Audi is presenting its three latest production models at CES in Las Vegas: the Audi Q7 and the Audi R8, each in their second generation, and the ninth edition of the Audi A4 model series. Whether it is a large SUV, high-performance sports car or mid-class best-seller, each model is chock full of high-tech solutions, especially in the electrical and electronics areas.
Audi Q7 3.0 TFSI quattro*
The new Q7, the large SUV from Audi, offers innovative solutions in all technical fields. Thanks to the brand’s systematic lightweight design approach, the base version still has an unladen weight (without driver) of less than two metric tons. It is even up to 325 kg (716.5 lb) lighter than the previous model, depending on the selected engine.
The new interior has the look and feel of a luxury class lounge. Numerous seat variants are available in the new Q7, including a power-folding third seat row.
In the five-seater, the luggage compartment in its basic setup boasts a volume of 890 liters (31.4 cu ft), which can be increased up to 2,075 liters (73.3 cu ft).
Pointing the way: controls and displays
The Audi virtual cockpit is available as an option in the Q7. The all-digital instrument cluster with 12.3‑inch screen diagonal presents all key information in brilliant graphics. This is made possible by the second-generation modular infotainment platform, which exploits the computing power of the Tegra 30 chip from Audi partner NVIDIA. It also adds high performance to MMI navigation plus which is standard equipment. It can be operated by voice control, from controls on the multifunction steering wheel or using the brand new MMI all‑in‑touch user interface that includes a touchpad with haptic feedback.
The supplemental Audi connect module connects the car to the internet via the fast LTE mobile communications standard. Passengers can surf the web and text with their mobile devices using the Wi-Fi hotspot. In addition, all relevant Audi connect services, the MMI connect app with its remote functions, as well as safety features such as emergency call and online roadside assistance are available in the vehicle. These supplemental components also underscore the brand’s innovative power: The Audi tablet for Rear Seat Entertainment, sound systems with 3D sound from Bang & Olufsen and Bose, and the Audi phone box, which connects a cell phone wirelessly to the car’s outside antenna and inductively charges it by use of the Qi standard.
Lighting technology of the Audi Q7
Xenon plus units are standard. With the optional LED and Matrix LED headlights, the daytime running lights together with the turn signals form a double light guide arrow – a new and unique light signature within the Audi family. Each Matrix LED headlight divides its high beam into 30 individual light-emitting diodes paired with three reflectors. A camera on the interior mirror analyzes the situation in front of the car. Given this information, the control unit individually turns the diodes on and off or dims them over 64 stages each, depending on the situation. With the millions of different resultant beam patterns, the high-end headlights from Audi always light up the road superbly, without causing glare to other road users.
The functional range of the Matrix LED headlights also includes intelligent cornering lights, which shift the focal point of the light. In addition, the light is dimmed by one-third where it strikes highly reflective traffic signs. If the car is equipped with the optional MMI navigation plus, this system’s route data will trigger the cornering light to illuminate around the corner just before the driver begins turning the steering wheel. Together with the LED and Matrix LED headlights, Audi provides dynamic rear turn signals – their individual segments light up in rapid succession from the inside outwards.
Convenience and safety: driver assistance systems
The new Audi Q7 also sets standards in its class when it comes to assistance systems. Particularly useful systems for everyday driving are collision avoidance assist, turn assist, rear cross-traffic assist and trailer assist. Adaptive cruise control including traffic jam assist also handles braking and acceleration as well as steering tasks for the driver on well-built roads up to a speed of 65 km/h (40.4 mph).
The mechanically charged 3.0 TFSI* outputs 245 kW (333 hp), and its maximum torque of 440 Nm (324.5 lb‑ft) is available between 2,900 and 5,300 rpm.
The compressor is located within the 90‑degree V of the cylinder banks. The three-liter V6 accelerates the new Audi Q7 from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 6.1 seconds, and can continue to a top speed of 250 km/h (155.3 mph). Despite this, its combined NEDC fuel consumption is just 7.7 liters per 100 km (30.5 US mpg) (179 g of CO2 per km (288.1 g/mi)). The optional predictive efficiency assist helps the driver to save on fuel by making recommendations about accelerator pedal use based on precise map data.
Dynamic vanguard: the new Audi R8
No other production car with the four rings is as powerful or fast. The new high-performance R8 sports car is designed for maximum dynamism – from its Audi Space Frame (ASF) to its aerodynamic design and newly developed quattro all-wheel drive. The naturally-aspirated V10 mid-engine guarantees remarkable performance, especially in the top version with 449 kW (610 hp).
Engine: V10 in two versions
The engine is available in two versions – with 397 kW (540 hp) in the R8 V10* and 449 kW (610 hp) in the R8 V10 plus*. Their maximum engine torque – 540 Nm (398.3 lb‑ft) and 560 Nm (413.0 lb-ft), respectively – is available at 6,500 rpm for both engines. Power output has been further increased compared to the previous model. The responsiveness of the high-revving, naturally aspirated 5.2-liter engine is now even more spontaneous, and its characteristic sound is even fuller.
Fuel economy is better than in the previous model – by up to 13 percent (33 g/km (53.1 g/mi) CO2). The V10 has effective technologies for efficiency such as the cylinder on demand (COD) system, which shuts off one cylinder bank at low load. Another example is dual fuel injection. This system injects fuel into the combustion chambers and induction manifold based on demand. When drivers take their foot off the accelerator pedal at speeds over 55 km/h (34.2 mph), the new R8 goes into a coasting mode. When the car comes to a stop, a start-stop system deactivates the V10 engine.
In the sports car world, the new Audi R8 is right among the leaders in terms of its driving performance. The V10 accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in just 3.5 seconds and continues to a top speed of 320 km/h (198.8 mph). In the V10 plus, the fastest production Audi ever, the figures are 3.2 seconds and 330 km/h (205.1 mph), and it takes just 9.9 seconds to sprint from 0 to 200 km/h (124.3 mph). In the top model, each horsepower only has to move 2.38 kg (5.2 lb) of dry vehicle weight.
Stability and dynamism: the new quattro drive system
Positioned behind the V10 is a seven-speed S tronic that executes lightning-fast gear shifts by electrical control (shift-by-wire). The dual-clutch transmission directs forces to a newly designed quattro drive system with an electro-hydraulically activated multi-plate clutch at the front axle. It has active water cooling for maximum performance. The clutch distributes drive torque fully variably according to the driving situation – up to 100 percent can be directed
to either the front or rear wheels.
Management of the clutch is integrated in the Audi drive select dynamic driving system, and it gives the driver a choice between the basic modes comfort, auto, dynamic and individual. In the R8 V10 plus (and as an option for the V10), the performance mode comes with three additional modes: dry, wet and snow. They adapt key handling parameters to the friction coefficient of the road surface. A mechanical differential lock at the rear axle is standard.
The Audi drive select system integrates other systems into its four basic modes: the accelerator pedal, steering, S tronic, damper control (optional), dynamic steering (optional) and the flaps of the exhaust system. In the dry, wet and snow performance modes, Electronic Stabilization Control (ESC) is also managed.
Motorsport DNA: chassis with double wishbones
The motorsport DNA of the new Audi R8 also expresses itself in the chassis area with its aluminum double wishbone suspensions. In the V10 plus, the tuning is very sporty, and electronically controlled shock absorbers (Audi magnetic ride) are available as an option in both engine versions. The new electromechanical power steering system gives drivers finely differentiated road feedback. As an alternative, Audi can install dynamic steering, which adapts its steering gear ratio to the vehicle’s driving speed.
In both engine versions, the new Audi R8 has standard 19-inch wheels, and 20‑inch wheels are available as an option with size 245/30 tires in front and 305/30 at the rear. The powerful brakes decelerate the car effectively; in the top model, the disks are made of carbon-fiber ceramic.
Lightweight design: unladen weight of just 1,555 kg (3,428.2 lb)
The unladen weight (without driver) of the R8 V10 plus top model is a low 1,555 kg (3,428.2 lb). Playing a decisive role in this systematic lightweight design concept is the Audi Space Frame (ASF), which weighs just 200 kg (440.9 lb) thanks to a new type of multimaterial construction. It consists of 79 percent aluminum and 13 percent carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP).
The aluminum parts create a framework that integrates large CFRP components – the center tunnel, rear wall and B-pillars. In the R8 V10 plus, add-on parts such as the sideblades and diffuser are made of CRFP, which complements the lightweight alloy exterior skin. Compared to the previous model, the multimaterial ASF has 40 percent better torsional rigidity.
As in a race car, the aerodynamic concept of the new Audi R8 primarily aims for driving stability. Its central element is a long and wide diffuser on the underbody. In the R8 V10 plus, a total of 140 kg (308.6 lb) of downforce is generated at top speed: 40 kg (88.2 lb) at the front axle and 100 kg (220.5 lb) at the rear axle.
Design: low, wide, muscular
The new Audi R8 is 4.42 meters (14.5 ft) long and 1.94 meters (6.4 ft) wide. With its cabin placed far forward, an extended back and relatively short wheelbase, the proportions make the technology concept of the mid-engine sports car plain to see at a glance.
Large air inlets with vertical fins and LED headlights flank the wide, low-profile Singleframe grille that has a strong sculpted look. As an option, Audi can deliver LED headlights with laser spots that double the range of the LED high-beams. This option also includes dynamic turn signals in front; they are standard in the LED tail lights. The look at the rear is defined by the diffuser, the ventilation screen of the engine compartment and – in the V10 plus – a CFRP fixed wing.
Like in a race car: controls and displays
In the new R8, the driver feels like a race car driver. All important functions can be controlled without drivers having to take their hands off the steering wheel or look away from the road. The R8 sport leather steering wheel with multifunction plus, which is standard on the R8 V10, integrates two satellite buttons: for starting and stopping the engine and for Audi drive select. The R8 performance leather steering wheel with four control satellites (standard on the V10 plus, optional on the V10) offers one additional push-button with a turn wheel for the performance mode and another for controlling the exhaust system.
The digital display is also reminiscent of a race car. The Audi virtual cockpit – a TFT display with a 12.3‑inch diagonal – presents all information in intricately rendered, high-resolution graphics. The driver can individually configure the gages around the speedometer and tachometer and choose between three views. In the performance view, the rev counter is centrally located, and other indicators and gages are arranged around it – such as for torque, power, oil temperature, tire temperature, g-forces and lap times on the race track.
MMI navigation plus with MMI touch is standard equipment in the new Audi R8. Its operating logic is organized in flat hierarchies, and it includes intelligent text input with free text search. Vehicle functions can be controlled from the steering wheel, the MMI terminal on the console of the center tunnel or by voice control.
Audi connect is another supplemental module that brings the new R8 online via the LTE standard. The second generation modular infotainment platform (MIB) makes this possible. The sound system from Bang & Olufsen and the Audi phone box round out the lineup.
Technology and aesthetics: the new A4 generation
The new generation Audi A4* and A4 Avant* cars fascinate with their synthesis of technology and aesthetics. The brand’s bestselling family is new from the ground up. Reducing CO2 emissions was a high priority in its development – all of its technologies are aimed at reducing sources of driving resistance and increasing efficiency.
With a length of 4.73 meters (15.5 ft) and a 2.82 meter (9.3 ft) wheelbase, the new Audi A4 and A4 Avant stand confidently on the road. The A4 Sedan sets the benchmark in its class with an air drag coefficient of 0.23. The front and rear designs are characterized by horizontal lines that emphasize the car’s width. The flowing design with concise lines communicates the sporty elegance of the brand. The Singleframe grille is wide and low, and the optional LED and Matrix LED headlight technologies with dynamic turn signals make the high-end technology from Audi a visual trademark. Another technical innovation is the traffic sign anti-glare function: when the light falls on a very reflective traffic sign, it is dimmed by around one-third in that area. Inside, ambient lighting is available with 30 possible colors.
Unladen weight: up to 120 kg (264.6 lb) of progress
The car’s dimensions have increased compared to the previous model, yet its unladen weight has dropped dramatically – by up to 120 kilograms (264.6 lb), depending on the engine. The body of the new Audi models is the lightest in the competitive field thanks to an intelligent mix of materials and lightweight design.
The new A4 model line is also the leader in its segment when it comes to acoustic comfort. All passengers enjoy generous spaciousness, and smooth lines emphasize the width of the interior.
Information and fascination: the Audi virtual cockpit and MMI
The two new models offer an abundance of intelligent technologies – at the same time, user operation has been made more intuitive by the new display and control concept. The focus here is on two innovations. The optional Audi virtual cockpit – an all-digital instrument cluster – presents the most important information on its high-resolution 12.3‑inch TFT screen. Its graphics appear in brilliant resolution with a high level of detail and intricately rendered effects.
Also a new design, the MMI user interface on the center console acts as the main control element. In the top infotainment system – MMI navigation plus with MMI touch and a large 8.3-inch monitor – a touchpad is integrated into the rotary/pushbutton element. It can be used to zoom on the map and to input characters. The entire MMI operating logic has been optimized for the fewest possible operating steps, including an intelligent free text search function. The new voice control function recognizes inputs made in everyday speech.
Concentrated computing power: the MIB
The MMI navigation plus is backed by the computing power of the second-generation modular infotainment platform (MIB), which Audi is using to rapidly introduce consumer electronic innovations into their cars. When customers order MMI navigation plus they also get the Audi connect package, which connects the new A4 and A4 Avant to the internet via the fast LTE network and provides safety features such as emergency call and online road assistance. As in the Audi Q7, the MMI connect app is available which offers remote functions for smartphones and smartwatches.
Also available as an option is the Audi smartphone interface which integrates iOS and Android mobile phones with selected apps in the Audi MMI. The Audi phone box connects smartphones to the on-board antenna and charges them inductively by applying the Qi standard. For discerning hi-fi fans, the Bang & Olufsen 3D Sound System is available, tapping into the spatial dimension of height in the interior. The new Audi tablet also serves as a flexible Rear Seat Entertainment device.
Up to 272 hp: powerful six- and four-cylinder engines
The new Audi A4 and A4 Avant will be available with seven different engines at in Germany: three TFSI and four TDI engines. Their power output has increased considerably and is now between 110 kW (150 hp) and 200 kW (272 hp). Despite this, fuel economy has been improved by up to 21 percent. The A4 2.0 TDI ultra* only needs 3.7 liters of diesel per 100 kilometers (63.6 US mpg) which equates to CO2 emissions of 95 grams per kilometer (152.9 g/mi) (in the Avant*: 3.8 liters (61.9 US mpg) and 99 grams per kilometer (159.3 g/mi)). All engines combine high efficiency with sporty power development and a high level of refinement. This applies in particular to the two TDI six-cylinder engines.
The 2.0 TFSI ultra* with 140 kW (190 hp) utilizes a new combustion method. It makes the engine exceptionally efficient, enabling a CO2 figure of 109 grams per km (175.4 g/mi) (Avant*: 114 grams (183.5 g/mi)) and fuel consumption of 4.8 liters per 100 km (49.0 US mpg) (Avant: 5.0 l (47.0 US mpg)).
Choices in power transmission: S tronic, tiptronic or manual
The powertrain and the chassis of the new Audi A4 and A4 Avant have been completely redeveloped. The six-speed manual transmission, seven-speed S tronic – now also available for front-wheel drive versions – and eight-speed tiptronic embody new concepts; the automatic transmissions offer a fuel-saving freewheeling function. Torque vectoring complements the work of the front-wheel drive and quattro drive systems.
Passionate progress: driving dynamics
Handling in the new Audi A4 models is sporty and performance-oriented yet comfortable. The chassis and steering systems filter out noise signals such as roadway unevenness, but they give feedback to the driver on the buildup of lateral force and tracking, for instance. This leap forward in performance is based on the newly developed and extremely lightweight five-link axles and electromechanical power steering system.
Audi offers optional dynamic steering – which varies its gear ratio as a function of vehicle speed and steering angle – and optional chassis with damper control. The driver can choose between two different suspension setups: one sporty and one that emphasizes comfort. Both variants are incorporated into the Audi drive select driving dynamics system, which is standard with engines from 140 kW (190 hp).
Largest selection in the competitive field: driver assistance and safety systems
The new Audi A4 and A4 Avant set standards in their class with numerous driver assistance systems. The predictive efficiency assistant helps drivers save fuel, Audi active lane assist helps the driver keep the car on track in the driving lane, and the Stop & Go adaptive cruise control including traffic jam assist offers drivers relief in slow-moving traffic. A special aspect of traffic jam assist is its control strategy. It acquires many different parameters such as road marking lines and the group of vehicles driving ahead.
New and important safety features include the park assist, rear cross-traffic assist, exit warning system, collision avoidance assist and turn assist as well as the Audi pre sense systems. A camera-based road sign recognition system rounds out the lineup.
Equipment, data and prices specified in this document refer to the model range offered in Germany. Subject to change without notice.