Nothing truly exhilarating ever really happens in a few seconds — until now. The new 2013 Audi S6 accelerates from 0-60 in a mere 3.7 seconds and was recently ranked “The World’s Best Sedan” by Car and Driver over the M5 and E63. Warning: Your adrenalin may rise as fast as the speedometer.
There are a lot of things slower than an S6. Car and Driver recently clocked it running to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds and named it the World’s Best Sedan—ahead of the BMW M5 & Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG. What are some other things slower than our new Audi S6? Autoweek.com
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The competition special edition options package won’t do anything crazy to the car — it doesn’t add any power — but Audi made the car look a bit more aggressive. It accomplished this by adding special bumpers with a unique diffuser design, the fixed rear wing from the TT RS (finished in gloss black), and a smattering of S-line badges. The front grille is black on black, with matte black radiator grille surrounds over a matte black front license plate frame and front fog light grille. Audi buyers can specify their TTS competition special edition painted in samoa orange, glacier white, daytona gray, or misano red. For the competition special edition Audi lowered the TTS’s ride height by about 0.4 inches, and the whole package sits atop black, five-spoke, 19-inch wheels.
Combine that with the fact that the mini Mini would require some investment from parent company BMW to meet current regulations. Crash performance in particular was a challenge. Stability and handling problems also played a part.
Many more photos HERE: Best Car Trends.com 2011 BMW M3 Frozen Black
The 2011 BMW Frozen Black Edition M3 coupe is a blacked-out, even more sinister version of the imposing M3. Consider this if the Le Mans blue or others colors don’t suit your tastes. Only 20 are coming to North America, and that started in June. Good luck getting one. The base sticker is $80,525.
The “frozen” paint adds a matte finish to the black paint, which is meant to accentuate the lines and contours of this BMW muscle coupe. It’s a glorified paint job but look at it–and drive it–and you won’t debate the merits of the proposition. The Batmobile look is set off by glossy black gills on the sides, the kidney grille in front and on the exhaust pipes. There also are red brake calipers that catch the eye even in motion. The car also gets the competition pack, which lowers the ride height by 10 millimeters and adds M3GTS 19-inch wheels.
Power is the same as in the “standard M3,” with a 4.0-liter V8 pushing out 414 hp. It’s only offered with the dual-clutch transmission, which lowers the sprint to 60 mph two-tenths of a second to 4.5 seconds.
Big performance in a small package: the Audi RS 3 Sportback
• Five-cylinder turbo delivering 250 kW (340 hp) and 450 Nm (331.90 lb ft) of torque
• Zero to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 4.6 seconds, superior pulling power
• Seven-speed S tronic, quattro drive and 19-inch wheels
Blazing performance, compact size. Audi has added a new model to its dynamic RS series: the RS 3 Sportback. In the great tradition of the brand, its engine boasts five cylinders and turbocharging technology. From a displacement of 2.5 liters come 250 kW (340 hp) of power and 450 Nm (331.90 lb-ft) of torque, with an average fuel consumption of just 9.1 liters of fuel per 100 km (25.85 US mpg).
Power is transmitted to the road via a seven-speed S tronic and quattro permanent all-wheel drive. 19-inch wheels and fenders made of carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) underscore the Audi RS 3 Sportback’s position of distinction.
The RS 3 Sportback comes with an array of standard equipment including the Sport button, rear parking system, climate control, chorus radio system, and xenon plus headlights with LED daytime running lights. Audi offers customers a range of optional features: front bucket seats, roof rails in matt aluminum look, and styling packages in black or matt aluminum. Five exterior colors are available, plus an unlimited selection of custom paint finishes.
The new top-of-the-line model in the A3 series is already the fourth Audi model to be built at Audi Hungaria in Győr, where it is rolling off the assembly line alongside the TT Coupé, the TT Roadster and the A3 Cabriolet.
Deliveries of the RS 3 Sportback will begin in early 2011. The base price in Germany will be 49,900 euros.
Set to go on sale in June in Europe, the Q3 is Audi’s third dedicated SUV model, following the Q5 and the Q7. Ingolstadt officials are remaining tight-lipped on plans to put the five-seater on sale in North America, although it might hit local showrooms late next year as a 2013 model.
The Q3 is based on the same platform structure as the recently facelifted Volkswagen Tiguan, with which it also shares transversely mounted engines and gearbox combinations.
Four years into its speedy life, Nissan‘s iconic all-wheel-drive supercar gets something more than a mid-cycle facelift and, as such, becomes an even greater thrill. Better air flow through the intake and exhausts along with more boost mean horsepower goes up from 485 to 530, dropping the run from 0 to 60 mph to an almost-unheard-of 2.886 seconds. Rerouting the air through and around the car lowers aerodynamic drag from 0.27 cd to 0.26 cd. Further aero improvements, including a new valence panel out back, increase downforce by 10 percent. Suspension changes make it handle better while being far more comfortable to drive than before, though it stiffens up for performance driving with the flip of a few toggle switches.
“Cygnet needs to satisfy the demands of emissions and space. It is a car without compromise, just like every other Aston Martin” says Aston Martin CEO Dr Ulrich Bez. The Aston Martin Cygnet is just three metres long, but can seat up to four people and is the ideal size for driving in today’s busy towns and cities. No more tight squeezes, no more missed parking spaces, it’s a car perfect for commuting to work, navigating nimbly through congestion and traversing the city where others cannot. But the Cygnet is more than just a small car. It is a statement of individuality and discernment. We’ve created a highly personal mode of urban transportation, one that you can tailor to your lifestyle and fit to suit your needs and demands. It is both practical and sophisticated with all the elegance, luxury and craftsmanship that has come to be expected with an Aston Martin. Just smaller. “Our customers need a small car for urban and city use, and they want the right tools for the right job, to downsize creatively without compromising intelligence, artistry and personality”, adds Dr Bez.