Lamborghini is donating it’s heart to the Audi R8 Roadster to be debuted at the Frankfurt Auto Show this year. The 2011 R8 will feature a whopping V10 monster, pushing 500+ horsepower, allowing the Audi to do 0-60 in under 4 seconds.
According to sources close to Audi engineers the base model Audi R8 will retain it’s 4.2 liter V8 motor. However, the Spyder convertible, will have the V10 option to maintain an elite status. Although with a top speed of 195 mph it will be hard to tell who’s driving anyways. 😉
The V10 Audi R8 Spyder won’t be available till model year 2011, so look for it on Audi/Saab show room floors sometime late next year.
Looking to gain more of the marketshare Mercedes and BMW currently owns, Audi will be releasing the Audi A5 Sportback, amongst other models. Specifically Audi has announced that they intend to sell an additional 1.5 million cars before 2015, mainly in new models and versions like the A5 Sportback.
So far there haven’t been any good pictures of the A5 Sportback released, except for a few teasers. You can see the teaser image along with a picture of the basic A5 below.
The new version of the Audi A5 will be a 2010 model year. Although a small cosmetic change, 09 going into 2010 will be a big year for Audi.
Audi has released information on the upcoming update to their fresh faced Q7 SUV. The Audi Q7 will be going under the scalp for 2010 and undergo some tweaks in the optional diesel power plant. The newly designed Q7 will offer crazy luxury, high end technology, performance, and efficiency being demanded by the big spenders.
The Audi Q7 seems to answer the question, ‘What can I buy that’s BIG, shows I’m important, but maintain a green appeal as not to piss off my customer base?’
The 350 horsepower V8 will reportedly get just over 18 miles per gallon. Not too shabby considering all the options you can cram into the large Q7. Think interior bicycle mount, electric luggage cover, pivoting trailer hitch, and all sorts of combinations of roof carriers. If James Bond ever aged, had a high maintenance wife, and 3 kids that had to get to soccer practice, the 2010 Audi Q7 is what he would drive.
What does 5.2 liter engine and 10 cylinders have in common? They both are helping rocket the all new Audi R8 to over 500 horse power. What’s even more inspiring is that the V10 Audi engine is naturally aspirated, so no boost making the big horsepower numbers, just tried and true displacement and Audi racing technology.
As for the raw facts, the Audi R8 reportedly does 0 to 62 mph in 3.9 seconds and produces just under 400 ft lbs of torque. Furthermore it’s power peak isn’t reached until a whopping 8,700 rpms. Plus there are lots of handling and suspension technology that Audi prides itself on, which it claims it borrows from Audi’s Le Mans victories. Far to advance for my taste, but just look at the Audi R8 pics from detroit below, enough to get my motor running. /end stupid pun
Audi hopes to capitalize on the luxury SUV market in the US come 2010, by offering a new model Q5 Hybrid. Currently Lexus is the leader in the market, with the RX400H, but so much can happen by 2010, especially with the lean towards greener vehicles. Discussions on what the hybrid engine will actually run on is creating some controversy.
In the European markets consumers are happy to purchase diesel hybrid vehicles, mainly because the price of gasoline is higher than diesel. However, in the US the price between diesel and gasoline is extremely close, and an American consumer is more likely to pick a traditional gasoline hybrid engine.
[ad#Top of Post Left]Looking to turn up the heat in Detroit, Audi plans to debut their latest A7 4 Door Coupe. This initial concept by Audi plans to look sleek and fast, but with 4 door appeal. The A7 has high hopes of increasing the manufacturers sales figures, specifically up to 1.5 million by 2015. According to Audi they hope to sell close to 40,000 A7’s per year once released, although a specific date has yet to be made.
Expect to see a lot more of the Audi A7 in the upcoming months. Specifically the A7 will be debuted at the North American International Auto Show.