Audi S5 Sportback announced for the Frankfurt Motor Show

Article by Christian A., on August 25, 2009

Audi is preparing to make a big splash at the upcoming 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show and has three models for public debuts during the event. These new models are the new Audi S5 Sportback, the new Audi A4 3.0TDI clean diesel quattro and the new Audi A3 1.2 TFSI.

It is believed that the German premium carmaker is planning to bring in as a surprise one or three models too. The AU S5 Sportback, which is obviously an A5 Sportback derivative but a high performaer, is famous for its five-door coupe configuration and its engine -- a 3.0-liter V6 mill fitted with a supercharger.

The supercharged 3.0-liter V6 engine in the new Audi S5 Sportback is tuned to deliver up to 245 kW (333 hp) of output and up to 440 Nm of torque between 2,900 rpm and 5,300 rpm. This mill allows the car to go from zero to 100km/h in just 5.4 seconds and achieve a top speed of 250 km/h. Average fuel consumption is a provisional 9.7 liters per 100 km (24.25 mpg US).

The new Audi S5 Sportback comes with 18-inch wheels, a quattro sports differential, a seven-speed S Tronic dual-clutch transmission and electrically adjustable S sports seats covered with Silk Nappa leather. As for when it will become available, the new S5 Sportback will be launched in the spring of 2010. Its base price will be around €57,900 in Germany.

The next model to be unveiled is the new Audi A4 3.0TDI clean diesel quattro. Its new common-rail injection system can generate up to 2,000 bar of pressure. The engine features pressure sensors in the combustion chamber and a DeNOX catalytic converter. With these innovations, the car ensures an average consumption of 6.7 liters per 100 km (35.11 mpg US) and boasts of an ability to go from nil to 100 km/h in 6.2 seconds. Most importantly, the Audi A4 3.0TDI clean diesel quattro already meets Euro 6 standards expected to become law in 2014.

Lastly, the third model that Audi confirmed will be shown is the new Audi A3 1.2 TFSI with a 1,197cc turbo engine. Weighing 89.5 kg (197.31 lbs), the engine produces a peak output 77 kW (105 hp) and has maximum torque of 175 Nm available between 1,500 rpm and 3,500 rpm. Average fuel consumption is 5.5 liters per 100 km (42.77 mpg US) and carbon dioxide emissions are set at 127 g/km.

Rumors had been circulating that an Audi RS3 will make its debut at Frankfurt but an Audi official says that there's no possibility of this happening. What is more likely to be seen is the R8 Spyder/Cabriolet which is based on the R8 V10.

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