The latest generation of the Audi A6 is the first Audi to spotlight dynamic adaptive headlamps, essentially these optional optics follow the road’s curves (based on steering angle and vehicle speed). From a visual scan, the A6 assumes a new interior for the 2005 model year (most noticeable via a high and wide center console) and a new exterior (defined by a curved dome in the middle hood). Audi A6 offers two engine choices: a 4.2-liter V8 producing 335 horsepower and 310 pounds-feet of peak torque, and a 3.2-liter V6 producing 255 horsepower and 243 pounds-feet of peak torque. The V6 engine features FSI (Fuel Stratified Injection), a technology first for North America. FSI means the engine achieves a higher torque and power output because the fuel goes directly into the combustion chamber rather than into the intake port.

A6 is bigger than its predecessor, boosting the wheelbase by more than 3 inches to 112 inches. The primary result is more front legroom. The vehicle’s trunk is spacious at 19.2 cubic feet. There’s also less vibration and a positive impact on driving dynamics via a 34 percent increase in torsional stiffness. Audi A6 is, not surprisingly, loaded with standard fare items, like a six-speed automatic transmission, 12-way power front seats, 6-disc CD changer, active front head restraints, front and rear fog lights, and vehicle speed-sensitive steering. Mileage estimates for the V6 fitted A6 are 19 city and 26 highway. MSRP of the A6 3.2 quattro is $40,900.