Aviator 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).
Supercharged, direct-injected, V6, gasoline
DOHC, four valves per cylinder, variable intake + exhaust-valve timing
Compression ration (x:1)
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)
310 @ 5,500-6,500
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)
325 @ 2,900-4,500
Eight-speed automatic with console shifter, steering-wheel-mounted paddles with sport mode
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)
I = 4.717; II = 3.143; III = 2.106; IV = 1.667; V = 1.285; VI = 1.00; VII = 0.839; VIII = 0.667; R = 3.317; FD = 2.848
Strong 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, as used power braking in Sport transmission mode with stability control off, and 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.
Not 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.
Skid 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.