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The new Audi A6 promises to be a game changer with its lightweight technology.

10 Dec 2011

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Audi's A6 will have a tough task going against the likes of Singaporean favourites like the BMW 5-Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class, but the Ingolstadt carmaker is confident of its success
Audi launched the all-new A6 in Singapore with much fanfare back in August, and the German carmaker touted its latest offering as a 'Game Changer' in Singapore.

The bold phrase refers to the A6's technological advances, such as its lightweight hybrid aluminium construction body, as well as a series of functions designed for optimum efficiency.

20% of the A6's body is made from aluminium, which, when combined with high technology steel and unique construction technologies, makes the car about 15% lighter than an equivalent all-steel body.

A lighter car means better performance, improved drivability, as well as enhanced efficiency. And having been given the chance to test the previous A6 at the car's launch event, the difference in handling is somewhat noticeable. The overall sensation is one of lightness, yet sure-footed and controllable, unlike the old A6, whose extra weight tended to shift around more, resulting in compromised handling.

The 2.0-litre turbocharged engine churns out 180bhp, but at the same time, it also produces 320Nm of torque, which means
that the A6 2.0 spends most of its time cruising at relatively low revs, while at the same time providing enough poke for short bursting sprints when required. With its lightweight construction, it doesn't require much brute force to shift this 1,640kg car around.

All these combinations, the low-revving engine, the lightweight body, together with the engine start-stop function, translate into quite astonishing efficiency, which is quite handy given the prices of fuel these days. In our time with the car, we managed an average of about 9 litres per 100km.

But the new A6's biggest draw is its refinement. The car is astoundingly quiet, and the ride quality, while firm, is
not uncomfortable at all. The new A6's brakes are also as impressive, stopping the car well, and giving a resounding feel to the driver.

The Multitronic transmission shifts smoothly, and as is typical of most gearboxes nowadays, features a Sport mode that sharpens the car's responsiveness.

However, a minor bugbear is that the engine start-stop mechanism is quite intrusive when it kicks in, and the engine actually comes to life a bit violently when you release the brake pedal to move off. The function can be switched off though, but that would defeat the purpose of efficiency.
Lightweight cruiser: The Audi A6 is an extremely refined and quiet car, which translates into an utterly comfortable driving experience

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Car Information

This model is no longer being sold by local distributors

Price

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Engine Type

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4-cylinder in-line TFSI

Engine Cap

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1984cc

Horsepower

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132kW (177 bhp)

Torque

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320 Nm

Transmission

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8-speed (A) Multitronic

Acceleration (0-100 km/h)

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8.3sec

Top Speed

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226km/h

Fuel consumption

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15.6 km/L

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