As such, we can tell you the new A6 Sport 45 TFSI is not exactly the base option – that would be the A6 45 TFSI quattro Premium, kicking off at $54,900. But this late, mid-model year addition to the model range does fall into the entry-level category nonetheless. It’s, actually, the second-cheapest option for the U.S.-spec A6 – and it’s arriving with a few trump cards of its own.
This new version of the 2.0-liter four-cylinder has 261 horsepower and 273 lb. ft. of torque (370 Nm), which is 13 hp more than its predecessor, but more importantly it keeps all the right powertrain choices, such as the S-tronic automatic, or the quattro all-wheel drive system with its “ultra-technology that balances performance and efficiency.”
It also adds the company’s progressive steering with a sportier ratio, a standard Black optic exterior package (grille, air intakes, mirrors, high-gloss window trim), and a Fine Grain Ash natural wood along with a black headliner for the interior. On top of that, Audi offers the option to add the Sport package, which includes 20-inch 5-V-spoke-design alloy wheels and a Sport suspension.
Meanwhile, the standard equipment and driver assistance suite remains just as rich as before. The A6 Sport features LED headlights, three-zone automatic climate control, or the MMI infotainment system (includes Navigation and Audi smartphone interface) with dual touchscreens, among others.