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.
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.
Oh Honda slash Acura… how we’ve missed you so. You used to make really interesting sports cars like the CR-X and the S2000. And, of course, long before the R35 GT-R, the original NSX forced all of the supercar makers to up their game.
But then the auto industry crisis of 2008 made everything uninteresting including, it seemed, anything designed and built with a Honda/Acura badge on it.
So we perked up a bit when we heard that you were thinking of making a new NSX. And now that we see it, we’re smiling again, happy to have you back:
The Honda NSX is back. And just like the original this is not just a sledgehammer supercar clone, but a fascinating, intriguing contemporary take on the genre.
OK, this is only a concept, unveiled at the Detroit Motor Show – and for geographical reasons it’s also called an Acura. The real thing is three years off. That time gap allows the engineers to be maddeningly non-specific about some of the details (like, er power, or indeed engine size). But the designers are promising it’ll look very much like this.
It’s sharp, dramatic without being flashy, and refreshingly compact – actually shorter than the original. It’s edgier than the original too, as the passing years dictate. But it’s still got a few sly nods to its father, like the rear lights, and the overall proportions.
It’s about three years off but we can wait.
Chevy is looking to get some market feedback on its two new sporty car concepts aimed at the “internet” generation. So they want to “crowdsource” what goes into the Tru 140S and Code 130R concepts seen above.
We think it’s an “air-quote” kind of day:
The Chevrolet stand at this year’s Detroit motor show had two rather interesting concepts on it.
Both are coupes, and both are targeted squarely at young people: bristling with connectivity and sporty styling, but with four seats apiece and insurance-friendly engines.
The white one - named the Tru 140S - is powered by a 1.4-litre turbo engine and based on a FWD Cruze platform. Think of it as GM’s VW Scirocco or Honda Civic coupe.
The other’s called the Code 130R, which leverages the Corvette and especially Camaro heritage, though it was actually penned by Brit, Joe Baker. He says it’s not retro, but does nod to those cars.
But they’re just concepts, right? Well, yes. But Chevy’s undertaken a lot of market research to come up with the outlines. Mark Reuss, head of GM North America says: “Who knows if there’s a way of getting the young to fall in love with an automotive brand like they do with their phone brand? But if there is, Chevrolet will find it.”
More air-quotes can be found at the link.
Remember when the Ford Taurus was The Most Important Car in Ford’s stable? Mid-sized cars are the bread and butter of most big manufacturers so when the Taurus moved up the size ladder, the Ford Fusion took it’s place.
Now a new Ford Fusion (Ford Mondeo back in the old country) has made its debut at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show:
Yes, it’s an all-new car, with techy innovations that include a new multi-link rear suspension. There’s also electric steering, which (if you switch the options on) can nudge you in the right direction if you drift out of lane, or will steer into a parking space for those who can’t be bothered, or just plain can’t.
On the inside, the dials are replaced by another colour screen. There’s also a big menu-driven info-music-nav-comms setup. You can control that by voice – but in our experience it works only if you speak fluent robot. Like all other voice-activation systems, there’s no evidence it understands humans. Ah well, you’ll be able to stretch out and relax as you shout into the void: to make the cabin feel roomier, the seats have thinner skeletons.
read more at TopGear.com
Ok so Lexus teased a pic of their LF-LC concept a week or two ago. It looked nice and low and swoopy but we also worried that it maybe looked a bit too much like the recently redesigned (and underwhelming looking) Lexus GS.
And then we saw the full frontal shot above and thought: interesting.
Dial back the alien cheese grater a bit and this might be the first mass production Lexus 2+2 sports coupe since the SC (limited production run LF-A aside.)
Lexus says: “It’s been crafted from a clean sheet of paper, combining high technology and organic shapes to achieve a close connection between driver and car.”
Looks more like it’s been crafted from a sheet of metal to us.
Anyway, details are scant, though the badge suggests it’ll be a hybrid. We do know that it was drawn at Lexus’ Calty studio in Newport Beach, California, and it’s a glimpse of the next evolution of the company’s design language.
Yes, Smart has a new line of commercials out and yes, they never went away, but without a new vehicle to show outside of the fortwo, they had pretty much fallen off of our radar. And then there was this:
People of the Web, meet the Smart For-Us. It is a zero-emission, roofless pick-up headed for next year’s Detroit motor show, which kicks off on 14 Jan, 2012.
According to Smart’s logic, it marries the practicality of a pick-up truck to the 21st century reality of urban traffic. Which means it’s a miniaturised carry-all for the city.
At 3547mm long and 1506 wide, it’s the same dimensions as a Fiat 500 (but a lot taller), with a cargo area measuring 900mm.
It’s a strict two-seater - mimicking a ‘hammock-like’ feel - and the drivetrain mirrors the ForTwo ED, on sale next year. A magneto-electric motor with 73bhp and 74lb ft powers the For-Us concept, allowing a top speed of 75mph, and an estimated 0-37mph time of around 6.5 seconds.
Not bad, eh? Click through for more info.
Remember when the NSX and CRX made Honda a name to be reckoned with in the sports car arena? Well it looks like those days may be returning:
Honda President Takanobu Ito arrived at the company’s Motegi test track on Monday in full leathers riding the company’s all-conquering 2011 Moto GP bike. This is clearly the sort of bloke who should be running a car company.
More significantly, Ito was also one of the chassis engineers on the original NSX, and he knows that Honda desperately needs to inject some sparkle into its environmentally worthy but rather pedestrian range. The company’s Tokyo show stand will feature no fewer than three new concept cars, but the big news as far as TG is concerned is a car that isn’t actually here but WILL be at the Detroit show in a month’s time: an all-new NSX.
‘We need a halo car,’ Honda’s design manager Yoshikazu Kigoshi told TopGear, ‘and this is a decision that’s come from Ito-san down. A new S2000 is a difficult car for us to do, because of its front-engined, rear-drive platform. But we are definitely looking at the EV-ster and a new NSX.’
Read more deets at TopGear.com