Audi has a busy year ahead with a host of new products set for introduction in South Africa. Take a look at what you can expect from Audi in 2017…
Audi is preparing to unleash no fewer than 10 new exciting products during the course of 2017. Fasten your seatbelts as we unpack all the new cars coming your way courtesy of the Ingolstadt-based marque this year… Note that local pricing and specification for the following models will be confirmed closer to launch.
First Quarter 2017
Audi will start the year with the introduction of the new Q2 crossover. The Q2 is a good-looking small crossover with a modern interior that should sell well on local soil. At launch, the Q2 will be powered by a 1.4-litre turbopetrol engine with 110 kW and 250 Nm of torque on offer. An 85 kW/200 Nm 1.0-litre turbopetrol will be introduced shortly after launch and there is the possibility of a 1.6-litre turbodiesel or 2.0-litre turbodiesel joining the range too. Customers will have the choice between a 6-speed manual transmission or a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. According to a source, pricing for the range will begin at approximately R430 000...
Audi A5 Coupe
The new Audi A5 and S5 coupe are expected soon and the new models will introduce updated styling and a range of more powerful engines. The engine offering for our market is yet to be confirmed, but power will range between 140 kW and 210 kW courtesy of both turbopetrol and turbodiesel engines. The S5 coupe, however, will be powered by a newly developed 3.0-litre V6 turbopetrol engine with 260 kW, representing an increase of 15 kW over its predecessor. Transmissions include a 6-speed manual, 7-speed S tronic dual-clutch and an 8-speed tiptronic.
Second Quarter 2017
Audi A5/S5 Sportback
Due in the second quarter of 2017, the new Audi A5 and S5 Sportback will feature higher levels of interior comfort as well revised suspension and engine offerings. Much like the A5 Coupe, the A5 and S5 Sportback will also offer a range of turopetrol and turbodiesel engines with outputs ranging between 140 kW and 210 kW. Transmissions will include a 6-speed manual, 7-speed S tronic dual-clutch and an 8-speed tiptronic. Audi’s Virtual Cockpit will also make its way into the new A5 Sportback models.
Read more about the Audi A5 and S5 Sportback here!
Audi RS3 Sedan
Audi’s first RS-badged compact sedan in South Africa will arrive in second quarter of 2017 with an all-new 5-cylinder, 2.5-litre turbopetrol engine offering 294 kW and 480 Nm of torque. An S tronic 7-speed dual-clutch transmission will direct power to Audi’s quattro all-wheel drive system, resulting in a claimed zero to 100 kph time of 4.1 seconds. The RS3 Sedan is definitely worth waiting for!
Audi TT RS
The same potent 5-cylinder, 2.5-litre turbopetrol engine that powers the RS3 Sedan will be found under the bonnet of the TT RS when it arrives locally in Q2 2017. With 294 kW and 480 Nm of torque, the TT RS will muscle its way from zero to 100 kph in just 3.7 seconds (claimed) using a 7-speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission to power its quattro all-wheel drive system. The interior is delightful and Audi’s Virtual Cockpit will be fitted as standard on the TT RS.
Audi R8 Spyder
The topless version of the R8 will bolster Audi’s supercar offering, standing alongside the R8 V10 and R8 V10 Plus. The R8 Spyder will feature the same 5.2-litre V10 engine with 397 kW and 540 Nm of torque. Using a 7-speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission, the R8 Spyder will accelerate from zero to 100 kph in 3.6 seconds before reaching a top speed of 318 kph. A newly-developed, electro-hydraulic fabric roof will open and close in approximately 20 seconds at speeds up to 50 kph while a wind deflector will dramatically reduce air turbulence in the cabin.
Read more about the Audi R8 Spyder V10 here!
Part 1: Audi R8 vs McLaren 570S with Drag Race
Part 2: Audi R8 vs McLaren 570S Track Race
Third Quarter 2017
Audi A5/S5 Cabriolet
The new A5 and S5 Cabriolet will offer more space for front and rear passengers thanks to an extended wheelbase and a one-touch automatic roof will open in about 15 seconds while closing the roof will take 18 seconds. The local engine offering is yet to be confirmed, but buyers can expect an 185 kW 2.0-litre TFSI engine, a 140 kW 2.0-litre TDI and a 160 kW 3.0-litre TDI power unit. The all-wheel drive S5 Cabriolet will be powered by a 260 kW 3.0-litre TFSI V6 that will propel the drop-top from zero to 100 kph in a claimed time of 5.1 seconds. Depending on which A5 cabriolet model you choose, there will be a choice of 6-speed manual, 7-speed dual-clutch automatic and an 8-speed automatic transmission.
The new Q5 is an important model for Audi as it seeks to increase its share in the booming SUV segment. The new Q5 will be lighter and more efficient and customers can expect a luxurious and quality interior when it arrives. The local engine and transmission offering for the new Q5 is yet to be confirmed, but at the very least you can expect a 2.0-litre turbopetrol and a turbodiesel engine offering more power than the current Q5. A 6-speed manual or 7-speed S tronic transmission may also be offered.
The new flagship SQ5 will stand alongside the new Q5 later this year with a 3.0-litre turbocharged V6 petrol engine offering 260 kW and 500 Nm of torque. An 8-speed automatic gearbox will drive all-four wheels, ensuring brisk acceleration. Audi claims the new SQ5 will sprint from zero to 100 kph in 5.4 seconds. The SQ5 will be identified by its sporty bumpers, large 20 –inch alloy wheels and tantalising exhaust tips.
Fourth Quarter 2017
Audi RS5 Coupe
Audi will wrap-up the year with the launch of the new RS5 Coupe. At this point, official details have yet to be released from Audi, but reports suggest that the new RS5 Coupe will use the same biturbo 2.9-litre V6 engine from the Porsche Panamera 4S, but will offer more power with 335 kW and 600 Nm of torque on tap. The result will be an expected zero to 100 kph sprint time of under 4 seconds. Naturally, we will keep you updated as official information becomes available.