The body of the new A6 is lighter, stiffer and safer, thanks to new methods of molding sheet metal. Interior noise has been reduced owing to the use of high-tech materials and design methods. The use of composite steel-aluminum confers the vehicle a comfortable, yet nimble ride.
The headlights were redrawn to match the high-class executive look, featuring a shallow design that becomes wider towards the fenders, shifting focus towards the sides of the vehicle. Xenon plus lights with a LED daytime running strip are optional but are a must-have if you want your car to draw the much needed attention.
The new model is slightly shorter and lower than the previous model, yet its width and especially its wheelbase have significantly increased in size, giving the new model more balanced proportions.
The interior resembles those of bigger models, with high quality leather or wood covering every visible inch of paneling and conveniences like heated and ventilated seats with optional massage functionality available within reach.
While the new A6 stuns us with good-taste and high-tech gadgets, the mechanical and engineering are equally impressive. It comes with a range of five engines, two gas powerplants and three diesel mills from the economical 2.0-liter TDI, that made Audi famous worldwide, to the powerful 3.0-liter TFSI unit that develops 300 horsepower and is able to propel the car to a limited top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h). A hybrid version will follow closely after the new 2012 A6 is launched. Audi claims that it will have the ability to run on electric power alone at speeds of up to 62 mph (100 km/h). Deliveries of the new model will begin in early 2011, with prices starting at EUR 38,500 (about US $50,000) in Germany.