Audi A4 Allroad vs. VW Passat Alltrack OFFROAD
In October 2010 Volkswagen presented at the 2010 Tokyo Motor Show the
Passat Alltrack. The Passat Alltrack bridges the gap between the passenger
VW range and the SUV range comprising the Tiguan and Touareg.
The Passat Alltrack has raised ground clearance from 135 to 165 mm which
improves approach angle from 13.5 to 16 degrees, departure angle from 11.9
to 13.6 degrees and ramp angle from 9.5 to 12.8 degrees when compared to
the standard Passat wagon. Passat Alltrack is the only VW in the passenger
range to offer 4Motion with off road driving programme, the off road system
works in conjunction with the ABS, electronic differential lock (EDL), DSG
& hill descent assist system to control the vehicle in an off road
The engine range of the Passat Alltrack consists of two 2.0L TDI with
outputs of 103 kW/140 hp & 125 kW/170 hp and two petrol engines, 1.8L
producing 118 kW/160 hp and 2.0L TSI producing 155 kW/207 hp. The TDI
models come standard with BlueMotion Technology packages with Stop/Start
system and battery regeneration mode for recovering braking energy. The two
lesser powered engine variants 2.0L TDI and 1.8L TSI are only available in
front wheel drive format with a manual 6 speed transmission. The rest of
the range with 4Motion has a 6 speed DSG automated manual transmission,
except the 2.0L TDI with 103 kW/140 hp has an option of 6 speed manual.
In 2012 at the New York Auto Show, VW showed a Passat Alltrack with 2.0L
TDI 125 kW/170 hp under Alltrack Concept nameplate to gauge response for a
future market in the offroad wagon segment.
Audi released the first official pictures of the B8 series A4 in August
2007, and unveiled the car to the public at the September 2007 Frankfurt
Motor Show. Saloon/sedan and Avant (estate/wagon) models are offered. The
Avant was unveiled to the public at the March 2008 Geneva Motor Show.
The B8 A4 is built on a variant of the Audi Modular Longitudinal Platform,
a platform which is also used in the Audi A5 coupé. Whilst prior A4
chassis were limited in wheelbase due to the relationship between the
engine, transmission and front axle, the MLP allows for a reduced front
overhang, resulting in a greater wheelbase length without the same increase
in overall length. This effectively redistributes the centre of gravity
slightly rearwards, improving handling by better balancing vehicle mass
between the front and rear axles. The estimated static front:rear weight
ratio of the B8 A4 is approximately 55:45, depending on body style and
engine. The relocation of the steering rack in front of the axle also
improves handling over previous A4 platforms.
The B8 A4 has increased in wheelbase by 160 millimetres (6.3 in) and in
length by 117 millimetres (4.6 in) over the prior B7, which has allowed for
increased rear seating legroom. Although the overall dimensions have
increased, the kerb weight has dropped some 10%. The boot (trunk) has also
increased to 480 litres (17.0 cu ft) for the saloon (sedan) version. The A4
Avant will have a maximum capacity of 1,430 L (50.5 cu ft) with the rear
seats folded down.
Reception has been mixed, with praise for the Audi A4's increased size,
giving it best-in-class rear legroom and trunk space in the compact
executive car segment. Its inline-4 2.0 TFSI engine, while efficient
providing plenty of torque, was considered lacking and less refined
compared to 6-cylinder engines of lighter rivals who posted faster acceleration times. However, the Audi
S4 sports sedan has been well-received for its V6 3.0 TFSI engine's power
The B8 A4 was facelifted in early 2012, and is on sale now.
New Audi A6 allroad Quattro
Audi has unveiled its new A6 Allroad. It's the third iteration of the
taller-riding A6, which sits halfway between estate and SUV.
It rides 60mm higher than a standard A6 Avant, and gets four-level adaptive
air suspension as standard. As you'd hope, quattro all-wheel drive is
fitted to all models. It also looks noticeably butcher than other A6s
thanks to extended side sills, flared wings, a new grille and roof rails.
Initially, there's three engine choices, all V6s, with one petrol-powered
unit -- a 306bhp/325lb ft 3.0-litre TFSI, capable of 31.7mpg -- and two
diesels, 201bhp/332lb ft and 241bhp/428lb ft tunes of 3.0-litre TDI, the
most frugal of which tops 46mpg. All engines boast turbocharging and direct injection, and are linked
to a seven-speed S-tronic twin-clutch gearbox. Expect an ultra-brisk A6
Allroad equipped with Audi's 309bhp twin-turbo 3.0-litre V6 TDI at a later date, serving up
a 5.6sec 0-62mph sprint via an eight-speed Tiptronic transmission.
The four-wheel-drive system is permanent and paired with torque vectoring,
which brakes the wheels on the inside of corners to Boost traction. Audi's sport differential --
which varies power continually between the rear wheels during cornering --
is on the options list.
The adaptive air suspension lowers the Allroad's body by 15mm at speed, and
can jack it up by 35mm when rougher terrain approaches. There's also a hill
descent control system for, you guessed it, downhill off-road driving.
Inside, there's the usual plethora of Audi gadgetry on offer, with Bang and
Olufsen sound, in-car WLAN internet access, radar-based cruise control and
a self-parking system among the options.
Expect a wealth of tech options box ticking to substantially add to the A6
Allroad's list price, though, the range starting at a very reasonable
£43,145. UK sales begin in February, with deliveries in spring. Expect to
see the A6 Allroad making its publich debut at the 2012 Geneva motor show
BMW X6 M - Offroad
BMW X6 M (http://www.motorvision.de/bmw/x6-m/) - 555 PS aus einem 4,4 Liter
V8 Biturbo. Das reicht locker für 275
Km/h auf Deutschen Autobahnen. Daten, die nicht unbedingt auf ein
geländegängiges SUV verweisen, dass auch in leichtem Gelände Zuhause
sein soll. Wie der X6 M sich bei sportlichen Vielseitigkeitsübungen
schlägt? Offroad-Profi Klaus Hofmockel fährt das Power-SUV durch Schnee
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Audi A6 allroad quattro
Normalerweise sind die Offroad-Versionen populärer Oberklasseautos nur
bedingt geländetauglich. Der A6 allroad ist chic, er belehrt uns aber auch
abseits des Asphalts eines besseren.
2012 Audi A6 allroad quattro offroad
With the Audi drive select system, the driver can vary the function of the
steering, the air suspension, the gas pedal, the automatic transmission,
the sport differential, the automatic air conditioning, the lighting and
the adaptive cruise control. In Efficiency mode, these systems work as
economically as possible; their function can be very freely configured in
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