Audi A6 Hybrid Reportedly Coming to America in 2012
Car&Driver magazine now says that it has confirmation from reliable sources within the carmaker that the new A6 Hybrid will be sold in the USA starting from next year with a price "somewhere north of $55,000".
It is believed the US-spec model will differ only slightly from the European model, though a bit of trim will have to be cut here and there to keep the price down. The hybrid presented in Detroit uses an electric motor installed behind the TFSI powerplant and a modified 8-speed tiptronic transmission that sends the power generated by the two engines to the front wheels. This configuration will surely be kept.
The TFSI 2.0-liter engine develops a maximum power of 211 horsepower, while the electric unit brings an additional 45 horsepower and 211 Nm of torque to the mix. A battery is also part of the system, in this case a lithium-ion pack that generates 39 kW.
The arrival of the A6 Hybrid is scheduled for next year and will likely coincide with the introduction of the 250 hp 3.0 TDI diesel version of the same car.
Audi says it accelerates in 7.3 seconds from zero to 100 km/h (62.14 mph), top speed is 238 km/h (147.89 mph) and the average fuel consumption is 6.2 liters per 100 km (37.94 US mpg).