In 2023, Audi will bring the A6 e-tron fully electric car based on the new full-size PPE architecture developed jointly with Porsche, which is intended for standard cars but also for SUVs from Audi and Porsche. At Audi, the Q6 e-tron project will start in 2022, closely related to the electric Porsche Macan and should eventually replace the first E-Tron. The Audi A6 e-tron electric car is planned for 2023, and electric equivalents of the A4 and A5 Sportback on a PPE basis can be expected in 2024.
The Audi A6 e-tron electric car is slightly longer and lower than the current A6. This helps the air resistance and thus consumption and range. In addition, the A6 e-tron is equipped with air suspension as standard, which lowers the body at higher speeds and thus further reduces air resistance. Audi also attached great importance to aerodynamics. The drag coefficient of 0.22 shows the shape of the A6 E-Tron as not quite as streamlined as that of the new record holder Mercedes EQS, which should reach 0.20.
The Audi A6 e-tron electric car has the thinnest Audi headlights to date. They frame the E-Tron-typical closed, inverted single frame. The 22-inch wheels emphasize the short overhangs and the flat passenger cabin. The wheel arches make the body look even wider. The battery area above the side sill, emphasized by a black insert, connects them. The drag coefficient is helped by the camera-based virtual exterior mirrors familiar from the E-Tron, the high spoiler lip at the rear and the powerfully shaped diffuser underneath.
Thanks to digital matrix LED and OLEDs, the narrow headlights and taillights can display customizable light signatures. On each side of the car, three high-resolution LED projectors are integrated, which greet the passengers with dynamic light displays on the floor when the doors are opened - in their respective languages. The high-resolution projectors also generate warning symbols on the floor - for example, to warn a cyclist before opening the vehicle door. Four additional LED projectors in the corners of the vehicle generate turn signal projections.
The headlights have turned into Digital Matrix Light, which debuted with the Audi e-tron Sportback, into a gimmick: if the Audi A6 E-Tron Concept is standing in front of a wall during a charging break, for example, the driver and passengers can while away the time with a video game projected onto it. Instead of a tiny screen in the cockpit, they see the virtual scenes of their game projected onto the wall in a huge format. The players can stand next to or directly in front of the vehicle to see the game, which is several meters wide, exceptionally well. The game itself is operated via the smartphone - the Audi designers devised and developed it especially for the show car.
Games of light are also top-rated in the back: digital OLED elements function as a display in the continuous strip of lights. They, too, can represent customizable variations of digital light signatures and dynamic lighting scenarios that can be adapted for the customer.
Like the design, the technology of the study also gives a very specific outlook on the production car. The battery should find space for 100 kWh in the wide PPE platform. The entry-level variant should get by with a permanently excited synchronous machine at the rear - so Audi finally has an A6 with rear-wheel drive. Even such a basic version should accelerate to 100 km / h in less than seven seconds.
However, an A6 e-tron quattro has a second motor on the front axle and thus quickly adjustable all-wheel drive. Audi promises a system output of 350 kW (476 hp) and a maximum torque of 800 Nm, typical of the electric car from the lowest engine speeds with the front asynchronous machine. This should allow the A6 e-tron to speed to 100 in under four seconds. We have heard from suppliers that the group is also working on achieving a total output of up to 1000 kW with the PPE thanks to up to four electric motors - far beyond what the RS6 and RS7 can. Vague music of the future.
The Audi A6 e-tron electric car should be able to charge very quickly from the start. Like the Porsche Taycan, the batteries of the PPE operate with 800 volts. This technology enables 270 kW charging power. According to Audi, the charge level of the approximately 100 kWh battery can be increased from 5 to 80 % in less than 25 minutes. Perhaps more importantly: just ten minutes should be enough to absorb drive energy for a distance of more than 300 kilometres. The range with a full charge: Audi calculates 700 kilometres according to WLTP.
In terms of price, the A6 e-tron will have to be based on its combustion equivalent. Models with the expected entry-level performance beyond 330 hp cost at least around 60,000 euros. The Audi S6 with 350 hp diesel costs 75,000 euros; an Audi RS6 (Avant) is on the price list for more than 116,000 euros. The Audi A6 e-tron electric car with its 476 hp should also stay well below that price. @via Audi.