Unlike its little A4 sibling, the Audi A6 allroad quattro has landed on Australian shores twice before, in 2001 and 2007. The updated 2012 model has just arrived; it’s limited to 150 examples and carries a $117,900 price tag (manufacturer’s list price). Might be a bit tougher to move the A6 allroad compared to the $48K cheaper A4 version.
Offered with a 180kW/580Nm 3.0 litre V6 TDI and 7-speed S tronic transmission, the A6 allroad can reach 100km/h in only 6.6 seconds. Not bad for a 1930kg family planner. Similarly, Audi claims the A6 ‘Outback’ can sip diesel at the rate of 6.3l/100km. Although, we reckon it won’t take much to make a mess of those claims, especially if city driving is your usual domain.
Of course, the A6 allroad quattro has a complete list of tricks and acronyms, but it’s biggest party trick is its adaptive air suspension. At the touch of a button you can adjust the ride height by up to 50mm.
Other standard equipment highlights include 20″ alloys, four-zone climate control, MMI hard drive navigation plus, Bluetooth music streaming, Audi parking system plus front and rear, xenon headlights, metallic paint and the must-have auto tailgate.
That leaves only a handful of optional equipment (prices shown include LCT):
- Panoramic sunroof ($2980)
- Bose surround sound, with 14 speakers ($1950)
- LED headlights with high beam assist ($3350)
- Audi parking system with 360° cameras ($1380)
- Audi active lane and side assist with park assist and adaptive cruise control with pre sense plus ($6140)
Further details are available below, including the full complement of press and specification material provided by Audi Australia.
The New Audi A6 allroad quattro Limited Edition Arrives in Australia
- All-new successor to two generations of the popular Audi A6 allroad quattro
- Perfectly suited to the urban jungle, but when the asphalt ends, the Audi A6 allroad quattro comes into its own
- A6 allroad quattro limited edition with generous specification costs $117,900
The first two generations of the allroad quattro in 2001 and 2007 were a hit with customers, winning hearts and owners around the world. Audi intends to build on this success with the third generation of this universally-talented, new A6 allroad quattro. At its heart, the A6 allroad quattro is a very versatile Avant, offering space and comfort that compares with an SUV, and when the asphalt ends, it truly comes into its own. This third generation offers improved performance and fuel consumption that has been reduced by 16 percent over the previous model.
The Audi A6 allroad quattro has a sporty and distinctive road stance. It features balanced proportions while sharp lines delineate taut surfaces. The roof line flows into flat D-pillars, emphasizing the svelte coupe-like shape of Audi’s Avant models. The body of the new A6 allroad quattro sits six centimetres higher than that of the A6 Avant, giving it increased versatility for rougher road surfaces.
Visually, the trim strips on the side sills, the widely-flared fenders and the single-frame grille with vertical slats set this new model out from its A6 siblings. Stainless steel covers protect the underbody at the front and rear of the car, and the exhaust system ends in two large, flattened tailpipes. The roof rails are mounted on double bars. The wheel well edges, the bumpers and the sills are painted in a contrasting colour. Not only is the A6 allroad quattro vigorous to drive, it is also strikingly different in its appearance. This is no ‘ordinary’ Avant.
Sporty performance is assured from the potent 3.0 TDI engine, which produces 180 kW of power and a whopping 580 Nm of torque from just 1,750 rpm. Combined with the fast-shifting seven-speed dual-clutch S tronic transmission and quattro all-wheel-drive, the A6 allroad quattro will reach 100 km/h from standstill in a blistering 6.6 seconds. Despite this strong performance, fuel consumption is very frugal at 6.3 litres per 100km.
Adaptive air suspension is a feature for which previous generations of the A6 allroad quattro have become iconic. Most importantly, adaptive air suspension allows for a supremely comfortable ride at all times, and is a standard feature of this versatile vehicle. It lowers the body by 15 millimetres at high speed and raises it by 35 millimetres at the push of a button.
This allroad mode is ideally suited to rough terrain, ensuring a comfortable journey no matter what the road surface. Furthermore, the driver can select a lift mode at low speeds. An additional ten millimetres enables the new Audi A6 allroad quattro to handle major irregularities in the road surface, allowing for a total ground clearance of 175mm – almost as much as an SUV.
Due to limited supply, only 150 owners will be able to secure an A6 allroad quattro limited edition. Each vehicle features a comprehensive list of standard features. Highlights include:
- 20-inch 5-parallel-spoke design alloy wheels
- Four-zone air-conditioning
- A choice of four metallic paint colours
- Heated front seats
- Tailgate with electric opening and closing function
- Adaptive air suspension with controlled damping
Pricing for the A6 allroad quattro limited edition
(Manufacturer List Pricing – excludes dealer delivery and government statutory charges)
Audi A6 allroad quattro 3.0 TDI S tronic – $117,900
- Audi A6 allroad quattro – Australian press kit (2.2mb PDF)
- Audi A6 allroad quattro – Australian specifications (670kb PDF)
- Audi A6 allroad quattro – Australian technical data (20kb PDF)