A6’s new clout
Audi gets a more aggressive look to take on the big boys at BMW and Benz, writes Paul Gover
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