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Audi has released the latest generation of their executive sedan, the A6. 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.

With the new Audi A6, which is the seventh generation of the model, the German brand is renewing their push for additional sales in the so-called executive class. Featuring numerous technical innovations, this car will write the next chapter in the story of the A6.

The new Audi A6 debuts in Australia with three powerplants: two petrol engines and one TDI unit. They have outputs ranging from 150 kW to 220 kW. All variants come standard with quattro all-wheel-drive system and Audi’s seven-speed S tronic transmission.

Among the benchmark technologies the A6 boasts is the latest version of Audi’s Drive Select dynamic handling system, which now includes an additional mode – the Efficiency programme.

The design embodies elegance. The sedan is 4.92 metres long and 1.87 metres wide, but just 1.46 metres high – the sportiest proportions in its segment. The long bonnet, the low, sweeping roofline, and the prominent lines on the flanks provide a sleek and dynamic stance.

All Australian-delivered 2.8 FSI quattro, 3.0 TDI quattro and 3.0 TFSI quattro A6 models come as standard with Audi’s dynamic S line exterior package including lower and deeper front and rear bumpers for a powerful and dynamic on-road stance. (copyright image)
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Lightweight technology: aluminium expertise

The body of the new Audi A6 is exceedingly light, stiff and safe, thanks to an intelligent composite design concept. More than 20 per cent of the body is made of aluminium, with numerous aluminium components and high-tech steels reduce its weight by some 30 kilogrammes compared with the previous model.

The body of the new Audi A6 is at the top of its vehicle segment. A composite steel-aluminum construction, the body weighs approximately 15 per cent less than a conventional all-steel construction. Its stiffness, vibration characteristics and crash performance are impressive, as are its aerodynamics and aeroacoustics.

Depending on the version, the new A6 sedan weighs up to 80 kilogrammes 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 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 three engines

Audi is launching the new A6 with a choice of three powerful, highly efficient six-cylinder powerplants. All of these engines are matched to Audi’s quattro all-wheel-drive system and seven-speed S tronic transmission.

Each of these three engines also makes 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 per cent compared with the previous model – a leading figure among the competition.

The first engine is the 2.8 FSI. Developing 150 kW and 280 Nm, it provides effortless pulling power right across the engine’s range and impressive with a combined fuel consumption figure of 8.0 L/100 km.

The second petrol engine is the supercharged 3.0 TFSI. Using efficient direct-injection technology, this world-class engine pumps out 220 kW and 440 Nm, catapulting the A6 3.0 TFSI from 0-100 km/h in a mere 5.5 seconds, while consuming just 8.2 L/100km of fuel.

The diesel option comes in the form of the 3.0 TDI. Outputting 180 kW and a prodigious 500 Nm, class-leading performance is assured, along with incredible fuel efficiency at just 6.0 L/100 km.

Each engine features a wide gear-ratio spread and low internal friction, thereby making a significant contribution to the sedan’s efficiency.

Thanks to its sophisticated design, the chassis of the new A6 combines sporty precision with supreme comfort. Its links are made of aluminium; the power steering features a new electromechanical drive, making it highly efficient. The Audi A6 sedan has wheels ranging from 17 to 20 inches in diameter, with powerful brakes behind them.

The Audi drive select dynamic handling system is standard for all engine versions. 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.

Ultimate grip: quattro

The quattro permanent all-wheel drive is standard in the three A6 models offered from launch presented in its latest stage of evolution – its crowngear centre differential and torque vectoring function guarantee supreme traction, stability and dynamic response. Audi also offers the optional sport differential, which actively distributes torque to the rear wheels.

Sporty elegance: the interior

The roomy interior of the new Audi A6 echoes the taut 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.

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Every detail of the interior is a testament to the care that Audi invests in car manufacturing. 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. Also standard is the cutting-edge touch pad with numeral and letter recognition function. The MMI navigation system plus with MMI touch is also available as an option. The hard-disc navigation system can be largely controlled via the touchpad.

Other hugely desirable highlights include the top of the line Bang & Olufsen Advanced Sound System.

Among the cutting-edge driver assist technologies available in the Audi A6 are head-up display, night vision and Audi lane assist.

Two additional A6 variants (2.0 TDI and 2.0TFSI) will join the line-up in the final quarter of 2011. Pricing and specification will be announced closer to launch.

Audi A6 Manufacturers List Price*:
Audi A6 2.8 FSI quattro:    $93,900*
Audi A6 3.0 TDI quattro:  $116,500*
Audi A6 3.0 TFSI quattro: $121,500*

NOTE: * Manufacturer's List Price (MLP) excludes dealer delivery fees and the numerous statutory charges (commonly known as on-road costs). Additionally, please note that all prices, fees and charges are subject to change without notice, as are the specifications.


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