|2012 Audi A6|
|2012 Audi A6|
The A6's beautiful -- and beautifully made -- interior shares much with the A7. The dashboard uses wood reminiscent of a 1960s luxury speedboat, with a wrapping element around the driver and passenger, running away from the dash and into the doors. The MMI unit has an optional handwriting-recognition pad, like the A8 and A7. A head-up display also appears on the A6 options list for the first time. The center dash screen, 6.5 or 8 inches depending on the level of MMI, deploys electrically from a recess in the dash.
Although a high proportion of the understructure is shared with the A7, none of the major external panels are the same. The A6 has deeper feature lines and fuller surfacing. At 194 inches long, it is slightly shorter than the A7, but both have the same 115-inch wheelbase. The A6 actually is a fraction shorter than the outgoing car, but lower and longer in the wheelbase.
Some 20 percent of the bodywork is aluminum, including the strut towers in the engine bay, the crossmember behind the front and rear bumpers, and the engine bulkhead and rear crossmember. Aluminum also is used for the front fenders, engine hood, trunklid, and all the doors. Audi says this cuts 15 percent from the body mass, compared with conventional steel.
The new car shares its drivetrains with the A7 above it and the A4A5Q5 below it. At launch the base version will be a naturally aspirated 2.8 V-6, with Multitronic CVT, delivering 204 horsepower and a claimed 0-62-mph time of 7.7 seconds. Above it is the 3.0 TFSI V-6 with supercharger, which develops 300 horsepower and comes with quattro drive and seven-speed S-tronic dual-clutch transmission. It does the 0-62 sprint in 5.5 seconds.
There will be a hybrid model using a 2.0 TFSI four-cylinder gasoline engine producing 211 horsepower and a 33kW 45-horsepower electric motor. The electric motor sits in the space normally occupied by a torque converter, ahead of the eight-speed auto transmission. Its trunk-mounted lithium ion battery is claimed to be good for 2 miles running solely on gentle electric from a full charge. This version is front-wheel drive.
All models feature aluminum suspension control arms. Adaptive air suspension is optional, and wheel sizes go up to 20 inches.
The power steering system is now electromechanical, which saves fuel and enables the option of fully automated parking assist. At highway speed, the car can also guide itself back between the white lines if the forward-facing camera detects that the driver is straying out of the lane. The optional front crash-sensing system uses data from radar sensors, a video camera, and ultrasonic sensors, as well as the navigation system, to analyze the possibility of a front crash and brake the car accordingly. This is one of the high-end systems borrowed from the A8.
Depending on the market, there are no less than four headlamp designs for the A6. The one in the pictures is all-LED, but there are also adaptive Xenon, normal Xenon, and regular halogen.
In the U.S., cars like this are premium machines with high prices. But back in Germany, the A6 has a wider range of jobs to do, acting as a large family car and especially as a taxi, so lots of them are sold as four-cylinder diesel versions with manual transmission and cloth seats. Thus its home-market base price will be [euro]38,500, equivalent to $50,100.
|2012 Audi A6|