2011 Geneva Auto Show: 2012 Audi A6 by ABT

Article by Christian Andrei, on March 3, 2011

The ABT A6 is a premium car that boasts of having power and comfort that make it ideal to be used on both long journeys and short trips. ABT Sportsline made sure that whether the Audi A6 is powered by a petrol or diesel engine, it is a true sports car.

The world-renowned tuning company aimed to emphasize its character of noble superiority even further as it worked to develop the new model from Volkswagen’s impressive A6 range.

Because of ABT POWER, the 3.0 TDI offers a high-torque and cultivated 282 HP (207 kW) instead of the series standard 245 HP (180 kW). The ABT POWER S package has been equipped with an ABT Turbocharger, giving the diesel 310 HP (228 kW).

With 610 Nm torque, the A6 is able to cope with any situation. The specialists are working to develop a performance improvement for the 3.0 TFSI. As a result, the petrol engine has an output of 410hp or 302 kW onto the road (series standard: 300 HP / 221 kW).

It is clear from the front exactly where the new ABT A6 comes from. A view from the back shows a rear skirt with the distinctive four tailpipe look of ABT Sportsline. The car is more elegant and is sportier with the addition of a rear spoiler.

The side skirts and front spoiler highlight the other "sweet sides" of the Ingolstadt design. Hans-Jürgen Abt said that the A6 is an “extravagant, straight-forward car,” which neither shows off nor hides. He added that the A6, which has had its weight reduced, is both “a great success” and the “prefect choice” for its customers.

New Audi A6 has considerably increased in size with its wheelbase now measuring 2.91 metres. However, with its 4.92 metres overall length, 1.87 width and 1.46 height, the new Audi A6 is shorter and lower by few millimetres than the former Audi A6 model. Still, these ideal proportions bring out the new Audi’s sportier character based on the sweeping roofline, short overhangs and lengthy engine hood dominating the exterior.

Audi may have been one of the most head-turning vehicles on the road. But that wouldn’t be possible without its iconic design. The new Audi A6 features a large, shiny black grille with single frame and slanted edges typical to most Audis. The horizontal placement of the louvers emphasise the low air intakes as well as the new Audi’s wider wheelbase. Meanwhile, the interrelating hard lines and soft surfaces on the sides make it even more attractive when viewing the car at this angle.

There are plenty of things we love about Audi. Just like with most Audi models, the metal sheet used on the structure of the new A6 is almost twice the height of the greenhouse. Prominent lines that flow throughout its broad shoulders on the other hand mark the edge of the windows. On top of that, the side sills also have some distinctive lines that form an upward motion, enhancing the exterior profile to a much higher degree.

The Audi A6’s elegant contours go all the way to the tail end with the new integrated spoiler perfectly mounted on its tailgate. This section comes with rear diffuser in matte black finish, coupled with a pair of big, round tailpipes for the exhausts.

The three-dimensional design of the tail end’s surfaces has always been Audi’s signature style. This usually comes with two individual taillights forming a trapezoid-like shape. Among other features on the A6 are the set of optional Xenon headlamps with LED, with the same technology available for its tail lamps.

While standard lighting works just fine, we all know that nothing comes close to the power of Xenon. Whenever Audi’s unique lighting technology is applied, the rear lights visually form a distinctive U-curve while emitting some sort of three-dimensional impression around the illuminated surface. Likewise, the turn signal indicators form an additional line above the lighting unit while incandescent bulbs illuminate the backup lights and fog lamps at the rear.

Press Release

Built to be outstandingly quick - The new ABT A6

6 is a powerful number: If you throw a six in Ludo, you reach the goal quicker, and the same also applies if you drive an ABT A6. Power and comfort make the premium car a perfect everyday companion. Long journeys can be managed with ease, but the fun already begins on short trips. Regardless of whether you choose a petrol or diesel engine, the A6 becomes a veritable sports car with a performance improvement from ABT Sportsline. In the developments for the new model from the successful A6 range, the world's largest tuner of vehicles from the VW group also ensures that the character of noble superiority is not just retained, but is accentuated even further. Thanks to ABT POWER, the 3.0 TDI offers a high-torque and cultivated 282 HP (207 kW) instead of the series standard 245 HP (180 kW). An ABT Turbocharger is additionally used in the ABT POWER S package, giving the diesel 310 HP (228 kW). 610 Nm torque ensure that the A6 can "cope playfully" with any situation. The professionals are currently working full out to develop a performance improvement for the 3.0 TFSI: The petrol engine will then bring a powerful 410 HP or 302 kW onto the road (series standard: 300 HP / 221 kW).

Visually it is also clear exactly where the new ABT A6 comes from: From the back it confidently shows its rear skirt with the typical four tailpipe look of ABT Sportsline. The rear spoiler adds to the elegant appearance of the car and gives it an even sportier look. The side skirts and front spoiler underline the other "sweet sides" of the successful Ingolstadt design. "For us the A6 is an extravagant, straight-forward car, which doesn't show off yet also doesn't hide away," states Hans-Jürgen Abt. For the General Manager of the traditional company which recently celebrated its 115 year anniversary, the A6, which has been further developed specifically to reduce its weight, is a great success: "It is just the prefect choice for our demanding customers."

The appearance of the new A6 can be rounded off perfectly with the alloy creations from ABT Sportsline: The designer light alloy wheels are available in 19 to 21 inch and, of course, in combination with fitting high-speed tyres. Which wheel you choose in the end is of course a matter of taste, but all the models suit the classy-dynamic appearance of the ABT A6 harmonically. One thing remains unchanged: Throwing a 6 may make you happy in the short-term, but the ABT A6 gives you lasting enjoyment.

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