The 2012 Audi A6: A Leaner, Meaner Executive Sedan
Updated September 11, 2013
Though the 2012 Audi A6 carries over many elements from its 2011 predecessor, Audi has incorporated some exciting new elements into the latest iteration of the A6, making this executive luxury sedan more seductive than ever. With sleek new styling cues, lighter weight and a slew of new luxury features, the 2012 Audi A6 has no trouble standing out among its German rivals such as the BMW 5-Series and Mercedes E-Class sedans.
Unmistakable German Styling
The most striking new feature to the 2012 A6’s exterior would have to be the optional full-LED headlights. Like A7 and A8, the A6 now offers attention-grabbing LED daytime-running lights along the bottom edge of the headlamps, giving the A6 an aggressive, high-tech glare. While the Premium A6 models incorporate halogen lamps along with the daytime-running LED lights, the Premium Plus and Prestige models feature the stunning full-LED headlamps first seen on Audi’s own R8 supercar.
From the front, the A6 is unmistakably Audi, incorporating its unique lighting into a sporty fascia. The most obvious character is seen in the large hexagonal air dam with blacked-out centerpiece, which has been a signature of numerous Audi models for years. Complementing the LED headlamps are full-LED taillights along with a slightly reworked rear fascia. Compared to its 2011 predecessor, the 2012 model features a shorter front and rear bumper overhang, giving the A6 a sportier profile while also improving weight balance.
Engine Options and Performance
The 2012 Audi A6 carries over the same high-performance engine options from its predecessor. The base model is powered by Audi’s renowned 2.0 TFSI turbocharged four-cylinder, generating 211 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. Even with its turbocharged performance, the 2.0T A6 is capable of delivering an impressive fuel economy of 25 miles per gallon in the city and 33 miles per gallon on the highway. Part of this is due to the efficient CVT transmission mated to the 2.0-liter turbo – the only transmission option currently available for the 2.0T model.
Just as with the 2011 A6, the 2012 model is also offered with Audi’s incredible 3.0 TFSI engine. The 3.0-liter supercharged V6 is definitely the engine of choice for performance enthusiasts, churning out 310 horsepower and 325 lb-ft of torque. Unlike the front-wheel drive 2.0T model, the 3.0T A6 delivers its power to all four wheels through Audi’s famous Quattro all-wheel drive system.
That’s enough grunt to power the 4,045-pound sedan from 0 to 60 in a mere 5.3 seconds and onto an electronically-limited top speed of 130 miles per hour. Even with all of that performance, the 3.0 TFSI is still capable of delivering 19 miles per gallon in the city and 28 miles per gallon on the highway, making it an impressively efficient cruiser.
Models and Luxury Features
For 2012, there are five Audi A6 models altogether. Both the base 2.0 TFSI and 3.0 TFSI models, known as 2.0T and 3.0T Premium, come standard with eight-way power-adjustable front seats. Entertainment is handled by Audi’s MMI music interface system with iPod integration. Other standard features include Audi Drive Select that features numerous modes that alter driving dynamics, as well as keyless start.
The 2.0T and 3.0T Premium Plus models add full Xenon LED headlamps as well as front and rear parking sensors. Inside, the Premium Plus models feature Audi’s MMI interface with built-in voice-activated navigation. Another in-car entertainment feature is Audi Connect, which turns the A6 into a rolling Wi-Fi hotspot.
Topping off the line is the 3.0T Prestige model that adds adaptive ability to the Xenon LED headlamps, which allows them to pivot up to 15 degrees for better visibility. Other exterior features include S-Line exterior add-ons that aggressively accent the bumpers and grills. Inside, the Prestige model adds ventilation to the eight-way power seats, automatic climate control and an upgraded Bose sound system.
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