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Old 02-28-2018, 08:20 AM   #1
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Default Audi A6 designer: the new A6 is the sportiest car in its class

Audi designer Philipp Romers told Autocar that the new A6 has been given its own character

We spoke to the exterior designer of the new A6, Philippe Romers, on what he was trying to achieve with the model, the importance of looking different to other Audis and how design has contributed to Audi's ambitions to make the A6 more sporty than before.

What was your goal in designing the A6?

“It is the third car with Audi’s new design language after the A8 and A7. We have been criticised in the past for not differentiating our cars’ designs enough. Now, we give every car its own character. Our aim was to make the most sporty car in the segment.”

2018 Audi A6 revealed

How have you achieved that differentiation?

“It has more muscular looks and a lower shoulder line than its siblings. The shoulder line leads towards the wheel, accentuating quattro [Audi’s four-wheel drive system], which is different to the A8. The grille is similar yet has different dimensions to the A8 and A7 and the front and rear light graphics are unique to the A6. The A7 and A8 have a light band across the rear. Instead, the A6 has chrome in its place to connect the lights.”

Aerodynamics have improved on the new A6 (from a Cd of 0.26 to 0.24).

How did the design contribute?

“The rear-view mirror sits on the shoulder. That helps with drag coefficient but is also good for design. Sports cars such as the Audi TT and Porsche 911 have mirrors here. It looks more sporty and there’s a better view out of the car. The contouring edge of the rear lights also helps, as does the front air curtain and the reduced gap between the tyres and wheel arches.”
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Old 02-28-2018, 08:22 AM   #2
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Might as well post up the new A6

New Audi A6 guns for 5 Series with mild-hybrid power and A8 cabin tech
All-hybrid line-up, clever infotainment and Level 3 autonomy all feature in the new A6

Audi believes its all-new A6 saloon is finally the car to usurp the BMW 5 Series as champion of the ultra-competitive executive saloon class, thanks to its complete reinvention inside and out, with a new look, fresh technology and a bolstering of its sporting appeal.

The eighth-generation A6, on sale in June, will be available with mild-hybrid engines only – much like the recently launched A7 – and will later offer a plug-in hybrid as “bridge technology” to pure electric.

For now, the new executive saloon will be offered with four engine options: a V6 3.0-litre TFSI petrol and three diesels, a 2.0-litre TDI and a 3.0-litre TDI in two states of tune.

The 3.0 TFSI and 2.0-litre TDI use a 48V electrical system, which has a lithium ion battery positioned in the rear axle and a starter/generator at the front of the car. This mild-hybrid system switches off the engine and cruises between the speeds of 34mph and 99mph. When decelerating, it switches off the engine between 4mph and 14mph.

The two 3.0-litre TDI powertrains instead use a 12V electrical system that does not offer these features. The 12V system allows CO2 to be reduced by 4g/km and the 48V system cuts CO2 by 10g/km.

Although the mild-hybrid line-up is currently unusual in the car market, many manufacturers will soon offer the same in order to meet ever-demanding CO2 and air quality targets.

Audi also says a smaller petrol unit, a 2.0-litre TFSI, will arrive in the UK at some point in response to the growing demand for petrol, as diesel sales continue to fall.

Although there is no confirmed date for a plug-in hybrid A6, Audi said the chassis accommodates it. “We believe a plug-in hybrid will be bridge technology to electric,” said a spokesman. “Maybe there’s a surprise coming up.”

The new A6 is now offered with an automatic transmission only. Demand for manual transmission in its predecessor was less than 5% and Audi also recognises that adaptive cruise control works much better with an automatic gearbox. It also allows for some of the A6’s 37 driver assistance systems, such as parking a car remotely from a smartphone app, which is an updated version of its existing Parking Assist system.

The UK will have two trim levels for the A6 – SE and S line – and Audi’s quattro four-wheel drive will be standard on all 3.0-litre models.

The A6 is 7mm longer at 4939mm, 12mm wider at 1886m and 2mm taller at 1457mm than its predecessor. That makes it fractionally longer and wider than the 5 Series but 22mm lower. Wheel size has alsoincreased and ranges from 17in to 21in. The largest wheel size available on its predecessor was 20in.

The new A6, which weighs from 1575kg, is 5kg-25kg heavier than the old one due to the mild-hybrid systems. “The lithium ion battery and starter/ generator add 25kg,” said A6 project manager Renald Lassowski. “We focused on overall consumption rather than reduced weight. We did try to improve other areas, though, such as reducing the weight of brake calipers.” Along with more sporty styling, Audi has also worked on the A6’s suspension to make it “as agile as a sports car, as manoeuvrable as a compact model”. The all-wheel steering’s ratio changes depending on the car’s speed, with the rear wheels able to turn as much as 5deg by a spindle drive. At high speeds, this is intended to improve stability. At low speeds, the aim is to make the car feel more agile and reduce its turning circle.

There are four suspensions available: standard suspension on SE models; sport suspension on S line cars; optional suspension with adaptive damper control; and fully adaptive air suspension, also an option. Inside, Audi claims there is more head room, shoulder room and rear leg room than before. Although boot space stays the same at 530 litres, the car maker says the boot has a wider aperture and can accommodate two golf bags horizontally.

Audi is positioning its infotainment system as a key selling point for the A6, describing it as a “futuristic operating concept”.

There are two central touchscreens, both 8.6in as standard, with a 10.1in upper screen available as an option. The system, known as MMI, allows vehicle functions, shortcuts and favourite buttons to be dragged and dropped, akin to a smartphone.

The top screen controls infotainment and navigation and the lower screen is used for climate control, convenience functions and text input. It has been designed so the driver’s wrist can rest on the gearlever.

Designer Philipp Römers said: “We see touch systems as the future. But we are not a big fan of iPads in the interior. That’s why we designed the black panel on A6 in a more driver-oriented position than in A8. So the panel is broken in the middle and angled to the driver.

“People are used to working touchscreens today in every part of their lives. We’re giving them what they know, making it easier for them to handle the car in the way they handle their smartphone.”

The new navigation includes a self-learning function based on driven routes, which generates intelligent search suggestions. For example, the system knows your daily route to work and will suggest another way if it knows there has been an accident. The nav also uses vehicle-to-x technology with other Audis for traffic and hazard information.

Among 37 driving assistance systems, bundled into three packages “to help avoid customer confusion”, there is the Level 3 autonomous driving system introduced on last year’s A8. Although the technology is available, the A6 faces the same issue as the A8: the legislation is not yet in place to allow the use of Level 3 on a public road unless it is for manufacturer testing.

This package of technology, new styling and mild-hybrid powertrains is what Audi hopes will help claw sales back from the 5 Series. The current 5 Series, launched in 2016, has achieved a growing advantagein sales over the older A6, with BMW selling almost 50% more 5 Series than Audi achieved for the A6 in Europe in 2017.

The 5 Series has long been rated the better car by Autocar in terms of both driving and all-round appeal but the A6 is highly rated too.

Premium executive saloons are one of the few segments not yet negatively affected by SUV growth – 2017 global sales were up 14%, according to Jato Dynamics – so Audi is in a good position to capitalise with the new A6.

Its pricing is expected to rise above the current model’s starting price of £33,160 to around £37,000. The most popular model in the UK is likely to be the 2.0-litre TDI S line S tronic.

An estate version, the A6 Avant, will be revealed later, and a hot RS6 version is very likely but unconfirmed. Audi will also offer a long-wheelbase version of the A6 for the crucial Chinese market.


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Default Audi A6 Plug-in Hybrid Detailed: 362 Hp, 33-mile Electric Range

It only has a four-cylinder engine, but the electric motor adds a nice boost.


It only has a four-cylinder engine, but the electric motor adds a nice boost.

Following a preview of its plug-in hybrid portfolio at the Geneva Motor Show back in March, Audi is electrifying its vast lineup from top to bottom. We’ve seen PHEV versions of the A8 Sedan flagship, A7 Sportback, along with the Q7 and Q5 SUVs, and now it’s the A6 Sedan’s turn to earn an extra fuel cap that conceals the charging port.

At the heart of the Audi A6 55 TFSI e quattro (not the best name, eh?) is “only” a turbo four-pot with a 2.0-liter displacement and an output rated at 248 horsepower (185 kilowatts). The TFSI unit works together with an electric motor that offers a more than decent 141 hp (105 kW) to enable a combined output of 362 hp and an ample 369 pound-feet (500 Newton-meters) of torque from a low 1,250 rpm. The same setup can also be found in the Q5 55 TFSI e quattro.

Thanks to the electrified powertrain, the A6 in PHEV guise needs only 5.6 seconds for the 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) run and tops out at 155 mph (250 km/h) or 84 mph (135 km/h) when it’s driven in electric mode. Speaking of which, shut off the combustion engine and the large executive sedan will cover as much as 33 miles (53 kilometers) based on the WLTP procedure. The energy necessary is stored in a 14.1-kWh battery pack that can be recharged at a public station up to an output of 7.4 kW.

Audi will sell the new A6 55 TFSI e quattro with S line and black styling packages as well as a wide array of goodies: matrix LED headlights, 19-inch wheels (with red brake calipers), sport suspension, Audi Virtual Cockpit, sport seats, and four-zone climate control.

It can already be ordered in Germany where it kicks off at €68,850 before options. Bear in mind it’s not the first A6 to get the plug-in hybrid treatment as the previous-generation model in the long-wheelbase guise spawned an E-Tron variant in China in 2015. The non-hybrid A6 is actually way older than that, having debuted late 2010.

Audi is expanding its portfolio of electrified models consistently: Five powerful cars with plug-in hybrid drive are making their debut in the second half of 2019 alone. Presales of the A6 55 TFSI e quattro (combined fuel consumption in l/100 km*: 2.1–1.9 (112.0 – 123.8 US mpg); combined energy consumption in kWh/100 km*: 17.9 – 17.4; combined CO2 emissions in g/km*: 47 – 43 (75.6 – 69.2 g/mi) are starting in Germany. With its system output of 270 kW (367 PS), it delivers a confident performance.

Audi is expanding its portfolio in the midsize to the luxury class: The Four Rings will also be offering plug-in hybrids in the A7, A8, Q5 and Q7 model lines. They all bear the “TFSI e” logo. The A6 55 TFSI e quattro* is now continuing this series. Like all Audi plug-in hybrid models, it also combines two highly efficient drives to achieve a system output of 270 kW (367 PS).

Its four-cylinder gasoline engine, a 2.0 TFSI, delivers 185 kW (252 PS). The electric motor, which is integrated into the seven-speed S tronic, has a peak output of 105 kW. The system torque already reaches its maximum of 500 Nm (368.8 lb-ft) at a speed of 1,250 rpm. The lithium-ion battery, which is positioned in the vehicle rear, stores 14.1 kWh of energy. It is integrated such that the luggage compartment offers level and convenient luggage space.

The A6 TFSI e 55 quattro* is a sporty car that is highly efficient at the same time. It accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 5.6 seconds and has a top speed of 250 km/h (155.3 mph). On purely electric power, it reaches a top speed of 135 km/h (83.9 mph). Its electric range, measured according to the WLTP procedure, is up to 53 kilometers (32.9 mi). Thus the tax rate imposed on it when used as a company car in Germany is cut in half. The powerful plug-in hybrid model is the only premium sedan in the direct competitive environment that has quattro all-wheel drive on board.

The drive concept of the Audi A6 55 TFSI e quattro* is designed so that customers can do most of their daily driving electrically and therefore with zero local emissions and nearly without sound. They can choose between the three drive modes “EV” for all-electric driving, “Hybrid” for the efficient combination of both drive types and “Hold” to conserve the electrical energy available at any given time.

In “Hybrid” mode the predictive operating strategy ensures maximum efficiency and the maximum possible amount of electric driving. It controls the drivetrain so that the last stage of the journey before getting to the destination can be covered in all-electric mode and the battery is charged up beforehand via the combustion engine where necessary. Fine planning on a stage of the journey is performed by the predictive efficiency assist. It also uses a large amount of information, including navigation, online traffic events, the driver’s style and the vehicle sensors such as the camera and radar. It plans the management of the drives and decides between freewheeling with the engine deactivated and coasting recuperation.

Customers can charge the Audi A6 55 TFSI e quattro* at public charging stations up to an output of 7.4 kW using the mode 3 cable supplied. This means it takes roughly two-and-a-half hours to recharge an empty high-voltage battery. While on the road, the Audi e-tron Charging Service offers access to more than 110,000 charging points in Europe. The myAudi app is equipped with a route planner that shows where the terminals are. Customers can use the app to manage charging and pre-entry climate control even before they set off. The air conditioning system operates together with a highly efficient heat pump that uses the waste heat from the electrical drive components.

The Audi A6 55 TFSI e quattro* has a distinctly sporty character. The S line exterior package, the black styling package, black exterior mirror housings and privacy glazing enhance the exterior. Matrix LED headlights, sport seats, four-zone automatic air conditioning, the Audi virtual cockpit, sport suspension, 19-inch wheels and red brake calipers add further accents. The plug-in hybrid sedan can now be ordered at a base price of EUR 68,850 and is now coming to dealerships in Germany.
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