The new Audi A6 L e-tron for China

  • First Audi plug-in hybrid model from Chinese production
  • Output of 180 kW (245 hp) with extremely low consumption
  • 50 km (31.1 mi) electric range and total range of 880 km (546.8 mi)

04.16.2015 – With the A6 L e-tron, Audi is taking an important step toward even greater fuel efficiency in China. The sedan has been developed specifically for the Chinese market. Its plug-in hybrid drive with 180 kW (245 hp) provides for powerful performance. The model consumes on average just 2.2 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (106.9 US mpg).

After launching the e-tron era in China with the imported A3 Sportback e-tron* in 2015, Audi is taking the next step with the local production of the A6 L e-tron beginning in 2016. The model is based on the long version of the Audi A6, which is already built in China, and is configured as a highly efficient parallel hybrid, meaning that its two drives are arranged one directly behind the other. The 2.0 TFSI is a state-of-the-art, four-cylinder, gasoline engine producing 155 kW (211 hp) and 350 Nm (258.1 lb-ft) of torque. The disk-shaped electric motor provides 91 kW and 220 Nm (162.3 lb-ft) of torque. Together with a decoupler, this is integrated into the eight-speed tiptronic transmission, which transfers the power to the front wheels. System output is 180 kW (245 hp); maximum system torque is 500 Nm (368.8 lb-ft).

Sporty performance, low consumption
The Audi A6 L e-tron, which has a curb weight of just over 2,000 kilograms (4,409.2 lb), delivers sporty performance: The sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) takes just 8.4 seconds, and top speed is limited to 210 km/h (130.5 mph). According to the measurement method prescribed in China for plug-in hybrid vehicles, it consumes just 2.2 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (106.9 US mpg), corresponding to 52 grams CO2 per kilometer (83.7 g/mi). The Audi A6 L e-tron 2.0 TFSI covers 50 kilometers (31.1 mi) purely on electric power and with zero local emissions. It therefore meets the Chinese definition of a New Energy Vehicle. Total range is 880 kilometers (546.8 mi).

Its lithium-ion battery comprises 104 cells and stores 14.1 kWh of energy. Located beneath the luggage compartment, the battery reduces its volume only slightly — capacity is 340 liters (11.9 cu ft). The car thus offers sufficient stowage space for longer trips. The new two-phase charging technology allows charging with 7.2 kW of power. With the appropriate infrastructure (high-power industrial outlet) and high-power charging cable, the batteries can be fully charged in roughly two hours. On a typical household outlet in China, the procedure takes somewhat longer than eight hours, and can thus easily be performed overnight.

Electric driving at up to 135 km/h (83.9 mph)
The intelligent hybrid management system controls the operating states of the Audi A6 L e-tron. The driver can choose between four driving modes. “EV” (electric vehicle) mode prioritizes electric driving at up to 135 km/h (83.9 mph). In “hybrid” mode, the hybrid management system chooses the drive type for the best possible efficiency. In “battery hold” mode, the system stores the available electrical energy and charges the battery in “battery charge” mode. The sedan can coast in hybrid mode — when the driver takes his or her foot off of the accelerator, both drives are deactivated. The electric motor assumes most of the braking, charging the battery. The hydraulic brakes are used only for heavy braking.

Controls and displays
The displays of the Audi A6 L e-tron provide detailed information about the status of the drivetrain and the battery charge. The powermeter in the instrument cluster displays the total system output. The monitor for the MMI navigation plus visualizes the energy flows in the hybrid system; range and consumption figures for electricity and gasoline are displayed in the driver information system.

A number of visual cues identify the plug-in hybrid models from Audi. The 18-inch alloy wheels feature the delicate e-tron design, and LED light guides in the air inlets generate a signature of staggered lines. e-tron badges adorn the fenders and the trunk lid; the diffuser conceals the exhaust system tailpipes.

All the strengths of the A6 model series*
Elegant design, a supremely spacious and cultivated interior, high ride comfort, comprehensively equipped and advanced infotainment — the Audi A6 L e-tron offers all of the strengths of the successful A6 model series. It will be produced by an Audi joint venture with FAW-Volkswagen in the northern Chinese city of Changchun, and will be launched on the Chinese market in 2016.

Fuel consumption of the models named above:

Audi A3 Sportback e-tron:
Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 1.7 – 1.5** (138.4 – 156.8 US mpg);
ombined power consumption in Wh/km: 124 – 114**;
Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 39 – 35** (62.8 – 56.3 g/mi)

Audi A6:
Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 9.6 – 4.2** (24.5 – 56.0 US mpg);
Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 224 – 109** (360.5 – 175.4 g/mi)

**The fuel consumption and the CO2 emissions of a vehicle vary due to the choice of wheels and tires. They not only depend on the efficient utilization of the fuel by the vehicle, but are also influenced by driving behavior and other non-technical factors.

Audi TT 1.8 TFSI: Athlete in a compact format

  • New entry-level engine versions for Coupé and Roadster
  • 132 kW (180 hp), and 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 6.9 seconds.
  • Starting price of EUR 32,100 in Germany

04.23.2015 – Audi is extending the engine range for its new TT generation. From July, the compact sports cars will also be available in a 1.8 TFSI version developing 132 kW (180 hp). The new entry level engine version of the Audi TT Coupé* will be available from EUR 32,100 and the TT Roadster* for EUR 34,500.

The turbocharged 1.8 TFSI has a displacement of 1,798 cm3 and achieves its peak torque of 250 Nm (184.4 lb‑ft) across the rev range of 1,250 to 5,000 rpm. At part loads, an additional manifold injection system supplements the FSI direct injection, to cut emissions. The Audi valvelift system varies the stroke of the exhaust valves, improving the engine’s response. A compact rotary valve module for thermal management and the exhaust manifold integrated into the cylinder head both play a major part in the four‑cylinder engine’s efficiency.

The TT Coupé with six‑speed manual transmission accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 6.9 seconds, or in 7.0 seconds with the optional seven‑speed S tronic, and continues right up to a top speed of 241 km/h (149.8 mph). In the case of the Roadster, the corresponding figures for the standard sprint are 7.2 seconds with manual transmission and 7.3 seconds for the S tronic version. The top speed for both combinations is 237 km/h (147.3 mph). The 1.8 TFSI Coupé version covers 100 kilometers (62.1 mi) on an average of only 6.0 to 5.7 liters of fuel (138 – 129 g CO2 per km) (39.2 – 41.7 US mpg; 221.1 – 207.6 g/mi); the TT Roadster 1.8 TFSI achieves this on 6.1 to 5.8 liters (142 – 132 g CO2 per km) (38.6 – 40.6 US mpg; 228.5 – 212.4 g/mi).

As well as the new entry-level engine version, Audi supplies the new TT generation with a choice of three two‑liter engines: The TT 2.0 TDI ultra with 135 kW (184 hp) and 380 Nm (280.3 lb‑ft) of torque needs only 4.2 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (56.0 US mpg). That corresponds to CO2 emissions of 110 grams per kilometer (177.0 g/mi) and therefore represents new best-in-segment fuel economy. Then there are two versions of the 2.0 TFSI: In the TT, the supercharged petrol engine develops 169 kW (230 hp) and 370 Nm (272.9 lb‑ft) of torque; the power output of the TTS is 228 kW (310 hp) and 380 Nm (280.3 lb‑ft). The Coupé sprints from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 4.6 seconds.

Even the basic version of the sports car comes equipped with all the strengths of the new model generation – a purist, sporty character, systematic lightweight construction, striking design and dynamic suspension. Nor are there any constraints on equipment: The sport seats with integral head restraints are fitted as standard, along with progressive steering and the Audi virtual cockpit.

Specifically the interior of the new TT generation has caused a major stir since its world debut at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas at the start of 2014. The compact sports car has already collected an assortment of awards – including “Design Innovation of the Year” and “connected car of the year”. It has earned these accolades also thanks to optional high‑end features such as Audi connect, for a high‑speed Internet connection, the Audi drive select driving dynamics system, and assistance systems such as park assist with a reversing camera.

Fuel consumption of the models named above:

Audi TT Coupé:
Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 7.3 – 4.2 (32.2 – 56.0 US mpg)**; Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 169 – 110 (272.0 – 177.0 g/mi)**

Audi TT Roadster:
Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 7.5 – 4.3 (31.4 – 54.7 US mpg)**; Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 174 – 114 (280.0 – 183.5 g/mi)**

**The fuel consumption and the CO2 emissions of a vehicle vary due to the choice of wheels and tires. They not only depend on the efficient utilization of the fuel by the vehicle, but are also influenced by driving behavior and other non-technical factors.

New Audi R8 ready to launch

  • High-performance sports car can be ordered throughout Europe starting May 13, 2015
  • Audi R8 V10 plus is the most powerful and fastest production Audi

05.13.2015 – Motorsport feeling in everyday driving: The completely newly-developed Audi R8 can now be ordered in Europe. The sports car will then make its appearance on the streets in autumn 2015.

Even faster, even more powerful, even more dynamic: The new Audi R8 is the brand’s sporty top model. The top version, the Audi R8 V10 plus* – now the most powerful and fastest production Audi ever – has a power output of 610 hp, a top speed of 330 km/h (205.1 mph) and a 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) acceleration time of 3.2 seconds.

Close cooperation between race-car engineers, race drivers and developers has certainly paid off. “The new Audi R8 will deliver exactly what customers expect from a high-performance sports car,” says Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Audi Board Member for Technical Development. “This car brings our concentrated motorsport competence from the racetrack to the road.” The completely revised vehicle concept of the Audi sports car assures this. It features an even more powerful naturally aspirated V10 engine – mounted according to the mid-engine principle – that fascinates with its unique sound. The high-torque engine, a new type of lightweight design and an improved quattro drive system with fully accessible and variable torque control make the Audi R8 even more dynamic – off the racetrack as well.

Another innovation in the Audi R8 is the performance mode of the Audi drive select system. It lets drivers coordinate driving dynamics parameters to the friction value and condition of the road.

The success story of the Audi R8 began with the market launch of the first generation in 2007. Since then, the company has sold just under 27,000 units of the model.

Advance sales of the new Audi R8 begin on May 13, 2015. The entry-level price for the Audi R8 V10* is 165,000 euros, and the top version, the Audi R8 V10 plus*, sells for 187,400 euros. First deliveries will be made this autumn.

*Fuel consumption of the models named above:

Audi R8 V10:
Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 11.4** (20.6 US mpg);
Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 272** (437.7 g/mi)

Audi R8 V10 plus:
Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 12.3** (19.1 US mpg);
Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 287** (461.9 g/mi)

** Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions data as well as the efficiency classes are dependent on the choice of wheels and tyres.