1999 Audi A6 4.2 quattro


1999 Audi A6 4.2 quattro

About the Car

1999 Audi A6 4.2 quattro

In February 1997, the introduction of a new Audi A6 (Typ 4B), based on a new design automobile platform – the Volkswagen Group C5 platform, with a new range of internal combustion engines was announced and appeared in March at the 1997 Geneva Motor Show. This new A6 moved up a notch in quality, and was marketed in the same categories as the BMW 5-Series and the Mercedes-Benz E-Class. The redesigned body presented a modern design, with a fastback styling which set the trend for the Audi lineup, and gave the relatively large saloon an aerodynamic shell with a low coefficient of drag of 0.28.

In 2000 and 2001, the “C5” A6 was on Car and Driver magazine’s Ten Best list. This new A6 was available with a wide range of engines and configurations. The 30-valve 2.4- and 2.8-litre V6 engines represented the bulk of the A6’s development programme, with a multitude of other engine configurations available throughout the globe. As an alternative to the manual transmission, a five-speed tiptronic automatic transmission was also available.

The C5 saloon variant arrived in mid-1997 in Europe, late 1997 in North America and Australia, and the Avant in 1998. In Canada, there was no Avant (Audi’s name for an estate/wagon) available at all in 1998 – Audi dropped the C4 Avant at the end of the 1997 model year, and jumped straight to the C5 Avant in 1998 in conjunction with its release in the US. As a result of complying with FMVSS, the North American models were equipped with front and rear bumpers that protruded several inches further than their European counterparts, with modified brackets and bumper suspension assemblies as result, and child-seat tethers for occupant safety. In compliance with Canadian law, Canadian models received daytime running lights as standard equipment. North American C5 A6 models received the 2.8-litre, 30-valve V6 engine, the 2.7-litre “biturbo” V6 (also found in the B5 platform S4, 250 PS (180 kW; 250 hp)), and the 4.2-litre 40-valve V8 petrol engine (300 PS (220 kW; 300 hp)); the two higher-spec. engines were only offered with quattro permanent four-wheel drive. The V8 models arrived with significantly altered exterior body panels, with slightly more flared wheel arches (fenders), revised headlamps and grille design (before being introduced in 2002 to all other A6 models), larger roadwheels (8Jx17-inch), larger brakes and Torsen-based quattro permanent four-wheel drive as standard.

n 2002, the A6 received a facelift, with revised headlight and grille design, exposed exhaust tips, and slight changes to accessory body moldings, and taillight colour from red to amber in North American models. A new host of engines were also introduced. The 1.8-litre engine was deleted and replaced by a 2.0-litre powerplant with 96 kilowatts (131 PS; 129 bhp). The 1.9-litre Turbocharged Direct Injection (TDI) was tweaked to produce a maximum motive power output of 96 kilowatts (131 PS; 129 bhp), and 310 newton metres (229 lbf·ft) of torque, receiving a six-speed manual gearbox in the process. The 2.4-litre V6 gained an extra 5 hp and better balancing, and the 2.8-litre V6 engine was replaced by a 3.0-litre engine with 162 kilowatts (220 PS; 217 bhp). The turbocharged 2.7-litre was revised, resulting in 184 kilowatts (250 PS; 247 bhp) and 330 newton metres (243 lbf·ft), controlled by standard quattro. The V6 diesel was also slightly modified resulting in 120 kilowatts (163 PS; 161 bhp) (after the second modification) and 350 newton metres (258 lbf·ft). A new more powerful V6 diesel was also introduced with 132 kilowatts (179 PS; 177 bhp) and 370 newton metres (273 lbf·ft). The 4.2-litre V8 engine which arrived in 2001 remained unchanged.

Also new was the multitronic continuously variable transmission, available in most front-wheel drive models. All models, except the 2.0-litre petrol and 1.9-litre TDI, were available with Audi’s trademark four-wheel-drive system, quattro. A four-wheel-drive version of the Avant, with raised ground clearance and slightly altered styling was sold as the Audi allroad quattro, Audi’s first crossover SUV.

The second-generation A6 was on Car and Driver magazine’s Ten Best list for 2000 and 2001. The updated 2005 A6 won the World Car of the Year award for 2005. In addition, the facelifted third-generation A6 3.0T won two Car and Driver “comparos” that pitted it against other sedans like the BMW 5-Series, the Mercedes E-Class, the Jaguar XF, and the Infinti M.