245 HP, 38 MPG Audi A6 Hybrid Sport Sedan Confirmed For 2012By John O'Dell December 3, 2010
We reported this about 10 days ago, and Inside Line had it earlier this week, but confirmation that Audi will indeed launch a hybrid version of its new A6 performance sedan is making headlines again this morning - and we just can't ignore another chance to share the news and provide some more details.
Hybrid badges, one visible in photo on trunk lip, appear to be only thing differentiating the 2012 A6 hybrid from conventionally powered other models.
In its official news release about the 2012 A6, whose two gasoline and three diesel versions hit the market early next year, Audi says the gas-electric hybrid will follow "at a later date," which, we've been told, means in 2012.
It will mate a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder gas engine and electric motor to deliver a combined 245 horsepower.
Audi says its small 1.3 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack will be able to deliver short bursts of power for speeds of up to 62 mpg in all-electric mode and to deliver an all-electric travel range of up to 3 kilometers (almost 2 miles) at a steady 37 mph before the gas engine kicks in.
The front-wheel drive A6 hybrid will be equipped with a version of Audi' 8-speed automatic transmission and will deliver a brisk 0-62 mph time of 7.3 seconds and a top speed of 147.9 mph.
The company expects it to deliver combined city-highway mileage of almost 38 mpg on the European test cycle (so figure 32 mpg or so on the U.S. EPA combined cycle) and CO2 emissions of 228.53 grams per mile.