Audi’s eighth generation and multi-talented A6 is now available for sale in Malaysia. It combines digitalized interior, with smooth ride comfort and high stability to enhance sportiness. Priced at RM589,900 the A6 is only available in 3.0 TFSI quattro S tronic guise and includes a mild-hybrid system as standard. Also standard in Malaysia are the gorgeous Matrix LED headlights and MMI navigation plus.
The 3.0 TFSI engine is a turbocharged V6 which makes 340 hp and 500 Nm, completing the century sprint in just 5.1 seconds, towards an electronically limited 250 km/h. The powerplant is coupled to a seven-speed S tronic transmission and is equipped with the quattro all-wheel drive system. The driver can toggle between various driving profiles via the Audi drive select system, which ranges from comfort to sporty.
The car’s mild-hybrid system is a belt alternator starter (BAS) which works together with a lithium-ion battery. The Audi A6 can coast between 55 km/h to 160 km/h, with the start-stop function kicking in at speeds of up to 22 km/h. The engine is restarted from standstill predictively, as soon as the vehicle in front of the Audi A6 starts moving. During deceleration, the BAS recovers up to 12 kW of energy. In real-world driving, the MHEV technology reduces fuel consumption by up to 0.7 liters per 100 kilometers.
Like the A8 and A7 Sportback models, the A6 is the expressive ambassador of the new Audi design language. With taut surfaces, sharp edges and striking lines, the business sedan unmistakably conveys its character: sporty elegance, high tech and sophistication.
The exterior stands out with its balanced proportions – long hood, long wheelbase and short overhangs. The A6 is 4,939 mm long, i.e. 7 mm longer than its predecessor. The width has been increased by 12 mm to 1,886 mm while the height at 1,457 mm is now 2 mm more than on the outgoing model. The wide, low-slung Singleframe grille, the flat headlights and the powerfully contoured air inlets exude sportiness.
The dynamic all-wheel steering is a key component in this agility and maneuverability. It combines direct, sporty steering response with unshakable stability, resolving this classic conflict of aims. Depending on the speed, the steering ratio varies between 9.5:1 and 16.5:1. This is thanks to a strain wave gearing at the front. At the rear axle, a spindle drive turns the wheels as much as 5 degrees.
At low speeds, the wheels steer in the opposite direction to the front wheels, thus enhancing the agility of the A6 and reducing its turning circle by up to one meters to 11.1 meters. All of which makes maneuvering easy despite the almost five meter exterior length of the large Sedan. At high speed the wheels turn in the same direction, thus optimizing stability when traveling in a straight line or changing lanes. Thus the A6 not only offers the driver smooth straight-line stability at high speed. Passengers also enjoy more comfort since the steering movements seem much softer on the rear seats.
The redesigned wheel suspension is also made out of lightweight aluminum in many areas. Despite the large 20 inch wheels that comes as standard for Malaysia, the Audi A6 has improved ride and noise comfort over its predecessor. Brakes with fixed calipers made from aluminum are fitted to the front axle. The suspension features damper control to suit the driving condition and the driver’s preference.
The interior of the new Audi A6 is even larger than on the outgoing model. With regard to legroom in the rear, it beats the outgoing model and the core competitors. The headroom and shoulder room in the front and rear are also superior to the outgoing model. The luggage compartment offers more loading width – two golf bags can be accommodated horizontally. The capacity remains unchanged at 530 litres.
The all-new seats underline the character of the Audi A6 as a poised long-distance sedan. With their numerous adjustment functions, the customized contour seats, front, provide superb comfort. With its large glass sections, the panoramic glass sunroof floods the interior with light.
The interior of the new A6 features a black-panel design – a cool look which expresses the technical competence and digital character of the business sedan. This creates a relaxed lounge atmosphere in a design language that comes across as reduced and matter-of-fact. The sleek instrument panel and the calm, continuous horizontal body line create an airy sense of spaciousness. The center console is skewed towards the driver, including the MMI touch response display.
Like the Audi A8 L, the A6 3.0 TFSI quattro S tronic rolls off the production line from Neckarsulm and retails in Malaysia for RM589,900 before taxes and duties.