As a company, Audi has been making quality vehicles for nearly 100 years. Founded in Germany in 1932, it has become a worldwide standard bearer for quality engineering.
But for all of the company's great feats in engineering and all of the countless quality cars that have rolled off their assembly lines, let's go ahead and face facts. No one really thought Audi cars were cool until John Frankenheimer put the Audi S8 front and center of a car chase in his classic action flick, Ronin. The S8 is agile, blisteringly fast and capable in a way that would surprise most, so much that Audi dealers had customers come in and specifically request "the car from Ronin."
The Audi A6 is the very visible evolution of that car and very much holds its own as a piece of exceptional roadworthy craftsmanship. It represents the core of the Audi luxury sport sedan lineup. It features a lightweight hybrid construction of aluminum body panels with steel frame construction. This body structure consists of 20 percent aluminum content, combined with an aluminum suspension reduces unsprung weight and improves ride and handling. As a result, body weight has been reduced by more than 66 pounds, versus its predecessor with a front-rear weight distribution ratio of 55/45.
Inside the passenger cabin, attention to detail in materials, fit and finish has resulted in an interior that is truly a respite from mediocrity. The spacious, driver-oriented cockpit of the Audi A6 offers luxurious comfort and practical convenience, while remaining modern and understated.
The Audi A6 may not be the S8, but what is? Nothing. Nothing will ever truly replace that remarkable sedan. But if what you're looking for is a luxury European sedan that has performance, space and amenities to spare then there's certainly no better choice than the Audi A6.