Debut in Detroit: The second generation of the Audi Q7 had its world premiere at the biggest automotive trade fair in the United States in January 2015. Up to 325 kilograms lighter and 26 percent more efficient than its predecessor, the successful SUV sets standards in its segment. Strong but economical TDI and TFSI engines provide power output of 200 to 245 kilowatts (272–333 horsepower). Just a few months after these versions, the range will be completed by a plug-in hybrid with the combination of a high-torque 3.0‑liter TDI engine and an electric motor.
Also in the second generation, the Audi RS 3 Sportback will be launched in spring 2015. Forward momentum is again provided by a sonorous and powerful five-cylinder inline engine and the quattro drive system. Now with 270 kW (367 hp), it is the most powerful of the compact premium sporty models. With such 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 practical five-door compact car weighs just 1,520 kilograms, or 55 kilograms less than its predecessor.
Since the spring of 2015, the Audi TT Roadster of the third generation has been seen on the roads. The open two‑seater demonstrates the brand’s technical expertise in the field of lightweight construction, with engines, with quattro permanent all-wheel drive and with the new Audi virtual cockpit. The Audi TT Roadster with the 2‑liter TDI engine wears the “ultra” label; its fuel consumption is just 4.3 Liters per 100 kilometers (54.7 mpg US). With CO2 emissions of just 114 grams per kilometer (183.5 g/mile), the Audi TT Roadster sets a new best mark in the sports-car segment. The 2‑liter TFSI engine is impressive with maximum output of 228 kilowatts (310 horsepower) and an emotive sound.
Audi had a highpoint at the Geneva Motor Show in early March 2015 – the world premiere of the brand’s sporty top model, the new Audi R8. The new generation of the mid‑engine super sports car was available right from the start in multiple versions: with two V10 engines, which put up to 449 kW (610 hp) onto the road through quattro drive, as well as in the racing version Audi R8 LMS for customer sport in the GT3 class.
In June 2015, the brand with the Four Rings presented a new and now already the ninth generation of the bestsellers Audi A4 – for the first time in the history of the mid‑range model series simultaneously as the Sedan and the Avant. Up to 120 kilograms lighter than the its predecessor, with best‑in‑class aerodynamics and powerful engines, the new Audi A4 is a groundbreaker. The strongest versions have one of two TDI six‑cylinder engines delivering up to 200 kW (272 hp). A new generation of four‑cylinder TFSI engines with newly developed combustion processes set standards for fuel consumption, emissions and performance. Driver-assistance systems and infotainment are at the level of the luxury class.
The Audi R18 e-tron quattro, the Audi RS 5 DTM and the new Audi R8 LMS were among the stars of an exciting and eventful motorsport season in 2015. The Audi Sport TT Cup also had a successful premiere.
In the DTM, the Audi RS 5 DTM was the car to beat in the 2015 season. In total, Audi won ten of the 18 races, won the manufacturers’ vice championship and places two, three and four in the drivers’ ranking. In the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Audi won its 17th consecutive podium place with the Audi R18 e-tron quattro (places three, four and seven). The race car had been further developed especially in the area of aerodynamics. In the FIA’s World Endurance Championship (WEC), Marcel Fässler, André Lotterer and Benoît Tréluyer gained two victories with the Audi R18 and podium places in all eight races. In the end, the three Audi drivers were just five points short of the title.
Audi Sport customer racing achieved perhaps the biggest triumph of the season: In the 24‑hour race on the Nürburgring, Audi Sport Team WRT was the winner with the new Audi R8 LMS. The newly developed Audi GT3 race car made a strong impression also at the 24‑hour race in Spa‑Francorchamps and at the first FIA-GT world cup in Macau. And the premiere season of the new Audi Sport TT Cup was also successful: The brand cup gained enthusiastic fans in six DTM events and facilitated an entry into the Audi motorsport world for talented young drivers.
From international soccer to the German Olympics Team to the Kiel Week regatta and the world’s most popular tournament series for amateur golfers, the Audi quattro Cup: With its diverse involvement, Audi is a reliable partner and a sponsor of national and international sport with wide-ranging involvement. For more than 30 years, AUDI AG has been the main sponsor of the German Skiing Association, including all of the German national teams, and of another 15 national alpine skiing teams from other countries. Audi is also the title sponsor of the Audi FIS Skiing World Cup and of the Audi FIS Ski Cross World Cup, a partner of the World Cup in the Nordic Combination, the Ski Jumping and Cross Country Skiing World Cup, and the presenting partner of the Alpine Skiing World Championship in St. Moritz in 2017 and of the Four Hills Tournament. Audi is a partner of the German Olympic Sports Association and of the German Handicapped Transport Association.
Since 2002, Audi and Germany’s record champion soccer team FC Bayern Munich have been on the ball together. Internationally, Audi is involved with top teams such as Real Madrid, FC Barcelona and AC Milan. The Kiel Week – the world’s biggest sailing event – was part of the calendar last year, as was the Audi Summer Tour of FC Bayern to China and the Audi quattro Cup World Final in Mexico. Audi’s sporting involvement in 2015 was rounded off by support for German ice‑hockey champion in 2014, ERC Ingolstadt, and for the Bundesliga soccer team, FC Ingolstadt 04, as well as support for regional sports events in Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm.