Audi reveals four new sport models as well as some great power and efficiency figures: Like the Audi S8 sprint from zero to 100 km/h, which takes just 4.2 seconds.
If the Qatar Motor Show attracted 90,000 visitors last year, interest is at its peak already as the Motor Show opens to the public today. Taking place from January 25-28 at the Doha Exhibition Centre in West Bay, Audi is using the platform for no less than four regional premieres: the new Audi RS 5 Coupé, the R8 GT Spyder as well as the new generation Audi S7 and S8.
Taking center stage is the Audi R18 TDI – the racecar that clinched the victory at the 2011 24 hours of Le Mans for Audi for the 10th time since the brand’s debut in 1999.
Peter Schwarzenbauer, Member of the Board of Management for Marketing and Sales of AUDI AG, set the direction for Audi’s participation in the Show: “At Audi, we’re convinced that to strive for sustainability does not mean having to give up on what gets the heart racing. Our aim is to combine passion and reason in every Audi and our engineers give their best to achieve this every day.”
Impressive figures for the sporting arena
At the 2012 Qatar Motor Show Audi presents the refreshed A5 model series with the new Audi RS 5. The RS 5 Coupé is undoubtedly the star athlete of the A5 family. Powered by a normally aspirated 4,163 cc V8 engine it delivers 450 hp at 8,250 rpm, with the peak torque of 430 Nm available between 4,000 and 6,000 rpm, giving a zero to 100 km/h in 4.6 seconds.
Audi also revealed the R8 GT Spyder as the new open-top flagship model of the much-celebrated R8 model line. Thanks to the Audi ultra lightweight technology the Audi R8 GT Spyder delivers scintillating performance. The 5.2-liter V10 develops 560 hp and 540 Nm of torque at 6,500 rpm, accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 3.8 seconds and reaches a top speed of 317 km/h. As with the coupe GT, just 333 of the high-performance sports car will be built.
The new Audi S7 and S8 on display are powered by a new engine – a four-liter, twin-turbo V8, which combines ample power with low fuel consumption in keeping with the times. The newly developed “cylinder on demand” technology deactivates four of the eight cylinders under part load for an efficiency gain that is particularly pronounced at moderate highway speeds. The S6 and S7 use the 420 hp version of the new 4.0 TFSI. The twin-turbo V8 provides a constant 550 Nm of torque from 1,400 to 5,300 rpm. It accelerates the S6 and S7 from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.8 seconds and 4.9 seconds respectively.
The Audi S8 is the new head of the Audi S model family. Its new 4.0 TFSI generates no less than 520 hp and delivers a constant 650 Nm of torque between 1,700 and 5,500 rpm. The result is outstanding performance: The sprint from zero to 100 km/h takes just 4.2 seconds. With all three models, the electronically governed top speed of 250 km/h is just a formality.
When are they going to be here?
Audi had only recently announced a sales increase of 26.8 percent in 2011 (7,865 units) and intends to maintain the momentum with further model introductions in the region in 2012, explains Jeff Mannering, Managing Director of Audi Middle East. “With the new models revealed today as well as the new Audi Q3 – our first compact SUV – we still have several surprises for Audi fans to look forward to this year.” The new Audi A5 models are expected to arrive in the Middle East in the first quarter of 2012, the RS 5 in the second quarter. The new Audi S models are expected to be in by the summer of 2012.