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Eric's Autos: 2021 Audi A6

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Electric cars are being aggressively promoted, but the technical problems remain significant. While their range on a charge has increased, they still can't travel as far as a gas-powered car -- and recharging them takes much longer than refueling a gas-engine car.

Audi's solution is to combine the two until these issues can be sorted out. Almost all of its new cars are partially electric cars.

Including the new A6 sedan.

What It Is

The A6 is Audi's entrant in the midsize luxury-sport sedan class.

It is the only model in its class that comes standard with an electrically enhanced drivetrain.

 

Both its standard 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine and its optional 3.0-liter V6 are paired with a 48-volt electrical system that allows the gas engine to seamlessly (and automatically) toggle itself off and on -- including while the car is moving. This allows it to achieve the electric car boon of zero emissions of gas (while the gas engine is off) without the pure-electric car hassles of worrying about range and having to wait for a recharge.

Prices start at $54,900 for the Sport Premium trim with a 2.0-liter engine and electric assist. The next-up Premium trim is priced identically but gives you the option to buy the more powerful 3.0-liter V6, also with electric assist.

So equipped, this one stickers for $59,800.

A top-of-the-line Prestige trim with the V6 and electric assist lists for $69,500.

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