Making its debut on Audi’s stand at the Detroit Motor Show, alongside the SQ5, Ingolstadt’s latest RS model appears as some well-timed artillery against the also very recently announced BMW M6 Gran Coupe.
It’s based on the Audi A7, naturally, but only in body shape doth this RS7 share any sibling genetics. Because underneath rests the same twin-turbocharged, 4.0-litre V8 engine as used in the upcoming RS6 Avant (itself only announced last month). At this rate we’ll be getting a new RS-model every few minutes.
So that V8. It’s the same one used by Bentley, and Audi in the S8, producing some 552bhp and 516lb ft of torque, which if you’re unaware, is a significant amount of firepower. Audi reckons that - mated to a standard eight-speed automatic box and quattro four-wheel-drive - the new RS7 will accelerate from 0-62mph in just 3.9 seconds and hit a limited top speed of 155mph.
Tick the ‘Dynamic Plus’ pack and you’ll raise that top speed to 189mph. Nice. Incidentally, the M6 Gran Coupe’s pub-lording stats are 0-62mph in 4.2 seconds and the possibility of 189mph. Clearly, the battle for pub supremacy is won in tenths.
Take Audi RS5. Remove metal roof. Replace with rag-top that folds in 15 seconds at up to 31mph. Add 200kg of stiffeningy weight. Drive like stole.
Not to undermine Audi’s technical achievements here, but that seems to be what’s happened to an RS5 coupe here.
The drivechain hasn’t changed - it’s still a 445bhp 4.2-litre V8 with a seven-speed dual-clutch ‘box powering all four wheels. It rides, as per the tin top, on adaptive dampers (albeit 20mm lower) that stiffen up when the going gets sporty, and there’s special modes that tighten the steering and throttle response.
The numbers haven’t suffered too much from the decapitation; it’s 0.4 seconds slower to 62mph, clocking in at 4.9 seconds and carrying on to 155mph (raised to 174mph if you cross Ingolstadt’s palm with silver).
First thing’s first: it’s not coming to us in the US. But like the Pagani that’s not showing up in our driveway anytime soon, it doesn’t mean we can’t admire it from afar:
It gets Audi’s hand-built 4.2-litre naturally aspirated V8 engine. That means 444bhp and 317lb ft of torque being fed through Audi’s quattro system; a system with a self-locking crown-gear centre differential capable of attributing up to 70 per cent of the power up front, or as much as 85 to the rear.
Audi claims a 0-62mph sprint of just 4.7 seconds and a derestricted top speed of 174mph, along with a claimed 25.7mpg. The whole car sits 20mm lower than the standard A4 estate on 19in forged aluminium alloys (20in are optional, naturally), that don’t really hide 365mm lightweight, vented ‘wave’ disc brakes with six-piston calipers. Sufficient stopping power to unsettle items of confectionary you may have stored in the rear.
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Ah, the Super Bowl. An epic battle of skill, strength, and creativity where position means everything and 30 seconds can feel like an eternity.
And that’s just the advertising.
Last night we asked the followers of @TopGear_BBCA what their favorite Super Bowl car ads were and they responded like Eli Manning on a late fourth quarter drive. Here we give you the play by play:
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Audi was first out the gate with their vampire sendup for the new A7.
It was undoubtedly funny but $3 million seems like a lot to spend on a headlight ad.
Another early fan favorite was Volkswagen’s “The Dog Strikes Back” introducing their redesigned Beetle.
Chevy had strong showings with it’s “Happy Grad” Camaro and “2012” Silverado commercials…
But it was its Chevy Sonic stunts which we are unofficially calling “Chevy’s Unofficial Tribute to Top Gear” which got the most mentions of the three.
Acura’s highly touted Jerry Seinfeld commercial starred their new NSX concept, a car that we are excited to see built…
… but it’s the fine print at the end that makes us cringe. As we’ve stated before, the NSX isn’t scheduled to debut for another three(!) years
"Concept vehicles shown. Actual models may vary. NSX projected debut in next three years. Dates subject to change."
We feel bad for all of those potential NSX buyers who will have to line up for Acura’s new compact sedan instead.
Fiat seemed to come out of nowhere to secure the lonely hetero male non-Italian-speaking vote:
But it was Chrysler’s “It’s Halftime in America” ad with Clint Eastwood that seemed to knock Top Gear fans on their collective emotional rears.
Strange enough, there was little mention among Top Gear fans of Honda’s “Ferris Bueller” spot for the CRV.
But of course, the greatest car ad of all time, Super Bowl or not, is the advert that James and Jeremy came up with for the VW Scirocco.
Yes it was, @Cowabunga. Yes it was.
Expensive, two-seater supercars. OK, so they look cool, go extremely fast, have superb handling based on millions of dollars of research, slip through the air like greased lightning after about a decade in a wind-tunnel, and you can sell them on to someone else for lots of money when you’re finished. But you can only take one of your mates for a ride.
And if this is the reason you purchased a Vauxhall Zafira over an Audi R8, we have good news. Limo Brokers in the UK now claim to have an answer: an eight-seater R8 limo with eight gullwing doors.
It’s an engineering problem we’ve noticed and tackled before on Top Gear. But our experience making limos proved that it’s a lot harder than it looks…
In the fight against unnecessary use of the capslock key, Audi debuted two allroad (that’s right. all lowercase) wagons today but only one is bound for the U.S.
The A4 based allroad (the one on top) is coming to the states, with a 211 horsepower turbocharged 4 with 258 pounds-foot of torque, 8-speed tiptronic transmission and quattro all-wheel drive. The A6 allroad is staying in Europe (for now) and is detailed by TopGear.com below:
the new A6 allroad sits six centimetres higher than the standard estate and uses adaptive air suspension, lowering and raising that smart-looking body by 15mm and 35mm respectively when required. Visual indicators come via wider, flared arches, a single-frame grille, roof rails, together with stainless steel covers protecting the front and rear underbody.
It only comes as a 3.0-litre V6; Audi is offering the petrol 310bhp V6 that hits 62mph in 5.9 seconds, and three versions of the V6 diesel, in 204bhp, 245bhp and 313bhp variants. That last unit is a twin-turbo and pushes out 479lb ft of torque, coaxing the allroad to go from 0-62mph in 5.6 seconds.
As the name suggests, you get all-wheel-drive, and Audi has paired the most powerful diesel to an eight-shifter auto, the other three engines using the seven-speed S tronic ‘box.
We haven’t seen the allroad in the US since 2005. Back then it was the A6-based car.
This is faster than a JCW Mini. It’s faster than the Corsa VXR Nürburgring. It’s also faster than a Ford Focus ST and nudges the VW Golf R for pace. This is the turbocharged, four-wheel-drive Audi A1 Quattro. Merry Christmas.
Like a mini Walter Rohrl-shaped gift to the world, Audi has announced plans to produce 333 left-hand-drive models of this, the fastest production A1 ever built.
It’s destined for mainland Europe for now, but Audi tells us positive customer reaction to this bonkers little thing could see it reach our potholed shores. And that’s an intriguing prospect, because it packs 252bhp from a turbocharged, 2.0-litre TFSI unit and 258lb ft of torque from between 2,500rpm and 4,500rpm. All the Audi’s horses and torques help propel it from 0-62mph in just 5.7 seconds, and on to a top speed of 152mph. That’s really quick.
Read the details at TopGear.com
It comes after two and a half years of development in conjunction with Audi, and is an open-topped, two seat roadster. That Audi hookup means the GTO - yes, a rather presumptive name - gets the same 2.5-litre turbocharged five-pot as the RS3 and TT RS, producing 340bhp and 331 torques from just 1,600rpm.
Donkervoort has added its own magic to this motor though, lifting an estimated 30kg of weight thanks to a redesigned inlet manifold “that follows a more favourable route through the motor area”. Mr Joop hasn’t released performance figures, but couple this power to the GTO’s weight of around 700kgs and you can estimate what kind of acceleration the car is capable of. Hint: lots.
But there’s more. Donkervoort tells us there’s a special race module switch on the dashboard that instantly ups the power of that five-pot to 400bhp.
Intrigued? Read the rest at TopGear.com
Did we mention that the Range Rover Evoque is Top Gear’s 2011 Car of The Year? Not sure? Well we’re mentioning it now:
BBC TopGear Magazine have named the new Range Rover Evoque as their 2011 Car of the Year. The Evoque came top in the SUV category of the annual awards and was also picked by TopGear TV presenter Jeremy Clarkson as his favourite new car this year.
The Evoque beat stiff competition from the BMW 1 Series M, Mclaren MP4 12c, Ferrari FF, VW Up! and Kia Picanto to scoop the coveted Car of the Year title. The awards are officially announced in the December issue of BBC TopGear Magazine.
The judging panel, headed up by BBC TopGear Magazine Editor-in-Chief, Charlie Turner, comprised members of the magazine’s editorial and road testing team, together with the three TopGear TV presenters, Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond.
Hard to argue with their choice, however the Audi A7 still looks pretty sweet to us. What would you have picked as your Car of the Year?
First, there was the Mercedes-Benz CLS. And it was good. Then, the Audi A7. That was also good. Now, Internet, meet the third contender for the crown of ultimate luxo-four-door-coupe-thingy: the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe.
It’s the first four-door coupe BMW has ever built, and its launch next year will kick off a Teutonic three-way tussle so explicit it’d make the Internet’s most liberal adult film purveyors blush.
That long, low and wide stance with short overhangs - and driver-focused cockpit - shows us it has BMW’s driving DNA etched into its flanks, though whether it can offer up any more joy than the capable-but-anodyne coupe and convertible versions remains to be seen.
We can’t wait for the comparison drive. We also just want to hear Jezza pronounce the word ‘koo-PAY’.
So what do you think Tumblr? CLS, A7, or Gran Coupe?