• Jan 13, 2011

2011 Audi A6 Hybrid – Click above for high-res image gallery

While we have already met the 2012 Audi A6, we weren't clear on what the A6 Hybrid would look like. As it turns out, we had a pretty solid idea, as Audi officials say they have gone out of their way to keep it aesthetically true to the conventional gas-powered model.

The new A6 hybrid is a front-wheel drive affair that offers Audi's 2.0-liter TFSI four-cylinder with a 45-horsepower/155 pound-feet of torque electric motor sitting ahead of the eight-speed Tiptronic gearbox. A modest 1.3 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack is resident in the trunk to generate 39 kW. Audi quotes an estimated combined fuel economy rating of 38 miles per gallon, noting that the A6 Hybrid can be coaxed up to 62 mph strictly on electricity, and it has a pure-electric range of three kilometers (1.86 miles).

Audi isn't confirming when this new model will go on sale, but it is widely understood that the gas-electric model was conceived with the U.S. in mind, so we wouldn't be surprised to see it roll into American dealerships before it hits the rest of the globe.

Live photos copyright ©2011 Chris Paukert / AOL

[Source: Audi]

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      if we ignore for a moment the needlessly heavy teutonic armor and the poor aero of this obese otherwise elegant piece of decadence, then all they had to do is increase the battery size slightly to 7-8kWh of high power lifepo such that it could be the primary means of propulsion. then they could have used a much smaller ICE relegated to purely range extension operation. it would hardly be more expensive yet infinitely more interesting and green credential. it could drive most of its life as pure battery electric yet the solution they chose is a pure fossil fuel powered car..
      say 400$/kWh for power cells like A123 and maybe 50$/kWh packaging and that additional 6.5kWh only adds 2925$ to the cost. then subtract a good portion by the much reduced ICE (something like fiat twinair) and all it's supportive junk and maybe a reduced cost transmission too.

      would a 20km plugin hybrid costing 1500$ more not be better.. and versions with 50km range or more costing a bit more. why not..
      because of human stupidity, VAG being partly owned by big oil and evil in general.

      wake up sheeple

      btw to get 39kW out of 1.3kWh like they do they have to discharge at above 30C which is a pretty serious design load. so some of their engineers know what battery drive can do. imagine 20x that pack. quite a peak power. would that be interesting in a daily driver..
      would buyers of cars be interested in 1000 ponies like that.. (which is what 20x is..)

      think a little
      • 3 Years Ago
      Short electric range. A small TDI instead of the gas engine might be the cat's meow.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hybrid complexity, with Audi quality=

      Nightmare car.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I bet you're driving a Corolla and swear it's the best car in the world.
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's may be homely, but it's got a great personality!
      • 3 Years Ago
      VAG is like the Microsoft of auto manufacturers, appear to be innovative by copying your competitors groundbreaking products. Slap your logo on it and bring it to market 2 years late.
      • 3 Years Ago
      turbocharged 8 speed hybrid powertrain eh..

      I may be for advanced powertrains and all, but that's a bit much !
      • 3 Years Ago
      Meh, the us could really use more awd hybrids.