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Audi Quattro successor coming in 2015

by on Mar.04, 2013, under Audi Car Specs, Auto Review Specs

Audi Quattro successor coming in 2015

Audi Quattro successor coming in 2015

Audi Quattro successor coming in 2015

In 2015, Audi plans on introducing a successor to the Quattro. According to a new report from AutoBild, Audi is developing the model under the Q35 codename and will most likely slot the car between the TT and the R8.
The Q35 name is being used as the codename as Audi plans on unveiling the model on the Quattro’s 35th anniversary in March 2015.
Unlike the concept, the model could be crossover-coupe with two doors that seats four passengers.
Power is likely to come from a 2.5 liter 5-cylinder turbo engine making 375-hp. The engine will be mated to a S tronic dual-clutch transmission that allows the car to go from 0 to 62 in just over 4 seconds.
Production will be limited to 10,000 units annually.
Source: Autobild
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The Audi TT Clubsport Quattro 2015

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New Audi SQ5 with 349hp 3.0-liter TSI to Debut at Detroit Auto Show

by on Mar.04, 2013, under Audi Car Specs, Auto Review Specs

New Audi SQ5 with 349hp 3.0-liter TSI to Debut at Detroit Auto Show

Audi says this model was created specifically for the following markets: United States, Canada, China, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, South Africa, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Chile and the Ukraine, and will not be offered in Europe. At the heart of the new SQ5 lies Audi’s 3.0-liter supercharged V6 with a compressor featuring two rotors that spin at over 20,000 rpm. The TSI unit

New Audi SQ5 with 349hp 3.0-liter TSI to Debut at Detroit Auto Show

New Audi SQ5 with 349hp 3.0-liter TSI to Debut at Detroit Auto Show

generates 349hp (354PS) between 6,000 and 6,500 rpm, and delivers 470Nm (347 lb-ft) of torque to the crankshaft between 4,000 and 4,500 rpm.

An eight-speed tiptronic and quattro permanent all-wheel drive transfer power to the road.

According to Audi, the SQ5 TSI completes the 0-62mph (100km/h) sprint in 5.3 seconds and has an electronically limited speed of 250km/h (155 mph), while returning an average fuel consumption of 8.5 lt/100km in the NEDC (equal to 21mpg US) with CO2 emissions of 199g/km.

That compares to the AQ5 TDI’s 5.1-second sprint time, 250 km/h (155mph) top speed and a fuel economy of 7.2 lt/100 km (32.7 US mpg).

The gasoline-powered SQ5 rides on a 30mm (1.2-inches) lowered chassis with tauter springs and shock absorbers, and new 20-inch alloy wheels (21-inch are optional) shod in 255/45-series tires. Audi also offers an optional dynamic steering with a ‘steplessly variable ratio’.

Source: CarScoop

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All-New 2013 Audi SQ5 TDI 313 hp

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Extreme Audi R20

by on Mar.04, 2013, under Audi Car Specs, Auto Review Specs

Extreme Audi R20

The trouble is that, for obvious reasons, the fastest Le Mans entries look more or less the same. The plus side is that LMP cars look really cool, and Audi plans to equip the R20 with a full-length stabilizer fin like the one on the R18 Le Mans racer. More distinctly Audi features are said to include a

Extreme Audi R20

Extreme Audi R20

downsized single-frame grille, stacked LED headlights, an adjustable tail spoiler (which may double as an air brake), and a relatively narrow canopy-style cockpit accessed through gull-wing doors. An important engineering element is the active aerodynamics system, which can distribute downforce between the front and rear axles for optimum stability in the critical 100-to-200-mph range. The proportions are those of a pure race car: long, wide, low, and very butch. This supercar will be a wild animal, a driving machine conceived by experts for real pros.

The interior of the R20 will be as extreme and purposeful as the exterior. Expect a dynamic mode selector, a multifunctional black-panel display instead of a conventional gauge cluster, active-contour seats with integrated four-point belts, a multisegment high-intensity windshield wiper, and a camera-based surround-view package.

Insiders expect Audi to opt for the diesel-hybrid powertrain with the race-proven turbo V-6. The engine’s power output should be in the area of 550 hp. Add to this a lightweight body and two 75-hp motors that drive the front wheels (Audi’s E-Quattro), and you have ingredients that result in a compelling power-to-weight ratio and excellent performance figures. The E-Quattro layout not only yields an extra 150 hp, it also adds torque vectoring,

Extreme Audi R20

Extreme Audi R20

some zero-emissions capability, excellent traction, an on-demand boost effect, and a beefed-up torque curve. Furthermore, the hybrid technology makes provisions for multiple levels of brake-energy recuperation, which aids engine braking. At this point, there are no acceleration, top speed, or consumption figures available.

With Audi on pace to reach (or beat) its goal of selling 1.5 million vehicles worldwide by 2015, the R20 will likely be unveiled at the Pebble Beach event that year to celebrate the achievement. Production would commence in the spring of 2016 and will be restricted, but at this point it is not clear to how many. It may be as few as 100 or as many as 250 units.

The R20 is a costly enterprise, and it is not risk-free, but Audi is rich enough to reinvest in the brand. This is exactly what the new supercar does. It embodies key values like lightweight architecture, superior efficiency, and outstanding dynamics. In a nutshell, it reconfirms Audi’s commitment of Vorsprung durch Technik (advancement through technology).

Source: automotive.com
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Audi R20 supercar scheduled for 2017 release

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Audi Reveals A3 E-Tron for Geneva

by on Mar.04, 2013, under Audi Car Specs, Auto Review Specs

Audi Reveals A3 E-Tron for Geneva

A3 Sportback gets a plug-in hybrid powertrain for release at the Geneva Motor Show.

Audi Reveals A3 E-Tron for Geneva

Audi Reveals A3 E-Tron for Geneva

The Geneva Motor Show will not be without its hybrids and EVs this year, and Audi is coming with one of its own. Technically dubbed a concept, the A3 e-tron appears almost ready for production. If you’re confused by the e-tron designation, that’s because Audi has used it for both hybrids and pure EVs. This A3 bridges the gap as a plug-in hybrid, pairing a 150-horsepower 1.4-liter turbo four to a 100hp electric motor. When operating together, they can deliver 204 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. If the math doesn’t add up, remember that electric and internal-combustion motors seldom peak at the same levels. Torque from the electric motor has actually been limited to protect the six-speed dual-clutch transmission in which it is housed and through which it drives to the front wheels. Still, 0-62 is quoted at 7.6 seconds – not too shabby for a hybrid – and top speed at 138 mph. Audi has also fitted the A3 e-tron with a free-wheeling function that disengages the drivetrain to reduce friction while coasting down the highway, and internal instrumentation adapted to display charge levels and such.

Audi Reveals A3 E-Tron for Geneva

Audi Reveals A3 E-Tron for Geneva

Based on the A3 Sportback, the e-tron has a few styling tweaks as well, namely in the grille (bisected by 14 horizontal slats), the hidden exhaust pipe (it does, after all, still have a gasoline-burning engine) and unique 19-inch wheels. Hybrids and EVs typically run smaller rolling stock for lower resistance, so that bit will likely change when the A3 e-tron reaches production, with US availability considered a strong possibility Source: carbuzz.com 304AudiA3

Audi E-tron to debut at Geneva motor show – Autoweek TV with Greg Migliore

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AUDI CROSSLANE COUPE CONCEPT MAKES ITS PARIS SHOW DEBUT

by on Oct.02, 2012, under Audi Car Specs, Auto Review Specs, Cars

– Dual-mode three-cylinder petrol/electric hybrid study provides pointers to the design language of future Audi Q models

– Coupe concept to debut at the Mondial de l’Automobile in Paris (September 29 to October 14)
Multi-material aluminium, Carbon Fibre Reinforced Polymer (CFRP) and Glass Fibre Reinforced Polymer (GFRP) space frame construction

– Three-cylinder 1.5-litre TFSI engine combines with two electric motors to deliver 177PS – purely electric propulsion possible at speeds of up to 80mph for up to 53 miles

– Potential for the equivalent to 256.8mpg with CO2 output of just 26g/km

This week at the Paris Motor Show Audi provides a glimpse of the future shape of design, along with automotive and drive concepts, through its Audi crosslane coupé concept car. This vehicle is an entirely new fusion of technology, engineering and design, and provides pointers to the design language of future Audi Q models.

AUDI CROSSLANE COUPE CONCEPT REVIEW

AUDI CROSSLANE COUPE CONCEPT MAKES ITS PARIS SHOW DEBUT

With a Multimaterial Space Frame, the vehicle concept breaks new ground in terms of weight, costs and energy usage over its lifecycle, and is an evolutionary stage of Audi ultra – the lightweight construction principle from Audi.

An innovative and efficient plug-in hybrid drive based on a purpose-designed 1.5-litre three-cylinder TFSI and two electric motors redefines the benchmark, with potential fuel economy returns equivalent to 256.8 mpg and CO2 emissions of just 26 grams per km.

The result is a sophisticated vehicle that will appeal to young customers in particular thanks to its removable roof and the customisable services available under the Audi connect concept.

Pioneering concept: the Multimaterial Space Frame

The Multimaterial Space Frame of the compact Audi crosslane coupé comprises three materials – aluminium, carbon fibre-reinforced polymer (CFRP) and glass fibre-reinforced polymer (GFRP). The concept car has an unladen weight of about 1,390 kg, including the large lithium-ion battery.

The aluminium profiles form a continuous, rigid structure around the occupant cell. Beams beneath the front lid join the single-frame grille, which performs a supporting function and is also made from aluminium, with the occupant cell.

The front and rear crash structures are made from CFRP and the supporting CFRP structures inside the occupant cell include the inner sills, the centre tunnel, the bulkhead and the cross-members in the floor. Surface GFRP components with partial CFRP reinforcements complete the body concept.

AUDI CROSSLANE COUPE CONCEPT REVIEW

AUDI CROSSLANE COUPE REVIEW SPECS

Audi is convinced that the highly integrated Multimaterial Space Frame is the right path to the future. Its weight is of the same magnitude as a monolithic body of CFRP. It also offers convincing advantages in terms of costs to the customer and its energy usage in a life cycle assessment.

Innovative: dual-mode hybrid concept

The plug-in hybrid drive of the Audi crosslane coupé, which is described as a dual-mode hybrid, is as innovative as it is efficient. It comprises a combustion engine, two electric motors and a single-stage transmission; its system power is 177PS. The Audi crosslane coupé sprints from zero to 62mph in 8.6 seconds, and in pure electric mode takes 9.8 seconds. The car’s top speed is 113mph. It offers the potential for up to 256.8mpg and emits 26 grams per km of CO2. The lithium-ion battery has an output of 17.4 kWh, sufficient for an operating range of around 53 miles in the electric mode.

The combustion engine is a purpose-developed three-cylinder TFSI with a displacement of 1.5 litres, delivering an output of 130PS and 200 Nm (147.51 lb-ft) of torque. The three-cylinder engine is coupled to an electric motor (EM 1), which acts primarily as a starter and an alternator. It develops an output of 68PS and 210 Nm (154.89 lb-ft) of torque. Electrical traction is provided by the second electric motor (EM 2) developing 116PS and 250 Nm (184.39 lb-ft) of torque. The transmission makes it possible to connect the combustion engine complete with alternator to the remainder of the drivetrain by means of a claw clutch.

The dual-mode hybrid concept enables different operating modes. From 0 up to 34mph, drive power is supplied solely by the EM 2, which draws the energy it needs primarily from the battery. In serial mode, the combustion engine and the alternator (EM 1) produce electrical energy to support, relieve or substitute the battery should it be discharged.

The electric mode is possible up to 80mph. From around 34mph the drive system allows the TFSI engine together with the alternator to couple to the drivetrain – in this hybrid mode, the drive sources combine to optimise both efficiency and performance. Above 80mph, the three-cylinder engine becomes the main drive source but the EM 1 can support it if required.

The driver of the Audi crosslane coupé can choose between the “cruise” and “race” settings. The “cruise” mode prioritises electric driving. The driver does not notice either gear changes or the power source kicking in. When the TFSI is running, its engine speed is always adapted to the road speed – without a “rubber-band” effect. The high efficiency of the transmission makes the dual-mode hybrid drive especially efficient in urban traffic.

Forward-looking: exterior design

The 2+2-seater Audi crosslane coupé is 4.21 metres long, 1.88 metres wide and 1.51 metres high, with a wheelbase of 2.56 metres. Its body design comes across as powerful and striking, and it already provides a foretaste of the design language of a future generation of Audi Q models.

The single-frame grille, which is subdivided into several segments by struts, dominates the front end. Its prominent frame is integrated into the Multimaterial Space Frame as a supporting element. This solution symbolises the philosophy behind the Audi crosslane coupé: a totally new fusion of basic concept, technology and design.

The trapezoidal headlights use Audi Matrix LED headlight technology. Small, individually controllable light-emitting diodes generate all lighting functions, and microreflectors enable their precise positioning. The bumper incorporates large, mainly smooth-surfaced air intakes. Through two narrow openings in the front lid it is possible to glimpse the upper aluminium members of the Multimaterial Space Frame.

Along the sides, the horizontal edges are the dominant feature above the wheels. The low greenhouse tapers into a very flat C-pillar, emphasising the coupé-like character of the Audi crosslane coupé. The doors extend a long way down thanks to the space frame design, which allows very low sills. The doors open to reveal the aluminium structures of the Multimaterial Space Frame.

The tail lights are a variation on the motif of the headlights; the boot lid seam divides them each into two segments. The bumper, the lower section of which is made from CFRP, incorporates an aluminium diffuser that extends quite some way up. The roof element comprises two CFRP shells and weighs slightly less than ten kilograms (22.05 lb). The driver and front passenger can unlatch it by an electric drive, remove it from the body structure and fit it over the load area.

Moveable: the boot

The boot forms a separate pan within the body structure; it is attached to the backs of the rear seats, which are separate from the seat cushions. At the press of a button, the entire unit travels about 40 cm forwards electrically; this is how the latched roof reaches its end position, in which it protects the luggage. At the same time, the level surface under the boot becomes accessible, and it offers a flat storage space for dirty or wet objects.

The driver and front passenger sit on electrically adjustable sport seats with integrated head restraints, the shells of which are made from CFRP. The centre console integrates a large selector lever, which is electrically extended when the car is started; it is used to control the hybrid drive. The spokes of the steering wheel incorporate control surfaces for the thumbs, which the driver can use to carry out most functions. These can also be controlled just as intuitively from a large touchpad on the centre console.

The low dashboard is very clearly turned towards the driver. The air conditioning controls incorporate miniature displays. The virtual displays in the instrument cluster can be toggled between two different levels, and a powermeter visualises the drive system’s operating statuses.

The Audi crosslane coupé introduces new online services under the key word Audi connect. Its passengers are always connected to the Internet community – via Twitter, Facebook or by sending photos and videos recorded on the road. A completely new feature is the “Escape Manager” – a program passengers can use to review and comment on the routes they are driving for their friends.

Geometric clarity: interior design

The interior design of the Audi crosslane coupé continues the design language of the exterior in the geometrical clarity of its basic shapes; instrument covers and the grilles on the air nozzles, for example, take up the trapezoidal theme. The narrow gap dimensions and three-dimensional surfaces reflect Audi’s uncompromisingly high quality standards.

The dominant interior material of the Audi crosslane coupé is CFRP, which is used in a number of different variations. On the dashboard cowl, for instance, the composite fibres are all aligned in a single direction; this unidirectional arrangement is a new departure in the automotive sector. The CFRP parts are slightly lighter in colour in some areas and darker in others, an effect achieved by different clear coat applications.

The aluminium elements, too, are used in a subtly differentiated way. Most of them are machine-polished, but the air nozzles use a black anodised light alloy. The vehicle floor is made from glass fibre-reinforced polymer (GFRP) incorporating sections of a new material: Thick cords are woven with rubber threads to form a hard-wearing carpet.

In their leather selections, Audi designers also employed various material grades. The most widely used grade is soft semi-aniline leather. Velvet leather in black provides an enlivening contrast. It has a robust, slightly coarse surface reminiscent of suede.

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