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Audi A3 e-tron Concept Shanghai Debut Memorable 21
Posted by Alex Ion in audi a3, concept, e-tron, Event Coverage on 04 21st, 2011

Audi’s latest e-tron concept has got a gala showcase at the Shanghai Auto Show, alongside the automaker’s new Q3. A modified version of the TT RS’ turbocharged 5 cylinder that produces 400 horsepower and 368 pound-feet of torque has been incorporated to the original A3 sedan in the e-tron concept.

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The 20kW electric motor enables the vehicle to propel 60 mph in 6.8 seconds before topping out at 143 mph. The concept is actually based on the RS3 hatchback model and the seven-speed dual-clutch S-tronic transmission has adapted from the RS3. The drivetrain has been combined with lithium-ion battery pack stored in the trunk. The hybrid drivetrain enables the vehicle to carry on up to 34 miles on electric power alone.

The same suspension used in the original has been accommodated in this new concept too. It has got a front and a four-link independent rear end designed by MacPherson. The auto concept also features 20-inch wheels covered in 245/30 R20 rubber at all four corners.

The body of the vehicle features new grille and bumper framed by a carbon fiber-reinforced frame, aluminum hood, trunk and doors. The internal functionality includes connectivity options like wireless internet, WLAN hotspot functionality and Google mapping and POI search. Thanks to the Audi’s next-generation MMI system complete with a UMTS module.

The A3 sedan’s toned version will hit the showrooms by next year. The  e-tron variant is to arrive by 2013.

Audi Diesel Models & an E-tron in the Offing 10
Posted by Alex Ion in A3, a4, A6, a8, audi, Automotive News, diesel variants, e-tron, Q5, Q7, R8 e-Tron, the United States on 03 10th, 2011

Audi has announced its new plans with regard to the United States market place. The auto maker giant plans to launch diesel models of A6, A8, and Q5. As you already know, TDI engine variants of A3 and Q7 are now available. The new move will add on to this line up. However, the company has no plans to offer a diesel version of A4. But the redesigned model of the same is released in the year 2014 or 2015.

Another significant announcement is that the company also plans to sell an e-Tron by the year 2013. Well, it is speculated that this e-tron could be the R8 e-Tron. But no official confirmation supports this.

About R8 e-Tron, the prototype has got a 42.4 kWh lithium-ion battery. The four electric motors develops a combined 308 hp (230 kW / 312 PS) and 4,500 Nm (3,319 lb-ft) of torque.

This makes the vehicle to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 4.8 seconds. The top speed offered is 200 km/h (124 mph), and can ravel 248 km (154 miles) on a single charge.