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Audi A6 TFSI BMW 530i Mercedes E350

audi a6 3.0 tfsi

Engine Layout Capacity Bore/stroke Compression Power Torque Redline/Cut-out Transmission km/h 1000rpm Gear ratios Diff ratio

Power points AUDI A6’s supercharged V6 supercedes two engines – the 3.2litre V6 and 4.2-litre V8 – and easily sets the pace both on paper and the strip.

BMW 530i

mercedes-benz e350

$112,500 / As tested $126,338** $116,824 / As tested $120,619** $128,900 / As tested $142,400** Drivetrain Drivetrain Drivetrain

BMW 5 Series’ atmo six achieved greatness in its day but next year steps aside to make way for a more efficient and potent turbocharged unit.

V6 (90 o ), dohc, 24v, s/c front engine (north-south), all-drive 2.995 litres 84.5/89.0mm 10.3:1 213kW @ 4850-6800rpm 420Nm @ 2500-4850rpm 6900/7000rpm 6-speed automatic 9.6/17.0/26.2/34.9/46.0/57.7 4.17/2.34/1.52/1.14/0.87/0.69 3.09

in-line 6, dohc, 24v front engine (north-south), rear drive 2.996 litres 84.0/89.6mm 10.2:1 200kW @ 6650rpm 315Nm @ 2750rpm 6700/7100rpm 6-speed automatic 8.5/15.2/23.4/31.2/40.8/51.5 4.17/2.34/1.52/1.14/0.87/0.69 3.46

V6 (90 o ), dohc, 24v front engine (north-south), rear drive 3.498 litres 92.9/86.0mm 12.2:1 200kW @ 6000rpm 350Nm @ 2400-5100rpm 6350/-rpm 7-speed automatic 8.1/12.4/18.4/25.9/35.4/43.2/48.5 4.38/2.86/1.92/1.37/1.00/0.82/0.73 3.42

steel, 4 doors, 5 seats 4841/1846/1468mm 2888mm 1558/1581mm 1540kg 520 litres 95 octane/70 litres 10.4L/100km (test average) Front: double A-arms, coil springs, anti-roll bar Rear: multi-links, coil springs, anti-roll bar power rack and pinion 11.4m (1.8 turns lock to lock) ventilated discs (324mm) ventilated discs (320mm) Goodyear Eagle NCT5 245/45R17 95Y

steel, 4 doors, 5 seats 4868/1854/1465mm 2874mm 1585/1604mm 1735kg 545 litres 95 octane/80 litres 12.6L/100km (test average) Front: double A-arms, coil springs, anti-roll bar Rear: multi-links, coil springs, anti-roll bar power rack and pinion 11.2m (2.8 turns lock to lock) ventilated discs (322mm) solid discs (300mm) Continental C/sport Contact III 245/40R18 (f); 265/35R18 97Y (r)

ABS, EBD, BA, TC, ESP front/side/curtain airbags, front pre-tensioner/load-limiter seatbelts  (Euro)

ABS, EBD, BA, TC, ESP front/side/curtain airbags, front pre-tensioner/load-limiter seatbelts  (Euro)

Power to weight: 123kW/tonne Speed at indicated 100km/h: 96 Speed in gears 65km/h @ 6800rpm 116km/h @ 6800rpm 178km/h @ 6800rpm* 237km/h @ 6500rpm* 250km/h @ 5450rpm* 250km/h @ 4350rpm*

Power to weight: 130kW/tonne Speed at indicated 100km/h: 98 Speed in gears 57km/h @ 6650rpm 101km/h @ 6650rpm 155km/h @ 6650rpm* 207km/h @ 6650rpm* 250km/h @ 6150rpm* 250km/h @ 4850rpm*

Acceleration 0-60km/h: 3.03sec 0-80km/h: 4.66sec O-1OOkm/h: 6.53sec 0-120km/h: 9.18sec O-14Okm/h: 11.99sec 0-400m: 14.2sec @ 156km/h 80-12Okm/h: 4.4sec (drive)

Acceleration 0-60km/h: 3.33sec 0-80km/h: 5.06sec O-1OOkm/h: 7.18sec 0-120km/h: 9.95sec O-14Okm/h: 13.20sec 0-400m: 14.9sec @ 147km/h 80-12Okm/h: 4.9sec (drive)

Power to weight: 115kW/tonne Speed at indicated 100km/h: 97 Speed in gears 52km/h @ 6400rpm 79km/h @ 6400rpm 118km/h @ 6400rpm 165km/h @ 6400rpm 227km/h @ 6400rpm* 250km/h @ 5800rpm* 250km/h @ 5150rpm* Acceleration 0-60km/h: 3.41sec 0-80km/h: 4.99sec O-1OOkm/h: 7.19sec 0-120km/h: 9.79sec O-14Okm/h: 13.22sec 0-400m: 15.0sec @ 149km/h 80-12Okm/h: 4.8sec (drive)

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Rocketship engine; plenty of grip; classy interior; well-equipped Firm and fidgety ride; poor noise suppression; resale hurts

Silken drivetrain spins to heaven; sips lightly; driver-focused cabin… … leaves passengers in economy class; showing its age in several areas

Quiet; roomy; refined cabin; compliant ride and sharp dynamics Old-gen engine means it’s both slow and thirsty

Track: Benalla airstrip, dry. Temp: 16ºC Driver: Glenn Butler. * Estimated or manufacturer’s claim Warranty: 3yr/unlimited. Service intervals: 15,000km or 12 months. Redbook 3-year resale: 47%. AAMI insurance: $1990. **includes adaptive cruise control, adaptive headlights, main beam assist, metallic paint, leather upholstery and sport seats

Track: Benalla airstrip, dry. Temp: 16ºC Driver: Glenn Butler. * Estimated or manufacturer’s claim Warranty: 3yr/unlimited. Service intervals: according to indicator. Redbook 3-year resale: 56%. AAMI insurance: $1687. **includes sunroof and leather steering wheel

Track: Benalla airstrip, dry. Temp: 16ºC Driver: Glenn Butler. * Estimated or manufacturer’s claim Warranty: 3yr/unlimited km. Service intervals: 25,000km or 12 months. Redbook 3-year resale: 57%. AAMI insurance: $1856. **includes distronic plus, panoramic sunroof, anti-theft package, vision package

NEW E350 continues Benz’s policy of using a carryover engine first up, then switching to a newer powerplant mid-model cycle. Chassis Body L/W/H Wheelbase Front/rear track Weight Boot capacity Fuel/capacity Fuel consumption Suspension

Steering Turning circle Front brakes Rear brakes Tyres Tyre size

steel, 4 doors, 5 seats 4927/1855/1459mm 2843mm 1612/1618mm 1725kg 546 litres 95 octane/80 litres 12.0L/100km (test average) Front: double A-arms, coil springs, anti-roll bar Rear: multi-links, coil springs, anti-roll bar power rack and pinion 11.9m (2.6 turns lock to lock) ventilated discs (320mm) solid discs (300mm) Pirelli P Zero Rosso 245/40R18 97Y

Safety hardware Active ABS, EBD, BA, TC, ESP Passive front/side/curtain airbags, front

pre-tensioner/load-limiter seatbelts

NCAP rating  (Euro)

Performance

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Verdict:

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