The fact that Audi’s slogan ‘VorsprungdurchTechnik’ translates to ‘Advancement through technology’ should give you an idea of what is important to the well-known manufacturer when it comes to how they work.
At events in London and Beijing recently, Audi provided car fans with a glimpse of how they are still creating some of the most eye-catching and high-quality vehicles across the globe.
Here’s a look at how the car maker is aiming to advance vehicle technology in the months to come:
New Audi R8 Spyder
On April 25th 2016 at the Audi City London in Piccadilly, the new Audi R8 Spyder was given its domestic debut.
Deemed ‘the new generation of the convertible super sports car’ by Audi themselves, one of the first features that you are likely to notice is its multi-material Audi Space Frame (ASF).
Using a mixture of aluminium and carbon fibre, the ASF stands out for being both strong and lightweight — in fact, it’s one of the main reasons why the R8 Spyder is able to boast a dry weight of just 1,612k and have a body weighingin at a mere 208kg. On top of this, the ASF allows the car’s torsional rigidity to be increased by over 50 per cent when compared to its predecessor.
Step inside the R8 Spyder and the treats keep on coming — specifically with the cabin being host to an intelligent control system.
With this technology in place, drivers will be able to seamlessly select from a variety of driving systems, which range from comfort mode to dynamic, dry, wet and snow modes. A fully digital virtual cockpit is also created thanks to this intelligent control system, complete with sharp 3D graphics, not to mention a handy and intuitively-operated MMI navigation array.
We cannot forget to mention the R8 Spyder’s potent, mid-mounted ten-cylinder V10 engine. The unit is capable of delivering 540PS of power and 540Nm of torque at 6,500rpm. This translates to a car that can go from 0-62mph in just 3.6 seconds and then set a top speed of 197mpg when out on the road.
The Audi new mixed mobility solution
Audi showcased a new mixed mobility concept at the Audi China 2016 event in Beijing on the same day the Audi R8 Spyder received its domestic debut in London.
Based on the Audi Q3, the vehicle has been hailed as an urban compact SUV, and is aimed at presenting young and progressive drivers with an enhanced mobility solution when they are commuting through a city.
In order for this to be achieved, Audi’s mixed mobility concept comes complete with a multifunctional and electrically powered longboard. Fitted onto the vehicle’s bumper, and similar to a skateboard, the technology offers three riding modes once a driver has parked up:
- A Unique Mode, where the longboard can be used to transport luggage and shopping bags around with ease.
- A Scooter Mode, where a phone can be attached to the longboard’s handlebar and used as a navigation system.
- A Sport Mode, where the longboard’s handlebar folds down to offer riders with more speed.
More details about both the Audi R8 Spyder and the German manufacturer’s mixed mobility concept are set to be released soon. In the meantime, discover these Audi offers to find out how you can purchase standout technology from the brand at fantastic prices.