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Audi A6: A smaller, livelier, less-expensive Audi A8

Audi A6

We just had the pleasure to test drive the Audi A8L and would prefer it any day of the year, this driving report with the new Audi A6 leaves some very positive impressions.

Even without these features, the U.S. 2012 A6 should be a seriously good drive. For those unfamiliar with the supercharged 3.0-liter, it’s a surprisingly powerful engine. The linearity of the power delivery is almost shocking. While max torque runs from 2,900-4,500 rpm, the power plateau feels even broader. It runs hard out of the hole and just keeps pulling at the same rate shift after shift.

Regardless of whether we were blasting up sinewy mountain roads or flying across straight and flat valleys at close to 240 kph, the engine never felt like it was working hard. The adjective “effortless” comes to mind, as does the feeling of a naturally-aspirated V8.

It was on blasts through the valleys that we were able to note the refinement of the A6’s new body. Sicily’s imperfect roads tried to bottom out the suspension and twist the body while succeeding at neither.