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Mercedes-Benz has their E-Class diesel. BMW has an “Efficient Dynamics” system on their 5-Series. Now, Audi has countered with the ne plus ultra of green motoring – the luxury hybrid. Their 2012 A6 will get a hybrid variant sure to set fire to the hearts of wealthy/status-conscious green-minded folks everywhere (well, only on the coasts – we can’t see this flying in “real America” that votes Republican).
The A6 Hybrid is motivated by Audi’s familiar 2.0TFSI engine making 211 horsepower. Tacked on to that is a 45 horsepower electric motor that also puts out 156 lb-ft of torque. An 8-speed automatic puts power exclusively to the front tires, as a means of saving precious pounds.
With the ability to hit up to 62 mph on electric power only, the A6 will feature a dashboard switch that allows it to run solely on electric power for about 2 miles, at speeds of under 40 mph. 60 mph should appear in 7.3 seconds, and 38 mpg combined is the expected fuel economy number.
Hours after we brought you leaked pictures of the 2012 Audi A6 comes the first official specs and photos of the new car, which should continue the current A6′s strong challenge to the BMW 5-Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class.
North America will definitely see the 3.0L Supercharged V6 making 300 horsepower that’s being used in the current A6. Expected to return 27 mpg, the blown V6 is also good for 155 mph, and will likely be the sole gasoline engine choice available. A naturally aspirated 2.8L V6 will be available, but with 204 horsepower and 206 lb-ft of torque, it is likely too underwhelming for North American consumers.
On the other hand, we may see one of Audi’s diesels make its way across the pond. One of two 3.0L diesel V6s, will likely be exported, and we’re sure it will be the most powerful variant, displacing 245 horsepower and 368 lb-ft of torque, with a 0-60 time of 6.1 seconds and the ability to return 40 mpg. It’s almost too good to be true – we think that sales of other TDI Audis will determine whether the A6 gets its own version or not.
GALLERY: 2012 Audi A6
Hit the jump for Audi’s official press release
Bentley‘s whoring out of their brand continues with yet another special edition churned out, like mass-produced Chinese luxury. The newest Series 51 is perfectly timed to exploit the nouveau riche desire to have something new every 18 months, and Bentley stands to profit handsomely from this.
With largely cosmetic changes, the Series 51 offers exclusive paint hues, leather and wood options, as well as graphite-finished 19″ wheels and optional blue brake calipers. Hit the jump for the official press release, peasants!
Hit the jump for the official press release
ODB famously declared that “Wu-Tang is for the children“, and we’d have to disagree. But one of the beloved cars of rappers everywhere, the Mercedes-Benz CLS, apparently is, if the commercial for the new vehicle is to be believed.
The CLS is responsible for the modern day “four door coupe” genre, and the new one looks even more aggressive than the outgoing version. No wonder its stopping young enthusiasts in their tracks.
Hit the jump to see the official video.
Infiniti‘s entry-level G25 sedan will go on sale this in October with a starting price of $31,825, $1325 less than a BMW 328i. An all-wheel drive G25x will start at $34,825. In between the two will be a G25 Journey, priced at $33,225.
Available only with a 7-speed automatic, the G25 will serve as the base model G sedan, but come with much of the premium equipment that the G37 does, including leather upholstery, aluminum trim, power seats, a premium stereo and XM satellite radio.
While the G37 offers BMW 335i rivaling performance, the truth is that most people don’t need this level of performance, and a less power, but still generously equipped sedan will serve them quite well.
Bouyed by strong sales in China, Rolls-Royce is set to expand their Ghost range of small(er) sedans – but the company is tight lipped on just what models will be part of the Ghost range.
With RR making three Ghosts for every Phantom, it would be a safe bet to assume that the Ghost will mirror the Phantom’s lineup, with a coupe and convertible to follow. With much demand coming from China, it’s not unreasonable to expect that market’s taste dictacting the next double-R – no matter what they may be.
Infiniti‘s M37 and M56 sedans, the largest of Infiniti’s 4-door offerings, get a minor price bump for 2011, with the MSRPs rising $250 and $350 respectively.
The 2011 M37 and M37x will now retail for $46,500 and $48,650 while the M56 and M56x will cost $58,775 and $61,275. The price increases are fairly standard for a new model year vehicle, and with M sales up 45 percent year on year, they probably aren’t in danger of losing any customers.
Jaguar is hoping to capitalize on the success of their new XJ sedan by facelifting their XF mid-size sedan to incorporate a similar fascia to the XJ (pictured above), which will also resemble the C-XF concept car that was the genesis for the XF.
The XF will retain its current shape, and won’t adopt the XJ’s dramatic rear profile, but it wouldn’t be a stretch to see a melding of the two cars shapes when the next generation rolls around. No mechanical changes are expected for the facelift.