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First Look: Audi RS6

One of four new RS models due in 2013.

by on Dec.06, 2012

Audi's third-generation RS6 Avant will make its debut at the Detroit Auto Show next month.

Audi’s third-generation RS6 Avant will be making its debut at the Detroit Auto Show next month, but the maker has offered up a sneak peek at what will be one of four new RS offerings added to its line-up during 2013.

The new RS6 abandons the old Lamborghini-based V-10 in favor of a new 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 making a significant 552 horsepower.  The engine is essentially the same powerplant used by the latest-generation Bentley Continental. And to keep it in the broader Volkswagen AG family while putting things into perspective: the new Audi RS6 Avant is expected to deliver 0 to 100 kmh (0 to 62 mph) times of just 3.9 seconds.  The Porsche 911 Carrera S needs 4.5 seconds to get there.

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As the new RS6 will also feature cylinder deactivation – allowing it to shut off four of its eight cylinders when loads are light — it is anticipating better fuel economy than the outgoing model.  Also helping drive up mileage, the new Audi performance sedan will weigh in at about 200 pounds less than the old RS6, and it will be outfitted with new Stop/Start technology to shut its engine off instead of wasting gas idling.

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First Look: Audi A3 Avant

The wagon they didn't show in Geneva.

by on Apr.11, 2011

Audi shows off a rendering of the next A3 Avant.

Audi pulled off something of a surprise at last month’s Geneva Motor Show, introducing a new sedan version of the popular A3 line.  Until now, most of the emphasis has been on the A3 wagon.

Two-box sedans needn’t worry.  As this sketch illustrates, the A3 Avant, as the maker calls its wagons, will be back , albeit with a new and more contemporary look that better matches the A3 sedan revealed in Geneva.

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How the sketch will translates into production remains to be seen, but if the rendering is any indication, the new model will feature crisper lines and an overall more angular look.

A second sketch reveals a surprisingly simply cabin design from a maker known as the benchmark for interior styling.  But Audi also intends to offer a wide range of the high-tech features now available in more up-market products, reflecting the fact that many otherwise affluent buyers are downsizing their choices when it comes to cars. (more…)