It was in the spotlight at the Detroit Motor Show in 2015: The second generation of the Audi Q7 had its world premiere at the biggest US trade fair of its kind. Up to 325 kilograms lighter and 26 percent more efficient than its predecessor, the successful large SUV sets the benchmark in its segment, in which it continues to offer the most interior space. Powerful but economical TDI and TFSI engines supply maximum power output of 200 to 245 kW (272-333 hp). Just a few months after these versions, the model series was completed with a plug-in hybrid combining the torque of a powerful three-liter TDI engine with an electric motor.
The Audi Q7 sets new standards also with its operating concept, infotainment, connectivity and driver-assistance systems. The second-generation modular infotainment system is included, as is the Audi virtual cockpit. The new MMI all-in-touch operating unit with a large touchpad makes child’s play of operation. The expanded services of Audi connect, the Audi tablet for rear-seat passengers and the two audio systems with 3D sound are additional attractive innovations.
Also in its second generation, the new Audi RS 3 Sportback will be available from dealerships as of this spring. It will of course be propelled by a sonorous and powerful inline five-cylinder engine and quattro drive. Now offering 270 kW (367 hp), it is the most powerful of the premium compact high-performance models. With a sporty car, the power-to-weight ratio plays a decisive role; with the new Audi RS 3 Sportback, each horsepower has to move just 4.14 kilograms. Empty (without driver), the five-door practical compact car weighs just 1,520 kilograms, which is 55 kilograms less than its predecessor.
Audi’s highlight of the still-young year will be at the Geneva International Motor Show in early March – the world premiere of the brand’s sporty top model, the new Audi R8. The new generation of the mid-engine super sports car is to be seen there in four versions – with two V10 engines putting up to 449 kW (610 hp) onto the road through quattro drive, as well as the Audi R8 LMS racing version for customer sport in the GT3 class. And the Audi R8 e-tron with purely electric shows – also with the body of the new generation – that maximum dynamism is compatible with pioneering sustainability.