Editor/Blog note: nice, very nice, but I had to get the S4 for room for a car seat and 4 door livability.
Reserved for the most advanced class of Audi vehicles, the RS badge indicates an elevated level of legendary Audi performance engineering. Today, we enthusiastically announce the newest addition to our RS lineup. The 2013 Audi RS 5 has arrived in the United States, making its debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. This magnificent vehicle pairs the styling of a classic coupe with the unbridled power of a 4.2-liter, 450 hp V8 engine. The racing pedigree of the RS 5 is evident in every detail—from the rear spoiler, which automatically deploys at high speeds, to the RS specific driver information system featuring a lap timer and oil temperature display. And then there is the seven-speed Audi S tronic® dual-clutch transmission that accelerates the vehicle from 0-60 MPH in just 4.5 seconds. Visit your local Audi Dealer for an in-person look at the 2013 Audi RS 5 before it takes to the road this spring.
Based on the same all-wheel-drive mechanical package used by the RS5 coupe, the third incarnation of Ingolstadt‘s go-fast people hauler is set to get its public airing at the upcoming Geneva motor show prior to a planned start to European sales around mid-year.
Audi has not revealed a weight figure for the RS4 prior to its unveiling in Geneva next month. It does, however, claim 0-to-62-mph acceleration of 4.7 seconds, which is two-tenths of a second faster than the second-generation model and just a tenth slower than the two-door RS5.
Top speed, like that of all of Audi’s RS models, remains limited to 155 mph in standard trim, but its quattro division is planning a performance option that raises the figure to 174 mph.
The Acura NSX took on an aura of immortality the moment it died in 2005. Its legend only grew when a potential replacement was killed in 2008 amid the global financial crisis, dashing the hopes of enthusiasts everywhere. Finally, the return of the NSX was confirmed last year, and it will become production reality sometime in the next three years.
The Detroit auto show marks the coming-out party for the NSX, which was revealed in concept form with a number of many true-to-life features—some of which stand in stark contrast its forerunner. Namely, the concept is all-wheel drive, unlike the iconic rear-wheel original. This employs Acura‘s latest technology, using a two-motor electric-drive unit that can vary torque to the front wheels during cornering. There’s also a dual-clutch transmission with a built-in electric motor that’s said to aid acceleration.
Porsche has developed an innovative fabric and composite-plastic folding roof for the 911 cabriolet as part of a push to give it a cleaner appearance, improved aerodynamic efficiency and greater levels of refinement than its strong-selling predecessor.
Pictured here officially for the first time ahead of its world premiere in January at the Detroit auto show, the new open-top 911 is planned to go on sale in North America in 2012 in Carrera cabriolet and Carrera S models.
Eschewing the traditional multilayered fabric structure of the 997 series 911 cabriolet, the next model (991 series) adopts a specially developed lightweight roof that uses two fabric-skinned composite plastic panels for the upper and rear part of the structure, giving it a more uniform shape together with a tauter fit that is claimed to make it more resistant than before to buffeting at high speeds
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