2011 Detroit: 2012 Audi A6 beefs up to take on BMW 5-Series, A6 Hybrid on the way

2011 Detroit: 2012 Audi A6

The 2012 Audi A6 made its public debut today in Detroit and is looking a lot better than its predecessor and much more confident and prepared to take on the 2011 BMW 5-Series and the Mercedes-Benz E-Class.

In the United States, sales of the 2012 Audi A6 will start with a 3.0 TFSI unit making 300-hp and 324 lb-ft of torque. That allows the Audi A6 3.0 TFSI to go from 0-62 mph in 5.5 seconds with a top speed of 155 mph.

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Ahead of BMW and Mercedes-Benz, Audi has already confirmed that the A6 Hybrid will follow the gasoline models at a later date. Power for the Audi A6 Hybrid will come from a 2.0 TFSI engine making 211-hp, which works together with an electric motor that delivers 45-hp and 155.63 lb-ft of torque. The system sends power to the front wheels via a modified 8-speed tiptronic transmission. 0-62 mph comes in 7.3 seconds with a top speed of 148 mph. That’s not bad for a hybrid. Audi also says that the A6 Hybrid can travel at speeds of up to 62 mph purely on electricity and at a constant speed of 37.28 mph for up to 1.8 miles.

But what about fuel-economy? The Audi A6 Hybrid is expected to average 6.2 liters per 100 km – or 38 U.S. mpg.

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– By: Omar Rana