A Supercharger, You Say?
Isn’t that word reserved for modified American V8 dragsters? What’s a supercharger doing on an upwardly mobile six-cylinder Audi sedan? The answer: providing power in a more efficient package.
Replacing last year’s normally aspirated V6 that produced 255 horsepower, this new supercharged 3.0-liter V6 is capable of 300 hp, getting close to the V8’s 350 hp but for $10,000 less.
Despite worldwide sales that outpace its main competitors, the BMW 5 Series and Mercedes E-Class, Audi sold only 12,000 examples of the A6 in the U.S. last year, so it hopes that this blast of power will spur some market interest. But can a midsize sedan with a supercharged V6 be relevant in these fuel-conscious times? According to the EPA, this new, efficient Audi V6 is rated at 18 mpg city and 26 mpg highway. While on paper this is only 1 mpg better than last year, it’s important to remember that this new V6 is producing 50 hp more.
Source: Inside Line