2012 Audi RS 3 Sportback revealed - static footage
After years of anticipation, Audi has officially unveiled the RS3 Sportback.
At its heart, the car is powered by the same turbocharged 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine found in the TT-RS with 250 kW (340 PS / 335 hp) and 450 Nm (332 lb ft) of torque. It is connected to quattro all-wheel drive and a seven-speed S tronic transmission which enables the 1,575 kg (3,472 lb) RS3 to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 4.6 seconds and hit an electronically limited 250 km/h (155 mph). Impressively, the car has average fuel consumption 9.1 liters per 100 km (25.85 US mpg) and CO2 emissions of 212 g/km.
To ensure stellar handling, Audi engineers installed an aluminum intensive sport suspension with MacPherson struts up front and a four-link setup out back. Furthermore, they added a high performance braking system with ventilated disks that measure 370mm in the front and 310mm at the rear.
Design wise, the RS3 is distinguished by aggressive fascias, an anthracite grille, and carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) fender flares. Other goodies include xenon headlights, a reduced ride height (25mm lower than a stock A3), aerodynamic side skirts, matt aluminum accents, a dual Exhaust system, and 19-inch alloy wheels.
Inside, the cabin is outfitted with Fine Nappa leather sport seats (with silver contrasting stitching), Piano black (or Aluminum Race) trim, a flat-bottomed steering wheel, and a revised driver information system with a lap timer.
On sale early next year, the RS3 will be priced from €49,900 in Germany.
Subaru Impreza Concept previews next generation model
Could Subaru finally be doing away with bland front ends when it comes to
their well-known Subaru Impreza? The answer will be a resounding "yes", if
the Impreza Design Concept is well-received by the public at the Los
Angeles Auto Show this month.
This also marks the introduction of the new 2.0-liter Boxer engine with the
Lineartronic CVT. The engine is a naturally aspirated, lower displacement
version of the 2.5-liter 224-hp (167 kW) turbocharged engine used on the 2011 Subaru
As we told you earlier in the month when it was teased, the concept car has
been built along Subaru's "Confidence in Motion" philosophy. This is the
first model produced under the new strategy.
Though this first image from the Japanese manufacturer shows off a vehicle
with a bolder design, changes will certainly come before it hits the
assembly line. Neither door handles nor side view mirrors (replaced by
tiny camera stalks) are present on the concept, something that seems to
have been done to give the design study a more fluid appearance.
There are several things we would like to see the four-passenger four-door
model carry over from concept-to-production. For example, the fin-shaped
LED fog lamps work well with the single-bar grille, all against black
honeycomb mesh, seems to work on this model, as does the sporty roofline.
All four corners and the two diffusers were optimized with the help of a
wind tunnel, to make the racing heritage model more aerodynamic. Rear
lighting will "follow a sharp-edged theme ... stretched into the body sides
to join the character line along the flanks."
What doesn't really work is the hexagonal grille cut out at the front. It
makes the Impreza Design Concept almost Volvo-esque in appearance. Inside,
the platinum leather with blue piping and stitching has an unusual contrast
to the exterior's Sky Silver paint job and bright silver aluminum wheels.
Interior features include a touchscreen infotainment unit, and
multifunction steering wheel with touch panels built in.
Audi A3 sedan concept revealed
Intended to recapture the glory of the original A4 (B5) that launched in
1994, the A3, shown for the first time as a sedan, features the familiar
Audi family grille with LED lined headlamps. Elsewhere, Audi keeps things
interesting with agressive bumper fascias, flared fender arches and big
20-inch wheels constructed of carbon fiber and aluminum.
Dressed like a future RS model, power arrives via the same 2.5-liter turbocharged five-cylinder engine found in
the RS3 Sportback. However, the A3 sedan concept produces 68 PS (50 kW / 67
bhp) more at 408 PS (300 kW / 402 hp) through a seven-speed S tronic
transmission and quattro all-wheel drive.
Performance is supercar good with the 0-100 km/h sprint taking 4.1-seconds
in the 1540 kg (3400 lb) vehicle.
2012 BMW 6-Series Cabrio revealed
Intended as a surprise unveiling at the Los Angeles Auto Show, BMW has
revealed the 2011 6-Series convertible. However, for reasons unknown the
drop-top never made it to the show. It's unfortunate given the importance
of the sunny Californian market.
Drawing inspiration from the Concept 6-Series Coupe, the convertible has a
long bonnet, a forward-slanted grille, xenon headlights, distinctive LED
fog lights and 18-inch alloy wheels (19-inchers on the 650i). To reduce
weight, BMW has retained the 6-Series' double buttress soft top which can
be lowered in 19 seconds and raised in 24 seconds at speeds up to 25 mph
Inside, the cabin mimics the previous 6-Series but there is a greater
emphasis on material quality and driver-focused controls. Notable
highlights include Dakota leather upholstery (Nappa leather with
SunReflective Technology is optional) and a freestanding 10.2-inch iDrive
display which can display e-mails via Bluetooth connection with a
At launch, two engines will be available. The 640i uses a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine
that produces 320 hp (239 kW / 324 PS) and 450 Nm (332 lb-ft) of torque.
This allows the car to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 5.7 seconds and hit an
electronically limited top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h). In terms of
efficiency, expect 35.8 mpg (imp) in the combined cycle and CO2 emissions
of 185 g/km.
In the 650i, power is provided by a twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 engine with 407 hp (304 kW /
413 PS) and 600 Nm (442 lb-ft) of torque. It enables the drop top to
accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 5.0 seconds, before hitting an electronically
limited 155 mph (250 km/h). Furthermore, it is expected to average a
combined 26.4 mpg (imp) and emit 249 grams of CO2 per kilometer.
Regardless of what engine is selected, a six-speed manual is standard and
eight-speed automatic is optional (some markets, such as the UK, will be
To ensure the convertible handles like a proper BMW, engineers installed an
advanced suspension which features an aluminum-intensive double wishbone
front axle and a multi-link rear. Dynamic Damper Control is standard, but
optional Active Roll Stabilization can further improve things to ensure
flat and stable cornering. Additionally, an Integral Active Steering system
is available. It combines the Active Steering system for the front axle
with a new steerable rear axle which gives the 6-Series greater "high-speed
stability and enhanced maneuverability for parking and city use."
Compared to its predecessor, the new 6-Series is 74mm longer, 39mm wider,
and 9mm shorter. This results in a much needed increase in rear passenger
room and a bigger boot which holds up to 350 liters of luggage (300 liters
with the roof down).
The convertible will be launched in Europe in March and U.S. sales are
slated to begin in the spring. Prices to be announced at a later date.
Parade of iconic Lamborghini V12 models as Murciélago production ends
The "end of production" of the Murciélago was celebrated in the factory on
November 5, 2010, with a special exhibition of the most iconic V12 cars of
Lamborghini's history, followed by a parade in Sant'Agata Bolognese.
Supersportcars like the 350 GT, the Miura, the Countach and the Diablo
escorted a Murciélago SV of the Lamborghini Museum during a symbolic "last
ride" out of the gate of the Lamborghini factory.