Following a number of cosmetic changes, Sport versions of the Audi A6 saloon and Avant now make a stronger visual impact to emphasise their more dynamic bias.
All four and six-cylinder A6 Sport models are given a more purposeful look by new 17-inch, nine-spoke alloy wheels (V8-powered 4.2 quattro versions continue with their original 17-inch ‘Competition’ alloy wheels), and revisions to the suspension which lower it by an additional 20mm compared with the existing Sport set-up (except 2.0 and Avant 4.2 quattro models). Body-coloured bumpers and sills which are unique to the Sport specification also help to bring about a surprising transformation of the overall appearance.
Inside, the performance-orientated theme is continued by sports front seats with electric lumbar support adjustment and a sports steering wheel (now with steering wheel-mounted tiptronic gear shift controls in the 4.2 quattro) and gear knob.
Most Sport models carry a premium of £1,000 over their standard counterparts, with the exception of the 3.0 quattro, 2.7 T quattro and 2.5 TDI quattro Sport, which add £900. As a result, on the road prices for the A6 Sport now range from £21,450 for the A6 2.0 Sport to £40,700 for the A6 Avant 4.2 quattro Sport.
Despite its leanings towards more sporting driving, the A6 1.9 TDI Sport (along with its standard equivalent) remains both the most economical and the cleanest executive car available in the UK market. Capable of covering up to 60.1 miles per gallon (with 5-speed manual gearbox on the extra urban cycle), it also falls into the lowest of the new categories for CO2 emissions-based taxation at 154g/km (lowest bracket which will apply from April is 165g/km and below). As a result, this is the diesel car with the lowest tax liability in its class.
The same comparative environmental efficiency can be found in the A6 2.4 Sport (with revised 170bhp V6 engine), which when mated to the unique Audi multitronic CVT transmission ranks as one of the cleanest petrol-powered, six-cylinder executive automatics in the sector in terms of CO2 output (230g/km).
S6 quattro now even more imposing
The supercar challenger in the A6 range now features new 18-inch, nine-spoke alloy wheels with 255/35 ZR 18 tyres which give more of a clue to its exceptional performance potential. 17-inch Avus alloy wheels were originally fitted, and remain available as a no-cost option.
Powered by a 4.2-litre V8 engine with 340bhp, the S6 quattro can accelerate to 62mph in 6.7 seconds and continue, where permissible, to an electronically governed 155mph maximum speed.
On the road prices now start at £46,370 for the S6 quattro saloon, rising to £47,470 for the S6 Avant quattro.Published 26 January 2002