Their combined output of 2,695PS is in complete contrast to another star of the show - the tiny Audi Urban concept with its two electric motors developing 20PS. All points in between these two extremes are also represented, with highlights including the 256PS A1 quattro, the all-new A3, the latest A6 allroad quattro and the new S6, S7 Sportback and S8 trio with their V8 cylinder-on-demand technology.
Posted on 29.06.2012
The RS 4 Avant with its 450PS, 4.2-litre V8 is the highlight of the stand. Its ancestors, dating back to the 1993 RS 2, stand alongside it, including a mint example of the first V8-powered RS 4 owned by Audi UK facebook competition winner Martin Blakey. These are joined by the new generation RS 5, the RS 3 Sportback and the TT RS.
In addition to the battery-powered Urban concept with its compact carbon fibre-reinforced polymer (CFRP) body and offset 1+1 seating, the A3 e-tron concept showcases a very different side to Audi engineering. Showing how the lines of the all-new A3 could potentially look if they were reinterpreted for a four-door saloon body shell, this plug-in hybrid combines 211PS from a 2.0-litre TFSI petrol engine with 27PS from an electric motor. The motor is powered by lithium-ion batteries charged by an energy recovery system when the car is in motion or directly from a household power socket when it is parked. It gives the A3 e-tron concept a range of up to 34 miles on electric power alone.
On the competition front, the Audi R18 e-tron quattro sports prototype is in the F1 paddock in commemoration of the eleventh victory for Audi in the 24 Hours of Le Mans marathon race earlier this month.
One of its three winning drivers, Germany's André Lotterer, will drive the diesel-electric hybrid racer up the hill course at Lord March's estate.