2012 Audi A6: Exterior
To readily discern the differences between the 2011 A6 and the 2012 A6, it’s necessary to park them side-by-side. In fact, you could be forgiven for sitting next to the 2012 model at a traffic signal with no awareness of your proximity to the all-new model. Almost magically though, the new car looks better and more svelte than the old car— without looking substantially different.
The 2012’s trunk is more elongated and incorporates a small spoiler along its trailing edge to improve airflow over the car while the nose of the new A6 drops more severely than the 2011 model. The new greenhouse is slightly taller, the car wears bigger tires and wheels, and the sides of the 2012 A6 have some wonderfully kinetic sculpted lines, imparting a sense of motion.
LED clusters provide distinct illumination treatments for the 2012 A6, both front and rear. Once you see them doing their thing, the look is forever seared into your memory—it’s that impressive.
All in all it’s a masterful execution of an evolutionary update. Everything there was to like about the 2011 model is preserved while simultaneously establishing a presence for the 2012 model all its own. And, 80 pounds were shed in the process.