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Expect the new A6 to have a similar engine lineup. Automobile Magazine reports that the new 3.0L V6 will feature direct injection to reach 240 HP. the 4.2 will likely reach 330 HP as with the new A8. Again, expect Front Wheel Drive and Quattro AWD. It will NOT share a platform with the new Passat, so expect the engine to still be longitudally mounted. That means that Quattro will still be a Torsen system and FWD cars should retain the Multitronic CVT. The new A6 will probably be a bit more luxurious and larger.

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By Chris Thorp

Audi Thinks Big On Next A6


hen is 6 as big as 8? When it's engineered by Audi. Exclusive spy shots in the current issue of Auto Express magazine show the next-generation A6 hot-weather testing in southern Europe, and it looks like the designers have big ideas for the newcomer.

Even though the overall shape of the car will remain the same as the current model, the test drivers were careful to tape up the huge front and rear overhangs. Underneath the plastic, the aluminium Audi's styling will be heavily influenced by the Nuvolari concept, driven by Auto Express in Issue 756. Our undisguised image shows how the distinctive headlights and deep grille will look on final production models.

Closing the size gap between the A6 and the A8 means there will be plenty of space inside the car when it's launched next spring. It will be available with a wide range of engines, from a 150bhp 2.0-litre four-cylinder to a 240bhp 3.0-litre V6. Diesel buyers will get the choice of 2.0, 2.5 and 3.0-litre units. And following the successful debut of the technology in Audi's small-er models, the Fuel Stratified Injection (FSI) system will eventually be used on all A6 petrol units. Range-topping four-wheel-drive quattro versions will come with Audi's tried and tested 4.2-litre V8, but lesser models will be driven exclusively by the front wheels.

Fans of the high-performance bi-turbo V8-equipped RS6 can look forward to the flagship replacement, but it won't arrive until 2007. As if the current version wasn't fast enough, the next variant will get an extra 43bhp, taking output to a supercar-baiting 493bhp.

Six months after the introduction of the four-door, an estate will go on sale badged A6 Avant, but fans will be more interested in the sleek coupé version, which will break cover in 2005.

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Love the A6. I'm a little undecided on the new grill, but I THINK I like it... [dunno]
 

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That grill would be replaced by launch, I'm pretty sure. I don't think it would meet US safety standards which require 5mph bumpers.
 

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Good point, Semi. In that case, it doesn't look like there will be much difference in the exterior of the car. Personally, I think the S6 is much better looking. A little more distinctive.
 
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