjustable camshafts it boasts a fundamental innovation – the Audi valvelift system. This technology for variable valve lift control saves a remarkable amount of fuel in the partial load area – over the standard cycle Audi anticipates consumption figures of only 8.7 litres per 100 km.
The 3.2-litre V6 petrol engine operates with four continuously adjustable camshafts, a variable intake manifold and FSI direct injection. With a sonorous tone it develops 188 kW (255 bhp) and puts 330 Nm of torque on the crankshaft at 3,250 rpm. The mightiest engine in the A6 is now the V8 with a displacement of 4.2 litres. Equipped with the same technological package as the 3.2 FSI, it pumps out 257 kW (350 bhp); at 3,500 rpm it puts 440 Nm onto the crankshaft. The 5.9 seconds it requires to sprint from zero to 100 km/h and its top speed of 250 km/h illustrate the impressive performance of the potent V8. The Audi A6 4.2 FSI is available exclusively as a quattro model with six-speed tiptronic.
The TDI engines
The basic diesel unit in the model line is the two-litre TDI engine developing 103 kW (140 bhp) and a torque of 320 Nm, which is available between 1,750 and 2,500 rpm. The 2.7-litre TDI with common rail injection and piezo injectors delivers 132 kW (180 bhp) and is extremely cultivated. Its torque of 380 Nm is constantly available between 1,400 and 3,300 rpm.
The ultra-smooth and masterful 3.0 TDI quattro delivers 171 kW (233 bhp) and 450 Nm, the latter available between 1,400 and 3,250 rpm. With the large diesel power pack the A6 sprints to 100 km/h in 6.9 s, reaching a peak of 247 km/h. Over the combined cycle it uses only 8.0 litres of diesel per 100 km. The high-torque 3.0 TDI is firmly coupled with quattro drive.
Chassis and Transmission
The dynamic suspension of the Audi A6 relies on tried and tested sports technology – the typical Audi four-link front suspension with links made of aluminium and the self-tracking trapezoidal-link rear suspension carried over from the A8. This combination is used both on the front-wheel drive versions and the quattro versions.
The servotronic hydraulic rack-and-pinion steering combines sporty precision with extreme comfort; the degree of assistance depends on the road speed. As an option, the suspension can be upgraded with adaptive air suspension, which features shock absorbers that adapt their characteristics to the driving situation. The system offers four basic modes well as three ride heights and also functions as a self-levelling suspension.
The adaptive air suspension achieves the perfect synthesis of sporty handling and supreme ride comfort. The brake system measures up to the immense performance potential of the Audi A6. Even the entry-level engines are provided with a 16-inch system; the 4.2 FSI has a 17-inch brake system. The ESP system, which can be deactivated, has been enhanced with convenience functions such as a dry-braking function for the discs in wet weather. In terms of safety it is particularly watchful – if the vehicle is understeering heavily it can intervene at all four wheels in extreme cases. It will also monitor a trailer to detect any pitching.
All versions of the new Audi A6 are fitted with alloy wheels and are either 16 inches or 17 inches in diameter. Optionally, ten wheel sizes of up to 19 inches are available. The range also includes a pressure monitoring system and run-flat tyres.
The improved fuel economy and dynamic performance offered by the Audi A6 family also results from the advanced transmission choices: a six-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission or a multitronic CVT transmission with its unique “shift-without-lift” power delivery. Audi’s impressive multitronic CVT – standard on A6 3.2 FrontTrak - uses a variator, a set of pulleys and a chain link belt of vanadium-hardened steel to constantly change gear ratios. Without gears, there is a constant balance of ideal power being transferred from the engine to the wheels in a shift-less operation resulting in improved performance and fuel economy. Both transmissions allow for manual gear selection if the driver chooses.
Audi’s reknowned quattro all-wheel drive system comes standard on A6 Avant, A6 3.2 quattro sedan, and A6 4.2 quattro models. A typical feature of all high-performance Audi vehicles, quattro models come with a torsion center differential distributing engine torque in a straightforward but very effective flow of power to the front and rear axles and thus making a significant contribution to the driving dynamics and superior safety even in extreme situations so typical of quattro drive.
Safety and Equipment
The A6 comes with a long list of standard safety equipment. Active safety components include the latest generation of ESP including brake assist and Electronic Brake-pressure Distribution (EBD).
In the event of a collision, the car’s occupants are protected by the robust structure of the body with predefined deformation and a highly stable passenger cabin. In conjunction with the seat belts, front and side airbags as well as the Sideguard ™ head curtain airbag system, the driver and passengers are provided with superior safety and protection. The two full-size front airbags are activated in two stages, depending on the severity of an accident.
All of this technology helped the A6 to achieve a “Top Saftey Pick” rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) for its occupant protection in both frontal and side impact crash tests. When combined with the excellent performances of the Audi A4 and A3 models in the same tests, these results make Audi the first manufacturer ever to receive three “Top Saftey Pick” ratings from the IIHS.
The Audi A6 comes with a high level of standard equipment right from the start. Customers will appreciate and enjoy this premium standard wood trim and the quality and finish of the interior materials such as aluminum surrounds, wood inlays and leather seating surfaces. The advanced MMI with its seven-inch color display and a fully integrated radio complete with an optional Bose® Surround Sound system shines above the competition (standard on the A6 4.2).
Other standard features include the electromechanical parking brake, a tire pressure monitoring system and a light and rain sensor to add a sense of comfort and security. Another standard feature on all A6 models in the range is automatic climate control with enhanced output and optimized noise control, featuring indirect ventilation and B-pillar outlets, air quality, humidity, and sun angle sensors.
Drivers of the A6 4.2 have an even higher level of standard equipment with such amenities as a sunroof, standard heated front seats and Bose surround sound. New options make the A6 even more advanced than before. Adaptive Cruise Control is available which keeps the A6 at a driver-programmed distance away from the vehicle ahead. A wood and leather segment multifunction steering wheel with shift paddles and a coordinating wood shift knob can be chosen as well. The driver of the Audi A6 is rarely required to hold the car key in hand the conventional way when it is equipped with Audi’s optional advanced key system.
The key incorporates an electronic pulse transmitter sending a signal to a proximity sensor in the door, where the signal received is checked and verified. Following approval, the system unlocks the doors as soon as the driver or passenger pulls the door handle. Using the keyless entry feature, the driver is also able to release the steering and ignition electronically through wireless remote control before setting out. A simple touch of the starter button on the center console starts the engine.
MMI can be further upgraded with a DVD navigation system and a new Color Driver Information Center (also standard when equipped with Adaptive Cruise Control). All Audi A6 models come standard with the Bluetooth® interface for mobile telephones, which can be operated through the multifunction steering wheel or the MMI system. An optional voice recognition system can also control the Bluetooth interface, as well as, the CD player, radio and navigation system.
Pricing and specifications
|Model||Body Style||Transmission||Drive Train||MSRP|
|A6||Sedan||Multitronic Auto CVT||FrontTrak||$41950|
|A6||Sedan||6-Spd Automatic Tip.||quattro||$45100|
|A6 4.2||Sedan||6-Spd Automatic Tip.||quattro||$55300|
|Type||V8 spark-ignition direct injection|
|Arrangement||Front mounted, longitudinal|
|Max. Torque||325@3500 rpm|
|0-60 mph||5.8 sec|
|Top Speed||electronically limited to 130 mph|