Ch-Ch-Changes: 2009 Audi A6, A6 Avant


A redesigned 2009 Audi A6 will go on sale in January 2009 with updates to its front and rear styling as well as a supercharged V-6 that’s new to the Audi lineup. 

Coming down the road you’ll notice the new LEDs rung around the bottom of the headlights, much like on the A6’s smaller, redesigned A4 sibling and Audi’s R8 supercar. The 2009 A6 also shows off narrower taillights and streamlined front bumper and grille designs; a rear lower bumper is also more sporty looking. More info and photos below.

Four engines will be offered in the A6’s U.S. lineup, including two six-cylinders (255 hp and 300 hp), a 350-hp V-8 and a 435-hp V-10 in the 2009 S6 sedan. The new supercharged engine is the higher V-6 offering; it displaces 3.0 liters, making 300 hp and 310 pounds-feet of torque. This engine will be the sole offering in the A6 Avant wagon, where it will be mated with all-wheel drive and a six-speed automatic transmission.

While the U.S. spec sheet says zero to 60 mph times are TBA for the new V-6, to give you a rough idea of its acceleration, European specs show a supercharged A6 is capable of zero to 62 mph times of 5.9 seconds.

On the inside, a blind spot monitoring system has been added, dubbed Audi Side Assist. Like other systems, it uses radar to detect when a car is in your blind spot and warns you with an illuminated light on the side-view mirror. 

Audi’s A6 competes with the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and BMW 5 Series. Audi says pricing is expected to be similar to the outgoing A6, which starts at $42,950 for a front-wheel-drive 3.2 model and tops out at $72,350 for the 435-hp S6. 

By Joe Bruzek | August 15, 2008 | Comments (7)
Tags: Audi



I liked the previous taillights. These make it look like a bigger A4.

One thing I noticed about German ca makers is there very subtle freshenings on their vehicles.

J. Mason

I have a 2005 A6 that I really like however I will probably end-up going with an Infiniti or Lexus next year. My Audi has incurred 61 non-standard maintenance trips to my Audi dealer over the past 40 months. As much as I like the style, ownership joy does has it's limits. It's nice to see Audi bumped up the power as that is my main gripe beyond the number of unscheduled dealership visits. The car could use a little more oomph.


They're asking way too much for what amounts to an enhanced Passat. Nothing against the A6, but an E-class Mercedes is twice the car for the same money, and that's the one I would buy if I wanted to purchase an expensive, high maintenance German car.

I have an e class and and A6 and in no way is the E class twice the car. Both as very comperable, but the A6 edges out on quality interior overall.

John Cameron

Just ordered the new 2009 A-6 with the super charged engine and the Premium Plus (PP) trim package to replace my 2006 A-6 with the 3.2 engine. My 2006 has been a marvelous car -- not one single maintenance issue. In fact, my last four previous Audis have been trouble free.
Could not resist those LED running lights and the supercharged engine on the new 2009 A-6.


With all due respect, the new Malibu is every bit as nice as an A6, for a lot less money. Probably many fewer trips to the repair shop too.

I wouldn’t bet too much on the picture above. I am sure the new A6 will be quite different. However, I think it will be launched much earlier say 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show.

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