Car and Driver tests the Audi A6 3.0T Competition

To keep up with the newer competitors, Audi recently released a Competition trim for its aging Audi A6. What it comes with is a few extra ponies, S6 styling on the outside and inside, 20″ wheels and sport suspension. However, aside from that, it isn’t much different than the standard A6 yet only costs about $3,000 less than the Audi S6, a much better vehicle. But, the Audi A6 3.0T Competition is still a good looking and exciting car, so Car and Driver recently gave it a whirl.

On the outside, the Competition trim adds the Black Optics package, which brings the sport suspension, blacked-out grille and summer tires. It also gets red brake calipers and the S6’s 20″ wheels. So it looks like an Audi S6 from the outside but it isn’t one. So it’s a bit of a poser. However, on the inside, it’s very nice. The S6’s seats make an appearance, with their diamond-stitched leather, and a flat-bottomed steering wheel. It’s all very high quality and looks very good.

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Under the hood lies the same 3.0 liter supercharged V6 engine but it makes 340 hp in Competition trim, which is only seven more horses than the standard car. Because the modest power upgrade, there’s really not difference in performance between the standard A6 3.0T and the Competition. So that means 0-60 mph comes in 5.2 seconds.

Overall, it didn’t seem as if Car and Driver was impressed with the extra additions the Competition trim brings. Admittedly, the A6 is still a great car and C&D raves about the way it looks, its interior quality and the way it drives. There are still some great fundamentals here. But you can get all of those same fundamentals for cheaper by just getting the standard 3.0T trim. If you’re willing to spend the $67,600 on the Audi A6 3.0T Competition, you’d might as well spend a few extra bucks and buy the Audi S6 for $70,900. That car comes with a 4.0 liter twin-turbocharged V8 and makes 450 hp.

Nico DeMattia

I've been in love with cars since I was a kid, specifically German cars. Now I get to drive them talk about them on the internet.