2012 Audi A6 Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2012 Audi A6 - Road Test Specs

2012 Audi A6 Sedan

(3.0L V6 Supercharger AWD 8-speed Automatic)


Year Make Model2012 Audi A6 Premium 3.0T quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl S/C 8A)
Vehicle TypeAWD 4dr 5-passenger sedan
Base MSRP$50,775
Options on test vehicleAviator Blue Metallic Paint ($475); Prestige Package ($6,880 -- includes 18-inch V-spoke-design wheels with 245/45R18 all-season tires, Audi Connect with 6-month complimentary trial period data contract that includes MMI Navigation plus with voice-activated Google Earth navigation, Google Local search, real-time Sirius traffic with 3-month complimentary subscription, myAudi destinations and rolling Wi-Fi hotspot; CD changer located in glovebox, power heated, auto-dimming, manual folding exterior mirrors with memory; HD radio; MMI touch and Jukebox; front and rear acoustic parking sensors; xenon plus headlights with LED daytime running lights; four-zone automatic climate control with rear air controls; advance keyless entry; adaptive headlights; LED ambient lighting plus; Bose sound system including 630-watt 5.1 surround sound, 14 speakers and AudioPilot that adjusts volume as speed changes; front-seat ventilation, power adjustable steering column; cornering lights; S-line exterior bumpers and grille); Bang & Olufsen Sound System ($5,900 -- includes 1,300-watt, 15-speaker with subwoofer and center speaker sound system that includes Acoustic Lens technology, Digital Signal Processing and ICEpower digital amplification); Innovation Package ($5,800 -- includes adaptive cruise control, Audi pre-sense plus collision preparedness system, Audi side assist blind-spot monitoring system, LED headlights, head-up display, Night Vision Assistant infrared camera, heated, power-folding, auto-dimming exterior mirrors with memory); 19-Inch Sport Package ($1,500 -- replaces 18-inch wheels with 19-inch 15-spoke wheels with 255/40R19 performance tires and includes sport suspension and three-spoke multifunction steering wheel with shift paddles).
As-tested MSRP$71,330
Assembly locationNeckarsulm, Germany
North American parts content (%)1


ConfigurationLongitudinal, front-engine, all-wheel drive
Engine typeSupercharged, direct-injected, V6, gasoline
Displacement (cc/cu-in)2,995/183
Block/head materialAluminum/aluminum
ValvetrainDOHC, four valves per cylinder, variable intake + exhaust-valve timing
Compression ratio (x:1)10.3
Redline, indicated (rpm)6,450
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)310 @ 5,500-6,500
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)325 @ 2,900-4,500
Fuel typePremium unleaded (required)
Transmission typeEight-speed automatic with console shifter, steering wheel-mounted paddles with sport mode
Transmission ratios (x:1)I = 4.714, II = 3.143, III = 2.106, IV = 1.667, V = 1.285, VI = 1.000, VII = 0.839, VIII = 0.667, R = 3.317
Final-drive ratio (x:1)2.848
Differential(s)Center: Torsen-type limited-slip


Suspension, frontIndependent multilink, coil springs, twin-tube dampers, stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearIndependent multilink, coil springs, twin-tube dampers, stabilizer bar
Steering typeElectric-assist, speed-proportional, rack-and-pinion steering
Steering ratio (x:1)16.1
Tire make and modelPirelli P Zero
Tire typeAsymmetrical summer, performance (39 psi cold front, 42 psi cold rear)
Tire size255/40R19 100Y
Wheel size19-by-8.5 inches front and rear
Wheel materialCast aluminum alloy
Brakes, front14-inch ventilated disc with two-piston sliding caliper
Brakes, rear13-inch ventilated disc with single-piston sliding caliper

Track Test Results

Acceleration, 0-30 mph (sec.)2.0
0-45 mph (sec.)3.4
0-60 mph (sec.)5.2
0-75 mph (sec.)7.6
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)13.6 @ 102.0
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)4.9
0-30 mph, trac ON (sec.)2.1
0-45 mph, trac ON (sec.)3.6
0-60 mph, trac ON (sec.)5.7
0-75 mph, trac ON (sec.)8.1
1/4-mile, trac ON (sec. @ mph)13.8 @ 100.8
0-60, trac ON with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)5.4
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)28
60-0 mph (ft.)111
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)67.2
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph) ESC ON64.5
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.90
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g) ESC ON0.88
Sound level @ idle (dB)41.6
@ Full throttle (dB)70.9
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)63.4
Engine speed @ 70 mph (rpm)1,700

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsStrong supercharged power right off the line and continues its strong flood of power through the quarter-mile. Transmission shifts quickly in Sport mode. Quickest run was a bit of an anomaly -- power braking in sport transmission mode with ESC off, but the upshifts were much more abrupt and lightning-quick and could not duplicate (a trick we've seen in other new Audis). Manual shifting is via paddles or console lever. Blips throttle on downshifts but will not hold gears to rev limiter.
Braking commentsNot the firmest pedal ever, and with moderate travel, but incredibly consistent and stable stops. Very little nosedive and zero brake fade exhibited in six stops. Short stopping distances, too.
Handling commentsSkid pad: Steering feels very light and unfeeling around the skid pad, and there's significant understeer, but the chassis is very receptive to drop-throttle to keep the A6 on the arc. And those summer tires clearly have a lot of grip. Slalom: There's more substance to the steering during the higher speeds and transitions of the slalom. Grippy tires give a lot of confidence to throw the car around and AWD is a real boon for exiting at full throttle. The suspension feels oddly springy, though, as you transition back and forth. Overall, a confidence-inspiring car.

Testing Conditions

Test date6/21/2011
Test locationCalifornia Speedway
Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (°F)68.0
Relative humidity (%)67.9
Barometric pressure (in. Hg)28.7
Wind (mph, direction)5.0, crosswind
Odometer (mi.)1,277
Fuel used for test91-octane gasoline
As-tested tire pressures, f/r (psi)39/42

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)19 city/28 highway/22 combined
Edmunds observed (mpg)20.0
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)19.8
Driving range (mi.)554.4

Audio and Advanced Technology

Stereo descriptionAM/FM/Sirius/CD Bang & Olufsen sound system with 1,300-watt amplifier and 15 speakers
iPod/digital media compatibilityStandard iPod via proprietary cable, plus 2 SDHC card readers
Satellite radioStandard Sirius (3-month subscription)
Hard-drive music storage capacity (Gb)Standard, 20GB music storage capacity
Rear seat video and entertainmentNot available
Bluetooth phone connectivityStandard Bluetooth, includes audio streaming. Optional Wi-Fi capability.
Navigation systemOptional hard-drive-based system with traffic & weather updates; 7-inch display screen (measured diagonally); uses Google Earth map data and Google search functionality via car's integrated Wifi hotspot
Telematics (OnStar, etc.)Not available
Smart entry/StartStandard
Parking aidsStandard front and rear sonar, standard back-up camera
Blind-spot detectionOptional
Adaptive cruise controlOptional
Collision warning/avoidanceOptional (system covers front- and rear-end collisions)
Night VisionOptional

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)4,045
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)4,175
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)55.6/44.4
Length (in.)193.9
Width (in.)73.7
Height (in.)57.8
Wheelbase (in.)114.7
Track, front (in.)64.1
Track, rear (in.)63.7
Turning circle (ft.)39.0
Legroom, front (in.)41.3
Legroom, rear (in.)37.4
Headroom, front (in.)37.2
Headroom, rear (in.)37.8
Shoulder room, front (in.)57.5
Shoulder room, rear (in.)56.3
Seating capacity5
Trunk volume (cu-ft)14.1


Bumper-to-bumper4 years/50,000 miles
Powertrain4 years/50,000 miles
Corrosion12 years/Unlimited miles
Roadside assistance4 years/Unlimited miles
Free scheduled maintenance1 year/5,000 miles

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