Audi, is gearing up to present its latest models at the upcoming Geneva International Motor Show, which will run from 9th -19th March, 2017. Making their global premieres are the Audi Q8 sport concept, which is powered by a 3.0 TFSI V6 engine, with a mild hybrid system. The new RS 5 Coupé* – the Gran Turismo of RS models, will also make its debut, along with its counterpart in motorsport, the Audi RS 5 DTM, which is starting the new season with over 500 hp of power.
The Audi Q8 sport concept
Emphatically sporty, extremely dynamic and luxurious are the inherent qualities that ensure the Audi Q8 sport concept makes a strong impression in the full-size category. The car embodies maximum prestige, resolute sportiness and clearly visible technology in all areas. A particularly ground-breaking aspect is the concept car’s highly efficient drive concept. The combination of a 3.0 TFSI six-cylinder engine with a mild hybrid system and an electric powered compressor is a world first and results in the Q8 sport concept proving itself to be a very talented all-round performer. With its 476 hp and 700 Nm of torque, the car sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.7 seconds – and reaches a top speed of 275 km/h , with its cruising range of over 1,200 kilometres making it ideally suited for long-distance driving. The Audi Q8 sport concept’s visual effect is accentuated by its characteristic air deflectors. The impressive front is dominated by an imposing octagonal singleframe with honeycomb insert, flanked by two large air inlets.
Compared to the Q8 concept that Audi presented in Detroit, an additional 12 millimetres have been added to the width of the wheel arches. Topping-off the vehicle’s sporty personality are a long roof edge spoiler, an aluminium diffuser and the exhaust system’s distinctive oval tailpipes.
The Audi RS 5 Coupé
The new Audi RS 5 Coupé – the Gran Turismo of the RS models – combines an elegant aesthetic and a high degree of everyday usability. With a completely redeveloped 2.9 TFSI V6 biturbo, the Audi RS 5 Coupé generates 450 hp of power and delivers a maximum torque of 600 Nm – 170 Nm more than its predecessor. The top model in the A5 family accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.9 seconds and with the optional RS dynamic package, it reaches a top speed of 280 km/h .The V6 engine’s power flows through a sportily tuned eight-speed tiptronic to the quattro permanent all-wheel drive.
For the RS 5 Coupé, the designers drew inspiration from the distinctive racing details of the Audi 90 quattro IMSA GTO. In the front, the car’s character is shaped by the wide, flat Singleframe and massive air inlets. Quattro blisters on the flanks emphasize the pronounced bulges over the wheel arches, which have been widened by 15 millimetres .The RS-specific diffuser insert, the RS exhaust system’s oval tailpipes and a fixed spoiler lip complete the dynamic look. In the interior, the sporty character of the high-performance coupé is underscored by RS sport seats, the flat-bottomed RS sport leather steering wheel, a special RS display in the Audi virtual cockpit and RS logos.
Over 500 hp of power output and consummate aerodynamics: the Audi RS 5 DTM
Along with the production model, Audi Sport is simultaneously presenting the DTM racing version of the Audi RS 5 Coupé. In addition to numerous changes made to comply with regulations, the new RS design language has also been implemented. As a result, the third generation of the Audi RS 5 DTM stands out clearly from the two successful predecessor models, not only in terms of technology, but also its appearance, allowing it to make an overall more progressive impression. This is evident especially in the front end and rear wheel arches. Audi also has once again improved the precise fit of the parts and the aerodynamic performance. The four-litre V8 engine in the Audi RS 5 DTM now has over 500 hp of power output. For the 2017 season, Audi’s tire partner, Hankook, is supplying softer tires that enable faster lap times. The traditional season opener in Hockenheim will take place from 5th-7th May.
The Audi RS 3 Sportback
Audi is presenting yet another highlight in Geneva – the RS 3 Sportback. Its new 2.5 TFSI five-cylinder engine generates 400 hp and develops a maximum torque of 480 Nm. The new RS 3 takes only 4.1 seconds to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h.
In the rear, a stylish RS roof edge spoiler, a diffuser insert and the RS exhaust system’s large oval tailpipes all take pride of place. Audi’s quattro® management is a standard feature integrated in the dynamic handling system, Audi drive select, along with the steering, S tronic, engine management and adjustable exhaust flaps and optional RS sport suspension plus with adaptive damper control. The driver can individually vary the operation of these components between the comfort, auto and dynamic modes. Handling is perfected through the Electronic Stabilization Control (ESC) with wheel-selective torque control and sport-mode, specially tuned for the RS. RS-specific details in the interior and the inimitable sound of the five-cylinder engine round out an emotive driving experience.