2015 Audi A6/S6

Little expansion with further eye-catch

"More hp, greater looks and improved high-tech gadgets; there is barely any reason not to admire the 2015 Audi A6/S6"

"Audi S6 is truly a vehicle capable of melting a driving aficionado's heart" said Issam

"Due to its intelligent composite construction concept, the body is extremely rigid and safe"

"The new A6 models are way ahead of the rivalry when it comes to infotainment system" 

What is the fantasy of every one of you out there? Drifting? Dragging? For me, I envy both of them. But speeding with no limitation - that is off the hook! It's been quite a while since I have paid a visit to Germany and I had forgotten how enjoyable freeway driving could be… until I found myself on the Autobahn again. This time it was Dresden, the eastern part of Germany. And the car was the facelifted 2015 Audi A6 and S6. Audi's A6/S6 flagship voyages to the 2015 year with only minor trim updates.

What's new?

Audi A6 model series

Body and design

- Lightweight body with high aluminum content and high strength, hot shaped steels, the A6 1.8 TFSI has a weight of just 1,535 kilograms

- New design solutions at the front, side sills and rear

- LED headlights and matrix LED headlights with dynamic turn signals available as options

- Optional power luggage compartment lid with sensor control

Interior and controls

- Spacious interior

- Front seats optionally with ventilation and massage function

- MMI radio operating system standard, head-up display optional

- Self-assured design, top quality workmanship, new colors and materials, optional S line sport package and new Audi design selection

Drivetrain

- Four powerful four and six cylinder engines each - three TFSI and four TDI units, output from 150 hp to 333 hp

- Up to 22 percent lower CO2 emissions, all engines meet Euro 6 emission standards

- 1.8 TFSI ultra with S tronic just 133 g CO2 per km

- Many aspects of 3.0 TFSI units newly developed

- New seven speed S tronic for front wheel drive

- Quattro drive for many model versions with sport differential

Chassis

- Sophisticated suspensions, wheels between 17 and 20 inches in diameter, brakes in models with more powerful engines feature new fixed aluminum calipers

- Audi drive select dynamic handling system is standard, dynamic steering, adaptive air suspension and two sports suspensions are optional

Assistance and infotainment systems

- New optional MMI navigation plus with new computer hardware and high resolution, eight inch monitor supplements Audi connect with LTE modem and tailored services

- Optional Audi phone box and Bang & Olufsen advanced sound system

- Cutting-edge safety and assistance systems, new interconnectivity between Audi side assist and Audi active lane assist

Audi S6 model

- 4.0 TFSI developing 450 hp, COD system

- 19 inch wheels and adaptive air suspension sport standard

- Optional sport exhausts system for particularly sporty sound

Audi RS 6 Avant model

- 4.0 TFSI with 560 hp, COD system, consumption of 9.6 liters per 100 kilometers

- Eight speed tiptronic, 20 inch wheels and wave-design brakes

- RS adaptive air suspension standard, optional RS sports suspension with dynamic ride control (DRC)

Exterior
The new Audi A6 is attired in striking shapes. The proportions are balanced, sharp lines frame taut surfaces and the low roofline quickly begins sloping back downward. The tornado line gives the body strong shoulders and the redesigned, more strongly contoured side sills draw the dynamic line slightly upward. The large, precisely defined wheel wells emphasize the muscular character, the trim strips over the side windows are now in high gloss black.

The Singleframe grille at the front now appears even wider. Its six corners are now more striking; chrome struts provide for even more elegance. The bumper has also been redesigned. The side air intakes are interconnected and framed by a chrome clasp. Lateral slats structure their interior and pronounced edges accentuate them at the top.

The headlights also feature a progressive design. Xenon plus units are standard and Audi offers LED or Matrix LED headlights as options. In the top version, a bundle of 19 light-emitting diodes per headlight paired with four reflectors produce the high beam light. Matrix LED headlights ideally illuminate the road ahead without dazzling other road users. Their control unit, which communicates with the camera on the rear view mirror, can switch the individual diodes off and on and dim them in 64 stages as needed.

Strength of the Matrix LED headlights is the intelligent cornering light, which is created by a shift in the light center position. With the optional MMI navigation plus on board, the cornering light uses the route data to illuminate the curve shortly before the steering wheel is turned. Audi bundles the Matrix LED headlights with front and rear dynamic turn signals in the new A6. When the driver taps the turn signal, individual LEDs light up from the inside out.

At the sculptured rear end of the car, the lights are now slimmer and the trunk lid boasts a chrome trim. The diffuser insert houses the new exhaust tailpipes, whose trapezoidal design underscores the width of the car. The tail lights are now comprised entirely of LEDs, and rear dynamic turn signals are standard in combination with LED headlights.

The color palette for the new Audi A6 and A6 Avant includes solid, metallic and pearl-effect shades, including four colors exclusive to individual models such as the S line and S models. The standard colors are aviator blue, brilliant black, Dakota gray, floret silver, glacier white, garnet red, Havana black, ibis white, diamond beige, moonlight blue, mythos black, Oolong gray and quartz gray. Options include the Audi exclusive black gloss package and the S line exterior package, which add additional sporty accents to the design.

Interior
The interior of the new Audi A6 offers plenty of space thanks to the long wheelbase of 2,912 millimeters. Wide and tall door openings provide comfortable access for all passengers. Step less door stays keep the doors in position when opened; power-assisted closing is optional. Even tall passengers will find the rear compartment comfortable.

There is a choice of four types of front seats. Ten way, manually adjustable seats are standard. Options include a lumbar support, power adjustment and multi-stage ventilation and heating. The individual contour seats feature 18 way power adjustment with memory function. The S sport seats provide even greater stability and integrated head restraints.

The controls in the new A6 models from Audi are clear and easy to understand, and the instruments are easy to read. The driver information system between the speedometer and tachometer is available with a monochrome 5.0 inch display (MMI radio upward) and in a color version with a 7.0 inch diameter. It consolidates all important information and settings in one place, including the efficiency program with tips for an economical driving style.

The driver information system is operated via the standard leather multifunction steering wheel. A variety of steering wheel variants are also available, including some with shift paddles in models equipped with automatic transmissions (standard in the 3.0 TDI clean diesel biturbo). The second control level is the standard MMI control unit on the console of the center tunnel. The on-board MMI monitor (either 6.5 or 8.0 inches diagonally) automatically emerges from the instrument panel when the system is turned on.

The materials have been selected and crafted with the utmost care. Elements such as the air vent thumb wheels or the buttons of the MMI control unit shine with a fine, aluminum-look finish. The selector lever and quattro badge on the cover of the glove compartment have also been redesigned. The optional lighting package or the ambient lighting with its LEDs and light guides highlight the interior in the dark.

The designers have also reorganized the colors and materials used in the cabin as part of the model refresh. The standard seats can be ordered either with the standard cloth upholstery or with Milano leather. Valcona leather is an additional option for the individual contour seats, and an Alcantara/leather combination is available for the sport seats. The S sports seats are upholstered exclusively in particularly high grade Valcona leather.

The spectrum of interior colors is also diverse. The palette has been completely revised and now contains four standard colors, plus specific S line, all road and S model colors. The Audi design selections flint gray (A6) and salsa red (S6) set special accents and boast coordinated leather shades, contrasting stitching and decorative inlays. Several leather packages and items from the Audi exclusive range round out the palette.

The S line sport package provides for even more sportiness. Black is the dominant color in the interior. S line embossing and contrasting stitching adorn the backrests of the sport seats. The inlays are matte brushed aluminum, with piano finish, aluminum/Beaufort and other woods from the standard range available as options. Seat coverings in light lunar silver are available in addition to the black seats.

Drivetrain
Significantly revised, the 3.0 TFSI now develops 333 hp and has a maximum torque of 440 Nm between 2,900 and 5,300 rpm. The 3.0 TFSI V6 uses a mechanical supercharger located in the V of the cylinder banks to compress the intake air. A new electromagnetic clutch deactivates the charger at low and intermediate loads and engine speeds. Dual-injection, adjustable intake and exhaust camshafts, and the measures to reduce friction are proven Audi efficiency technologies.

Powerful thrust and lightning-fast response - the three liter V6 accelerates the new Audi A6 with S tronic and quattro all wheel drive from standstill to highway speed in 5.1 seconds, with acceleration continuing up to a governed top speed of 250 km/h. The sprint takes two tenths of a second longer in the new A6 Avant. The supercharged V6 in the Sedan averages 7.4 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers in the NEDC, corresponding to 172 grams CO2 per kilometer.

The new Audi S6 which have also been thoroughly revised, are sports cars for everyday driving and recreation. Their design with the characteristic S details already suggests their dynamic nature. The 4.0 TFSI produces 450 hp and makes a constant 550 Nm of torque available across a broad range from 1,400 to 5,700 rpm.

The new Audi S6 accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.4 seconds. Top speed is electronically governed at 250 km/h. Despite the enhanced performance, fine-tuning of the engine application in combination with optimized use of cylinder on demand (COD) has reduced the average consumption of the S models to 9.2 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers these figures correspond to CO2 equivalents of 214 grams per kilometer.

The cylinder on demand system, which only activates four cylinders when under part load, is an efficiency highlight. During these phases, active noise cancellation (ANC) suppresses intrusive noise by broadcasting a precise antiphase sound to the cabin through the sound system's speakers. Active engine bearings attenuate low frequency vibrations. The cylinder heads of the V8 biturbo have the intake side on the outside and the exhaust side on the inside. This innovation enables short gas-travel paths with minimal flow losses and subsequently spontaneous response.

Infotainment Audi connect
Audi also offers customers of the new A6 series a wide range of infotainment choices. The MMI radio with eight speakers is standard. The first step up is the MMI radio plus, which includes the 180 watt Audi sound system, voice control, the Audi music interface, a Bluetooth interface and a monochrome display for the driver information system. The next level is MMI navigation, which supplements the MMI radio plus with a navigation function that gets its data from a memory card. Both of these expansion stages include the electrically retractable MMI monitor with a screen diagonal of 6.5 inches.

The top-of-the-line MMI navigation plus with MMI touch draws on the computing power of the Audi modular infotainment platform (MIB). It comprises the radio car control unit for the triple tuner and sound system with the MMX board (Multi-Media eXtension). The board integrates - along with the working and flash memory - a super-fast processor from Audi's partner Nvidia. This processor is responsible for all online, media, voice control, navigation and telephone features.

The second generation MIB used in the new A6 family is equipped with the cutting-edge Tegra 30 processor from Nvidia. This quad-core chip boasts a clock speed of over one GHz and performs some eight billion computations per second. It works together with a specialized 3D graphics program that generates sophisticated animations and images. A DVD drive, two card readers, a Bluetooth interface, the Audi music interface, 64 GB of flash storage (ten GB of which for music) and the high resolution, eight inch monitor round out the list of features for the MMI navigation plus.

Verdict
The car should be around early spring in the Middle East markets. My quick opinion: the 2015 Audi A6/S6 remains a very congenial vehicle. Interior's excellence is still genuinely notable and the engines' offerings are really exceptional. 

Pros: more efficient and powerful engine options, quieter cabin, more refined interior, high-tech gadgets
Cons: insignificant changes
One word: superb
Rivals: Mercedes E-Class, BMW 5-Series, Jaguar XF, Maserati Ghibli

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