• May 16th 2008 at 2:29PM
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A new Audi A6 is expected to hit showrooms in 2010, and aside from an A4/A5-inspired facelift, the automaker's new 5-series competitor will be underpinned by an evolution of the chassis technology originally developed for the Audi TT. According to Car, the next iteration of Audi's Aluminum and Steel Spaceframe (ASF II) technology will be utilized on all future models, and uses half the steel of the outgoing platforms while providing 50-percent more torsional rigidity. The passenger cell will be made up entirely of aluminum, with steel and foam reinforcements if needed, and the front and rear subframes will be beefed up units integrated into the structures of the nose and tail. The ASF II system will finds its way into other vehicles, including Audi's CUVs, where it has the potential to shave off over 650 pounds from the Q7's curb weight.
Naturally, Audi will continue to offer front- and all-wheel-drive on the next A6, but the combination of more potent mills mounted further back into the engine bay will lessen its rival's lead in the handling department. Car's sources suggest that a variety of V6 engines, ranging from 2.8- to 3.2-liters will be offered, along with a pair of diesels, the 4.2-liter FSI V8 found in the RS4/R8, the 5.2-liter V10 (S6) and a twin-turbo 5.0-liter V10 for the RS6.

[Source: Car]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      How much can this trim from the weight of rabit/jetta/A3? I like this trend.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Hopefully Audi will update the 3.2 to make ~300 horsepower for MY2010, and maybe the 4.2 can make close to 400. The A6 is already a few inches longer than the 5 & E, so I wouldn't expect it to grow very much. The weight saving aluminum will be really great.

      Ed: RS7? Slight typo.
        • 7 Years Ago
        The point is that with reduced weight, Audi can run smaller more efficient engines and provide the same or better performance.

        It's not all about horsepower anymore - it's about power/weight ratio and powertrain/fuel efficiency.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Lighter vehicles.......the automotive world needs to follow this trend.
      • 7 Years Ago
      650 lb off the Touareg and Q7 is badly needed.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The artist's impression looks hot in my books!!

      It is def a welcome change to see the weight to come down..I always feel that audis are too heavy...still love them tho :)
      • 7 Years Ago
      So when will BMWs go on a diet? I like my 6-series car but it sometimes feels like a truck.

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