The Audi A6 C4 is based on its predecessor, the Audi 100 (Audi 5000 in the US), and was released in 1994. The Audi 100 was Audiís mid-size series and three other generations of Audi 100 had been produced (the C1, C2 and C3) before the C4 was released with a new look and redesigned features. At the time it was released, Audi started using the alpha numeric designation and the first generation of the Audi A6 was born and the Audi A6 C4 is its first generation.
The A6 is an executive car or a mid-size luxury car and it comes in saloon and Avant (station wagon) body type. The main competitors of the A6 C4 are BMW 5 Series, Jaguar S Type, Volvo S80, Saab 9-5, Lexus GS and the Mercedes-Benz E Class.
Compared with the C3 the new A6 C4 had new front and back lights, the tail light is no longer similar with the S models, the new side turn signal at the fender, the new digital odometer, the new chrome borders around the windows of the 103 KW TDI, V6 and S6 models, the white front turn signals, the new bumpers which has no rubber borders, the full head restraints seats and new radiator grid. The chassis and engine transmission available to the C3 are the same ones initially offered in the new A6 C4. The dimensions of the Audi A6 C4 are: 4,799 mm in length, 1,777 mm in width and 1,451 mm in height. Its unloaded weight is 1.370 kg. Its successor is the Audi A6 C5, the second generation A6 which had the all wheel drive Quattro system.
The different engine variants of the A6 C4 are: 1.8 20V S 4 engine with a maximum output of 125 PS (123 hp/92 kW); 2.0 8V S4 engine with a maximum output of 100 PS (99 hp/74 kW); 2.0 8V S4 engine with a maximum output of 115 PS (113 hp/85 kW); 2.0 16V S4 engine with a maximum output of 140 PS (138 hp/103 kW); 2.3 10V S5 engine with a maximum output of 133 PS (131 hp/98 kW); 2.6 12V V6 engine with a maximum output of 150 PS (148 hp/110 kW); 2.8 12v V6 engine with a maximum output of 174 PS (172 hp/128 kW); 2.8 30V V6 engine with a maximum output of 193 PS (190 hp/142 kW); S6 2.2 20V T S5 engine with a maximum output of 230 PS (227 hp/169 kW); S6 4.2 32V V8 engine with a maximum output of 290 PS (286 hp/213 kW); S6 4.2 Plus V8 engine with a maximum output of 326 PS (322 hp/240 kW); 1.9 8V TDI S4 engine with a maximum output of 90 PS (89 hp/66 kW); 2.5 10V TDI S5 engine with a maximum output of 115 PS (113 hp/85 kW); and 2.5 10V TDI S5 engine with a maximum output of 140 PS (138 hp/103 kW).
Initially the A6 C4 came in different engines with Audiís all wheel drive Quattro. Then before the A6 C4 was replaced by the new A6 C5, in 1996, Audi launched the sports version, the Audi S6 Plus. This sports version of the Audi A6 C4 had 4,2-l-V8 engine which is more powerful than the S6ís S6ís already powerful 2.2 engine. The sports version came in sedan variant and a combination of Avant quattro. The Audi S6 Plus is considered rare since only 97 sedan variants and 855 combination variants were ever built.
The B5 was replaced in 1998 by the new C5 Audi A6
Competition: Mercedes-Benz and BMW