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2013 Audi A3 Achieves 5 Star Euro NCAP Safety Rating

2013 Audi A3 Achieves 5 Star Euro NCAP Safety Rating

The new Audi A3 received a five star Euro NCAP safety rating, achieving a 95% score for adult occupanant protection, 87% for child occupant protection,  74% for pedestrain safety and an 86% score for vehicle safety assist.

One of the main concerns on the Audi A3  was the insufficient information provided to the driver regarding the status of the passenger  airbag system which can be disabled to allow a rearward-facing child restraint to be used in front passenger seat.

For more information on the Audi A3 read our article here.

Have a look at the footage below taken during the Audi A3 Euro NCAP tests

The video below shows footage from the Euro NCAP crash tests of the Audi A3.

The video below shows footage from the Euro NCAP tests Electronic Stability Control (ESC) tests on the Audi A3.

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AUDI Quattro Rumoured To Arrive In 2015?

AUDI Quattro Rumoured To Arrive In 2015?

The word on the street is that the Audi Quattro concept first introduced to the public in September 2010 might be introduced in 2015, just in time for the 35th anniversary of the Quattro. The original Quattro was introduced in 1980 at the Geneva Motor Show.

The internal name for the Quattro at Audi is Q35. The Audi Quattro is expected to slot in-between the Audi TT and the Audi R8 with competitors being the BMW M3 and Mercedes C63 AMG Coupe. It is estimated that about 10000 vehicles will be sold per year.

According to the AutoBild the Audi Quattro may be a hybrid between a coupe and an SUV namely the Audi A5 and the Audi Q5, offering a two door 4 seat arrangement.

The main distinguishing features of the Audi Quattro include shortened wheelbase and rear overhangs in comparison to the Audi A5, LED headlights and taillights, wide fender, a low flat roofline, 20-inch wheels in a 7-twin-spoke design, and a beefy front end with striking air inlets.

The Audi Quattro is expected to be powered by a 2.5 litre inline five-cylinder turbocharged engine, similar to that on the Audi TT RS, producing 300kW and capable of accelerating the Quattro from zero to 100km/h in 3.9 seconds.

The car looks great and we really look forward to its introduction and deep down there is a well of excitement building up especially when I think of the World Rally Championship (WRC) Audi Sport Quattro from the 1980’s driven by rally driver greats such as Walter Rohrl.

Source: Autoblog and AutoBild

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Historic Win for Audi R18 e-tron at Le Mans

Historic Win for Audi R18 e-tron at Le Mans

Audi this past weekend finished first, second, third and fifth position at the Le Mans 24 Hours. What makes it a historic win was Audi’s first and second place wins with the Audi R18 e-tron quattro hybrid race car. This makes Audi the first manufacturer to win the Le Mans with a hybrid vehicle.

The first place Audi R18 e-tron quattro was driven by Marcel Fässler, André Lotterer, and Benoît Tréluyer whilst the second place car was driven by Dindo Capello, Tom Kristensen and Allan McNish.

This is not the first time Audi has one the Le Mans on the first try using new technology. In 2001 Audi won the Le Mans with a turbocharged petrol engine (TFSI) and in 2006 with a diesel engine (TDI).

Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich (Head of Audi Motorsport): “This is no doubt a historic victory for Audi. We were the first to win Le Mans with a direct-injection turbo gasoline engine and the first to be successful with a diesel engine. It’s a great result that Audi is now the first brand to have achieved victory with a hybrid vehicle – and right on the first run, as before with the two other technologies, and – what’s more – with both R18 e-tron quattro cars on the two top spots.”

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Audi RS Q3 Concept

Audi RS Q3 Concept

The RS Q3 concept shown at the 2012 Beijing Motor Show has a 2.5 TFSI 265 kW turbocharged 5 cylinder direct injection engine, a 0 – 100 kph acceleration of 5.2 seconds and a top speed of 265 kph.

The engine fitted on the RS Q3 also happens to be the same engine fitted on the Audi TT RS and RS3 albeit tuned to provide a bit more power.

The RS Q3 engine is mated to a seven-speed S tronic gearbox that transfers the power to quattro permanent all-wheel drive.

The ride height on the RS Q3 concept has been lowered by 25mm, and the width of the vehicle has been widened to give it that added sharp visual detail.

It features a single frame radiator grille with black grille inserts with a new offset honeycomb pattern.

Headlights are slightly tinted and inside them some chrome parts are dark or covered by panels of carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP). The front bumper has also been redesigned and the lower spoiler is made from CFRP.

At the rear, the lower bumper section has a sporty and angular style. The diffuser insert, which integrates the two large elliptical tailpipes in typical RS look, has been shifted far upward.

The rear lights and auxiliary lights in the bumper are tinted in anthracite and are made of clear glass.

In general the styling and performance of this Q3 is befitting of the RS badge.

We wonder if they’ll actually produce this, we are sure it would be entertaining to drive.

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Audi A6 L e-tron

Audi A6 L e-tron

Audi unveiled its first e-tron luxury model, the A6 L e-tron concept at the 2012 Beijing Motor Show.

The A6 L e-tron is capable of an 80km pure electric range at a 60 kph constant speed, and was specifically designed to meet Chinese market needs.

The technology study is a parallel hybrid. It brings together a 2.0 TFSI that outputs 155 kW (211 hp) and an electric motor with 70 kW (95 hp) peak power.

The styling of the A6 L e-tron concept is different from the production version of the A6 L. The front features a single frame grille with slender cross bars and nearly covered air intakes. The A6 L e-tron is shod with 21 inch e-tron design rims and a bespoke rear diffuser.

In the interior of the A6 L e-tron, the controls are intuitive and the tachometer gives way for the powermeter. Meanwhile, the energy flow indicator tells the driver the current operating mode and which hybrid drive components are currently active. It can be called up from the driver information system or MMI monitor.

The Audi A6 L is said to be Audi’s best selling model in China and is produced locally at the Changchun plant in a joint venture with FAW.

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Audi developing e-sound for e-tron models

Audi developing e-sound for e-tron models

 Audi is currently developing new sound signatures for its e-tron models. To a large extent this is governed by the need to provide audible warnings so that pedestrians and cyclists will be able to hear the near-silent EVs. According to Dr. Ralf Kunkel, Head of Acoustics at Audi, “We’ll probably have to ensure audible alerts only up to 30 km/h; above that speed, the tires generate enough noise.”

Having said that Audi aims to ensure each future Audi e-tron model will have a similar and at the same time unique synthetic sound signature.

Input for the cars e-sound will be based on data relating to the electric motor’s rotational speed, vehicle speed, loads, and other parameters continuously supplied by the vehicle to the control unit. This sound will then be broadcast from a loudspeaker attached to the car’s undercarriage. A fraction of that sound signature will also enter the vehicle’s interior via airborne and structure-borne sound waves, helping enhance the unique experience of electric driving.

The Audi R8 e-tron will be first in the e-tron range to sport the new synthetic e-sound.  According to Audi, the Audi R8 e-tron certainly sounds like a sports car, but also one-of-a-kind and very futuristic.

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Update: 2013 Audi A3

Update: 2013 Audi A3

Having released a number of leaked pictures of the new Audi A3 before the Geneva Motor Show, Audi officially released more details on the A3 at the beginning of March just a day before the start of the motor show.

The new Audi A3 will be offered in three variants; Attraction, Ambition and Ambiente.

From a styling point of view the Audi A3 has Sporty-progressive styling with coupe-like lines and long wheelbase, length 4.24 meters; with the rear C-pillar angled low to give the A3 a more couple like look.

The overall vehicle length was kept identical to the previous model, while the wheelbase grew to 2.60 meters.

The single-frame radiator grille that is typical of Audi dominates the look of the front end, and as an option Audi can supply headlights in xenon plus technology together with LED daytime running lights. The rear tail lights are also equipped with LEDs if the front running daylight option is chosen.

Compared to the previous model, the new A3 is now 80 kg lighter due to the use of Audi ultra lightweight technology.

The interior of the A3 has been completely redesigned with the design looking similar to that of the Audi A1. The four round air vents, elegant control panel of the standard air conditioning system and the instrument cluster are all highlights of the interior.

The electrically retractable MMI monitor, with either a 5.8-inch or 7-inch diagonal, is only eleven millimeters thick and has an elegant and high-end look with a high-gloss black housing made of ultra-lightweight magnesium.

The color display of the driver information system (standard on the Ambition and Ambiente equipment lines) presents graphics in highly detailed 3D images.

The new electromechanical parking brake creates space on the console over the center tunnel for the terminal of the optional MMI operating system. In its full version, MMI navigation plus with MMI touch the upper side of its rotary pushbutton is designed as a touchpad. This is similar to that found on the Audi A8. The driver can input both letters and numbers by using finger motions.

The interior of the A3 is also spacious with a cargo capacity of 365 liters, and maximum cargo capacity of  1,100 liters when the split rear seatbacks are folded.

The new Audi A3 will launch with three four-cylinder engines, all of which are essentially new developments. Compared to the previous model, fuel economy of the new A3 has improved by about 12 percent on average, with some engines having even better figures than this.

Two TFSi engines will be released, one having 90 kW power and the other having 132 kW. A 2.0 Litre TDI engine will also be released giving a power ouput of 110 kW.

The 1.4 TFSI, with its 1,395 cc engine displacement, produces 90 kW of power and 200 Nm of torque available from 1400 rpm. This engine accelerates the A3 from zero to 100 kph in 9.3 seconds and up to a top speed of 203 kph. Its combined fuel consumption is a stated to be 5.2 liters per 100 km equivalent to CO2 emissions of 120 grams per km.

The 1.8 TFSI, with an engine displacement of 1,798 cc, produces 132 kW and outputs 250 Nm of torque between 1250 and 5000 rpm. The acceleration from zero to 100 kph is 7.2 seconds, with a top speed of 232 kph, combined fuel consumption of 5.6 liters per 100 km, equivalent to 130 g CO2 per km.

The 2.0 TDI with a 1,968 cc engine displacement produces 110 kW and 320 Nm torque. The A3 2.0 TDI sprints from a standstill to 100 kph in 8.6 seconds and reaches a top speed of 216 kph. In combined mode, it only requires 4.1 liters per 100 km, equivalent to CO2 emissions of 106 g per km.

The A3, 1.4 TFSI and 2.0TDI  engines will be coupled to a six-speed manual transmission whilst the 1.8 TFSI will be equipped with a seven-speed S tronic gearbox as standard. In each case, engine power is always transferred to the front wheels. Quattro permanent all-wheel drive, and other engines, including a 1.4 TFSI engine with innovative cylinder on demand technology from Audi,will follow over the course of the next few months.

The new Audi A3 rides as standard on 16-inch or 17-inch wheels (alloy on the Ambiente and Ambition) and upon request, Audi can provide wheels up to 18 inches in diameter. The respective tire sizes are 205/55, 225/45 and 225/40; all tires exhibit low rolling resistance without any compromises in dynamic performance.

No details have been released thus far on the launch of the Audi A3 and the equipment specifications what will be offered in South Africa.

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2013 Audi RS4 Avant

2013 Audi RS4 Avant

The new generation Audi RS4 Avant was revealed last week at the Geneva Motor Show.

The RS4 Avant is powered by 4.2 liter V8engine, similar to that on the Audi RS5, producing 331Kw at 8,250 rpm with a maximum torque of 430Nm.  The RS4 Avant accelerates  from zero to 100km/h in a claimed 4.7 seconds.

The 4.2 litre engine is coupled to a 7-speed S tronic gearbox and a four wheel drive quattro system which typically sends 60 percent of its power to the rear axle and 40 to the front. This split can change to as much as 80 percent to the rear axle and 60 percent to the front axle depending on road conditions. All of which ensures complete stability and traction whatever the situation.

 According to Carmag, the RS4 Avant will be introduced in South Africa in early 2013.

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2013 Audi A3 Pictures Leaked

2013 Audi A3 Pictures Leaked

Pictures of the new Audi A3 were released by a Russian website over a week ago. Whether or not these are representative of the actual vehicle which will be officially unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show which starts on the 6th of March remains to be seen.

Based on the pictures the styling looks consistent with what we’ve seen on the new A1, A6 and A8 models and seems to be more of an evolutionary step, albeit one we like. The strong side character lines running across the length of the car add some sportiness to the A3. The A3 maintains the corporate six-sided grille and front and rear LED running lights and maintains the traditional high quality we have come to expect from Audi brand.

The cabin features ergonomic luxuries including the Audi Connect Infotainment system which was revealed at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January this year of which the Multimedia Interface (MMI) interface control knob also incorporates a touchpad similar to that on the Audi A6 and Audi A8.

The New Audi A3 uses the new MQB (Modularer Querbaukasten in German or Modular Transverse Matrix in English) platform which will be used in a range of upcoming VW Group products.

We are looking forward to getting the official specifications next week.

Source: ZR.RU

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