Audi also introduced today at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show the 2012 A6 Hybrid, its second hybrid model after the Q5 Hybrid Quattro. As expected, the car carries the same technology found on the other model: a 155 kW (211 hp) 2.0 TFSI paired with an electric motor that delivers 33 kW (45 hp) and 211 Nm (155.63 lb-ft) of torque.
The electric motor is found behind the TFSI, occupying the space of the torque converter upstream of the modified 8-speed tiptronic. Just like the Q5 Hybrid Quattro, the transmission sends torque to the front wheels.
The lithium-ion battery that provides 1.3 kWh of nominal power and generates 39 kW, is found in a crash-protected area of the luggage compartment. In order to maintain it within the appropriate temperature range, the battery is air-cooled in two ways: by means of a blower from the interior or by means of an intern.al refrigerant circuit coupled to the automatic air conditioning system.
Regarding the performances, the car can achieve speeds of up to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) purely on electricity and has a range of 3 km when the driver keeps it at a constant speed of 60 km/h (37.28 mph).
Audi A6 Hybrid can sprint from zero to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in just 7.3 seconds and has a top speed of 238 km/h (147.89 mph). The average fuel consumption is 6.2 liters per 100 km (37.94 US mpg), while CO2 emissions level of 142 grams per km (228.53 g/mile).
Audi made several changes for its flagship model. Combining new breakthroughs with redesigned chassis and lighter body, the new Audi A6 Hybrid is also packed with a fuel-efficient four-cylinder V6 engine.
Audi A6’s significantly lighter, safer and more rigid body is made possible with the use of aluminium and advanced steel components. This highly advanced design approach also provides the hybrid with quieter interior. In addition, all components are precisely tuned to deliver the most comfortable vibration. To ensure its precision, the same method also takes into account the position of the systematic hydraulic damping in the drivetrain bearings as well as the axle.
Designing the new Audi A6 entails the use of both sporty and elegant proportions. Measuring 4.93 metres long, 1.87metres wide and 1.49 metres tall, the new A6 Hybrid comes out as more athletic than any other competing brand. Overall, its low roofline and its equally long engine hood define the new sedan’s dynamic design.
The new Audi A6’s elegantly designed interior consists of layered wood veneers among other premium-crafted materials. Massage with ventilation functions for the front seats are offered as an option along with the lighting package, just like the LED headlamps that are optionally available to further accentuate the front.