Audi has a dynamic start this year thanks to strong demand on models such as the A3, Q5 and A6, A7 and R8. In order to maintain the same path, the German manufacturer will boost output of its best-sellers and as a result it added 33 shifts at its German plants in January and February. In February alone, the German company added ten special shifts in Ingolstadt and three in Neckarsulm.
Meanwhile eight additional shifts are planned in Ingolstadt and two more in Neckarsulm this month. Board of Management Member for Production Dr. Frank Dreves: “Our Audi models are very popular all over the world; our order books are full. This makes us confident that we will grow again this year as well. For the coming months, we anticipate ongoing good utilization of capacity and additional shifts at our two domestic plants in Germany.”
“The Works Council approved the special shifts that the management applied for in the first few weeks of the year in order to make our manufacturing as economic as possible. The order situation is excellent and the additional shifts demonstrate the high flexibility of our employees. The workforce is thus making a significant contribution to the competitiveness of the production sites in Germany within the Group’s international production network,” stated the Chairman of Audi’s General Works Council, Peter Mosch.
Tagged as the sporty front-liner of the Audi family of models, the new Audi R8 high-performance sports car is now a better car on the road, thanks to new exterior and interior elements, new brakes and the S tronic transmission. The latest Audi R8 now also employs dynamic turn signals on the rear lights.
Created to incite admiration in the new R8 lineup is the Audi R8 V10 plus that boasts of 404 kW (550 hp) of accessible max output, enough to send the top-end sprinting from zero to 100 km/h in 3.5 seconds. Since the Audi R8 V10 plus is an implement of Audi’s ultra lightweight construction, this top-end model with a manual gearbox only has a curb weight of around 1,570 kilograms (3,461.26 lbs).
The new Audi R8 could be availed in two body types -- Coupe and Spyder. When equipped with the new seven-speed S tronic transmission, both the R8 Coupe and the R8 Spyder are quicker on the sprint by 0.3 seconds, consume less fuel (minus 0.9 liter per 100 km) and emit less carbon dioxide (minus 22 grams per km).
Moreover, the new Audi R8 could also be availed in any of the three engines. One of these engines is the V8 engine in the Audi R8 V8, delivering 316 kW (430 hp) of max output and 430 Nm (317.15 lb.-ft.) of peak torque available between 4,500 rpm and 6,000 rpm. When mated to the seven-speed S tronic, this engine allows the R8 Coupe to accelerate from nil to 100 km/h in 4.3 seconds and reach a top speed of 300 km/h (186.41 mph).
The mid-end model, the new Audi R8 V10, is powered by a V10 engine that is tuned to deliver 386 kW (525 hp) of max output and 530 Nm (391 lb.-ft.) of peak torque available at 6,500 rpm. When paired to the S tronic, this engine allows the Audi R8 V10 to complete the sprint in 3.6 seconds and reach a top speed of 314 km/h (195.11 mph).