2012 Audi A6 online configurator is now online

Article by Christian Andrei, on June 28, 2011

Audi has launched the online configurator for the all-new A6 for the US market. The saloon was only unveiled last November but its pricing details were only announced this month. The online configurator was launched just as the new four-door A6 starts to arrive in dealerships. There isn’t anything new or shocking revealed by this configurator.

The images shown were those of the European version that had been given slightly different styling. The car is priced from $41,700 (exclusive of a $875 destination cost).

What the customer gets for this price is a 211hp, 2.0 TSFI in Premium trim with a CVT and front-wheel drive. Those willing to pay $56,780 will get the bigger 310hp 3.0 TSFI in Prestige trim, with the eight-speed automatic and Quattro. But the price could go as high as $73,000 if you plan to get all the options offered.

For example, the very impressive Bang & Olufsen Advanced sound system costs $5,900, while the 20" sport wheel package costs $2,300 and the Innovation Package is priced at $5,800. As the “Avant” can’t be found anywhere in the A6 website, you won’t likely get the boot carpet you want. The “S” version of the car is also missing. It was expected to be introduced later this year, featuring a V8 engine built in partnership with Bentley.

Audi’s top executive car has been reinvented to become more lightweight, have a sportier chassis and include more innovative assistance and multimedia features. The upcoming all-new Audi A6 Hybrid is going to be loaded with all the latest technological systems, as well as a wider range of available engine and drivetrain options that all provide V6 power with four-cylinder engine fuel efficiency. The A6 Hybrid will definitely stand out in the Audi line up.

Advanced steel and aluminium make up most of the new Audi A6’s body, providing structural integrity and safety at an unprecedentedly light weight. Utilisation of the latest materials and design processes minimises cabin noise levels and results in optimally precise component tuning and systematic hydraulic damping in the drivetrain. Meanwhile, axle bearings negate vibrations for superior comfort.

The new Audi A6 has a style that represents elegance and dynamism. At a length of 4.92 metres (16.14 feet) and a width of 1.87 metres (6.14 feet), but a height of only 1.46 metres (4.79 feet), this executive sedan features sportier proportions than any of its rivals. The sportive image is evoked by the engine hood length, the sleekly swept roofline and the striking flank lines. Optional LED headlamps can also highlight the sedan’s dynamism from a frontal view.

The new A6 has a spacious cabin that seems to be derived from its robust external design. The most eye-catching design feature is the inlay that wraps around the driver and front passenger seat. The dash panel curves sophisticatedly and centralises the driver within the interior space.

Each interior design detail can be considered a mark of Audi’s automotive workmanship. All of the materials used were carefully chosen and finely crafted, as can be seen on the unique layered-wood veneer. Optionally, special front seats featuring ventilation and massage functions can be installed. The lighting package includes a refined ambient lighting feature in key points inside the cabin.

Like all Audi models, a foundational principle of intuitive ergonomics governs the features of the new Audi A6. Standard features include the supremely efficient automatic air conditioning and the newest MMI radio operating system. Optionally, a touch-based version of the MMI system can be installed, where a touchpad is used to control the hard-drive MMI navigation plus system. Another option is the installation of a head-up display system, where vital information is projected on the windshield.

Audi formed a partnership with service provider Google to develop the sedan’s online services. Internet connection is established through Bluetooth or the car phone. The navigation system is supplemented by maps, images and information from Google Earth accessed by a UMTS module. A WLAN hotspot enables on-board mobile terminal interconnection. A Bang & Olufsen Advanced Sound System, the best in their hi-fi line, is also featured.

The A6’s MMI navigation plus system closely complements the functions of the optional assistance and safety systems. Route data is shared with the headlamp controllers, the automatic cruise control with stop & go function and the automatic transmission. These systems act in coordination to help the driver identify and manage difficult conditions or act as an early warning system to minimise the likelihood of accidents and the potential damage. The driver is also aided by the Audi active lane assist which maintains the sedan’s course, as well as the park assist which takes over the manoeuvres for parallel parking.

Five engine options are to be available in the Audi A6. The two petroleum engines and three TDI engines are all very efficiently powerful, outputting 130 kW (177hp) to 220 kW (300hp). Audi’s modular efficiency platform, with the start-stop system, energy recovery system and the high tech thermal management concept will be standard on all engine versions.

The Audi A6 is not only more powerful but also more efficient than its predecessor. Petroleum consumption is 19 percent lower in all models. In comparison to its rivals, the Audi A6 is at the head of the pack.

Of the five engine versions, the 2.0 TDI produces the most power. With a manual transmission, it consumes only 4.9 litres per 100 km (48.00 US mpg) and CO2 emissions are kept to 129 g per km (207.61 g/mile). Audi is also producing an A6 Hybrid at a later time. This will be powered by a 2.0 TFSI plus electric motor producing 180 kW (245hp), while provisionally consuming just 6.2 litres of petrol per 100 km (37.94 U mpg).

Like the model it supersedes, the new Audi A6 is available in a wide range of drivetrains. Options vary according to engine version. These include a six-speed manual transmission, the continuously variable multitronic and the newly-introduced sporty S tronic. Regardless of the option chosen, tuning is always optimised and the gear-ratio distribution is wide to help provide automotive efficiency.

The engine version determines whether power is supplied through the gear box to the front wheels or to the Quattro permanent all-wheel drive, where crown-gear centre differential and torque-vectoring provide superior traction, stability and agile responsiveness. Audi also offers a sport differential option for the top engine models.

The new Audi A6 chassis is engineered with precision for comfort and dynamism. Aluminium is used for the links. The revamped power steering system features an innovative and efficient electromechanical drive. Meanwhile, the diameter of the wheels used varies from 16 to 20 inches.

A standard feature on the A6 is the Audi drive select dynamic handling system. The sporty ESP with electronic slip differential is featured on the front-wheel drive models. A couple of optional features are the adaptive air suspension with controlled damping (which further improves comfort), and the upcoming dynamic steering.

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