2016 Audi A6 Allroad Sport: Forbidden Fruit

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Audi’s Allroad models are essentially jacked-up version of the automaker’s wagons that have also been fitted with a quattro all-wheel-drive system, grippy wheels and protective elements for the body. The cars are designed for those individuals seeking soft-road capability but aren’t willing to upsize to a proper SUV.

We only get an A4-based Allroad here in the United States but overseas there’s one based on the A6 as well. Now, the A6 Allroad lineup has been expanded with performance-enhanced Sport trim. Audi’s new Sport trim is available here on the A8, and while it doesn’t see any extra power added to the A6 Allroad buyers do benefit from a number of extras as standard.

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All A6 Allroad Sport models receive on their exteriors 19-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, heated side mirrors, dynamic turn signals for the tail lights, and privacy glass. Inside, the Sport trim adds electrically adjustable front sports seats plus Valcona leather and Alcantara trim. These are in addition to the many existing standard features such as four-level air suspension, satellite navigation, parking aids and a powered tailgate.

The suspension of the A6 Allroad automatically adjusts to reduce aerodynamic drag at speeds above 74 mph by lowering the body by 15 millimeters. When more ground clearance is required, a lift mode can be engaged at the push of a button, raising ride height by 10 mm. When negotiating more substantial off-road trails, the A6 Allroad benefits from a 20-degree slope angle and 17-degree ramp angle capability. There is also hill hold assist and hill descent control, which maintains a constant vehicle speed between five and 18 mph.

The A6 Allroad range offers the choice of four V-6 engines including one gasoline unit and three diesels. The most potent is a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 diesel delivering 315 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque. Paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission, this motor powers the A6 Allroad from 0-62 mph in 5.5 seconds and on to governed top speed of 155 mph.

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