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Audi aims to debut fully electric E-Tron GT sports car in 2022

Audi has not been silent about its plans to offer full electric vehicles starting 2020. Earlier, this year, Audi chief executive Rupert Stadler revealed plans to release an electric SUV, a compact EV and electric sports car. Now, a recent report revealed that this new electric sports car already has a name – the Audi E-Tron GT.

This was announced by Peter Mertens, a member of the Audi management board, during an interview with Auto Motor Und Sport. The new electric sports car will be a battery-powered all-electric unit that will be underpinned by the same platform that would underpin the upcoming Porsche Mission E, which is also an electric sports car in the making. This architecture is the so-called Premium Platform Electric (PPE), which is to some extent the luxury version of the MEB platform of the VW Group. Around 60 percent of the vehicles underpinned by PPE would be Audi models, while the rest would be Porsche units.

Porsche has promised to deliver its first all-electric sports car by 2019, while Mertens indicated that Audi will release the E-Tron GT in 2022. Of course, the final production version of the Mission E would contain design elements that would make it easily recognizable as a Porsche. The same would be true for Audi’s upcoming electric sports car; the E-Tron GT would don distinctive design and styling elements that would make it effortlessly identifiable as an Audi. The E-Tron GT is expected to borrow a number design cues from Audi’s newer concept cars like the Q8 as well as from Audi’s other EVs like the outgoing R8 E-Tron.

Read the entire article Audi aims to debut fully electric E-Tron GT sports car in 2022

Formula E gets more exciting with the launch of Audi e-tron FE04 all-electric race car

After four decades of being an expert in the motorsport industry, Audi will be the first German automaker to compete in Formula E. This will be done to test the development of new technologies to be used in production, according to the Member of the Board of Management, Peter Mertens.

After a number of powertrains like the quattro, TFSI, TDI, hybrid drive and many others, the single-seater race car will test electric mobility as it relates to what the 2018 Audi e-tron will use. Recently at the IAA, the automaker did say that over 20 electrified models will be part of their lineup just before 2025, and this includes Plug-in hybrids and fully electric cars.

The automaker will be allowed to develop the powertrain, which includes the transmission, motor, parts of the suspension and the software. What’s in the heart of the Audi e-tron FE04 will be the motor and transmission. The motor generator unit was designed for greater efficiency and so the engineers put a lot of their time and effort into this. In the 2017/2018 season, Team Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler will only be using a high-efficiency transmission with only one gear, to deliver power to the wheels.

Read the entire article Formula E gets more exciting with the launch of Audi e-tron FE04 all-electric race car

Futuristic Audi Q4 E-Tron concept from Lorenzo Mariotti looks promising

Audi has been hard at work as it is kicking off a new breed of SUVs, just like the E-Tron Sportback that made its debut earlier and is set for production in 2019. The Sportback looks sleeker and sexier than the standard E-Tron that will come out next year. But these developments give rise to artists who would like to reimagine a model and explore the possibilities. Now, Lorenzo Mariotti used his Autodesk skills to design something that got inspiration from the E-Tron models - a Q4 E-Tron Concept. The concept combined high tech elements with the electric coupe concept that sits on massive wheels.

From the outside, it has a long wheelbase with shorter front and rear overhangs. This design can be very functional as it maximizes the interior space of the SUV. The front fascia introduces a new single frame grille complemented with slim laser LED headlights. The design gives it a sleeker, more modern representation of Audi's SUVs. However, the Q4 E-Tron is currently going to remain in the virtual world.

What makes it even more futuristic is the fact that the design, like the E-Tron Sportback and Q8 concept, does not incorporate conventional door handles for a seamless side profile. The side mirrors and cameras had also been taken out to make it look totally sleek. But how would you see what's behind you? What will replace these that can provide the same functions? The answer lies in future technologies.

Read the entire article Futuristic Audi Q4 E-Tron concept from Lorenzo Mariotti looks promising

Audi A8 L (D5) e-tron may arrive in the United States as early as 2019

Audi has just introduced its new flagship model -- the 2018 Audi A8 (D5) – following a slew of teaser photos and short videos in the past few months. Aside from its gasoline (petrol) and diesel versions, the new Audi A8 flagship will also be offered as a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) – as the A8 L e-tron quattro -- but a later date. But as to when the PHEV would arrive in the United States, it is reportedly going state-side not this year or in 2018, but sometime early 2019.

According to a report from InsideEVs, a spokesperson from Audi disclosed that the A8 L e-tron quattro is likely to be available to US clients in 2019, although an official decision over the matter has yet to be made, or to be disclosed. As expected, the A8 L e-tron quattro would have its debut in Europe in the middle of 2018. Audi also intends to sell the plug-in hybrid version of its new flagship model in the Far East, particularly in China, at around the same time as in the US (2019).

As Audi announced, the German premium carmaker will initially offer the new A8 two extensively reengineered turbocharged V6 engines – a 3.0-liter TFSI gasoline mill and a 3.0-liter TDI diesel unit. The 3.0 TFSI V6 engine is tuned to deliver 460 hp (338 kW) while the 3.0 TDI mill is engineered to generate 435 hp (210 kW). These V6 engines will be followed soon by two eight-cylinder units: a 4.0 TFSI gasoline engine that delivers 460 hp (338 kW) and a 4.0 TDI diesel unit that generates 435 hp (320 kW). Topping the range is a 6.0-liter W12 mill. All of these engines will be complemented by a mild hybrid technology, an extended start/stop function and an energy recovery output.

Read the entire article Audi A8 L (D5) e-tron may arrive in the United States as early as 2019

Audi currently does not have any fully electric model that they can call their own after the R8 E-Tron has been discontinued last year. But this year, they showed us concepts of the E-Tron Quattro and the E-Tron Sportback (at Auto Shanghai), and the good news is that the zero-emissions SUV will finally begin production at their Brussels, Belgium factory. The SUV will then be followed by its sleeker counterpart, the Sportback, in 2019.

What sets the E-Tron Sportback apart from the others is the fact that it is a “four-door gran turismo”, with a powertrain of 430 horsepower (320 kilowatts) at standard, and an impressive 496 horsepower (370 kilowatts) when the boost mode is activated. In just four and a half seconds, it can hit 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour). That’s very impressive for a full electric vehicle, but we shouldn’t be too excited until the production model has been tested, and that’s a long while from now.

In today’s world, there is this thing we call “range anxiety”. It simply refers to the stress or anxiety that people who own EVs get, knowing that their car runs on battery power, and that it can simply shut off when the battery gets drained. So the issue is whether they would get to their destination before they’ll have to recharge their vehicles, especially for long distance drives.

Read the entire article Audi E-Tron Sportback confirmed to hit production in 2019

A couple of days ago, Audi announced an update in terms of the pricing of their 2018 lineup. With the price increase, several models will have more features as standard equipment while there will be more models that will have sportier interior and exterior design packages.

The Audi A3 Sportback E-Tron had always been a successful model since it was first released in the United States. Sales charts of the said model from January 2016 up until March this year indicate that the model is doing well. In fact, the model made up around 13 percent of all Audi A3 sales in its first eight months, and by last December, the percentage went up to 20 percent.

The 2017 model was first sold with a price tag of $37,900, and it soon increased to $38,900. And naturally, there will be a price increase for the 2018 year model, with the Premium trim at $39,500, the Premium Plus at $42,600, and $48,100 for the range-topping Prestige. That is about $600 to $1,300 more than the previous model.

Read the entire article There has been a noticeable price hike for the 2018 Audi A3 E-Tron

Two years ago at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, Audi presented the E-Tron Quattro to the public. This gave us an idea that they will soon be producing crossovers. The Quattro will be moving into production by 2018, and a year later, a coupe version of it will follow. This crossover-coupe they call the E-Tron Sportback made its debut at the Auto Shanghai in China just this week, along with two other electric concepts from competitors: the VW I.D. Crozz and the Skoda Vision E.

Similar to Volkswagen I.D. Crozz, Audi’s E-Tron Sportback also features light emitting diodes. The four-rings brand not only equips this new concept with full LED headlights and taillights. It also gets an illuminated Audi logo. Instead, it is supposed to have approximately 250 extra LEDs located around the front bumper, precisely on both sides of the corporate singleframe grille. But these lights do not only have one purpose - they are made to communicate with other cars on the road forming different light patterns - from shapes to numbers as seen on its concept video debut.

The E-Tron Sportback isn’t just about smart LEDs. At 4.9 meters long, 1.98 meters wide, and 1.53 meters tall, this coupe has a strong electric powertrain that can produce as much as 430 horsepower (320 kilowatts), and can reach a peak of 496 horsepower (370 kilowatts) when the boost mode is activated. Taking only 4.5 seconds, this little EV can accelerate up to 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) from a standstill.

Read the entire article Hi-tech Audi E-Tron Sportback concept has over 200 LED lights

Audi has been delighting fans and critics alike with teaser videos of its newest concept fitted with numerous LEDs. The German automaker is back to show off a more “substantial” preview of its latest creation – now complete with a name and a few adjacent sketches, enough to reveal its body style and a few exterior features. Ready to know more about it? Here goes.

We’ve come to know that Audi’s latest creation is called the Audi E-Tron Sportback Concept. However, despite being called a “Sportback,” we’re expecting this concept car to be a crossover-coupe combination. From the photos released by Audi themselves, we can conclude that the E-Tron Sportback Concept isn’t just a typical hatchback like the A3 Sportback as it’s something far better.

As expected (and as depicted in design teaser sketches), the concept is fitted with a set of oversized wheels. Its heavily sloped roofline ending is reminiscent of a coupe but accentuated by an interesting spoiler which features two arches on both sides. The E-Tron Sportback does without the conventional side mirrors (also an expected move), with cameras on its stead, giving the concept car a sleeker look.

Read the entire article Audi teases us with image of new E-Tron Sportback Concept ahead of Shanghai Auto Show

Too pricey even for an electric supercar? Or did Audi just give up too soon? Dreadful sales perhaps? Whatever the reason is, the fact is that Audi has officially stopped production of its all-electric R8 e-tron rear-wheel-drive coupe, just around a year since it launched this eco-friendly supercar to the market.

Audi first unveiled the production version of pure-electric R8 e-tron at the 2015 Geneva Auto Show. It was intended to be a showcase of Audi’s advanced battery technology and expertise in electrical system before it launches more practical electric vehicles, including a production version of the Audi e-tron quattro concept in 2018. It is underpinned by the same platform that underpins the conventionally powered R8, but employs pure electric power as propulsion.

The 532 bhp 5.2-liter V10 engine in the R8 has been replaced by an electric powertrain that includes a 92 kWh lithium ion battery that sends power to two electric motors that generate a combined 456bhp of max output and 679 lb ft of peak torque.

Read the entire article Production of Audi R8 e-tron electric supercar comes to an official halt

Audi is launching the e-tron quattro concept: a statement of how the brand sees electric mobility in the future. The all-electric drive system found on the new concept car combines well with the aerodynamic design. Its dynamic appearance is highlighted by the fact that its flat greenhouse narrows to the rear.

The e-tron quattro has a length of 4.88 meters, a width of 1.93 meters, and a height of 1.54 meters. SUVs in general have a drag coefficient of more than 0.30 but the e-tron quattro stands at 0.25. This is the reason why Audi’s SUV can go for more than 500 kilometers or 310 miles.

When the car reaches speeds of 50mph or more, the many aerodynamic elements on its hood, flanks, and rear portion are activated electronically and direct the air flow as necessary in order to improve the flow around and through the car. This is the result of rigorous development work on the wind tunnel. When inside the car, engine noise as well as wind noise cannot be heard. Thus, one is able to enjoy the full pleasure of driving an electric car in almost complete silence.

Read the entire article Audi e-Tron Quattro Concept previews an electric future at Frankfurt

Audi has announced that local production of the A6 L e-tron in China will start in 2016. The very fuel-efficient and powerful A6 L e-tron sedan was developed especially for the market in China. The plug-in hybrid drive produces 180 kW (245 hp) and boasts an average fuel consumption of only 2.2 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (106.9 US mpg).

The automaker had launched the e-tron era in the Chinese market with the imported A3 Sportback e-tron in 2015. The A6 L e-tron is derived from the long version of the Audi A6, which is already in production in China. It has the configuration of a very efficient parallel hybrid, which means that its two drives are positioned one directly at the back of the other.

The 2.0 TFSI is a highly advanced, four-cylinder gasoline engine that can deliver 155 kW (211 hp) and 350 Nm (258.1 lb-ft) of torque. It is equipped with a disk-shaped electric motor that produces 91 kW and 220 Nm (162.3 lb-ft) of torque. When working with a decoupler, this is integrated into the eight-speed tiptronic transmission, shifting the power to the front wheels.

Read the entire article 2016 Audi A6 L e-tron unveiled in China

Audi has just introduced the new R18 e-tron Quattro, an updated version of last year’s vehicle which will compete in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) and in the Le Mans 24 Hours. The R18 e-tron Quattro will compete in the 4-megajoule class and features a twofold quantity of hybrid energy, revised aerodynamics as well as a lot of detailed work.

If you take a closer look to the previous model, you will see that the new R18 e-tron Quattro features an updated design, although its basic structure is closely akin to its predecessor. The new look includes a new way of conducting airflow around and through the front end, larger air inlets in the front wheel arches as well as redesigned headlights which feature Matrix LED technology combined with Audi Laserlight.

Audi says that it adopted the monocoque from the previous model, while the hood with the front wing and wheel arches feature a new design. The German carmaker doubled the amount of energy from 2 to 4 megajoule per race lap at Le Mans.

Read the entire article 2015 Audi R18 e-tron Quattro received a new design, becomes more fuel-efficient

The all-new Audi Q7 e-tron 3.0 TDI Quattro was introduced at the 2015 Geneva Motor and became the world’s first TDI plug in hybrid with Quattro drive. According to the manufacturer, the vehicle uses a 3.0-liter six-cylinder diesel engine and an electric motor that produce a total output of 373 hp (275 kW) and 700 Nm (516 lb-ft) of torque.

According to Audi, the diesel engine produces 258 hp (190 kW) and 600 Nm (442 lb-ft) of torque, while the disk-shaped electric motor provides 94 kW and 350 Nm (258 lb-ft) of torque. The hybrid system is able to push the Audi Q7 e-tron 3.0 TDI Quattro from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 6.0 seconds, while top speed is 225 km/h or 139.8 mph.

Moreover, the Q7 e-tron offers an all-electric range of up to 56 kilometres (34.8 miles). What’s more impressive is that according to ECE standard for plug-in hybrid vehicles, the Audi Q7 e-tron Quattro will need only 1.7 liters of diesel fuel per 100 km (138.4 US mpg), while CO2 emissions are less than 50 grams per km.

Read the entire article 2015 Geneva: Audi Q7 e-tron 3.0 TDI Quattro is the first diesel plug-in hybrid with quattro drive

Besides the 2016 Audi R8 V10 and R8 V10 Plus models, the German manufacturer also announced the R8 e-tron 2.0, an updated version of its high-performance electric sports car. Although there are no official photos released yet, the new R8 e-tron promises to be a rival for all the current electric sports cars as it will offer an electric range of 540 km (279.6 miles) instead of previous 215 km (133.6 miles).

According to the German manufacturer, the energy density of the battery was increased from 84 Wh/kg to 154 Wh/kg. And speaking of the battery, the R8 e-tron 2.0 uses a large T-shaped battery structurally integrated into the center tunnel and behind the passengers cell, which means that it supports the dynamics of the R8 with its low center of gravity.

The newly developed lithium-ion technology was specially developed for a purely electric vehicle and the battery capacity increased from 49 kWh to 92 kWh. The total output of the R8 e-tron 2.0 is 340 kW or 455.7 hp and an impressive 920 Nm (678.6 lb-ft) of torque. Audi says that its new electric sports car is able to zoom from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.9 seconds, while top speed is electronically limited to 210 km/h (130.5 mph) or 250 km/h (155.3 mph).

Read the entire article 2016 Audi R8 e-tron 2.0 announced with 450 km range

Audi’s A3 Sportback e-tron was named as "Value Champion 2015” by the Auto Bild and Schwacke Market Research Institute after it was revealed that it was the most stable in terms of residual value among compact cars.

Being the “Value Champion,” it means that the A3 Sportback experienced the least depreciation over a four-year period. The first plug-in hybrid from Audi, the A3 had a 57.3% residual value. The A3 allows consumers to enjoy driving without giving up the efficiency in power.

Audi’s other models also received awards from other categories. A6 Avant came in second in the full-size category, the Audi Q3 placed third in the “Luxury Class,” and the Quattro was a runner-p in the "Small SUV" category.

Read the entire article Audi A3 Sportback e-tron is the car with the most stable residual value in its class

Audi is increasing the production of A3 Sportback e-tron at its main plant in Ingolstadt. The plant is expected to come out with 50 cars on a daily basis. Audi AG Board of Management Member for Production Dr. Hubert Waltl revealed that the production of the A3 started last summer and with the integration of the assembly work to the line, there is no more need to separate the manufacture of the different parts.

Waltl adds that this shows not just the flexibility but also the efficiency of those who plan the production as well as its employees. Audi hopes that the A3 Sportback will change how people will view mobility.

The A3 Sportback is a five-door vehicle with a 1.4-liter engine and 75-kW electric motor. This combination allows the car to have a 204 horsepower output with a fuel consumption of 1.5 liters for every 100 kilometers.

Read the entire article Audi boosts Ingolstadt production of A3 Sportback e-tron

The A3 Sportback e-tron plug-in hybrid from Audi won as the "Best Plug-In Hybrid – Production Vehicles." The award was given at the Paris Motor Show during the eCar Awards sponsored by Auto Bild and Auto Test Magazine.

Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Board Member for Technical Development of Audi, accepted the award. Hackenberg shared that the model has continued to impress customers owing largely to the practicality of the drive system.

A3 was not the only winner as the Audi TT off-road concept also garnered the "Best Plug-In Hybrid - Concept Vehicles’ award.

Read the entire article Audi A3 Sportback e-tron production car is named ‘Best Plug-In Hybrid’

We already reported about Audi’s new concept car that will be unveiled at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show, which previews the upcoming A9 flagship sedan. The new Audi A9 will take on vehicles such as the Porsche Panamera, BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe, Aston Martin Rapide and the Mercedes-Benz CLS and will use an evolution of the MLB platform.

Audi will build its upcoming vehicle at its Neckarsulm factory, same place where the A8 is built. And speaking of the A8, the new Audi A9 is expected to use the same technology found on the current flagship sedan.

Due to the use of carbon fiber and aluminum, the A9’s kerb weight will be comparable to the A7, which weighs around 1,660 kg when powered by the 2.8-liter V6 engine. When it comes to engines, the A9 will receive a new twin-turbo V6 as well as a revised twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 engine.

Read the entire article 2017 Audi S9 will get a twin-turbo V8 and up to 600 hp, A9 e-tron considered

Audi fielded three R18 e-tron quattro cars on the ‘Circuit des 24 Heures’ at La Sarthe, using the event to intensively test its vehicles. In total, the cars completed a total of 284 laps for 3,870 kilometers in eight hours. During the four hours in the morning, Lucas di Grassi, Loïc Duval, Tom Kristensen in car number 1; Marcel Fässler, André Lotterer, Benoît Tréluyer in the car number; 2 and Filipe Albuquerque and Marco Bonanomi in car number 3, tested the set-up work for the three cars.

They were also able to test the aerodynamic configuration and the grip of the R18 e-tron quattro cars. The drive also allowed the drivers to align their race cars and their personal driving styles with the energy consumption targets that regulators set for each track.

Marco Bonanomi set a lap time of 3 minutes and 23.799 seconds to record the fastest time in the first practice session. The drivers were able to complete 125 laps (1703.625 km) in the morning and were also able to meet the requirements set by the engineers, all owing them to use the afternoon for extensive tire tests.

Read the entire article Three Audi R18 e-tron quattro cars complete testing for the 2014 Le Mans 24 Hours

The new Audi R18 e-tron quattro diesel hybrid managed to reach the minimum weight limit of 870 kg set for LMP1 cars competing for the 2014 season. Before achieving that feat, Audi production and race car engineers had to hurdle several challenges to the stiffer safety rules while making the R18 e-tron competitive enough to take on its rivals.

New regulations have allowed the racing weight to be lowered from from 915 kg to 870 kg, and the difference 45 kg means a lot in racing. Likewise, new technical regulations carry various requirements that called new solutions that result to an increase in weight. For instance, Zylon side panels were now prescribed to better protection during lateral impacts.

Audi Sport has to redesign the monocoque to withstand the higher test loads specified starting this year. Also, eight wheel tethers are now allowed to prevent wheels from separating from the car in case of a crash. Audi Sport also had to fit the 2014 Audi R18 e-tron quattro with a rear crash absorbing structure made of carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) that absorbs energy in a rear-end collision.

Read the entire article Audi R18 e-tron Quattro achieves minimum weight limit for LMP1 cars
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