Και το Audi A2 Concept βρίσκεται μέσα στο περίπτερο της Audi στη Φρανκφούρτη. Το νέο πρωτότυπο A2 δεν θυμίζει σε τίποτα το παλιό A2 που κυκλοφόρησε από το 1999 έως το 2005. Η Audi θέλησε να αφήσει πίσω το μοντέλο εκείνο και έτσι το νέο πρωτότυπο είναι πεντάθυρο και έχει μικρότερες διαστάσεις από αυτές του Α1 και ζυγίζει 1.150 κιλά.

Μηχανικά φορά έναν ηλεκτροκινητήρα 60 kW (81 ίππων) με 160 Nm ροπής συνεχόμενα και 85 kW (116 ίππων) μέγιστα με 270 Nm ροπής. Η κίνηση μεταφέρεται στον μπροστά άξονα μέσω ενός μονοτάχυτο κιβωτίου. Έχει αυτονομία 200 χλμ και η 31 kWh μπαταρία ιόντων λιθίου, φορτίζει μέσα σε 1.5 ώρα με ταχυφορτιστή, και 4 ώρες με απλή πρίζα. Το A2 Concept μπορεί να φορτίζει και με τους νέους ασύρματους φορτιστές της Audi, Audi Wireless Charging.

Τα 0-100 χλμ/ώρα τα κάνει σε 9.3 δευτ. με την τελική ταχύτητα να περιορίζεται στα 150 χλμ/ώρα για χάρη της αυτονομίας. Το σώμα του είναι κατασκευασμένο από carbon fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP) και αλουμίνιο, με το σασί να είναι τεχνολογίας ASF και να είναι κατασκευασμένο από αλουμίνιο.

Mπορεί να μεταφέρει με άνεση τέσσερα άτομα, στα τέσσερα ξεχωριστά καθίσματα που διαθέτει, με την κεντρική κονσόλα να προεκτείνεται και στους πίσω επιβάτες. Το πορτμπαγκάζ είναι δύο επιπέδων αφού ένα πλαίσιο δημιουργεί δύο χώρους.

Επίσης δες και φωτογραφίες από τα υπόλοιπα αυτοκίνητα που βρίσκονται το περίπτερο της Audi στη Φρανκφούρτη με το θηριώδη S8 με τα 520 άλογα να κλέβει την παράσταση.

Audi A2 Concept IAA 2011

Audi S8 – Audi IAA 2011

Audi A2 Concept

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The Audi A2 concept – premium-class space concept with by-wire technology

  • Plenty of room for four people within a length of just 3.80 meters
  • Matrix beam, dynamic light and an innovative, bright interior design
  • Powerful electric drive system and by-wire technology for agile performance and long range

With the electric-only powertrain of the A2 concept, Audi is offering another peek into the future of electric mobility at the 64th International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt. The technical study features a classic, premium-standard space concept that offers plenty of room for four people.

With the A2 concept technology study, Audi is offering a peek at electric driving in the megacities of the future. The purely electric powered A2 concept is a classic space concept: a premium vehicle for metropolitan areas featuring generous amounts of space and composed road manners.

The technology study is packed full with attractive, intelligent technologies. An innovative body technology – a further development of Audi’s ultra-lightweight construction – limits its weight to just 1,150 kilograms (2,535.32 lb). Audi connect technologies provide an Internet connection; the steering and brakes are purely electric (by-wire) systems.

Exterior design The Audi A2 concept demonstrates the complete skill set of the Audi designers in a compact space. It is just 3,804 millimeters (149.76 in) long, 1,693 millimeters (66.65 in) wide and 1,494 millimeters (58.82 in) high; even so, it makes it makes and elegant, powerful and sporty impression on the road. As is typical for Audi, its clean appearance concentrates fully on the essentials.

The opaque glass roof of the show car finished in flat Electric White becomes transparent at the push of a button. When an electric voltage is applied, small particles integrated into the glass align so that the light can pass through the glazing unhindered. When the glass roof is darkened, however, it blocks the infrared component of the sunlight almost completely, effectively shadowing the interior. This is a further contribution to efficient temperature management in the purely electric powered Audi A2 concept.

As with every Audi, the front of the technology study is dominated by the single-frame grill, in this case, in a special version tailored to electrical operation. The upper two-thirds are designed as a closed, folding surface, behind which are the charging socket and the cooling water connection. The four Audi rings are intensively sculpted; the engine hood is permanently bolted to the body.

Mounted in the lower section of the single-frame grille, which acts as an air inlet, are highly efficient cooling elements made of graphite foam. The lightweight mineral is an excellent conductor of heat from the water to the ambient air. Eight blocks with six graphite elements each are located in the central air inlet.

Another highlight of the A2 concept are the matrix beam LED headlights. An entire bundle of small light-emitting diodes arranged one above the other produce the low beam and high beam light. Microreflectors enable the precise positioning of the light. The LEDs can be switched on and off independently to illuminate the road perfectly in any situation. Numerous mini-LEDs set in the lower section of the headlight like a pearl necklace produce the daytime running light.

The side view of the technology study is also typical Audi, with brawny wheel wells, a low greenhouse and an early-sloping roof line that ends in a long rear spoiler. Sharp lines frame tautly arched sheet metal surfaces. The dynamic line above the sills rises distinctly; the tornado line below the windows runs slightly upward. Just below the tornado line is a characteristic feature of the Audi A2 concept – the Audi dynamic light: a band of light that connects the headlights with the tail lights.

Light-emitting diodes and light guides produce the Audi dynamic light. When in standby-mode, the several centimeter-wide band appears black. When the owner of the Audi A2 concept approaches, it lights up blue in welcome and focuses on the door handles, which are inset into the band and extend when the driver swipes a hand over them.

The dynamic light shines bright orange when the A2 concept is driving. It pulses on the corresponding side when indicating a turn, and when braking, a red pulse of light runs along the flank as a warning for other road users.

The tail lights also use matrix beam technology. They are adaptive: The system uses a sensor to detect how good visibility is and adjusts the brightness accordingly.

Five laser diodes produce the rear fog light. When visibility is good, their light is invisible. In the fog or rain, however, it strikes the water particles in the air and becomes clearly visible as a floating triangle.

Interior The interior also reflects the philosophy behind the Audi A2 concept. It is light, clean, open, and spacious with intuitive controls. The dashboard is split into two sections, with the semi-circular left section enclosing the driver’s area. The Audi dynamic light runs along the edges in two separate arcs from the doors to the cockpit. It welcomes the passengers in a manner similar to the light band on the exterior.

The architecture of the interior takes advantage of the possibilities afforded by the electric drive system. There is no center tunnel; the console between the front seats can be lowered to allow free passage through the vehicle. Heating and cooling air flows indirectly and draft-free through a perforated surface beneath the windshield.

The steering wheel of the Audi A2 concept is flattened at the top and bottom, with a single spoke connecting the ring to the impact absorber. The two large horns pointing inward have touch-sensitive surfaces used to control key functions, with only the turn signals and windshield wipers still controlled via the traditional steering column stalks.

If both touchpads are touched at the same time, the A2 concept switches into a semi-autonomous driving mode. This convenience feature is a welcome relief in slow-moving traffic, for example. The driver maintains full control of the vehicle at all times, exactly like with today’s ACC stop & go system on which the new technology is based.

An open, shell-like section serves as the steering column and extends horizontally into the cockpit. On the far end is a seven-inch display flanked by two secondary displays with the speedometer and the power meter.

When the driver pushes the button to activate the electric drive, an animated band of light encircles the driver and passenger, and two touchpads fold up to the right of the steering wheel. The small touchsurface on the left is for shifting gears (shift-by-wire); the larger one on the right is reserved for the air conditioning and media functions.

The retractable console between the seats includes an additional touchpad for entering letters and numbers and for secondary functions – a further development of today’s MMI touch. A docking station for the iPhone rounds out the control concept.

The show car has all of the Audi connect technologies on board. The Bluetooth online car phone connects it to the Internet via a UTMS module, a WLAN hotspot lets the passengers surf and e-mail from their mobile devices. The fast data connection delivers specially prepared news and information to the vehicle. The services currently offered by Audi are available for navigation: the map with images from Google Earth, Audi traffic information online, Google POI search via voice control and Google Street View.

Cutouts in the backrests of the four individual seats in the Audi A2 concept give them a sporty look and make them incredibly light. They have an aluminum chassis and the developers used a polymer blow-molding process for the shells. Three struts connect the seats with the floor for more foot room in the back, and there are storage bins beneath the fold-up seat cushions.

A console with storage bins is located between the rear seats. Folding these seats forward reveals a fixture for the fork of a special city bicycle. The luggage compartment of the Audi A2 concept has a sandwich floor. A fold-up frame with two solid, high-load nets covers the lower load level.

The colors and materials in the interior support the impression of lightness and functionality. The large areas from the door top shoulders to the floor are covered in a tough material with a neoprene surface feel. A ribbed material made from recycled polyester covers the central floor area. Aluminum elements accentuate the cockpit.

Technology The Audi A2 concept is a purely electric vehicle. The lithium-ion battery mounted in the sandwich floor stores 31 kWh of energy, 24 kWh of which are usable. The electric motor is transversely mounted in the front of the vehicle. It delivers 85 kW (116 hp) of peak power (60 kW continuous) and 270 Nm (199.14 lb-ft) of torque (160 Nm (118.01 lb-ft continuous) to the front wheels via a single-speed transmission.

The Audi technology study has a range of 200 km (124.27 miles) in the European driving cycle. It takes roughly 1.5 hours to fully recharge the battery with 400 volt three-phase current and approximately four hours with 230 volt household current. The Audi A2 concept is also designed for the new contactless charging technology (Audi Wireless Charging).

The show car weighs less than 1,150 kilograms (2,535.32 lb). This is due primarily to its body, which features the most advanced state of Audi’s ultra-lightweight construction. The A2 concept marks the first time that the ASF has been combined with hybrid multimaterial construction, in which very different materials are combined with one another. In this case, the superstructure is made largely of aluminum components and is complemented by add-on parts of carbon fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP).

The Audi A2 concept is an agile vehicle. It accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 9.3 seconds; top speed is limited to 150 km/h (93.21 mph) in the interest of range. A McPherson strut front suspension and a torsion beam axle in the back provide for agile handling. The steering and brake systems are purely electric (steer-by-wire and brake-by-wire), requiring no mechanical or hydraulic connection to the steering wheel or the pedals, respectively.

The 18-inch wheels are fabricated using cladding technology. The alloy base wheel and the cladding are manufactured separately and bonded together, greatly reducing the amount of material used. The new hybrid technology, which Audi already uses in some production models, saves roughly two kilograms (4.41 lb) per wheel. The wheels of the A2 concept combine the blade look of the e-tron family with Audi’s classic spoke design.

Audi Model Range IAA Frankfurt 2011

The Audi A1

The A1, Audi’s most compact model, unites all of the strengths of the brand – a progressive design, uncompromising quality and groundbreaking efficiency – in a space measuring 3.95 meters (12.96 ft) in length. The compact model with the four rings is dynamic and high-quality, emotion-packed and individual. Its powerful engines and the agile chassis make it the sportiest car in the segment.

Introduced in mid-2010, the A1 has already won numerous awards, including the “Auto Trophy” from Auto Zeitung, the “Golden Steering Wheel” from Auto Bild and Bild am Sonntag and the “Car of the Year Award” from What Car? It was also voted as one of the “Best Cars of 2011” by the readers of auto motor und sport and the most “sensible car” by the readers of Guter Rat and SUPERillu magazines. The 100,000th Audi A1 rolled off the assembly line in Brussels in June 2011.

Body and interior The cutting-edge design with the continuous shoulder line integrates the Audi A1 into the large model family. The front end with the dominating single-frame grille, the side line with the distinctive roof arch, the coupe-like C-pillars and the large wheel arches are among its defining style elements. The engine hood and the rear hatch wrap around the body. Audi offers optional xenon plus headlights with LED daytime running light strips and LED tail lights. The tail lights are already three-dimensionally styled in the base model and are unmistakable, day or night.

High- and ultra high-strength steels comprise two-thirds of the compact model’s body. The strongest of these are the hot-shaped steels, which draw their extremely high tensile strength from a dramatic temperature increase during the shaping process. Hot-shaped steels are used primarily within the passenger cell. They provide the basis for the precise, sporty handling, the good comfort, the quiet interior, the excellent passive safety and the low base weight.

The interior of the Audi A1 is spacious, bright and airy. The instrument panel bears hints of an airplane wing; its four round air vents are reminiscent of jet engines. The clean, clear controls are every bit a classic Audi strength as the superior workmanship. Many lovingly designed details underscore the premium character of the A1.

Drive The Audi A1 is available with a choice of six four-cylinder engines: three TFSI engines and three TDI units. All of the engines follow the downsizing principle – they substitute forced induction for displacement and draw their fuel through direct injection units. Their performance range extends from 63 kW (86 hp) to 136 kW (185 hp). The most powerful 1.4-liter engine uses both a supercharger and a turbocharger working together for forced induction.

All versions of the A1 impress with exemplary fuel economy. Standard cycle values lie between 3.8 and 5.9 liters per 100 kilometers (39.87 – 61.90 US mpg). Equipped with a manual transmission, both versions of the 1.6 TDI emit just 99 grams CO2 per kilometer (159.33 g/mile), and there is a version of the 1.4 TFSI with 90 kW (122 hp) that emits 119 grams (191.51 g/mile) when paired with S tronic. The 105 kW (140 hp) 2.0 TDI accelerates the A1 to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 8.2 seconds and consumes just 4.1 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (57.37 US mpg).

Efficiency modules that come standard with all versions (except the 1.6 TDI with S tronic and the most powerful gasoline engine) are a start-stop system and a recuperation system. A particularly effective thermal management system in the engine contributes to the low fuel consumption of the 1.2 TFSI.

Engine lineup:

  • 1.2 TFSI with 63 kW (86 hp)
  • 1.4 TFSI with 90 kW (122 hp)
  • 1.4 TFSI with 136 kW (185 hp)
  • 1.6 TDI with 66 kW (90 hp)
  • 1.6 TDI with 77 kW (105 hp)
  • 2.0 TDI with 105 kW (140 hp)

At Audi, efficiency always means high-tech. The A1 1.4 TFSI with 90 kW (122 hp) and the 1.6 TDI with 66 kW (90 hp) are available with the seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission. S tronic is standard in the top model.

The dual-clutch transmission shifts extremely quickly, comfortably and with no perceptible interruption to the flow of power. It can be operated as an automatic or manually, with paddles on the steering wheel available as an option. Thanks to its high efficiency and the intelligent control system, S tronic also helps to reduce fuel consumption.

Chassis The agile, wide-track chassis puts the A1 at the top of its category with respect to occupant protection. Whether in the city, on an interurban road or on the expressway – the small compact car is always great fun to drive thanks to its sporty setup, the favorable weight distribution and the direct-ratio steering. The powerful top model sprints from zero to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 6.9 seconds and features a particularly sporty setup.

The ESP stabilization program with electronic limited slip differential, which comes standard on all models, makes the handling even more precise while also enhancing driving safety. It minimizes understeer at the cornering limit by means of slight braking, which also improves traction.

Equipment In addition to the Attraction and Ambition trim lines, Audi also offers a media style package focused on infotainment and interior design. In addition to 16-inch aluminum wheels, sport seats with lumbar support, a leather steering wheel and aluminum-look interior trim, the Ambition line also comes standard with the on-board computer with efficiency program and gear-change indicator.

Innovative materials and modern colors emphasize the youthful character of the Audi A1. Whether decal sets for the exterior, color-coordinated air vents, LED interior lights or seat covers in expressive colors – customization is the key. The equipment program offers countless opportunities for matching the A1 to the driver’s own personal style, including a variety of paint finishes from which to choose for the roof arch. Customers can also order a variety of kits and many other features after the initial sale to follow a trend or a whim.

The available infotainment and multimedia systems for the Audi A1 come directly from the full-size category. The top of the line is MMI navigation plus, a media center that sets new standards in the compact segment. It borrows closely from the system used in Audi’s A8 flagship, including the monitor that folds out from the instrument panel and the control unit, which uses MMI logic. The Bluetooth online car phone, which also brings online services to the cockpit, is unique in this category.

The Connectivity package, which is based on the concert radio, includes a navigation preparation kit, an Audi music interface and a Bluetooth telephone preparation so that the customer can later install a map-based navigation system. The 465 watt Bose surround sound system with 14 speakers is just one example of the additional high-end complementary features available. Convenient Bluetooth and wired interfaces are available for cellular phones and external players such as the iPod.

Audi Model Range IAA Frankfurt 2011

The Audi A3 and Audi A3 Sportback

The Audi A3 and A3 Sportback are the sporty models in their segment. The upscale equipment and trim underscores their elegant style. Audi optionally equips its two premium compact models with highly developed technologies such as the S tronic dual-clutch transmission, the Audi magnetic ride suspension system and quattro permanent all-wheel drive. All of the engines combine powerful and sporty performance with low fuel consumption. The A3 1.6 TDI emitting just 99 grams per km (159.33 g/mile) sets new standards for efficiency.

Body and interior The design expresses the sporty elegance of the three-door A3 and the five-door A3 Sportback. The optional xenon plus headlights are combined with LED daytime running lights. The single-frame grille element and the trims on the B-posts are painted in high-gloss black, the lower air inlets have chrome struts and there are chrome strips in the door handles. All versions of the A3 have a diffuser insert with a distinctive spoiler lip in the rear. Light guide rods in the in the tail lights of the A3 Sportback form a distinctive contour; the three-door model features tinted tail lights.

Sporty elegance infuses the interior, as well. The instruments feature faces backed in gray, and a flat-bottomed leather sport steering wheel is available as an option. The air vents are framed in black rings while the optional navigation system sports a high-gloss bezel. There are gleaming aluminum-look trim inserts on the center console, mirror adjuster switch and window lifter buttons.

In models equipped with a manual transmission, a gear-change indicator in the driver information system (standard in the Ambition and Ambiente trim lines) complements the operating concept. The front-wheel-drive A3 provides a generous 350 to 1,080 liters (12.36 to 38.14 cu ft) of luggage capacity, with the front-wheel-drive A3 Sportback offering even more: 370 to 1,100 liters (13.07 to 38.85 cu ft).

Drive There are eight powerplants in the engine lineup for the Audi A3 and the A3 Sportback – four gasoline and four diesel units. All are cutting-edge four-cylinder units featuring turbocharging and direct injection and badged as TFSI and TDI. They offer all the qualities of Audi engine technology – efficiency, refinement, power and high torque. Audi couples many of the engines with a start-stop system that works together with both the manual and the S tronic automatic transmissions. The recuperation system is standard with all engines.

The entry-level gasoline engine is the 1.2 TFSI; it exemplifies Audi’s downsizing strategy – the substitution of turbocharging for displacement. The four-cylinder unit develops 77 kW (105 hp) and a hefty 175 Nm of torque (129.07 lb-ft) from its small displacement of 1,197 cc, yet averages just 5.5 liters of fuel per 100 km (42.77 US mpg). The most powerful gasoline engine is the 2.0 TFSI with 147 kW (200 hp).

The TDI range extends from the 1.6 TDI developing 66 kW (90 hp) to the 2.0 TDI, with an output of 125 kW (170 hp). The most efficient engine in the lineup is the 1.6-liter TDI with 77 kW (105 hp). It is available in a variety of different versions, the most economical of which averages 3.8 liters of fuel per 100 km (61.90 US mpg) in a three-door A3 with manual transmission. In-detail modifications to the body and chassis contribute towards this excellent figure.

Engine lineup:

  • 1.2 TFSI with 77 kW (105 hp)
  • 1.4 TFSI with 92 kW (125 hp)
  • 1.8 TFSI and 1.8 TFSI quattro with 118 kW (160 hp)
  • 2.0 TFSI and 2.0 TFSI quattro with 147 kW (200 hp)
  • 1.6 TDI with 66 kW (90 hp)
  • 1.6 TDI with 77 kW (105 hp)
  • 2.0 TDI and 2.0 TDI quattro with 103 kW (140 hp)
  • 2.0 TDI and 2.0 TDI quattro with 125 kW (170 hp)

The range of transmission technologies is also extremely diverse. Most engine versions in the A3 model series are paired with a six-speed manual transmission. Audi offers many of the engines with the extremely fast and comfortably shifting S tronic. Shift paddles on the steering wheel are standard in the Ambition line. Depending on engine version, the dual-clutch transmission has six or seven speeds. The seven-speed version uses dry clutches; the elimination of the oil supply further improves the transmission’s already high efficiency.

The transmission of power to all four wheels likewise underscores the exceptional position that the Audi A3 enjoys in the premium compact category. Audi supplies quattro permanent all-wheel drive for four engine versions. Its electronically controlled multi-plate clutch, mounted on the rear axle in the interest of weight distribution, sends most of the engine’s power to the front wheels under normal driving conditions. If need be, it diverts torque extremely quickly and flexibly to the rear wheels.

Chassis The chassis of the A3 model series combines a sporty character with supreme safety and a high level of comfort. Its precision and poise stem from elaborate solutions such as a four-link rear suspension, which handles longitudinal and transverse forces independently, and the electromechanical power steering, which is as intelligent as it is efficient.

On all versions with front-wheel drive, the ESP electronic stabilization program incorporates an electronic limited slip differential. This intelligent software solution uses small, barely detectable brake applications to manage how torque is distributed among the wheels when at the cornering limit. These suppress any understeer, improve traction and further enhance driving safety.

For engines developing 103 kW (140 hp) and upwards, Audi supplies the adaptive damper control system Audi magnetic ride, which exploits the properties of an electromagnetic fluid.

The dampers can be set for a comfortable or sporty characteristic. Within these parameters, the system adjusts the damping forces in milliseconds depending on road conditions and the driver’s style. The body is lowered by 15 millimeters (0.59 in).

A conventional sport suspension lowered 25 mm (0.98 in) and the decidedly taut S line sport suspension from quattro GmbH are also available. Wheels are available in sizes up to 18 inches – another offer from quattro GmbH.

Equipment The extensive range of high-end options demonstrates the high technological standard of the A3 model series. These include the adaptive light dynamic cornering light system for the xenon plus headlights, the high-beam assistant and the navigation system plus with MMI operating logic.

The parking assistant is another very attractive feature. When driving by at speeds up to 30 km/h (18.64 mph), its ultrasound sensors scan the parking spaces parallel with the road; when it detects one that is large enough to reverse into, it then indicates this in the instrument cluster. All the driver needs to do is engage reverse and operate the accelerator, clutch and brakes – the car maneuvers independently and precisely into the space.

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The Audi A3 Cabriolet

The Audi A3 Cabriolet is an eye-catcher with its sleek and elegant lines. Its soft top is characterized by low weight and excellent fit; the hydraulic drive opens the top in only nine seconds. When in its storage compartment, the top takes up very little space thanks to the Z-shaped fold, thus allowing for a sporty vehicle design. Both semi-automatic and fully automated versions of the top are available – the latter as a specially soundproofed and thermally insulated acoustic top.

The body structure of the compact premium convertible contains a high proportion of high-strength and ultra-high-strength steels as well as targeted reinforcements that provide maximum rigidity and crash safety. The cabin offers ample space for four. The split folding rear seat backs can be unlocked from the luggage compartment to reveal a large load-through hatch. This increases luggage capacity from 260 to 674 liters (9.18 – 23.80 cu ft).

The A3 Cabriolet rolls off the assembly line with four gasoline and two TDI engines. Direct fuel injection and turbocharging provide for powerful performance and high efficiency. Most engines feature both the recuperation system and the start-stop system. The S tronic with six or seven speeds is available for the three most powerful engines. All engines power the front wheels.

Engine lineup:

  • 1.2 TFSI with 77 kW (105 hp)
  • 1.4 TFSI with 92 kW (125 hp)
  • 1.8 TFSI with 118 kW (160 hp)
  • 2.0 TFSI with 147 kW (200 hp)
  • 1.6 TDI with 77 kW (105 hp)
  • 2.0 TDI with 103 kW (140 hp)

Audi Model Range IAA Frankfurt 2011

The Audi A4, Audi A4 Avant and Audi A4 allroad quattro

The Audi A4 – in sedan and Avant form – is a winner in the mid-size category. Its available engines offer strong performance coupled with high efficiency. They are every bit an expression of the brand’s technical expertise as are the sporty handling and the numerous convenience and infotainment features taken directly from the full-size category.

The A4 is a customer favorite. This past spring, the five millionth model built since the A4 designation for the model series was introduced in 1994 rolled off the assembly line at Audi’s Ingolstadt plant. The readers of auto, motor und sport named the A4/A5 model series best in its category in the voting for the “Best Cars of 2011.”

Body and interior The Audi A4 is a spacious automobile. Its body, comprising mostly high-strength and ultra high-strength steels, is rigid, lightweight and safe. The sedan offers a trunk capacity of 480 liters (16.95 cu ft). Capacity with the rear seat backs folded down (a standard feature in the quattro versions) is 962 liters (33.97 cu ft). The A4 Avant offers 490 and 1,430 liters (17.30 and 50.50 cubic ft), respectively.

The interior offers all of the classic strengths of the brand, with uncompromising fit and finish and logical, intuitive controls. When equipped with a navigation system, the A4 features a color monitor and the MMI operating system. Audi offers the luxurious climate-controlled comfort seats as an option for the driver and front-seat passenger. Small fans provide six-speed ventilation to the seat cushion and back.

Drive The A4 model series has a particularly broad engine lineup with 13 powerplants. All of them feature direct-fuel injection and, with the exception of the most powerful 3.2 FSI engine, are also turbocharged.

The V6 and the 2.0 TFSI feature different versions of the Audi valvelift system, which uses two-stage variable valve lift to increase torque. A start-stop system is standard with many of the engines; all come standard with a recuperation system.

The most efficient model in the A4 lineup is the 2.0 TDI with 100 kW (136 hp). In the sedan, the four-cylinder diesel producing 320 Nm (236.02 lb-ft) of torque consumes just 4.4 liters of diesel per 100 km (53.46 US mpg) on average, a CO2 equivalent of just 115 grams per km (185.07 g/mile). The model features the know-how from Audi’s modular efficiency platform.

Two other particularly environmentally compatible engines join the 2.0 TDI in the A4 lineup. A sophisticated purification system in the A4 3.0 TDI clean diesel quattro largely eliminates nitrides of oxygen so that the V6 diesel satisfies all U.S. emission standards and also the future Euro 6 standard. The A4 2.0 TFSI flexible fuel is also designed for operation on bioethanol E 85.

Engine lineup:

  • 1.8 TFSI with 88 kW (120 hp)
  • 1.8 TFSI and 1.8 TFSI quattro with 118 kW (160 hp)
  • 2.0 TFSI with 132 kW (180 hp)
  • 2.0 TFSI flexible fuel and 2.0 TFSI flexible fuel quattro with 132 kW (180 hp)
  • 2.0 TFSI and 2.0 TFSI quattro with 155 kW (211 hp)
  • 3.2 FSI and 3.2 FSI quattro with 195 kW (265 hp)
  • 2.0 TDI with 88 kW (120 hp)
  • 2.0 TDI with 100 kW (136 hp)
  • 2.0 TDI and 2.0 TDI quattro with 105 kW (143 hp)
  • 2.0 TDI and 2.0 TDI quattro with 125 kW (170 hp)
  • 2.7 TDI with 140 kW (190 hp)
  • 3.0 TDI quattro with 176 kW (240 hp)
  • 3.0 TDI clean diesel quattro with 176 kW (240 hp)

Not less than four different power transmission technologies are available for the A4 model series. These are the classic six-speed manual transmission including gear-change indicator, the user-friendly tiptronic six-speed automatic, the continuously variable multitronic and the sporty seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission.

The quattro permanent all-wheel drive is slightly rear-biased in the A4. Audi already offers it as an option for the 2.0 TDI with 105 kW (143 hp) and above. It is standard with the 3.0 TDI. The electronically controlled sport differential is available as an option for the 3.2 FSI quattro and the 3.0 TDI quattro. This distributes the torque between the rear wheels as needed, making fast cornering even more dynamic.

Chassis The chassis of the A4 is largely made of aluminum. The front suspension is a five-link construction; with a trapezoidal-link suspension at the rear. Audi also offers the optional Audi drive select control system in a number of versions. In the basic version, it influences the engine’s throttle response, the automatic transmission’s shift points and the steering’s mode of operation. Three different characteristics can be selected for these systems. When equipped with a navigation system, an additional mode enabling the driver to create a custom profile is available.

Audi drive select is generally only available in combination with one or more additional technologies. These are the sport differential, adaptive damper control and dynamic steering. The latter’s superposition gear can vary the steering ratio by nearly 100 percent. ESP with electronic limited slip differential is standard in all front-wheel drive versions of the A4 series. By briefly pulsing the brakes at the front inside wheel, it makes handling more neutral and ensures solid grip when exiting the curve.

Assistance and communications systems A wide range of assistance systems are offered for the A4 model series. The radar-supported adaptive cruise control (ACC) adjusts the car’s speed and the interval to the vehicle ahead by automatically accelerating and braking as appropriate. In critical situations, the integrated braking guard prompts the driver to brake, with the system’s warning signals varying in intensity with the danger of the situation. Audi lane assist alerts the driver before he or she moves out of the lane. Audi side assist makes lane changes safer by means of an LED indicator in the exterior mirror that warns of critical situations.

A wide selection of modules is also available in the field of communication and infotainment, with MMI navigation, the top-of-the-line version MMI navigation plus with a large hard drive, and the concert and symphony radio systems being particularly attractive. The sound system from Bang & Olufsen, the Danish hi-fi specialists, provides luxury-category hi-fi enjoyment.

The Audi A4 allroad quattro With its permanent all-wheel drive, the A4 allroad quattro is equally at home on road and off. It is somewhat larger, particularly in height, than the A4 Avant on which it is based. It offers 180 millimeters (7.09 in) of ground clearance, and distinctive design details underscore its powerful character. Here, too, the trunk holds from 490 to 1,430 liters (17.30 to 50.50 cu ft) of luggage. Optional features include a load-securing set and an electromechanical rear hatch.

The Audi A4 allroad quattro is available with a choice of one gasoline and three diesel engines. The 2.0 TDI with 105 kW (143 hp) combines the recuperation system with the start-stop system. Like the 2.0 TDI with 125 kW (170 hp), it is available only with a six-speed manual transmission. The seven-speed S tronic is available as an option for the 2.0 TFSI and the 3.0 TDI.

Engine lineup:

  • 2.0 TFSI quattro with 155 kW (211 hp)
  • 2.0 TDI quattro with 105 kW (143 hp)
  • 2.0 TDI quattro with 125 kW (170 hp)
  • 3.0 TDI quattro with 176 kW (240 hp)

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The Audi A6, Audi A6 hybrid and Audi A6 Avant

Audi is once again setting standards in the full-size category with the seventh-generation A6. With a broad portfolio of innovations and a lightweight body featuring numerous aluminum components, the new model series is writing the next chapter of the A6 success story.

Body and design The design of the A6 stands for athleticism and elegance. The sedan is 4.92 meters (16.14 ft) long and 1.87 meters (6.14 ft) wide, but just 1.46 meters (4.79 ft) tall – the sportiest proportions in its category. The long engine hood, the low, taut roof line and the distinctive lines create a dynamic overall impression. Up front, optional LED headlights underscore the distinctive appearance.

Thanks to an intelligent composite construction concept, the body is extremely lightweight, rigid and safe. The numerous aluminum components and the high-tech steels are the backbone of Audi’s consistent ultra-lightweight design concept and reduce the body’s weight by roughly 30 kilograms (66.14 lb) compared to its predecessor.

Depending on the version, the new business sedan is as much as 80 kilograms (176.37 lb) lighter than the previous model. Audi, the pioneer of lightweight design, has once again reversed the weight spiral and thus established new standards. The A6 2.0 TFSI has a curb weight (without driver) of just 1,540 kg (3,395.12 lb).

The body offers additional advantages, too. Modern materials and construction methods provide for a very low interior noise level. The precise matching of all components and systematic hydraulic damping in the axle and drivetrain bearings provide excellent vibration comfort.

Interior The spacious interior of the new Audi A6 takes up the sinewy style of the exterior design. Its salient element is the “wrap-around” – a decorative inlay encircling the driver and the front-seat passenger. The elegant face of the instrument panel emphasizes the tension of the cockpit.

Every interior detail documents the care with which Audi builds cars. All materials, including an innovative layered wood veneer called Beaufort oak, are carefully selected and processed. The front seats are available with optional ventilation and massage functions. The ambient lighting or the interior lighting package accent the interior with tiny highlights.

The new Audi A6 features the intuitive ergonomics concept that characterizes all of the brand’s models. An efficient deluxe automatic air conditioning system and the MMI radio advanced control system come standard. The MMI navigation plus system with MMI touch is available as an option. Many features of the hard drive navigation system can be controlled via the touchpad. Audi offers an optional head-up display that projects important information onto the windshield.

Drive Audi offers the new A6 with a choice of seven powerful and highly efficient four- and six-cylinder engines. The three gasoline and four TDI engines produce between 130 kW (177 hp) and 230 kW (313 hp). All engines use key technologies from Audi’s modular efficiency platform – the innovative thermal management, the start-stop system and the recuperation system. Compared to the previous model, fuel consumption has been reduced by as much as 21 percent – a top mark in its category.

The most fuel-efficient unit in the lineup is the 2.0 TDI. When paired with the manual transmission, it consumes only 4.9 liters of fuel per 100 km (48.0 US mpg), which corresponds to only 129 grams of CO2/km (207.61 g/mile).

The top engine is the new 3.0 TDI with twin turbochargers. The V6 diesel powers the sedan with 230 kW (313 hp) and 650 Nm (479.42 lb-ft) of torque.

Engine lineup:

  • 2.0 TFSI with 132 kW (180 hp)
  • 2.8 FSI and 2.8 FSI quattro with 150 kW (204 hp)
  • 3.0 TFSI quattro with 220 kW (300 hp)
  • 2.0 TDI with 130 kW (177 hp)
  • 3.0 TDI and 3.0 TDI quattro with 150 kW (204 hp)
  • 3.0 TDI quattro with 180 kW (245 hp)
  • 3.0 TDI quattro with 230 kW (313 hp)

Audi offers the new A6 with a wide range of drivetrains. Depending on the engine, the choices include a manual six-speed transmission, the continuously variable multitronic and – new in this model line – the sporty seven-speed S tronic. The new top diesel is paired with an eight-speed tiptronic. All engines contribute to efficiency with their wide gear spread and low internal friction.

Power flows to either the front wheels or all four wheels, depending on the engine. The quattro permanent all-wheel drive system features a self-locking, crown-gear center differential and torque vectoring for superior traction, stability and dynamics. It is perfectly complemented by the optional sport differential, which actively distributes the power between the rear wheels.

Chassis The chassis of the new A6 combines superior comfort with sporty precision. Its suspension components are made of aluminum; the power steering features a new electromechanical drive for high efficiency. The big sedan rolls on wheels measuring between 16 and 20 inches in diameter, behind which are powerful brakes.

Front-wheel drive versions of the A6 feature ESP with an electronic limited slip differential, which prevents understeer to make the handling even sportier and safer. The Audi drive select driving dynamics system comes standard with all engine variants. Audi can also deliver the comfortable adaptive air suspension with variable damping on request. The optional dynamic steering will be available somewhat later.

Equipment The Audi connect online services connect the new Audi A6 to the Internet via the Bluetooth online car phone. A UMTS module pulls images and information from Google Earth onto the monitor and integrates them with the navigation route. A WLAN hotspot provides contact to mobile devices on board. Up-to-the-minute Audi online traffic information is a particularly attractive service, and voice-controlled point of interest search is coming soon. Topping the line of hi-fi options is the high-quality Bang & Olufsen Advanced Sound System.

The top-end navigation system, MMI navigation plus, works intensively together with the optional driver assistance and safety systems in the new A6. It forwards the route data to the control units for the headlights, the automatic transmission and the adaptive cruise control with stop & go function. This enables these systems to recognize complex scenarios and support the driver.

The Audi pre sense safety system can in many situations reduce the severity of accidents and their consequences, or even avoid them all together. The Audi active lane assist helps the driver to keep the A6 on course, and the park assist system relieves the driver of the chore of steering when parallel parking. Another high-end feature is the night vision assistant that highlights detected pedestrians.

The Audi A6 hybrid Audi will begin volume production of the A6 hybrid in the coming year. The sporty and efficient parallel hybrid produces a combined total of 180 kW (245 hp) of system output and 480 Nm (354.03 lb-ft) of system torque. Its combustion engine, a 2.0 TFSI with 155 kW (211 hp) and 350 Nm (258.15 lb-ft) of torque, works together with an electric motor producing 40 kW (54 hp) and 211 Nm (155.63 lb-ft) of torque. The electric motor is mounted directly behind the TFSI in the space usually occupied by the torque convertor in front of the modified eight-speed tiptronic. The gearbox sends the power to the front wheels.

The lightweight and compact lithium-ion battery is located in a crash-proof area in the trunk. It provides 1.3 kWh of nominal energy and 40 kW of power. Two different methods are used to air-cool the battery, depending on need: with air blown from the passenger compartment by a fan and via a separate cooling circuit coupled to the deluxe automatic air conditioning system. This technology keeps the battery within the suitable temperature window over a broad range, ensuring a relatively large proportion of electric driving.

The Audi A6 hybrid can drive at up to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) purely on electric power and has a range of three kilometers (1.86 miles) at a constant 60 km/h (37.28 mph). It can also drive using the combustion engine alone or in hybrid mode. The A6 hybrid recovers energy during braking and activates both power sources at the same time during strong acceleration. Special displays on the instrument cluster and the MMI monitor depict the various driving states.

The Audi A6 hybrid combines the power of a V6 engine with the consumption of a four-cylinder unit. The hybrid sedan accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 7.3 seconds and reaches a top speed of 238 km/h (147.89 mph). Its standard fuel consumption of less than 6.4 liters per 100 km (36.75 US mpg) corresponds to CO2 emissions of less than 146 grams per km (234.96 g/mile).

The Audi A6 Avant Audi is launching the seventh generation of the A6 Avant business-category station wagon in Europe. The new model features the brand’s full array of high-tech expertise in every detail.

Body and design Measuring 4.93 meters (16.17 ft) in length, the Audi A6 Avant reveals its character at first glance. Its proportions are sporty, and the low roof line flows into flat D-pillars. Audi offers LED headlights and rear lights as a visually and technically fascinating option.

The new Audi A6 Avant sets standards with its ultra-lightweight construction concept. Aluminum components make up roughly 20 percent of its body. Gross weight has been reduced by as much as 70 kilograms (154.32 lb) compared with the previous model. The A6 Avant 2.0 TFSI, for example, has a curb weight of just 1,605 kilograms (3,538.42 lb).

Interior The spacious interior of the new A6 Avant treats its occupants with a sleek and clear design, uncompromising workmanship, generous appointments and exemplary ergonomics. The elegant interior colors harmonize stylistically with one another and with the materials, where in some cases the designers broke new ground.

Audi offers a choice of particularly comfortable and sporty front seats, with the top models featuring ventilation and massage functions. An optional lighting package or the ambient lighting package bathe the interior in subtle, yet dramatic light. There is also a wide range of steering wheel options.

The luggage compartment has a capacity of 565 liters (19.95 cu ft), which can be increased to 1,680 liters (59.33 cu ft) by folding down the rear seat backs. Audi also offers an automatic rear hatch that the driver activates via a defined movement of his or her foot.

Drive The new A6 Avant is available with a choice of seven engines featuring direct fuel injection: three gasoline engines and four TDI units. They develop between 130 kW (177 hp) and 230 kW (313 hp). This ample power is combined with groundbreaking efficiency. The 2.0 TDI consumes an average of just 5.0 liters of fuel per 100 km (47.04 US mpg). All of the engines utilize the technologies from the Audi modular efficiency platform, which have helped to reduce fuel consumption by as much as 21 percent.

Engine lineup:

  • 2.0 TFSI with 132 kW (180 hp)
  • 2.8 FSI and 2.8 FSI quattro with 150 kW (204 hp)
  • 3.0 TFSI quattro with 220 kW (300 hp)
  • 2.0 TDI with 130 kW (177 hp)
  • 3.0 TDI and 3.0 TDI quattro with 150 kW (204 hp)
  • 3.0 TDI quattro with 180 kW (245 hp)
  • 3.0 TDI quattro with 230 kW (313 hp)

Depending on the engine, the new A6 Avant rolls off the assembly line with either a six-speed manual transmission, the sporty seven-speed S tronic or the continuously variable multitronic. The top TDI gets the eight-speed tiptronic. In addition to front-wheel drive, quattro permanent all-wheel drive with a self-locking center differential and torque vectoring is also available. The optional sport differential flexibly distributes the power between the rear wheels.

Chassis The chassis is also very sophisticated and combines sporty dynamics with excellent comfort. The Audi drive select driving dynamics system comes standard, and the new electromechanical power steering is extremely efficient. In the front-wheel-drive variants, the ESP electronic stabilization program featuring an electronic limited slip differential makes the car’s handling even more precise. Options include the adaptive air suspension and dynamic steering, with the latter to be available somewhat later.

Equipment The A6 Avant will debut with a generous array of standard features. These include the MMI radio control system, the innovative Audi pre sense basic safety system, a highly efficient deluxe automatic air conditioning system optionally available with four-zone controls, an electromechanical parking brake, cruise control and a light and rain sensor. The engine starts with the push of a button.

Among the high-end options are a head-up display, adaptive light with variable headlight range control, front seats with ventilation and massage function, as well as numerous infotainment components. Topping the range of infotainment options are the hard drive-based navigation system MMI navigation plus with touchpad operation, as well as the Bang & Olufsen Advanced Sound System.

Audi connect, a fully fledged Internet connection, also places the new Audi A6 Avant at the head of the pack. It works with Google to bring advanced online services to the car via the Bluetooth online car phone. The Audi online traffic information service informs the driver in real time about how heavy traffic is on the selected route. A WLAN hotspot allows passengers to surf and email freely while on the road.

The new A6 Avant can be equipped with all of the brand’s assistance and safety systems for even more composed driving. Some systems work closely together with MMI navigation plus, further enhancing their capabilities. A new feature in the Audi lineup, the parking system plus with 360° camera, will be available somewhat later. Four small cameras record images of the vehicle’s immediate surroundings. Fast software combines these images and displays them in a variety of views on the large onboard monitor.

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The Audi A7 Sportback

Aesthetically athletic, emotion-packed design, sporty character and innovative technology: Audi enters a new market segment with the A7 Sportback. The large five-door model with the dynamically flowing rear end unites the strengths of a coupe, a sedan and a station wagon. Early this year, a panel of experts commissioned by the magazine Auto Bild called the five-door coupe the pinnacle of design.

Body and interior Measuring 4.97 meters (16.31 ft) in length, the five-door model is an Audi in a new top form. Its low, dynamically drawn roof line lends it the character of a coupe. Optional LED headlights accentuate its appearance, while LED tail lights are standard.

The five-door coupe combines supreme long-distance comfort with a sporty character. The excellent vibration behavior is the result of painstakingly tuning all components, systematic hydraulic damping in the axle and drivetrain bearings, and the extremely stiff body. Made largely of aluminum and high-tech steels according to the ultra-lightweight construction concept, it is extremely lightweight and very safe. The long rear hatch opens to reveal a large luggage compartment.

Every detail of the elegant interior of the A7 Sportback documents the care with which Audi builds cars. High-quality new materials, such as Beaufort oak layered wood veneer, indulge the senses. Options available for the front seat include ventilation and massage features.

The MMI operating system comes standard; among the optional equipment is a head-up display. The optional MMI navigation plus operating system combines a hard drive navigation system with the convenience of touchpad input.

Drive Audi offers the A7 Sportback with a choice of five powerful and cultivated V6 engines: two gasoline and three TDI units. They develop between 150 kW (177 hp) and 230 kW (313 hp) and are impressively efficient. The new 3.0 TDI with 150 kW (204 hp) consumes an average of just 5.3 liters of fuel per 100 km (44.38 US mpg). All engines feature a recuperation system, innovative thermal management and a start-stop system.

Engine lineup:

  • 2.8 FSI and 2.8 FSI quattro with 150 kW (204 hp)
  • 3.0 TFSI quattro with 220 kW (300 hp)
  • 3.0 TDI and 3.0 TDI quattro with 150 kW (204 hp)
  • 3.0 TDI quattro with 180 kW (245 hp)
  •  3.0 TDI quattro with 230 kW (313 hp)

The standard automatic transmissions also play a role in the efficiency of the Audi A7 Sportback. The user-friendly multitronic for the 2.8 FSI and 3.0 TDI, both of which produce 150 kW (204 hp), delivers the engine power to the front wheels. The sporty seven-speed S tronic delivers the power to all four wheels. The top TDI, a twin-turbo V6, is paired with an eight-speed tiptronic.

The quattro permanent all-wheel drive system features a self-locking, crown-gear center differential and torque vectoring for superior traction, stability and dynamics. It can be complemented with the optional sport differential for the rear axle.

Chassis The chassis, too, combines sporty precision with luxurious comfort. The Audi A7 Sportback rolls on large wheels measuring from 18 to 20 inches in diameter. The links are made of aluminum; the newly developed power steering features an electromechanical drive. The Audi drive select dynamics system is standard and can be supplemented by the optional adaptive air suspension. Front-wheel drive models have ESP with electronic limited slip differential on board. Dynamic steering will be available somewhat later.

Equipment The top navigation system, MMI navigation plus, works closely together with the many optional driver assistance and safety systems in the A7 Sportback. It provides the route data to the control units for the headlights, the automatic transmission and the adaptive cruise control with stop & go function.

The Audi pre sense safety system can reduce the severity of accidents and their consequences in many cases. The new Audi active lane assist helps the driver to keep the A7 Sportback firmly on course, and the park assist system – also new – relieves the driver of the chore of steering when parallel parking. The night vision assistant with highlighting of detected pedestrians reduces the stress of driving in the dark.

Audi connect provides the passengers of the five-door coupe with full Internet access via the Bluetooth online car phone. A UMTS module pulls images and information from Google Earth onto the monitor and integrates them into the navigation route. A WLAN hotspot connects mobile devices such as an iPad.

Voice-activated Google POI search and up-to-the-minute Audi online traffic information will soon round out the range of services offered. A highly attractive range of audio modules is also available, including the Advanced Sound System from Bang & Olufsen.

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The Audi A8 and Audi A8 L

The A8 and the long-wheelbase A8 L are at the front of the luxury category. The Audi flagship impresses with a lightweight aluminum body, powerful and highly efficient engines, the user-friendly MMI operating system and a luxurious interior.

Body The sporty, elegant and distinctive body of the large sedan is an aluminum Audi Space Frame (ASF), with only the B-pillars made of ultra high-strength steel. Roughly 40 percent lighter than a comparable steel body while also impressing with high rigidity and excellent vibration comfort, it is an exemplary demonstration of Audi ultra-lightweight construction. It earned Audi the Euro Car Body Award, the highest accolade for innovative car body design. The optional LED headlights are another high-end solution.

Drive The Audi A8 and A8 L are available with five direct-injection V6 and V8 engines: two gasoline units and three TDI units. The 3.0 TDI with 150 kW (204 hp) is the new entry-level engine. It drives the front wheels and consumes just 6.0 liters per 100 km (39.20 US mpg) in the EU driving cycle. The 4.2 TDI with 258 kW (350 hp) produces the most torque – 800 Nm (590.05 lb-ft).

Engine lineup:

  • 3.0 TFSI quattro with 213 kW (290 hp)
  • 4.2 FSI quattro with 273 kW (372 hp)
  • 3.0 TDI with 150 kW (204 hp)
  • 3.0 TDI quattro with 184 kW (250 hp)
  • 4.2 TDI quattro with 258 kW (350 hp)

The standard eight-speed tiptronic features closely-spaced gears while still featuring a wide spread for reduced fuel consumption. Its control system is purely electronic, operated with an elegant selector lever and paddles on the steering wheel. The quattro permanent all-wheel drive, standard in almost all models, has a distinctly sporty and rear-biased character. On request, the sport differential dynamically distributes the forces between the rear wheels; this feature is standard with the 4.2 TDI.

Chassis The A8 and the A8 L offer both luxurious ride comfort and sporty handling. Their wheel control arms are made of aluminum. The brake discs measure up to 400 millimeters (15.75 in) in diameter, depending on the engine. The standard adaptive air suspension with variable damping is integrated into the Audi drive select dynamics system. It can be complemented with the optional dynamic steering.

Interior The interior of the A8 enchants with light and elegant lines, craftsman-like fit and finish, and extraordinary attention to the smallest of details. Audi offers the rear seat passengers the option of two power-adjustable and heated individual rear seats, which can be paired with the optional continuous center console. The individual seats can also be equipped with optional ventilation and massage functions, and features such as a folding table and a cool box make the passengers’ stay even more enjoyable.

The A8 L is 13 centimeters (5.12 in) longer than the standard version in both wheelbase and overall length. It is available with an optional relaxation seat with power footrest. The relaxation seat includes numerous seating options, such as a massage function and Rear Seat Entertainment.

Equipment The Audi A8 and the A8 L feature a high degree of technical intelligence. This is manifested in the MMI operating system or the optional MMI touch with touchpad, in the networking of the MMI navigation plus with other vehicle systems and in the assistance systems. The most important of these is the radar-based adaptive cruise control with stop & go function. It works closely together with the Audi pre sense safety system. Other highlights include the night vision assistant with highlighting of detected pedestrians and the parking system plus with reversing camera.

Audi also offers many attractive multimedia modules. The top version is the Advanced Sound System from Bang & Olufsen, which boasts 19 speakers. The luxury sedan offers a WLAN hotspot, and Audi has partnered with Google to offer numerous attractive services under the name Audi connect. One highly intelligent solution is Audi online traffic information, which will soon be expanded to include voice-activated Google POI search.

The Audi A8 L W12 The A8 L W12 is the top model in the line. It is powered by a supremely powerful gasoline engine that is unusually short and lightweight. The normally aspirated 6.3-liter engine with direct injection produces 368 kW (500 hp) and 625 Nm (460.98 lb-ft) of torque, yet is extremely refined.

In addition to all the qualities of the model series, the top version also offers the performance of a sports car. The sprint from zero to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) is completed in 4.7 seconds; the governed top speed of 250 km/h (155.34 mph) is just a formality. The Audi A8 L with the W12 engine is also available in a special armored version that features Class 7 armoring and an array of special equipment for a high level of safety.

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The Audi Q3

Audi is venturing into a new market segment: The Q3 is a premium SUV in a compact-category form. It is sporty, efficient and versatile – an urban vehicle that is equally comfortable on or off the road. Every aspect of the Audi Q3 – the body, the drivetrain, the chassis and the assistance and multimedia systems – showcases the brand’s expertise in all fields of technology. Many of its solutions are straight from the luxury category.

Design and body The Q3 is immediately recognizable as the youngest member of the Audi family. The coupe-like lines are an expression of its sporty character. Sharp edges frame elegantly arched sheet metal surfaces, and distinctive lights accentuate the front and rear. The wedge-shaped headlights are optionally available with xenon plus units and LED daytime running lights, which Audi also combines with LED tail lights.

The low roof line, which begins dropping rather early, and the very flat D-pillars underscore the dynamics of the Audi Q3. Add-on parts are available in a number of variants – customers can choose between black, anthracite or the body color. There is also a choice of two exterior packages.

The base version of the Audi Q3 weighs just 1,445 kilograms (3,185.68 lb). Its rigid, safe and quiet occupant cell integrates a number of ultra-high-strength steels. Both the engine hood and the tailgate are made of aluminum. As is typical of the Q models from Audi, the undivided tail lights are integrated into the tailgate, which wraps around the pillars. At just 0.32, the coefficient of drag is unusually low.

Interior The Audi Q3 offers ample room for all five passengers and sets new standards for ergonomics and workmanship. A wide variety of materials and colors for the interior, some of which are completely new, offers customers countless possibilities for expressing their own personal style. The wrap-around, a large arc extending from one front door to the other, is a design feature borrowed from the large Audi model series.

The luggage compartment of the compact SUV has a capacity of 460 liters (16.24 cu ft), which can be increased to 1,365 liters (48.20 cu ft) by folding down the split rear seat backs. A roof rail is standard. Many useful options, including a luggage compartment package and a load-through hatch, make the Q3 even more versatile in everyday use.

Drive The Audi Q3 offers the choice of two TDI and two TFSI engines. The four-cylinder engines combine direct injection with turbocharging, an energy recovery system and a start-stop system. With power outputs ranging from 103 kW (140 hp) to 155 kW (211 hp), these engines are as efficient as they are powerful. The Q3 2.0 TDI with 103 kW (140 hp) and front-wheel drive averages 5.2 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (45.23 US mpg).

Engine lineup:

  • 2.0 TFSI quattro with 125 kW (170 hp)
  • 2.0 TFSI quattro with 155 kW (211 hp)
  • 2.0 TDI with 103 kW (140 hp)
  • 2.0 TDI quattro with 130 kW (177 hp)

Audi pairs all engines with an output of above 125 kW (170 hp) with quattro permanent all-wheel drive, which uses a hydraulic multi-plate clutch. The seven-speed S tronic comes standard with the most powerful TDI and TFSI engines.

The ultra-compact and fast-shifting dual-clutch transmission showcases an innovation that enhances efficiency even further. When coasting, it allows the Audi Q3 to free-wheel when the “Efficiency” mode of Audi drive select is active. Shift paddles on the steering wheel are optionally available.

Chassis The chassis of the Q3 – featuring a four-link rear suspension, electromechanical power steering and wheels measuring between 16 and 19 inches in diameter – is the fruit of great design labor. An electromechanical parking brake and hill hold assist are standard, with hill-descent assist to be available later. Audi drive select enables the driver to adjust various technology modules, including the optional active shock absorbers, in four stages to suit his or her individual driving style.

Equipment The Audi Q3 comes generously appointed with a long list of standard equipment, including the chorus audio system, air conditioning and a comprehensive package of restraint systems. Audi also offers a choice of optional equipment taken directly from the luxury category, including the adaptive light system for the xenon plus headlights, the high-beam assistant, the panoramic glass roof, the LED interior lighting package and power-adjustable front seats.

The range of driver assistance systems is without peer in this vehicle category. The park assist system maneuvers the vehicle into tight parking spots autonomously. All the driver has to do is accelerate and brake. The system also detects and warns of obstacles to the sides. Audi side assist employs radar to help change lanes, and Audi active lane assist makes slight steering corrections as necessary to help stay in the lane. The speed limit display recognizes important traffic signs.

Audi offers a comprehensive range of modular infotainment components. Topping the range of options is the hard-drive navigation system MMI navigation plus, which displays high-resolution 3D graphics on a fold-out 7.0-inch color monitor. The Bose surround sound system delivers 465 watts of power to 14 speakers.

Coming soon – under the heading of Audi connect – is the Bluetooth online car phone paired with a WLAN hotspot to provide the Q3 with Internet connectivity. The new Audi online traffic information service provides the driver with precise, current information about how heavy traffic is on the selected route.

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The Audi Q5 and Audi Q5 hybrid quattro

The Q5 combines the dynamics of a sporty sedan with a highly variable interior space. The mid-sized SUV is the ideal companion for active people at any stage of life.

Body and interior With a height of 1.65 meters (5.41 ft), the 4.63 meter (15.19 ft) Q5 is very low-slung for an SUV. It features sporty proportions and an elegant, muscular design. There are three versions available for the add-on body parts; Audi also offers attractive styling packages. The tailgate, which wraps around the C-pillars, is made of lightweight aluminum, as is the engine hood. The body includes a large proportion of high-strength and ultra-high-strength steels.

Interior space is generous, and the luggage compartment’s base capacity of 540 liters (19.07 cubic ft) can be increased to 1,560 liters (55.09 cubic ft) by folding down the rear seat backs. Audi also offers an optional rear bench seat, which can be moved by 100 millimeters (3.94 in) and features a load-through hatch. The front passenger’s seat is available with an optional folding seat back. The front seats can optionally be adjusted, heated and cooled electrically.

Drive Audi offers the Q5 with a choice of six engines: three gasoline engines and three TDI units. All engines are direct injection units; five of them are turbocharged. The torque of the gasoline engines is further boosted by the Audi valvelift system, which switches the valve lift in two stages. Regardless of the engine variant, the Q5 recovers energy during braking; the four-cylinder models with manual transmission also come standard with the start-stop system and a gear-change indicator.

Engine lineup:

  • 2.0 TFSI quattro with 132 kW (180 hp)
  • 2.0 TFSI quattro with 155 kW (211 hp)
  • 3.2 FSI quattro with 199 kW (270 hp)
  • 2.0 TDI quattro with 105 kW (143 hp)
  • 2.0 TDI quattro with 125 kW (170 hp)
  • 3.0 TDI quattro with 176 kW (240 hp)

Chassis The chassis also contributes to the sporty character of the Audi Q5. The five-link front suspension and the trapezoidal-link rear suspension consist largely of aluminum components; the large brakes ensure rapid deceleration. The optional Audi drive select system manages the engine’s throttle response, the steering characteristic and the shift points of S tronic. Two components that can be combined are adaptive damper control and dynamic steering.

The Audi Q5 also holds its own in rough terrain: the electronic stabilization program (ESP) and the anti-lock brake system (ABS) both have an offroad mode. The ESP features an additional function for road driving: If a roof rack is mounted, thus raising the center of gravity, the system intervenes somewhat sooner at the limit of handling.

Equipment On request, Audi equips the Q5 with high-tech systems typical of the full-size category. Audi lane assist helps to keep in lane, while Audi side assist warns of possible hazards when changing lanes. The adaptive cruise control system maintains the desired interval between the performance SUV and the vehicle ahead. An attractive range of multimedia modules is also available, ranging from the hard drive-based MMI navigation plus navigation system to a sound system from Bang & Olufsen.

The Audi Q5 hybrid quattro Rounding out the Q5 family is the Q5 hybrid quattro, with deliveries scheduled to begin late this year. The performance SUV is the first full hybrid in the B premium segment to be offered anywhere in the world with lithium-ion batteries standard.

Designed as a parallel hybrid, the Audi Q5 hybrid quattro combines the performance of a six-cylinder model with the fuel economy of a four-cylinder version. Power is provided by a 2.0 TFSI with 155 kW (211 hp) and an electric motor with up to 40 kW (54 hp) and 210 Nm (154.89 lb-ft) of torque. System output is 180 kW (245 hp).

The Audi Q5 hybrid reaches 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 7.1 seconds from a standing start and has a top speed of 225 km/h (139.81 mph). At a constant speed of 60 km/h (37.28 mph), it has a purely electric range of up to three kilometers (1.86 miles), and its top speed of 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in electric mode also sets standards. Average fuel consumption is 6.9 liters per 100 km (34.09 US mpg), corresponding to CO2 emissions of 159 grams per km (255.89 g/mile).

The performance SUV can operate in one of five drive modes: Driving with the combustion engine alone, with the electric drive alone or in hybrid mode is possible, as are recuperation and boosting. The driver can choose between three modes. The EV characteristic map gives priority to the electric drive in the city; the D mode controls both the engine and the electric motor for optimal consumption; and the S mode is designed for a sporty driving style.

An extensively modified eight-speed tiptronic serves the power transmission, without the aid of a torque converter. Instead there is the disc-shaped electric motor, which is combined with a multi-plate clutch. It connects and disconnects the electric motor and the TFSI precisely, gently and quickly in every situation.

A lithium-ion battery system, weighing a mere 36.7 kg (80.91 lb), serves as the energy store for the electric motor. The compact unit beneath the cargo floor hardly reduces luggage space at all. The battery provides 1.3 kWh of nominal energy and 39 kW of power. Two different methods are used to air-cool the battery, depending on need: with air from the passenger compartment or with air from a cooling circuit coupled to the main automatic air conditioning system.

With a curb weight of just 1,910 kg (4,210.83 lb), the Audi Q5 hybrid quattro is the lightest hybrid SUV on the global market. Its hybrid components weigh less than 130 kilograms (286.60 lb).

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The Audi Q7

The Q7 is the performance SUV from Audi – the large, versatile automobile for sporty individualists. With its efficient engines and the standard eight-speed tiptronic transmission, it sets standards in its category.

Body and interior The design of the Audi Q7 exudes performance and presence. The engine hood, the front fenders and the wrap-around rear hatch are aluminum. Add-on parts come standard in a contrasting color, or optionally in the body color with chrome trim. In Germany, the Audi Q7 models roll off the assembly line with the high-gloss package; other styling packages are available as options.

Thanks to its 3.00 meter (9.84 ft) wheelbase, the 5.09 meter (16.70 ft) long Q7 has interior room to spare. 27 different seating configurations are possible. The large SUV is available as a five-, six- or seven-seater, with a choice of either individual comfort seats or a variable bench seat in the second row and an optional third row.

The seat backs in the second row can be folded, increasing the cargo capacity from a volume of 775 liters (27.37 cubic ft) to 2,035 liters (71.87 cubic ft).

Three different types of seats are available for the driver and the front-seat passenger, topped by climate-controlled comfort seats that can be heated and ventilated. With its elegant lines and many upscale details, the interior conveys the typical Audi feel-good factor. The fit and finish knows no compromise.

Drive The Audi Q7 engine lineup features six engines with six or eight cylinders. The two three-liter gasoline engines – supercharged V6 units with different power ratings – and the V6 TDI units are characterized by groundbreaking efficiency. The V8 diesel offers an impressive 800 Nm (590.05 lb-ft) of torque. A recuperation system is standard; the 3.0 TDI also features a start-stop system and sophisticated thermal management.

The most efficient engine in the Q7 is the V6 diesel with 150 kW (204 hp), which consumes an average of just 7.2 liters of diesel per 100 km (32.67 US mpg). Audi offers a particularly low-emission clean diesel model in the guise of the Audi 3.0 TDI with 180 kW (245 hp). Complex technology is used here to minimize NOx emissions.

Engine lineup:

  • 3.0 TFSI quattro with 200 kW (272 hp)
  • 3.0 TFSI quattro with 245 kW (333 hp)
  • 3.0 TDI quattro with 150 kW (204 hp)
  • 3.0 TDI quattro with 180 kW (245 hp)
  • 3.0 TDI clean diesel quattro with 180 kW (245 hp)
  • 4.2 TDI quattro with 250 kW (340 hp)

All of the engines deliver their power to the quattro permanent all-wheel drive via a state-of-the-art eight-speed tiptronic transmission. With its wide spread and long-ratio upper gears, this also makes an important contribution to efficiency.

Chassis The Audi Q7 has a sophisticated chassis. Aluminum double wishbones mounted on subframes guide the wheels. The optional adaptive air suspension (standard in the Q7 4.2 TDI) with electronic damper control varies the ground clearance depending on the situation. The driver can choose from five characteristics using the MMI operating system.

Wheels range from 18 to 21 inches in diameter. Large, internally ventilated disc brakes provide the stopping power. Huge discs in lightweight carbon fiber-ceramic are optionally available for models with the two most powerful engines. The ESP stabilization program includes an offroad mode. A hill descent assist engages when going downhill offroad.

Equipment Among the standard features in the Audi Q7 are two-zone deluxe automatic air conditioning, a high-beam assistant and the MMI radio operating system. A power rear hatch (standard with the top engines) and a rail-based load securing set for baggage are available for sports, recreation and vacation travel.

Audi offers an entire system of infotainment modules. The top-of-the-line version, MMI navigation plus, integrates a hard disk drive for navigation, music, and telephone data; a color monitor with 3D graphics; a DVD player; and voice control.

A UMTS module works together with the Bluetooth online car phone to establish a connection to the Internet and deliver the latest specially selected news, travel and weather information plus Google POI information to the vehicle. Drivers can plan their routes on their home computers, upload them to a special section of the Internet site www.audi.com and download them from there on starting the trip.

A push of a button is all it takes to display the map with attractive visuals, backed with aerial and satellite images from Google Earth, which are also delivered on demand to the vehicle via UMTS. Another system feature, the WLAN hotspot, enables passengers to connect mobile devices.

Another attractive function is Audi online traffic information, which provides up-to-the-minute traffic information and works faster than existing TMC and TMC pro solutions.

To go online, the driver only has to insert a data-capable SIM card into the card reader. A cell phone featuring the SIM Access Profile can also be used. No additional fees or separate contracts are required. Given the high data volumes, however, Audi does recommend an appropriate flat rate.

A special highlight is the 1,000 watt Bang & Olufsen Advanced Sound System with 14 speakers. Modern assistance systems round out the list of options.

The Audi Q7 V12 TDI quattro The Audi Q7 V12 TDI quattro is the most powerful diesel SUV in the world. Its V12 draws 368 kW (500 hp) of power from 1,750 cc displacement and delivers 1,000 Nm (737.56 lb-ft) of torque to the six-speed tiptronic between 1,750 and 3,250 rpm. Requiring just 5.5 seconds for zero to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) and with a governed top speed of 250 km/h (155.34 mph), the Audi Q7 V12 TDI quattro has the performance of a powerful sports car, yet consumes on average just 11.3 liters of fuel per 100 km (20.82 US mpg).

The luxurious standard equipment of the top model includes 20-inch wheels, a ceramic brake system, the adaptive air suspension, a Bose sound system and sport seats.

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The Audi R8, Audi R8 Spyder, Audi R8 GT and Audi R8 GT Spyder

The R8, the high-performance sports car from Audi, is a high-tech work of art with the formidable power of its engines, the quattro permanent all-wheel drive and its lightweight Audi Space Frame (ASF) body made of aluminum. The good everyday practicality and top quality typical of Audi complete the profile of this model athlete.

Body and interior The forward-thrust cockpit and the engine compartment behind it are key to the proportions of the R8. Large wheel wells and hungry air inlets visualize its potential, while the upright sideblade structures the flank. LED headlights are standard in ten-cylinder R8 models and available as an option for the eight-cylinder version.

The body of the R8 is largely hand-built at the craft-scale production shop at the Neckarsulm site. Featuring an aluminum Audi Space Frame (ASF), it tips the scales at just 210 kilograms (462.97 lb) – ultra-lightweight construction in the extreme. The fully-enclosed diffuser underbody and the rear spoiler that slides out automatically help ensure that the R8 generates downforce at high speeds.

The key element of the interior is the monoposto, a large arc sweeping around the dashboard instruments. The relatively long wheelbase of 2.65 meters (8.69 ft) allows for generous interior space. There is space for two golf bags behind the seats, and the luggage compartment under the front hatch offers an additional 100 liters (3.53 cu ft) of storage capacity. The R8 5.2 FSI quattro comes standard with Fine Nappa leather appointments, a Bang & Olufsen sound system, and the navigation system plus. The optional bucket seats from the Audi exclusive range exude concentrated racing style.

Drive Two high-tech engines are available for the Audi R8. Both reflect the wealth of expertise which helped to fuel Audi’s numerous racing triumphs. The V8 and the V10 combine FSI gasoline direct injection with dry sump lubrication and a high-revving concept. Both captivate with their power, their responsiveness and their musical sound. The eight-cylinder unit launches the R8 from 0 to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 4.6 seconds en route to a top speed of 302 km/h (187.65 mph). The V10 is a touch faster, with a time of just 3.9 seconds and a top speed of 316 km/h (196.35 mph).

Engine lineup:

  • 4.2 FSI quattro with 316 kW (430 hp)
  • 5.2 FSI quattro with 386 kW (525 hp)

The engines’ power flows to either a six-speed manual transmission or the R tronic controlled in this case via either a joystick on the center console or paddles on the steering wheel. The automatic transmission changes gears extremely fast, and the launch control program enables the Audi R8 to make stunningly fast starts with perfectly controlled slip.

The quattro permanent all-wheel drive is tailored to the mid-engine concept with a rear-biased axle load distribution, sending roughly 85 percent of the power to the rear wheels in the standard distribution. The heart of the system is a viscous coupling at the front axle, which can transfer up to 30 percent of the torque to the front within milliseconds, if needed.

Chassis The chassis of the Audi R8 is just as well suited for blasting through corners as it is for casual cruising. Aluminum double wishbones locate the wheels up front and at the back. The setup for the R8 with V10 engine is somewhat stiffer than for the R8 4.2 FSI. The top model comes standard with 19-inch wheels. All four floating brake discs are internally vented and perforated. A total of 24 pistons clamp down on them.

The optional carbon fiber-ceramic brakes are extremely lightweight, strong, and durable. The Audi magnetic ride adaptive shock absorber system is standard in the R8 5.2 FSI quattro and an option with the V8.

The Audi R8 Spyder The open-top high-performance sports car is a favorite with the public and experts alike. Its most recent successes include category victories in the “Auto Trophy” from Auto Zeitung and being voted among “The Best Cars of 2011” by the readers of auto motor und sport magazine.

The Audi R8 Spyder has its own unique touches. It does not include the storage space behind the seats and sideblades on the flanks. The rear side panels and the large cover over the compartment for the top are made of a carbon-fiber composite. Two cowls extending to the spoiler lip give the long back of the car a powerful profile.

Typically Audi, the top is made of cloth, which keeps the total weight and the vehicle’s center of gravity low. It requires little space when open and harmonizes ideally with the design line when closed. With the standard hydraulic motor, the soft top opens and closes within 19 seconds, even while driving at speeds up to 50 km/h (31.07 mph). It is perfectly suitable for high-speed driving on the highway and is very quiet.

The separate wind deflector can be installed in just two steps. The heated glass rear window is integrated into the bulkhead separately and can be raised and lowered via a switch. The bulkhead also includes integrated rollover protection. The Spyder’s ASF body is reinforced in key areas, yet weighs just six kilograms (13.23 lb) more than that of the R8 Coupé.

The leather seats of the open two-seater are specially pigmented to reduce heating as a result of the sun’s rays. Among the other options is the seatbelt microphone for the hands-free unit, which makes it possible to talk on the phone with the top down on the highway. Integrated into the belts are three small microphones; a fourth is mounted on the windshield frame. The seat belt microphone is also available for the R8 Coupé.

Engine lineup:

  • 4.2 FSI quattro with 316 kW (430 hp)
  • 5.2 FSI quattro with 386 kW (525 hp)

The Audi R8 GT and the R8 GT Spyder Even lighter, more powerful and faster than ever – the Audi R8 GT and the recently introduced R8 GT Spyder are the exclusive top models of the R8 family. Hand-built in a limited production run of just 333 units each, the coupe was already sold out long ago.

The 5.2-liter V10 with direct injection has been boosted to an output of 412 kW (560 hp). Exhaustive fine-tuning has reduced the R8 GT Coupé’s curb weight by 100 kilograms (220.46 lb) to 1,525 kilograms (3,362.05 lb), thus improving the power-to-weight ratio to 2.72 kilograms (6.00 lb) per hp. The soft-top R8 GT Spyder also demonstrates the Audi ultra-lightweight construction concept. Here the corresponding values are minus 85 kilograms (187.39 lb), 1,640 kilograms (3,615.58 lb) and 2.93 kilograms (6.46 lb) per hp.

The R8 GT accelerates from zero to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 3.6 seconds and reaches a top speed of 320 km/h (198.84 mph). The Spyder needs two-tenths of a second more for the standard sprint and tops out at 317 km/h (196.97 mph).

Engine lineup:

  • 5.2 FSI quattro with 412 kW (560 hp)

The Audi R8 GT and R8 GT Spyder are driving machines with extreme lateral acceleration and lightning-fast, nearly instantaneous reactions. The 19-inch wheels keep the cars planted firmly on the asphalt, and the carbon fiber ceramic brakes easily keep the power under control.

A fixed rear spoiler of carbon fiber composite provides the necessary downforce on the rear axle. Many additional components, including the cover of the top compartment and the large side panels of the Spyder, are also made of carbon fiber composite. The chassis of the standard bucket seats is made of glass fiber-reinforced plastic. A chassis of carbon fiber composite is available as an option.

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The Audi TT Coupé and Audi TT Roadster

Dynamic design, enthralling performance and exemplary efficiency – the Audi TT is a sports car icon. Early this year, the British magazine What Car? named it “Coupe of the Year” for the fifth time in a row.

Body and interior The TT Coupé has an enchantingly dynamic appearance. The decisive factor for the efficiency and driving dynamics of the TT is the body, which features hybrid Audi Space Frame technology (ASF).

Lightweight aluminum is used at the front of the car back to the B-pillar, with steel panels used at the rear. The mix makes it possible to finely balance the axle loads and keep the overall weight low. The rigid and safe bodyshell weighs only 206 kilograms (454.15 lb). The TT 1.8 TFSI weighs a mere 1,240 kg (2,733.73 lb), a good 100 kilograms (220.46 lb) less than its competitors thanks to Audi’s ultra-lightweight construction.

The interior of the TT offers dynamic elegance and superior workmanship. The leather seat covers are specially treated to reduce solar heating by as much as 20 degrees Celsius (68° Fahrenheit). The 2+2-seat coupe is a sports car with a high degree of everyday practicality. The split backs of the rear seats fold down, expanding the trunk space beneath the long hatch from 290 to 700 liters (10.24 – 24.72 cu ft).

Drive Audi offers the TT Coupé with three four-cylinder engines with turbocharging and direct fuel injection. The two TFSI units and the TDI combine sporty performance with high efficiency for impressively low fuel consumption figures. All three engines work with a recuperation system.

The 2.0 TFSI generates 155 kW (211 hp). The Audi valvelift system adjusts the lift of its exhaust valves in two stages, which increases power, torque and efficiency. The Audi TT 2.0 TDI consumes on average just 5.3 liters of fuel per 100 km (44.38 US mpg). Its 125 kW (170 hp) of power and a brawny 350 Nm (258.15 lb-ft) of torque provide for dynamic performance.

Engine lineup:

  • 1.8 TFSI with 118 kW (160 hp)
  • 2.0 TFSI and 2.0 TFSI quattro with 155 kW (211 hp)
  • 2.0 TDI quattro with 125 kW (170 hp)

A six-speed manual transmission transfers power to the wheels regardless of the engine. Audi also offers S tronic for the 2.0 TFSI, which switches between its six gears extremely quickly. The quattro permanent all-wheel drive system is available as an option for the 2.0 TFSI with S tronic; it comes standard with the TDI. The heart of the system is an electronically controlled hydraulic multi-plate clutch.

The suspension The front suspension of the Audi TT features McPherson struts, with aluminum components used to keep the weight of the unsprung masses low. Thanks to its electromechanical drive, the power steering is highly efficient. The trailing arms of the four-link rear suspension are designed with an eye toward comfort. The connections to the three transverse links per wheel, on the other hand, are rigid in order to direct lateral forces into the body with precision.

Available as an option with all variants of the TT is the variable Audi magnetic ride shock absorber system, another high-tech feature. A computer switches the adaptive suspension between two settings as desired by the driver. The optional sport button can be used to adjust the characteristic of the gas pedal (with manual transmissions), the servo boost for the steering and the engine sound in two stages.

Equipment All TT models come with a generous array of standard equipment, including the on-board computer with efficiency program. Noteworthy options include the two navigation systems and the Bose surround sound system.

The Audi TT Roadster The classic cloth top of the TT Roadster perfectly underscores Audi’s lightweight design principle. It contributes to a low center of gravity, fits perfectly into the design line and takes up little space when open. A manual top is standard. The automatic top includes an additional acoustic mat and an electrohydraulic drive. It opens in 12 seconds, even while driving at a speed of up to 50 km/h (31.07 mph). The price list also includes a power mesh wind deflector for both versions of the top.

The TT Roadster is a pure two-seater. Two solid rollover bars protect the driver and passenger in the event of a rollover. Compared to the TT Coupé, its ultra-lightweight, largely aluminum body includes reinforcements in the area of the A-pillars, the sills and the bulkhead between the interior and the luggage compartment, yet it still weighs just 251 kilograms (553.36 lb). The luggage compartment holds 250 liters (8.83 cu ft) with the top up or down.

The engines and transmissions offered for the Audi TT Roadster are identical to those offered for the TT Coupé.

Engine lineup:

  • 1.8 TFSI with 118 kW (160 hp)
  • 2.0 TFSI and 2.0 TFSI quattro with 155 kW (211 hp)
  • 2.0 TDI quattro with 125 kW (170 hp)

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The Audi S models and the RS models

Powerful performance, subtle understatement, a sumptuous level of equipment and a high degree of everyday practicality: All these attributes come together in the Audi S models. Each model applies its power to the road with quattro permanent all-wheel drive.

The Audi S3 and the Audi S3 Sportback Topping the A3 model line are the Audi S3 and the S3 Sportback with 195 kW (265 hp). The two-liter TFSI with direct injection and powerful turbocharger is a true high-performance unit. The three-door model sprints to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 5.7 seconds (with S tronic: 5.5 seconds). As with all S models, the top speed is governed at 250 km/h (155.34 mph).

The driver changes gears via either a manual six-speed transmission or an optional six-speed S tronic. In the quattro drivetrain, a hydraulic multi-plate clutch with an electronic control unit distributes the torque. The body of the S3 is 25 millimeters (0.98 in) lower than an A3 with the standard chassis. Stiffer chassis bearings and a sporty steering characteristic enhance precision. Large brakes provide the stopping power, and 18-inch wheels deliver the power to the road.

The Audi S4 and the S4 Avant The Audi S4 and the S4 Avant are powerful athletes. Their engine, the 3.0 TFSI, is supercharged and really hangs on the gas. The six-cylinder unit combines a power output of 245 kW (333 hp) and 440 Nm (324.53 lb-ft) of torque with fuel consumption of just 9.4 liters of fuel per 100 km (25.02 US mpg) with S tronic. The Avant consumes 9.7 liters (24.25 US mpg). The sedan sprints from 0 to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 5.1 seconds; the Avant in 5.2 seconds.

Both versions come standard with a six-speed manual transmission; the seven-speed S tronic is available as an option. The sport suspension lowers the vehicle body by 20 millimeters (0.79 in), and a high-performance brake system provides powerful deceleration. The wheels are 18 inches in diameter.

The Audi TTS and the TTS Roadster The TTS – both the Coupé and the Roadster – is powered by a two-liter TFSI producing 220 kW (272 hp) and 350 Nm (258.15 lb-ft) of torque. The four-cylinder unit accelerates the TTS Coupé with S tronic from zero to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 5.2 seconds; the TTS Roadster completes this same exercise in 5.4 seconds.

Thanks to its largely aluminum body, the TTS is extraordinarily light, with a curb weight of only 1,395 kilograms (3,075.45 lb). When coupled with the optional six-speed S tronic, the TTS Coupé consumes an average of only 7.7 liters of fuel per 100 km (30.55 US mpg).

The hydraulic multi-plate clutch, the heart of the quattro drivetrain, diverts torque from the front to the rear axle in just fractions of a second, if necessary.

The TTS comes standard with the Audi magnetic ride adaptive shock absorber system. In normal mode, it is well-balanced on the road. In sport mode, it translates the potential of its suspension (which lowers the vehicle body by 10 millimeters (0.39 in)) into uncompromisingly dynamic handling. When the need arises, a high-performance brake system reliably brings the compact Audi sports car to a stop.

The Audi RS models With their immensely powerful engines, the RS models are the dynamic spearhead of the Audi model range. Presented by AUDI AG subsidiary quattro GmbH, the vehicles are consistently sporty in character. quattro drive is also standard here. Audi offers the TT RS as both a coupe and a roadster and the RS 3 Sportback.

The Audi TT RS Coupé and Audi TT RS Roadster Five-cylinder engines are part of the Audi DNA. The TT RS features a prime example of such an engine, a turbocharged 2.5-liter engine with FSI gasoline direct injection. It generates 250 kW (340 hp) and delivers 450 Nm (331.90 lb-ft) of torque to the crankshaft.

There is a flap in the left exhaust tailpipe. When the driver pushes the Sport button, the sound of the five-cylinder unit becomes even more intense and the engine’s responsiveness is boosted further. In 2011, an international panel of automotive journalists named the 2.5 TFSI “International Engine of the Year” in its category two years in a row.

The TT RS Coupé with S tronic rockets from 0 to 100 km/h (0 to 62.14 mph) in 4.3 seconds (4.6 seconds with manual transmission); the Roadster in 4.4 seconds (4.7 seconds with manual transmission). quattro GmbH will raise the top speed to 280 km/h (173.98 mph) upon request. The TT RS Coupé with S tronic consumes just 8.5 liters of fuel per 100 km (27.67 US mpg); the Roadster uses 8.6 liters per 100 km (27.35 US mpg). A recuperation system contributes to this efficiency.

The Audi TT RS offers a choice of the tightly spaced six-speed manual transmission and the new seven-speed S tronic. The dual-clutch transmission features a compact three-shaft layout and is widely spaced, with its seventh gear designed as an overdrive. The S tronic includes launch control for lightning-fast starts; quattro permanent all-wheel drive is standard.

The TT RS Coupé boasts a power-to-weight ratio of only 4.3 kilograms (9.48 lb) per hp; this same figure for the Roadster is 4.4 kilograms (9.70 lb) per hp, or 4.5 kg (9.92 lb) with S tronic. These top figures are due primarily to the ultra-lightweight Audi Space Frame (ASF) bodies made of aluminum at the front and sheet steel at the rear.

The Audi TT RS rolls on 18-inch wheels; four-piston calipers and drilled brake discs provide the stopping power up front. The sport suspension lowers the vehicle body by 10 millimeters (0.39 in), and the Audi magnetic ride adaptive damping system is available as an option.

The Audi RS 3 Sportback The Audi RS 3 Sportback is the latest model in Audi’s dynamic RS family. As in the TT RS, its turbocharged, 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine produces 250 kW (340 hp). 450 Nm (331.90 lb-ft) of torque provide for awesome pulling power.

The performance of the 2.5 TFSI is just as impressive as its rich, throaty sound. It accelerates the dynamic compact car from zero to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 4.6 seconds. The governed top speed of 250 km/h (155.34 mph) is just a formality. Yet it consumes just 9.1 liters per 100 km (25.85 US mpg) on average, due in part to the standard recuperation system.

Other standard equipment in the RS 3 Sportback includes the compact seven-speed S tronic with launch control and quattro permanent all-wheel drive with a hydraulically controlled multi-plate clutch. The sport suspension lowers the vehicle body by 25 millimeters (0.98 in). The 19-inch wheels conceal large brakes, with four-piston calipers up front. The ESP stabilization program has a Sport mode and can also be switched off entirely. The front fenders are made of CFRP – an expression of Audi’s ultra-lightweight construction expertise.

Small-series limited edition: the A8 L W12 Audi exclusive concept

• Audi showing luxury sedan with exquisitely finished interior at Frankfurt Motor Show • Poltrona Frau brand leather and olive ash natural inlays • Only 50 to be built, each identified by serial number

At the Frankfurt Motor Show Audi is showcasing a small-series version of the A8 L W12 that is aimed at an exclusive group of connoisseurs. The sedan, being marketed under the “Audi exclusive concept” label, presents an exclusively finished interior – with leather of the prestigious Poltrona Frau brand and olive ash natural inlays.

The standard version of the A8, Audi’s flagship model, is already a thrilling example of uncompromisingly high build quality – the bespoke character of its interior appeals to all the senses. The brand takes the experience to a new level in the A8 L W12 Audi exclusive concept.

The seats are upholstered in Cognac-colored leather by the exclusive Italian manufacturer Poltrona Frau – a grade with an exceptionally soft, even, natural finish. There are highlights of granite gray piping on the center sections of the seat and seat backs. Leather elements on numerous parts of the interior – such as the dashboard, the center console, the tunnel, the door trims and seat consoles – round out the equipment; even the car key is trimmed in leather.

The inlays made from the wood olive ash natural provide an elegant contrast to the leather by Poltrona Frau. The light gray-brown veneer has an exquisitely fine grain, a natural, slightly rough surface and a hint of silver in the pores that gives the wood’s appearance a refined look. It is used extensively throughout the interior – for instance as inserts in the seat backs, on the cockpit fascia, in the door trims and on the large storage and control-panel units in the rear.

Sill trims with “Audi exclusive concept” lettering, deep-pile carpeting and exclusive-quality floor mats complete the interior. The body of the showcar that Audi is using to communicate the theme at Frankfurt is painted in Monsoon Gray.

The A8 L W12 Audi exclusive concept will be built in a strictly limited run of 50; each vehicle bears a plate marked with the serial number. Following in the footsteps of the Q7, this is now the second car line with a version under the “exclusive” label. Other models will follow.

The new 4.0 TFSI

Audi is expanding its engine lineup with a new, high-performance gasoline engine. The 4.0 TFSI, which is used in slightly different configurations in the S6, S6 Avant, S7 Sportback and S8, develops between 309 kW (420 hp) and 382 kW (520 hp), and as much as 650 Nm (479.42 lb-ft) of torque. The new V8 is a high-tech engine featuring numerous innovative solutions.

The youngest member of the large Audi family of V engines, the 4.0 TFSI shares all of their typical characteristics. It has the classic cylinder angle of 90 degrees, the chain drive for the four camshafts and ancillary units is on the back to save space, and the cylinder case is a cast aluminum-silicon alloy. This eight-cylinder unit is very light in weight, and its highly compact construction has resulted in its length being reduced to 497 mm (19.57 in).

Fuel is provided via Audi’s FSI direct injection system. Switchable flaps in the intake ports induce a rolling type of movement in the incoming air for improved combustion. Like almost every Audi engine, the new 4.0 TFSI also follows the principle of downsizing, where forced induction replaces displacement. One turbocharger per cylinder bank compresses the intake air. This is known as twinscroll technology, where the exhaust flows to the turbine wheel at high speed through two separate ports and enables torque to be developed extremely early, just above idle.

The two turbochargers and the intercooler are located in the inside V of the cylinder banks rather than in the usual location outside next to the crankcase. Audi has structured the cylinder heads in an innovative way. The exhaust side is on the inside, the intake side on the outside. This layout provides for compact dimensions and short gas paths with minimal flow losses, and the 4.0 TFSI reacts immediately to the gas pedal as a result. Sophisticated insulation of the hot components, in particular the exhaust manifold, stabilizes the thermal conditions in the inside V.

A further innovation is Audi’s cylinder management. In low to intermediate load and rev ranges, it deactivates two cylinders in each bank of the V8, reducing fuel consumption significantly. Thanks to a comprehensive package of innovative measures, the engine remains smooth and quiet during these phases. Shutting down the cylinders is virtually imperceptible. This cylinder management function is provided by the latest version of the Audi valvelift system by closing the intake and exhaust valves of the affected cylinders.

The 4.0 TFSI employs all the technologies from Audi’s modular efficiency platform. These range from measures to reduce friction, the start-stop system and the recuperation system to innovative thermal management that deactivates the water pump during the warmup phase to quickly bring the oil up to temperature. The new regulated oil pump varies the oil pressure in two stages, and the oil jet cooling for the piston heads is characteristic-controlled.

The new 4.0 TFSI provides for powerful performance in all of the large S models while at the same time demonstrating its high efficiency potential.

The Audi A8 hybrid

Scheduled to launch in 2012, the Audi A8 hybrid combines the best of two worlds. Its gasoline engine – a 2.0 TFSI – and an electric motor develop peak output of 180 kW (245 hp) and 480 Nm (345.03 lb-ft) of torque for short periods of time. The luxury sedan can travel up to a speed of 100 km/h (62.14 mph) on electric power alone, and covers around three kilometers (1.86 miles) with zero local emissions at a speed of 60 km/h (37.28 mph). In the standard test cycle, it consumes less than 6.4 liters per 100 km (36.75 US mpg), which corresponds to CO2 emissions of less than 148 grams per km (238.18 g/mile). Please note that these are provisional figures.

Parallel system: the hybrid drive Directly mounted behind one another, the 2.0 TFSI and the electric motor of the Audi A8 hybrid form a parallel hybrid system. The sedan accelerates to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 7.7 seconds from a standing start and has a top speed of 235 km/h (146.02 mph).

The 2.0 TFSI has a displacement of 1,984 cc and an output of 155 kW (211 hp), with a maximum torque of 350 Nm (258.15 lb-ft) at 1,500 to 4,200 rpm. In the typical Audi manner, the four-cylinder engine combines three potent efficiency technologies: FSI gasoline direct injection, turbocharging and the Audi valvelift system. The latter of these further increases power, torque and efficiency by switching the stroke of the exhaust valves between two stages depending on the load and engine speed.

For use in the Audi A8 hybrid, the 2.0 TFSI underwent modifications in several areas. The alternator as an ancillary unit has been dropped, while the crankshaft bearing and the fine tuning of the turbocharger were adapted to the new requirements. A secondary air system at the cylinder head makes sure that the exhaust gas treatment cuts in particularly fast.

Integrated in the engine control unit, the hybrid manager controls the efficient change and smooth transitions between the operating modes.

An extensively modified eight-speed tiptronic serves the power transmission, without the aid of a torque converter. Its place is taken by the disk-shaped electric motor.

The permanent magnet synchronous motor (PSM), which also functions as a starter and – during deceleration – as a generator, has a peak output of up to 40 kW (54 hp) and 210 Nm (154.89 lb-ft) of torque for short periods of time. The electric motor is integrated in the cooling circuit of the TFSI engine.

The motor is combined with a multi-plate clutch operating in the oil bath and joining or separating it and the TFSI. Controlled by intelligent management, the clutch operates ultra-precisely, gently and fast in all situations.

The highly comfortable and fast-shifting hybrid transmission, which guides the engine torque to the front wheels, greatly contributes to the efficiency of the Audi A8 hybrid – its gears are widely spread. When the 2.0 TFSI is deactivated, an electric pump maintains the oil pressure in the hydraulic system to safeguard the convenient start-stop feature.

The power electronics, in the form of a pulse-controlled inverter, serve as a controller between the battery, which outputs direct current, and the electric motor, which operates on alternating current. Water-cooled by a separate low-temperature circuit, the component is distinguished by its low volume and weight. The power electronics include a DC/DC converter that couples the consumers in the 12V electrical system with the high-voltage network.

Lightweight: the battery A lithium-ion battery system, weighing a mere 36.7 kg (80.91 lb), serves as the energy store for the electric motor of the Audi A8 hybrid. The compact battery with a volume of just 26 liters (0.92 cu ft) is located in an area beneath the luggage compartment that is protected in the event of a collision.

The trunk capacity is 335 liters (11.83 cu ft). The battery consists of 72 cells; at 266 volts its nominal energy is 1.3 kWh and its power up to 40 kW.

The lithium-ion battery is cooled by air in two ways, depending on the requirement. At low-temperature load, it draws temperate air from the vehicle interior by way of a fan.

If its temperature exceeds a certain limit, a separate refrigerant circuit is activated. It is coupled to the automatic air conditioning system of the Audi A8 hybrid and uses a separate evaporator. This powerful active cooling system greatly helps the sedan to travel relatively long distances on electric power alone.

Versatile: the driving modes The driver can decide which operating mode the Audi A8 hybrid should use – one of three driving modes can be selected at the press of a button on the center console or by means of the automatic selector lever. The EV characteristic map gives priority to the electric drive, while the D mode efficiently controls both the engine and the electric motor. The S mode and the tiptronic gate are designed for a sporty driving style. The hybrid sedan can operate in one of five drive modes: Driving with the combustion engine alone, with the electric drive alone or in hybrid mode is possible, as are recuperation and boosting.

Both drive sources are deactivated when the vehicle is stationary. In this convenient start/stop mode the automatic air conditioning remains active – its compressor has an electric drive. Once the driver releases the brake, the A8 hybrid starts rolling. It can be driven up to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) under electric power – and therefore with no local emissions. At a constant 60 km/h (37.28 mph) up to three kilometers (1.86 miles) can be traveled – enough for many residential areas and inner cities.

When the driver presses the accelerator beyond a certain threshold, the internal combustion engine takes over the drive function. At lower revs this engine will temporarily have a heavier load than is required for the drive – the load point shifts to a higher range and the efficiency improves.

The excess torque benefits the electric motor, which then serves as a generator to recharge the battery and power the consumers.

In quick acceleration, or “boosting,” the electric motor operates together with the TFSI; at full throttle in the S mode or during kickdown the full system output is briefly available. The hybrid drive then supplies the propulsion power of a large, naturally aspirated engine, but with far more efficiency.

When the driver releases the accelerator, the electric motor serves as a generator again. In most situations the TFSI is then decoupled from the drive system, so as not to cause any drag losses. The electricity recovered by the electric motor when coasting and during braking is buffered in the lithium-ion battery.

If the driver only brakes slightly, the electric motor performs the deceleration itself; during more forceful braking, the hydraulic braking system is simultaneously activated. Its brake booster has a second power supply through an electric vacuum pump. A complex rule-based strategy adapts the braking to the conditions of electric driving and energy recuperation. The power steering uses an electromechanical system.

Informative: the displays The Audi A8 hybrid comes with a display concept for making the driving states of the hybrid drive tangible to the driver. The tachometer on the instrument cluster has been replaced by a power meter, with a needle that indicates the total system output on a scale of 0 to 100 percent. A second scale is divided into colored segments – the gray and orange sections clearly indicate the drive mode currently used by the sedan. An additional instrument displays the charge level of the lithium-ion battery.

At the same time, the energy flow display clearly depicts the mode of operation and active components of the hybrid drive. It can be called up via the driver information system and the central MMI display. The MMI monitor shows a bar graph of the average consumption and recuperation quantity in five-minute increments.

Although room has to be made for all of the hybrid technology, the A8 hybrid is not a Spartan model. It comes standard with particularly efficient LED headlights, the Bose sound system, three-zone automatic air conditioning and a metallic paint finish.

Design The 18-inch cast wheels of the Audi A8 hybrid feature a ten-arm turbine design – their ten spokes resemble turbine blades. The tires have the size 235/55 R18. As an option, there are 19-inch wheels with a two-color paint finish and in the same design, which is typical for hybrid vehicles from Audi, with 245/45-series R19 tires.

Beyond that, the Audi A8 hybrid is further distinguished by the subtle differentiation on the outside. The rear hatch and the fenders bear hybrid badges; these are illuminated in door sill trims. Arctic Silver is available as an exclusive paint finish.

The A8 hybrid will be one of the lightest vehicles in its competitive segment, drawing on Audi’s comprehensive ultra-lightweight competence. Except for the B-pillars of hot-shaped, ultra-high-strength steel, its ASF (Audi Space Frame) body is made entirely of aluminum. Weighing just 231 kilograms (509.27 lb), it is roughly 40 percent lighter than a comparable steel construction.

The ASF body is structured according to bionic principles. Its frame comprises extruded sections and pressure diecast parts of aluminum; the aluminum panels – such as the roof panels and the side panels – are joined by friction connections. Like the bones of a human skeleton, all components combine optimal function with low weight. The material is used only where necessary and always in a tailored configuration

  • hellboy

    ωραια η ιδεα ης βασης ποδηλατου αλλα δεν μου αρεσει το αποκλειστικα 4θεσιο της υποθεσης.

  • Mika

    Apithano to S8 kai S7 alla aplhsiasta…
    Ti kinhthras Thee mou!!!!
    Epishs, m aresei poly to Q3 me to S line paketo..Yummi!!!!
    :-)