The all new 2012 Audi A6 caught testing

by Alex

It is yet a long way that the Audi A6 has got to travel before it hits the market. That however does not hold back news about the platform and the platform technology that is going into the making of this car with all of them being available on the net. As per this news the base platform that the 2012 Audi A6 is going to be based on is the lightweight ASF II spaceframe, which in turn draws upon the technologies that was first developed in the TT platform.

This new platform that has been developed by Audi uses the Aluminum and Steel spaceframe technology as referred to as ASF II technology. The advantage of this technology is that the platform weighs half as much as steel while its rigidity is one and half times more. Another benefit of this technology is that it enables the chassis to be made up of bonded subframe members, a modular nose and tail structure while the passenger cell is made up of aluminum with steel and foam reinforcements.

With this pioneering work the ASF architecture is going to become Audi’s future standard method of construction for in all their upcoming cars. Featuring full aluminum construction, the new 2011 Audi A8 too uses a variation of the same technology.

Coming to the powertrain, there is going to be an entire series of engines to power the new A6 starting from the relatively modest 2.8 liter capacity V-6 delivering 190 horsepower to the top of the line 4.2 liter V-8 pumping out 350 horsepower. The current engine fitted on the S6 which is a V-10 is expected to be replaced with a forced-induction engine of smaller size for the next generation models. There are also chances of two turbo diesel engine models to feature in the engine line up, comprising of a V6 with 2.7 liter capacity delivering 185 horsepower and the 3.0 liter V-6 delivering 238 horsepower.

A front wheel drive set up is likely to be the standard specification though there also are chances of the all wheel drive Quattro variant to be made available as well. The design is expected to be drawn from the A5 and A8 and the spy shots that have been received give a clear indication that the A6 is in reality a scaled down version of the A8.

The 2012 Audi A6 is expected to hit the market only in second half of 2011.

Source: motorauthority

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