Pertaining to sport versions of Audi’s vehicles, the RS destination was given to the German luxury car brand’s products in 1994. Inaugurated on ‘a wolf in sheep’s clothing’ called the RS2 Avant, the flexibility Audi showed with towards high performance presented the all-wheel drive quattro drivetrain linked in a screaming 311 horsepower 2.2 liter turbocharged engine. In recent years, Audi’s avant-garde design has been injected with a high dose of performance character through expanded use of the RS badge as the brand headquartered in Ingolstadt, Germany targeted the M division of BMW and AMG outfitted Mercedes-Benz products.
Extended to sedan, coupes, convertibles and wagons of many sizes, there have yet to be a production RS model of an Audi crossover vehicle. At the upcoming Beijing Auto China exhibit, one concept presentation using an Audi Q3 will finally test the waters of crossover utility merging with the high-performance RS trim.
Painted a rather calming shade of Ordos Blue (a mix of matte blue and yellow), the Audi RS Q3 Concept is a rare variety of compact utility super performance. Lowered 25 millimeters (0.98 inches) compared to the stock model Q3 sold in Europe, the Audi RS Q3’s bodywork also portrays a wider stance for the crossover vehicle. Unique front grille, tinted front headlight and taillight housings as well as the precise use of aluminum trim allows the concept crossover to beam premium performance. Carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP) body add-ons on the Audi RS Q3 supplies a front spoiler, rear diffuser and retouched air intakes surroundings befitting a sports car. The Audi RS Q3 sport compact crossover rides on 20-inch wheels featuring a multi-finish style where high-gloss and matte-looking surfaces combine within 255/30 tires.
The sight of blue, black and aluminum fill the Audi RS Q3 Concept’s interior. A glass sunroof allows natural light to flow freely through the cabin of the five-passenger cabin. Creating a sense of high-grade performance along with a premium comfort feel, the RS Q3 Concept features seating marrying Nappa leather and dark blue alcantara. Ahead of a redesigned instrument panel, black velvet covers the steering wheel made of CFRP material.
Powering the Audi RS Q3 Concept is the 2.5 liter, five-cylinder TFSI similar to the one found in the TT RS sports car. A direct-injected and turbocharged engine, 144 horsepower per liter from the inline powerplant combines to total 360 horsepower. Networked through a seven-speed S Tronic direct shift transmission, the 360 horsepower of the Audi RS Q3 is intelligently guided along quattro all-wheel drive for incredible performance. Capable of a top speed of almost 165 miles per hour, acceleration from 0 to 62 in the Audi RS Q3 is estimated at 5.2 seconds.
Making its public debut late next week in China, the high performance Audi RS Q3 Concept will be auditioning for its place in the upcoming vehicle line-up of this growing German auto brand.
Information and photo source: Audi AG
Higher end automotive are always under the test of social ideals and economic factors. Emerging as a challenge for future auto industry is limiting environmental impact. The reality of incorporating for fuel-efficient products into future vehicle line-ups is causing all luxury carmakers to envision their brand images much different forms.
While Mercedes-Benz allows the Smart car to advertise some type of more urban-directed content, BMW has most recently pressed the start of their electrified vehicle-oriented BMW i sub brand into the 2014 model year. For the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show, American car company Cadillac explored more conservative proportions with their Urban Luxury Concept. In these cases, the premium carmakers, often challenged to prove their vehicles to be the best examples in the world, has risen to the occasion building smaller, lighter, fuel-efficient designs while preserving the best of their brand identity. Entering itself in a position to best what the world premium car industry has to offer, Audi will show up the latest edition in their e-tron electric vehicles in the smallest possible shape. Debuting a practical two-passenger concept at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show upcoming in September, the Audi Urban Concept car launches Audi onto an all-new wave of thought.
Existing in such a small confide the Urban Concept vehicle appears brilliantly relay common Audi exterior qualities. Though actual dimensions are not defined at this time, the Audi Urban Concept is certain to measure as one of the smallest design concept ever conceived by the Germany luxury brand. Likely to be more aesthetic than functional, the large simple front grille opening boldly holds the Audi rings. Primarily light silver exterior in the images issued by Audi, the Urban Concept is accented by a red stripe traveling upwards along each side of the vehicle. Massive 21-inch wheels complete the Audi Urban Concept further enhancing the sense of smallness for the design study.
Audi has been one of the leading auto brands in the implementation of lightweight technology throughout their product line. Relying on the properties of aluminum in creating the structure of current production vehicles, Audi ventures into design exploration with carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP) creating the small Urban Concept car. The use of CFRP applied to the small vehicle should guarantee a relatively feather-light existence compared to production cars.
Powerplant has only been announced as featuring two electric motors propelled by energy stored in a lithium-ion battery. Benefiting from Audi’s e-tron program, the range and speed of the Audi Urban Concept was yet to be provided ahead of the unveiling at Frankfurt.
Opening up the interior through the movement of a single panel, the Audi Urban Concept introduces an interesting cabin layout. Called a 1+1 seat vehicle, the passenger sits slightly further back than the driver‘s position. Providing the passenger with a performance feel, the design should also be helpful in furnishing a greater field of view to the driver of the Audi Urban Concept.
Audi fans and small car enthusiasts can expect more information on the Urban Concept design to be revealed at the Frankfurt exhibit.
Information and photo source: Audi AG
Don’t expect to see these in your Audi showroom any time soon, but don’t be surprised if you do see one of these in the future. Theo Chin, auto artist extraordinaire, has created a few Audi A1 concept variants so we can get an idea of what might be coming our way within the next few years.
First up are the two variations of an A1 convertible:
Audi A1 Cabriolet
Audi A1 Soft-Top
Next up we have some high-performance versions of the A1:
Even though Audi specifically said they won’t be making the RS1, I do expect to see the S1 one of these days. And if that’s not enough for you, there will be plenty of aftermarket tuning companies to tickle your fancy.
Courtesy of Theophilus Chin
We’ve been publishing any information we got about the new electric Audi e-Tron Concept supercar, and today Audi officially unveiled the car, along with plenty of details. It is, as you can see, based off of the R8, but underneath the body is its own car completely.
The e-tron concept is fully electric – no internal combustion engine is present, meaning it’s not a hybrid. As you know from seeing cars such as the Tesla Roadster and the Lightning GT, a fully electric car is a good candidate for high performance due to the massive amounts of torque available from zero RPMs, and the e-tron is no different. While it only produces 313 horsepower, the electric motors produce an incredible 3,319 lb-ft of torque. No, that’s not a typo. For contrast, a Lamborghini Murcielago V12 engine “only” produces 479 lb-ft. These numbers allow the e-tron to accelerate from 0-120 km/h (0-62 mph) in only 4.8 seconds, and even more impressively, 60-120 km/h (37-75 mph) in 4.1 seconds. Sadly, top speed is limited to 124 mph since going any faster would result in a serious drain on the battery.
The battery, which sits behind the passenger compartment for optimal 42:58 weight distribution, has a range of 154 miles. Not perfect, but it’s a start. The e-tron concept consists of four electric motors, one on each wheel, for a true quattro system, allowing the car to distribute torque to each wheel accordingly. They call it “torque vectoring,” and it will allow the e-tron to corner like nothing you’ve ever seen. Under normal conditions, 70% of torque will be routed to the rear wheels until torque rerouting is necessary.
One cool feature in the e-tron concept that Audi is already developing is called “car-to-x communication.” This allows the car to “talk” to external sources. For example, in the car, you could receive information about traffic light cycle times and flow of traffic to optimize your driving strategy. How this works exactly I don’t know, but expect to hear more out of Audi regarding this technology, as they’re already working on it through their travolution project.
The futuristic e-tron receives plenty of other tech, such as LEDs used in all lighting units, including all-LED headlights (already seen in the R8 Spyder.) The headlights on the e-tron are unique, however, in that they adapt automatically to the environment, providing optimal lighting for rain, fog, etc and detects oncoming traffic, driving lanes, and visibility with an on-board camera. The camera will detect oncoming traffic and turn off the brights, for example, or detect an upcoming turn and illuminate it for maximum visibility.
Since the e-tron concept is fully electric, it requires you to plug it in when it needs charging, taking about 6 to 8 hours from standard household current. A high voltage unit will be available, which reduces charging time to only 2.5 hours from fully discharged to fully charged. Audi is also working on a wireless charging system which would make it more convenient, automatically charging the car when it’s docked in your garage. The e-tron concept also uses regenerative braking, charging the batteries when you brake, much like current hybrid models.
The e-tron concept car is a great addition to the few electric sports cars already on the market, and from the looks of things, it will blow them all away. No word on production date or cost – it’s just a concept for now.
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Some sneaky spy photographers got some great snaps of a prototype Audi RS5 going around the Nurburgring recently. The RS5’s powerplant hasn’t been confirmed yet, but some speculate it will be receiving a detuned version of the RS6’s 580 horsepower, 5.2-liter twin-turbo V10. Due to Audi’s trend towards smaller (but frequently forced induction) engines, I’d suspect it’s more likely we’ll see a super- or turbo-charged version of the R8’s 4.2-liter V8. At any rate, expect the RS5’s power to exceed 500 horsepower.
As you can see from the photos, the 2011 RS5 has revised styling, but is slightly masked from the matte black wrap. The fenders are flared a bit, it has a wider track, the rear bumper is a bit beefier and has a new oval dual-exhaust, and the front fascia is flared with more angry-looking air intakes. It’s sitting on the same 20-inch wheels found on the RS6, and inside them are big drilled rotors. The aftermarket Recaro seats you see inside the car are only for the prototype, but may hint at using lighter-weight seats for the production version.
Now, we’re not even sure yet if the RS5 will be making over to our shores, but we’re hoping the 2011 (or 2010) RS5 will be unveiled at the 2009 Frankfurt Auto Show in September.
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