2012 Audi A6 Hybrid
The new A6 will make its market debut in early 2011 and will be available with a raft of engine options including a hybrid, which Audi says will have the performance of a V6 and fuel efficiency of a four cylinder.
Designed heavily on the lines of the new A8, the 2012 A6 sedan measures 4.92 meters (16.14 ft) long, 1.87 meters (6.14 ft) in width, it is only 1.46 meters (4.79 ft) tall and has a wheelbase of 2.91 meters (9.55 ft). The harmonious proportions – the long engine hood, the short overhangs, and the sweeping roofline – embody a character of athletic elegance.
The new 2012 A6 will be available with five engine options at launch - two gasoline and three diesels. The gasoline range starts with 2.8 liter naturally aspirated V6 with 204 hp and 280 nm of torque which does the 0-100 kph sprint in a claimed 7.7 seconds and reaches a top speed of 240 kmph along with average consumption of 7.4 liter per 100 kms the EU cycle.
The other gasoline option is the 3.0 liter TFSI supercharged V6 which develops 300 hp and 440 nm of torque. The TFSI model sprints from 0-100 kph in just 5.5 seconds on top a top speed of 250 kmph (electrically limited).
The diesel engine range has three options - starting with a 2.0 liter four cylinder TDI delivering 177 bhp and 380 nm of maximum torque. Next up is the 3.0 liter TDI V6 which develops 204 hp of maximum power and 400 nm of maximum torque or 245 hp of maximum power and 500 nm of maximum torque in its more powerful top of the line version
The 2.0 liter TDI achieves 0-100 kph in 8.7 seconds and fuel efficiency of 4.9 liter per 100 kms in the EU cycle while the powerful 3.0 TDI V6 does the 0-100 kph run in 7.2 seconds or 6.1 seconds for the more powerful variant. The fuel efficiency figures stand at 5.2 liter per 100 kms for the 204 hp variant and 6.0 liter per 100 kms for the higher powered 245 hp variant.
Transmission options include a 6-speed manual transmission, a CVT, seven-speed S-tronic automatic depending on the engine on offer or the eight-speed automatic which will arrives in the hybrid. The transmissions will either drive the front wheels or quattro permanent all-wheel drive system depending upon the variant.
The A6 hybrid will be Audi's only second model apart from the q5 Hybrid Quattro. The hybrid model will come with a 211 hp 2.0 TFSI engine paired with an electric motor developing 33 kW and 211 nm of torque. The A6 Hybrid will employ a parallel hybrid concept with electric motor sitting directly behind the TFSI, occupying the space of the torque converter upstream of the modified 8-speed tiptronic that drives the front wheels.
The hybrid system uses a lithium-ion battery pack which provides 1.3 kWh of nominal power and is stored under the luggage compartment. The hybrid can not only operate in the engine only or hybrid mode but can also run on pure electric mode to speeds upto 100 kph but not for very long.
The A6 Hybrid accelerates from 0-100 kph in 7.3 seconds (claimed) with a top speed of 238 kmph and will return an impressive 6.2 liter per 100 kms equating to CO2 emissions level of just 142 grams per km.
The future range will also include Avant Station Wagon Model, a go faster S6 and bonkers RS6 model.