Audi has filed papers in order to protect the trademark of its new car models in Europe. Its seven new car names will enter the very competitive market in this region as part of a plan to be the biggest luxury automaker in the world. The seven names include Q6, Q8, R6, S2, S9, RS1 and RS8. These cars, just like the cars such as the Q6, have been known to exist but these are still in their testing stages for now, while others like the S9 are not even being considered yet.
It’s likely that the R6, a variant of Audi’s mid-engine super car the R8, will likely ride on a smaller platform and would be cheaper too. Q6 and Q8 are the brand’s newest, with Q6 being launched to go up against BMW’s X6 crossover. The Q8 is being positioned as the biggest, most luxurious SUV in Audi’s lineup. The names S2 and S9 imply that the brand will present two more cars into the lineup, to be named A2 and A9.
The S2 and S9 will be the sports performance version of these cars. It was also rumoured that there would be a model positioned higher than the current flagship A8. The use of the S2 name implies a vehicle that’s exciting and offers an impressive performance. Recently, the small hot hatch, the RS1, was spotted. It’s possible that it won’t have a traditional non-performance version.
Audi A1 is one of the German automaker’s most successful model series, and to celebrate its success, an exclusive top-of-the-line dynamic model has been released – the Audi A1 quattro.
Only 333 units have been produced, each of which is powered by two-liter TFSI engines that can produce up to 188 kW (256 hp) at 6,000 rpm and 350 Nm (258.15 lb.-ft.) of torque at 2,500 and 4,500 rpm. Power is delivered to all four wheels via a shifting six-speed transmission, “bringing Vorsprung durch Technik to the small-car class”.
An electronically controlled, hydraulically actuated multi-plate clutch (with package of plates rotating in an oil bath) sits at the heart of its system. This 1,984 cc, four-cylinder engine combines gasoline direct injection and turbocharging, typical for Audis. Some of the highlights of the A1’s engine is its adjustable intake cam shift and two balance shafts, both of which function for smoother operation.
Its monstrous four-cylinder engine has been designed for optimum high performance while maintaining a low fuel consumption – some features include common rail injection, a turbocharger with intercooler and a regulated oil pump.
Talking about low fuel consumption, it is said that the Audi A1 quattro will consume an average of 8.5 liters of fuel per 100 km (27.67 US mpg); however, it has the capability to perform like a top-notch sports car. From a standstill, the Audi A1 quattro can reach 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 5.7 seconds and achieve a top speed of 245 km/h (152.24 mph).
On normal conditions, power is sent to the front wheels but as traction decreases, the clutch forces the packages of plates together (by a defined amount) so that it can transfer torque “steplessly” to the rear axle in a jiffy (by a few milliseconds) while a pressure reservoir assists the electric pump to be able to develop oil pressure. An electronic differential lock (EDL) is readily on standby brake if in any case a wheel on one of the axles slip.