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2009 Audi A6 Avant Overview
Audi’s middle child gets a bit of attention this year, with suspension tuning, a new supercharged V6, and slight cosmetic changes. While the luxury A6 has been a dominating success in its class overseas, it has received less attention in the States and has been widely outsold by its classmates. Audi hopes to change that with its first supercharged offering in almost 70 years, the 3.0TFSI.
Vehicles fitted with the new supercharged V6 in wagon form are dubbed 3.0T quattro Avant - much to the chagrin of enthusiasts who know that a “T” designates turbocharging, not supercharging - and enjoy both Audi’s quattro all-wheel drive and a six-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission. The Roots-style supercharger winds out at 23,000 rpm and produces a maximum boost of 11.6 psi, with the engine running at a compression ratio of 10.5:1. This means a power output of 300 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque, enough to propel it to 60 mph in less than 6 seconds, if the slightly less powerful, 290-hp Euro version of the supercharged 3.0T A6 can be used as a benchmark.
Also new for 2009 are suspension adjustments and refinements that have increased the sporty ambition of this executive scoot. Larger shocks up front and improved spring response are supposed to improve both handling and performance, although testers have noted that the ride simply goes from “a bit stiff” to “stiff” depending on options and trim.
The A6 Avant's front and rear received aesthetic attention, with new A8-inspired headlamps with LED daytime running lights, a new front fascia and slightly modified grille with new foglamps, as well as two-piece LED taillights featuring nighttime optics. The 2009 A6 also gets additional aluminum trim inside, a higher-resolution instrument display, and new wheels.
by Michael Perkins
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