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Audi introduces economy-focused ultra models in updated A6 range

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Audi has updated its popular A6 large saloon and estate models with the addition of economical new ultra models and updated S6 and RS6 performance variants.

The frugal 2.0-litre diesel ultra models emit as little as 109g/km of CO2 in saloon form, resulting in car tax bills of just £20 per year, under the current system. Fuel economy also stands at an impressive 67.3mpg for the saloon in manual SE form with 17-inch alloy wheels. 

Despite the low fuel consumption, the ultra can sprint to 62mph in just 8.4 seconds, while S tronic automatic versions slash this time to just 8.2 seconds, with both keeping going all the way to 144mph. Economy figures for the Avant estate drop slightly to 61.4mpg for the automatic and 60.1mpg for the manual, though these figures still compare favourably with large car rivals. 

At the other end of the range are the S6 performance models. These powerful versions use a twin-turbo V8 motor, which pumps out a whopping 444bhp – enough to fire the saloon to 62mph in just 4.4 seconds and the estate in 4.6 seconds. Despite the power on tap, both return official fuel economy figures of more than 30mpg, thanks to technology that turns off four of the eight cylinders under gentle driving.

Meanwhile, the even more powerful RS6 Avant slashes that acceleration time to under four seconds and doesn’t run out of steam until a staggering 189mph. An off-road focussed four-wheel drive A6 allroad will also be available, featuring a raised ride height and plastic body cladding. Powering this estate-only car are 3.0-litre diesel motors with between 215bhp and 316bhp.

Features of the new fleet include xenon headlamps as standard for SE models while S line trim adds sports suspension, a new 4-zone climate control system, LED headlights and additional chrome detailing for a classier feel.

The A6 2.0 TDI ultra saloon starts at just £31,995 and the estate version, £33,995, with prices for the S6 saloon and estate standing at £56,000 and £58,000 respectively.

The updated A6 range is available to order now with deliveries starting from December onwards, while S6 versions can be ordered from November, with the first new cars being scheduled for delivery in March 2015. The top-of-the-range RS6 Avant will be launched in the first quarter of 2015 and will arrive with customers shortly afterwards.

Author: Dan Godfrey

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