Look out for Audi’s display at this years IAA Frankfurt Motor Show and not just for their cars. The headline the company is promoting is ‘Audi turns the IAA upside down’ and for good reason too. Inside a large cube structure, skyscrapers and entire city districts sprout from the ceiling to create “hanging cities”. Something to look not forwards but upwards to then!
Enough about the structure and more about the cars.
Audi A8, S8
We have already shown you images of the face-lifted A8 and S8. Engines receive more power and the headlights get a new Matrix LED layout. Fuel consumption is also improved across the range.
The range of engines offered in the new A8 includes two petrol and two diesel engines, the supercharged 3.0 TFSI with 310 hp, the V8 twin-turbo 4.0 TFSI with 435 hp, the 3.0 TDI clean diesel with 258 hp and the 4.2 TDI clean diesel with 385 hp and 850 Nm. Performance throughout the range is enhanced with the top of the range 4.0 TFSI now accelerating from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.5 seconds impressive figures for a car of this size.
Audi have also added three new models to the range, the luxuriously equipped Audi A8 L W12 quattro with its storming 6.3 liter 500 hp engine, the S8 with its 4.0 TFSI and the frugal Audi A8 hybrid. The latter combines a 2.0 TFSI and electric motor to produce a total system output of a sufficient 245 hp with torque of 480 Nm, plenty of power to haul around this executive saloon. It gets a front wheel drive setup with power transferred via a modified tiptronic. The lithium-ion battery allows purely electric driving at speeds of up to 60mph for just under two miles.
Audi Quattro Concept
Here’s a car that we’ve all been waiting for, the Sport Quattro. This car will use Audi’s long-standing Quattro drive system to send power to all four wheels. The rear axle will receive a sport differential.
Featuring a twin-turbo V8 will provide 560 hp of the 700 hp. The remaining 140 hp will be produces by the electric motor. When used together, the electric and petrol engine will get the Sport Quattro to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds on the way to a top speed of 189 mph. The acceleration figures are very respectable for a car weighing 1,850kgs.
The car looks great with its aggressive stance and lines and we can’t wait to see it at Frankfurt this week.
Audi A3 Cabriolet
Audi has been selling the A3 cabriolet for the past five years and it has proven to be a very popular car for both the old and young. After the A3 hatchback has been face-lifted the cabriolet is also due a refresh and the same range of engines as the hatch will be available with the cabriolet.