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More Dynamic, More Power, More Driving Pleasure:
The Audi S3 Sportback and the Audi S3 Sedan

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Powerful 2.0 TFSI engine with 228 kW (310 PS)
  • of output and 400 Nm (295.0 lb-ft) of torque
  • Seven-speed S tronic, S-specific sport suspension, and quattro all-wheel drive
    as standard
  • Driver-focused cockpit, technology from the full-size class
  • Limited-edition model in Python Yellow or Tango Red
A good 20 years ago, Audi opened up the sporty premium compact market segment with the first S3. Now the brand is presenting the new generation – an S3 Sportback and an S3 Sedan. Its 2.0 TFSI engine produces 228 kW (310 PS) of power and 400 Nm (295.0 lb-ft) of torque. Both models (S3 Sportback: Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 7.4 (31.8 US mpg); Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 170–169 (273.6–272.0 g/mi); S3 Sedan: Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 7.3–7.2 (32.2–32.7 US mpg); Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 166–165 (267.2–265.5 g/mi)) accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 4.8 seconds. A seven-speed S tronic, the quattro drive with intelligent control, and an S-specific sport suspension with optional damper control deliver the power to the road effortlessly. A number of other new features – including the operating concept, infotainment, and assist systems – round off the high-tech character of the S3 models.


Characteristic design and lighting
The new S3 models
display their dynamic character from the very first glance. The front is dominated by the Singleframe with its large rhombus-patterned grille and impressive air inlets, while the housings of the exterior mirrors have a gleaming aluminum look. The shoulder of the body extends in a strong line from the headlights to the rear lights. The areas below are curved inward – a new element of Audi’s design that places a stronger emphasis on the wheel arches.
The new S3 Sportback
and the S3 Sedan
can be fitted with matrix LED headlights on request. Their digital daytime running lights consist of a pixel array made up of 15 LED segments, ten of which form two vertical lines. At the rear end, the large diffuser and the four exhaust tailpipes accentuate the sporty look.
Powerful drive
With 228 kW (310 PS) of power and 400 Nm (295.0 lb-ft) of torque, the new S3 models
are powered by the 2.0 TFSI engine. High-tech features like the Audi valvelift system (AVS) – which adjusts the lift of the intake valves as required – mean that the combustion chambers are well filled, while thermal management helps to ensure high efficiency. Both models
accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 4.8 seconds on the way to an electronically governed top speed of 250 km/h (155.3 mph). The driver can use the standard series Audi drive select system to make the sound of the powerful four-cylinder turbo engine even crisper.
The seven-speed S tronic with lightning-fast gear shifts and freewheeling function and the quattro all-wheel drive deliver the torque to the road. The hydraulic multi-plate clutch in front of the rear axle is fully variable and moves between the front and the back as required, combining dynamic performance with stability and efficiency. It is managed by the modular dynamic handling control – a new system that closely links the quattro drive to the Electronic Stabilization Control (ESC) and the controlled dampers that are available optionally.
Dynamic suspension
With its four-link rear axle and progressive steering, the standard suspension offers everything that is required for pleasurable driving. It lowers the body by 15 millimeters (0.6 in). Audi can also install the series S sport suspension with damper control on request. Valves control the oil flow in the dampers so that they adapt to the condition of the road, the driving situation, and the driver’s requests in an individual and ongoing in a few thousandths of a second. The spread between comfort and dynamism is even wider than for the predecessor model.
The new electric brake booster ensures strong and spontaneous deceleration. All four brake disks are internally ventilated. The brake calipers come in black as standard, with red offered as an option. The S3 models
come with 18-inch wheels as standard, with 19-inch wheels available optionally.
Generous space concept
Compared with their predecessors, the new S3 models
have grown in size: The Sportback and the Sedan
are three centimeters (1.2 in) and four centimeters (1.6 in) longer respectively, while both models are three centimeters (1.2 in) wider.
The five-door car is now 4.34 meters (14.2 ft) in length, while the four-door is 4.50 meters (14.8 ft) long. Other than minimal differences, the two body variants are identical in terms of width (1.82 m (6.0 ft)), height (1.43 m (4.7 ft)) and wheelbase (2.64 m (8.7 ft)). The interior offers greater shoulder room and elbow room. The luggage compartment of the S3 Sportback
holds between 325 and 1,145 liters (11.5–40.4 cu ft) depending on the position of the rear bench seat, while the Sedan
has a capacity of 370 liters (13.1 cu ft).
Sporty interior
The strikingly sporty design of the new S3 models
continues on the inside – with the new, compact shifter for the seven-speed S tronic and decorative aluminum or carbon inlays whose design evokes the cut of the headlights. The cockpit is focused on the driver. The distinctive air vents form a single unit with the instrument cover, underlining the sporty character. A 10.25-inch digital display is offered as standard. Alternatively, the Audi virtual cockpit and its “plus” version can be selected. Both have a 12.3-inch diagonal, with the latter also offering three different screens. The optional ambient lighting package plus delivers targeted lighting effects in the dark. The sport seats have been newly developed, and their standard series upholstery is largely made from recycled PET bottles, accentuated by stylish contrasting stitching.
In the middle of the instrument panel is a 10.1-inch touch display embedded in a large black panel. It recognizes letters entered by hand and provides acoustic feedback. As an additional operating level, the infotainment can also be voice-controlled using natural language as standard. Audi also supplies a head-up display as an option.
A new generation of infotainment
The MMI operating concept of the new S3 models
is powered by the third generation modular infotainment platform (MIB 3). Its computing power is ten times higher than that of its predecessor, it performs all tasks relating to connectivity with LTE Advanced speed, and it has an integrated Wi-Fi hotspot. Route guidance is flexible and accurate. Navigation offers predictions on the development of the traffic situation, high-resolution satellite images from Google Earth, and information about the traffic flow. Individual settings, such as frequently selected destinations or air conditioning preferences, can be stored in up to six user profiles.
The Audi connect online services also include car-to-X services, which help with finding available parking spots on the roadside or allow the driver to surf the green wave by communicating with traffic lights in cities like Düsseldorf and Ingolstadt. Connectivity between the new Audi S3
and the user’s smartphone is free of charge via the myAudi app, as well as via Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and the Audi phone box – which links the device to the vehicle’s antenna and charges it inductively.
Another feature is the Audi connect key, which authorizes the customer to lock and unlock the car and start the engine via their Android smartphone. For HiFi fans, the Bang & Olufsen premium sound system with 3D sound delivers a particularly spatial soundscape.
Helpful driver assist systems
The driver assist systems in the new S3 models
also demonstrate Audi’s technical expertise. Audi pre sense front, swerve assist with turn assist, and lane departure warning all have the potential to prevent accidents and are included as standard. Further assist systems, such as lane change and exit warnings as well as the cross-traffic and park assist systems, are available optionally. The adaptive cruise assist helps with longitudinal and lateral guidance. It maintains the speed and distance to the vehicle in front and assists with lane guidance by means of gentle interventions in the steering. The efficiency assist supports an economic driving style.
Scheduled: Market launch and prices
Presales of the new compact S3 models
start in many European countries in August 2020, with the first vehicles being delivered to dealers from beginning of October. In Germany, prices for the S3 Sportback start at €46,302, 53, while the S3 Sedan is listed at €47,179, 83. The market launch is accompanied by the limited “Edition one.” It comes in Python Yellow (Sportback) or Tango Red (Sedan) paint finishes with black accents and has 19-inch wheels, and fine Nappa leather sport seats.
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Comfortable and agile – Audi’s eAWS technology turns SUVs into quick-change artists
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  • System is available for four top-of-the-line models of the Q range
  • Controllable stabilizers reduce the body’s tendency to roll
  • High demand proves customers’ enthusiasm
  • Nürburgring record drive underscores dynamic qualities
How do you provide a large SUV with sporty road-holding properties and minimal body roll without impairing ride comfort? Audi has resolved this conflict of objectives by means of electromechanical roll stabilization (eAWS). Assisted by the 48-volt onboard electrical system and powerful actuators, the stabilizers on the front and rear axle can be actively controlled according to the driving situation.

As a result, the models retain their high level of ride comfort in straight-line driving. By contrast, in cornering and load alteration situations, they impress with enhanced lateral dynamics combined with minimal body roll. The technical advantages of Audi’s electromechanical solution: it is energy-efficient, operates in near-real-time and is maintenance-free due to the absence of hydraulic elements.

What challenges do large SUV models pose to chassis engineers?
Customers of large SUV models are thrilled by the many practical talents they offer – from ample space in the cabin to cutting-edge chassis technologies to powerful engines and advanced control and assistance systems.
Plus, an SUV delivers superb off-road performance. Due to their design, these vehicles feature a higher curb weight and a higher center of gravity. This means that the body of an SUV leans more toward the outside in cornering than it does on models with a lower center of gravity.

What technology counteracts body roll and body movements?
In cornering, the body leans toward the outside due to the centrifugal forces, in other words, the wheel on the outside of the corner goes into jounce travel while the one on the inside of the corner goes into rebound – the vehicle rolls around its longitudinal axis. Torsionally flexible anti-roll bars between the left- and the right-hand side of the axle are proven means of compensating for this effect. They reduce the body’s tendency to roll by applying reverse torsion torque to the suspension on the outside and inside of the corner, thus counteracting the body’s tendency to roll. This passive suspension component has the same effect in both cornering and straight-line driving. However, an effect that is desirable in cornering may impair ride comfort in straight-line driving on roads with bumps or potholes on one side of the surface.
While passive solutions reach their limits here, Audi has resolved this conflict of objectives by means of electromechanical roll stabilization. Using sensors to capture and detect the situation, the system will intervene with pinpoint precision only when less body roll is desired. Thus, the spring rate of the stabilizers on uneven and straight roads is lowered to a basic level and the spring and damper forces act by and large independently on the left- and right-hand wheels.

How does electromechanical roll stabilization work?
A conventional stabilizer operates passively, in other words, it just balances the suspension movements on both sides by means of mechanical coupling. By contrast, electromechanical roll stabilization can be specifically controlled. The system consists of two stabilizer halves per axle, with an electric motor operating between them on both the front and rear axle. It can rotate the stabilizer halves in opposite direction of each other and thus generate torque that counteracts body roll torque – individually for each wheel. As a result, it reduces the body roll angles and actively supports them against the physical effects of the driving situation.
The system receives its commands via control units on the front and rear axle, which are part of the Electronic Chassis Platform (ECP). The ECP is the central brain of the chassis. Within milliseconds, it matches a variety of parameters such as speed, ride height, roll and pitch movements of the car, the friction coefficient of the road surface, the current driving condition such as under- or over-steer, plus the data of the chassis systems involved. From this input, the system calculates the ideal responses for the integrated components and adjusts them quickly and precisely to each other.
The required electrical energy is supplied to the eAWS by a powerful 48-volt onboard electrical system. Within milliseconds, the system calculates suitable actuation values for the stabilizers. The electric motors deliver their power output via three-stage planetary gearboxes, with torque levels of up to 1,200 Nm being generated at the stabilizers.

What is “Vorsprung durch Technik” in the case of an electromechanical solution?
The 48-volt system enables an immediate system response even at low speeds. Latency between the sensors detecting body roll and the response by the electric motors is just a few milliseconds.
Unlike hydraulic solutions, the eco-friendly electromechanical system does not require oil circuits and is maintenance-free. It is even able to recuperate energy by capturing suspension impulses on its electric motor, converts them into electrical energy and stores it in the lithium-ion battery of the onboard electrical system. The electromechanical solution uses energy more efficiently as well. In contrast to hydraulic circuits, it does not have to store and provide pressure.

How does the driver benefit from the system?
The system reduces the body’s tendency to roll, provides a sportier and more confident handling impression and thus emphasizes the versatile character of the large Q model ranges. It can actively distribute roll torque to the front and rear wheels and thus influence the car’s intrinsic steering characteristics such as the tendency to under- or oversteer. The Audi drive select driving dynamics system offers various setup options for this. Electromechanically active roll stabilization imparts to the driver a dynamic and precise feel in any situation and enables enhanced handling characteristics. It is one of various systems that perfect the dynamism of the top-end models of the Q range.
The Q7*, SQ7*, SQ8* and RS Q8* models with their controllable stabilizers always respond to the driving situation precisely as expected by the driver. On uneven road surfaces, the body movements are reduced while ride comfort increases. In sporty driving and at high cornering speeds, the car feels more stable and at ease. It pushes itself into a bend in the road. Audi has deliberately selected a setup that does not completely neutralize the roll angle but continues to impart an authentic feel of the driving dynamics situation.

How is the system accepted in reality?
Impressive proof of the influence of the controllable stabilizers was provided by race and test driver Frank Stippler in the fall of 2019. As part of the development work for the Audi RS Q8* the professional race driver, who in 2019 won the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring for the second time with Audi, set a new lap record for production SUVs. He managed to drive the 20.832-kilometer distance of the race track in the Eifel region in just 7:42 minutes. In everyday use, the system is sought after as well. 40 percent of all Audi customers who have ordered a respective model from the Q range are already on the road with electromechanical active roll stabilization.
 

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Finishing touches for many details:
The Audi Q2 in new top form

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  • The compact SUV features an even more striking design
  • New Audi connect services and new driver assist systems
  • LED headlights now as standard, Matrix LED technology optional
Four years ago, Audi put a trendsetter on the road with the Q2, and it was a huge success. Now the compact SUV is showcasing its progressive character even more clearly – with an even more striking profile with new headlights on the outside and additional Audi connect services and driver assist systems on the inside. The Audi Q2 is a real eye-catcher – and now it is even more fun to drive.

The principle of polygons: the exterior design
The Audi Q2 is a robust all-rounder for everyday use and leisure whose character is reflected in its body line: They are sporty, elongated, and powerful at the same time, and the corners and edges give the compact SUV a confident appearance. As a result of its revision, the Q2 has become a few millimeters longer, now measuring 4.21 meters (13.8 ft), while the width (1.79 meters (5.9 ft)) and height (1.54 meters (5.1 ft)) have remained the same. The drag coefficient of 0.31 (with sport suspension) is a top-of-the-range value in the segment.
The designers have now applied the motif of the polygon, which already characterized the front and shoulder line, to the rear end as well. The bumper has an integrated diffuser insert with large five-sided polygons. The front has also been modified, with the surfaces below the headlights emerging in a more striking manner. The octagonal Singleframe is slightly lower, making the front section appear wider. Its insert also interprets the polygon motif. The advanced and S line equipment lines feature narrow slits between the radiator grille and the hood that are reminiscent of the Audi Sport quattro, an icon of the brand. The large implied air inlets also appear even more expressive, especially in the S line.
Upon the customer’s request: LED or Matrix LED headlights
LED headlights now come as standard in the Audi Q2, and Matrix LED headlights are available as an option. Seven individual LEDs seated in a shared module produce an intelligently controlled high beam light. It always illuminates the road as brightly as possible without blinding other road users. Ten light-emitting diodes installed behind rhomboid optical components generate the daytime running light, while seven further LEDs generate the dynamic turn signal light in addition.
For the reversing lights, customers can choose between two LED versions – with or without dynamic turn signal. If the Matrix LED headlights are on board, the dynamic turn signal comes as standard at the rear end as well. In addition, the headlights and rear lights draw attention to the new Q2 with light sequencing when the car is locked and unlocked.
The color palette of the compact SUV contains five new colors: Apple green is celebrating its premiere with Audi, and Manhattan gray, Navarra blue, arrow gray, and turbo blue are new with the Q2. The blades on the C-pillars are painted in vehicle color or kept in black, gray, and silver shades, depending on the equipment line. There is a choice of three versions for the attachments in the lower section of the body: Pitted black in the basic version, Manhattan gray in the advanced line, and vehicle color in the S line.
New package strategy: interior and equipment
The spacious interior of the Audi Q2 accommodates five passengers. The interior design echoes the taut design language of their exterior. The air vents and the gear lever knob, or selector lever of the S tronic, have a new look. Q2 customers can order the interior S line instead of the basic variant, and both interior versions can be combined freely with the three exterior variants. With the optional ambient lighting package plus, the trim strip on the instrument panel and the knee pads on the center console feature elegant backlighting.
The Dinamica microfiber material is a new addition to the range and will replace the Alcantara material. Audi has bundled all upholstery and colors into eight packages, four of which are assigned to the basic interior, while the other four are assigned to the interior S line. The optional equipment is also bundled into packages, as this provides a better overview of the extensive range during configuration. Whether it is climate control, comfort, function, interior, infotainment, or assist systems: All packages have been compiled such that they accommodate the customers’ wishes. Audi will roll out this strategy in all model series in the future and adjust them to the respective preferences in the important global markets.
The optional equipment of the Q2 includes sport seats with pronounced side bolsters, a height-adjustable front passenger seat, two-zone automatic air conditioning, and auxiliary heating. The luggage compartment of the compact SUV can handle an unchanged 405 liters (14.3 cu ft), expanding to 1,050 liters (37.1 cu ft) when the rear seat backs are folded down. A power tailgate and a trailer hitch are available as options.
Digital world: operation, displays, infotainment, and Audi connect
The range in terms of operation and displays is also structured in several levels. It extends from an analog instrument cluster and the MMI radio plus with DAB+ to the Audi virtual cockpit with a 12.3-inch diagonal and MMI navigation plus with an 8.3-inch display. It is operated via a rotary pushbutton on the center tunnel console (MMI touch) or via a natural language voice control system. Modules such as the Audi phone box in two versions – with and without a charging function – round off the hardware program. The Bang & Olufsen Premium Sound System, which drives 14 loudspeakers with an output of 705 watts, is unique in the small SUV segment.
MMI navigation plus includes an LTE module for fast data transmission and a Wi-Fi hotspot, which the passengers can use to connect their mobile devices. The top infotainment system introduces the Audi connect services into the Q2, including online traffic information. The services of Audi connect emergency call & service and Audi connect remote & control are new additions. They allow the owner to lock the vehicle remotely or check the fuel fill level and range, for example. To do this, the owner can use the free myAudi app on their smartphone. Customers who wish to deactivate the transfer of data can activate the new privacy mode in the MMI system.
Five powerful drives: three TFSI and two TDI engines
The Audi Q2 is being launched on the German market with a powerful gasoline engine: The 1.5 TFSI outputs 110 kW (150 PS) and produces 250 Nm (184.4 lb-ft) of torque. In the NEDC cycle, the refined four-cylinder engine consumes just 5.4–5.1 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (43.6–46.1 US mpg), corresponding to CO2 emissions of 124–116 grams of CO2per kilometer (199.6–186.7 g/mi). At low loads and engine speeds, its efficiency system, cylinder on demand (COD), temporarily deactivates the second and third cylinders.
Further TDI and TFSI engines will be added before the end of the year. All engines comply with the new Euro 6 AP emission standard, and the twin dosing technology of the diesel engines minimizes the NOx emissions. Two SCR catalytic converters work together here: One is located directly behind the engine and the other is installed in the vehicle floor. They cover different operating situations and complement each other’s effects.
The Q2 with the 1.5 TFSI engine rolls off the assembly line with a manual six-speed transmission as standard, with the seven-speed S tronic available as an option. quattro all-wheel drive is available for some engine versions. Its multi-plate clutch, which transfers part or all of the engine torque to the rear wheels as needed, belongs to a new generation. It is around one kilogram (2.2 lb) lighter than its predecessor engine while offering increased efficiency thanks to various details such as bearings and oil supply.
The base character of the Q2: sporty and agile
Even with the standard trim, the compact Q2 is an agile SUV. Progressive steering, which becomes increasingly direct as the steering movement increases, comes as standard. It increases the handling and vehicle dynamics while maneuvering and on winding roads.
Upon request, Audi will deliver a sport suspension that lowers the body by ten millimeters (0.4 in). Alternatively, the suspension is available with damper control, which further increases the range between comfort and dynamism. It includes the Audi drive select dynamic handling system, which is also available separately.
The range of wheels and tires starts with the 16-inch and 205/60 formats. Topping the range are 19-inch wheels from Audi Sport with 235/40 tires. Three new rim designs complete the offering. With nearly 15 centimeters (5.9 in) of ground clearance, the Audi Q2 also does well on light off-road terrain, and the ESC stabilization control has an integrated off-road mode.
From the full-size class: the driver assist systems
The assist systems for the Q2 come directly from the full-size class. The standard Audi pre sense front system uses radar to observe the area in front of the car in order to avoid accidents or reduce their severity. The lane departure warning is also included as standard. The optional systems are subdivided into the “Drive,” “Safety,” and “Park” packages. The assist package Park includes a reversing camera and the parking system plus. The park assist, which can steer the car into and out of parking spaces automatically, is available as an upgrade. The assist package Safety includes the side assist, rear cross-traffic assist, and the Audi pre sense basic and Audi pre sense rear systems.
The assist package Drive includes a new high-end system, the adaptive cruise assist, which is available in combination with MMI navigation plus, the Audi virtual cockpit, and S tronic. In many situations, the driver has the option of letting this system largely take over the tasks of accelerating, decelerating, and steering within the lane. In order to maintain lateral guidance, the driver need only gently touch the capacitive steering wheel, which is part of the system, to prove that they are paying attention. The adaptive cruise assist operates across the entire speed range. In combination with the camera-based traffic sign recognition, it causes the car to decelerate automatically in certain situations, for example when approaching town signs. The Q2 accelerates as soon as a higher speed is permitted again.
Prices: starting at approx. EUR 25,000, “edition one” at market introduction
Presales of the Audi Q2 on the European market will begin in September 2020. In Germany, the prices will start at approx. EUR 25,000. With the 1.5 TFSI engine with 150 PS, the prices for the Q22 start at EUR 27,196.64. The market launch will be accompanied by the “edition one” special model with exclusive equipment. It is painted in apple green or arrow gray, with an S line bumper with a gray contrasting paint finish and a large roof edge spoiler adding accents. Attachments such as the mirror caps and Audi rings are painted black. Matrix LED headlights, 19-inch wheels from Audi Sport, and the sport suspension further accentuate the look.
In the interior, the Q2 “edition one” features the S line interior. The headlining consists of black fabric with rock gray contrasting stitching adorning the artificial leather covers for the sport seats, which are also black. The entries feature illuminated aluminum panels. The pedals and footrests are made of stainless steel, and the rim of the sport leather steering wheel is flattened at the bottom. The ambient lighting package plus and the backlit trims round off the equipment.
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In depth: Audi and Climeworks store CO2 from the atmosphere underground
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  • Climeworks is building the world’s largest direct air capture and storage facility in Iceland
  • 4,000 metric tons of CO2 will be stored as rock underground each year
  • Hagen Seifert, Head of Sustainable Product Concepts at AUDI AG: “Important measure for reaching the Group’s climate targets”
The Swiss company Climeworks is building the world’s largest direct air capture and storage facility for converting atmospheric CO2 to rock in Iceland. Audi is partnering with the Zurich-based environmental start-up and promoting a future technology with the project. The facility will filter 4,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide from the air and mineralize it underground. Climeworks is removing 1,000 metric tons thereof from the atmosphere on behalf of Audi.

The process – how the CO2 gets deep underground
With direct air capture technology, carbon dioxide is extracted from the ambient air and air free of CO2 is returned to the atmosphere. Climeworks’ new facility in Iceland transports the CO2 filtered out of the air below the Earth’s surface, where natural processes then mineralize it. The carbon dioxide is thus permanently removed from the atmosphere.
The facility first draws in air and feeds it into the CO2 collector, which contains a selective filter material. This uses a specially developed adsorbent to bind the CO2 in the air. When this filter is saturated with CO2, it is heated to 100 degrees Celsius using waste heat from a nearby geothermal plant to release the CO2 molecules. Water from the Hellisheiði power plant then flows through the facility and transports the carbon dioxide roughly 2,000 meters below the surface of the Earth. The CO2 molecules react through natural mineralization processes with the basalt rock and are converted to carbonates over a period of several years, thus permanently storing the CO2 underground. The water returns to the cycle of the geothermal power plant. The facility will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and will filter 4,000 metric tons from the atmosphere each year. One quarter of that will be credited to Audi. 80,000 trees would be needed to bind this amount naturally.
The direct air capture technology from Climeworks boasts two major advantages: Lifecycle analyses show that 90 percent of the CO2 filtered out of the air is effectively and permanently stored underground. This high reduction capacity makes the facility particularly efficient. The technology can also be scaled up to the megaton-per-year range and thus harbors great potential from the future.
Iceland is one of several places on Earth offering the ideal conditions for this process. Its volcanic origin makes the country one of the world’s most potent geothermal regions. The particularly high geothermal energy means that the Earth’s heat can be converted to electricity cost-effectively and virtually CO2 neutrally. Furthermore, the rock in Iceland has the ideal composition for storing large amounts of CO2.
The mission – why Audi is involved
Hagen Seifert, Head of Sustainable Product Concepts at Audi, says, “From a scientific perspective, the adsorption of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere is an important measure in addition to reducing emissions for reaching the Group’s climate targets. We are contributing to decarbonization through our involvement in the Climeworks CO2 capturing project.” Audi is once again following its holistic approach here and is participating in the project to promote the development and meaningful implementation of innovative climate protection technologies.
Audi has been supporting the development of CO2 capturing technology from the Zurich-based environmental start-up Climeworks since 2013. Two years ago the two companies built a facility in Hinwil, Switzerland, that filters CO2 from the air and provides it to the beverage industry, where it is converted to carbonic acid. Audi is extending this successful partnership with the project in Iceland and taking it to the next level. Because the carbon is placed underground, the brand with the Four Rings is helping to close the cycle by permanently storing the bound CO2 in the ground. Audi is also supporting the Swiss start-up with its technological know-how, such as for the development of new heat exchanger concepts.
By 2025, the Volkswagen Group wants to reduce the ecological footprint of cars and light utility vehicles along the entire value chain by 30 percent relative to 2015. Audi has therefore set ambitious targets in all areas of the company with the goal of achieving net CO2-neutrality company-wide by 2050.
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Innovative, dynamic, and electric:
The Audi e-tron S and the Audi e-tron S Sportback

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  • A world first in mass production: Drive with three electric motors mobilizes up to 370 kW of power and 973 Nm (717.6 lb-ft) of torque
  • New quattro generation with electric torque vectoring
  • Outstanding aerodynamics thanks to intelligent technology
Audi is showing consistency and continuing with its electric offensive – with the new Audi e-tron S and the new Audi e-tron S Sportback
. Both of the S models with fully electric drive use three electric motors, two of which operate on the rear axle. Their intelligent drive control raises vehicle safety, and dynamic handling in particular, to a new level. In addition to the electric all-wheel drive, the vehicles are equipped with electric torque vectoring with active and fully variable torque distribution on the rear axle.


Handling 2.0: the driving experience
The new Audi e-tron S and the new Audi e-tron S Sportback deliver dynamics in a new dimension. In S gear, they provide their full boost performance for eight seconds – 370 kW of power and 973 Nm (717.6 lb-ft) of torque
. The standard sprint takes just 4.5 seconds and acceleration ends at 210 km/h (130.5 mph).
The new S models have two electric motors on the rear axle and one on the front axle, making them the first mass-produced electric cars in the world to have three electric motors. Their drive layout is based on the modular construction principle: An adapted design of the more powerful electric motor that powers rear axle in the Audi e-tron 55
is now installed on the front axle.
The front electric motor from the e-tron 55 operates together with a structurally identical counterpart and individual modifications in the rear. The high-voltage battery has a gross energy capacity of 95 kWh, of which 91 percent (86 kWh) is usable. With one battery charge, the Audi e-tron S and the Audi e-tron S Sportback achieve ranges of up to 364 km (226.2 mi) and 370 km (229.9 mi) respectively in the WLTP cycle.
quattro reloaded: electric torque vectoring
In order to improve efficiency, only the rear electric motors are engaged as long as the Audi e-tron S
and the e-tron S Sportback
are operating in normal driving mode. The front electric motor flashes into action when the driver demands more performance, or predictively before traction subsides.
Electric all-wheel drive is now enhanced with electric torque vectoring: Each of the rear electric motors sends the drive torques directly to the respective wheel via a single-speed transmission; there is no more mechanical differential. Need-based regulation takes just milliseconds and can manage very high drive torques.
Drivers experience the excellent agility and traction of the electric S models in particular when challenging them on curvy roads. Their character has a stronger emphasis on the rear end and is even sportier than that of the technical basis. If the ESC stabilization control is set to “sport” and the Audi drive select dynamic handling system is set to maximum performance in “dynamic” mode, the drive layout facilitates a high level of transverse dynamics and, upon request, controlled drifts as well. When approaching the physical limit, the unloaded front wheel on the inside of the curve is decelerated slightly via the wheel brake to prevent slip and further refine handling. The sharp dynamism, high level of precision, and uncompromising safety are based on the close networking between all control units that manage the drive and suspension systems.
Networking: the suspension of the electric S models
The large high-voltage battery ensures a balanced distribution of the axle loads and is installed in a low position comparable to that of the three electric motors. This lowers the car’s center of gravity, which offers great advantages in terms of handling. The progressive steering, whose ratio becomes increasingly direct as the steering movement increases, emphasizes the sporty character. The suspension has S-specific tuning. The Audi drive select system offers seven driving profiles. For example, it accesses the adaptive air suspension sport – the air suspension with regulated damping can vary the level of the body by up to 76 millimeters (3.0 in) depending on the driving situation and settings.
The electric S models are equipped with 20-inch wheels as standard and come with tires that are already 285 millimeters (11.2 in) wide. 21-inch wheels are available upon request and even sportier 22-inch wheels will follow at a later time. Fixed calipers with six pistons each are installed in the front above the large brake disks; fist calipers are installed in the rear. The brake calipers are painted black as standard and feature the S logo. Upon request, they can be painted in a bright orange and decorated with the e-tron logo.
The brake is actuated and regulated via a compact module that controls the pressure build-up electronically (by wire), reinforces it electrically, and actuates the brakes hydraulically. An electric spindle drive actuates the displacing piston in a flash: The brake pads are in full-pressure contact with the disks after just 150 milliseconds. Depending on the driving situation, the brake control system decides individually for each axle whether the car will decelerate with the electric motors, the wheel brakes, or a combination of both systems.
Innovative solutions: aerodynamics.
Thanks to the optional virtual exterior mirrors (cameras that send their pictures to high-contrast displays in the interior) in particular, the Audi e-tron S models achieve very good drag coefficients. Flow-optimized wheel arch extensions also make a considerable contribution to resolving the conflict of objectives between outstanding aerodynamics and a sporty look. The innovative technology was developed by Audi and is now patented. The brand with the four rings is introducing it to large-scale vehicle construction for the first time. This allows the Audi e-tron S Sportback to achieve a drag coefficient of just 0.26, despite the widening of its wheel arches; in the Audi e-tron S, the drag coefficient is 0.28.
A second major element in the aerodynamics concept is the controllable cooling-air inlet with ducts to cool the front wheel brakes. It remains closed as often as possible so that the airstream flows over the hood with almost no turbulence. As part of efficient thermal management, each e-tron is equipped with a heat pump as standard. It draws heat energy from the waste heat of the drive components, thereby increasing the range by up to ten percent.
The sophisticated recuperation concept also contributes to the vehicle’s efficiency. Drivers can select between three recuperation levels, the highest of which allows them to experience a noticeable one-pedal feeling. When braking, the electric motors decelerate alone up to the area of 0.3 g, i.e. in most everyday situations. The hydraulic wheel brakes only come into play beyond that level. However, the electric motors remain active and can convert up to 270 kW of peak performance when braking from a speed of 100 km/h (62.1 mph).
Five centimeters (2.0 in) more width: the exterior design
The Audi e-tron S
and the Audi e-tron S Sportback
reveal their electric power at first glance. Their front and rear bumpers have strong contours, and the air curtains are particularly large and expressive. The diffuser insert at the rear end extends almost across the entire vehicle width. The fact that the wheel arches on both sides are 23 millimeters (0.9 in) wider makes the cars appear very powerful. Silver attachments at the front and rear end add highlights. This, as well as the aluminum exterior mirror housings are exclusive features of the S models Large parts of the body’s lower section can be painted in a contrasting color upon request.
Both cars can be equipped with Matrix LED headlights as an option – another world first in mass production that Audi introduced with the e-tron Sportback in the fall of 2019. Each light is divided into 1.3 million pixels and can be controlled with great precision, which opens up many new functions. In narrow areas, for example, it shows the car’s position in the lane and thus helps the driver to remain safely in the center.
Progressive: interior and equipment
The interiors of the Audi e-tron S
and Audi e-tron S Sportback
are designed in dark colors. Electrically adjustable sport seats come as standard. Their leather/Alcantara upholstery as well as the gear selector lever feature S embossing with a rhombus. The decorative trims are made of brushed aluminum and are available in two versions. They are also available in carbon upon request. The contour/ambient lighting package adds progressive highlights in the dark.
Fully digital: controls, infotainment, and assist systems
Like all full-size class models from Audi, the Audi e-tron S
and the Audi e-tron S Sportback
are equipped with the digital MMI touch response control system with the two large central displays. On the third display, the Audi virtual cockpit, the driver can select a special e-tron screen that moves the electric drive to center stage. An optional head-up display complements the displays. The MMI navigation plus control and infotainment system is included as standard. Behind its many functions is the third generation modular infotainment toolkit (MIB 3), which completes all tasks with a high processing power. It cooperates with the communication box, which connects the car with the environment and the passengers’ smartphones.
Audi connect’s online services complement the navigation system, especially the expanded e-tron route planner. It calculates the fastest route including optimum charging stops, taking into account traffic data, the driver’s driving profile, and the duration of the charging stops. In some cases, this strategy may result in the system suggesting an alternative route. The directory of charging points, which includes appropriate additional information, is updated online every day. Upon request, charging stations where the driver can pay using the e-tron Charging Service can be preferred when planning the route.
In the fall: market launch in Europe
The two electrically powered S models will be launched on the European markets in fall 2020. In Germany, the base price for the Audi e-tron S starts at EUR 91,435.29; for the e-tron S Sportback, it starts at EUR 93,628.58.
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New generation with CNG drive:
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  • Operation with natural gas or biomethane, range up to 495 kilometers
  • 1.5 TFSI with 96 kW (131 PS), sophisticated efficiency technologies
  • Low fuel costs and CO2 emissions
Audi adds a new member to the A3 family: the A3 Sportback 30 g-tron2. Operation with natural gas or biomethane makes the compact model particularly economical and climate-friendly with very low emissions. Like all variants of the new A3 model series, it boasts a sporty design, a digital operating concept and generous standard equipment. Sales in Germany begin in fall 2020 at a base price of €30,705.88.

The first A3 Sportback g-tron introduced by Audi in 2014 already featured a sophisticated technology concept. The successor builds on that. Its 1.5 TFSI engine produces 96 kW (131 PS) and generates 200 Nm (147.5 lb-ft) of torque between 1,400 and 4,000 rpm2.Its turbocharger with variable turbine geometry makes optimal use of the exhaust gas energy for early and harmonious torque development. The Miller combustion process provides tremendous consumption advantages during normal driving. With its abbreviated compression phase and long expansion phase, it was designed specifically for operation at partial load.
Operation with the knock-resistant fuel CNG enables a higher 12.5:1 compression ratio compared with the conventional combustion process of the 1.5 TFSI 110 kW (150 PS) and also improves efficiency. The cylinder head, injection system, turbocharger and catalytic converter were modified accordingly for the CNG engine. Before the gas reaches the injector valves, an electronic pressure regulator reduces the pressure from as much as 200 bar, which can prevail in the tanks, to between 5 and 9 bar.
The CNG model accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 9.7 seconds on its way to a top speed of 211 km/h (131.1 mph). Average NEDC fuel consumption for the four-cylinder is just 3.6 – 3.5 kilograms CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) per 100 kilometers, corresponding to a CO2 equivalent of 99 – 96 grams per kilometer (159.3 – 154.5 g/mi). With full gas tanks, the car has an NEDC range of up to 495 (307.6 mi) kilometers and a WLTP range of up to 445 kilometers (276.5 mi). This is supplemented by the additional range offered by the reserve gasoline tank with a net usable volume of 9 liters (2.4 US gal) mounted in front of the rear axle. Power is transferred to the front wheels via the standard seven-speed S tronic.
The four-cylinder always starts in CNG mode, only injecting slight amounts of gasoline under rare operating conditions. If the pressure in the gas tanks drops below a certain threshold, which varies depending on the current driving state, the engine switches to gasoline mode. The driver does not notice this switch. The fuel level in the tanks and consumption in the respective operating mode are displayed in the digital instrument cluster. The two filler necks are placed under a common fuel flap.
Light and safe: the CNG tanks
Three CNG tanks arranged perpendicular to the direction of travel are located in the rear of the Audi A3 Sportback 30 g-tron. A narrow steel cylinder with a capacity of approximately 4 kilograms of gas is mounted in front of the gasoline tank. Two large tanks, each of which can hold approximately 7 kilograms of CNG, are located beneath the luggage compartment floor. They are made of fiber-composite materials and, in keeping with Audi’s lightweight construction philosophy, each weighs just 26 kilograms (57.3 lb). The inner layer is a gas-tight polyamide vessel. The ultra high-strength outer shell comprises two layers: an inner layer of carbon fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP) and an outer layer of glass fiber-reinforced polymer (GFRP). The GFRP layer also has a safety function: It turns a milky white if damaged. A cover likewise made of GFRP protects the tanks against stone impacts or other road influences.
Utmost care is taken during their manufacture. Before the tanks are mounted in the car, they are pressure tested at 300 bar, far above the operating pressure of 200 bar. The vessels withstand a burst pressure of 580 bar, which is also well above the 470 bar required by law. Crash tests requirements are also easily met.
Powerful advantages: lower costs, lower emissions
The Audi A3 Sportback 30 g-tron is also a leader when it comes to economy, in part because of the favorable tax rate on natural gas and biomethane in Germany until 2026. The emissions balance is similarly positive. Due to the fuel’s high hydrogen content, a CNG automobile emits approximately 20 percent less carbon dioxide than a comparable gasoline model.
There are currently some 850 CNG gas stations in Germany. More than half of them sell biomethane produced entirely from waste, and this number is increasing. With this fuel, driving is nearly climate-neutral. When the fuel is burned in the engine, it only releases as much CO2 as the biomass from which it was produced bound while growing.
The Four Rings brand is helping to further increase the share of sustainable methane in the gas mix by feeding Audi egas into the natural gas network. The synthetic fuel is produced at the power-to-gas plant in Werlte from water and carbon dioxide using electricity generated by wind power. Audi sources the CO2 from an adjacent biogas plant that recycles agricultural waste. The power-to-gas plant in Emsland is both a research facility and production site that also serves to stabilize the power grid in light of the increasing share of fluctuating green electricity from wind and solar power generation.
Like all models in the series, the Audi A3 Sportback 30 g-tron combines very fun driving with everyday utility. Beneath its expressive exterior lie many technologies from the full-size class. They can be found in the operating concept and the infotainment, the headlights, the interior and the sporty balanced handling. Depending on the position of the rear seat backs, the luggage compartment has a volume of 280 to 1,100 liters (9.9 to 38.8 cu ft). The loading floor is flush with the loading edge.
The Audi A3 Sportback 30 g-tron comes standard with the following equipment: LED headlights, digital instrument cluster, 10.1-inch touch display, leather-covered multifunction steering wheel and the assistance systems Audi pre sense front, lane departure warning, swerve assist and turn assist. Options include matrix LED headlights with digital daytime running lights, three-zone automatic air conditioning, head-up display, sport seats with integrated head restraints, panoramic glass sunroof and adaptive cruise assist, which supports the driver with longitudinal and lateral guidance. Three exterior and three interior lines, which can be freely combined, provide for a high level of customization.
Sales of the Audi A3 Sportback 30 g-tron in Germany and other European countries begin in fall 2020. The base price in Germany is €30,705.88.
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Comprehensive digital platform for fans of Audi Sport at the Nürburgring 24-hour race
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  • Varied fan offer brings long-distance race into the living room
  • Studio shows with top-class moderation and expert team
  • Livestream, live timing and onboard cameras in the Audi Sport racing cars
Immersive, intensive and interactive: immerse yourself, join in the excitement and take a look behind the scenes. Audi Sport customer racing offers fans of the 24-hour race a holistic digital experience from the Eifel region from September 24 to 27. Under the motto “Your driver seat on the web,” motor sport enthusiasts can follow the brand’s performance in detail throughout the weekend.


“The majority of the loyal fans have to stay at home in times of Corona and are not allowed to visit the race on site,” says Chris Reinke, Head of Audi Sport customer racing. “They should now be able to follow our race from their living rooms in a way never seen before. A wide variety of stories and backgrounds, live channels, a great studio show and interactive elements mean that our supporters will be able to immerse themselves in the action like never before.” A livestream including live timing from the qualifying and the entire race provides an overview. Three onboard cameras in the R8 LMS cars used by Audi Sport with start numbers #1, #3 and #29 provide a unique view of the cockpit. Telemetry data and other information complete the live picture. Legendary Radio Le Mans presenter John Hindhaugh will guide through the studio broadcasts from Friday to Sunday. With five-time Le Mans winner Frank Biela and two-time Le Mans winner, FIA WEC World Champion and Formula E Team Principal Allan McNish, he has two top-class experts at his side.
Away from the live area, the digital platform also invites visitors to get to know the environment and background of the race and the appearance of Audi Sport in detail. Many interactive elements allow fans to move through the weekend in a varied way and to get involved themselves, for example via Photo Booth or questions to the racing drivers.
Effective immediately, Audi Sport’s digital platform on the Internet welcomes fans at
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Audi R8 LMS wins round of the GT World Challenge at Zandvoort
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  • Audi customer teams in GT World Challenge Europe strong in race and standings
  • Two wins each for the Audi RS 3 LMS in America and Japan
  • Maximilian Paul continues winning streak in Audi Sport Seyffarth R8 LMS Cup
The Belgian Audi Club Team WRT celebrated its second victory of the season in the GT World Challenge Sprint Cup at Zandvoort and remains at the top of the standings. The Audi RS 3 LMS contributed to a successful weekend of Audi Sport customer racing with a total of four wins worldwide.


Audi R8 LMS GT3
Victory and podium finishes at Zandvoort: The third of four rounds of the GT World Challenge Europe Sprint Cup was tailor-made for Audi Sport’s customer teams. On the wet track at Zandvoort, Ryuichiro Tomita had decided to drive on rain tires in the Audi R8 LMS of Belgian Audi Club Team WRT before the first race. The Japanese driver, who started from third place, thus overtook his two front runners, who had been on slicks, right after the start. At half time, the Asian handed over his car to Kelvin van der Linde. The South African extended his lead to more than 30 seconds and celebrated his first victory of the season in the sprint race series with his teammate. Audi Sport driver van der Linde has thus taken the lead in the overall standings of the GT World Challenge, which includes both sprint and endurance races. The Belgian Audi Club Team WRT has also extended its lead in the team classification. Audi Sport drivers Dries Vanthoor/Charles Weerts, who also drive an Audi R8 LMS from Belgian Audi Club Team WRT, continue to lead the sprint table. Simon Gachet and Steven Palette completed the success in the first race with third place overall for Saintéloc Racing. The two Frenchmen and their team remain championship leaders in the Silver Cup classification of the sprint racing series before the finale. Saintéloc Racing won another cup on the North Sea coast. On his 33rd birthday, Audi Sport driver Christopher Haase achieved second place overall together with Arthur Rougier in the second race.
Series of successes continued: Uwe Alzen continues to set the pace in Spezial Tourenwagen Trophy. On the fourth race weekend of the clubsport racing series, the racer in the Audi R8 LMS also remained unbeaten at the Sachsenring. In both qualifying sessions, the 53-year-old ex-professional had secured pole position. In the first sprint he gained a 1.6 second lead over Tobias Schulze, in the second race he crossed the finish line 18.3 seconds ahead of the Nissan driver. Thus the private driver and his Spirit Race Team Uwe Alzen Automotive won all eight sprints in the current season.
Class victory in Virginia: On the sixth race weekend of the American Trans-Am racing series, an Audi privateer won in his class. At the Virginia circuit, Ken Thwaits in the Audi R8 LMS ultra won the XGT class.
Audi R8 LMS GT4
Class success in the Eifel: The Giti Tire Motorsport by WS Racing team won its class at the Nürburgring 24 hours despite several setbacks. The Audi R8 LMS GT4 of Kari-Pekka Laaksonen/Kristian Jepsen/Jan Sørensen/Roland Waschkau touched a guardrail in the rain during the initial phase. During the race interruption in the night, the team repaired the suspension damage of the production-based GT sports car. An effort that was worth it: On Sunday, the team won the SP 8 class after the retirement of an opponent and thus improved by one position compared to last year.
Two podium places in Mid-Ohio: The Audi customer team CarBahn with Peregrine Racing contested two races at the sixth race event of the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge in Mid-Ohio for the first time this season. Last year’s champions Tyler McQuarrie/Jeff Westphal took second place in the Audi R8 LMS GT4 after two hours of racing on Saturday. The next day they were again on the podium in third place.
Trophies in Monza: On the third race weekend of the GT Cup Open Europe series in Monza Baporo Motorsport achieved two podium finishes. Daniel Díaz-Varela/Manel Cerqueda finished second in both 50-minute races in the Audi R8 LMS GT4. They have thus extended their lead in the amateur standings to 15 points and are second overall.
Audi Sport Seyffarth R8 LMS Cup
Two victories for Maximilian Paul:
At the third round of the Audi Sport Seyffarth R8 LMS Cup Maximilian Paul celebrated his third and fourth consecutive victory at Assen. From fourth place on the grid, the German managed a perfect drive, while the drivers in front made mistakes. Kris Heidorn, who started from pole position, lost the lead to Swiss Lucas Mauron as early as on the first lap before the new leader was turned around by Heidorn shortly afterwards. When Heidorn, who was then again in the lead, made a mistake, Maximilian Paul took the lead and finally won ahead of Lucas Mauron and Kris Heidorn. In the second sprint on the Dutch track, the finish was in exactly the same order. After three of four events, Tim Reiter leads the overall Cup standings with 112 points ahead of Tom Spitzenberger and Maximilian Paul.
Audi RS 3 LMS (TCR)
Double success in Mid-Ohio:
Two customer teams from Audi ended up in front in the sixth and seventh rounds of the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge in the TCR class. For the first time this season, the touring and sports car series held two races in one weekend. In the first two-hour race, James Vance/Max Faulkner and their team FASTMD with Speed Syndicate were 8.5 seconds ahead. Third place went to Gavin Ernstone/Jon Morley from Road Shagger Racing in another Audi RS 3 LMS. The second, also two-hour race was won by Ernstone/Morley. Third place went to Michael Johnson/Stephen Simpson of JDC-Miller MotorSports, who also drove an Audi RS 3 LMS.
Audi Team Hitotsuyama in front in TCR Japan: Takuro Shinohara made perfect use of his opportunities in the third round of TCR Japan in Okayama. Starting second in each race, the young driver in the Audi RS 3 LMS won by three seconds on Saturday and almost six seconds on Sunday. He thus extended his lead in the race series’ Saturday’s classification to 24 points. In the Sunday standings, he is runner-up, only two points behind the top of the standings. In the team classification, Audi Team Hitotsuyama is already 22 points ahead of its best rival after three of six events.
Double championship lead in the FIA WTCR: After the second race weekend of the FIA WTCR, Comtoyou Racing leads two classifications with its private drivers. On the Nordschleife of the Nürburgring, Tom Coronel in the Audi RS 3 LMS was the best driver in the Trophy classification as fifth overall in the first race. The Dutchman increased his lead over Alfa driver Jean-Karl Vernay by four points to ten. Gilles Magnus, who drives another Audi RS 3 LMS of the Belgian Audi customer team, won the rookie classification in the first race and now has a 16-point lead in the standings for young drivers.
Podium and lead of the standings: Team Comtoyou Racing is still ahead in two classifications after the third round of TCR Europe. In the first race at Monza, Nicolas Baert in an Audi RS 3 LMS improved from eighth on the grid to third place. The Belgian is thus the new runner-up in the overall standings at the halfway point of the season. He also leads the Yokohama Trophy ahead of his Moroccan teammate Sami Taoufik. Jean-Michel Baert’s team is ten points ahead in the team classification.
Podium in the Eifel: Team Bonk Motorsport returned home from the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring with another trophy. In third place in the TCR classification, the team from Münster with its drivers Hermann Bock/Andreas Möntmann/Max Partl/Alexander Prinz took a podium place for the fifth time with the Audi RS 3 LMS.
Third place at Sachsenring: At the fourth event of the Spezial Tourenwagen Trophy, an Audi privateer achieved a podium result. Max Frederik Gruhn started at the Sachsenring in an Audi RS 3 LMS. In the second sprint, the young driver achieved third place in his class after eleven laps of the race.

Coming up next week
01–03/10 Indianapolis (USA), rounds 15 and 16, TC America TCR

01–03/10 Indianapolis (USA), rounds 15 and 16, GT4 America

02–03/10 Mantorp Park (S), rounds 5 and 6, TCR Scandinavia

02–03/10 Mantorp Park (S), rounds 3 and 4, GT4 Scandinavia

02–04/10 Indianapolis (USA), round 2, Intercontinental GT Challenge

02–04/10 Sachsenring (D), rounds 7 and 8, ADAC GT Masters

02–04/10 Sachsenring (D), rounds 5 and 6, ADAC GT4 Germany

02–04/10 Le Castellet (F), rounds 5 and 6, GT4 France

02–04/10 Mugello (I), round 2, TCR DSG Italy Endurance

02–04/10 Mugello (I), rounds 3 and 4, Campionato Italiano GT Sprint

03/10 Ruapuna (NZ), round 2, South Island Endurance Championship

03/10 Phakisa (ZA), rounds 3 and 4, G&H Transport Extreme Supercars

03–04/10 Mugello (I), round 2, TCR DSG Europe

03–04/10 Fuji (J), round 5, Super GT

03–04/10 Snetterton (GB), round 5, British GT
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Drive up to 78 km (48.5 mi) on electric power:
The New Audi A3 Sportback 40 TFSI e

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  • Premium compact model with improved plug-in hybrid technology
  • High-voltage battery with larger capacity, more powerful electric motor
  • Launch in fall, base price EUR 37,470.92
Up to 78 kilometers (48.5 mi) of electric range (NEDC) and 150 kW (204 PS) of system output: Audi presents the A3 Sportback 40 TFSI e
. The compact plug-in hybrid is locally emissions-free, offers sporty driving performance with high efficiency, and features all the strengths of the new A3 product line. Sales in Germany begin in fall 2020 at a base price of EUR 37,470.92. Customers can claim a total of EUR 6,750 in incentives**.


With the A3 Sportback 40 TFSI e , Audi is continuing its electrification offensive. The plug-in hybrid models from the A6, A7, A8, Q5, and Q7 product lines have already been introduced on the markets. Now, the compact models are following suit. The Audi A3 Sportback 40 TFSI e, which took up the concept of its successful predecessor, the A3 Sportback e-tron, and further optimized it, will kick things off. A more powerful variant that emphasizes the sporty accents will follow shortly after.
TFSI engine plus electric motor: drive, power transmission, and battery
A 1.4 TFSI serves as the combustion engine for the compact plug-in hybrid model. The four-cylinder gasoline engine outputs 110 kW (150 PS) and delivers more than 250 Nm (184.4 lb-ft) of torque in the range between 1,550 and 3,500 rpm. The electric drive is powered by a permanently excited synchronous machine with an increased power density as compared to its predecessor. It produces 80 kW and 330 Nm (243.4 lb-ft) of torque. As with the predecessor, it is integrated in the housing of the six-speed S tronic. However, it is even lighter and more compact.
Together, the 1.4 TFSI and the electric motor deliver a system output of 150 kW (204 PS). When working together with maximum boost, the system torque reaches 350 Nm (258.1 lb-ft). The compact plug-in hybrid model sprints from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 7.6 seconds on its way to a top speed of 227 km/h (141.1 mph). In the NEDC cycle, it consumes between 1.5 and 1.4 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (156.8–168.0 US mpg), which corresponds to 34 to 30 grams of CO2 per kilometer (54.7–48.3 g/mi). A six-speed S tronic transfers the torques of the motor and engine to the front axle. The dual-clutch transmission is equipped with an electric oil pump that ensures gear changes and oil supply even when the TFSI is deactivated temporarily.
The lithium-ion battery is located below the vehicle underbody in the area of the rear sears of the A3 Sportback 40 TFSI e. Its 96 prismatic cells store 13.0 kWh of energy, almost 48 percent more than the predecessor model. No changes were made to the high-voltage battery in the package; the progress results from the improved cell chemistry. A separate cooling circuit controls the temperature of the battery. It can also be coupled with the air conditioning system, if necessary. This allows customers to drive on electric power even at higher outside temperatures.
Efficiency takes priority: drive management
The drive management of the compact plug-in hybrid is designed for efficient driving. It always starts electrically, up to a temperature of -28 °C. Drivers can prioritize electric drive with the EV button. It can cover up to 78 kilometers (48.5 mi) (according to the NEDC standard, 67 kilometers (41.6 mi) in the WLTP), that is the majority of everyday journeys, with zero local emissions. That is almost 20 kilometers (12.4 mi) more than the predecessor model. The fully electric top speed is 140 km/h (87.0 mph). At low speeds, the statutory e-sound of what is known as the Acoustic Vehicle Alert System is output.
When the A3 PHEV is in hybrid mode, the two drives divide the work intelligently. Two special modes can be selected via the MMI operating system: “Battery hold” and “Battery charge.” In “hold” mode, the available battery charge is held at the current level. In “charge” mode, as much electricity as possible is supplied to the battery.
The drive management of the Audi A3 Sportback 40 TFSI e uses a large volume of data that the navigation, sensors, and assist systems supply. In the interest of efficiency, it selects freewheeling with deactivated TFSI in most situations when decelerating, allowing the car to coast.
Dynamic profile and S gear: sporty hybrid experience
To influence the character of the drive, as well as other systems such as power steering and S tronic, drivers can also use the standard Audi drive select system. It offers the driving profiles comfort, auto, dynamic, and individual.
In the dynamic profile and when the S tronic is set to S gear, the hybrid drive shows off its sporty potential. When the driver puts the pedal to the metal via kickdown, it releases the full boost torque for up to ten seconds. As soon as they take their foot off the accelerator pedal, the electric motor switches to recuperation. The resulting deceleration creates a true one-pedal feeling.
While braking, the electric motor performs the deceleration alone up to around 0.3 g, thereby covering the vast majority of all brake applications in everyday customer driving. The hydraulic wheel brakes only come into play if the driver presses the pedal more forcefully. The transition is almost unnoticeable, and recuperation remains active. While braking, the electric motor can recover up to 40 kW of energy.
The suspension of the Audi A3 Sportback 40 TFSI e combines pleasant ride comfort and a good level of dynamism; the sophisticated four-link rear axle provides an excellent basis for this. The electric brake booster guarantees powerful and spontaneous braking. Specially designed 16-inch alloy wheels come as standard, and Audi delivers 17-inch or 18-inch wheels upon request.
Charging at home and on the road: a full charge from a conventional socket in just four hours
Audi delivers the compact plug-in hybrid with a 230-volt power charging cable for the garage as standard. The A3 Sportback 40 TFSI e charges with a maximum power of 2.9 kW. It takes slightly more than four hours to fully recharge a completely empty battery. With the free myAudi app, customers can control the charging times and pre-entry climate control remotely. When outside temperatures are low, electric heating elements warm up the interior, while the electrically powered air conditioning cools the interior down when outside temperatures are high. At public charging terminals, the car charges via what is known as a mode 3 cable. The e-tron Charging Service makes charging on the road particularly convenient. It covers most countries in Europe, and a single card offers access to roughly 150,000 charging points.
Typically Audi A3: driving pleasure and great everyday utility
The A3 Sportback 40 TFSI e is 4.34 meters (14.5 ft) long and offers great driving pleasure and everyday utility, as is typical for all models of the product line. Its exterior features a sporty and expressive design. Audi offers Matrix LED headlights upon request. Their digital daytime running lights, a pixel array consisting of 15 LED segments, generate an e-shaped light signature – the symbol of the plug-in hybrid drive.
The progressive design is continued in the interior with a compact shifter, striking door openers, and a large black panel surface in the instrument panel. Seat upholstery made of recycled PET bottles, on which stylish contrasting stitching sets accents, are a new addition to the range.
Depending on the position of the rear seat backs, the luggage compartment has a volume of 280 to 1,100 liters (9.9 to 38.8 cu ft). An electric tailgate that can be opened and closed easily with a foot motion is available upon request.
Hybrid-specific functions and displays have been added to the operating concept of the A3 Sportback 40 TFSI e. The powermeter in the digital instrument cluster – or in the optional Audi virtual cockpit – displays the system’s output, the status of the drive, the recuperation, the battery’s state of charge, and the range. The central 10.1-inch MMI display shows the energy flows.
Intelligent and versatile: connectivity and equipment
Like all new A3 models, the compact plug-in hybrid is equipped with the third-generation modular infotainment platform. Its computing power is ten times higher than that of its predecessor, it performs all tasks relating to connectivity with LTE Advanced speed, and it also has an integrated Wi-Fi hotspot. The MMI navigation plus offers flexible and intelligent route guidance with satellite images from Google Earth, predictions on the development of the traffic situation, and 3D models of many major European cities.
The Audi connect online services include the Car-to-X services that draw on the swarm intelligence of the Audi fleet. They output warnings regarding hazards and can find parking spots on the roadside in selected cities. The car is connected to the user’s smartphone via the myAudi app, Apple CarPlay, or Android Auto. The Audi phone box connects the vehicle’s antenna to the device and charges it inductively. The Audi connect key allows the user to lock and unlock the car and to start the engine via an Android smartphone.
There is an extensive range of standard equipment. Aside from the features mentioned above, it also includes LED headlights, a leather multifunction steering wheel, and a two-zone automatic air conditioning system. A head-up display, sport seats with integrated head restraints, and a panoramic glass sunroof are available upon request. The assist systems Audi pre sense front, lane departure warning, turn assist, and swerve assist are standard equipment. The adaptive cruise assist plays a main role among the optional systems, as it assists the driver in many situations while steering, accelerating, and braking.
The A3 Sportback 40 TFSI e will go on sale in many European markets in the fall of 2020. Its base price in Germany is EUR 37,470.92, and customers in Germany are entitled to incentives** in the amount of EUR 6,750. As a company car, the plug-in hybrid model is taxed only at a flat rate of 0.5% of the gross list price.

** Incentive subject to the model being entered in the German Federal Office for Economic Affairs and Export Control’s (BAFA) list.
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Functions on demand: a new form of individualization
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  • Book additional selected functions online any time after delivery
  • Start of the new payment service AudiPay for digital additional services
  • Available in eight model series; additional models and markets will follow
For the first time, Audi is offering its customers in Norway and Germany the possibility to book selected functions on demand, even after purchasing the vehicle. This opens up completely new possibilities for individualizing your own car. The functions are booked online via myAudi. With functions on demand, Audi is taking another consistent step toward a seamless digital customer journey.


Audi is already connecting the physical world with the digital world for its customers today, from the first contact to consulting, service and the purchase. With functions on demand, the company is now offering them a new level of flexibility when purchasing a car. Previously, they had to configure the optional equipment when ordering a vehicle. Starting now, it is also possible for customers to book functions in the areas of lighting, driver assistance, and infotainment flexibly and as required, even after the purchase. Customers can select between various terms in the process. Functions on demand is currently available for the fully electric e-tron models and the current A4, A5, A6, A7, Q5, Q7 and Q8 models. Other product lines and functions will follow.
Which functions can be booked depends on the vehicle model and the market. With the Audi e-tron and e-tron Sportback, for example, customers can upgrade the LED headlights to Matrix LED headlights with automatic high beam in the lighting package. The infotainment package comprises MMI navigation plus and the Audi smartphone interface. The rates for functions on demand are based on the classic price list.
Comfortable and extremely flexible
If customers would like to get to know a function first before committing themselves, they have the one-time option to book a one-month test phase. Even during this phase, they can extend the booking according to their personal needs.
If customers decide not to extend the term, the booking expires automatically and without requiring active termination at the end of the selected term. The booked functions always apply to a particular car. When the car is sold, they remain active for the remaining term and can be used by the next owner. In addition, the next owner can book further functions later on to suit their personal needs. This increases the car’s attractiveness on the used-car market.
Booking and payment are handled via the app or the myAudi web portal. We attach great importance to secure processing of the transaction. After the booking process has been completed, the Audi IT back end sends a signed data package to the car via the mobile network. The function is available the next time the vehicle is started.
New: booking Audi connect packages and new services in myAudi
It is also now possible to extend the Audi connect packages available for the respective vehicle and book new Audi connect features via myAudi. Customers can select from different terms for the individual digital products here too.
AudiPay: the global payment and settlement platform for digital additional services
AudiPay will be launched together with functions on demand. Protected by a secure connection with the Group payment service provider VW Payments S.A., customers can now purchase and pay for digital services for their car using their stored credit cards. The plan is to offer other payment services such as PayPal, Klarna, or other local payment functions in the future. In addition to Germany and Norway, customers in roughly 20 other European markets will be able to pay digitally via AudiPay in the near future. Protecting customer data is always our top priority here: AudiPay guarantees security and compliance throughout the entire payment process.
Exploiting new business areas
Digital services like functions on demand make an important contribution to the digitalization at the four rings. They open up additional market potential and provide an opportunity to address the customers in an even more individual manner. Functions on demand also opens up a new business area for the dealers. They receive a bonus for helping customers to find and book suitable functions for their current vehicle.
The hardware for these functions that can be activated subsequently is installed in all vehicles at the factory. It is therefore available throughout their entire life cycles, yet customers pay only for the functions that they ordered when they purchased the vehicle or that they booked later on.
 

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Great attention to detail and even sharper:
The Audi TT S line competition plus

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  • New equipment line for the Audi TT with 180 kW (245 PS)
  • The S line exterior package and black styling package characterize its progressive look
  • Interior based on the S line sport package with Alcantara, leather and contrasting stitching
Even stronger in character, even sportier – with the TT 45 TFSI
, Audi is introducing the new equipment line S line competition plus to the range. Gloss black attachments, large wheels and a fixed rear wing are sure to turn heads. The interior is dominated by Alcantara, leather and contrasting stitching. The sporty heart of the TT 45 TSFI satisfies the latest level of the Euro 6 emission standard and delivers 245 PS and 370 Nm (272.9 lb-ft) of torque.


The Audi TT has been demonstrating its special character ever since its series debut in 1998. In its third generation, which has been on the market since 2014, the compact sports car embodies emotion and dynamism in their pure form. The new “S line competition plus” line now takes this one step further. It is available as a TT 45 TSFI
with 180 kW (245 PS) and a seven-speed S tronic for both the Coupé and the Roadster. The revised engine meets the latest level of the Euro 6 emissions standard. The variants with quattro drive will be available to order in the first quarter of 2021.
The combination of not one but two equipment packages provides the ingredients for the sporty appearance of the “competition plus” models: The S line exterior package draws attention to the bumpers, the radiator protective grille, the side air inlets, the sill trims and the diffuser insert at the rear with a distinctive style. The black styling package adds to the progressive appearance with attachments in high-gloss black: The Singleframe, air inlets, exterior mirrors, sill trim strips, diffuser insert and a fixed rear wing all look particularly sporty with their dark finish.
The Audi rings and the exhaust tailpipes also have a black painted finish. With the Roadster, a black hood and a high-gloss black roll-over bar cover complete the look, while dark privacy glazing in the rear is available for the Coupé.
The standard 19-inch wheels in the five-arm polygon design are likewise styled in gloss black, with 20-inch wheels in the 10-Y spoke design available as an option. Behind them, the red-painted brake calipers catch the eye and provide a harmonious contrast. The standard S line sport suspension with dynamic damper tuning lowers the body by 10 mm (0.4 in) and underscores the sporty appearance. On request, LED headlights illuminate the road. In addition to the turbo blue solid paint finish, the customer can choose from the metallic colors tango red, glacier white and chronos gray, which is available for the TT for the first time. Regardless of the paint finish, the Audi rings behind the door are presented in black foil.
Dark tones, specific accents and fine materials: the interior
The interior of the Audi TT 45 TFSI S line competition plus is based on the S line sport package, in which dark tones predominate. The sports seats plus are upholstered with leather and Alcantara in black – or entirely in fine Nappa leather as an option. Embossed S logos in the integrated head restraints and contrasting stitching in express red or ara blue add accents. Elements such as the rings inside the air vents or the trim on the center tunnel are available in tango red (exclusively for the Coupé), turbo blue or slate gray. The lower part of the tunnel and parts of the door trims are upholstered in leather that is further enhanced by contrasting stitching. Thanks to a combination of leather and Alcantara, the flat-bottomed steering wheel sits particularly well in the driver’s hands. Contrasting stitching and a center mark of contrasting color create additional visual highlights in the driver-oriented cockpit.
The driver looks at the standard 12.3-inch Audi virtual cockpit with variably adjustable display modes for driving and infotainment content. The instrument panel exhibits an engineered grain that was previously reserved for the Audi TTS
. The inlays are made of matt brushed aluminum or alternatively of carbon. An Alcantara cover with S rhombus makes the gear lever knob of the S tronic particularly sophisticated, while the gear gaiter is made from leather.
The Audi TT S line competition plus will be available to order from October on the German market, with deliveries commencing in December. In Germany, prices will start at €47,316.30 (Coupé) or €49,655.80 (Roadster).
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Passion for quality and progressiveness:
the new Audi e-tron GT

  • First electrically powered Audi produced in Germany
  • Production in Neckarsulm combines high tech and craftsmanship
  • e-tron GT and Audi R8 travel through the same assembly line
  • Gran Turismo sounds powerful and progressive thanks to own e-sound
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Passion for detail, maximum precision, and top quality: The new Audi e-tron GT reflects all the passion with which Audi develops and builds cars. For the production of the electrically powered Gran Turismo at Audi Böllinger Höfe at the Neckarsulm site, the company uses customized new technologies – however, the finishing touches are applied by highly skilled hands. And since the dynamic work of art must also sound good, Audi has brought musical flair and technical competence to bear in composing a unique sound for the e-tron GT. It sounds powerful and progressive – just as an Audi should.


Production of the Audi e-tron GT
The Audi e-tron GT is the brand’s first fully electric car to be built in Germany. The Gran Turismo will start rolling off the production line at Audi Böllinger Höfe at the Neckarsulm site at the end of 2020. The small-series production facility has been expanded, upgraded, and converted for its new role. The skilled craftsmanship from the previous facility has been retained and is supplemented by digital processes and smart technologies. During the expansion, production planners made use of new virtual methods. The tests of the work procedures on the assembly line and the logistic processes were conducted in the virtual domain for the first time, with container planning also performed with the help of VR technology. Production of the e-tron GT was designed without physical prototypes – a first at Audi.
Large areas of the body of the all-electric Gran Turismo are constructed from ultra-high-strength steel and aluminum. To produce this material mix in the planned quantities, a body shop was established that combines the skilled craftsmanship of the employees with the full potential of automated production technology. It consists of an innovative body assembly line along which each body passes twice. It is constructed around what is called the two-way framer, in which ten robots are used to attach the inner and outer side panels. It combines all manufacturing steps involved in joining the sides in a single system – thus making production of the Audi e-tron GT possible on the existing floorspace.
The inline measuring procedure for the bodies is also new. It guarantees even greater accuracy and can respond very quickly to minute deviations. At the end of the body assembly line is where precise craftsmanship comes into play: Experienced workers fit the add-on parts and check the finish of the completed body. The expressive design of the Audi e-tron GT places unusually high demands on production quality – the side wall frame, for instance, has a remarkably large draw depth of 35 centimeters (13.8 in) between its highest and lowest point.
The expanded assembly line includes 36 instead of the previous 16 cycles. The e-tron GT shares it with the R8 – this integration of two technically completely different cars is unique in the Volkswagen Group. Both models are moved using the same driverless transport vehicles and an electrically powered monorail system. At one station of the line, humans and robots work side by side. A 3D printer is also on hand to produce customized assembly aids at the employees’ request. Once completed, every car is driven for 40 kilometers (24.9 mi) on public roads, which also includes sections on the highway and in urban traffic.
“With the integration of the Audi R8 and Audi e-tron GT, a unique combination of craftsmanship and smart factory technology is coming to life at Böllinger Höfe,” says Production Head Wolfgang Schanz in summary. “I am especially proud of the passion and spirit of our team.”

The e-sound of the Audi e-tron GT
Whether it’s quality, design or technical characteristics – the Audi e-tron GT is a car packed with all the passion of Audi. This also applies to the sound of the electrically powered Gran Turismo. Engineers Rudolf Halbmeir and Stephan Gsell conceived and designed the progressive electronic sound – on the computer, in the sound laboratory, inside the moving car, and in customer studies.
As with every electric car, the e-tron GT also features the statutory acoustic vehicle alerting system (AVAS), although embedded within a broader acoustic spectrum. A loudspeaker fitted in the front of the vehicle emits the AVAS sound. For customers ordering the optional sound package, a second, large loudspeaker is added in the rear. In parallel, two loudspeakers in the interior provide an emotional sound experience. Two control units continuously remix the e-tron GT sound based on variables such as speed or accelerator position. The Audi drive select system allows drivers to set whether and how intensively they wish to experience the sound.
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Facts and figures
Production
  • Production of the Audi e-tron GT at Audi Böllinger Höfe, which opened in 2014 at the Neckarsulm site; expansion and conversion 2019; new virtual planning methods
  • Head of Production Wolfgang Schanz: “Here, we are bringing a unique combination of craftsmanship and smart factory technology to life”
  • The body shop for the e-tron GT is around 85 percent automated; ten stations with a total of 34 robots
  • Optimum area management with a body assembly line along which each body passes twice; two-way framer combines multiple manufacturing steps on limited floorspace
  • Correlation-free inline measurement is a new technology offering the highest precision, with a maximum possible deviation of just +/-0.20 millimeters
  • The joint assembly line for Audi e-tron GT and Audi R8 despite their different technology concepts is unique in the Volkswagen Group
  • Different conveyor technologies on the assembly line: 20 driverless transport vehicles, new electrically powered overhead conveyor rail, autonomous transfer station
  • Human-robot cooperation for bonding the front and rear windows
  • Customized assembly aids from the 3D printer based on employee ideas
e-sound
  • Development of the e-sound for the Audi e-tron GT with musical creativity and technical competence; designed on the computer, in the sound laboratory, and in the car
  • 32 individual sound elements; weighted and modulated based on drive management data
  • Optional sound package: two control units in the luggage compartment, two external loudspeakers on the car and two internal loudspeakers in the rear doors
  • Sound characteristics can be adjusted across multiple stages using Audi drive select
 

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Plug-in hybrid rounds off Q8 product line: The Audi Q8 TFSI e quattro
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  • Powertrain with three-liter TFSI V6 engine and powerful electric motor
  • New battery with 17.8 kWh, electric range of up to 59 kilometers (36.7 mi) (NEDC)
  • Variants with system output of 340 kW (462 PS) or 280 kW (381 PS)
Electric range of up to 59 kilometers (36.7 mi) in the NEDC (47 kilometers (29.2 mi) in the WLTP cycle), a sporty character, and great everyday usability: Audi is presenting the Q8 with plug-in hybrid drive. The new model closes the last gap in the Q8 range and provides an innovative combination of efficiency and power. The SUV Coupé is available in two performance versions. The Q8 55 TFSI e quattro achieves a system output of 280 kW (381 PS). The Q8 60 TFSI e quattro
even achieves a system output of 340 kW (462 PS).


Audi is continuing its electrification offensive with the Q8 TFSI e quattro: The SUV Coupé is already the seventh model with plug-in hybrid drive that has been newly introduced on the market since mid-2019. Audi is putting this drive technology completely at the service of the customer: It provides customers with a confident electric driving experience, simple charging management, and a high level of everyday usability.
The strengths of two worlds: a high-octane TFSI and a powerful electric motor
Like every plug-in hybrid, the Audi Q8 TFSI e quattro
combines the power of two worlds. Its combustion engine, the 3.0 TFSI, outputs 250 kW (340 PS) and produces 450 Nm (331.9 lb-ft) of torque. The V6 complies with the latest Euro 6 AP emissions standard. The electric motor is a permanently excited synchronous machine (PSM) with a peak output of 100 kW. The compact electric motor is integrated in the housing of the eight-speed tiptronic. Together with the coupling, which connects the 3.0 TFSI to the drivetrain, it forms what is known as the hybrid module.
The lithium-ion battery is installed under the luggage compartment. It contains 104 pouch cells of the latest generation that are bundled into 13 modules. Each of these cells with flexible outer skin provides an electrical capacity of 48 Ah, and the battery system has an energy capacity of 17.8 kWh. This is 0.5 kWh more than the battery with which the Q7 TFSI e quattro
was first sold in 2019. The Q7 is now also fitted with the battery of the latest generation, which has an increased capacity and is also more compact and around 40 kilograms (88.2 lb) lighter.
Liquid cooling, which forms its own low-temperature circuit, is an important factor for the energy capacity and performance of the battery. If necessary, it can be connected to the coolant circuit for the air conditioning system or coupled with the second low-temperature circuit, which controls the temperature of the electric engine and power electronics. It converts the direct current from the battery into three-phase current to power the electric motor. During recuperation, it feeds direct current back to the battery.
The electric motor and the 3.0 TFSI transmit their forces to an eight-speed tiptronic that shifts quickly and comfortably. Its electric oil pump ensures the supply even when the V6 gasoline engine is deactivated. The quattro permanent all-wheel drive system uses a center differential with purely mechanical regulation. During normal driving operation, it distributes 40 percent of the torque to the front axle and 60 percent to the rear; if needed, it can direct the larger share of power to the axle with better traction. Up to 85 percent can be distributed to the front axle and up to 70 percent to the rear axle.
Two output levels: 340 kW (462 PS) and 280 kW (381 PS)
Audi offers the SUV Coupé in two output levels that differ in terms of their boost strategy, for example. In purely electric operation, the more powerful variant, the Q8 60 TFSI e quattro, achieves a range of up to 56 kilometers (34.8 mi) in the NEDC and up to 45 kilometers (28.0 mi) in the WLTP measuring procedure, which determines to which tax category the vehicle is assigned. The Q8 55 TFSI e quattro achieves an electric range of up to 59 kilometers (36.7 mi) in the NEDC and up to 47 kilometers (29.2 mi) in the WLTP. Up to speeds of 135 km/h (83.9 mph) their electric motors can generate the drive alone.
The Q8 60 TFSI e quattro
achieves a system output of 340 kW (462 PS) and a system torque of 700 Nm (516.3 lb-ft). When both drives deliver their full performance, it accelerates from zero to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 5.4 seconds. Top speed is electronically governed at 240 km/h (149.1 mph). The Q8 55 TFSI e quattro
delivers a system output of 280 kW (381 PS) and 600 Nm (442.5 lb-ft) of system torque. It sprints to 62.1 mph in 5.8 seconds, and its top speed is also 240 km/h (149.1 mph).
Intelligent and efficient: hybrid management and the predictive operating strategy
The hybrid management of the Audi Q8 TFSI e quattro choses the optimum operating strategy for each journey automatically. The SUV Coupé starts in fully electric “EV” mode. At low speed, a loudspeaker located in the right front wheel arch outputs the legally prescribed warning sound (AVAS, Acoustic Vehicle Alerting System). The gasoline engine is activated only when the driver depresses the right-hand pedal, known as the “active accelerator pedal,” beyond a specific level of resistance. If they want to drive on electric power as much as possible, they can select “EV” mode in the central MMI display.
“Hybrid” mode, which is the main operating strategy of the Audi Q8 TFSI e quattro, comprises three operating modes: “Auto,” “Hold,” and “Charge.” In “Auto” mode, the hybrid system selects the optimum drive type automatically: fully electric at low speeds, the TFSI engine at higher speeds, and often a combination of the two. Information from the immediate environment provided by the MMI is taken into account even when navigation is deactivated.
The predictive operating strategy is activated when route guidance is started in the standard MMI navigation plus. Its task is to spread the battery charge over the driving route in an intelligent and efficient way. In addition, the predictive operating strategy can charge the battery in efficient engine run phases in order to be able to run on fully electric power during ineffective phases later on, such as traffic jams or city traffic. On the basis of the large amount of data it uses for this purpose, it develops a long-distance journey plan that is constantly updated using the navigation, environmental, and online traffic data.
In “Hold” mode, the operating strategy pursues a different goal: It keeps the battery’s existing state of charge at the current level with minor deviations. In “Charge” mode, the aim is to charge up the battery as far as possible while driving. This makes sense when the journey ends in an urban area and the last kilometers are to be covered on purely electric power. With the market introduction of the Q8 TFSI e quattro, its sister model, the Q7 TFSI e quattro will also include this mode.
Who brakes wins: up to 80 kW recuperation power
The predictive efficiency assist is an important system in the Q8 with plug-in hybrid drive. When the driver takes their foot off the accelerator pedal, it is decided whether the car switches to freewheeling with deactivated TFSI (“coasting”) or whether it decelerates via the electric motor and thereby recuperates energy. It can regain up to 25 kW of power just by coasting. In addition, the electric motor performs all brake applications up to 0.3 g – the vast majority in everyday driving. The hydraulic wheel brakes are activated in addition only in the case of heavier deceleration processes. The transition is virtually imperceptible; the brake pedal always provides excellent feedback and can be modulated precisely. The Audi Q8 TFSI e quattro achieves up to 80 kW of recuperation power while braking.
When the adaptive cruise assist system (optional) is activated, the predictive efficiency assist becomes active not only during deceleration but also during acceleration. If it is switched off, it provides the driver with prompts that indicate when it would be sensible to take their foot off the right-hand pedal: The driver feels an impulse in the active accelerator pedal and sees information displayed on the head-up display (optional) and the Audi virtual cockpit (standard).
The Q8 TFSI e quattro can be equipped with many state-of-the-art driver assist systems. One of the most important of these systems is the adaptive cruise assist, which can take over the majority of the operations for accelerating, decelerating, and keeping in the lane for the driver over long distances without relieving them of their responsibility. A vehicle safety test performed by Europe’s most important committee, the NCAP consortium, focused on level-2 systems: The Q8 achieved the top score in this practical test.
Up to seven driving profiles: the Audi drive select system
The Audi drive select system also comes as standard in the Audi Q8 TFSI e quattro. It offers a choice of up to seven driving profiles: comfort, efficiency, auto, dynamic, individual, offroad, and allroad (with adaptive air suspension sport, standard in the top-of-the-line version). Audi drive select accesses the characteristics of the 3.0 TFSI, the tiptronic, the air suspension (optional with the Q8 55 TFSI e quattro), and power steering, for example. Depending on the settings, the way in which the different suspension systems work together also changes. For example, if the dynamic profile and the S mode of the tiptronic are activated, the electric motor provides a powerful additional boost as soon as the driver accelerates. When decelerating, freewheeling is blocked in this setting, allowing the drive to always recuperate.
Like all plug-in hybrids from Audi, the Audi Q8 55 TFSI e quattro and the Q8 60 TFSI e quattro impress with a high level of everyday usability. They offer a generous amount of space for five persons, and their luggage compartments with the even loading floor that is easy to load provide a volume of 505 liters (17.8 cu ft) even in the base configuration, which increases to 1,625 liters (57.4 cu ft) when the rear bench seat is folded down. Depending on the equipment, they can pull trailers weighing up to 3.5 metric tons (7716.2 lb) (braked, 12 percent incline). Their quattro drive guarantees decisive advantages in terms of traction.
Extremely convenient: charging at home and on the road
The new plug-in hybrid models come with a charging cable for household and industrial power sockets as standard. With the maximum charging capacity of up to 7.4 kW, an empty battery can be fully charged in around two-and-a-half hours. If desired, customers can procure Volkswagen Naturstrom, which is generated from 100 percent renewable energy sources.
With the myAudi app, customers can use customized services from Audi connect on their smartphones. These services allow them to check the battery and range status, start charging processes, program the charge timer, and view the charge and consumption statistics. The charging stations are listed in both the app and the MMI navigation plus. Another function of the myAudi app is the pre-entry climate control of the interior before starting the journey. Depending on the equipment, the steering wheel and seat heating as well as the seat ventilation can be activated.
In addition to the cable for the garage, the Audi Q8 TFSI e quattro also includes a mode 3 cable for public charging terminals. Upon request, a charging service owned by Audi, the e-tron Charging Service, grants access to 150,000 AC charging points in Europe with just one card.
From roughly EUR 75,000: presales starting now
Presales of the new large plug-in hybrid are about to start in Germany and other European markets. The Audi Q8 55 TFSI e quattro with 280 kW (381 PS) is on the price list from EUR 75,351.26 (including 16 percent value added tax), and customers can claim incentives worth EUR 5,625. The Audi Q8 60 TFSI e quattro is available from EURI 92,800 (including 16 percent value added tax) and shows off its sporty performance in no uncertain terms. The standard S line exterior package sharpens its appearance with striking design details at the front, the sides, and the rear. The black styling package contrasts with the S line exterior attachments in body color. Matrix LED headlights come as standard, as does the adaptive air suspension sport. Size 285/45 tires are mounted on the 21-inch wheels, and the brake calipers are painted red. The S line sport package immerses the interior in black or partially in rotor gray (on the seats). It includes sport seats with S embossing, pedals and footrests made of stainless steel, and inlays made of matt brushed aluminum.
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Audi and FAW establish new company to produce electric vehicles in China
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  • Audi expands its presence in China together with its partner FAW
  • Memorandum of understanding signed on the establishment of a company for the production of all-electric Audi models on the PPE platform
  • Audi CEO Markus Duesmann: “This decision emphasizes the strategic importance of the Chinese market”
Audi is expanding its presence in China. As an important milestone on the way to becoming a provider of sustainable premium mobility, Audi and FAW today signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) that defines the framework for the joint production of electric vehicles based on the PPE platform. The memorandum of understanding was signed during the Germany-China Automobile Conference, which is currently taking place in Changchun, northern China.


In the future, Audi will also bring to China the Premium Platform Electric (PPE), which was developed jointly with Porsche, to further advance the transformation in its largest market. Several all-electric Audi models are to be produced for the Chinese market on the new PPE platform from 2024 onwards.
“This decision emphasizes the strategic importance of the Chinese market. We are thus actively pushing forward with innovations locally,” said Markus Duesmann, Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG and responsible for the China-business.
With the signing of the MoU, Audi is affirming its cooperation with its longstanding joint-venture partner FAW. At the same time, Audi is also systematically following the path of sustainable mobility in China and is specifically gearing its locally produced drive portfolio towards the requirements and wishes of Chinese premium customers. The plans for the new company are still being developed. Production is scheduled to start in 2024.
Werner Eichhorn, President of Audi China: “This is a further milestone in our electrification strategy for the Chinese market. We are also confirming our commitment both to our longstanding Chinese partner FAW and to our activities in China, which we are now taking to a new level.”
Audi's electric initiative in China has already begun: Audi and FAW are jointly producing the all-electric Q2L e-tron and the plug-in hybrid A6L TFSIe. In addition, the previously imported Audi e-tron has been produced in Changchun since the end of September. In the coming years, Audi will offer or localize further fully electric models of the e-tron family in China. By 2025, Audi plans to generate approximately one third of its unit sales in China with electrified cars.
From January through September 2020, Audi delivered 512,081 vehicles to customers in China, which is 4.5 percent more than in the same period of the previous year. Despite the interruptions in production due to the coronavirus, the brand thus achieved the best result in its 30-year history in China.
Audi already produces at four locations in China in the FAW-VW joint venture: in Changchun, Foshan, Tianjin and Qingdao, with a total capacity of approximately 700,000 vehicles.
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Small Q, big coup:
The Audi Q2 in new top form

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  • Compact SUV with striking finishing touches and Matrix LED headlights
  • New Audi connect services for remote access to the car as standard
  • Wide range of state-of-the-art driver assist systems
Progressive design, compact dimensions, and great driving pleasure: The Audi Q2
established itself as a car full of character right away when it was introduced on the market four years ago. Audi has now refreshed the car, giving the exterior an even more distinctive profile with striking details and new headlights. The Audi connect services now connect the compact SUV even more closely with its owner, and state-of-the-art assist systems make for an even more confident driving experience.


Even more striking at the front and rear: the exterior design
The Audi Q2
is a robust, sporty all-around vehicle as its design indicates at the first glance: It is sporty, elongated, and powerful at the same time, and its corners and edges give it an even more confident appearance. The compact SUV measures 4.21 meters (13.8 ft) in length, 17 millimeters (0.7 in) more than before. The wheelbase of 2.60 meters (8.5 ft), the width of 1.79 meters (5.9 ft), and the height of 1.54 meters (5.1 ft) have remained the same. The drag coefficient with sport suspension is 0.31 – a top-of-the-range result in the small SUV segment.
The Audi designers have now applied the motif of the polygon, which already characterized the front and shoulder line, to the rear end as well: The bumper has an integrated angular diffuser insert with large pentagons on both sides. The front has also been modified, and the surfaces below the headlights now have a more distinctive shape. The large implied air inlets, which are also pentagonal, also appear even more expressive, especially in the optional S line equipment line. The octagonal Singleframe is slightly lower than before, making the front section appear wider.
The color palette of the updated Audi Q2 includes five new colors: Apple green is celebrating its premiere with the brand, and Manhattan gray, Navarra blue, arrow gray, and turbo blue are newly available for the compact SUV. The blades on the C-pillars are painted either in body color or designed in black, gray, and silver shades, and genuine carbon is also available as an option.
In addition to the basic version, Audi offers the advanced and S line exterior equipment lines. In the basic version, the attachments in the lower area of the body are grained black; in the advanced line, they are painted in Manhattan gray, and in the S line, they are painted in the body color. Both lines include mirror housings in the body color, and the front entries feature illuminated aluminum strips. Two versions of the black styling package and the exclusive carbon styling package are available in addition.
Top-of-the-line technology: Matrix LED headlights
Even in the standard version, the revised Q2 illuminates the road with LED headlights, and Audi will install the new Matrix LED headlights upon request. One shared module houses seven individual LEDs. The intelligently controlled high beam light always illuminates the road as brightly as possible without blinding other road users. Ten further light-emitting diodes installed behind rhomboid optical components generate the daytime running light. Seven LEDs generate the dynamic turn signals independently.
For the rear lights, Audi offers a version with LED technology. If the Matrix LED headlights are on board, the dynamic turn signal is also included. When the car is locked and unlocked, dynamic light sequencing plays in the headlights and rear lights.
One TFSI, one TDI: the engines for the Q2
The compact SUV is being launched on the German market with two powerful engines. The 1.5 TFSI that powers the Q2 35 TFSI
has an output of 110 kW (150 PS) and produces 250 Nm (184.4 lb-ft) of torque between 1,500 and 3,500 rpm. At low loads and engine speeds, its efficiency system, cylinder on demand (COD), temporarily deactivates the second and third cylinders. The sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) takes 8.6 seconds; its peak is 218 km/h (135.5 mph). These values apply to the versions with six-speed manual transmission and seven-speed S tronic to in equal measure.
The diesel engine in the Q2 35 TDI
also outputs 110 kW (150 PS) and produces a maximum torque of 360 Nm (265.5 lb-ft). It allows similar driving performance to the 1.5 TFSI. Like all engines in the Q2, the 2.0 TDI complies with the limits of the new Euro 6 AP emission standard. This is in part due to the twin dosing technology that reduces the NOx emissions of the TDI considerably. Two SCR catalytic converters work together here: One is located directly behind the engine, and the other is installed further back in the exhaust system under the vehicle floor. They cover different operating situations and complement each other’s effects.
The seven-speed S tronic transmission is optional for the 1.5 TFSI and comes as standard with the 2.0 TDI. Audi can also equip the diesel model with quattro all-wheel drive as an option. Its multi-plate clutch, which transfers the engine torque to the rear wheels steplessly as needed, belongs to a new generation. It is around one kilogram (2.2 lb) lighter than the predecessor component and offers increased efficiency thanks to various small optimization measures performed on the bearings and oil supply, for example. An entry-level engine and further engine versions will follow in 2021.
A pleasant place: the interior
The spacious interior of the Audi Q2 accommodates five passengers. They can get in with ease at sit in a comfortably elevated position. The optional panoramic glass sunroof brings light and air into the car; tinted privacy glazing, which is also optional, shields the rear seating area from view. The luggage compartment holds 405 liters (14.3 cu ft), expanding to 1,050 liters (37.1 cu ft) when the rear seat backs are folded down; these figures are reduced by 50 liters (1.8 cu ft) each for the TDI engine with quattro drive. On request, Audi will deliver the storage and luggage compartment package and a tailgate that opens and closes electrically. With the 1.5 TFSI, the Q2 can tow trailers weighing up to 1,500 kilograms (3,306.9 lb) with the optional coupling.
The interior design of the compact SUV echoes the taut design language of the exterior. The round air vents with their jet design and the gear lever knob – or selector lever of the S tronic – have been retouched slightly. The interior S line is available as an alternative to the basic variant. Both versions can be combined freely with the three exterior variants.
New package strategy: equipment and materials
Audi has bundled all seats, upholstery, and colors into seven packages, four of which are assigned to the basic interior, while the other three are assigned to the interior S line. In the packages for the basic interior, standard or sport seats are available with fabric upholstery or a combination of leather and artificial leather.
The seat upholstery is generally kept in black. Depending on the version, they feature accent stripes on the side bolsters or contrasting stitching in gray, black, and brown.
Sport seats come as standard with the interior S line. The upholstery, which features embossed S logos on the backrest, consists either of fabric and artificial leather, chrome-free tanned leather, or a combination of leather and the Dinamica microfiber material, which is a new addition to the range and will replace Alcantara. Dinamica looks and feels like suede but consists mainly of recycled polyester, which is sourced from textiles and PET bottles, for example. The interior S line also features accent stripes and contrasting stitching in gray and black.
The packages include further equipment, such as the pedals and footrests, which are made of stainless steel in the interior S line, the front door sill trims (illuminated and with S logos in the interior S line), and the inlays, which are available in matt brushed aluminum with the interior S line. The feature known as Format light graphics is particularly attractive: The trim strip on the instrument panel and the knee pads on the center console are backlit, with the light shining through numerous millimeter-sized openings.
Customers who order the ambient lighting package plus can choose from ten colors. Some convenience features are available individually in the fresh Q2. However, most are bundled in the new climate control, comfort, function, interior, infotainment, dynamism, and assist systems packages. This provides a better overview of the extensive range of configurations for the vehicle, especially since the packages have been compiled such that they accommodate the customers’ wishes, which Audi has analyzed in detail. Audi will roll out this new strategy in all model series and adjust them to the respective preferences in the important global markets.
Highly connected: displays, infotainment, and Audi connect
The range in terms of displays and infotainment is structured in three levels in the Q2. An analog instrument with a monochrome display comes as standard, and a color display is available as an option. The top-of-the-line version is the Audi virtual cockpit with a 12.3-inch diagonal. As regards infotainment, the MMI radio plus comes as standard. It includes a DAB tuner and a seven-inch color display. The first option is the connectivity infotainment package with an 8.3-inch display, preparation for navigation system, and the Audi smartphone interface. The top-of-the-range infotainment system is the MMI navigation plus, which is available in the navigation package. It is operated via the rotary pushbutton on the center tunnel (MMI touch) or via natural-language voice control.
MMI navigation plus brings the Audi connect services on board via an LTE module; these services include navigation with Google Earth™ and online traffic information. A Wi-Fi hotspot connects the passengers’ mobile devices. The services of Audi connect emergency call & service and Audi connect remote & control are new additions and are both part of the standard equipment of the updated Q2. They allow the owner to lock the vehicle remotely or check the fuel fill level, for example. To do this, owners can use the myAudi app on their smartphones, which is also free. Customers who wish to prohibit the transfer of data can activate privacy mode in the MMI system.
Hardware elements such as the Audi smartphone interface or the Audi phone box, which connect mobile phones to the car directly, complete the infotainment program. The Bang & Olufsen Premium Sound System actuates 14 loudspeakers with an output of 705 watts – its performance is a special feature in the compact SUV segment.
Even greater confidence on the road: the driver assist systems
Audi provides numerous driver assist systems for the revised Q2. The Audi pre sense front safety system, which uses radar to monitor traffic in front of the car, comes as standard. It can warn the driver of impending collisions with other vehicles, pedestrians, or cyclists. Should the driver not react, the system attempts to avoid the accident or reduce its severity by braking.
The optional assist systems are subdivided into the “Drive,” “Park,” and “Safety” packages.
The “Drive” package comprises multiple elements: the navigation package, the Audi virtual cockpit, the emergency assist, traffic sign recognition via camera, cruise control, and the adaptive cruise assist which is based upon it. In many situations, it can assist the driver with accelerating, decelerating, and steering within the lane.
In order to maintain lateral guidance, the driver need only gently touch the capacitive steering wheel, which is part of the system, to prove that they are paying attention. The adaptive cruise assist operates up to a speed of 210 km/h (130.5 mph).
The assist package Park bundles the parking system plus, the hold assist, and the reversing camera. The assist package Safety includes Audi pre sense basic, Audi side assist, and the rear cross-traffic assist. Further systems include the lane departure warning, automatic distance control, camera-based traffic sign recognition, and the park assist, which is based upon the assist package Park. It steers the Q2 into and out of parking spaces automatically.
Progressive steering as standard: the suspension
The Audi Q2 is a sporty compact SUV. Its standard equipment includes the progressive steering, which becomes more and more direct the further the driver turns the steering wheel. It thereby ensures excellent handling while maneuvering and a great driving experience on winding roads. In the models with front-wheel drive, wishbones and MacPherson suspension struts guide the front wheels, and a torsion-beam structure is installed in the rear. The 35 TDI quattro features four-link suspensions.
The dynamic package includes further elements: a sport suspension that lowers the body by 10 millimeters (0.4 in) (standard with the S line), brake calipers painted in red, a sound actuator for the engine, and the Audi drive select dynamic handling system, which is also available separately. This system enables the driver to configure the drive, steering assistance, and other systems in five modes: auto, efficiency, comfort, dynamic, and individual. The driving experience becomes even more versatile with the dynamic package plus, which includes the suspension with damper control. It offers a wide range, spanning from snappy and taut handling to highly comfortable cruising.
The range of wheels and tires starts with the 16-inch and 205/60 formats. In the advanced and S line lines, the Audi Q2 comes with 17-inch wheels and 215/55 tires. Topping the range are 19-inch wheels from Audi Sport with 235/40 tires. Three new rim designs complete the offering. With roughly 20 centimeters (7.9 in) of ground clearance, the compact SUV also does well on unpaved roads. The ESC stabilization control has an integrated offroad mode.
Prices: starting at approx. EUR 25,000, “edition one” at market introduction
Presales of the Audi Q2 on the European market will begin in the fall of 2020. It will cost approx. EUR 25,000 in Germany with the entry-level engine. The prices for the Q2 35 TFSI
start at EUR 27,196.64 (including 16 percent value added tax).
For the market introduction, Audi will also introduce the “edition one,” a special edition model with exclusive equipment. It is painted in apple green or arrow gray, with an S line bumper with a gray contrasting paint finish and a large roof edge spoiler adding accents. Attachments such as the mirror caps and Audi rings are painted black, and 19-inch wheels from Audi Sport and the sport suspension further accentuate the look. Matrix LED headlights illuminate the road.
In the interior, the Q2 “edition one” is based on the S line interior. The headlining consists of black fabric with rock gray contrasting stitching adorning the leather/artificial leather covers for the sport seats, which are also black. The entries feature illuminated aluminum panels. The pedals and footrests are made of stainless steel. The ambient lighting package plus and the backlit trims round off the equipment.
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Intelligent assistant for electric driving: the Audi e-tron route planner
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The e-tron route planner is installed on all of Audi’s fully electric e-tron models. As standard equipment and part of the Audi connect services, it offers customers elementary route planning, which can be done before starting a trip, either using the myAudi app or the in-car navigation system. Once on the road, drivers can rely on always traveling the fastest of all possible routes, supported by the system ideally planning the required charging stops – whenever the destination is located outside of the car’s range. Using new algorithms, the extended e-tron route planner is geared to more effectively taking the unique characteristics of electric driving into account. Daily data updates and individual routes enhance everyday usability.


What are the capabilities of the Audi e-tron route planner?


On the battery-electric models, the Audi e-tron route planner extends the previously known navigation functions of the Audi MMI (Multi Media Interface) by the specific needs of e-car drivers. In addition, it assists them in optimally handling the requirements of electric mobility especially when traveling medium and longer distances. The e-tron route planner calculates the fastest route, considers traffic and road data, includes the driver’s driving style, calculates the duration of the charging stops and incorporates them in planning the total travel time. Users receive important information such as the charging capacity or charging connections and plug types for the relevant charging stations. Moreover, the system indicates dynamic availability, for instance, whether or not charging stations are vacant or occupied, always with a bias for moving forward quickly. For example, two short charging processes with high charging capacity may yield time-related advantages over one long stop with low charging capacity. Alternative routes with better charging infrastructure are considered in the calculation of the optimal total travel time as well. The Audi e-tron route planner gives preference to the powerful HPC charging stations (HPC = High Power Charging). They are able to charge the high-voltage battery, for instance in the Audi e-tron Sportback 55 quattro
, with up to 150 kW direct current (DC). Under ideal conditions, charging from 5 to 80 percent of the battery’s capacity takes only around half an hour. A push notification on the myAudi app indicates to the driver when the desired state of charge (SoC) has been achieved and the trip can be continued.

What makes the Audi e-tron route planner so valuable?
Audi has been installing in its e-tron models the e-tron route planner as standard equipment from day one. It provides the four rings with a competitive advantage because this important assistant is unrivaled in this form. The service is fully integrated in the brand’s ecosystem. The route planner can be used in the car and for pre-planning purposes by means of the myAudi App. In this way, planning a trip with the Audi e-tron can conveniently start on a mobile device at home and be sent to the car by wireless transmission. Daily charging station data updates are available in both the myAudi app and the in-car Audi MMI. The combination of the Audi e-tron route planner, the individual search for the most suitable charging stations, display of their locations and charted range indication covering an area surrounding the driver’s own location makes this total package so practical and valuable.

What technology does the Audi e-tron route planner use?
The Audi e-tron route planner is a new software development that was initially integrated in the Modular Infotainment Matrix of the MIB 2+ generation. Since 2020, the third generation of the Modular Infotainment Matrix (MIB 3) with ten times higher computing power has been offering e-tron route planner functions that have been enhanced once again. A new algorithm improves everyday usability of the extended route planner: daily data updates of potential charging stations and a portfolio of alternative routes that have been optimized for the requirements of e-cars assist drivers even more effectively. Among other things, the daily data updates include detailed information such as payment and authentication opportunities, accurate station operator data and potential access restrictions.

How does the driver affect the e-tron route planner?
While calculating the route, the system considers the battery’s state of charge. Before starting a trip, the driver can set a different SoC in the app in order to use the SoC anticipated at the time of departure for predicting the route. The Audi e-tron route planner includes the personal driving style based on previous trips. If the driving style changes, the system will adjust its calculation accordingly. The choice of charging opportunities affects the route planner as well: if the driver uses the e-tron Charging Service, the system can give preference to relevant charging stations. The list of charging stations is constantly updated online and indicates the latest update. At the end of a trip, the Last Mile Navigation of the myAudi App will calculate the remaining distance before the final destination is reached. All previously known features and functions of the navigation system have been fully retained: alternative routes, avoidance of road types such as freeways or backroads, input of additional destinations and consideration of toll roads in relevant countries.

In which markets can the Audi e-tron route planner be used?
The Audi e-tron route planner is available in all of Audi’s sales regions. In Europe, the e-tron route planner benefits from a well-established network of Audi’s proprietary e-tron Charging Service currently comprising about 180,000 public charging stations. A particularly convenient aspect of the service makes it possible for customers to travel in 26 European countries using just one charging card and paying the same country-wide prices.

What future prospects does the Audi e-tron route planner open up?
With the e-tron route planner, Audi is already providing a package today that eliminates many uncertainties about electric driving and particularly the aspect of charging. Going forward, the company is planning to tailor the service even more closely to individual user needs and preferences. Due to the integration of the route planner in Audi’s ecosystem, users benefit from a constant evolution of the services relating to electric driving on various levels.
 

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Runner-up’s spot for Audi in gripping edition of the Spa 24 Hours
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  • Audi Sport Team Attempto best of three Audi teams
  • Field led for the first time by electric Audi RS e-tron GT prototype
  • Audi now third in Intercontinental GT Challenge standings
A race with its outcome open up until the end, the balanced battle for victory by several brands, treacherous, changeable weather and many retirements: The 71st running of the Spa 24 Hours delivered nearly unrivaled suspense and drama. In the end, Audi in the battle for its fifth victory at Spa, after having led the race for hours on end, had to admit defeat by merely 4.6 seconds with the runner-up’s spot claimed by Audi Sport Team Attempto and sixth position by Audi Sport Team Saintéloc. Before the race, Audi attracted major attention with its RS e-tron GT prototype leading the field during the formation lap, ringing in the electric age in GT racing.


Audi Sport driver Kelvin van der Linde had the honor of leading the field in a prototype of the electric and sporting spearhead from Audi’s product portfolio. “This appearance earned us plenty of attention. Afterwards, we saw a true racing classic,” says Chris Reinke, Head of Audi Sport customer racing. “None of the teams managed to make no mistakes in these difficult conditions, ourselves included. But we kept fighting back and maintained a one-two lead for several hours. Unfortunately, we didn’t quite make it. A big thank you goes to our teams and drivers, who never gave up, and to our supporters and fans at home.”
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Audi, Porsche, Lamborghini, Ferrari and Mercedes-AMG were five brands that still had real chances of claiming victory in the Ardennes on Sunday morning. From the 18th to the 23rd hours of the race as many as two different Audi teams were running in front with the R8 LMS: Audi Sport Team Saintéloc, the winners of the 2017 event, led the race with Dorian Boccolacci, Christopher Haase and Markus Winkelhock. Depending on the pit stop sequence and overtaking maneuvers, Audi Sport Team Attempto with Mattia Drudi, Patric Niederhauser and Frédéric Vervisch were running in the top spot as well. When rain became increasingly intensive in the last 90 minutes, Porsche’s Rowe Racing team intercepted the Attempto Audi while Saintéloc claimed sixth position.
Car number 30 from Audi Sport Team WRT crossed the finish line as the third-best Audi. The driver combination of Ferdinand Habsburg/Dennis Marschall/Matthieu Vaxivière, which had been formed just shortly before the beginning of the race, achieved 14th place. Vincent Vosse’s two-time winning squad had previously recorded three retirements: Kelvin van der Linde/Christopher Mies/Dries Vanthoor were running in a promising position when a defect forced them to retire on lap 139, Charles Weerts’ car was heavily hit by a rival on lap 72, and Benjamin Goethe was fourth in the Silver classification when he crashed around noon on Sunday. Car #26 from Saintéloc Racing retired after an accident as well, while damage following contact with an opponent resulting in a subsequent puncture forced number 55 from Attempto Racing to retire.
The Spa 24 Hours marked the third round of the Intercontinental GT Challenge. Before the finale, Audi has moved up from sixth to third position in the manufacturers’ classification. Like last year, the Kyalami 9 Hour from December 10th to 12th will conclude the championship in the only global GT3 racing series.
 
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