The 2012 Audi A6 3.0T

2013 Audi A6 2.0T to get Quattro, 8-speed auto transmission

The entry level (and fairly unpopular) Audi A6 2.0T is currently offered only with a front wheel drive configuration and the Audi Multitronic® continuously variable transmission (CVT) but when the 2013 models arrive, the base A6 will benefit from the Quattro all-wheel drive system and a traditional 8-speed automatic transmission.

Sales of the “base model” 2012 Audi A6 have been very slow and that could be due to the fact that it is only available with the CVT and front wheel drive but the blame shouldn’t be placed on the turbocharged 2.0L. This engine makes for a great drive in the smaller Audi A4 but in that model, the 2.0L engine is offered with a 6-speed manual transmission, the Audi Quattro all wheel drive system and the 8-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission in addition to the standard front wheel drive setup with the CVT. The company believes that the AWD drivetrain and the traditional automatic transmission could help make the 2.0L A6 more popular with consumers.

According to Car and Driver, when the 2013 Audi A6 2.0T arrives later this summer with the Quattro drive system it will carry a starting price of $45,295 – just $2,200 more than the base price for the A6 4-cylinder model of $43,095. Unfortunately, there is no indication as to whether or not that price will include the 8-speed Tiptronic but considering that the CVT is not available on the 4-cylinder Audi A4 with the Quattro system, perhaps that price hike includes both the all wheel drive system and the traditional 8-speed automatic transmission. Having spent time in the Audi A6 with the 3.0T supercharged V6 and the Tiptronic 8-speed automatic transmission (and Quattro), I can attest that this is one great transmission setup that allows great shift control via the steering wheel mounted paddle shifters.

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