The 2012 Audi A6, set to make its debut in early 2011, is a totally revamped version of the German automaker's mid-size luxury sedan. Styled to match the 2011 Audi A8, the new A6 (which, as we pointed out when it leaked a day early, looks a lot like the old A6) hides plenty of lightweight aluminum and high-tech steel components under its new outer skin. Inside, the A6 benefits from a wrap-around cockpit that envelops both the driver and front passenger with leather and wood. Other luxurious bits include heated and ventilated seating in addition to the optional massage functions.
As a whole, the available powertrains - a choice between two gasoline engines and three diesel mills worldwide - have improved by 19 percent in the fuel economy department, and a hybrid version will be introduced down the road. The most economic unit, a 2.0-liter TDI, is expected to achieve about 48 miles per gallon, while the hybrid will come in closer to 38 mpg. You don't have to be totally frugal on the fuel to have some fun though, thanks to a 300-horsepower supercharged 3.0-liter TFSI powerplant that achieves 27 miles per gallon and ought to run rather quickly to its limited top speed of 155 miles per hour.
The other gasoline engine is a 2.8-liter naturally aspirated unit that produces 204 horsepower and 206 pound-feet of torque. For oil burner fans, two 3.0-liter diesel choices exist: a 204 hp/295 lb-ft example and a top-of-the-line 245 hp/368 lb-ft mill. The more powerful unit is rated at nearly 40 mpg yet runs from 0-60 in just 6.1 seconds.
The 2012 A6 Hybrid, the second hybrid behind the launch of the Q5, will make its debut sometime after the new A6 hits the market. Power will come from a 2.0 TFSI engine paired with an electric motor that sits right between the engine and the eight-speed transmission. The A6 Hybrid will be able to run on electric power alone at speeds of up to 62 mph.
Transmission options on the 2012 A6 are as varied as the available motors they pair with. A six-speed manual will join a CVT and seven-speed S-tronic automatic before the aforementioned eight-speeder arrives in the hybrid.
. Keep in mind these figures represent the German version of the A6, but give us a good idea of what to expect when it makes its way to the States.
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Officially Official: 2012 Audi A6 grows up, borrows a page from A8 originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 30 Nov 2010