These convincing looking shots of the new 2010 Audi RS5 have leaked onto the Internet a week ahead of the car’s official unveiling at the 2010 Geneva motor show. From what we’re hearing, under the hood the new Audi RS5 has a naturally aspirated 4.2-litre V8 engine that churns out some 450bhp and 332lb ft of torque, which is mated to an automatic S tronic transmission. Expected to be officially unveiled sometime on March 2nd, the 2010 Audi RS5 will be available as a soft-top version at first, with a sportier coupé (pictured) coming up, soon after. As for what this beast will go for, rumors have it that in the UK it will cost you a good £60,000.
Audi is treading carefully with its e-Tron development and it believes that the brand needs to gain a lot of experience to develop admirable electric cars. Currently, it is only the Audi R8 which has been given a nod ahead for production while an R4 e-Tron concept debuted at the 2010 North American International Auto Show.
Further details of the e-Tron range have been revealed and the R8 e-Tron production will begin in 2012 with 100 units to be produced initially. The production will later be kicked up to 1000 units annually and Audi will keep its doors open to assess customer experience so that Audi could get familiar with the customer demands hinting that the future e-Trons will be based on the feedback. Audi also revealed that the e-Tron will be the most expensive model in the Audi lineup, quoting a price of at least $156,300 USD for the R8 5.2 quattro R tronic.
German car fans at the Dubai Motor Show were in for a special treat as PPI Automotive Design revealed their much hyped, A8 based, PPI Razor GTR at the event. The difference between the Razor introduced in Dubai and the previous variants was the scorcher adoring the Visible Carbon Fiber Widebody package with a high gloss finish. The additional gloss factor was made possible courtesy of several layers of coat over the regular carbon fiber body. The carbon fiber covers the body panel, fenders, bumpers, lids and even sideblades but spares the engine which is covered by a Polycarbonate layer. Under the hood, the PPI Razor showcased in Dubai houses the same V8 engine capable of churning 580 horses. The V10 engine which renders 600 hp was also an option on display. Both the engine options help the car clock 60mph in just 3.7 seconds.
Earlier this week Justin Timberlake was signed as an Audi brand ambassador and it looks like his first job is to promote the new Audi A1.
Audi also released a sketch of what the A1 will look like earlier this week, no doubt hoping to build some hype on the net before the new re badged Polo A1 gets officially launched.
Well, we’ve decided to skip all the marketing hype and just show you a real picture of what the A1 will look like.
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With less and less new models announced this time of the year, it’s the tuning houses around the globe that have kept the auto freaks entertained. Adding to the excitement is the Abt treatment for the latest Audi A5 Sportback.
Dubbed the AS5 kit for the A5 Sportback, the tuning includes a new front grille, rear wing insets, a rear skirt set and diamond cut edition wheels finished in high gloss (18, 19 and 20-inch sizes). Performance being a key for Abt, the engine has been modified to justify a thorough upgrade be it for the 2.0 TFSI variant or the range topping 3.0 TDI ABT Power S. That means that the 2.0 TFSI renders between 180 and 275hp, and 320Nm of torque, while the 3.0L puts out nothing less than 310hp and 610Nm of torque. Neat!
If you had to choose between Audi’s R8 sports car or pay more to buy the electric e-tron which would you choose?
Sure, it would depend on a couple of things, but the one that really concerns me is the range. Will the be able to make an electric car with the R8’s performance levels that can literally go the distance. I mean what good is a sports car if you can only go quick for a 100km or so?
We’ll have to wait till about 2012 for the answer to that question when Audi is going to build a 1000 units of the e-tron. Audi reckons it can sell a 1000 of these babys through its worldwide dealer network of about 5000 dealers, but they would make more if the merket wanted it and would make less if nobody waned it…so the 1000 units is only a guesstimate.
Pricing? It’ll be priced above the R8.
The financial crisis has changed people’s habits regarding cars that are more fuel efficient, so knowing what’s the green car of the year 2010 has a bigger impact than ever — but enough with the intro as I’m sure you already know that Audi A3 TDI has secured that title. Announced by the Green Car Journal, the “luxury car features an impressive EPA estimated 42 mpg on the highway – a 50 percent highway fuel efficiency improvement over the standard gasoline engine A3. Plus, this Audi’s quiet, clean diesel engine delivers loads of low-end torque and a fun-to-drive experience, all with the functionality of a 5-passenger hatchback,” says Ron Cogan.
In the US, the Audi A3 TDI is sold with a 2-liter engine, has an S-tronic dual-clutch automatic transmission and costs $29,950.
The award was given by a six member jury that include International Council on Clean Transportation president Dr. Alan Lloyd, Global Green USA president Matt Peterson, and Sierra Club excutive director Carl Pope. Also on the panel is automotive enthusiast and talk show host Jay Leno, car designer Carroll Shelby, and Jean-Michel Cousteau, the founder of the Ocean Futures Society and son of oceanic explorer Jacques Cousteau.