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2009 Audi A6 3.0T photos

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.

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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.
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The A6 shows Audi's distinguishing characteristics from the front, such as the large grille and LED running lights. The latter is an option, part of the Prestige package on this car.
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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.
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Bodywise, the A6 is the same no matter what engine makes it go. From sides and rear, it looks like any other European-designed sedan.
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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.
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The A6 is a roomy car, and the trunk is particularly spacious.
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The cabin tech in the A6 3.0T is unchanged from previous years, a mixed blessing. The 2010 model is slated for a significant update.
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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.
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Audi's center display, a color LCD in the A6, shows useful information while letting the driver keep their attention on the road.
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The A6 3.0T uses a six-speed-Tiptronic transmission, with modes for Drive, Sport, and manual gear selection. We found Sport worked well for fast cornering.
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Audi's MMI uses this knob and button arrangement to control cabin tech functions. The limitations of this system are reflected on how tedious it can be to enter information such as destinations.
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Audi's navigation system is seriously outdated, lacking any outside information sources. Audi will update this system significantly for the 2010 model year.
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The iPod interface lets you select music by album, artist, genre, and playlist. Audi includes a variety of cables for its music interface, including a USB connector.
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Sirius radio is included on the A6. There is also a single CD slot on the dashboard that can read MP3 CDs.
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The Bose audio system is comprised of 13 speakers around the cabin, and uses an eight channel amp. It produces crisp, clear audio.
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Audi's Bluetooth phone system works very well, giving users access to a paired phone's contact list. We don't like the number entry interface, however, as its rotary paradigm is tedious.

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