Audi A6 Origins
The first A6 was released in 1994 when Audi switched to an alphanumeric naming system. The first engines for the A6 were the 1.8-liter 20v inline four-cylinder, the 2.8-liter 30v V-6, or the 2.3-liter inline five-cylinder engine which was later dropped from most markets. Diesel engines were also available at this time. The first generation Audi A6, produced approximately from 1994 to 1997, came in a five-speed manual, six-speed manual, or four-speed automatic transmission.About the Audi A6
The Audi A6 is a single line of cars, and since 1994 Audi has released one model for each year’s lineup. Each year has marked a number of varying options for each vehicle, from different engines to technologies and slight modifications to the body style. Audi uses a classification for each platform, noting changes with an alpha numeric code. The Audi A6 production platforms from 1994 to present are as follows: C4 1994 – 1997, C5 1997 – 2004, C6 2004 – 2011, and C4 for the 2012 model.
The Audi A6, since 2000, has been an acclaimed luxury vehicle, making the Car and Driver “Top Ten” list in 2000-2001 and winning World Car of the Year in 2005. The A6 3.0T won two Car and Driver “Compare” awards, for which it was put up against the BMW 5 series, Mercedes E-Class, Jaguar XF, and Infiniti M.Audi A6 Evolution
In 1997 Audi introduced the A6 with a new design based on the Volkswagen Group C5 platform and a new internal combustion engine. While always a luxury vehicle, the the Audi A6 also went up in quality starting with the 1997 model.
The 2000 and 2001 models made Car and Driver’s “Ten Best” list. These models were available with a wide range of engines including 1.8-liter 20v regular and turbo, two-liter 20v, various V-6 30v engines, 2.7-liter V-6 30v Turbo, 4.2-liter V-8 40v, 1.9-liter turbodiesel, and 2.5-liter V-6 24v turbodiesel. Both manual and five-speed Tiptronic automatic transmissions were available.
The 2002 model made its debut with a different look with its redesigned grille and headlights along with a change in the body’s molding. Again, a number of engines were available, many tweaked to produce more power. Each subsequent year’s models received minor revisions up to 2004.
The last major upgrade in the A6 line occurred in 2004 with new styling and a more powerful and fuel-efficient engine. Engines included two-liter I4 Turbo, 2.4-liter V-6, 2.8-liter V-6 FSI, 3.2-liter V-6 FSI, 4.2-liter V-8, two-liter I4 TDI, 2.7-liter V-6 TDI, and the three-liter V-6 TDI. These models were highly regarded as some of the most luxurious and powerful vehicles in their class and helped the Audi A6 win the World Car of the Year award.Modern Audi A6s
The 2012 Audi A6 is a faster and lighter version of past A6 models, and it is also more fuel efficient. It is a premium luxury vehicle. The 2012 A6 model has a steel-aluminum frame for increased performance and safety. Vehicles have the option of auattro all-wheel drive to perform in the harshest road conditions. The 2012 Audi A6 starts at $41,700.
The 2012 Audi A6 is available in the Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige packages. Some of the highlighted features of this year’s model include driver seat memory, eight-way power front seats, four-way power lumbar adjustment on the driver’s seat, a multifunction steering wheel, LED tail lights, keyless start, Audi drive select, music interface compatible with iPhone, and HomeLink remote transmitter. The Premium Plus and Prestige packages add on a number of additional features.