Audi gets its nose in front

The A6 is caught ex­pos­ing its an­gu­lar new head­lamps, writes Paul Gover

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Prestige -

THE next main­stream Audi model des­tined for a re­work and re­newal is the A6. The A8 flag­ship has bro­ken free this year and, de­spite a grow­ing em­pha­sis on spin-off cars such as the A5 and A7, the Ger­man com­pany is go­ing all-out on the new A6.

Test mules have been run­ning for more than a year. Now Carparazzi has first pic­tures of the real thing, run­ning on the road in Ger­many.

Its sources point to a ma­jor shift for the next A6, which will cut its ties to the Volk­swa­gen Pas­sat. In­stead, it is be­ing de­vel­oped on Audi’s own mo­du­lar alu­minium chas­sis.

The most ob­vi­ous vis­ual change to the new A6 is a dif­fer­ent treat­ment to the nose, with an­gu­lar new head­lamps.

The Carparazzi pic­tures show ev­ery­thing from new door han­dles and side mir­rors to a cabin with a more rounded look.

Also, the cam­ou­flage stick­ers, sim­i­lar to the de­sign used by BMW on its pro­to­types, can­not hide a slightly more aero­dy­namic shape to the A6 body.

The en­gine range for the new model should in­clude the su­per­charged 3.0-litre V6 and a new 4.0-litre V8 that Audi is work­ing on. So­phis­ti­cated TDI mo­tors will be part of the range too. Two new trans­mis­sions will be fit­ted to the A6 — an eight-speed au­to­matic and a seven-speed dual clutch.

Pro­duc­tion of the A6 should be­gin in the first half of next year at Audi’s Neckar­sulm fac­tory in Ger­many, point­ing to Aus­tralian sales in the fi­nal quar­ter.

For a full gallery of the A6 spy shots, visit www.cars­guide.com.au

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