A6’s new clout

Audi gets a more ag­gres­sive look to take on the big boys at BMW and Benz, writes Paul Gover

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Prestige -

THE new-model pipe­line is al­ways full at Audi and the next car sched­uled to pop out of the end is the all-new A6, some time from the mid­dle of next year.

But Carparazzi en­sures we don’t need to wait un­til next year to see what the 2012-model A6 will look like.

It’s easy to see that the next model is more an­gu­lar and ag­gres­sive than the cur­rent A6, which has al­ways strug­gled to make a ma­jor im­pact against the 5-Se­ries BMW and Benz’s E Class.

A6 mules have been test­ing for about a year, but the real cars are out now, with heavy cam­ou­flage dur­ing the day and bor­ing black body­work for af­ter-dark work.

The frontal treat­ment is ob­vi­ously new, with an­gu­lar head­lights cut­ting across the nose and a deeper front spoiler.

New door han­dles and side mir­rors are also ob­vi­ous in the pic­tures of the pro­to­types.

But the biggest change to the 2012 A6 is un­der the body­work, where the ‘‘top hat’’ is fit­ted above an all-new Audi chas­sis pack­age.

Carparazzi says the cur­rent car is built up from the C-chas­sis used by the Volk­swa­gen Group, but the new car will use Audi’s own MLB mo­du­lar alu­minium chas­sis.

The petrol en­gine range should in­clude the su­per­charged 3.0-litre V6 and a new 4.0-litre V8 that Audi is work­ing on, with tur­bod­iesel choice as well. Two new trans­mis­sions will be fit­ted to the next A6 — an eight-speed au­to­matic and a seven-speed dual-clutch manu­matic.

Pro­duc­tion should be­gin in the first half of 2011 at Audi’s fac­tory at Neckar­sulm in Ger­many, with a pub­lic pre­view likely at the Geneva Mo­tor Show in March. See more Carparazzi pho­tos at cars­guide.com.au

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