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2019 Audi RS6 Avant

2019 Audi RS6 Avant

Audi’s resident giant killer is getting the next-generation treatment

The new Audi RS6 Avant has been spotted covered in partial camouflage while making the test rounds recently. The high-performance wagon model of the A6 sedan is the latest Audi model to be captured by spy photographers. If anything, this shows that Audi’s test drivers have had their work cut out of them. The sporty station wagon was even spotted alongside the RS Q8 SUV.

Update 08/21/2019: The new Audi RS6 Avant has made its debut. We’re busy updating this review now, but you can learn everything you need to know in our Audi RS6 Debut Article

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2019 Audi A6 Allroad

2019 Audi A6 Allroad

Audi’s versatile off-road crossover/wagon is back to make a statement

The 2020 Audi A6 Allroad has arrived, and with it, the hopes and dreams of those who have been waiting to sit inside this high-riding crossover are now within reach. The new A6 Allroad is part of the fifth-generation Audi A6 (C8) that Audi launched in 2018. That distinction earns the A6 Allroad its own laundry list of updates, not the least of which includes a new look, new features, and new tech options. Then there’s the hope of a U.S. return, something the A6 Allroad hasn’t had the opportunity to do in a long time. Audi hasn’t made a final decision yet, but there are discussions on whether the A6 Allroad has the chops to return and thrive in America. More details on that end should arrive closer to the model’s actual market launch sometime next month. The 2020 Audi A6 Allroad is here. Here’s to hoping we see more of it in the future beyond these press photos.

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2019 Audi A6 Avant

2019 Audi A6 Avant

Forbidden fruit for U.S. wagon enthusiasts

After seven years on the market, the seventh-generation Audi A6, also known as the C7, was finally retired in 2018, making way for a much-improved midsize sedan from the Ingolstadt-based automaker. Redesigned to look more modern inside and out and fitted with all the fancy tech that it needs to go against the competition, including semi-autonomous capability. With the A6 sedan unveiled to the world at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, Audi quietly revealed the wagon version, also known as the A6 Avant.

Just like its predecessor, the Avant takes all of its design features and tech from the sedan model. The key difference here is the longer roof and the bigger trunk, which makes the Avant more practical for drivers who haul stuff on a regular basis and an ideal family vacation car. It’s as practical as any midsize wagon out there, but it comes with premium comfort features and the latest safety technology. Does it have what it takes to compete against the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Wagon and the BMW 5 Series Touring? Let’s find out in the review below.

Continue reading to learn more about the Audi A6 Avant.

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2019 Audi A6

2019 Audi A6

A business class ticket, Four Ring style

Audi first introduced the A6 nameplate in 1994 as a replacement for the outgoing Audi 100. Since then, the German automaker has ushered in a total of four generations for the model, with the current-gen dropping in 2011. Of course, seven years is a long time for just about any vehicle generation, and as such, Audi is prepping a fifth-generation A6 for the 2019 model year (Audi is calling it the “eighth generation,” but we aren’t counting the refreshes as entire generations). Scheduled to appear in the metal at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show, Audi likes to frame the mid-size premium sedan as the “multitalent in the luxury class,” bringing a healthy mix of style, sportiness, opulence, and technology, all in a comfortable four-door package. And, as you might expect with a generational changeover, the 2019 model year brings a few styling changes outside, a brand-new interior layout, a fresh suite of convenience and connectivity features, and a mild-hybrid upgrade for the powertrain, not to mention a variety of suspension set-ups and standard quattro AWD grip, all of which help to underline the model’s do-it-all attitude.

The A6 is offered in a variety of body styles and configurations, and as such, this generational shift will undoubtedly trickle down to several corners of Audi’s product portfolio. We’re still waiting on a few details regarding the U.S.-bound model, but in the meantime, read on for the latest.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2019 Audi A6.

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2016 Audi A6 Allroad Quattro Sport

2016 Audi A6 Allroad Quattro Sport

If you’re looking for the benefits of an SUV without actually owning one, then your best bet is probably one of Audi’s Allroad models. They offer all of the amenities of an SUV, like Audi’s awesome Quattro all-wheel drive system and air suspension. This means the car comes ready to tackle rough roads a lot better than most sedans out there. Plus, since the Allroad comes in wagon form, it offers similar cargo space in comparison to your everyday SUV.

Here in the U.S., we are limited to the Audi A4 Allroad, but on the other side of the world, Audi offers the sporty Audi A6 Allroad. Just in time for winter, Audi has released a new trim level for the A6 Allroad, dubbed “Sport,” that makes the car even more sporty. Upgrades offered with the Sport trim include new wheels, new lighting, and even new seats up front.

The A6 Allroad Sport doesn’t benefit from any power upgrades, but the new standard features along with the AWD system and air suspension makes the new Allroad Sport the model to have. That air suspension, by the way, automatically lowers at higher speeds to help reduce aerodynamic drag. Anyway, we decided to look at the new Allroad Sport to see just what makes it that much better, so keep reading to find out all the details.

Continue reading to learn more about the Audi A6 Allroad Quattro Sport.

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2015 Audi A6 L e-tron

2015 Audi A6 L e-tron

With the announcement of a production version of the 2012 A6 L e-Tron, Audi attempts to answer two problems posed by the Chinese luxury-car market at the same time. The first of these is something that the A6 L in its regular form already addresses, the Chinese obsession with rear legroom. But the more important issue is that of fuel economy, and this the new car does quite well. This economy comes at a bit of a price when it comes to power, but this is a car intended only for the Chinese market, and China very much has its own set of rules. The car was first shown as a concept back in 2012, and has received a few tweaks since then.
Continue reading to learn more about the 2015 Audi A6 L e-tron.

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2016 - 2018 Audi A6

2016 - 2018 Audi A6

The Audi A6 first entered the market in 1994 as a 1995 five model that would take on competitors like the BMW 5 Series and the Mercedes E-Class. The fourth and current generation was ushered in for 2012. For 2016, Audi decided to give the luxury sedan a refresh to keep it fresh until the next-gen model is ready to hit showrooms. The facelift was rather mild, but it included revised front and rear fascia’s, Audi’s new Singleframe grille design, LED headlights, some new upholstery colors, and a 4G LTE hotspot with the MMI infotainment system. Three engine options were available, including gasoline-poured four- and six-cylinder engines, and a six-cylinder diesel for those of you who prefer oil burners.

When it comes to midsize German luxury sedans, the rivalry between BMW, Mercedes, and Audi keeps each brand honest, while at the same time, creating a demand for individuation. If BMW sells itself as the performance-oriented marque, and Mercedes is the technological powerhouse, Audi typically takes the more sensible route. Its “people’s car” roots are obvious when considering the all-wheel-drive practicality, high safety standards, and roomy interior. It’s what makes the A6 the clear choice for the well-off businessperson who’s attached to the standard 2.5 children and looking for a sedan that can pull double duty as a weekday commuter and a family car.

So, let’s take a look at the 2016 Audi A6 and check out everything Audi did to keep this sedan fresh for the next few years.

Updated 04/17/2015: Audi announced prices for the 2016 A6 luxury sedan, which will arrive later this summer. Prices will range from $46,200 for the A6 Premium edition to $75,300 for the S6 Prestige version.

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2014 Audi A6 TDI Concept

2014 Audi A6 TDI Concept

Diesels are very popular these days. They perform well, with stump-pulling torque, and are vastly more efficient than their gasoline-powered counterparts. Whereas a few decades ago a diesel engine would be written off as a smokey, slow oil-burners, these days the demand is very high, and former negative diesel traits have all been eliminated due to the advanced technology of today.

Perhaps the most impressive diesel offerings come from the German manufacturers. BMW, Audi, and Mercedes all offer several diesel engines that are every bit as desirable — if not more — as their respective gasoline versions.

Audi has an innovative new spin on the turbo-diesel with itsA6. It is still a mono-turbo setup, but with an electric turbo chiming in to help out at lower revs. This innovative design will virtually eliminate turbo lag and provide even more oomph off the line than diesels are already famous for.

How does it work?

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2014 Audi A6 TDI - Driven

2014 Audi A6 TDI - Driven

When it comes to press cars and review cars, there are few machines I know more intimately than the 2014 Audi A6 TDI. Last year I joined a collection of fellow lunatics and set out on a 48-hour cannonball run from LA to New York City to test out Audi’s new 3.0-liter V-6 diesel engine, and really test its real-world fuel economy. After 46 hours and nearly 3,000 miles, I had spent several hours in every seat, tried to eat, sleep, and work inside of its wood-filled interior, and used almost every gadget it contained to keep myself entertained.

I have made lots of big road trips in lots of cars including the Nissan GT-R and Porsche Cayman S, but this was a whole new experience.

After such an experience, I have lots of things to say about Audi’s full-size luxury sedan. From equipment and pricing to performance and fuel economy, the Audi made major impressions. But where all those impressions good, would I do the trip again, and do I think it’s a car worth spending money on?

All your answers await after the break.

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2015 Audi A6 Allroad

2015 Audi A6 Allroad

A host of spyshots of the Audi A6’s line has been sent our way over the past few weeks. This time, the new A6 Allroad takes its turn in the spotlight and our observing eyes. At first glance, there are a number of things we noticed about these latest batch of spy pics, particularly the modified front end that now features new headlights with new DRLs.

The shape remains relatively the same, although don’t expect the company’s laser lights technology to be part of it. That’s still years away from happening so temper the hype on that one. Moving away from the lights, the grille and the front bumper of the A6 Allroad also look different, although we expect the former to return to its normal configuration once the model draws closer to its Paris debut.

There’s more to these spy photos than just the subtle tweaks done on the front. The rear end also received some distinct styling modifications while the interior will also get a handful of new upgrades.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Audi A6.

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2014 Audi A6 TDI Ultra

2014 Audi A6 TDI Ultra

Diesels seem to be breaking their oil-burning, noisy, smokey stigmas that have haunted them for decades as more and more automakers are now offering clean diesels in their lineups. The latest huge influx of diesel models hails from Audi.

The German automaker, which is owned by Volkswagen Group, has announced a huge diesel push with 11 new TDI “Ultra” models, including the new A6 TDI Ultra detailed here. For starters, the "Ultra" in the TDI Ultra name is Audi’s designation for sustainable mobility that is fully available for everyday use — a long explanation for a TDI A6 that gets darn good fuel mileage while not hindering its common usability.

The heart of the matter is a 2.0-liter, four cylinder diesel that produces 190 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque that pushes the A6 from 0 to 60 mph in 8.2 seconds while achieving 53 mpg highway. With stats like that, we don’t mind hugging trees and filing up next to big rigs. Keeping all those trees happy, however, is Audi’s high efficiency SCR system that removes nitrogen oxides from the exhaust. The new system also lets the A6 pass the stringent Euro 6 emission standards with ease.

Backing the 2.0-liter TDI are two optional transmissions: a six-speed manual transmission is standard, followed by the optional seven-speed dual-clutch S tronic automatic. However, opting for the slap-paddle gearbox shoots the A6’s price up €2,250 — roughly $3,000 at the current exchange rates — making rowing your own gears sound evermore attractive.

Furthering the A6’s efficiency is the standard start-stop system and driver information center that helps keep track of good driving behavior.

Pricing for the A6 Avant TDI Ultra starts at €42,250 (about$57,000 at today’s exchange rates) and the A6 sedan TDI Ultra starts a little lower at €39,900 (around $54,000). Sales will begin sometime in the first quarter of 2014 and there are no plans yet to release any Ultra models in the U.S.

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2014 Audi AS6 by ABT Sportsline

2014 Audi AS6 by ABT Sportsline

Normally, European tuners don’t pay too much attention to an aftermarket show like SEMA, but every so often, some do make the trip across the pond. This year, one of Germany’s biggest tuning firms will be in attendance at SEMA, and it’s not only bringing a program to the event, it’s actually announcing its plans to expand its business into the U.S.

That’s right: ABT Sportsline is coming to America!

But before ABT officially sets shop in Los Angeles beginning next year, the German tuner will be at SEMA to introduce its new program for the Audi A6.

Billed as the Audi AS6, ABT Sportsline’s programs for Audis have become legendary. The same can be said for this new AS6 program, which comes with a plethora of new aero components, including an ABT front spoiler, fender inserts, side skirts, carbon-look mirror covers and a rear spoiler that was installed in combination with a rear skirt kit.

As far as power upgrades are concerned, the AS6 also boasts an upgrade that turned the output of the A6’s 3.0-liter, TDI engine to an impressive 286 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque. That’s an impressive spike from the sedan’s original 240 horsepower and 428 pound-feet of torque.

As far as ABT Sportsline’s invasion of America, the company will be looking to put its stamp on Audis in America the same way it’s been able to do in Europe, where it’s considered one of the best Audi tuners.

“We look forward to being part of the SEMA’s 50th anniversary party," Hans-Jürgen Abt, CEO of ABT Sportsline, said in a press release. "With the ABT AS6, the more than 100,000 trade visitors at one of the globally most successful automotive fairs can see a perfect, detailed and dynamic total package."

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2011 - 2013 Audi A6 Avant by Senner Tuning

2011 - 2013 Audi A6 Avant by Senner Tuning

The Audi A6 Avant isn’t necessarily the most awesome model that the German automaker offers, but it is one of just a handful of luxury wagons available on the market. However, when Audi introduced the new 3.0 Biturbo engine with 313 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque, which affords it a 5.3-second 0-to-100 km/h (62 mph) sprint and a 155 mph top speed, we couldn’t help but take notice.

Apparently, Senner Tuning took notice too, as it just introduced a tuning package for the A6 Avant 3.0 TDI Biturbo that takes the A6 Avant to a new level. The tuner installed its Stage 2 tuning kit for the 3.0 TDI Biturbo engine, a sport air filter and a power convertor for the drive-by-wire system to help boost its output to 374 horsepower and 572 pound-feet of torque. Though Senner did not disclose the performance numbers of this retuned A6 Avant, we estimate it at 5 seconds to 100 km/h (62 mph) and a top speed of 180 mph.

With this boost in power, Senner also chose to increase its adhesion to the road. It started off by installing a KW Street Comfort coil-over kit that drops the A6’s ride height by 30 to 55 mm (1.18 to 2.16 inches). Senner also gives buyers the choice of two 9.5-by-20-inch wheels — Varianza T1S or Sword SC1 — with high-gloss black on the faces and high-gloss anodized beads. The rims are wrapped in 255/35R20 Vredestein Ultrac Sessanta rubber.

Other than the custom wheels and the lowering kit, the A6’s exterior remains unchanged, making this the perfect sleeper kit for any owner.

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2014 - 2015 Audi A6

2014 - 2015 Audi A6

The Audi A6 includes some new features and options for 2014 to invigorate sales of the aluminum-bodied luxury sedan. The U.S. market has been a bit of a dud for the new-shape design since its arrival as a 2012 model. That is not stopping its prospects elsewhere in the world.

The lengthened A6L is China’s most popular limousine by far. Everyone knows Chinese businessmen like the ride in the back seat. There’s much more to that preference than image and prestige.

Here are two little-known facts:

It is much easier and cheaper to pay someone to drive you to and from work in China than it is to park in urban centers. The same businessmen who ride in the back during the week usually drive the car themselves on weekends, so the cars need more dynamic prowess than many believe.

Once these factors are considering, the option of a luxury shuttle for about $20 a week sounds great. Many Americans would jump at the chance to do the same thing.

That is not how we operate, however, so the A6 comes to our shores ready for a knock-down, drag-out brawl with two of the most competent luxury sedans on the market, the Mercedes-Benz E350 and the BMW 535i.

Do the A6’s luxury cockpit, advanced engines and sophisticated design offer enough incentive to lure conquest sales from other German brands? The company sure hopes so and even offers a $1,500 bonus to Mercedes and BMW drivers when they buy an A6 (or many other Audi models).

Updated 07/02/2014: Audi today announced priced and a series of updates for the 2015 A6 luxury sedan which is now available at dealers. Updates include a new Warm Weather package offered as standard on Prestige models, plus head-up display and full LED headlights.

Click past the jump for the full review of the Audi A6 2.0T and 3.0T with highlights on new-for-2014 features and options.

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