‘Anniversario’ – Code name for the Quattro Concept.
‘Sexy’- Code for “I am attracted to this car”.
‘Affordable’- Code for something that isn’t this car.
Audi has been trying to recreate the 1980′s Ur-Quattro hype for some time. Not many cars carry that kind of awe inspiring legacy, and trying to make that happen twice is a feat in and of itself. Have they done it? Hard to say now. The car looks good, is purported to tick all the right ‘Ur-Quattro’ boxes, and seems to generally fit the part. But is is a bit pricey: Ballpark $150,000….
For that $150k or so, you do get some goodies, Most have been lifted from the RS5- as the Chassis is essentially that, but you do get a few unique features. Instead of the Naturally Aspirated 4.2L V8 normally found under the hood, the Quattro Concept gets a hotted up 2.5L 5 cylinder Turbo from the TT RS making just over 400hp, and oddly enough, more torque that the V8 powerplant.
The carbon ceramic brake discs and calipers are lifted from the R8 GT. The most entertaining and unique feature is a new and improved Nav./Multi-Media Interface system, that’ll create and read you pace notes about the road you’re traveling…When it’s safe to do, of course.
Production will be limited, Audi says somewhere inside 1,00 units. Release is scheduled for sometime in 2012.
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And it’s about time!
Audi is planning to add Diesel variations to it’s popular vehicles sold in the U.S. within the next five years. A push to meet stricter fuel economy standards is a big reason why we are finally getting the TDI options. Currently 50% of A3 sales, and roughly 40% of Q7 sales were outfitted with the currently available diesel engines. In fact, Audi is having trouble meeting consumer demands for diesel power in those lines.
TDI and Harrier Jump Jet. What better way to symbolize fuel economy!
MTM appears to be the first on the block to release upgrades for the inbound Audi RS5. Although most components available are no more than wheels, there are some actual performance parts available as well.
Performance exhaust, speed limiter override, and suspension modules are available, given the RS5 owner some ability to make the vehicle their own. MTM notes the top speed with the limiter adjustment is now 188mph. Not too shabby at all. The suspension module allows the computer system to adjust and effectively lower the car.
MTM Press Release:
Audi’s brand new RS5 represents a new chapter in the Quattro sports tradition. The elegant, luxury coupe is unquestionably an excellent vehicle for sport modifications and its Quattro lineage an inspirational challenge for our engineering team. MTM offers a variety of modifications for the RS5, all of which have been developed with a special know how and passion for Audi coupes. The aim of our development team is to extend the emotional appeal of the RS5 and create a vehicle as individual as you are.
Pricing (In Euro) can be found with additional info here:MTM
R4 Concept to go into production.
We’re loving this idea, and with the right drive-line this could be a very nice option for the budget minded mid-engined sports car enthusiasts:
Rumors have floating around for years that Audi has been planning to develop a small entry-level, mid-engine sports car, and Auto Motor und Sport is now claiming the so-called R4 will debut in 2013. The R4 is expected to be based on Audi’s second e-tron concept that debuted at the Detroit Auto Show last January although it will use internal combustion power instead of the electric drive of the concept.
The R4 is expected to weigh in at a comparatively modest 2,500 pounds and offer a choice of gas or diesel inline-four engines. Gasoline propulsion would come from a 180 horsepower 1.4-liter TSI unit while the high-mileage option would be the 170 horsepower version of the 2.0-liter TDI used in the TT and the Golf GTD. The R4 is also expected to be priced well below the TT with a base of about €22,000 (about $27,000).