Audi has updated their A6 family. The German carmaker says that new engines, transmissions and headlights, plus a new infotainment system make the saloon and avant more efficient, more powerful, more attractive and more sophisticated than ever.
“With the new Audi A6, we are writing the next chapter in an excellent success story. It represents innovative technology and Audi’s premium claim,” says Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, head of technical development at Audi. “The Audi A6 sets new standards in many technical fields: the lightweight body containing many aluminium components, the powerful and highly efficient engines, the sporty chassis and the advanced assistance and multimedia systems.”
Audi boasts that sharp lines, emphasized horizontals, athletically taut surfaces make up the design of the new A6 epitomizes precision and sporty elegance.
Their designers say that it was carefully honed as part of the model refresh, with changes made to the single frame grille, the headlights, air inlets, bumpers, side sills, rear lights and tailpipes. Audi optionally offers headlights with LED technology or Matrix LED technology, combined with dynamic turn signals.
And Audi says that thanks to its intelligent composite construction concept, the body is extremely rigid and safe. Numerous components of aluminium and hot-shaped steel form the backbone of a systematic lightweight construction concept. The new A6 1.8 TFSI has a kerb weight of just 1,535 kilograms, and they also claim that vibrational comfort is excellent; with cabin noise is extremely low.
The engine line-up for the new A6 and A6 Avant includes three TFSI units with output ranging between 190 hp and 333 hp and five TDI units ranging from 150 hp to 326 hp.
All engines comply with the limits of the Euro 6 emission standard, and their CO2 emissions have been reduced by as much as 22 percent. At Audi, the most efficient petrol and diesel engines bear the “ultra” label.
The 2.0 TDI ultra with 150 hp achieves the extremely low consumption figure – with no restrictions with respect to equipment – of 4.2 litres of fuel per 100 kilometres corresponding to 109 grams CO2 per kilometre.
The top petrol engine, the 3.0 TFSI, has been comprehensively revised. The engine developers have also completely redesigned numerous aspects of the 3.0 TDI clean diesel, which is available with either 218 hp or 272 hp. The 3.0 TDI clean diesel b-iturbo produces 320 hp.
The high‑performance diesel is paired with an eight‑speed tiptronic. All other engine variants work together with either a newly designed six‑speed manual transmission that is particularly lightweight and low-friction, or a seven‑speed S tronic. In the versions with front-wheel drive, a fully redeveloped dual-clutch transmission replaces the multitronic. In engine configurations starting at 272 hp, quattro permanent all‑wheel drive can be supplemented with the sport differential, which actively distributes power between the rear wheels.
Audi claims that the chassis with its sophisticated wheel suspensions also combines supreme comfort with sporty handling. The Audi drive select dynamic handling system is standard, and Audi offers a choice of two sport suspensions and adaptive air suspension as options. In the A6 Avant 2.0 TDI ultra with 190 hp, the springs are made of glass fiber-reinforced polymer (GFRP) – an Audi innovation that saves approximately 4.4 kilograms of weight, reduces fuel consumption and improves both driving precision and vibrational comfort. The wheels measure between 17 and 20 inches in the diagonal.
Audi also boasts that the new A6 models are also way ahead of the competition when it comes to infotainment, with configurations ranging up to MMI navigation plus with MMI touch. The top-of-the-line navigation system with the power-retractable eight‑inch monitor is now based on a new technology platform that uses the fast Tegra 30 graphics chip from Audi’s partner Nvidia. The supplemental module Audi connect transfers data via the fast LTE standard and brings tailored online services into the car, including new media streaming apps.
The new Audi A6 family will arrive late this year and pricing will be confirmed later this month.