Once again, Audi sets the standard: The new A6 will arrive at dealerships in early 2011. The successor to the world’s most successful executive sedan features groundbreaking solutions in every area of technology. The body is extremely light owing to a significant proportion of aluminum components. The range of assistance and multimedia systems is extensive, and operation is intuitive and user-friendly.
The new Audi A6 is debuting with five powerplants: two gasoline engines and three TDI units. They have outputs ranging from 130 kW (177 hp) to 220 kW (300 hp). The Audi A6 hybrid will follow at a later date; it combines the power of a large V6 with the fuel efficiency of a four-cylinder engine. Audi also offers a number of drivetrain options. The Audi drive select dynamic handling system for all TFSI and TDI versions has been expanded to include an additional mode – the efficiency program.
With the new A6, which is the seventh generation of the model, Audi is revolutionizing the executive class. Featuring many technical innovations and lightweight aluminum design, this car will write the next chapter in the huge success story of the A6.
The design embodies athleticism and elegance. The sedan is 4.92 meters (16.14 ft) long and 1.87 meters (6.14 ft) wide, but just 1.46 meters (4.79 ft) high – the sportiest proportions in its segment. The long engine hood, the low, sweeping roofline, and the prominent lines on the flanks create a dynamic overall appearance. Optional LED headlights emphasize the striking expression at the front.
The body of the new Audi A6 is exceedingly light, stiff and safe, thanks to an intelligent composite design concept. Numerous aluminum components and high-tech steels reduce its weight by some 30 kilograms (66.14 lb) compared with the previous model, making it the backbone of a systematic lightweight design concept.
Depending on the version, the new executive sedan weighs up to 80 kilograms (176.37 lb) less than its predecessor. Audi – the lightweight design pioneer of the international automotive industry – has once again reversed the weight spiral, raising the bar for lightweight design. The A6 2.0 TDI, for example, tips the scales at a mere 1,575 kilograms (3,472.28 lb), not including the driver.
The body features additional strong points. State-of-the art materials and design methods ensure extremely low interior noise levels. Precision tuning of all components and systematic hydraulic damping in the axle and drivetrain bearings provide excellent vibrational comfort.
Powerful and highly efficient: the five engines
Audi is launching the new A6 with a choice of five powerful, highly efficient four- and six-cylinder powerplants. The two gasoline engines and three TDI units develop between 130 kW (177 hp) and 220 kW (300 hp). All of these engines make use of technologies from the brand’s modular efficiency platform – the innovative thermal management concept, the start-stop system, and the energy recovery system. Fuel consumption has improved by up to 21 percent compared with the previous model – a leading figure among the competition.
The most efficient engine in the range is the 2.0 TDI. In conjunction with the manual transmission, it requires on average just 4.9 liters of fuel per 100 km (48.0 US mpg) and emits just 129 g CO2 per km (207.61 g/mile). The A6 hybrid will follow at a later date. Serving up 180 kW (245 hp) of system performance, its 2.0 TFSI plus electric motor will achieve sporty acceleration with an average fuel consumption of just 6.2 liters per 100 km (37.94 US mpg) (provisional figure).
The Audi A6 is also available with a wide range of drivetrains – another of the brand’s great strengths. The choice, based on the engine version, will include a manual six-speed transmission, the continuously variable multitronic, and the brand-new, sporty S tronic. Each engine features a wide gear-ratio spread and low internal friction, thereby making a significant contribution to the sedan’s efficiency.
Depending on the engine version, power is funneled to the road via the front wheels or all four wheels. The quattro permanent all-wheel drive is presented in its latest stage of evolution – its crown-gear center differential and torque vectoring function guarantee supreme traction, stability and dynamic response. For the top-of-the-line engines, Audi will soon offer the sport differential, which actively distributes torque to the rear wheels.
Thanks to its sophisticated design, the chassis of the new A6 combines sporty precision with supreme comfort. Its links are made of aluminum; the power steering features a new electromechanical drive, making it highly efficient. The executive sedan has wheels ranging from 16 to 20 inches in diameter, with powerful brakes behind them.
The Audi drive select dynamic handling system is standard for all engine versions; the ESP with electronic limited slip differential on the front-wheel-drive A6 models makes handling even more agile. For enhanced comfort, Audi also offers adaptive air suspension with controlled damping as an option. Dynamic steering will be available soon, also as an option.
Sporty elegance: the interior
The roomy interior of the new Audi A6 echoes the sinewy look of the exterior design. The salient element is the “wrap-around” – an inlay encircling the driver and the front-seat passenger. The elegant face of the instrument panel underscores the sleek quality of the cockpit area.
Every detail of the interior is a testament to the care that Audi invests in carmaking. All materials, including an innovative layered-wood veneer, have been selected and crafted with the utmost care. As an option, the front seats can be equipped with ventilation and massage functions. Ambient lighting or the interior lighting package give the interior an added shine.
The new Audi A6 features the logical ergonomics concept that distinguishes all of the brand’s models. The efficient deluxe automatic air conditioning and the latest-generation MMI radio operating system are standard; Audi also offers an optional head-up display, which projects important information onto the windshield. The MMI navigation system plus with MMI touch is also available as an option. The hard-disk navigation system can be largely controlled via the touchpad.
The online services, developed though a partnership between Audi and service provider Google, connect the full-sized sedan to the Internet via the Bluetooth car phone online. A UMTS module pulls images and information from Google Earth up on the monitor and integrates them with the navigation route. A WLAN hotspot provides contact to mobile terminals on board. The top of the hi-fi line is the Bang & Olufsen Advanced Sound System.
MMI navigation plus works very closely together with the optional assistance and safety systems in the new A6. It forwards the route data to the control units for the headlights, the automatic transmission and the adaptive cruise control with stop & go function. This enables these systems to recognize complex scenarios and assist the driver. In many situations, the Audi pre sense safety system is able to minimize accidents and their consequences, or even prevent them altogether. The Audi active lane assist helps the driver to keep the A6 on course, and the park assist system relieves the driver of the chore of steering when parallel parking.