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Audi is introducing their new line of bi-turbo diesel engines that will make their way into several A6 cars and the A7 Sportback.
Those included in the list are the A6 sedan, A6 Avant, Allroad Quattro and A7 Sportbacks. Next spring U.K. customers can look forward to those cars sporting the option of Audi’s most powerful V6 diesel to date. The 3.0-liter bi-turbo oil burner will have 309 horsepower and 479 ft-lb of torque. That will be enough to propel the A6 Quattro from 0-60 mph in just 5.1 seconds, while the A6 Avant and A7 will get there in 5.3.
There isn’t any news on those cars making their way across the ocean just yet, but Audi did well in the U.K. last year, selling 14 percent more vehicles than they did the previous year. Audi says part of their plan to continue that upward trend is to invest more money in new products for what looks like a hungry market.
While this is little more than speculation, it doesn’t seem that outlandish that Audi might decide to bring those products to market in North America. An A6 diesel has long been rumored for the US, but the date keeps scooting out of sight.
Hopefully the new engine will sell well in the U.K. and encourage Audi to expand its distribution. That said, we won’t be surprised if it takes a long time or just doesn’t happen at all. Afterall, we’re still staring at the A1 with envy as the clock ticks by. There’s also already a diesel engine being sold in the US, albeit one with only 225 horsepower, sold in the Q7, and soon to be available in the Q5 CUV and A8 sedan.
Audi has completed their A6 series with the announcement of their new A6 allroad quattro wagon featuring four different engines to choose from, one TFSI gasoline powerplant and three TDI diesel options.
All four powerplants are 3.0L turbocharged engines and incorporate Audi’s start-stop system. Fuel consumption across the board has been reduced approximately 20-percent compared to the previous model. The 3.0L TFSI has 310-hp and 325 lb-ft of torque while the three variants of the TDI powerplant produce 204-hp, 245-hp and 313-hp. Their torque figures are 332 lb-ft, 428 lb-ft and 479 lb-ft of torque, respectively.
The A6 allroad quattro also benefits from Audi’s ultra lightweight construction by incorporating aluminum components on roughly 20-percent of its body. The result is a new-generation allroad that’s 154-lbs lighter than the previous model. On the outside, the fender edges, bumpers and side skirts are finished in a contrasting color while the color Java Braun will be exclusive to the allroad quattro model.
Audi’s drive select system is also found in the allroad quattro model, allowing the driver to change the function of the steering, air suspension, gas pedal, automatic transmission, sport differential, automatic air conditioning, lighting and adaptive cruise control. The adaptive air suspension can lower the vehicle 0.59-inch at high speed and can raise it 1.38-inch at the push of a button. Owners can also engage a lift mode at low speeds, raising the vehicle by 0.39-inch to avoid major flaws on the road surface.
The allroad quattro will come with 18-inch wheels while Audi will be offering 19- and 20-inch wheels as an option. It will be made available in Germany starting from spring 2012 and the 3.0L TDI model with 204-hp will start at $69,580 (€54,600).
GALLERY: Audi A6 Allroad Quattro
Audi has just released the new A6 Avant and is working on expanding the lineup with the all new Allroad model. The new version will be similar to before with a raised ride height, steel bumper guards and subtle plastic cladding to protect the body over off-road terrain.
Aud’s adaptive air-suspension will come standard on the Allroad, so drivers can adjust the ride height to suit different conditions at the push of a button. The Allroad will likely come with the 3.0-liter TFSI turbocharged powerplant and the 309-hp diesel engine.
As well as the Allroad, the high performance S6 sedan and wagon will debut this September at the Frankfurt Auto Show, so wagon lovers are in for a treat.
[Source: Auto Express]