- The second generation of the high-performance sports car makes its debut in Geneva
- 5.2 FSI engine with up to 449 kW (610 hp), 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 3.2 seconds
- New multimaterial Audi Space Frame with high proportions of aluminum and CFRP
AutoExpress heads to the Ascari track with Audi Factory Driver Frank Stippler and they share several details with us about the upcoming 2015 Audi R8. At launch the the 5.2L V10 engine making either 533bhp (15 HP more than the current generation) or 602bhp in the V10 Plus model will be the only option. The R8 V10 Plus sees a gain of 60 HP over the previous V10 Plus and is capable of hitting 0-62mph in 3.2 seconds, 0-124mph in 9.9 seconds and a 205mph top speed. Gone is the gated 6-speed manual transmission only the seven-speed S tronic gearbox remains which is of course paired to Audis legendary quattro all-wheel-drive. There’s also word that the Twin-Turbo 4.0L V8 TFSI from the S8/RS7/RS6 will find it’s way into the engine bay down the road.
By Robert S. Schultz
Amazing curiosities can be found in the nether regions of auto show floors. At the Chicago Auto Show, there were chocolate fudges from Mackinac Island, Airstream trailers, and exotic waxes that promise eternal life for your car’s finish. There was also a booth showcasing practically the entire line of Gladiator storage products for the garage. Now this was interesting, and not only because the Audi display in Chicago was devoid of any real drama.
Who among us hasn’t suffered a bad case of garage envy when seeing some of the awesome setups QuattroWorld members post on the forums (Epoxy floors! Lifts! Overhead air supply!)? My own garage is a shameful collection of blowers and mowers for all seasons, estate sale furniture, last summer’s tiki torches, stacks of wheels and tires, and my sole concession to legitimate organization—a $49.95 rolling cart from Harbor Freight Tools (admit it, you have one too). There’s almost enough room for two cars, imagine that. To contemplate everything neatly racked, stored and contained in those seriously purposeful Gladiator pieces, well, that’s almost as fascinating as calculating the angles on the latest Audi Singleframe grille.
Audi is revealing the headlights of its new R8* as the first of a number of technology highlights of the top sports car. The R8 uses LED headlights which can be supplemented by a laser high beam lighting module as an option.
Instagram user DreBoog has posted what he believes to be a leaked “insider” photo of the new R8 due to debut in Geneva next Month. The car appears to be in a quattro GmbH testing facility is missing it’s wheels and the hood is slightly ajar. We can see that rumors of the full side blade shrinking as well as the new corporate grill are true. It’s rumored that it will use the new V10 derived from the 2015 Lamborghini Huracán as well as an upgraded 4.2L V8. The R8 has also undergone further Audi ultra treatment to shed some curb weight. We will post more details as they arrive as we get closer to the Geneva debut.
Audi’s compact CUV finally comes to America
By Robert S. Schultz
According to the Rules for Automotive Acronyms, the Audi Q3 belongs to the CUV class by virtue of its size and car-based chassis. But what does the “C” in CUV stand for, anyway? “Crossover” is the original and most common meaning, as these vehicles don’t neatly fit into any one particular category but straddle several. “Compact” also works because it’s accurate. But here’s one more suggestion: Contradictory. As in Contradictory Utility Vehicle. You see, the Q3 and its kind are basically hatchbacks (so out of favor) sporting ripped bodies and riding on tall suspensions, which somehow vaults CUVs into the fastest growing vehicle segment.
[Photos: Mason Beasdell and Audi Sport / Words: Mike Juergens]
The 53rd Rolex 24 at Daytona opened with Allan McNish waving the Green Flag to start the opening round of the 2015 Tudor United SportsCar Championship. This year only two Audi Sport Customer Racing teams were present. Paul Miller Racing and Flying Lizard Motorsports both fielded one Audi R8 LMS in the (GTD) GT Daytona class.
The one off season entry from Flying Lizard Motorsports with its drivers Markus Winkelhock, Tomonobu Fuji, Satoshi Hoshino and Robert Thorne. Paul Miller Racing with its German drivers René Rast and Christopher Haase, together with Bryce Miller and Dion von Moltke will field the only full season R8 entry in TUSC.
By Melissa Knight Photos: Audi AG
The A7 h-tron quattro was Audi’s second knock-out at the 2014 LA Auto Show; following the prologue, the plug-in hybrid solidified the brand’s reputation for progressive technology – this time proving competence with fuel cells. New green technologies turn me on and my spontaneous demand for a test-drive could not have worked out better. My co-pilot was Marc Düvel, an engineer at the Research Department of the Volkswagen Group, which is developing the fuel cell car for the brands Audi and VW. (The single VW model, a Passat, has the same fuel-cell technology as the A7 quattro.) Düvel is a modest guy who is “responsible for programming the hybrid strategy; how the fuel cell and the electric motor components work together, and how the energy has to be shifted.” The result is an eco-friendly symphony of technology.
The 2015 RS 5 Coupe Sport edition features distinctive and sporty design elements on the interior and exterior. The vehicle’s already compelling RS-specific performance design is accentuated with 20’’ 5-V-spoke design wheels and red brake calipers, and is available in Daytona Gray pearl effect, Nardo gray and multiple Audi exclusive paint colors (optional) that are complemented by Crimson Red Fine Nappa leather interior accents.
Words and Photos By Robert S. Schultz
The autumn leaves drift by my windshield and the quad exhausts steam like a Starbucks Grande in the cold air. Late fall is a time for reflective glances, and Frank Sinatra’s rendition of “It Was a Very Good Year” comes to mind. Ever cool, never sentimental, Sinatra reminisces on “vintage” moments from the wry perspective of the later years in life. Could the Chairman be singing the theme song for the Audi TT? Indeed, “the days grow short”—for both the season and the second-generation TT. With the Mk 3 TT already in production, the timing seems right to pay a little retrospective homage to the present model.
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