2012 Audi A6

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2012 Audi A6

2012 Audi A6

2012 Audi A6

2012 Audi A6 Redesigned

Audi said its redesigned A6 sedan will arrive at U.S. dealers next summer as a 2012 model. The series will be expanded in Europe to include an all-new A6 Hybrid, but there are no immediate plans to offer the gasoline-electric version in the U.S.

The midlevel A6 has received an extensive makeover, with an exterior redesign that draws styling cues from the recently reworked A8 flagship. Among the options are LED headlamps and 20-inch wheels and tires.

Engine choices in Europe include two gasoline units and three turbodiesels. The basic gas engine is a normally aspirated 2.8-liter FSI V6 rated at 201 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque. The uplevel engine most likely headed to the U.S. is a supercharged 3.0-liter TFSI V6, delivering 295 hp and 325 lb-ft. The 3.0 TFSI gallops from zero to 60 mph in less than 5.5 seconds, with top speed electronically limited to 155 mph. Transmission choices include a Multitronic continuously variable automatic and a seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch unit.

Among the diesels, the most potent is a 3.0-liter V6 TDI developing 241 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. Its 0-60-mph acceleration time is less than 6.1 seconds, while average fuel economy on the European cycle is 39 mpg.

The A6 Hybrid, which Audi says will be offered in Europe “at a later point,” will combine a 208-hp 2.0 TFSI four-cylinder gas engine with a 33-kW electric motor, driving the front wheels through an eight-speed Tiptronic transmission. The A6 Hybrid has a projected fuel economy average of 38 mpg.

As usual, Audi plans to load up the new A6 with plenty of features and options, including a choice of metallic or wood veneer trim, fancy massaging seats, ambient lighting, head-up display and a top-of-the-line Bang & Olufsen audio system.

Among the available high-tech systems are adaptive cruise control, adaptive air suspension, adaptive headlamps, dynamic steering, active lane assist, side assist, park assist, night vision and pre-sense safety.

Source: insideline

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