Audi A6 Ultra revealed

30 Jan, 2014 4:14pm Jack Rix

Audi dealer reveals A6 special edition early, with more powerful 2.0 TDI engine and lower emissions

An Audi dealer has unwittingly revealed a new special edition of the A6 Avant. According to the website of Audi Northwest, the new model is called Audi A6 2.0 TDI Ultra Black Edition, and features a series of mechanical tweaks.

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Whereas the standard front-wheel drive A6 Avant 2.0 TDI produces 175bhp, the Ultra has been tuned to produce 190bhp. That drops the 0-62mph time from nine seconds to 8.7 seconds, while the top speed climbs 2mph to 140mph.

Despite the power hike, fuel economy and emissions are both improved, from 56.5mpg and 132g/km in the standard car to 61.4mpg and 119g/km in the Ultra - dropping road tax from £105 to £30 a year.  

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Priced at £37,010 for the Avant (it's not clear whether it will also be offered as a saloon), the Ultra comes well equipped with extras such as an S line bodykit, DAB radio and an electric tailgate as standard. 

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Oh hang on, let me think ...
That power increase has been available for at least 5 years by using a BlueFin. What's new?

And before the haters turn up, Superchips (who make the BlueFin) are part of a team that race-tunes VWs, so there is no cowboy thing going on here.

5 years ago, my Father's Passat TDI 170 DSG was bluefinned to 200bhp and ran like a dream. No gearbox problems, no engine glitches, nothing on the MOT report. now that was a real Q-car.

I only wonder why VW group haven't made this engine map avaialble earlier when the engine and drivetrain could clearly take the load.

I found the Ultra's listed on orangewheels over a week ago, had dealers quote me big discounts on them through carwow, and changed my order with my Audi dealer for an A6 Ultra Saloon.

Good luck getting 61MPG.
Audi are well known for lying about their fuel consumptions figures.
I have a 143PS 2.0TDi A4 Black Edition which is supposed to get 60MPG and struggles to get 40, regardless of driving style.

Why not just spend £35k on a Skoda Superb 4X4 3.6 V6 L&K, and get 155mph, 0-62mph in 6.5 seconds and have a real Q-car? That A6 looks so plain compared to a top flight Superb.

You're comparing apples and oranges, the only link is the price point...
One could argue why not buy a non-"premium badge" diesel estate AND a used sportscar, but that's missing the point - there won't be a lot of customers cross-shopping the low end-blinged up diesel A6 with top spec petrol Superb.

The figures are according to the official testing regime - Audio aren't lying about anything.

I have no trouble averaging over 45mpg in my CR170 Yeti, despite it being more powerful (same basic engine though), heavier, more lossy (with the Haldex system) and less aerodynamic than your A4. I dispute the "regardless of driving style" bit of your post.