With the 2009 A6 model, Audi rolls out a new power train, a supercharged 3-liter V-6, providing substantially more power than the company's 3.2-liter V-6 yet getting virtually identical mileage.
Audi's midlevel sport luxury sedan, the A6 previously came with either a 3.2-liter V-6 or a 4.2-liter V-8. For 2009, Audi unleashes a third option, a supercharged 3-liter V-6. Although its displacement is smaller, the supercharger gives it more power than the 3.2-liter A6, putting the A6 3.0T in the middle of the model line-up.
The supercharged 3-liter engine puts out 300 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. That's 45 more horsepower than the naturally aspirated 3.2-liter V-6 used in the bottom-line A6. Audi claims 5.9 seconds to 60 mph with the A6 3.0T.
The engine choices for the A6 line-up also determine if Quattro all-wheel-drive is present. The A6 3.0T and A6 4.2 have Quattro, while the A6 3.2 is front-wheel drive. This Quattro system is Audi's latest generation, but we are disappointed to see no option for adaptive suspension technology.
We like how Audi integrates switchgear on the steering wheel spokes, using rollers for volume adjustment and song/channel selection. There is also a voice command button, but that system has limited capabilities.