Audi, proud winner of the 2008 European Inventor of the Year award, uses its Audi Space Frame Technology ASF in the Audi A8, the Audi TT CoupÃ©, the TT Roadster, the Audi R8 and the Lamborghini Gallardo. But when the 2010 Audi A6 rolls around, Audi will use its second-generation version of its advanced aluminum construction to cut weight, improve handling and increase fuel-efficiency.
Called the ASF II, the new space frame weighs about 50 percent less than an all-steel construction. Audi will start using it on the next-generation A6 and will also use it on the next-generation A8 and the upcoming A7. Future Q7 SUVs will also use ASF II cutting weight by 300 kilos.
While base Audi models will use the same engine as the current generation, the next-generation S6 will see a horsepower bump to 450 while the RS6 sedan will run on the 5.0 L V10 TFSI producing 580-hp in the RS6 Avant.
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