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Audi fights back as new A6 rivals 5-series for CO2

Date: 12 August 2008   |   Author:

Audi has finally started the fightback against arch-rival BMW's Efficient Dynamics system that stole a green march 18 months ago.

The facelifted A6 range will feature a new sub-140g/km 2.0-litre diesel model fitted with a range of features designed to cut emissions, getting the car into the same 18% BIK banding as the BMW 520d.

The 139g/km 136PS TDIe diesel is lowered by 20mm to improve aerodynamics and also features a new power steering pump and alternator designed to cut fuel use. Average economy is a claimed 53.3mpg, with prices starting from £24,800.

The new model is part of the revised A6 range arriving in October that see subtle styling changes alongside interior and technology improvements.

The A6's external changes are limited to grille, bumpers, lights and, for the saloon, a resculpted boot lid.

LED daytime running lights become standard on the S-line trim level, and the interior sees a number of detail changes including new instrument panel graphics, chrome detailing and upholstery.

The engine line-up is ten strong, with six petrols and four diesel options. Other than the new eco entry-level diesel, the other most notable power unit is the new supercharged 3.0-litre 290PS unit that replaces both the 3.2 FSI and 4.2V8 models in the range.

Audi is claiming 219g/km of CO2, 15% better than the old 3.2, as well as 30.0mpg.

First deliveries of the facelifted A6 will take place in October, although the new 170PS 2.0 diesel won't arrive until early next year.