2012 Audi A6 Premiere
The sixth-generation of the Audi A6 was revealed yesterday although the public debut of the model will be in January at the Detroit Auto Show. The sales of the new model will start in the second part of 2012 and is considered as the sister car of bigger A7, both of them sharing engines, platforms, high-quality interior appointments, FWD and 4WD combinations as well as electric architectures.
Comparing it with its now 6-year old predecessor, the 2012 A6 now has a more edgy and crisper exterior look. However, the car is still an Audi with its angular headlamps, stylized horizontal taillights, six-corner single frame, prominent shoulder line underneath the side windows and a heavily curved roofline. The new model is now wider and shorter when put side by side with the 5th generation of the A6. The car is also a little bit lower and sits on a more generous chassis. The wheelbase of the sixth generation has been extended and the front track is also bigger. Although the frontal area of the car is now bigger, the drag coefficient is better, dropping from 0.29 to 0.26.
Unlike the flagship A8 that sports an aluminum-spaceframe build process, the 2012 A6 has a regular unitary steel platform, but in comparison to its predecessor, there is a bigger percent of high-strength steel which adds stiffness and reduces the weight at the same time. The car has now more aluminum parts; the material was used for the doors, bulkhead, trunk lid, front fenders and for the hood. By doing so, the German engineers managed to reduce the weight of the car to 3,472 pounds, which is 176 pounds less than the predecessor.
The 2012 A6 will be Audi’s second model that will be available with a hybrid drive, the same gasoline-electric system that is being used on the Q5 hybrid SUV. The car will have a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder power unit, capable of developing 211 hp. This conventional engine will work in combination with a 45-hp electric motor that will draw its battery from the 1.3-kW lithium-ion battery that is mounted within the floor of the trunk.
Conceived as a full hybrid vehicle, the A6 can offer a 100% true electric drive at speeds of max 62 mph. When the driver is traveling at a speed of approximately 37 mph, the car is claimed to provide zero-emission range of 1.9 miles. The hybrid will be able to sprint to 100 km/h in 7.3 seconds and reach a maximum speed of 148 mph. The combined city/highway fuel consumption is about 37.9 mpg.
Besides the modern gasoline-electric hybrid drive that will be available on the 2012 Audi A6, customers can also choose from the regular gasoline and diesel engines, which will all feature the stop/start technology, thermal management systems and brake-energy recuperation. Buyers of the A6 will have to choose from one of the following available transmissions, depending on their choice for the engine: regular 6-speed manual, a more modern continuously variable Multitronic and a sportier 7-speed dual-clutch S-Tronic gearbox.
When the model will be launched, it will be available with a choice of 5 engines, the most efficient one will be the 2.0 TDI that will do 48 mpg (4.9 liters / 100 km) and will have 129 g/km CO2 emissions. It will produce 177 PS (130 kW) and a torque of 280 lb-ft. These figures will allow the A6 to reach 100 km/h in 8.7 seconds and have a top speed of 142 mph (228 km/h).
A more powerful diesel engine will be the V6 3.0 TDI that will produce 204 PS (15 kW) and a 400 Nm torque. It will allow the car to do the 100 km/h sprint in 7.2 seconds and a maximum speed of 149 mph (240 km/h). The fuel average consumption for this engine will be 5.2 liters / 100 km and the CO2 emissions will be of about 137 g/km.
An even more powerful diesel engine will be another 3.0 TDI that will this time output 245 PS (180 kW) and a massive torque of 369 lb-ft (500 Nm). It will take 6.1 seconds to do 0-100 km/h and the maximum speed will be limited at 155 mph (250 km/h). The average fuel consumption levels will situate at 6.0 liters / 100 km and the CO2 emissions will be about 158 g/km.
The most “peaceful” gasoline engine will be the naturally-aspired V6 2.8 FSI that will produce 204 PS (150 kW) and a 207 lb-ft (80 Nm) torque. Linked to a multitronic transmission, it will need 7.7 seconds to reach 100 km/h and will have a top speed of 149 mph (240 km/h).
The flagship A6 model (until the S6 is launched), will be the powerful 3.0 TFSI V6 direct-injection engine that will be able to output 300 hp and a massive 324 lb-ft of torque. Linked to the 7-speed S-Tronic transmission, the car will be able to sprint to 100 km/h in 5.5 seconds and have maximum speed of 155 mph. It will do about 26.7 mpg using the 3.0 TFSI and the S-Tronic transmission.
The 2012 A6 is the last of the Audi mainstream cars that sports the modular longitudinal architecture underpinnings. The car now has a better weight distribution thanks to the more generous engine bay which helped the German engineers to shift the engine rearward. They also worked on the steering which is now operated by an electrohydraulic pump and uses a more direct 16.1:1 ratio.
Inside the car you will notice the fact that it resembles a lot with the A7 model, having a very similar wraparound dashboard, just about the same multifunction steering wheel. The list of resembles does not end here as the MMI, switchgear and the instrument panel were borrowed from the A7. The list of options available for the 6th generation of the Audi A6 is quite generous: Bang & Olufsen sound system, online service that was developed with Google, head-up display and an 8” color screen just to name a few.
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