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.
Mini has revealed the new Mini Countryman John Cooper Works edition, which comes with all-wheel drive and an improved engine making 211 hp. It debuted on Tuesday ahead of its live reveal next week at the Geneva motor show.
The engine, now with a variable valve control system based on BMW‘s Valvetronic technology, gets a boost of turbocharged horsepower, to 211 hp at 6,000 rpm, and 207 lb-ft of torque from 2,000 rpm to 5,600 rpm. It also has reinforced pistons and intake valves.
Look for a 0-to-62-mph time of about 4.9 seconds.
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.
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When the foundations were laid for the construction of the BMW 328 in the early 1930s, the car‘s creators Rudolf Schleicher and Fritz Fiedler had little idea of the significance the sporty two-seater would one day attain. Several decades on, this Roadster, with its powerful 2-litre six-cylinder motor, is still lauded as the most beautiful and successful sports car of its time. Schleicher and Fiedler made the ideal engineering team for such a project. In addition to their deep knowledge in many areas of automotive construction, the two men could call on many years of experience, a wealth of ideas and, above all, ambition. They complemented each other perfectly, the engine specialist Schleicher blending his talents with Fiedler’s expertise in vehicle construction to outstanding effect.
In the BMW 328 they developed a refined sports car, whose qualities would provide one of the pillars for further developments over the decades that followed. The cars wheeled out for those successful early races were in fact prototype versions developed in the simplest of surroundings. Nowadays the creation of a new car evolves as part of a process costing millions and is drawn out over several years. It includes the contributions of hundreds of engineers and designers working under the strictest secrecy in development centres and design studios. By extreme contrast, the BMW 328 was put together in double-quick time with minimal use of materials and manpower. When Mssrs Schleicher and Fiedler conceived the BMW 328, there was no such thing as market research, a design department or a wind tunnel at BMW, never mind the electronic tools their counterparts take for granted today.
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.
- Ferrari’s new FF: more details (topgear.com)
- From Supercar to Daily Driver: The Ferrari FF (icemanbaldy.com)
- “Ferrari FF four-wheel drive revs-up” and related posts (pocket-lint.com)
- The practical V12 Ferrari FF – 4-seat 4WD 660 bhp upmarket station wagon (gizmag.com)
- Video: Official Ferrari FF intro vid from unveiling (autoblog.com)
- Four-seat Ferrari FF announced (independent.co.uk)