This week we’re at the helm of Audi’s mid-sized sports sedan, the A6. This particular model gets a zestier power train than the manual gearbox-equipped A5 coupe we recently tested, here powered by a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 making 333 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque, rather than the 220 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque generated by the turbocharged 2.0-liter four cylinder that powered the A5.
This week we’re taking a look at Jaguar’s mid-sized all wheel drive sports sedan. The XF has stiff competition in the segment from the likes of the BMW 5-Series, the Audi A6, and Mercedes Benz E-Class, but this cat’s claws might just be sharp enough to steal some sales from the established leaders.
Jaguar’s XF is a dark horse. In a segment where deciding on a car generally means deciding which color of gray your Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz will be, the XF is quietly confident sitting in the background. It’s almost certainly the best looking car in its segment, and its interior is a delightful departure from the black, aluminum, and modernist interiors of the competition. The material choices are warm and inviting, and most everything feels good to the touch.
With press days for the LA Auto Show nothing more than a memory, it’s time to compile everything that debuted leading up to and during this year’s show. It was a decidedly green show this year (not that uncommon for the LAAS), with more than a few electric vehicles. Ford’s Fusion range was crowned Green Car Of The Year, which isn’t hugely surprising if you’ve read our reviews.
Check out our comments during our recent drive of the 2012 Jeep Wrangler. There’s a commenter named WannabuyaDiesel. He’s a rather strong advocate of a diesel-powered Jeep. While we can’t deliver the news that he so desperately wants to hear, we can tell you about four all-new diesel models that will be coming to the United States quite soon.
We enjoyed our rather short drive experience in the big Volvo, though far more when we were crushing highway miles than on the few occasions that we dove into the smaller, curvier Utah roads. That’s not because the S80 felt unstable, or lacked for grip on tight corners, but rather because the car offered too detached a ride profile to really enjoy the technical bits. Steering effort was one-finger light, and quick turn-in required quite a bit more lock be applied than we’d have liked. Further, Volvo has clearly opted for ride comfort over mid-corner stiffness, or chassis feedback, as the S80 seemed to hover on a cushion of air whist we meandered through hill and dale.
Sportified GS isn’t a huge improvement on the standard model, but that’s mainly because the regular GS350 is so good. Feels more confident and stable in the bends, and somewhat more talkative.
A recent report on Car and Driver indicates that Mercedes-Benz could be planning a new entry level E-Class sedan–likely to be called the E300–for launch in the United States.
Take a good long look at the photos accompanying this article. Go ahead, these words will still be here when you get back. There’s a lot to take in, visually, when seeing the 2012 Audi A6 and 2013 Lexus GS paired up with one another. It’s clear immediately that these aren’t boring cars, gods be praised. These are extraordinary sedans. You can see it.
As this year’s Auto China show in Beijing begins to slow down, it’s becoming more and more obvious that the Chinese show is not one to be missed. Helped along by the ever-increasing number of cars the Chinese economy consumes, auto makers the world over have taken notice of Auto China, and brought some serious hardware to reflect that.
According to MotorAuthority, Audi has recently announced the arrival of a new turbo-diesel engine which pumps out 308 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque. Called the BiTDI, the biturbo 3.0-liter V-6 should appear in the A6, A7, the new A6 Allroad, and also in the engine bay of the Q7.
Today Winding Road brings you the sights, sounds, and shocking acceleration of the 2012 Audi A6 3.0 TFSI Quattro. A quick note: the “strobe” effect you see from the A6’s LED lights is a artifact of a slight camera miscalculation on our part, and not something that’s visible in the real world. That said, we do think Audi could do well with some kind of “disco” lighting package.
While the outgoing C6-generation Audi A6 made a significant splash at its start of sales in 2004, winning World Car Of The Year honors, the somewhat featureless exterior eventually blended into the woodwork. Worse, the car never really won any hardcore dynamics comparisons, not even in the limited-run RS6 treatments. All the same, that A6 was the best-selling car in that lucrative premium segment worldwide in 2007, 2008, and 2009.