A6 Hybrid: Audi is now driving economically in the business class

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Audi is now driving economically in the business class

A6 Hybrid: Audi is now driving economically in the business class-hybrid variant

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Audi A6 Hybrid: gasoline engine and electric motor are arranged one behind the other to form parallel hybrid systems.

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The system output of both engines is 245 hp.

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Both engines simultaneously reach a top speed of 238 km / h.

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A6 Hybrid: Audi is now driving economically in the business class-diesel

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The sprint in the Audi A6 Hybrid up to 100 km / h takes 7.3 seconds.

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Sportiness is not the focus of the Audi A6 Hybrid.

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A kind of eco-meter informs the driver about his consumption performance.

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The economical Audi A6 Hybrid could go on sale for a good 56,000 euros.

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An eco-meter in the A6 shows whether you are driving economically, boosting or recuperating. That pushes consumption to 6.4 liters. Nevertheless, the A6 is not an economical vehicle.

W.hen you want to combine high performance with low consumption, but diesel engines are out of the question for reasons of global acceptance, the hour of hybrid drives strikes. This is all the more true if part of the journey is to be carried out without exhaust emissions.

After Audi presented the Q5 Hybrid a few weeks ago has, now – finally – the A6 Hybrid follows. Both share the same drive architecture.

The system output is 245 hp

The bestseller in the gasoline range, the 211 hp 2.0-liter TFSI, then works with a 54 hp electric motor. Both are arranged one behind the other to form a parallel hybrid system. The system output from the gasoline engine and electric motor is 245 hp.

Together, the full hybrid unit has a torque of 480 Newton meters. An eight-speed Tiptronic acts as power transmission, which does not require a torque converter.

A multi-plate clutch separates the electric motor and TFSI, so that the A6 can either drive purely electrically, which is possible up to 100 km / h, or only with the gasoline engine or with both engines at the same time. Then the A6 reaches a top speed of 238 km / h and sprints from standstill to 100 km / h in 7.3 seconds.

More decisive than the boost in four-cylinder output from the electric motor, however, is the consumption effect due to recuperation and the electrical driving components.

The Audi sedan can travel three kilometers purely electrically if it does not go faster than 60 km / h. The standard consumption is 6.4 liters, which corresponds to CO2 emissions of 146 grams and is very decent for an upscale business class sedan. However, there is no all-wheel drive.

During the first trips on a wet road, the electronics repeatedly intervened to reduce performance, because otherwise the front wheels would have been overwhelmed with the power transmission.

The combustion engine doesn’t always run

However, hybrid drives are not about maximum traction and sportiness. A clear indication of this can be found just by looking at the instrument panel. Where the tachometer is usually located, Audi has now placed a kind of eco-meter, the pointer of which indicates whether you are driving economically, boosting or recuperating, in order to enumerate the three main displays.

It also provides information about the operational readiness of the vehicle because, as is known from Japanese hybrids, the combustion engine does not have to be running when starting.

The Audi technicians have succeeded in accommodating the 40 kW lithium-ion battery under the trunk of the A6 without impairing the folding options for the rear seat backrests. After all, the trunk holds 375 liters, nominally not much more than in the Lexus GS 450, where the battery is placed behind the seat backs. However, there is a step in the luggage compartment.

The station wagon is only bought in Europe

The necessary cooling of the 72 battery cells, which work at 266 volts, is provided by a fan and, at higher temperatures, by the evaporator of the air conditioning system.

Audi offers the hybrid drive in the A6 only in the sedan. The reason: The station wagon called Avant is only bought in Europe. The strong growth market of China prefers sedans, and the Americans, who have so far been a little less important to Audi, prefer to buy SUVs than station wagons.

The same markets are likely to be decisive for the fact that the hybrids work with gasoline engines and not with the diesel units, which are still somewhat better in terms of efficiency.

Hybrid variant will probably cost from around 56,000 euros

The prices for the A6 Hybrid, which rolls on 17-inch rims as standard, have not yet been determined. The Q5 Hybrid costs 53,700 euros, which is 5000 euros more than a similarly powerful four-wheel drive diesel. Accordingly, the A6 Hybrid could go on sale for around 56,000 euros.

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