NAIAS 2011 – Audi A6 World Premiere

Auto Shows | January 11th, 2011 by 11

BMW’s 5 series faces yet another competitor, this time Audi’s A6 stares squarely in its headlights.  Audi’s contribution to the mid-size performance luxury car market …

BMW’s 5 series faces yet another competitor, this time Audi’s A6 stares squarely in its headlights.  Audi’s contribution to the mid-size performance luxury car market is stepped up with improved interior design, and new engine options.

True to Audi’s design progression, the look has evolved slightly, but maintains almost identical proportions to its predecessor.  The now trademark Audi LED lower headlight design is aggressive as ever, accentuating the prominent Audi hood -to-ground front grill.  Moving around the car most changes are subtle, and maintain a very similar look to the previous model, albeit sharpened up with stronger edges.

On the technical front, the A6 will offer five engine variants producing between 177 hp and 300 hp for the top model.  An S6 is likely on the way, though we have no word on specifics or release date.  Three engine options of the five will be diesel, and a hybrid model is to follow offering, “V6 like power with 4 cylinder economy,” in Audi’s words.

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The real news around Audi’s new A6 is found in its chassis, now an Aluminum/steel composite frame.  The new chassis weighs approximately 15% less than similarly sized conventional steel chassis, while maintaining chassis rigidity.  The new A6 when fitted with the 2.0 liter Diesel tips the scales at only 1,575 kg (3,472 lb).

The Ingolstadt manufacturer announced that the new Audi A6 will be manufactured in Germany at the Neckarsulm plant.

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How the new A6 compares to BMW’s 5 series offering is yet to be seen – once we’ve done a comparison drive you’ll be the first know.

11 responses to “NAIAS 2011 – Audi A6 World Premiere”

  1. Laszlo says:

    the market wants the A7 not this. Not bad but the A7 is the game winner.

  2. Tom says:

    idk, i get the whole audi design deal but its getting alittle stupid looking now.. wtf is with those headlights. im tired of this tired look- come up with something new, audi.

  3. Ivan says:

    The back of the car is an EPIC FAIL!

  4. Shincai says:

    Audi is still Audi.
    BMW is still BMW
    And Mercedes is still Mercedes.
    Best cars on the planet.

  5. Heddlu_Cymru M5 says:

    I can deal with the front as being owkey but the rear is awful… I guess they’re trying too hard.

  6. BIMMER1 says:

    Is this a big A4 or a small A8, I can’t tell? Ah who cares all Audi’s look the same these days except the TT and A5. Let’s all say it togeher now, Booooorrrrring.

  7. paul says:

    1575KG??? thats almost as much as my E46 320d… AMAZIng. compared to this the 5ser is a fat pig and at least the previous generation had a proper steering, so new one is fat and drives like it too. Will this car finally beat BMW as the dynamic standart. Some reviewers believe the new A8 to be better drive than the 7…let the games begin

  8. paul says:

    also notice how small the panel gap between the engine cover and bumper is…bmw´s are so big that even bmw itself are ashamed of it, just take a look at the new x3 catalog and you will see how bmw photoshoped most of the pics where the gap was visible. talk about misleading advertising

  9. Joaquin says:

    I have owned 6 BMW’s 3 and 5 series.  Recently changed since lost my BMW 335i when it caught fire after serviced in Autogermana BMW in Puerto Rico.  Bought a new AUDI A6 and this is a far superior car that BMW.  I am extremely satisfied with the drive, the look and all the technologic amenities.  This Audi A6 is an excellent buy.

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