The new, eighth generation A6 measures 4,939 mm long, i.e., 7 mm longer than its predecessor. The width has been increased by 12 mm to 1,886 mm, while the height at 1,457 mm is now 2 mm more than on the outgoing model. All of which means the car is both longer and wider than the BMW 5 Series – considered to be the king of the ‘executive saloon’ segment.
The interior of the redesigned A6 is also larger than in the outgoing model. Legroom in the rear is said to exceed not only its predecessor but also its core competitors, while headroom and shoulder room measurements in both front and rear are also claimed to be more generous than previously.
Underneath, as part of its launch in European markets, the new A6 will be offered with two engines – one TFSI and one TDI. The petrol unit is a V6 3.0-litre TFSI that is claimed to power the saloon from rest to 62 mph in 5.1 seconds using its 335 bhp and 368.8 lb-ft resource, and tops out at an electronically limited 155 mph. The 3.0 TDI, on the other hand, delivers 282 bhp and 457.3 lb-ft peak torque.
All engines in the new A6 will further come with Audi’s new mild-hybrid technology, and will be mated exclusively to automatic transmissions.
Chassis details include a redesigned wheel suspension that is made out of lightweight aluminium “in many areas”. And despite the larger wheels, measuring up to 21 inches and tyre sizes of up to 255/35, than on the outgoing model, Audi claims the new A6 has improved ride and noise comfort.
The new A6 will be produced in Germany at the Neckarsulm Audi facility and will become available in the UK in the summer.