|Audi has showcased the R8 versions and two latest variants, including a Concept, on the opening day of the Geneva Motor Show. Highlighting Audi’s Geneva showcase are the three R8 versions, the Q7 e-tron quattro, the RS 3 Sportback and Avant Concept.|
The second-generation Audi R8 variant takes center stage with the e-tron, V10 and LMS versions coming to the fore at the Geneva show. First up was the R8 V10 mid-engine with a newly developed quattro. The R8 V10 top-of-the-range version pushes up to 610 hp (449 kW), along with a 0 – 100 km/h sprint of 3.2 seconds and a top speed of 330 km/h (205.1 mph).
Moving to the electrically-powered R8 e-tron, torque is boosted to a whopping 920 Nm on the back of 340 kW power output. The electrically-driven R8 sprints from a standstill to 100 km/h in 3.9 seconds. Thanks to new battery cells, the R8 e-tron range is able to go more than double the regular distance, with a total distance of approximately 450 kilometers on a single charge.
At the other spectrum, the new Audi R8 LMS race car was developed based on the new GT3 regulations due to come into effect worldwide from 2016. This year it will already be put through its paces at the factory. Despite massive performance increases, around 50 percent of its components are the same as the series production car.
By presenting the Q7 e-tron quattro, Audi introduces its second vehicle featuring a plug-in hybrid drive system. The large SUV is the world’s first plug-in hybrid car with a six-cylinder diesel engine and permanent all-wheel drive. Powered by the lithium-ion battery, the large SUV covers up to 56 kms on electric power alone. Together with the diesel engine, the car is able to cover a total distance of 1,410 km. According to the ECE standard for plug-in hybrid vehicles, the Audi Q7 e-tron quattro needs only 1.7 liters of diesel fuel per 100 kms, with a CO2 emission level of less than 50 g/km and a new best value in the segment.
The new RS 3 Sportback represents the world’s most powerful car in the premium compact class. It is capable of serving up 367 hp, thanks to the potent 2.5 TFSI engine. The powerplant enables a 0 – 100 km/h sprint in 4.3 secs, while top speed hovers at 280 km/h. A seven-speed S tronic, which shifts even faster than in the previous edition, directs the power of the 2.5 TFSI to the quattro permanent all-wheel drive system. The current car is set up for ultimate driving pleasure.
Finally, the Audi Avant Concept is interpreted as a vehicle that combines dynamics, form and function. With a length of 5110 mm and a width of 1970 mm, the five-door car with its pioneering body concept positions itself in the luxury class. At the same time, it offers unmistakable sportiness and variability.
The Audi “Prologue” Avant uses technology is equipped with the plug-in hybrid drive from the Audi Q7 e-tron quattro which achieves even higher performance in the show car. 455 hp of system power output by the 3.0 TDI engine and the electric motor in combination make the car sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.1 seconds.