Euro NCAP has released the safety ratings of four new cars . Both the Audi A6 and the VW Touareg achieve a maximum five- star rating, the Ford Tourneo Connect achieves a solid four-star rating and the new Suzuki Jimny scores three stars.

The Audi A6 and the VW Touareg score particularly well for vulnerable road user protection including Euro NCAP’s new requirements for cyclist-detecting AEB. The Ford Tourneo Connect compact panel van is an updated version of the vehicle last tested in 2013. The car achieves a solid four stars against the 2018 requirements. The updated Tourneo Connect is equipped with AEB and lane support as standard, even for commercial variants, making it stand out amid competition in this segment. The Suzuki Jimny scores a three-star rating, let down by its underwhelming driver assistance systems.

Michiel van Ratingen, Secretary General of Euro NCAP said,

“Overall, these latest results demonstrate that, as Euro NCAP’s test protocols evolve and become more demanding, a 5-star rating remains an achievable although challenging objective for the auto industry.

“It is particularly positive and welcome that manufacturers are performing well in the assessment of vulnerable road user protection systems such as AEB for cyclists. Euro NCAP has now tested 6 models which feature this life saving technology. These driver assistance systems are the building blocks for potential automation in the future. Importantly they offer tangible safety benefits today.”

Four new safety ratings have been awarded by the independent vehicle safety authority, ANCAP, to a mix of European brands - the Skoda Kodiaq, Audi Q5, Mini Countryman and Audi Q2 all achieving 5 stars. The release of the rating for the new Skoda Kodiaq mid-size SUV coincides with its entry onto the Australasian market, and applies to all 4x4 variants.

“The Kodiaq has been assessed against the latest criteria offering a range of important safety technologies as standard including autonomous emergency braking, multi-collision braking and speed limiter,” said ANCAP Chief Executive Officer, James Goodwin.

Publication of the Audi Q5 rating also corresponds with local vehicle availability, and applies to all Q5 and SQ5 variants.

“A top safety score and impressive array of standard safety features are offered on all Q5 and SQ5 models. It has an advanced autonomous emergency braking system which operates at city and highway speeds, with the added ability to detect and assist in avoiding pedestrians up to a speed of 85km/h,” Goodwin added.

The new Mini Countryman, which was introduced into Australia and New Zealand in March, takes a step in the right direction improving on its predecessor’s 4 star rating achieving the maximum 5 star level of safety as assessed against the latest criteria.

“Not only has Mini improved on the structural performance of the Countryman – they’re offering the highest level of safety assist features seen from the brand with autonomous emergency braking including pedestrian detection, and a speed sign recognition and warning system,” he said.

Introduced in February, the Audi Q2 also holds high safety credentials. This 5 star ANCAP safety rating applies to all variants.

“This new market entrant in the Small SUV segment is another good example of key safety technologies being provided not just in the luxury, larger-sized end of the market. Consumers should be buoyed by these ratings which show brands are keeping pace with increasing safety standards,” Goodwin added.

The all-new second generation Audi A5 and S5 Coupe have touched down in Australia. Its predecessor was described by legendary Audi designer Walter de Silva, as the ‘the most beautiful car I’ve ever designed’ and this next generation A5 Coupe builds on the original’s stunning silhouette and steps forward into a bold new direction.

Emboldened by dramatic lines and taut surfaces, the all-new Audi A5 Coupe has an athletic and sculpted appearance, while maintaining the classic sports coupe proportions. The three-dimensional Singleframe grille is wider and flatter, giving the new A5 an aggressive and sporty stance at the front-end. The bonnet encompasses two sculpted channels that highlight a central ‘power dome’ over the powerplant that lies beneath.

A sharply drawn wave-like shoulder line begins at the front of the car and flows through the entire length of the side profile. The four wheel arches are emphasized equally, so as to underscore the legendary Audi quattro DNA. At the rear, sharp creases that form horizontal lines accentuate the impression of width, rounding off the A5’s distinctive and sporty aesthetic.

“The all-new Audi A5 Coupe is even more stunning than its predecessor,” said Andrew Doyle, Managing Director of Audi Australia. “The original A5 set an impressive benchmark for beautifully resolved sports coupe design. To evolve its elegant simplicity into something more edgy was a formidable task for the Audi design team, but the end result is astonishingly good! It’s no surprise that loyal A5 owners, and fans of the new design that are turning to Audi for the first time, have voted with their feet. Before this week’s official launch, we already hold 500 orders for this spectacular vehicle,” said Doyle.

To complement its athletic stance, the new A5 Coupe is up to 40kg lighter than its predecessor, with a contribution of 15kg coming from the body itself. Despite this, the A5 Coupe has been awarded the maximum 5-star EuroNCAP and ANCAP safety rating. Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), along with other safety assistance features like side assist, parking system plus with rear view camera and rear cross traffic alert are equipped as standard across the A5 and S5 range.

The new A5 Coupe is offered with three drivetrain options. The entry-level 2.0 TFSI S tronic drives the front wheels only, with the seven-speed dual-clutch transmission providing a real gain in sporty power delivery compared to its predecessor’s multitronic CVT arrangement. With 140kW and 320Nm and the ability to sprint from 0-100km/h in just 7.3 seconds, the entry-level A5 Coupe offers significantly more performance than ever before. Fuel consumption is impressive, thanks to the engine’s sophisticated dual injection, B-cycle combustion and advanced start-stop technology, at just 5.5 L/100km.

The other two models in the A5 line-up are both quattro models, with an all-wheel drive arrangement that employs the proven centre differential and a standard front-to-rear torque split of 40:60 respectively. Up to 70 per cent of the engine’s torque can be directed to the front and up to 85 per cent to the rear during particularly dynamic driving conditions.

The 2.0 TFSI engine delivers a substantial 185kW/370Nm, and together with the advantage of quattro, can reach 100km/h from rest in only 5.8 seconds – well into the realm of more expensive sports cars. The 2.0 TDI quattro drivetrain offers 140kW of power, with a substantial 400Nm of torque available from just 1750rpm. Both engines are equipped with the seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission as standard.

The S5 Coupe offers the next level of performance, weighing in 60 kg lighter than its predecessor. With a 3.0-litre turbocharged V6 engine that is an all-new design from the ground up, the new engine produces 260kW (up 15kW), while peak torque of 500Nm (up 60Nm) is available from as low as 1370rpm. Such spontaneous response is aided by the twin-scroll turbocharger’s location inside the 90-degree vee, which ensures the shortest possible travel paths for exhaust fumes to pass through. The engine itself is 14kg lighter than its predecessor’s supercharged powerplant.

Efficiency is also assured, at just 7.6 L/100km, also thanks to the same innovative B-cycle combustion method in the 2.0 TFSI engine.

Matched to a fast-shifting eight-speed tiptronic automatic transmission and quattro, the all-new S5 Coupe can reach 100km/h in just 4.7sec, which is 0.2 sec faster than its predecessor. As an enhancement to the standard quattro driveline, it is also possible to option a sport differential on the rear axle that can apportion even more torque to the wheel with the most grip. This effectively ‘points’ the car towards the apex of a corner.

This quattro system is the perfect partner for the newly developed five-link front and rear suspensions that is standard on all A5 and S5 models, and is further complemented by the standard adaptive dampers that can be adjusted for a more comfortable ride, focused dynamics and everything in between via the Audi drive select system. The brake system on the S5 Coupe is suitably powerful, with 350mm ventilated front discs clamped by 6-piston calipers.

The all-new A5 Coupe comes equipped a very high level of equipment, with a significant increase in standard specification across the range. In the case of the S5 Coupe, the total improvement in customer value is over $26,000.

The entry-level A5 Coupe 2.0 TFSI boasts 18-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, Audi virtual cockpit, MMI Navigation plus (with 10GB media storage and 2x SDHC slots), Audi connect with Audi smartphone interface (Apple CarPlay and Android Auto), DAB+ digital radio, convenience key and the 180w Audi sound system all as standard equipment, with additional standard features on the quattro models. High-value option packages are also available, to cater for customers with individual requirements.

The all-new Audi A5 and S5 Coupe range are on-sale now.

Pricing*

  • A5 Coupe 2.0 TFSI S tronic 140kW - $69,900
  • A5 Coupe 2.0 TDI quattro S tronic 140kW - $73,900
  • A5 Coupe 2.0 TFSI quattro S tronic 185kW - $81,500
  • S5 Coupe 3.0 TFSI quattro tiptronic 260kW - $105,800

*MLP – Manufacturer’s List Price (excludes dealer delivery and government statutory charges)

Leading independent vehicle safety advocate, the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP), released its latest round of safety ratings covering the Australian and New Zealand markets. Top levels of safety performance were seen with the Audi A5, Volvo S90 and Hyundai Ioniq each achieving the maximum 5 star ANCAP safety ratings. Falling behind however was the New Zealands old Hyundai i20 achieving a 4 star ANCAP safety rating.

“A range of brands and vehicle categories are covered with these ratings and the majority performed very well across all areas of our assessment,” said ANCAP Chief Executive Officer, James Goodwin. “The Hyundai i20 fell down in the areas of Child Occupant Protection and Safety Assist with important active safety technologies such as autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control and blind spot monitoring not available.”

“Autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control and reversing collision avoidance are however standard on all variants of the new hybrid model introduced by Hyundai – the Ioniq. Lane support systems and a manual speed limiter are also standard features adding to its top safety credentials.”

“As expected, the Volvo S90 features a range of advanced safety technologies and its standard-fit autonomous emergency braking system performed extremely well, with complete collision avoidance in all scenarios and at all test speeds.”

“High scores were also achieved by the Audi A5 which is equipped with an ‘active’ bonnet and advanced AEB system which can detect and avoid collisions with pedestrians,” said Goodwin. “The safety specification of S90 models sold locally does however differ to those sold in Europe with no driver knee airbag. Specification of the A5 also differs between Australia and New Zealand with adaptive cruise control and lane support systems provided as standard for New Zealand consumers yet optional for Australians. It is disappointing we continue to see this happen across brands,” Goodwin said.

The new Audi RS 5 Coupé is the first Audi Sport model in the new RS design idiom. The car’s all-new 2.9 TFSI biturbo engine produces 331 kW and delivers 600 Nm of torque. Standard quattro drive distributes the power to all four wheels.

“The new Audi RS 5 Coupé is the gran turismo among the RS models from Audi Sport,” said Stephan Winkelmann, CEO of Audi Sport GmbH, in describing the new model. “The high-performance Coupé combines elegant aesthetics with excellent everyday usability. The car’s V6 biturbo has been developed from the ground up and provides significantly more performance coupled with higher efficiency,” said Winkelmann.

The designers drew inspiration for the RS 5 Coupé from the distinctive racing details of the Audi 90 quattro IMSA GTO. Massive air inlets with the honeycomb structure typical of RS models characterise the front end of the new Audi RS 5 Coupé. The Singleframe radiator grille is much wider and flatter than in the base model. Next to the headlights are additional lateral air intakes and outlets; tinted bezels differentiate the optional Matrix LED headlights. quattro blisters on the flanks emphasize the pronounced bulges over the wheel arches, which have been widened by 15 millimetres.

Sporty accents are provided by the RS-specific diffuser insert, the oval tailpipes of the RS exhaust system and surface-mounted spoiler lip. The RS 5 Coupé rolls standard on 19-inch wheels, with 20-inch wheels available as an option. The appearance packages – gloss black, carbon and matt aluminium – provide even more customisation options. With a length of 4,723 millimetres, the new Audi RS 5 Coupé is 74 millimetres longer than the previous model.

The 2.9 TFSI V6 biturbo engine, which Audi developed from the ground up, offers sharp increases in power and efficiency as well as an incomparably full-bodied RS sound. It produces 331 kW. Its peak torque of 600 Nm – up 170 Nm from the previous model – is available across a wide band from 1,900 to 5,000 rpm. The top model in the A5 family sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.9 seconds and with the optional dynamic package reaches a top speed of 280 km/h.

The 2.9 TFSI unit’s two turbochargers are positioned centrally between the cylinder banks. The ingested air flows to the respective turbocharger and into the combustion chambers through a dual-branch system for spontaneous response. The B-cycle combustion process with central direct injection represents a new level of efficiency among the RS models. The shortened compression stroke used here enables an engine process with a significantly higher geometric compression ratio.

Combined with a power stroke that, while normal, is longer relative to the compression stroke, this allows for more efficient combustion and increased engine efficiency. In the NEDC test cycle, the V6 biturbo consumes just 8.7 litres of fuel per 100 kilometres, corresponding to 197 grams CO2 per kilometre. This is an efficiency gain of 17 per cent over the previous model. Another factor in the greater efficiency of the new RS 5 Coupé is its significantly lower weight. It tips the scales at 1,655 kilograms, 60 kilograms less than before. A carbon fibre roof is available as an option.

The biturbo’s power flows through a sportily-tuned, eight-speed tiptronic with optimised shift times to the quattro permanent all-wheel drive. The drive forces are distributed asymmetrically to the axles (40:60) to guarantee dynamic handling with optimal traction and the greatest possible safety. Audi Sport also offers an optional rear sport differential.

An updated five-link construction is used on the front axle. At the rear, a five-link suspension replaces the trapezoidal-link suspension used on the previous model. This benefits the sporty driving characteristics and agility. It also improves comfort significantly. With the standard RS sport suspension, the new Audi RS 5 Coupé sits much lower than the production model. Audi Sport also offers the RS sport suspension with Dynamic Ride Control (DRC), ceramic brakes and dynamic steering with RS-specific tuning. Drivers can make their personal driving experience more individual, dynamic or comfortable using the standard Audi drive select system.

Bathed in black, the interior of the new Audi RS 5 Coupé is luxuriously appointed, with a decidedly sporty edge. Details such as RS sport seats with optional diamond stitching in Fine Nappa leather and the flat-bottomed RS multifunction sport steering wheel underscore the character of the high-performance coupe in the interior as well. There are RS logos on the seats, steering wheel, door sill trims and the selector lever. Special RS displays in the Audi virtual cockpit provide information on tire pressure, torque and g-forces.

A shift light prompts the driver to upshift upon reaching the rev limit. The RS design package uses red as a sporty contrasting color. Package highlights are the steering wheel, selector lever and knee pads in Alcantara plus seat belts contoured in red and floor mats with the RS emblem. Audi Sport offers Sonoma green metallic as an exclusive paint finish for the RS 5 Coupé.

A comprehensive range of infotainment choices is sure to keep everyone on board entertained. The optional MMI navigation plus with MMI touch includes the hardware module Audi connect, which connects the new RS 5 Coupé to the internet via LTE. Thanks to the Audi connect SIM, which is permanently installed in the car, the flat rate data package for the connect services including Europe-wide roaming is free of charge for three years. Passengers can go online with their mobile devices via the Wi-Fi hotspot option.

The Audi smartphone interface uses Apple Car Play and Android Auto to make selected apps available in a separate MMI menu. Control is easy and intuitive, thanks to natural language voice control, free text search and the multifunction steering wheel. The touchpad in the centre console is used to zoom, scroll and enter characters. Further high-end technologies, such as the head-up display and as many as 30 driver assistance systems enhance safety, comfort and efficiency. The intelligent interplay between these systems represents another step on the road to piloted driving.

Australian information

The all-new Audi RS 5 Coupé will arrive in Australia before the end of 2017. Pricing and specification details will be announced closer to launch.

At the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show, Audi presents another concept car which demonstrates the potential of the future Q8 model range. The Audi Q8 sport concept study features groundbreaking drive system technology and an accentuated sporty look. It demonstrates the vision Audi’s developers and designers have for the dynamic yet efficient SUV of tomorrow.

Characteristic aerodynamic features in the front and rear are a prominent part of the Audi Q8 sport concept design. The highly efficient drive system concept of the study is particularly groundbreaking. The 3.0 TFSI six-cylinder engine featuring a mild hybrid system and an electric powered compressor is a world first. The result: the Q8 sport concept presents itself as a multi-disciplined athlete with a number of talents. Thanks to its 350 kW output and its 700 Newton metres of torque, it sprints from 0 - 100 km/h in just 4.7 seconds and keeps going until it reaches its top speed of 275 km/h. Meanwhile, its range of more than 1,200 kilometres ensures it is also suitable for long journeys.

Thanks to the superb recuperation performance of 20 kW, this prominent SUV delivers extraordinary low fuel consumption. Compared with a model equipped with a regular TFSI six-cylinder engine without a mHEV system, the Q8 sport concept consumes around one litre less fuel per 100 km, with its 20 kW of additional performance. That corresponds to a reduction in CO2 emissions of 25 g/km.

“The drive system of the Audi Q8 sport concept is a major step towards optimising efficiency and sustainability in large-volume series production,” says Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management at AUDI AG. “The combination of mild hybrid technology and a TFSI engine sets a new benchmark for the synthesis of electromobility and combustion engines. In the future, this combination will be used in many Audi models,” said Prof. Stadler.

Highly efficient power package: the drive system

The architecture of the drive system in the new Audi Q8 sport concept is revolutionary: for the first time ever, Audi is combining a 331 kW 3.0 TFSI six-cylinder engine with an electric powered compressor and an effective mild hybrid system for recuperation. The starter generator positioned between the crankshaft and the transmission handles recuperation and, if required, can work in the opposite direction as an additional electric motor. The 48-volt electrical system assures the supply of electrical power.

For the customer, this approach has a number of advantages: the energy recovered as part of recuperation can, if required, be used to increase performance. During boost operation – where the combustion engine and electric motor are used simultaneously – the electric motor’s additional 20 kW of output and its torque of 170 Nm open up a total of 350 kW of power to the engine and bring its total torque up to 700 Nm. The result is sporty acceleration from any speed and rev range.

Positioned at the rear under the luggage compartment, the lithium ion battery with an energy storage capacity of 0.9 kWh makes it possible to keep moving slowly in stop-start traffic with the combustion engine switched off, as well as allowing for maneuvering and parking under electric power alone. During braking, efficient recuperation using the 20-kW-strong starter generator quickly recharges the battery to ensure that the vehicle can regularly be driven under electric power.

In addition to the two exhaust gas turbochargers, the electric powered compressor provides the Q8 sport concept with an additional kick by supplying the three-litre six-cylinder engine with fresh air. The electric powered compressor supports the turbochargers at times when the exhaust gas is insufficient for rapid development of power. It therefore opens up delay-free acceleration to the V6 petrol engine – something previously only known to diesel engines and electric motors. It’s a recipe for success which already works impressively in the series production Audi SQ7.

The electric powered compressor is positioned in a bypass downstream of the intercooler, close to the engine. Instead of the turbine wheel, it integrates a compact electric motor. It accelerates the engine’s compressor wheel up to 70,000 rpm in less than 250 milliseconds. With the support of the electric powered compressor, the power of the 3.0 TFSI is always spontaneously available as soon as the accelerator is depressed, even at low engine speeds. When driving off, the SUV immediately takes a lead of several metres ahead of the competition. During comfort-oriented driving, the electric powered compressor technology prevents unnecessary downshifts and thus keeps the engine speed at a low level. Meanwhile, sporty drivers will appreciate the supreme and spontaneous delivery of power when exiting curves.

The Q8 sport concept drive system with its V6 TFSI and additional electric motor supplies the performance of a true eight-cylinder engine, yet with the fuel consumption of a frugal four-cylinder. That’s because, compared with a similar engine without mild hybrid system, the consumption reduces by more than a litre per 100 kilometres, despite serving up 20 kW of additional power. The total range of the Q8 sport concept equipped with an 85-litre fuel tank is more than 1,200 kilometres.

When driving, the drive system management controls the operating states of the Audi both intelligently and flexibly: the luxury SUV can boost, coast and recuperate as appropriate for the situation. The predictive efficiency assistant is a standard feature which supports the driver by supplying greatly detailed information on the vehicle surroundings to the control unit. Route data from the navigation system and Car-to-X services from Audi connect are also taken into account.

High-tech from production models: drivetrain and suspension 

In the Audi Q8 sport concept, the quattro permanent all-wheel drive system transfers the power of the drive system to the road with supreme control. Even for its wide-track chassis, the technology study makes use of the latest high-end solutions from the luxury-class product portfolio. The adaptive air suspension sport – an air suspension system with controlled damping – allows for a broad spectrum of ride characteristics, ranging from cushioned cruising to firm and tight handling. Furthermore, it sets the ground clearance in five levels with 90 millimetre height differences, selecting the ideal level in each case. The front and rear axles are engineered as lightweight five-link constructions.

Audi mounts 305/35 tyres on the large 11J x 23 wheels. The five intertwining Y spokes project an intricate, yet powerful, image. Ceramic brake discs measuring 20 inches in diameter provide effortless deceleration capability.

Dynamic lines and high-tech design details

At first glance, it is clearly a highly dynamic and luxurious Audi – that’s how the Audi Q8 concept study was received at the 2017 Detroit Motor Show. The debutant in Geneva is an even more sporty variation of this composition and is also an elegant alternative to the robust presence of a classic Sport Utility Vehicle. The Q8 and Q8 sport concept are synonymous with utmost prestige, dedicated sportiness and visually-present technology in all areas.

At 5.02 metres long, the Audi Q8 sport concept makes an impressive mark on the luxury class. Thanks to a wheelbase of three metres, the show car offers plenty of space for passengers and luggage. Despite the sloping, coupe-like roofline, even the rear-seat passengers enjoy ample head and shoulder room. The new operating concept uses large touchscreens in the cockpit, rounded out by an expanded version of the Audi virtual cockpit and a contact-analogue head-up display. The latter uses intelligent augmented reality technology that merges the real and the virtual worlds.

Viewed from the front, the 2.05-metre wide Audi Q8 sport concept looks imposing. A distinguishing feature here is the octagonal Singleframe. It is a sculpted piece and is significantly wider than in today’s Audi production models. Its surface has a honeycomb lattice structure overlaid with aluminium segments, whilst the surround is painted in a contrasting colour. As is typical of Audi Sport models, the outer air inlets are much larger compared with the basic model – a sign of the greater air requirements of the high-performance power unit. A distinctive body-coloured blade forms the bottom edge of the bumper.

The flat, wedge-shaped headlights of the Audi Q8 sport concept are integrated into the front end and, from a design perspective, are connected with the adjoining air inlets. The individual light elements have a glass cover, but the entire headlight units are not enclosed. This creates the impression that they are free in space. Their aluminium housing carries over the sculpture of the Singleframe. An x-shaped, blue laser light signature accentuates the digital Matrix laser technology used for the low and high beams. Broken down into more than one million pixels, their light can illuminate the road in high resolution and with precise control. Located below the edge of the engine hood is a narrow LED light guide that emits the light for the dynamic turn signals and the daytime running lights. It wraps around the outside of the headlights, where its ribs create an innovative e-tron signature. All lighting functions are dynamic.

Powerful: the side view 

The silhouette of the Audi technology study also evokes tautness. The doors have no window frames and thus contribute to the flat roofline. The Audi Q8 sport concept is 1.70 metres tall. All lines on the body climb upward dynamically toward the rear – the bottom edge of the side windows, the shoulders, the dynamic line and the sill line. The surfaces of the fenders, doors and side panels are athletically curved. The lower section of the doors form a deep fillet. Other design features include the quattro logo milled below the rear doors, as well as the carbon-fibre exterior mirrors with their multifaceted edges. The doors are opened using touch elements: as soon as the sensors in the Audi rings on the B or C pillar are touched, the door simply pops open to a defined position.

The extremely flat and very wide C-pillar is reminiscent of the original Audi quattro from the 1980s, as are the strongly flared shoulders over the wheels. This places the concept car in a logical line with the show cars of the Audi Prologue series. The balanced proportions of the Audi Q8 sport concept emphasise the front and rear wheels equally – that, too, is typical quattro. Compared with the Q8 show car from Detroit, the wheel housings have been widened by a further 12 millimetres. The strongly accentuated wheel arches feature a double design. The sill region of the doors shines in brushed aluminium, ensuring an intriguing contrast to the show car’s Krypton orange paint finish.

Flat and compact: the rear 

A long roof edge spoiler shades the extremely flat rear window of the Audi concept car. A doubly-shaped spoiler lip below it forms a distinctive contour on the power luggage compartment hatch. The light strip extending over the entire width of the rear end is part of the distinctive light signature. It serves as both the tail and brake lights as well as the dynamic turn signals.

The outer light elements are edged by aluminium blades whose inner strut is drawn broadly into the rear of the vehicle. The individual elements of the tail lights are also designed to be open, and all lighting functions are dynamic. The license plate on the Audi Q8 sport concept is located under a black trim strip between the lights. The diffuser is made of aluminium, while its crosspiece is in high-gloss carbon-fibre. Set in the diffuser, the oval exhaust tailpipes are equally striking in their design thanks to their brushed aluminium surface.

Luxury lounge for four: the interior 

The interior of the Audi Q8 sport concept offers opulent spaciousness for four persons and their large suitcases. The luggage compartment has a capacity of 630 litres. Widely stretched lines lend the cockpit a sporty yet elegant ambiance. Virtually floating above the centre tunnel is a console for the shift by wire lever with which the driver controls the eight-speed tiptronic transmission purely electronically.

The wrap around begins in the front doors. This large, horizontal arc runs along the lower edge of the windshield and frames both the driver’s and front passenger’s seats without hemming in the occupants. The sport seats as well as the two individual seats in the rear are made up of segments that appear to be separate geometric bodies, from the pronounced side bolsters to the head restraints. A horizontal aluminium trim piece divides the backrests at the height of the window belt line.

The instrument panel with its distinctly horizontal character descends in steps toward the interior. The central control and display surfaces are integrated into the “black panel” – a glossy black strip framed by an aluminium surround. When switched off, the screen is invisibly embedded in the surface and the lines flow harmoniously. When the display is in operation, it assimilates perfectly into the design line. In the front passenger area, the black panel features a graphical quattro badge. The arrow-shaped inlays in the doors pick up the expressive design. Intricate aluminium bars integrated into them serve as door openers. When dark, LED light guides illuminate the interior with white light.

The colours and materials in the Audi Q8 sport concept provide for a cool and sporty atmosphere. One highlight is the three-dimensional, engineered grain on the instrument panel, doors and floor. High-gloss carbon-fibre applications with a new, abstract woven structure, as well as aluminium strips and frames set accents. Their brushed finish is comparatively dark. Brightness increases gradually from the headlining to the centre console in graduated grey tones from steel grey to pastel silver.

The technical materials in the Audi Q8 sport concept contrast with the soft surfaces. The seats are covered in a combination of Fine Nappa leather and Nubuk leather, both in pastel silver. The upholstery is pulled around the trim piece that divides the backrests – here, the inside becomes the outside. The head restraints are covered with a structured textile of a colour similar to that of the leather elements.

New ways: controls and displays

The elegant interior architecture of the Audi Q8 sport concept merges with a groundbreaking control and display concept. Information and commands are passed primarily through touch displays augmented by the Audi virtual cockpit future and a contact-analogue head-up display. All displays feature a new ‘digital design’ that concentrates systematically on only the most important things.

The contact-analogue head-up display projects important displays onto the windshield in the driver’s direct field of view, seemingly placing them in the real environment. A navigation arrow, for example, appears in the same position as an actual arrow on the road – an intelligent application of augmented reality. The notifications from the driver assistance systems also merge the virtual and physical worlds.

The Audi virtual cockpit future is even more dynamic thanks to new functions and, with a resolution of 1,920 x 720 pixels, it displays graphics with more detail than ever before. In ‘auto’ display mode, the 12.3-inch TFT display offers generous space for maps, lists and additional information. The top-down map view visualises the selected route. When zooming in, the current position and surroundings are displayed in 3D. Through the buttons on the steering wheel, the driver can switch to ‘performance’ mode. The needles of the speedometer and powermeter now appear in a three-dimensional perspective display.

All other screens in the Audi Q8 sport concept are touch displays. The great strength of this principle is the direct, fast and intuitive operation. Drivers select each function exactly where they see it. By implementing touchscreens, Audi was also able to further reduce the number of buttons, switches and levers. The interior now appears even neater and more streamlined.

The MMI display in centre of the dashboard is used to control the infotainment system and vehicle settings. A display for the climate control system is integrated into the diagonally sloping section of the centre console. While using this display, the driver’s wrist can be rested comfortably on the low selector lever of the eight-speed tiptronic. If the sensors in the seat detect a front-seat passenger, the touchscreen shows their climate control settings. If the driver is alone, this function is deactivated. Another smaller touchscreen to the left of the steering wheel is reserved for the lighting functions.

The new Audi Q5 was awarded five stars in the Euro NCAP, the organisation’s highest rating. The top score means the bestseller from Ingolstadt is among the safest automobiles in its class.

The Audi Q5 showed off its strengths in every type of test. The new generation of the strong-selling Audi model scored points for occupant protection, child safety and pedestrian protection. Also contributing to the SUV’s rating were the driver assistance systems that are standard equipment – including pre sense city, the emergency braking system that reacts to vehicles up ahead of the car and to pedestrians.

The Q5 achieved excellent values for crash safety, even though its overall weight has been reduced by up to 90 kg. The outstanding NCAP test results underscore the high standards the brand with the four rings upholds in the areas of active and passive safety, and in lightweight construction.

Euro NCAP has been conducting comparative testing of new cars for crash safety since 1997.

The testing organisation’s membership comprises a number of European transport ministries and automobile clubs, insurance companies and consumer protection groups. Its comprehensive range of test requirements are considerably more demanding than the specifications set by European legislators.

The first customer deliveries of the all-new Audi Q5 will take place in mid-2017. Pricing and specification details will be announced closer to launch.

The all-new Audi Q2 has arrived in Australia, the most exciting newcomer in the premium compact SUV segment.

“The highly anticipated all-new Audi Q2 will establish itself as a unique offering in the premium compact SUV segment. It will open up the Audi brand to a new range of young and young-at-heart buyers,” said Andrew Doyle, Managing Director of Audi Australia.

“This new model will exceed customer expectations of how an Audi should look, thanks to its progressive polygonal design language, and what it should offer, thanks to a suite of infotainment and connectivity technologies. We are very pleased to be launching this game-changing vehicle to Australia in such a competitive package.”

The design of the new Audi Q2 gives it a powerful stance. It is angular and edgy when viewed from the front and the large Singleframe grille in octagonal design imbues strength and dynamism. The low roofline is very eye-catching, and descends into a long roof spoiler which is supported by contrasting ‘blades’ at the C pillar. This contrast accentuates the sportiness of the Audi Q2.

The all-new Audi Q2 will be offered initially in two model lines: the 1.4 TFSI design for $41,100* and the 2.0 TDI quattro sport for $47,900*. Both models share the sporty seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch automatic transmission as standard.

The entry level 1.4 TFSI model features fuel-saving Cylinder-on-Demand technology that shuts down two of the four cylinders under light throttle loads. It develops 110kW/250Nm and returns frugal fuel efficiency of 5.3 litres per 100km. The 2.0 TDI engine develops 110kW/340Nm, with fuel economy of 5.0 litres per 100km. The 2.0 TDI is offered exclusively with quattro all-wheel drive. A 2.0 TFSI quattro model with 140kW/320Nm will be offered in the second half of 2017.

Even with its highly competitive pricing, the all-new Audi Q2 will be equipped with a generous array of standard features including Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), MMI Navigation, bluetooth and smartphone interface, voice control and parking system plus with rear view camera. Automatic air-conditioning with dual-zone climate control, leather-appointed seats, auto-dimming interior mirror, a contrasting C-pillar blade and either 17- or 18-inch alloy wheels, depending on the model, round out the key highlights. The 2.0 TDI quattro also gains an electric tailgate, sport seats and Audi side assist as standard equipment.

The all-new Q2 has been awarded a five-star Euro NCAP rating, with an ANCAP rating pending.

Along with the game-changing Audi ‘virtual cockpit’ and convenient head-up display, the driver assistance systems for the Audi Q2 come directly from the upper luxury classes. The Audi pre sense plus (AEB) system recognises critical situations with other vehicles, as well as pedestrians crossing in front of the vehicle, while driving at speeds of up to 65 km/h. If necessary, Audi pre sense plus can initiate hard braking – to a standstill – at low speeds. Other systems in the line-up include adaptive cruise control with Stop & Go function, the lane-departure warning system Audi side assist, the lane-keeping assistant Audi active lane assist, and cross-traffic assist rear which supports the driver while reversing out of tight situations.

The Q2 sports the intuitive Multi Media Interface (MMI), an infotainment and navigation system, which can be operated by a rotary/push-button control and a touchpad (on MMI Navigation plus) on the central control element. In addition, the system can be conveniently controlled by voice, known as natural language operation, and the integrated MMI search. Audi Connect will be rolled out across the Q2 range as standard equipment, including Google Earth and Google Search functionality, along with a Wi-Fi hotspot that enables surfing and streaming with mobile devices.

The Q2 fulfills fundamental expectations of an SUV with a seating position that affords excellent visibility, and a large luggage compartment with 405 litres of capacity (or up to 1,050 litres of capacity with rear seats folded down).

The Audi Q2 is as individual as its drivers – inside and out. Further equipment packages, exterior colours and expressive interior trim colours and elements are available, as well as LED interior lighting packages which allow plenty of creative space for personal configuration.

The official on-sale date for the all-new Audi Q2 is February 24.

Pricing*

  • Q2 design 1.4 TFSI S tronic 110kW - $41,100
  • Q2 sport 2.0 TDI quattro S tronic 110kW - $47,900

*MLP – Manufacturer’s List Price (excludes dealer delivery and government statutory charges)

The all-new Audi S4 sedan and Avant have arrived in Australia, powered by an all-new 3.0-litre turbocharged V6 engine. With the same standing acceleration figures as the last-generation RS 4 Avant – reaching 100km/h in just 4.7sec – the all-new S4 packs serious performance into its svelte new shape.

“Over five generations, the Audi S4 has established itself as a sports car that provides a unique combination of muscular performance in a sophisticated package,” said Andrew Doyle, Managing Director of Audi Australia Pty Ltd.

“The all-new Audi S4 sedan and Avant stay true to this formula, while offering more progressive technology than ever before. Intelligent infotainment and connectivity systems are hallmarks of this new model, as well as highly developed chassis concept that reduces weight by 75kg, while improving handling and ride comfort.

“The all-new S4 sedan and Avant offer a new standard of refined performance.”

The all-new 3.0-litre turbocharged V6 engine in the S4 is an all-new design from the ground up, wand is 14kg lighter than its predecessor’s supercharged powerplant. The new engine produces 260kW (up 15kW), while peak torque of 500Nm (up 60Nm) is available from as low as 1370rpm. Such spontaneous response is aided by the twin-scroll turbocharger’s location inside the 90-degree vee, which ensures the shortest possible travel paths for exhaust gases to pass through. Efficiency is also assured, at just 7.7 L/100km for the S4 sedan, thanks in part to its clever B-cycle combustion method.

Matched to the fast-shifting eight-speed tiptronic automatic transmission and the legendary Audi quattro all-wheel drive technology, the al-new S4 can reach 100km/h in just 4.7sec (0.3sec faster).

At the heart of the quattro all-wheel-drive system sits a mechanical centre differential. Under normal driving conditions, the differential splits the engine’s torque 40/60 front/rear, however up to 85 per cent can be directed to either end if slip occurs, while the optional sport differential can apportion even more torque to the rear wheel with the most grip. This effectively ‘points’ the car towards the apex of a corner.

This quattro system is the perfect partner for the newly developed five-link front and rear suspensions, further complemented by the standard adaptive dampers that can cater for a comfortable ride, dynamic handling and everything in between via the Audi drive select system. The brake system is suitably powerful, with 350mm ventilated front discs clamped by 6-piston calipers.

The design of the new S4 is characterised by horizontal lines at the front and rear that emphasise the car’s width. Aluminium elements give structure to the Singleframe grille, while side inlets feed cool air into the wheel housings.

The headlights have distinctive serrated lower edges, and are designed with a three-dimensional look. LED technology is standard, with dynamic turn signals at the rear.

From the side, the contoured side sill also contributes to the all-new S4’s chiselled look. On the boot lid or at the rear of the roof, a trailing edge and spoiler improves air flow. The rear bumper sports a black honeycomb grille, and the diffuser surrounds the two dual tailpipes.

The all-new S4 Avant shares all of the performance hardware beneath its sedan sibling, however it also offers 505 litres of luggage space, or 1,510 litres with the rear seats folded flat. It comes standard with the convenient electric tailgate, activated by a sensor-controlled ‘kick motion’, as well as an electric sliding luggage cover. The all-new S4 Avant reaches 100km/h in just 4.9sec, with fuel economy of 7.8 L/100km.

The all-new Audi S4 sedan and Avant range have an impressive array of safety features. The new S4 is offered with a full suite of these systems as standard fitment:

  • Active Lane Assist
  • Adaptive cruise control with Traffic Jam Assist
  • Exit warning system
  • Cross traffic assist, rear
  • Audi side assist blind spot warning system
  • Audi pre-sense basic (belt tensioning, window closing and other preventative measures if an emergency is detected)
  • Audi pre-sense front with Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) and pedestrian detection (up to 85 km/h), turn assist, collision avoidance assist, and high-beam assist
  • Audi pre-sense rear (warns following traffic if they are at risk of running into the rear of the car)
  • Parking system plus with surround-view camera

As expected of a sports car of its calibre, the all-new S4 comes equipped with a very high level of standard features, including the Audi virtual cockpit. In addition, the S performance package is available as an option, to enhance levels of comfort and customization, while the Technik package brings peerless technologies like the Bang & Olufsen 3D sound system.

The all-new Audi S4 Sedan and Avant models are on-sale now.

Pricing*

  • S4 Sedan 3.0 TFSI quattro tiptronic 260kW - $99,900
  • S4 Avant 3.0 TFSI quattro tiptronic 260kW - $102,900

*MLP – Manufacturer’s List Price (excludes dealer delivery and government statutory charges)

The new Audi RS 3 Sportback completes the Ingolstadt premium car manufacturer's sporty vanguard in the compact segment. Following the world premiere of the RS 3 Sedan at the 2016 Paris Motor Show, the RS 3 Sportback now stands poised to make its entry at the Geneva International Motor Show. With the most powerful five-cylinder production engine in the world, outstanding dynamism and an even sharper look, the RS 3 Sportback offers an emotional driving experience.

“The Audi RS 3 Sportback offers our customers an attractive introduction to the RS world,” said Stephan Winkelmann, CEO of Audi Sport GmbH.

“Since 2011, the sporty compact model has proven itself extremely successful in the market, and with the new five-cylinder engine, the Audi RS 3 Sportback is now at the head of its class, and will continue that strong track record.”

From 0 to 100 km/h in 4.1 seconds

Behind the impressive performance of the Audi RS 3 Sportback is the world’s most powerful production five-cylinder engine – the 2.5 TFSI. It delivers 294 kW of output – 24 kW more than its predecessor – and is 26 kilograms lighter thanks to its aluminium crankcase, among other features. Its maximum torque of 480 Nm is available at engine speeds as low as 1,700 rpm and remains constant up to 5,850 rpm.

That’s how the RS 3 Sportback is able to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.1 seconds. The effect of this extraordinary tractive power is intensified by the five-cylinder’s unmistakable sound, which comes from having the ignition alternate between directly adjacent cylinders and widely spaced ones. On request, Audi will increase the electronically limited top speed from 250 km/h to 280 km/h.

For better mixture preparation, the new 2.5 TFSI engine employs dual injection into the intake manifold and into the combustion chambers. On the exhaust side, the Audi valvelift system controls the duration of valve opening depending on the throttle and engine speed – for moderate fuel consumption at low and partial load as well as more spontaneous throttle response and a high level of tractive power at full load. In the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) the RS 3 Sportback uses 8.3 liters of fuel per 100 kilometres, which equates to 189 grams of CO2 per kilometre.

Quattro drive with variable distribution of power 

The S tronic seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and quattro permanent all-wheel drive transfers the power of the five cylinders to the road. And the electro-hydraulic multi-plate clutch distributes the drive torque variably between the axles. The sportier the driving, the faster and more often a large share of the torque reaches the rear axle. quattro management is integrated as a standard feature in the dynamic handling system Audi drive select, as are the steering, S tronic, the engine management, the adjustable exhaust flaps, and the optional RS sport suspension with adaptive damper control. The driver can individually vary the operation of these components between three modes – comfort, auto and dynamic. Handling is perfected using the Electronic Stabilisation Control (ESC) with wheel-selective torque control and the sport mode specially tuned for the RS.

Wider track and sporty suspension setup

Together with progressive steering, the four-link rear axle, and the tight suspension setup lowered by 25 millimetres relative to the A3, the RS 3 Sportback combines fascinating dynamism with superior stability. Compared to that production model, the track at the front axle of the RS 3 Sportback is wider by 20 millimetres (0.8 in) – and the wheel arches are accordingly flared wider. As standard, Audi includes 19-inch cast wheels and 235/35 tyres, and brake discs with a diameter of 310 millimetres. Alternatively, customers will be able to choose carbon-fibre ceramic discs in front. At the rear axle, brake discs with a diameter of 310 millimetres are used.

Distinctive RS design

On the exterior, the RS 3 Sportback shows off its power in the form of a striking Singleframe with a gloss black honeycomb grille, large air inlets and angular sill trims. The redesigned blade in the bumper gives the front end an even wider look. At its ends it forms narrow, upright funnels. LED headlights with their distinctive lighting signature are standard, and Audi offers matrix LED headlights as an option. In the rear a stylish RS roof edge spoiler, a diffuser insert and the RS exhaust system’s large oval tailpipes are sure to turn heads everywhere. A quattro logo at the bottom of the Singleframe is a finishing touch to the dynamic appearance, as are the RS 3 emblem on the honeycomb grille and on the tailgate.

Lap timer, boost pressure indicator and special RS screen

The two circular instrument dials are black with red needles and white scales. The centrally positioned driver information system includes a boost pressure indicator, an oil thermometer and a lap timer. The fully digital Audi virtual cockpit displays the infotainment system data and is available as an option. A special RS screen shifts the tachometer to the center, displaying on either side the readings for torque, g forces and tire pressure. When the transmission is operating in manual mode, a scale with a color background prompts the driver to use the steering wheel paddle or selector lever to upshift when approaching maximum rpm.

Sporty interior and outstanding comfort

The RS 3 Sportback is equipped with sport seats in black fine Nappa leather as standard.

RS sport seats with more contoured profiles and integrated head restraints for the driver and front passenger are available as options. RS emblems are emblazoned on the seatbacks of both seating variants. The RS sport leather steering wheel is flat-bottomed and features buttons for operating the infotainment system. The main control element is the rotary/push-button control on the console of the center tunnel. A touchpad can be integrated in its surface as an option, enabling the driver to scroll, zoom and enter text. Also included is a free text search feature that automatically completes the user’s input after just a few letters have been entered. The voice control can process user questions and commands formulated in everyday language.

Online with Audi connect 

When it comes to infotainment, the RS 3 Sportback is extremely versatile. An LTE module brings the Audi connect services on board, including navigation with Google Earth and Google Street View, as well as information on fuel prices, weather, travel and traffic. The Audi MMI connect app lets users transfer their smartphone calendars into the MMI system. Drivers can also send destinations from Google Maps and special destinations to the navigation system, and also stream music from the internet. Apple Car Play and Android Auto can be used to immediately bring selected apps to the onboard screen, for telephone, navigation and music needs. In addition, the navigation system includes a Wi-Fi hotspot that enables passengers to connect their mobile devices to the internet.

Other highlights include the Audi phone box, the Bang & Olufsen Sound System with 705 watts of power, and many driver assistance systems. In slow-moving traffic up to 65 km/h, for example, the traffic jam assist keeps the car at a safe distance from the vehicle in front and can briefly take over the steering. Also new in the Audi RS 3 Sportback are the emergency assist, which automatically stops the car if required, and cross traffic assist rear. The latter system looks out for crossing vehicles when the driver is pulling out of a parking space.

Australian information 

The new Audi RS 3 Sportback will arrive in Australia in the third quarter of 2017. Pricing and specification details will be announced closer to launch.