Audi will expand the A6 lineup with a trim level named Sport, according to a recent report.
The Sport trim will slot between the entry-level Premium model and the mid-range Premium Plus version, CarsDirect has learned. Its name leaves nothing to the imagination: it’s aimed directly at buyers who put a bigger emphasis on performance than on luxury when it comes to design.
It’s also a way to keep the A6 competitive against much more modern rivals like the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and the BMW 5 Series, which are both at the beginning of their life cycle.
The Sport’s grille, trim, and mirror caps will be blacked-out for a more sinister look. It will also receive Audi’s Pre Sense Rear tech, and a blind-spot monitoring system. Inside, buyers will find a three-spoke flat-bottom steering wheel and shift paddles for the automatic transmission.
It doesn’t sound like the package will include mechanical upgrades. A turbocharged, 252-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and front-wheel drive will come standard. Quattro all-wheel drive will be offered at an extra cost, as will a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 rated at 340 horsepower.
Pricing information isn’t available; Audi hasn’t even confirmed the report. For what it’s worth, the entry-level A6 Premium carries a base price of $50,675 before a mandatory $975 destination charge is factored in.
2018 will most likely be the A6’s last full model year on the market. A brand-new replacement is expected to break cover in the next few months, and it could arrive in showrooms in time for the 2019 model year. Expect more tech, cleaner engines, and an updated design. A firm debut date hasn’t been announced yet, but we’d wager we’ll see it either in Los Angeles, Detroit, or Geneva.