Audi has 7 world premieres in Geneva

By CARSIFU | 3 March 2015

GENEVA: Alongside the Audi prologue Avant concept car, the Audi stand at Europe’s biggest auto show of 2015 will also exhibit four new Audi R8 models.

These are the Audi R8 V10, R8 V10 plus, R8 LMS and R8 e-tron.

The Audi Q7 e tron quattro marks the arrival of the first plug in hybrid in the Q model series.

Meanwhile, the Audi RS 3 Sportback sits proudly on the podium as the most powerful premium compact car in the world.

Audi RS 3 Sportback.
Audi RS 3 Sportback.

As for the second generation R8 sports car, its V10 mid‑engine and a newly developed quattro drive ensure sporty driving performance, especially in the top-of-the-range version with 610hp: achieving 0 to 100km/h in just 3.2 seconds, and a top speed of 330km/h.

The second-generation R8 forms the basis for more models.

The latest evolutionary version of the electrically-powered R8 e‑tron supercar achieves torque of 920Nm, and sprints from a standstill to 100 km/h in 3.9 seconds.

Thanks to new battery cells, the range could be more than doubled compared to the first version of this technological wonder – it is now more than 450km.

The new Audi R8 LMS race car was developed based on the new GT3 regulations due to come into effect worldwide from 2016.

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.

Audi Q7 e-tron 3.0 TDI quattro.
Audi Q7 e-tron 3.0 TDI quattro.

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 56km on electric power alone.

Together with the diesel engine, the car can cover a total distance of 1,410km.

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 100km.

The new RS 3 Sportback – the world’s most powerful car in the premium compact class – serves up 367hp.

The 2.5 TFSI engine accelerates the five‑door model from 0 to 100km/h in 4.3 seconds and goes on to reach an optional top speed of 280km/h.

Offering immense pulling power, utmost responsiveness and its very own musical note, the engine’s brand‑typical throaty five‑cylinder sound reminds us of the very first quattro.

A seven‑speed S tronic, which shifts even faster than in the previous model, directs the power of the 2.5 TFSI to the quattro permanent all‑wheel drive system.

Dr Ulrich Hackenberg (Audi AG management board member for Technical Development) with the prologue Avant.
Dr Ulrich Hackenberg (Audi AG management board member for Technical Development) with the prologue Avant.

The Audi prologue Avant – the new interpretation of the Avant philosophy – has a length of 5.11 meters and a width of 1.97 meters.

The five-door car with its pioneering body concept positions itself in the luxury class.

The Audi prologue Avant has the plug‑in hybrid drive from the Audi Q7 e‑tron quattro, which achieves even higher performance in the show car.

455hp 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.