New look and engines for Audi’s exec saloon
23 June 2008

Next year’s revised Audi A6 will be the first to get Ingolstadt’s new direct-injection V6 petrol engine, Autocar can reveal.The ultra-modern supercharged 3.0-litre unit will allow the facelifted A6 to offer more performance and better fuel economy than the current car. It’s the same engine that will be used to power the next S4.These latest spy pictures reveal in detail the revised 2009 A6 testing in Germany, but its exterior modifications are slight. Audi’s controversial LED day-running lights are an added feature, and the A6’s rear bumper and light clusters have been neatened and sharpened up. It’s what’s under the skin of the revised A6 that’s most important. Two versions of the new supercharged 3.0-litre V6 will be available - a base model with 290bhp and a range-topper with 320bhp. Audi’s new seven-speed ‘S-Tronic’ gearbox will also be available.Interestingly, although it’s supercharged rather than turbocharged, the new engine will still be called a TFSI. The current crop of common-rail diesel engines will be carried over from today’s A6 range to the updated 2009 line-up. Expect to see the facelifted Audi A6 in finished form at the Paris motor show in November.

Will Powell

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23 June 2008

Yawn yawn......Audi desperately need a Bangle or at least a Spectrum ZX81 to bring some life to their car designs ( that includes the Grande TT or R8 as they call it ).

if it's heavy, it ain't happenin' 

GD

23 June 2008

Er, sorry, I can't see what has changed.

GB

23 June 2008

So, along with the expected facelift can we expect improvements to the car overall, especially dynamically? Or will be the same old story of peerless quality inside, superb build and some excellent engines (as well as the average ones) but behind its key rivals in almost every other respect? Me thinks the latter.

24 June 2008

I agree that it looks INCREDIBLY boring, but Roy - the peerless quality, superb build, excellent engines etc will be more than enough for the majority of buyers so Audi probably aren't too fussed about the rest - and there's always the S6. The fact that it is dynamically worse than, say, a 5-Series, will be a fact that 99.9% of all buyers will be entirley ignorant of, or at best ambivalent to. And for the 0.1% who do care (that might include me), and who find the design boring and the handling uninspiring, there are other options in the form of the XF, 5-Series, Mitsuoka Galue, etc etc... Especially the criminally ignored Mitsuoka Galue.

24 June 2008

Plus you can now get the Mitsuoka Galue as a convertible.

GD

24 June 2008

.[quote julianphillips]

Plus you can now get the Mitsuoka Galue as a convertible.

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You've got me there, Julian. What is a "Mitsuoka Galue", please? I can't find the beast in the Prices and Specs area.

GB

GD

24 June 2008

[quote julianphillips]Especially the criminally ignored Mitsuoka Galue.[/quote]

Julian,

Further to my posting a few minutes ago, I have just found Mitsouka's web-site. My comment on yours must be "You have got to be joking!".

GB

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