For the first time, Audi took part in Lehmann daily marathon in 1999, but works on the open prototype began in 1997. Engineering part in the creation of the car Audi R8R, which was shown in 1998, was entrusted to engineer Tony Southgate and construction – to the company Dallara. The car was equipped with biturbocharged engine V8 3.6, from which they got 600 forces. The racing debut in 1999 at the 12-hour marathon of Sebring: two cars gained third and fifth place respectively. A ring on Sarthe in 1999 Audi R8R made even better: the third and fourth place. By the way, about the same time with the open one a closed prototype of Audi R8C has being designed. The chief engineer of the Racing Technologies Norfolk Elray Peter, who created the Bentley Speed 8 was in charge for the result. By the way, the two built R8C cars managed to take part only in the 24-hour race at Le Manev 1999. There were 29 th and 43 th place as the result.
In 2000 racing Audi R8 saw the light – one of the most successful cars in the history of the race at Le Mans. Outdoor prototype won on the ring Sarthe five times: in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004 and 2005. A competing American Le Mans Series – seven times! Can’t wait to see what was hidden under the composite body? At the heart of the machine lied a monocoque made of carbon fiber and aluminum honeycomb sheet. Suspension is double wishbone one type pushrod on loop and custom shock absorbers. At the base biturboeight’ 3.6 FSI (520-610 hp) was installed with the camber of the cylinders by 90 degrees, paired with a six-speed sequential gearbox Ricardo.
By the way, in spite of a successful racing career Audi R8, a tragic accident was connected with it: because of the tire explosion during the test on the track Lauzitsring (EuroSpeedway Lausitz now) the former Formula 1 driver Michele Alboreto smashed to death.
The new prototype Audi R10, which debuted in 2006 have been done by the Audi engineers together with specialists from the firm Dallara. And it was a real revolution: instead of a gasoline engine V8 3.6 FSI Germans placed within the base diesel V12 TDI volume of 5.5 liters. Engineering marvel (weight – 200 kg) sported twin turbochargers Garrett, has made 650 “horses” and 1100 Newton meters. Thrust transmitted to the rear wheels through a five-speed sequential gearbox S tronic, which was equipped with three-disk clutch carbon-fiber clutch Sandtler. Composite body length of 4650 mm, the carbon fiber monocoque, double wishbone suspension, Brembo brakes and forged wheels OZ – just such a vehicle with a curb weight of 925 kg won at Le Mans in 2006, 2007 and 2008.
For nearly a hundred years the German mark «Audi» is very popular throughout the world. Today, the company Audi is one of the world leaders of the automotive industry.
Audi SUVs mean reliability, stability, convenience, comfort and technical excellence. Based on the result of the popular vote Wide range of this mark’s cars took almost half of the prizes. This is not surprising, because Audi SUVs are notable not only for high performance, but also versatility. Perfect and courageous forms of auto, excellent patency in off-road conditions, spacious and comfortable interior, a maximum of comfort, plenty of electronics, safety and affordability make SUVs the best selling cars to date.
The exterior design of SUVs includes sculptural forms and sporting elegance that is very cleverly enclosed in car design, attracting the interest of motorists. Bright lights placed on both sides of the radiator grille, large wheels, bi-xenon headlights – all this makes the cars of this brand courageous and bold. With regards to interior design, everything here is elegant and stylish: comfortable dashboard, pleasant and correct forms of the seats, leather, chromium, aluminum trimming – all this creates a feeling of comfort, calm and coziness.
Based on the available information it is noticeable that new Audi Q7 got sharper, chopped body lines. Exactly this design makes this car sportier, more dynamic in show.
The new version of the Audi Q7 has become more mundane, more streamlined and even more predatory. The frontal part of the vehicle has been changed significantly. In the first instance the appearance of new front optics is noticeable ceiling which roof lights started to resemble the famous glasses of break-dance dancers from the eighties.
Compact crossover Audi, which is produced by the famous German company, has not yet become as popular as his older brothers in the face of Audi Q5 and Audi Q7, for example. However, this does not mean that this project is a bust. On the contrary, the crossover is growing up from one year to the next, it is maturing, getting virile forms and slowly gets rid of the inherent adolescence “ailments” and “age-related mutations”. This model was first introduced in the automotive market back in 2011, and had already gained a lot of fans, both among men and women audience. Since then, the marketing department of the German company has carefully and sensitively being listened to the remarks, claims and wishes of consumers, and has allowed Audi Q3 to improve and reach a new level of competition, which is very fierce, I must admit.
I must say that in the updated version of the car became equipped with all-wheel drive, while still having a full “cross-over” clearance and very modest dimensions. These features make the Audi Q3 completely adapted to the difficult conditions of modern cities life, so to speak, a full-fledged citizen. When comparing the new concept with the previous one, you can see that the designers have retained for this crossover the familiar coupe-shaped cabin line, which just adds dynamics and swiftness to the vehicle.
Audi RS5 sportcar
Sport models of the brand from Ingolstadt appeared in the 1990s as a result of Audi and Porsche engineers’ cooperation. Since then the production program of concern subsidiary company VW, along with Audi S, has more powerful model Audi RS. “Audi RS” is the best model for the different series in the compact class, which is known as the Audi RS Sportback. First, a series of RS has been used only for combi middle class vehicles. Later, the automaker has equipped with powerful engines and sport bodies not only sedans and convertibles, but also a roadster Audi TT.
In 2010 top-model Audi RS5 Coupé appeared on the market.
When, in 2007, ten years after the creation of the first Audi Coupé, a businessman from Ingolstadt has launched a new model Coupé, the Bavarians offered two-door version of the production model to the new series of the Audi A5 sports without hesitation. Model Audi S5, available for sale in the autumn of 2007, marked the beginning of an extensive program of products: in the spring 2009 Cabriolet Audi S5 went to the streets,and exactly six months later an improved version of the five-door sportback Audi A5 was presented. In spring 2010, the manufacturer from Ingolstadt presented the first “Audi RS 5” as a new first-class Coupé stock model.
The dynamic design of a sports model Audi RS5
It seemed that already dynamic Coupé Audi has embodied all sports elements: high radiator was supported from sides by two large air intakes, developers framed both of these structural elements with matt aluminum. An additional feature of Audi RS5 is a diamond-shaped lattice of single-column radiator, which is visually highlighted by black and matte lacquer. Wheel arches and a rear diffuser have strengthened the dynamics of sports model. Imperceptible at first glance, the rear spoiler of Audi RS5 that came to the forth only at high speed, provided high down force.
The V8 engine with 450 PS for the Audi RS5
Like the related model Audi S5, ‘Audi RS 5’ was equipped with a more powerful V8 engine capacity of 4.2 liters. For comparison, if the Audi S5 had to be satisfied with 260 kW (354 hp), Audi RS5 could count on 331 kW (450 hp). This is particularly evident in the improved acceleration parameters. Low power degree engine accelerated Coupé to 100 km mark in five seconds. Audi RS5, equipped with all-wheel drive quattro, needed only 4.6 seconds for the same thing.
Fast switching – less fuel consumption at Audi RS5
In developing the model, engineers largely relied on the seven-speed dual clutch. It allows switching faster than the previous six-speed manual gearbox, installed in Audi S5 Coupé. Another advantage of the technology, called the S-tronic was that the fuel consumption model Audi RS5 averaged 10.8 liters (CO2 emissions – 252 g / k)
The release of this model is associated with the beginning of a new era of advanced technologies. Audi’s philosophy is to constantly improve the efficiency of their cars, while maintaining the inherent to brand sports nature. Audi Q5 hybrid Quattro becomes a new stage of its implementation, the release of which represents the entry into a new era of sustainability.
The engine 2.0 TFSI, permanent all-wheel drive quattro® and progressive hybrid technology makes Audi Q5 hybrid quattro impressively dynamic and at the same time exemplary effective. A full hybrid drive allows power to move at speeds up to 100 km / h by purely electric and a cruising range in this mode is designed to 3 km at a speed of 60 km / h. The basis of such characteristics is a high capacity lithium-ion battery.
Hybrid concept in Audi Q5 is made as a parallel hybrid drive from one shaft to provide a direct transmission of drive power. In this way, almost at any conditions a stable performance of pulling away and accelerating is guaranteed. The power unit develops an impressive total capacity of 180 kW and a torque of 480 Nm at associativity of electric motor and gasoline engine. With the support of the Boost acceleration, which is provided by motor, Audi Q5 hybrid quattro accelerates in 7.1 seconds from zero to 100 km / h in 5.9 seconds and makes leap from 80 to 120 km / h (5th gear). Only when it reaches a top speed of 222 km / h acceleration process is completed.
Despite the many advanced technologies employed in Audi Q5 hybrid quattro, this SUV will surely attract your attention with its unique energetic design. The elegant emblem, exclusive sill and 19-inch alloy wheels with 10 spokes in hybrid style at first sight make it clear that this car is the carrier of innovative technologies. In addition, for the Audi Q5 hybrid Quattro an optional paintwork exclusive silver color (Polar Silver) is offered. Signs of progressive hybrid technologies are visible inside the vehicle: energometer on the instrument panel informs about the current mode of hybrid propulsion system, for example, about the motion solely on electric power, Boost mode or energy recovery, as well as the parameters of hybrid system availability. MMI display in animated form informs about the functional modes of the car and energy flows in the hybrid system. A useful addition is a statistical indicator of the average fuel consumption and the recovered energy.
Bloomberg reports, that German Audi in April 2015 came out on top among the world producers of premium cars in terms of sales, ahead of BMW and Mercedes-Benz.
Sales of Audi, a division of Volkswagen, in April increased by 2.5% – up to 152.85 thousand of cars.
For comparison, sales of BMW raised by 5.6% – up to 148.896 thousand of cars, Mercedes-Benz – by 11% to 148.072 thousand of cars.
“Despite the prepared generation change of key models and changes in the markets, we have exceeded record levels last year, – director of marketing and sales Audi Luca de Meo said. – In the coming months, we intend to keep on rising throughout the world.”
Audi sales growth has been supported by strong demand for SUV models Q5 and Q7 at the US.
Audi Q7 is a car that represents a worldwide renowned German company in the SUV segment. Audi Q7 is a successful combination of sportiness and versatility, the most advanced technologies and luxury of executive car.
Audi Q7 sets new trends. The car is specially designed as the largest European jeep. The dimensions are impressive: length is 5086 (more than the Hummer H2), width equals 1983, height is 1737 mm. Base is no less impressive – it is 3002 mm. Its sweeping lines, a smooth curve of the roof, exposed surfaces of the body, which, in contrast to the flat windows, create a perfect harmony of sportiness and luxury.
For the benefits of driving all-wheel independent suspension with double wishbones is on charge which provides high off-road capabilities. Standard elastic elements are springs. And as an option there can be installed adaptive air suspension with electronic change of damper characteristics. Q7 clearance can range 180- 240 mm. When the off-road mode is on, it sets the clearance of 205 mm.
Despite its size, Q7 is able to race with the speed of a sports car.
Overall SUV Audi Q7 is beautiful not only outside but also inside.
Standard equipment includes an innovative operating system MMI, well-known to motorists by models A6 and A8. Powerful SUV features a variety of driver assistance systems, the first time being introduced into production.
The huge trunk opens and closes with the help of button – you will never get dirty. Electronic recognition will allow the owner to open the doors and start the engine without taking the key out of his pocket.
Q7 is literally packed with options, but that is what gives the driver endless choices. You can relax, delegate authority, and the machine will do everything itself: shift gears to keep you comfortable cruising speed, turn on and off lights, scraping the glass with wipers, turn off the music during a mobile phone call, monitor the distance to the next car when changing lanes in heavy traffic and many other things and actions.
Until recently, nobody even thought that Audi supercar dare to create a powerful supercar of 580 horsepower, especially after not very successful model Audi R8. However, the company has proved that it is able to make a car that will catch the famous Porsche 911 Turbo.
This model is equipped with a 5.2-liter ten-cylinder engine with two turbines. This engine is borrowed from the previous model – RS6, only slightly took some modifications. The power of this unit makes 572 horsepower.
After the test piece of Audi RS8 has burned during a trial race at the Nurburgring, it was reported that Audi company couldn’t install on the V10 engine so powerful cooling system/ that could prevent firing. However, Audi has coped with the task, and a year later stated that cooling problem is solved. On the Audi RS8 scheme is used, which was developed for conceptual R8 diesel V12 – compared to the base model, it delivers 20 percent better cooling of the engine compartment. This supercar is the most powerful modification of supercar Audi R8.
It was expected that the car will accelerate to hundreds in less than 4 seconds and to 160 km / h – for as much as 8.5 seconds. This is undoubtedly a great result. Maximum speed of model is 320 km / h.
Externally, the RS8 is different from the production model R8. The rear wheel arches were changed – they have become more prominent, and the side gills-air intakes characterize the capacity of the motor. However, the wheels and tires of the prototype do not differ from the standard R8.
Inside the vehicle it should be noted the rich use of aluminum and leather. Also that is a racing steering wheel equipped with several keys for easy management of critical systems. In general, everything is perfect: ergonomic, comfortable, stylish and luxurious.
And finally – it was assumed that the price of this modification will be in Europe, EUR 150 000. And it is not too expensive, especially compared, for example, with Lamborghini Gallardo.
Yet Audi abandoned the idea to release a super-powerful executive class sedan and opened the secret meaning of seemingly unpopular decision.
Ingolstadt RS8 is good, but the S 63 AMG is incredible! At Audi there is a 4,0-liter V-shaped 8-cylinder engine with two turbines, while the AMG double boost pumps air into the furnace V8 engine capacity of 5.5 liters. The superiority in power and thrust is on the side of Mercedes-Benz: 585 hp 900 Nm and 520 hp and 650 Nm. With all-wheel drive S 63 AMG, the start to 100 km / h in 4.0 seconds, S8 is almost neck and neck, trailing by 0.2 seconds. But soon there will be even crazier S 65 AMG. But playing with a supercar capacity is not for Audi.
At the auto show in Los Angeles, Ulrich Hackenberg, Technical Director Audi, confirmed that the company plans to release a new SUV – Audi Q8. Q7 will serve as a basis for that model. It is expected that the new aggressive crossover will be a serious competitor for the Range Rover Sport, BMW X6 and Mercedes-Benz MLC.
Model Q7 will be one of the last cars of concern, which was designed before the company Hackenberg. Technical Director Audi said that he and the new head designer, Marc Lichte, appeared at the production of too late. At that moment there was no sense to change Q7 appearance. Therefore, all the structural solutions that engineers were planning to implement in the previous version of the SUV a new Q8 would get.
It is expected that crossover will come on the market in the next three years.
CEO of the concern Rupert Stadler already at the Beijing Motor Show has told reporters that the company was planned to upgrade the lineup. Audi focuses primarily in the development of a new SUVs line. Of the 11 models that will be put into production until 2020, 5 cars will belong to the class of crossovers and receive codes Q1, Q2, Q4, Q6 and Q8.
Analysts predict a rise in the proportion of annual SUVs sales up to 40% of the total number of cars. It is about 800 000 cars.
Q8, as already mentioned, is created in order to oust Audi main competitors from the pedestal of top sellers in the upper price segment. Company determines the markets of US, the Middle East and China as its priority.
Audi Q8 on the characteristics and performance is similar to the Audi A8. The same high-tech “filling”, increased inner comfort, etc. Among the advantages of the new crossover are increased ground clearance and adjustable air suspension.
The length of Q8 is expected to be about 5 m. The grade will include a turbocharged gasoline engine of 3 liter and 4-liter V8 RS Q8. The price of the machine with the first unit will start from 50 000 pounds, the second – from 90 000 pounds. Perhaps, as an option the manufacturer will offer motorists also diesel, hybrid and electric versions of the SUV. It is, in any case, would allow the company to compete with the Tesla Model X SUV.
Q8 will have its own unique design. The five-door coupe is now being developed under the guidance of Marc Lichte, new chief designer of the concern. Among the characteristic elements which the future SUV will receive, as it is expected a more aggressive grille, smaller side mirrors, rear window with a larger angle can be mentioned.
The main feature of the new crossover from Audi is a lightweight body made of high strength steel fiber, reinforced plastic and carbon fiber. Thanks to new technologies developed by engineers, they were managed to drop a curb weight of the car below 2 000 kg. This is a very good characteristic sign that helps the concern to prove the model in a favorable light, even in a competitive environment.
Audi A6 Avant (Audi A6 Avant) is «E» Class wagon with front- or all-wheel drive. Restyling version of the fourth-generation model debuted at the Paris Motor Show in October 2014.
Planned restyling of A6 Avant affected a shape of the grille, bumpers and optics. Inside the vehicle multimedia system has undergone modernization. In addition, designers have expanded the range of finishes, both in materials quality and decisions on color. And by and large that is all. Running gear and equipment remained intact.
If you believe Audi engineers, A6 Avant body on 20% consists of aluminum, thereby it weighs less. On average, unladen car weight has decreased by 70 kg. In the basic configuration now it amounts to 1640 kg.
An upgraded line-up of powertrains can be called the main changes of restyled Audi A6 Avant. From this point there are three petrol and five diesel engines, including several harmless variants with ultra prefix in the name. All motors slightly increased in power. Petrol 1.8 liter one produces 190. s., 2-liter – 252 “horse”, and 3-liter – 333 hp. Diesel aggregates show the following results: 2-liter, depending on the force, the outputs 150 and 190 “powers”, and 3-liter – 218, 272, 320 and 326 hp.
Audi A4 Avant (Audi A4 Avant) is a «D» class wagon with front or all-wheel drive. The premiere of a restyled version of the fourth-generation model was held in autumn 2011.
Renewing Audi A4 German engineers paid attention not only to external changes (the bumper, radiator grille and taillights etc.), but also to the decoration of the car interior. In particular, the wagon got a new steering wheel, further combinations of finishing materials, as well as modified multimedia system MMI navigation plus. In addition the number of button of on-board systems has reduced.
Refinement has touched also the A4 Avant running gear. Levers of rear mount found new attachment points, shock absorbers changed the stiffness, and electromechanical amplifier replaced the hydraulic one. While driving on the straight sections it is turned off, saving fuel (up to 0.3 liters per 100 km). Audi experts paid lots of attention to powertrains lineup. So, after restyling 2.0 TDI turbodiesel engine with a centrifugal pendulum-type vibration damper acquired two additional boost options – 136 and 163 hp., while the most powerful its versions are getting 177 “horses” and 380 Nm of torque. 120 and 143-strong modification remained the same, as well as the 3-liter TDI, issuing 204 and 245 horse powers. The most economical unit (136 hp.) “eats” 4.2 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers.
Among the petrol engines Audi A4 Avant 1.8 TFSI with a capacity of 170hp (380 Nm) is notable. Through innovative solutions Germans managed to reduce fuel consumption to 5.6 liters per 100 kilometers (combined), and at the same time decreased and the level of pollutants emissions – up to 134 g / km. That was achieved by the reason, that all versions of Avant, regardless of engine type and boost options, are equipped with “start-stop” and regenerative braking systems.
Audi Coupe is a model with “coupe” body, created on the platform of Audi 80.
In 1980, consumers did not always associate the elegant silhouette of a sports coupe with the “Audi 80”. However, in 1980, the automaker from Ingolstadt dared to bring to market two-door coupe version of Audi 80. The dynamic appearance of new Audi Coupé GT, who had a top speed of just over 200 km / h and power output of 100 kW (136 hp), proved to be very successful. And four-wheel drive “Audi Coupe”, manufactured since 1985 has gained special respect among consumers. It was the first series of the Audi of Quattro series for the city streets.
Before the end of the model production in 1996, there has been sold more than 10,000 copies of “Audi Coupe” Series B2 and B3.
Audi Coupe debuted in 1988. Cars had 4-cylinder turbo engine 115 hp. For Quattro modification 5-cylinder turbo engine capacity of 230 hp was offered.
It is noteworthy that the first edition of Audi Coupe GT (1980-1981 years) on the trunk lid had the following model designation (information for the European market): “Audi C” – on the left, “GT 5S” – right.
True sports versions of the Audi 80 appeared on the streets in January 1993 – it was the Audi S2 Coupe with the stiff sport suspension, 230-horsepower 2.2-liter inline 5-cylinder engine instead 6step-(instead of 5)-transmission and all-wheel drive, KKK-turbocharger with forced air-cooling, DOHC-20V and Evo-Tech-control system. Forced engine perfectly realizes its cyclopean 380 Nm of torque over a wide range (2100-4000 1 / min).
External distinctions of this version boiled down to bumper with large air openings, such as Porsche brakes (with bright red supports) and “S2” information code plates. Interior has changed: cosmopolitan cloth trim with carbon paper cut outs in the interiors, a different instrument panel, sports steering-wheel, etc. From this period, all models (series V4) are manned with hatches in the roof (as a standard setting).
There was made a provision by “more modern” lighting. Classic Azev-A alloy wheels JE-DESIGN 8,5 and 10J x 17 “dimension” shod “in 215 / 45-17 and 235 / 40-17 Bridgestone-Potenza-Pneus tires. Carrying the front wheels forward has increased by one and a half centimeters. Thanks to H & R -complete suspension with adjustable spring Coupe lies 60/40 millimeters below.
DE- lights and white direction indicators were introduced only at the 94th model year. In painting halls the lower bumper and side plates were polished, machined and painted in the color of car body.
Audi Coupe ceased to show up at the light in 1995, as management considered it as unprofitable one.