Sunday, December 21, 2008
- The focus will be Europe's DTM series, the 24 Hours of Le Mans and customer sport programs
INGOLSTADT, Germany, Dec 5, 2008 - Audi announced it will concentrate its motorsports efforts for 2009 on the new R15 TDI sport prototype for the 24 Hours of Le Mans race, the re-worked race touring car A4 for the DTM circuit and the newly developed R8 LMS for customer use in the GT3 class. Audi also said it will not be represented by its factory team, Audi Sport North America, in the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) in 2009.
The R8 V10 shares its engine with the Lamborghini Gallardo. The V10 puts out 525 horsepower and 390 lb-ft. of torque, which is a little less than the numbers that the Gallardo puts out. The R8 V10 reaches 0-62 mph in 3.9 seconds. The V10 engine is mated to either a six -speed manual or the sequential R tronic transmission.
The 2010 Audi R8 5.2 FSI quattro wil launch in Germany in the second quarter of 2009 at a basic price of EUR 142,400.
One of the few complaints people had about the Audi R8 was that it didn't have enough power. I'm not being sarcastic as usual; this was an actual complaint. The 420 horsepower of the regular R8 apparently didn't keep up with a few of the R8's rivals, namely the Porsche 911 Turbo (although the R8 is infinitely more pleasant to drive.)
The Audi R8 V10 (or Audi R8 5.2 FSI quattro if you want to be proper) replaces the 420 horsepower V8 for a 5.2-liter V10 boasting 525 horsepower. This happens to be the same engine used in the Audi R8 LMS GT3, and the R8's sister car, the Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4. Due to excellent engineering, the V10 weighs only about 68 lbs heavier than the outgoing V8, giving the R8 V10 an outstanding power-to-weight ratio. This thing will be fast.
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Zero to 62 mph comes in only 3.9 seconds. Keep the throttle pressed, and you'll hit 124 mph in another 8.1 seconds - keep going until you reach the 196 mph top speed. All of this power goes through a standard 6-speed manual transmission or R-tronic paddle-shift gearbox.
A few subtle aesthetic changes round out the R8 V10 - a few exterior pieces have been painted black, all-LED headlights are added (very cool,) and the sideblade and side sills are more prominent, giving a more aggressive look. A few changes have also taken place in the interior - carbon fiber or piano-black accents have been added, as have red rings which surround the gearshift knob and instruments. A few other changes as well as more owner-customization options are available as well.
All-in-all, the Audi R8 V10 will have no problem trumping the competition this time around. Available in Germany in spring of 2009, the R8 V10 will cost around $180,000. Expect it to be in America shortly afterwards.
- The new 5.2-liter, ten-cylinder engine puts out 525 hp
INGOLSTADT, Germany, Dec 8, 2008 - Audi is launching the next variant of its top-of-the-line model. With the R8, the brand has established itself at the forefront of high-end sports cars from the very start - and now comes the R8 V10. Its 5.2-liter, ten-cylinder engine churns out 386 kW (525 hp) and 530 Nm (390.91 lb-ft) of torque, which makes for breathtaking performance. With superior Audi technologies such as quattro all-wheel drive, the lightweight aluminum body, the innovative all-LED headlights, and its striking design, the R8 V10 takes pole position against the competition.
The Audi R8 V10 is powered by a Lamborghini-sourced 5.2L V10 engine that puts out 525 horsepower and propels the car from 0-62 mph in 3.9 seconds with a top speed of 196 mph. The V10 engine is mated to either a a 6-speed manual or R-Tronic semi-automatic.
When leading trade publisher Ward's Automotive Group recently set out to recognize the world's 10 best automotive engines for 2009, one turbocharged four cylinder stood out. The Audi 2.0 TFSI I-4 won a place on the list for the fourth consecutive year.
- 60-second spot to air in the first quarter of the game
HERNDON, Va., Dec 10, 2008 - After tremendous consumer and critical reaction to its "The Godfather"-inspired ad in Super Bowl XLII, Audi of America today announced it has purchased a 60-second slot to advertise in the first quarter of Super Bowl XLIII.
"TOPautos 2009" honored by mid automotive news service
Audi Q5 impresses all with its off-road capability
The "TOPautos 2009" have been selected by more than 150 renowned independent motor journalists from Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The new Audi Q5 ranks as top off-roader among the best new vehicle releases of the model year 2009.
Jörg Felske, Head of Sales Germany at AUDI AG, accepted the award in Ingolstadt. "The Audi Q5 is a performance SUV that combines the dynamics of a sports sedan with a highly versatile interior – ideal for family and leisure," was his description of the winner in the off-road segment. With a choice of three powerful and efficient engines, quattro permanent all-wheel drive and agile suspension, the Audi Q5 offers a superior technology package for on- and off-road.
This was the fourth year that the Motor-Informations-Dienst (mid) has awarded this prize. As in previous years, more than 150 motor journalists from daily newspapers, journals and internet portals took part in the vote. This makes "TOPauto" the car and innovation award with the largest expert jury in Germany.
There were a total of 80 newcomers to choose from in the categories "Business", "City", "Concept Car", "Family", "Fun", "Luxury", "Innovation" and "Off-road". The mid has put together an exclusive card game including the four best-placed vehicles in each of the eight categories, where each card features a photo and the technical data of one of these vehicles.
Hot on the heals of Honda pulling out from F1 competition, Audi, who has been kicking ass and taking names in American Le Mans competition since, well, it seems like forever, says it won't be contesting the series in 2009.
Audi WILL run at Sebring with their new R 15 TDi in '09, but other than that, nada.
This does NOT mean that Audi is quiting racing, in means there will be no factory backed effort in North America in 2009. Audi will continue racing at Le Mans, as well as competing in the DTM (which is great fun to watch), and this doesn't preclude them from offering assistance to a well sorted privateer outfit, like Audi did with Championship Racing back in 05 or 06 or whenever that was. As a matter of fact, that's the hot tip at the moment.
Of course, we will get the chance to see the factory runt he R 15 at Sebring in a couple of month. The Sebring 12 hours being a perfect shakedown for the main event on the endurance calender, The 24 Hours of Le Mans. Sebring, although half the length, can be a brutal race. the track surface is ranges from passable to terrible, the concrete sections are choppy at best, and even if it were billiard table smooth, the weather can be Biblical. It's rained so hard during some runnings of The 12 Hours that pit equipment has floated away.
So, Audi is out of North America (officially) for 09, with no official plans to return … but we'll see what the future holds (I'm betting once the R15 is fully sorted, they'll be back).
The A4 2.0T FrontTrak features Audi's 2.0 TFSI engine that is paired to a multitronic continuously variable transmission. The setup helps the A4 get 23 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. The A4 2.0T quattro equipped with the six-speed manual transmission gets 22 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway.
The 2009 Audi A4 2.0T FrontTrak sedan with multitronic CVT transmission starts at $31,000. The MSRP on the 2009 Audi A4 2.0T quattro manual is $31,850.
For the very first time ever, the highly praised Bang & Olufsen Sound System has been tuned specifically for the open-top roadsters. Even with the top down, the specially tuned Sound System promises to deliver clean, crisp, natural and precise playback. Pictured above is the new A5/S5 Cabriolet that comes with a wide range of high-end options, including the acclaimed Bang & Olufsen Sound System. The Bang & Olufsen Sound System is composed of 12 custom-made loudspeakers, 10 amplifier channels and a total output power of more than 500 watts. Sound designers at B&O have fashioned an exceptional soundstage that complements the acoustic signature of the Audi A5/S5 Cabriolet perfectly. The True Image Digital Signal Processing turns 2-channel stereo signals into perfect 5.1-channel surround sound. Sound can be optimized according to the number of people in the car and their position.
- "Automobilwoche" honors Audi with this coveted title
INGOLSTADT, Germany, Dec 18, 2008 - The trade magazine "Automobilwoche" has honored Audi as the year's most improved brand; at the same time, the DEKRA testing company has rated the Audi A6 as the "Most Reliable of All Classes": just two highlights in a long list of honors for the Audi brand in 2008.
This year the brand with the four rings not only delivered an impressive domestic performance with 35 awards but proved its excellence in the international arena as well with 56 prizes.
The Audi R8, the A5 and the A4 are the Audi models that won the most awards. Immediately after its debut, the Audi A4 was chosen as "Europe's Auto1" by "Autobild" readers from 26 countries. At the New York International Auto Show, the Audi R8 for the first time received two "World Car of the Year Awards" – for Performance and Design.
An early highlight in the year among the 35 domestic awards was the quadruple win (A3, A4, A6, R8) among the readership of the trade magazine "auto motor und sport".
In addition to the familiar stars of the brand, a newcomer to the Audi family attracted attention particularly toward year's end – the Audi Q5. Even before its market launch on November 14 it captured two design awards and the coveted "Golden Steering Wheel" in the SUV category. These were followed by three additional prizes, including the "Euro Car Body Award" by an international panel of experts.
Audi owes the success of its vehicles both to its recent range of models and to their especially appealing design. In "Automobilwoche", the manufacturer with the slogan "Vorsprung durch Technik" is credited by automobile analyst Jürgen Pieper not only with improved quality and technology but even with design leadership in this industry. Audi Design Chief Stefan Sielaff agrees: "Presently we not only have the newest range of models, but also the most beautiful." This has a very favorable effect on the brand image: In the comprehensive image report by the trade magazine "Auto Zeitung", Audi won the overall top honors in 2008 for the fifth time in a row.
Exposed—literally! Audi reveals the convertible versions of its sensational A5 and S5 coupes.
Okay, so there are absolutely no surprises when it comes to the cab's styling: it looks exactly how an A5 sans roof should look. Audi has abided its decision to use fabric roofs for all of its convertibles, and as a result the coupe's beautiful body lines remain pretty much unfettered. However, the change to cloth alters one of the coupe's most distinctive features, one that contributed to the A5/S5 making it onto our Top 10 Most Beautiful Cars of 2009 list: its sultry roofline. That said, we're confident that the cabrios will display their true beauty come the first sunny, 75-degree day.
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Audi is introducing two new A4 variants, or at least new drivetrains in the current A4. One will ditch the quattro for a front drive only, and another gets a new manual six speed gear box.
I remember the last time Audi had a front drive version available, a friend of mine, who is both a big Audi and a VW fan asked me, "So is this a cheaper Audi, or a more expensive Volkswagen?"
I assume Audi knows that they're doing, and it does make a certain amount of sense, especially in these troubled and uncertain economic times. If you can broaden out your product selection without increasing your costs all that much, then you have more stuff to sell, and potentially, more customers.
I keep hearing that Subaru is going to make front wheel drive versions of their cars for the same reason.
But will this work? Will it bring more money into Audi's coffers without diluting the brand?
Time will tell.
Full press release after the jump.
- The Audi Q7 quattro stood out in the luxury SUV category of the 2009 awards
HERNDON, Va., Nov 19, 2008 - The Audi Q7 quattro and the Audi A5 coupe won Kelley Blue Book's prestigious 2009 Best Resale Value Awards for the luxury SUV and the luxury car categories respectively.
- Editors cite "perfect execution" of interior and exterior, as well as coupe's "elegance"
Audi accepted Automobile Magazine's 2009 Design of the Year Award for the Audi A5, solidifying its position at the leading edge of automotive styling.
- Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recognized the Audi A3, A4, A6 and Q7
HERNDON, Va., Nov 26, 2008 - Audi's reputation as a leader in automotive safety gained added validation with four of its best-selling models claiming Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Top Safety Pick awards for 2009.