Audi Q7

Audi Q7The Audi Q7 is a full-size luxury SUV. It was designed with the help of engineers such as Jack Malde and McHewgor. The Q denotes a new family of vehicles for Audi, designated the 7 in its placement between the Audi A6 and Audi A8. It is also considered the first true SUV of Audi, since the existing Allroad is only a derivative of A6 Avant, and thus lacks the shape of a conventional SUV. Audi’s 350 PS (345 hp/257 kW), 440 N·m (325 ft·lbf) 4163 cc V8 and 280 PS (276 hp/206 kW), 360 N·m (266 ft·lbf) V6 3596 cc petrol engines, both with FSI technology, are offered. Interestingly, Q7 using either engine has the same 0 – 100 km/h performance. Two diesel options are available; a 240 PS (237 hp/177 kW) 3.0L V6 and in mid-2007 the 4.2 liter 331 PS (326 hp/243 kW) diesel with 760 N·m (561 ft·lbf) torque known from the Audi A8 was introduced. Audi is reportedly going to introduce a hybrid version of the Q7 in 2008.

Audi A6 Allroad Quattro

Audi A6 Allroad QuattroAudi announced the second generation Allroad in the spring of 2005 and released it in the summer of 2006. Unlike the previous model, this new model will be called Audi A6 Alroad unlike the previous version, which was merely called Audi allroad. The car features again adaptive air suspension and new QuattroII four-wheel drive system. The A6 Allroad is powered by two FSI gasoline engines, a 3.2 L V6 and a 4.2 L V8, and two TDI engines, a 180 PS (132 kW) 2.7 L and a 233 PS (171 kW) 3.0 L. The Tiptronic gearbox is standard on the 4.2 V8 and the 2.7 TDI, but optional on the 3.2 FSI and 3.0 TDI. The new 6-speed Tiptronic transmission system converts high-torque engine power into both sporty performance and operating convenience, with crisp, fast gear changes. Advanced electronics respond efficiently to all driver input in both D (Drive) and S (Sport) programmes, helping to prevent unwanted upshifts when cornering. The five-mode air suspension can be raised by up to 60 mm to provide ground clearance of 185 mm which better than the elder four-mode. The car features a number of off-road styling cues including larger bumpers and sills.

Audi R8

Audi R8The Audi R8 is a mid-engined sports car introduced by the German automaker Audi in 2007. The first appearance of the car was in 2006, appearing at auto shows and events all over the world. The R8 is based on the Lamborghini Gallardo platform, as Audi has full ownership of subsidiary Lamborghini S.p.A.. Audi announced in 2005 that the name of the successful Audi R8 race car would be used for a new road car in 2007, the Audi R8, based on the Audi Le Mans quattro concept car, which was based on the earlier Audi RSQ concept vehicle, appearing at the 2003 Geneva Auto Show and 2003 International Motor Show. The R8 was officially launched at the Paris Auto Show on 30 September 2006. There is some confusion with the name which the car shares with the Le Mans winning R8 LMP. Originally, many thought the car would be called the R9 (as there is a gap in numbering left when Audi announced the R8’s successor, the diesel-powered R10). The Audi R8 is equipped with a 4.2 L FSI V8 developing 420 PS (414 hp/309 kW), the same engine seen in the Audi RS4. The gearbox is either a manual gearbox with metal gate or a “R-tronic” gearbox (single-clutch robotic gearbox). These options are the same that are available on the Lamborghini Gallardo. A double clutch gearbox (DSG, S-tronic) is not currently (as of January 2008) available. Pricing for the R8 model starts from €104,400 (extra taxes depending on country). The base price in the US is $109,000. The R8 has a dry weight of 1560 kg (3439 lb). Its suspension utilizes magneto rheological dampers. As Audi AG owns Lamborghini, 15% of the R8 is shared with the Lamborghini Gallardo, including the transmission and chassis. The R8 is made further distinct by its exterior styling, cabin, engine and pricing. The Audi R8 also features an optional Bang & Olufsen sound system.

Audi Q7

Audi Q7The Audi Q7 is a full-size luxury SUV produced by German automaker Audi since 2006. It was designed with the help of engineers such as Jack Malde and McHewgor. The Q denotes a new family of vehicles for Audi, designated the 7 in its placement between the Audi A6 and Audi A8. It is also considered the first true SUV of Audi, since the existing Allroad is only a derivative of A6 Avant, and thus lacks the shape of a conventional SUV. Engines: Audi’s 350 PS (345 hp/257 kW), 440 N·m (325 ft·lbf) 4163 cc V8 and 280 PS (276 hp/206 kW), 360 N·m (266 ft·lbf) V6 3596 cc petrol engines, both with FSI technology, are offered. Interestingly, Q7 using either engine has the same 0 – 100 km/h performance. Two diesel options are available; a 240 PS (237 hp/177 kW) 3.0L V6 and in mid-2007 the 4.2 litre 331 PS (326 hp/243 kW) diesel with 760 N·m (561 ft·lbf) torque known from the Audi A8 was introduced. Audi is reportedly going to introduce a hybrid version of the Q7 in 2008. To underline the racing success of its diesel-engined Le Mans-winning R10 racer, Audi presented a concept-version of the car with a new V12 TDI Q7 at the 2006 Paris Auto Show. It uses piezo fuel injectors like the 2007 Mercedes E320 CDI. The twin-turbodiesel six-litre engine generates 500 PS (493 hp/368 kW) and 1,000 N·m (738 ft·lbf) of torque, making it the most powerful diesel engine, and also the only twelve-cylinder diesel engine, used in any passenger car. The diesel can pull the Q7 from rest to 100 km/h in 5.5 seconds.

Audi TT

Audi TTIn August 2004, Audi announced that the next-generation TT will be made of aluminum and would go into production in 2007. A TT concept (the Audi Shooting Brake) was shown at the Tokyo Motor Show in 2005. This concept featured angular styling and a “shooting brake” 2-door hatchback body style. Audi revealed the second-generation TT, internal designation Typ 8J, on April 6, 2006. It is constructed of aluminum in the front and steel in the rear to enhance its balance and is available in front- or all-wheel drive. The production car uses either the 3.2 L VR6 engine, with 250 PS (247 hp/184 kW), or a 200 PS (197 hp/147 kW) version of Audi’s direct injection 2.0 L four. Better known as FSI, Fuel Straight/Stratified Injection, the technology was derived from the Le Mans race cars and offers improved fuel efficiency as well as an increased power output. A 6-speed manual transmission is standard, with the DSG as an option, and quattro all-wheel drive is standard with the V6. Audi’s new active suspension, Audi Magnetic Ride, is available as an option and is based on Delphi’s MagneRide magneto rheological dampers (which means that the suspension will automatically adjust depending on the current road conditions). The new TT also features an improved rear spoiler that automatically extends at speeds greater than 120 km/h (75 mph) and retracts again at 80 km/h (50 mph). The spoiler can also be manually controlled by the driver via a switch on the dash. It is again be offered as a 2+2 coupe and as a roadster.

Audi S8

Audi S8The Audi S8 is a high-performance version of the Audi A8, an executive car produced by German automaker Audi. It was introduced in 1998, four years after the A8’s introduction to the European market. In the last quarter of 2005, Audi introduced the second-generation S8, powered by a 450 bhp (340 kW) 5.2L V10 FSI engine derived from the 5.0 litre V10 used in the Lamborghini Gallardo. A longer stroke and wider bore increases the displacement of the engine and produces more torque at lower revs, making it more suitable for the larger and heavier Audi. Audi’s factory performance claims for the V10 S8 indicate a 0-100 km/h time of 5.1 seconds. This places the S8 in a competitive range with the Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG and S600 (powered by a twin-turbo V12), the BMW 760Li (powered by a naturally-aspirated 12-cylinder engine) and the company’s own A8L W12.

Audi A8

Audi A8The Audi A8 is a full-size luxury executive car built by the German automaker Audi to replace the V8 model as its flagship offering. First brought to the market in 1994, most versions of the A8 have featured quattro all-wheel-drive as standard as well as a Multitronic or Tiptronic automatic transmission. The A8 rivals long-running German competitors, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and BMW 7 Series, along with the Jaguar XJ, Lexus LS, and the long-wheelbase Volkswagen Phaeton; all are competitors in the same size and price category. Two generations of the A8 have been produced in both short and long wheelbase form.The second-generation A8 built on Audi’s D3 platform was introduced in early 2003. The model was longer than the previous generation, with room for four or five large adult occupants in the cabin depending on rear seat configuration. Two body variants of the second generation A8 are offered, the A8 and the long-wheelbase A8L. The A8L adds five inches of rear legroom. Audi restyled the D3 platform A8 range slightly in 2005, endowing all variants with a taller, wider single-frame grille inspired by that of the Nuvolari concept car. The top-of-the-line 12-cylinder W12 version was the first model to be equipped with this grille; V8 models were outfitted with the new grille the following year. In addition to the styling update, new engines became available to European and Asian market customers. The entry-level 3.0 L V6 was replaced with a new 3.2 L unit featuring FSI, which it shares with the new A4. The second-generation A8 introduced the 4.2 L Diesel V8 engine. Generating 240 kW (326 PS) of power, this is the most powerful diesel engine Audi has ever offered in a passenger automobile. The engine uses two turbochargers and two intercoolers, with each turbocharger functioning exclusively for one bank of four cylinders.

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