Dubbed the 2021 A6 Sport 45 TFSI, the model features a slightly more aggressive exterior as it comes standard with the Black Optic package. It includes a black grille, black air intakes, black mirror caps and gloss black window surrounds.
Customers who want more meaningful upgrades can purchase the optional Sport package. It adds a sport-tuned suspension and 20-inch V-spoke alloy wheels.
Interior changes are relatively limited, but the model features a black headliner and fine grain ash wood trim instead of traditional walnut. Buyers will also find a tri-zone automatic climate control system and heated leather front seats with contrast stitching. There’s also a dual screen MMI touch response system with GPS navigation, but a digital instrument cluster will cost extra.
On the performance front, the A6 Sport features a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that has been upgraded to produce 261 hp (195 kW / 265 PS) and 273 lb-ft (370 Nm) of torque. That’s an increase of 13 hp (10 kW / 13 PS) and it should enable the car to be slightly quicker than the old A6 Premium 45 TFSI which could run from 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) in 6.1 seconds, before hitting an electronically limited top speed of 130 mph (209 km/h). Regardless of how fast the car is, the model comes standard with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and quattro all-wheel drive.
Pricing starts at $55,400 and excludes a $1,045 destination charge. That makes it slightly more expensive than the A6 Premium 45 TFSI which started at $54,900 before the destination fee was factored in.