2012 Audi A6 unveiled at NAIAS [video]

Launches with five different engines

Audi has unveiled the 2012 A6 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Essentially a sedan version of the A7 Sportback, the redesigned A6 has a conservative design that features LED taillights, an integrated trunk-lid spoiler, a dual exhaust system, and optional LED headlights. If that isn't expressive enough, the optional S-Line package adds modified bumpers, a sport suspension, a faux rear diffuser, and 19-inch alloy wheels.

Inside, the cabin offers additional interior room as the car's wheelbase has been stretched to measure 2910mm long. While that is certainly nice, we're rather impressed by the cockpit's fashionable styling and high-tech goodies such as a 1,300-watt Bang & Olufsen audio system and MMI navigation plus with internet connectivity.

Under the hood, five different engines will be available at launch. The most efficient is a 2.0 TDI which has an average fuel consumption rating of 4.9 L/100 km (48.00 US mpg) and C02 emissions of 129 g/km. It produces 130 kW (177 PS) and 380 Nm (280 lb-ft) of torque, which allows the car to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 8.7 seconds and top out at 228 km/h (142 mph).

On the other hand, the new 3.0 TDI V6 produces 150 kW (204 PS) and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) of torque. This enables the car to dash from 0-100 km/h in 7.2 seconds, before topping out at 240 km/h (149 mph). With this particular engine, expect an average fuel consumption of 5.2 L/100 km and CO2 emissions of 137 g/km.

Moving further up, a second version of the 3.0 TDI churns out 180 kW (245 PS) and 500 Nm (369 lb-ft) of torque. It lets the A6 sprint from 0-100 km/h in 6.1 seconds, before hitting a limited top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph). The average fuel consumption registers 6.0 L/100km and CO2 emissions are 158 g/km.

On the petrol side, there's a naturally-aspirated 2.8 FSI V6 with 150 kW (204 PS) and 280 Nm (207 lb-ft) of torque. Paired to a multitronic transmission, the engine allows the car to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 7.7 seconds and hit a top speed of 240 km/h (149 mph). It consumes 7.4 L/100 km (31.79 US mpg) and emits 172 grams of CO2 per km.

Lastly, the 3.0 TFSI V6 cranks out 220 kW (300 PS) and 440 Nm (325 lb-ft) of torque. This enables the car to run from 0-100 km/h in 5.5 seconds and hit an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph). In terms of efficiency, expect 8.2 L/100 km (26.68 US mpg) and CO2 emissions of 190 g/km.

If those options haven't tickled your fancy, Audi will eventually launch a hybrid variant that uses a 155 kW (211 PS / 208 hp) 2.0 TFSI petrol engine and a 33 kW (45 PS / 44 hp) electric motor. Boasting a combined output of 180 kW (245 PS / 241 hp) and 480 Nm (354 lb-ft) of torque, the car accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 7.3 seconds and hits a top speed of 238 km/h (148 mph). Owing to its mediocre performance, the car is expected to have an average fuel consumption of 6.2 L/100 km (38 US mpg) and CO2 emissions of 142 g/km.

The 2012 Audi A6 will go on sale shortly and German prices start at €38,500.

Check out the press release for additional information

Source: Audi

The new Audi A6 Sedan: setting the standard in innovation

Audi has redesigned its flagship executive class model. The new A6 is set to make its market debut in early 2011. With its light body, sporty chassis and a wide array of new assistance and multimedia systems, the full-sized sedan is packed with innovative solutions in every area of technology. The range of available engines and drivetrains is equally extensive. Combining the power of a V6 with the fuel efficiency of a four-cylinder engine, the soon-to-be-available A6 hybrid will be one highlight of the lineup.

Much of the body of the new Audi A6 consists of aluminum and high-tech steels, rendering it exceedingly light, stiff and safe. State-of-the art design methods and materials 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.

The design of the new Audi A6 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 - sporty proportions that are unrivaled by the competition. 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 roomy interior of the new Audi A6 echoes the sinewy style of the exterior. The salient element is the "wrap-around" - an inlay encircling the driver and the front-seat passenger. The elegantly curved dash panel places the driver at the center of the interior.

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. Classy ambient lighting in the lighting package provides small points of light throughout the interior.

The new Audi A6 features the logical ergonomics concept that distinguishes all of the brand's models. A highly efficient automatic air conditioning system 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 touch operating system is also available as an option. This enables much of the hard-drive MMI navigation plus system to be controlled by means of a 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 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 reduce accidents and their consequences, or even prevent them altogether. The Audi active lane assist helps the driver keep the A6 on course, and the park assist system relieves the driver of the chore of steering when parallel parking.

Audi offers the A6 with a choice of five powerful, highly efficient engines: two gasoline engines and three TDI units. These powerplants develop between 130 kW (177 hp) and 220 kW (300 hp). All of these engines make use of important technologies from the brand's modular efficiency platform - the start-stop system, the energy recovery system, and the innovative thermal management concept.

Throughout the entire model line, fuel consumption in the A6 has decreased by up to 19 percent compared to the previous model. In terms of consumption figures, the A6 outperforms the competition.

The most powerful unit in the range is the 2.0 TDI. In conjunction with a manual transmission, it requires on average just 4.9 liters of fuel per 100 km (48.00 US mpg) and emits just 129 g CO2 per km (207.61 g/mile). The A6 hybrid will be available from Audi at a later date. Serving up 180 kW (245 hp) of system performance, its 2.0 TFSI plus electric motor will achieve efficient and sporty acceleration with an average fuel consumption of only 6.2 liters per 100 km (37.94 US mpg) (provisional figure).

As was the case with the previous model, the new Audi A6 is also available with a wide range of drivetrains. 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 unit is precisely tuned and features a wide gear-ratio spread, thereby making a significant contribution to the sedan's efficiency.

Depending on the engine version, power is funneled via the gears to the front wheels or to the quattro permanent all-wheel drive, whose crown-gear center differential and torque-vectoring function achieve the ultimate traction, stability and dynamic response. For the top-of-the-line engines, Audi will offer an optional sport differential.

The chassis of the new A6 combines sporty precision with supreme comfort. Its links are made of aluminum; the redesigned power steering features a highly efficient electromechanical drive. The executive sedan has wheels ranging from 16 to 20 inches in diameter.

The Audi drive select dynamic handling system is standard, and the front-wheel-drive models have the sporty ESP with electronic limited-slip differential on board. For enhanced comfort, adaptive air suspension with controlled damping is available as an option. Dynamic steering will be available soon, also as an option.


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6spdterror 6spdterror
This car does nothing for me. For that kind of money i want something a little less vanilla.
Jan 23rd, 2011 7:27pm
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alessandro alessandro
As it is. That big hole in the front is design, rest is "Deutche Ingenierung" and its boring - and it is made top notch.
Jan 12th, 2011 4:41pm
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GTurbo GTurbo
It's called 'design synergy' and Audi never had that before. This is Audi's secret for success in America and, of course, in Europe! However, I can understand if a little imagination can be injected into their sedans especially a big-selling A6. Bespoke interior standard as usual.
Jan 11th, 2011 8:18pm
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Fatsmurf Fatsmurf
I like it! The interior looks amazing. Better then the BMW 5 and the E-Class imo. Looking forward to the Avant.
Jan 11th, 2011 7:45pm
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Beemer89 Beemer89
I think the front is ok but the rear is just flat ugly...
Jan 11th, 2011 2:06pm
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Imo, the 2012 A6 exterior design looks progressively-sleeker. Good move Audi!
Jan 11th, 2011 8:46am
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F10V8tt F10V8tt
LOL! That grill looks like is should be on a truck. The E class and 5 series look a lot better.
Jan 11th, 2011 5:01am
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James2911 James2911
At least this time around the grille appears integrated into the car. On the last model, it looked to have been stuck on as an afterthought in some cases.
Jan 11th, 2011 5:24am
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Garais87 Garais87
Jan 11th, 2011 4:40am
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jerry05cod4 jerry05cod4
despite the similar styling i find this the most appealing of all audi's...its a safe bet for sure but i feel like it will pay off
Jan 11th, 2011 3:06am
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joelynn joelynn
the problem is that as much as the uniformity is a bit dull, the basic design is beautiful, so who can blame them from spreading it across their range
Jan 11th, 2011 2:46am
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die.bahnfahrer die.bahnfahrer
a 5series wannabe and what the e-class is want to be. ;) interior is amazing.
Jan 11th, 2011 2:41am
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Microice Microice
I like how Audi is pushing diesel tech but 2.0 Tdi is small for a car in this class.
Jan 11th, 2011 2:05am
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afterace2 afterace2
For many people it's more than enough, trust me. Btw. is there an option to get this car with normal xenon headlights? Those LED ones are so ugly...
Jan 11th, 2011 2:25am
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wcfuser14369 wcfuser14369
Forget what preconceptions you have about engine sizes, because they are all getting smaller but more efficeint in all senses. 280 lb/ft of torque is enough to make the car move well enough.
Jan 11th, 2011 3:11am
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Badfish941 Badfish941
There is nothing wrong a 0-60 time of 8.7s, top speed of 142 & 48mpg in a mid sized sedan. makes more sense than a hydrid to me. and is probably cheaper.
Jan 11th, 2011 10:58am
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Mirko Mirko
The A6 has been available with a 2.0 TDI since they started making a 2.0 TDI. Before that it was available with 1.9 TDIs as a base diesel engine. Volvo has a 1.6 diesel (109hp) in the S80. Even the leadfooted Auto Motor und Sport writers consider that to be the best version of the S80 (the review has a bit of a surprised tone, they were not expecting the small engine to work that well in the big car). http://www.auto-motor-und-sport.de/einzeltests/volvo-s80-16d-drive-im-test-grosse-liousine-mit-kleinem-motor-1585213.html
Jan 11th, 2011 11:28am
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Microice Microice
@ Mirko. Thanks for the reminder about the 1.9 Tdi, had forgotten. But had based my comment on the fact that an A3 also has a 2.0 Tdi and the efficient 3.0 Tdi doesnt offer that much more power. As a base model its ok bearing in mind Benz makes an S200!
Jan 11th, 2011 12:57pm
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Snapple Snapple
I know car companies need to have a bit of uniformity between their models, but all audi's are starting to look the same. Its starting to get a bit boring now...
Jan 11th, 2011 1:31am
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catchmyshadow catchmyshadow
those `Audi and boring` comments have become more than a bit boring. it´s one of Audi´s (Porsche´s and & Aston`s as well) reasons for their success. look at the new Bimmers, why do u think they are starting to look the same too, cause only the minority wants bangleish design experiments these days. it´s a nice evolution, subtle and elegant and not annoying. It doesn`t matter if normal people (not car fanatics) don`t spot the difference between an A4, A6 or A8. same with the 3 series, 5 series and 7 series. Driving a Audi or BMW is the main statement. 95% of the people will say, hey he drives an Audi, only 5% will probably say: hey he drives an A6, if u know what i mean.
Jan 11th, 2011 2:14am
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panamera789 panamera789
this a6 is actually looking quite nice although it's 95% similar as previous a6 and other models... i guess it works because most individual will just own 1 or 2 audi so does not matter they are same or not... they just choose the size they need.... sometimes it works better to have fewer choices for customers..
Jan 11th, 2011 3:18am
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Badfish941 Badfish941
@ Panemara789 this is not 95% similar, its a whole different car with 6 new (good)engine variants but i guess thats not enough choice... just because it has a similar grill dosent make it the same car....
Jan 11th, 2011 11:05am
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michelin901 michelin901
the face is new and better than the ol boring one but thats one weird looking rear and i still cant believe they got away with the bmw inspired interior in this and the a7. blasphemy
Jan 11th, 2011 4:11pm
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