Audi’s booth at LA Auto Show will have 2016 RS 7 performance, 2016 S8 plus, 2017 R8 models

Article by Andrew Christian, on November 12, 2015

Audi has chosen the upcoming 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show as a venue to showcase its latest performance vehicles. These vehicles – the 2016 Audi RS 7 performance, 2016 Audi S8 plus, and 2017 Audi R8 – are all expected to feature the German premium carmaker’s eye for performance, technology and design.

What sets apart the 2016 Audi RS 7 performance from a typical RS vehicle is the presence of more power and better performance, as its name suggests. While it still features the impressive RS design that conveys its sportiness and refinement, its power has been upgraded from the usual 560 hp to 605 hp.

With this, Audi now has the RS 7 and the RS 7 performance to offer for those seeking the thrill of having more power either on the track or on the road.

On the other hand, the 2016 Audi S8 plus is a levelled-up version the Audi S8, featuring better performance and higher level of luxury. Powered by higher-output 4.0T twin turbo V8 engine that churns out over 600 hp, the S8 plus also features an array of new exterior design elements.

To go on sale in the spring of 2016, the 2017 Audi R8 is considered as the most powerful and fastest Audi ever. Simply put, the R8 sits on top of the Audi range in terms of performance. The latest iteration of the R8 could be availed in two powertrain variants. Customers could avail of the 5.2L V10 engine that now develops 540 hp, around 15 hp more powerful than the previous R8 model.

For those simply wanting more, they could opt for the R8 V10 Plus, which develops 610 hp, around 60 hp more powerful than the previous model. Interestingly, the Audi R8 and the Audi R8 LMS racecar were co-developed with the close cooperation of Audi Sport engineers, race drivers and developers.

In fact, around 50 percent of these two vehicles feature the same parts, including the V10 engine. According to Filip Brabec, Director of Product Management for Audi of America, the Audi Sport and performance models have the core aspects of Audi’s character.

He described the Audi R8, RS 7 performance and S8 plus as representations of the best Audi can offer when it comes to performance, premium design and technology. Germany-based Audi AG is one of the largest and most successful premium carmakers in the world, offering German-engineered luxury vehicles.

In 2014, deliveries by the Audi Group topped 1,741,000 vehicles, allowing it to post a new sales record for fifth year in a row in the United States. The premium carmaker is currently implementing its EUR24-billion investment plan that will run through 2019. Around 70 percent of the investment will be used to finance the development of new models and technologies.

Press Release

TRIO OF AUDI SPORT AND PERFORMANCE MODELS TO MAKE US DEBUT AT LA AUTO SHOW – AUDI R8, RS 7 PERFORMANCE AND S8 PLUS

  • The second generation of the R8 high-performance halo car makes its U.S. auto show debut
  • Auto show debut of new RS 7 performance enhances brand’s dynamic profile
  • S8 plus strengthens Audi’s position in premium sedan segment

November 10, 2015 | HERNDON, Virginia -- Reinforcing the brand’s success from road to track, Audi will showcase a trio of new performance vehicles – including the all-new R8, RS 7 performance and S8 plus – at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

“The Audi Sport® and performance models have always been an essential part of our brand’s character,” said Filip Brabec, Director of Product Management for Audi of America. “The Audi R8, RS 7 performance and S8 plus represent the maximum of Audi performance, premium design and technology for our customers.”

2017 Audi R8
The fastest and most powerful Audi of all time, the 2017 R8 represents the pinnacle of performance for any model with the four rings. Thanks to the close cooperation between Audi Sport® engineers, race drivers and developers, the Audi R8 and R8 LMS racecar were co-developed and share approximately 50 percent of the same parts, including the V10 engine.

The R8 launches with two powertrain variants: the 5.2L V10 with 540 hp, an increase of 15 hp from the previous R8 model or the R8 V10 Plus, boasting a powerful 610 hp, an increase of 60 hp, making it faster, more powerful and more dynamic than its predecessor.

The 2017 R8 will go on sale spring 2016.

2016 Audi RS 7 performance
The new RS 7 performance offers more power and performance, along with striking RS design differentiation that further underscores its higher level of sportiness and refinement. The new RS 7 performance model with 605 horsepower joins the current RS 7 at 560 hp to further improve the RS 7 offering for those that seek track tested performance and premium refinement.

2016 Audi S8 plus
The S8 plus takes the S8 to a higher level of performance and luxury for daily use, reinforced by new exterior design elements and propelled by the more powerful 4.0T twin turbo V8 engine that breaks the 600-hp barrier.

More information regarding pricing and specifications will be made available at a later date.

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