2000 Audi A6 - Road Test Specs

2000 Audi A6 Sedan

(4.2L V8 AWD 5-speed Automatic)
Vehicle
Model year2000
MakeAudi
ModelA6
Style4.2
Base MSRP$49,425
As-tested MSRP$53,225
Drivetrain
Drive typeAWD
Engine typeV8
Displacement (cc/cu-in)4.2
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)300 @ 6200
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)295 @ 3000
Transmission type5A
Track Test Results
0-60 mph (sec.)6.8
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)15.1 @ 93.0
60-0 mph (ft.)121
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)65.7
Test Driver Ratings & Comments
Acceleration commentsLarge attractive gauges split by information center. Redline is tagged at 6,500 rpm. Shifts come at 6,400 rpm in "D" mode. Zero wheelspin with Quattro setup. Has double depress accelerator pedal that has springing which is too tight. There's too much resistance in the pedal. Brake torque to 2,200 rpm. Sportshift shifts for you whether you want it to or not. Won't let you engage first gear while in Sportshift mode if you're moving at all. You must first come to a standstill. If you select second gear in Sportshift and mash the gas, it will downshift for you whether you like it or not. Overall, the Sportshift gives the driver very little control. There appears to be less of an rpm drop while in Sportshift after shifts than in "D" mode, but this may just be an illusion. Bizarre thing about the tranny, is that in Sportshift mode it shifts out of second whether you like it or not. However, when you put the shift lever in the "2" position, it will let you hold the gear all the way to the limiter. And we thought Sportshift mode was the mode that gives you "control"?
Braking commentsPads grab quickly. Pedal effort is perfect. Feedback is awesome. ABS has a low pitched grinding and is extremely refined. Very powerful. Straight line stability is perfect. Very consistent. Lots of pulse through pedal, but it's acceptable as there's also lots of feedback which accompanies it.
Handling commentsLots of tire squeal. Little body roll. Valvetrain clatter after runs, but it's quieter than a BMW that has the same affliction. Requires a deep set of the steering wheel. Constant throttle and steering input are needed to stay on course. Super quick steering. Nice ergonomic grooves in wheel for fingers with a nice overall rim feel. Tail happy at the limit, which seems strange for a car with the Quattro system. Second gear is perfect for keeping engine in its sweetspot. At the speeds that the Audi goes through the slalom, in second gear, you're spinning about 5,500 rpm where there is lots of usable power. EXTREMELY fast for a sedan.
Testing Conditions
Elevation (ft.)85
Temperature (F)67
Wind (mph, direction)NONE
Fuel Consumption
EPA fuel economy (mpg)17 City 24 Highway
Edmunds observed (mpg)13.9
Dimensions & Capacities
Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)4024

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