Audi revises A6 and A7
Hot in the wheel tracks of the all-new TT, Audi has given its mid-range A6 sedan and A7 five-door coupe a mid-facelift with the addition of new engines, styling upgrades and tech extras.
Mimicking the TT’s styling language, both include a revised grille, new front and rear bumpers with the former sporting redesigned vents, and optional LED or Matrix headlights with dynamic turn signals.
Inside, the interior has been subtly revised with an eight-inch foldaway touchscreen infotainment system incorporating the marque’s latest MMI Plus navigation system, adaptive cruise control, Blind Spot Monitoring which works together with the Active Lane Assist to prevent sudden lane changes, optional night vision with pre-sense crash avoidance, and in-car Wi-Fi. In addition, the entire A6 range now comes fitted as standard with a head-up display system.
Drivetrain wise, Audi has ditched the popular but often criticised Multitronic CVT in favour of a seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch box across the A6 range. The previous entry level 2.0 TFSI has also been dropped in place of a smaller but more powerful 1.8 TFSI that produces 140 kW and 320 N.m of torque. Although no performance or economy figures have been made, German figures indicate a 0-100 km/h sprint of 8.0 sec, 230 km/h top speed, and combined consumption of 6.0 L/100 km.
Available from July, the quattro all-wheel drive only 2.0 TFSI punches out 185 kW and 370 N.m of torque, and is said to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in under 7.0 sec and on to a limited top speed of 250 km/h.
Going on sale with the 1.8 TFSI this month, the performance S6 receives a 22 kW increase in power with the bi-turbo 4.0 TFSI now punching out 331 kW and torque remaining unchanged at 550 N.m. Audi claims 0-100 km/h time of a 4.4 sec and a top speed (again limited) of 250 km/h. Combined fuel consumption is rated at 9.2 L/100 km and emissions at 214 g/km.
The sale of diesel engine commences next month with the inclusion of the stalwart 3.0 TDI now revised to produce 160 kW and 500 N.m of torque. Completing the range, a 2.0 TDI, badged in Europe under Audi’s efficient Ultra designation, will become available from November, with power coming in at 140 kW and 400 N.m of torque. Expected fuel consumption is said to be 4.5 L/100 km with emissions coming in below 120 g/km.
Ditching the four-cylinder options, diesel power for the A7 will come from either a single or bi-turbo 3.0 TDI, the former producing 200 kW and 580 N.m of torque, and the latter 235 kW with a mammoth 650 N.m.
Capping of the range, the S7 uses the same 4.0 TFSI as the S6 while the RS7’s similar unit remains unchanged from before at 412 kW and 700 N.m of torque. Fitted with the optional Dynamic Package, the RS7 is claimed to go from 0-100 km/h in 3.9 sec and to a top speed of 305 km/h.
Featuring cylinder deactivation, Audi claims the RS7 will sip unleaded at a rate of 9.5 L/100 km and emit 221 g/km. Unlike the A6, quattro all-wheel drive is standard across the A7 range while the bi-TDI foregoes the dual-clutch box for a torque converter eight-speed Tiptronic.
A five year / 100 000 km Freeway plan is standard on all A6 and A7 models.
2015 AUDI A6 PRICING
|1.8 TFSI S tronic||140 kW / 320 N.m||R601 000|
|2.0 TFSI quattro S tronic||185 kW / 370 N.m||R749 500|
|S6 4.0 TFSI quattro S tronic||331 kW / 550 N.m||R1 054 500|
|2.0 TDI S tronic||140 kW / 400 N.m||R631 500|
|3.0 TDI S tronic||160 kW / 500 N.m||R689 000|
2015 AUDI A7 PRICING
|3.0 TDI quattro S tronic||200 kW / 580 N.m||R943 500|
|3.0 Bi-TDI quattro Tiptronic||235 kW / 650 N.m||R1 040 000|
|S7 4.0 TFSI quattro S tronic||331 kW / 550 N.m||R1 076 500|
|RS7 4.0 TFSI quattro S tronic||412 kW / 700 N.m||R1 596 000|
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