Audible was the sound track that I listened to when I always felt low or something. Somehow, the words in that track seem to lift my spirits up. Similarly, I have an emotional connect with Audi and BMW cars. The very moment I feel that am low or even not feeling good (which is the case most of the times), I jump into my Bimmer and go in for a long drive. Rising fuel prices be damned, I never even look at the fuel gauge unless it is at the lowest point of its mark. This brings me back to the gist of the story, the 2012 Audi A6 3.0 Quattro first drive. Very recently and silently, Audi released its Quattro mad variant namely the 3.0 liter TFSI model. This one would never take the pie of sales, but then its for satisfying the purists and ones who demand that their cars be something different than what the rest of the world asks them. This one is dedicated to the lovers of the 4 rings symbol and also to the performance oriented people out there reading this blog.
Over the years, the design language of Audi has basically remained the same. Just like its other German compatriots. Neither have Mercedes nor BMW cut any new design dimensions. It all depends on how exactly one plans on doing it. Since most of the times, it’s the symbol which carries the weight around and not the real automobile, designers don’t even care to differentiate between the different models. The 2012 model looks little less aggressive than its other counterparts. Though, the real thing should be that, it’s a performance variant and hence should have been more progressive. The flaming surface design of the wheels is something which reminds one that there is something about this variant which screams for attention. Undoubtedly, even this one misses out on the fog lamps. At the rear, even the things haven’t been changed much and the only saving grace is the yellow lining inside the tail lamps, which act as the turn indicators. The twin tail pipes also look the part but nothing exceptional here. Audi have got their own explanation for this lighting phenomenon and they say that their stock LED lighting stands up to the task that there is no need for wasting dies and tools for the fogs. Moreover, in place of the fogs are sensors for the optional parking system.
The interiors are nowhere near to that of a standard Audi and here is where one feels the difference between the normal A6 and a turbo petrol one boasting of the highest performance potential. However, somewhere down the line, a BMW 5 series interior is what comes to mind when one is seated inside the cabin of this one. The MMI system has been thoroughly reworked to make it the most intuitive unit in its class. The steering wheel is an all leather affair and so is the rest of the cabin along with wooden adornments. As it is known, the A6 is the first car to come out with mobile hotspot and also WiFi connection. The navigation system is the one from Google Earth. Well built cabin with loads of space and lots of features is what makes the A6 click with its clientele. However, the 2012 Audi A6 3.0 Quattro gets all the basic points correct and only adds to some finer points. Points which would actually help in making the cabin feel more luxurious as also more performance oriented.
Audi has got their Drive System in place what with the various selections available for all those drivetrain, suspension and even steering variations. When the Quattro appliqué comes behind any car’s moniker, its for sure that this thing should corner and do it well enough of speeds exceeding 60 mph. The best way to enjoy this beast is to leave it in Dynamic mode and that is where most of the owners would be leaving it. This one prims up the suspension and even the steering wheel communications improves by notches. Inspite of its luxury barge aspirations, this one also seems very nimble and is more like a point and shoot machine. Ride quality is also altered by the adjustments done on the MMI. Actually, the ride quality is also something which Audi would be proud of. Neither would the so called outside space intrude inside the cabin. Its only when the driver wants to scare the daylights out of jay walkers of people that the twin tail pipes oblige.
One thing is for sure. This 3.0 liter TFSI engine has a wide range of potentials to it and that includes crawling at silly speeds in the 3rd gear or even revving its nuts off at 130 mph. It has also got a gem of an 8 speed auto transmission which handles both upshifts and downshifts with equal urgency. Few transmissions have this ability and the 2012 Audi A6 3.0 Quattro has got this ability. As far as fuel efficiency is concerned, the Environmental Protection Agency estimates that in the city, this beast would deliver 19 mpg while on the highway, the figure rises to 27 mpg. Good enough for a 4 wheel drive car.
The 2012 Audi A6 3.0 Quattro price is $ 56,870 and this with all the basic things that come up with the car. Stack up the options and the number of figures changes and touches the tip of the price of a base A8.