Sportiness and elegant design are not mutually exclusive – at least when the designers at ABT Sportsline are involved. “It is important to capture the character of the car and emphasise its uniqueness”, says Hans-Juergen Abt, the General Manager of ABT Sportsline explaining the demands which are made on the creative department.
Friday, May 22, 2009
For some reason I never liked Audi A1, but seeing the way things improve with the high-performance S1, I’m tempted to think again. Based on the Metroproject concept of 2007, the new Audi S1 is expected to compete with the 211hp Cooper S JCW and the powerful Alfa Romeo MiTo GTA. It features a quattro 4wd system, packs some beautiful 10-spoke 19-inch alloy wheels, an S Tronic twin-clutch gearbox and the same 1.4 liter super- and turbo-charged four-cylinger TSI (178hp/ 133kW) that we’ll get to see in the new Polo GTI. There’s also an ECU tweak that will take the little bugger to 200 hp.
Expected in 2011, the new Audi S1 should cost some £25,000 ($37,000). Worth it?
Audi R8 is already an exceptional sports car. So in a bid to improve it they've produced the 2010 Audi R8 5.2 FSI with a ten-cylinder R8 and a 5.2-liter V-10 lurking behind the cabin.It has a dry-sump oil system.The aluminum-bodied coupe can go to from 0-60 mph in under four seconds and to a top speed of 196 mph.The R8 V-10 wears exclusive 10-spoke 19-inch wheels that feature a unique Y design.The special feature is that Audi will be the world's first automaker to use LEDs for high beams, low beams, daytime running lights, and turn signals.
Set to launch later this year, the 2009 A4 Allroad Avant got spied while “training” in the mountains. The first Audi A4 to get LED rear lights treatment, it has many of the features from its older brother - the A6 Allroad, but also features a black plastic exterior trim, wider fenders, unique front and a stylish rear bumper.
Open-air cures: State of the world got you down? Spend whatever you've got left on one of these convertibles.
Audi has released new official pics of the Q5 Custom Concept prior to the prototype’s presentation at the Worthersee Tour 2009 next weekend. The prototype is not so interesting for its look, but for the engine that they’ve put under the bonnet.
Currently absent from the Q5 range, the V6 3.0 litre TFSI is that of the Audi S4, brought from 333 to 408 hp for the occasion. This power will be managed by the S-Tronic seven-speed transmission, and the whole proposal has fans a-flutter.
The model proves that the possibility of an “S” version in the Audi SUV range is not so fantastical. This could also be a preview to the next RS4, currently oscillating between a V6 and V8. And given the closer relationships among the VAG cars, we could even see this engine on Volkswagen or Porsche models.
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