2011 NAIAS: Audi A6 [Live Photos]
Much of the body of the new Audi A6 consists of aluminum and high-tech steels, making it lighter and stiffer than ever before. The suspension is also made out of aluminum and has five control arms up front, a self-tracking trapezoidal-link suspension at the rear and plus a redesigned power steering system with electromechanical drive.
Customers will also be able to order an optional adaptive air suspension with controlled damping as well as a Dynamic steering system.
From the get-go, Audi will offer the 2012 A6 with a choice of five engines, with the company claiming that fuel consumption throughout the range has been decreased by up to 19 percent compared to the previous model. The petrol range includes two options, a 2.8-liter V6 with 204HP and 280 Nm (206.52 lb-ft) of torque, and a 3.0-liter TFSI V6 delivering 300 hp and 440 Nm (324.53 lb-ft).
Three diesels are available starting with a redeveloped 2.0-liter four-cylinder TDI, producing 177 hp and 380 Nm (280.27 lb-ft) of torque. The second oil-burner is a 3.0 TDI V6 with 204 hp and 400 Nm (295.02 lb-ft) of torque, while the top-of-the-range is a 3.0 TDI producing 245 hp and 500 Nm (368.78 lb-ft) of torque. A hybrid version will also be available, combining the power of a V6 with the fuel efficiency of a four-cylinder, according to the manufacturer.
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