- Audi A7 Sportback wins Design Summit
- Video: 440hp Golf24 takes to the track
- USP Motorsports Audi S5 4.2L V8 custom exhaust system
- 440hp Golf24 to tackle the Nurburgring 24 Hour
Posted: 11 Feb 2011 06:00 AM PST
The Audi A7 Sportback has scored a big victory: the five-door coupé has been selected the winner of the “Auto Bild” Design Summit. A distinguished jury panel evaluated the design of a total of ten new cars. The result: the Audi A7 Sportback was voted number one by a wide margin for its outstanding design.
Recognized design experts such as James Kelly, who heads the Transportation Design department at Pforzheim University, expressed high praise for the large coupé. “The design of the Audi A7 Sportback was the best in the group by far,” Kelly said. “The low tail section is especially impressive! I’d buy it immediately.” Othmar Wickenheiser, professor of Transportation Design at the Munich University of Applied Sciences, also praised the car’s styling: “An absolutely harmonious design concept. Unembellished flanks, sinewy shoulders, streamlined sides – perfect.”
Well-known architect and design critic Hans-Ulrich von Mende and Prof. Paolo Tumminelli of the International School of Design in Cologne selected the Audi A7 Sportback the winner in a list of categories including proportions, styling, innovation, haptics and quality.
“We are extremely pleased with this achievement – to be selected by a jury of such experts in the field of design,” said Stefan Sielaff, Head of Audi Design. “The award confirms the outstanding position of the Audi A7 Sportback within the competitive field, and the excellent response from our customers confirms the appeal of this car.”
With aesthetic athletics and elegance on a grand scale, Audi again emphasizes design with the A7 Sportback. The five-door coupé measures 4.97 meters (16.31 ft) long and 1.91 meters (6.27 ft) wide, but just 1.42 meters (4.66 ft) high. Its long hood, sporty, flowing C-pillars and the steep drop of the rear section present a dynamic overall image.
The interior is also a testament to the meticulous attention to detail that Audi puts into building cars; the quality of the craftsmanship is on a par with fine handcrafted goods. The senses are pampered with high quality new materials including veneers made with a laminated-wood technique; options include ambient lighting that highlights the interior. Options available for the front seat include ventilation and massage features. Another option allows the contours of the lateral support in the seat and backrest to be individually adjusted.
Audi delivers the A7 Sportback with one of four powerful and cultivated V6 engines – two gasoline-powered and two diesel-powered. They have a capacity of between 150 kW (204 hp) and 220 kW (300 hp), and their efficiency sets the standard in this class of vehicle. The new 3.0 TDI with 150 kW (204 hp), which will be available for order at a later date, and the multitronic transmission use an average of just 5.3 liters of fuel per 100 km (44.38 mpg) – the CO2 emissions of just 139 grams per km (223.70 g/mile) is groundbreaking. All engines work with a recuperation system, thermal management and a start-stop system.
Posted: 10 Feb 2011 02:59 PM PST
Posted: 10 Feb 2011 12:33 PM PST
Such a delicious sound! USP Motorsports is one of the top Volkswagen, Audi, and Porsche shops in the U.S. Hit them up, you won’t be disappointed! I’ve been meaning to grab a pulley set from them…
Posted: 10 Feb 2011 06:13 AM PST
In honor of the 35th Anniversary of the GTI, Volkswagen will take on its competition with an insane 440hp Golf. The new Golf uses an updated 2.5-litre five-cylinder turbo engine to put out this along with 540tq. The AWD will be matted to a six-speed gearbox with paddle shifting.
Comeback in the “Green Hell”: In a spectacular new racing version the Volkswagen Golf returns to the Nürburgring-Nordschleife.
For the legendary 24-hour race from 23 to 26 June 2011, one of the toughest tests of all in motorsport, Volkswagen has developed a 440-hp race touring car with four-wheel drive based on its top seller. The new “Golf 24” has already reeled off its first kilometres at tests in Portugal and Italy.
“With the new Golf24 we are continuing our successful commitment at the Nürburgring 24-hour race. The event enjoys huge popularity, is one of the true classics in motorsport and, due to its extreme distance and unique race track, also represents a very big technical challenge,” says Volkswagen Motorsport Director Kris Nissen. “With our spectacular Golf we want to provide an additional highlight in front of a large audience – right in time for the 35th anniversary of the GTI.”
Volkswagen’s last “factory” fielding of the Golf on the famous roller-coaster circuit of the Nürburgring dates back to 2007 at which time the front-wheel drive vehicle that delivered about 300 hp finished in eighth place overall, in front of numerous favourites. As the competitiveness of the event has enormously increased since then a new technical concept was required. The new Golf uses an updated 2.5-litre five-cylinder turbo engine from the Volkswagen Group with an output of 324 kW (440 hp) and maximum torque of 540 Nm. Power is transmitted to the permanent four-wheel drive by a sequential six-speed gearbox with paddle shifters.
To prepare for the 24-hour race in June, the Golf24 will complete an extensive testing and development programme. After initial tests at Portimão, Portugal, back in December and further tests at Vallelunga, Italy, in February three races in the Endurance Championship on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife are planned, among others.
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