Externally, the most apparent upgrade is the incorporation of Audi’s trademark row of crystalline LED daytime running lights that trace the lower edge of the headlight cluster. First seen on the R8 and slowly making its way through the line-up, Audi’s new bling-thing really grabs the eye. It’s a simple, clever and extremely effective visual signature that, along with the Clydesdale-sized horse collar grill, leaves no doubt there’s an Audi comin’ atcha.
Of course Audi didn’t fly us to Germany just to squint at the 2009 A6’s facelift. The big news is an all-new 290-hp supercharged 3.0-litre TFSI V6 that will be paired with Quattro all-wheel-drive in the sedan and Avant wagon. The 350-hp 4.2 V8 sedan continues unchanged mechanically, while the previous 255-hp 3.2 FSI V6 engine will be found only in front-wheel-drive A6 sedans.
Audi considers the Root-type supercharger that nestles within the 90-degree vee of this all-aluminum direct-injection six a comeback technology of sorts, as the famed Auto Union Grand Prix cars of the 30s were supercharged. Maximum torque of 309 lb.-ft. is available from 2500-4850 r.p.m., and it really makes a difference in the way this Audi goes down the road. Passing power is instant and robust – something you couldn’t say for the previous V6 A6. Audi claims a 0-100 km/h dash of 5.9 seconds.
Source: Canadian Driver