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2018 Audi A6 Driving Impressions


The A6 performance is solid, admirable, with a good ride. The 2.0-liter turbocharged makes a strong 252 horsepower and super-strong 273 pound-feet of torque, while the 7-speed dual clutch automated gearbox shifts with precision and speed, while being good for fuel mileage.

Quattro uses an 8-speed automatic that we like for its ability to find, hold, and swap gears with ease.

We’ve got a lot of seat time in different versions of the A6, and have found the handling to be consistently adept but uninspired, and short on feedback. The 3.0-liter is more engaging, but still without passion.

The supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 makes 333 horsepower in the Prestige and 340 in the Sport. Its 325 pound-feet of torque gives it oomph. The Competition package adds a sport-oriented rear limited slip differential that we’ve enjoyed on other models.

The S6 offers a lot performance for the $72k price, although it can’t match American iron on that score. Its twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 might be hugely powerful, but it’s also compact, and mounted as far back in the engine bay as possible, for better weight distribution and handling. The cornering is precise, although somewhat disconnected from the road.

Using its 450 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque, the S6 accelerates from zero to sixty in just 4.3 seconds. That’s about the same as its German competitors the Mercedes-AMG E43 sedan and BMW M550i xDrive.

The Quattro in the S6 is 40/60 front-to-rear split. The 7-speed dual-clutch automatic is seamless.

There’s and available sports rear differential that helps the control in turns, but it comes with a dynamic steering package that changes the ratio in a non-progressive and unpredictable fashion. We could do without it. But the rear differential might be worth it.

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