Audi South Africa took to digital platforms to showcase the new A6 to the local media. Here's how much it will cost, as well as details regarding the S6.
Taking the fight to the BMW 5 Series and the Mercedes-Benz E-Class is the new Audi A6. It has been on sale since early 2020 but with its official launch being delayed by the local lockdown, this is the big sedan's official debut and introduction of a new engine to the range.
The Audi A6 is available in 2 engine variants, both diesel. The A6 40 TDI S tronic (7-speed dual-clutch) features a 2.0-litre TDI which produces 140 kW and 400 Nm. Audi is claiming a sprint time of 8.4 seconds and it'll run to a top speed of 237 kph. This model is also exclusively front-wheel-drive. The second model is the 45 TDI (available from June 2020), which features a 3.0 TDI producing 183 kW and 600 Nm. The engine is mated to a tiptronic gearbox (8-speed torque converter) with all-wheel-drive. The 2 models are further diversified with Matrix lights as standard on the 45 model while the 40 model makes do with LED lights.
The more performance-focused Audi S6 makes do with a 3.0-litre turbocharged V6 petrol engine with 331 kW and 600 Nm, which petrolheads will recognise as the same outputs as the RS4/RS5. Audi Sport claims 4.5 seconds to 100 kph, with a limited top speed of 250 kph. If you're wanting even more, well you're going to have to wait for the thundering Audi RS6 Avant which is due in the first 3 months of 2021. To further enhance the comfort and efficiency of the Audi S6, it is fitted with a 48V mild hybrid system. The S6 can coast between 55 and 160 kph and the start-stop kicks in from 22 kph. In real-world driving, the system reduces fuel consumption by up to 0.7L/100 km.
The Audi A6 is available with 2 packages: Comfort (R30 000) and Sports (R29 200), while the S6 has the option of the Black Appearance package (R10 450). Standard equipment levels are very high at this price point, but you can further upgrade the A6 with options such as 21-inch alloy wheels and a panoramic roof. It is great to see things like MMI navigation plus as well as smartphone interface fitted as standard. The comfort package comprises 4-zone automatic air-conditioning; comfort key; operating buttons in black glass with haptic touch; front seat heating and storage. The sport package includes the S line exterior package; contour ambient lighting; high-gloss styling package and sports suspension. S6 buyers have exclusive access to adaptive air suspension with electronically controlled dampers.
Audi has enhanced its online platform to make use of virtual showrooms and vehicle configurations. This is to help alleviate some of the foot traffic in dealerships during Covid19.
The A6 range comes standard with the 5-year/100 000 km Audi Freeway plan.
Audi A6 Price in South Africa (June 2020)
Audi A6 40 TDI S tronic R919 500
Audi A6 45 TDI quattro tiptronic R 1 100 00
Audi S6 TFSI quattro tiptronic R1 401 500