The executive-car segment is marked by classiness and compelling style, but price does not always come as the first buying criterion. The Audi 6, which hit the marketplace in 1994, was everything that thick-pocketed bosses could ask for. It had specifications that matched those of its contemporaries, but it attracted consumers also due to its affordable price compared with other makes. The four generations of the Audi 6 included a lot of facelifts and upgrades, but through all these, the common goal was to make the model much more in every release.
1994 – 1999: A slight difference from the Audi 100
A rebadged version of the Audi 100 models, the first-generation units of the A6 kept the front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive control. However, the A6 had new front and rear headlights, a new grille, and several options for chassis, transmission, and engine. The units could run on diesel or petrol; the former used an inline four 1.9 Turbocharged Direct Injection, while the latter used an inline four-cylinder V6. The transmission could be 5-speed manual, 6-speed manual, or 4-speed automatic.
1997 – 2003: Faster, more powerful, and more compliant
The units became more powerful in this generation, for they had an aspirited twin-turbocharged V6 or V8 that could draw out juice from a 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine. A five-speed tiptronic automatic transmission was offered along a manual transmission, and drag coefficient was reduced with the new shell. The units became more compliant with the US standards by making the bumpers protrude a little farther outwards as well as by introducing child-seat tethers and modified suspension assemblies. Other changes included restyled headlights and grille, a shift to amber tail lights, and exposed tailpipes.
2004 – 2011: Longer, more features, and a more Audi look
In this generation, the models offered a six-speed automatic transmission and an all-wheel drive together with the new Fuel Stratified Injection technology. The units were longer and had Audi’s trademark grille. A lot of alterations were done to the interiors; an in-car entertainment system called the Multi Media Interface was introduced as well as climate control, satellite navigation, and a central screen interface.
2011 – present: Better control, easier and safer to drive
The fourth-generation of the Audi A6 offered more power as well as convenience features. A base and a supercharged engine were available; the first one yielded 211-horsepower and 258-pound-feet of torque, while the second gave 310-horsepower and 325-pound-feet of torque. Aside from having a better fuel economy, these units only had an eight-speed automatic and an all-wheel drive control. Some notable features were the head-up display, the Active Lane Assist, a full-LED headlighting system as an option, and a pack of driver assistance systems.