Many automakers are downsizing today to meet the upcoming emissions regulations – even though basically all of them don’t respect them in real world situations – so this is why we’re getting big Volvos with four cylinder engines.
Yep, the XC90 or S90/V90 models don’t even get a six-cylinder and there are plenty of other examples of miniscule engines powering large cars. Anyways, Audi seems to go against the trend in Germany – offering for the 2015 A6 allroad a 3.0 TDI unit that only packs 190 HP. This is basically the same output found in the 2.0TDI four banger. But the 33 percent larger displacement and cylinder count will bring something no four-cylinder is able – lots of torque. Most likely, this engine is a “development mule” since many other A6s and A7s use the 3.0 TDI block. While only packing 190 HP, the engine will grant users 500 Nm of torque from just 1,250rpm. Audi says the engine has been mated to a 7-speed S Tronic and the vehicle is capable of sprinting to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 7.9 seconds on its way to a maximum speed of 221 km/h.
For the entry-level A6 allroad with this engine state you’ll have to shell out €55,800 in Germany – which is about 2,000 euros less costly than the usual 218 PS model. Apparently Audi is also offering the same 3.0 TDI on the A7 four door in various markets across Europe – and there’s even a front wheel drive version with the maximum torque restricted to 400 Nm.