Audi’s latest-generation A6 may look a lot like its predecessor, but its understated exterior hides numerous improvements over its predecessor.
Immediately noticeable are the LED taillights and optional LED headlights. But more importantly, the new A6 is up to 176 pounds lighter than the slightly smaller model it replaces.
Audi accomplished this mostly through the increased use of aluminum, where it is the acknowledge leader.
The engine is largely carryover. A supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 provides the power. It sings an expressive tune to well past 6,000 rpm.
New in this model is an eight-speed transmission. In normal driving, it shifts almost inperceptably. Shifts are only slightly more pronounced in spirited driving. A sport mode seems to change its characteristics only slightly. The transmission can be manually shifted with paddles behind the steering wheel or with the stick.