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Audi A6 3.0 TDi

Broadcast dates : 14th Nov 2004
18th Nov 2004

Performance-testing an Audi A6 may seem a little strange, considering that this is a large family sedan in the premium luxury segment.

Clint doesnít need too much in the way of justification to put a car through its paces on the racetrack, but there was a good reason for testing this particular A6 over the four-hundred metre strip at Wesbank Raceway.

Our test car was fitted with the three-litre V6 diesel engine. And rated at a hundred Ėand-sixty-five kiloWatts, itís one of the most powerful diesel-engined cars in production.

Torque is truly massive, at four-hundred-and-fifty Newton metres, and when the turbocharger spools up, thereís an amazing rush of power to the wheels.

The A6 has a claimed zero to one-hundred time of seven-comma-three seconds at the coast, and a two-hundred-and-forty-three kilometres-per-hour top speed.

Overall fuel consumption is claimed to be eight-comma-three litres per hundred kilometers.
The Audi A6 uses the famous Quattro all-wheel-drive system, an Audi trademark that imparts excellent high-speed stability in all conditions.

The Quattro drive contributes to excellent braking. The A6 TDi is fitted with ventilated discs all round as well as ABS and Brake Assist. Stopping times and distances for a large car are excellent.

An all-wheel-drive system does impose certain handling behavior that needs to be taken into consideration when pushing a car like this to its limits.

Like any four-wheel-drive system, the car will under-steer when adhesion limits are reached, and the driver should take this into account.

The A6 is fitted with the latest electronic traction control and cornering assist devices, and itís extremely safe.

The diesel engine is not only powerful, but has very little diesel clatter. This is only noticeable at idle speeds.

The diesel model is available only with the new six-speed Tiptronic automatic gearbox.

The gearbox offers very fast shifting, and has a sports programme which allows higher revs and faster throttle response if so desired.

The power of the diesel is excellent, but coupled to the auto box itís not always ideal.

When the engine begins boosting, the ramp up to high-torque output is sometimes a bit sudden. It takes too much concentration to drive the car smoothly, as the car accelerates faster than intended.

You do get used to it, but a more gradual build up in power would make it easier to drive.

The Audi A6 is a good-looking car with its trademark deep grille and wide-track stance.

The interior is a fine mix of luxury and good ergonomics.

Our test car was fitted with the optional DVD navigation system. The colour monitor is standard on the three-litre TDi model. This system is known as MMI or multi-media interface.

This consists of a high-quality audio system which includes a six-CD changer.

Standard equipment includes a multi-function steering wheel and electric leather covered seats. Key-less entry to the car is standard on the automatic transmission models in the A6 range.

Other standard items include rain-sensing wipers, automatic light activation in dark conditions, fog lights, and an electro-mechanical parking brake

The A6 is a large car, and offers excellent rear seat space in the leg and headroom departments.

The boot is also large, offering an impressive five-hundred-and-forty-six litres in capacity.

Priced at R474 500 the Audi A6 3.0 TDi is an expensive, premium-level large sedan.

Itís already been nominated as one of the finalists for the 2005 Car of the Year competition, mostly on the strength of its excellent power outputs by diesel standards.

Audi A6 3.0 TDI Quattro Tiptronic
  • Engine:V6 turbodiesel
  • Power 165 kW @ 4000 rpm
  • Torque: 450 Nm @ 1 400 to 3 250 rpm
  • Transmission: Six-speed Tiptronic, all-wheel-drive
  • 0-100 km/h: 7,3 seconds (claimed)
  • Top speed: 243 km/h (claimed)
  • Fuel consumption: 8,3 litres/100 km (claimed)
  • Price: R474 500

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