Audi’s electrical revolution continues as spy photographers have snapped the A6 e-tron present process testing on the Nürburgring.
Previewed by an idea final yr, the manufacturing mannequin is a notable departure because it options break up lighting models which are recessed. They reside on both facet of a completely enclosed grille, which is flanked by a large consumption and triangular air curtains.
The remainder of the design extra carefully echoes the idea as we will see a rakish windscreen that flows right into a sloping roof. They’re joined by a excessive beltline and a comparatively small greenhouse. Whereas this design remembers the idea, the manufacturing mannequin has been outfitted with conventional facet mirrors and flush-mounted door handles.
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There isn’t a lot to see out again, however the prototype contains a outstanding diffuser and a extra conventional trunk. They’re joined by short-term taillights that look like linked by a skinny illuminated strip.
Audi hasn’t mentioned a lot concerning the mannequin, however it would trip on the Premium Platform Electrical (PPE) structure that will likely be used to underpin B-, C- and D-segment autos beginning in 2023. The platform was developed with Porsche and is “typically comparable” to the MEB structure, however is extra superior because it options 800V know-how and a charging capability of as much as 350 kW. Audi has additionally hinted PPE-based autos may have an air suspension, all-wheel steering, and torque vectoring.
Efficiency specs stay unconfirmed, however the A6 e-tron idea was outfitted with a twin motor all-wheel drive system that produced a mixed output of 469 hp (350 kW / 476 PS) and 590 lb-ft (800 Nm) of torque. The idea additionally had a roughly 100 kWh battery pack, which delivered a WLTP vary of greater than 435 miles (700 km).
It stays unclear if that powertrain will likely be provided within the manufacturing mannequin, however Audi has confirmed there will likely be a number of variants together with “primary variations optimized for minimal consumption and most vary.” They’ll use a rear-mounted electrical motor and can have the ability to hit 62 mph (100 km/h) in lower than seven seconds. There may even be high-performance variants, which might run from 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in lower than 4 seconds.