All the engines receive significant power boosts without any hardware upgrades

The Audi RS4 Avant and the RS6 Avant have stolen the limelight from their Allroad counterparts in recent times, but that doesn’t mean the latter is any less worthy. Although the A4 Allroad has been on our shores for quite some time now, Audi recently introduced the A6 Allroad as well.

After working on the Avant series, Kempten-based aftermarket tuner, ABT Sportsline, has now decided to get its hands dirty with the A6 Allroad. ABT has given the A6 Allroad a generous power boost along with a few cosmetic upgrades and it certainly feels more desirable. Does this ABT package narrow down the gap between the A6 Allroad and the RS6 Avant? It’s not fair to compare the two, but it does.

What’s Different In Terms Of Aesthetics?

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The Audi A6 Allroad is a handsome vehicle as it is, and it’s a good thing that ABT hasn’t fiddled around much with it. ABT is offering the A6 Allroad in two different wheel designs – FR in 20 and 21-inch sizes, and the GR in 20-inches. The FR is essentially a five-spoke classic design finished in a mystic black shade, whereas the GR is finished in matte black. Apart from this, everything is stock.

On the inside, the differences are few and subtle. There’s a new start-stop-switch cap, as well as a carbon-finished ABT gear shift knob. You can also opt for the puddle lights that project the ABT logo on the ground when you open the doors.

The Power Upgrades Are Notable

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In standard form, the Audi A6 Allroad is powered by a 3.0-liter, turbocharged V-6 mill that makes 335 horses and 369 pound-feet of torque. Power is still sent to all the wheels, courtesy of the Quattro all-wheel-drive system. The wagon takes 5.1 seconds to sprint to 60 mph from a standstill.

After the ABT upgrade, the engine churns out 408 horses and 406 pound-feet of twist. The company hasn’t announced the 0-60 time yet.

As for the other flavor, the 55 TDI A6 Allroad comes packed with a 3.0-liter, turbodiesel V-6 that develops 349 horses and 516 pound-feet of torque.

ABT has given this a bump as well, with the same mill now producing 384 horses and 560 pound-feet of torque.
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The 50 TDI makes 286 horses and 457 pound-feet of torque. ABT’s steroid bumps up these figures to 330 ponies and 494 pound-feet of torque. All the iterations are mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission that sends power to all four wheels.

Final Thoughts

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There’s no word on pricing for any of the packages, but we don’t expect them to be sky-high because there are no hardware updates made in here. The power boost in all the mills comes courtesy of an engine management software. We’ll also wait for ABT to release the 0-60 mph figures to know how much of a difference the boost makes in a straight-line sprint.

With the Allroad series, ABT has now worked on all the Audi series. Which is your favorite ABT upgrade to date? Let us know in the comments section below.

Sidd Dhimaan
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Trendy SUV, dynamic sports car or practical estate? For over 20 years, the Audi A6 allroad has been the perfect choice for drivers with comprehensive demands. The latest generation (C8) is equipped exclusively with powerful engines, for which ABT Sportsline now offers attractive performance upgrades. Despite its discreet offroad appearance, the dream car’s dynamic handling is beyond all doubt. With permanent all-wheel drive, self-locking centre differential and height-adjustable air suspension, it also cuts a fine figure away from the beaten track.

In hp terms, the petrol-driven 55 TFSI now heads up the available engines: Thanks to the high-tech control unit ABT Engine Control, instead of 340 hp (250 kW), it now delivers 408 hp (300 kW). That is an increase of 20%. At the same time, torque is increased from 500 to 550 Nm. The 55 TDI is king of the diesel engines, with the standard model being the most powerful and delivering 349 hp (257 kW). Thanks to ABT Power, it reaches a new pinnacle of 384 hp (282 kW). In addition, its torque can also be increased from 700 Nm to 760 Nm. And the 50 TDI is more than impressive. It roars out of the factory with 286 hp (210 kW) and 620 Nm. ABT Sportsline can, of course, increase these figures to 330 hp (243 kW) and 670 Nm. If you want to hear as well as feel the ABT in your offroad A6, the export version of ABT Sound Control is available to order for your exhaust.

As regards looks, the allroad differs in many details from a regular A6. Set yourself apart from the regular allroad with stylish alloy wheels from ABT Sportsline. The FR is available in 20 and 21-inch sizes, and the GR in 20-inch. The latter is equipped with a striking concave rim well and a glossy black painted wheel carcass. The sporty and elegant GR wheel, as featured in the pictured vehicle, is also available in matt black. The FR design in mystic black is an exciting interpretation of the classic five-spoke design. All wheel types stand out, thanks to the different accents of their diamond-machined finish. Audi offers the allroad line as an option for the interior and ABT provides interesting customisation details, such as the start-stop-switch-cap and ABT shift knob cover in carbon. Also available are ABT integrated entrance lights, which casually project the ABT logo onto the ground when entering or exiting the vehicle.

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