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New for 2011-Audi

New for 2011-Audi

By Jeff Youngs, December 31, 2010
2011 Audi A3History
Founded in 1909, Audi is a German automobile manufacturer that has been a wholly owned subsidiary of Volkswagen AG since 1964. The automaker boasts a long history of racing. In fact, the company's "Quattro" all-wheel drive, turbocharging, and diesel engine experience have all been nurtured through its racing programs. While the automaker originally restricted its lineup to just sedans and coupes, Audi introduced its first 7-passenger sport utility vehicle in 2005, as well as a 2-seat supercar in 2006. Audi vehicles are manufactured and sold worldwide.

2011 Audi Models at a Glance:
  • A3-Carryover with minor changes
  • A4-Carryover with minor changes
  • A5-Carryover with minor changes
  • A6-Carryover with minor changes
  • A8-Redesigned model for 2011
  • Q5-A 2.0-liter, turbocharged 4-cylinder engine joins the 6-cylinder offering
  • Q7-A 3.0-liter supercharged V-6 replaces both outgoing engines
  • R8-Convertible models of the V-8 and V-10 debut
  • TT-A facelift across the lineup, plus a new 2.0-liter, turbocharged 4-cylinder engine
2011 Audi A32011 Audi A3
The Audi A3 is a compact, 5-door hatchback that was introduced to the European market in 1996. It took another decade-model year 2006-for the A3 to arrive in the North American market as a 5-door model. Now in its second generation, last redesigned in 2003, the A3 shares platforms with the Volkswagen Golf and Jetta. Audi offered the A3 in the 2009 model year with a choice between a 3.2-liter V-6 and a 2.0-liter, turbocharged 4-cylinder engine.

In 2010, Audi dropped the V-6 option and replaced it with an efficient, turbocharged, 2.0-liter diesel powerplant. With a replacement due soon, Audi has made only minor changes to the A3 for the 2011 model year.

Highlights:
  • Carryover model for 2011
  • Two models: A3 2.0T, A3 TDI
  • Standard turbocharged, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine rated at 200 horsepower (2.0T)
  • Standard turbocharged, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine rated at 140 horsepower (TDI)
  • Front- or "Quattro" all-wheel drive
  • Available 6-speed manual transmission (2.0T)
  • Available 6-speed "S tronic" automatic transmission (2.0 AWD, TDI models)
  • 5-passenger seating
2011 Audi A42011 Audi A4
The Audi A4/S4 is a midsize sedan and wagon designed to compete in the same segment as the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class. Originally introduced in the early �90s as a replacement to the Audi 80/90 family, the A4 is now in its third generation (last redesigned for the 2006 model year). The A4/S4 is available in both 4-door sedan and "Avant" (5-door wagon) variants. The sedan is offered with a standard 2.0-liter, turbocharged 4-cylinder engine with a choice of front-wheel drive or Audi's "Quattro" all-wheel drive.

The high-performance S4 model features a supercharged V-6 engine with a standard Quattro drivetrain. In addition to its larger engine, the S4 includes upgraded suspension, wheels, brakes, and a sportier interior. The Avant, or wagon, variant is only offered with the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine and standard Quattro driveline. After making several changes to its A4 lineup for the 2010 model year, the automaker is leaving it relatively unchanged for 2011.

Highlights:
  • Carryover model for 2011
  • Three models: A4 2.0T Sedan, A4 2.0T Avant, S4
  • Standard turbocharged, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine rated at 211 horsepower (2.0T models)
  • Optional supercharged, 3.0-liter 6-cylinder engine rated at 333 horsepower (S4 models)
  • Front- or "Quattro" all-wheel drive
  • Available 6-speed manual transmission (2.0T, S4 models)
  • Available continuously variable transmission (2.0 FWD models)
  • Available 6-speed "Tiptronic" automatic transmission (2.0 AWD models)
  • Available 7-speed dual-clutch "S tronic" transmission (S4 models)
  • 5-passenger seating
2011 Audi A52011 Audi A5
Launched in November of 2007, the Audi A5/S5 model is a full-size, 2-door coupe. It is designed to compete against the BMW 3 Series coupe and BMW 6 Series as well as the Mercedes-Benz E-Class coupe. The luxurious coupe was initially introduced as the S5-a V-8-powered high-performance model with upgraded suspension, standard "Quattro" all-wheel drive, and sporty interior appointments. The S5 was joined by the standard A5 model in early 2008. The A5 was offered with a choice between front- or all-wheel drive and was fitted with a standard 3.2-liter V-6 engine.

For 2010, a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder model joined the lineup as the "A5 2.0T," and an all-new convertible "Cabriolet" debuted. The Audi A5 is a carryover for 2011.

Highlights:
  • Carryover model for 2011
  • Six models: A5 2.0T coupe, A5 3.2 coupe, S5 4.2 V8 FSI Quattro coupe, A5 2.0T Cabriolet, A5 3.2 Cabriolet, S5 4.2 V8 FSI Quattro Cabriolet
  • Standard turbocharged, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine rated at 211 horsepower (2.0 models)
  • Standard 3.2-liter 6-cylinder engine rated at 265 horsepower (3.2 models)
  • Standard 5.2-liter 8-cylinder engine rated at 354 horsepower (S5 models)
  • Standard continuously variable transmission (2.0 FWD models)
  • Standard 6-speed "Tiptronic" automatic transmission (2.0 AWD, 3.2 models)
  • Standard 7-speed dual-clutch "S tronic" transmission (S5 models)
  • Standard front-wheel drive (2.0 FWD models)
  • Available Quattro all-wheel-drive system with asymmetric rear-biased torque split
  • 4-passenger seating
2011 Audi A62011 Audi A6
The Audi A6 is a midsize sedan and wagon positioned to compete against the BMW 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class. Like its German counterparts, Audi offers the A6 with both 6- and 8-cylinder engine choices and a long list of available features. Audi also offers a high-performance variant called the S6, which is fitted with a V-10 powerplant that shares many of its mechanicals with the engine in the Lamborghini Gallardo. The current model was all-new for 2005, and received a facelift for the 2009 model year.

In 2010, Audi upgraded the engine with a new direct-injected 3.2-liter V-6. While the front-wheel-drive models receive the new 3.2-liter V-6, the supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 is now the base powerplant on all "Quattro" (all-wheel-drive) models. An all-new A6 is expected to arrive during 2011.

Highlights:
  • Carryover model for 2011
  • Five models: A6 3.2 FSI Sedan FWD, A6 3.0 TFSI Sedan Quattro, A6 3.0 TFSI Avant Quattro, A6 4.2 FSI Sedan Quattro, and S6 5.2 FSI Sedan Quattro
  • Standard supercharged, 3.0-liter 6-cylinder engine is rated at 300 horsepower (3.0 models)
  • Standard 4.2-liter 8-cylinder engine is rated at 350 horsepower (4.2 models)
  • Standard 5.2-liter 10-cylinder engine is rated at 435 horsepower (S6 models)
  • Standard 6-speed "Tiptronic" automatic transmission
  • Front- or "Quattro" all-wheel drive
  • 5-passenger seating capacity
2011 Audi A82011 Audi A8
Audi's flagship full-size sedan, the A8, debuted to the European market for 1994, but it didn't arrive here until 1997. Sleek and aerodynamically styled, the A8 sedan was the world's first mass-produced car built on an all-aluminum platform-used to reduce weight, improve corrosion resistance, and increase performance. According to the automaker, the so-called "Audi Space Frame" represented the pinnacle of Audi engineering, and it was to set the design standard for each subsequent model.

The second-generation A8 was introduced in 2004. Larger and more luxurious than its predecessor, it utilized an improved, next-generation Audi Space Frame and even more advanced technology. Like the earlier model, the second-generation A8 was available in both standard and long-wheelbase models, with 8- and 12-cylinder powerplants, and Audi's standard "Quattro" all-wheel-drive powertrain.

All-new for 2011 is the third-generation A8. It is larger, wider, and taller than its predecessor, and it rides on an updated Audi Space Frame platform. Under the hood, it shares a reworked version of the familiar 4.2-liter V-8 engine, yet it debuts an all-new 8-speed transmission mated to the standard "Quattro" all-wheel-drive system. Innovative technology is found with its LED headlamps and lighting, improved next-generation multi-media interface (MMI), and new advanced "Pre Sense" safety equipment.

Highlights:
  • All-new model for 2011
  • Two models: A8 4.2 Quattro, A8L 4.2 Quattro
  • Standard 4.2-liter 8-cylinder engine rated at 372 horsepower
  • New, standard 8-speed "Tiptronic S" automatic transmission
  • Standard "Quattro" all-wheel-drive powertrain
  • Extensive use of aluminum throughout the vehicle
  • Multi-Media Interface (MMI) features a touch pad
  • New LED exterior lighting, including headlamps
  • 5-passenger seating capacity
2011 Audi Q52011 Audi Q5
Introduced in 2009, the Q5 joined Audi's lineup as the midsize crossover (CUV) sibling to the full-size Audi Q7. While it shares unibody platforms with the new A4 Sedan, the Q5 CUV was designed with a long wheelbase and short overhangs to give it sporty proportions and a muscular stance, according to Audi. At its launch, all models shared the same 3.2-liter V-6 engine, 6-speed automatic transmission, and Audi's standard "Quattro" all-wheel-drive powertrain.

New to the lineup for 2011 is a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder (shared with the Audi A4, A5, and TT) mated to a new 8-speed automatic transmission that promises much better fuel efficiency than its 6-cylinder sibling, according to Audi.

Highlights:
  • Two models: Q5 2.0T, Q5 3.2
  • New, standard 2.0-liter, turbocharged 4-cylinder engine rated at 211 horsepower (Q5 2.0T models)
  • New 8-speed "Tiptronic" automatic transmission (Q5 2.0T models)
  • Standard 3.2-liter 6-cylinder engine rated at 270 horsepower (Q5 3.2 models)
  • Standard 6-speed "Tiptronic" automatic transmission
  • Standard all-wheel-drive "Quattro" powertrain
  • 5-passenger seating capacity
2011 Audi Q72011 Audi Q7
The largest model in the Audi lineup is the Q7. The 7-passenger CUV was first launched for the 2007 model year, after being unveiled at the 2005 Frankfurt Motor Show. Sharing platforms with the first-generation Volkswagen Touareg and first-generation Porsche Cayenne, the Audi is unique in that it offers third-row seating on its lengthened wheelbase.

All Q7 models feature Audi's "Quattro" full-time all-wheel drive as standard equipment. Early Q7 models were offered with a choice of V-6 or V-8 powerplants. A diesel engine joined the lineup in 2009. There are significant changes under the hood of the Q7 for 2011. Audi has dropped the standard 3.6-liter V-6 engine and the 4.2-liter V-6 for the new model year and replaced them with a single, gasoline-powered, supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 (by varying the boost level, the engine receives two different horsepower ratings). In addition, an 8-speed automatic transmission replaces the 6-speed automatic.

Highlights:
  • Three models: Q7, Q7 S-line, Q7 TDI
  • New, standard supercharged, 3.0-liter 6-cylinder engine rated at 272 horsepower (Q7 models)
  • New, standard supercharged, 3.0-liter 6-cylinder engine rated at 333 horsepower (Q7 S-line models)
  • Standard turbocharged, diesel, 3.0-liter 6-cylinder engine rated at 225 horsepower (Q7 TDI models)
  • New, standard 8-speed "Tiptronic" automatic transmission
  • Standard "Quattro" all-wheel-drive powertrain
  • 7-passenger seating capacity
2011 Audi R82011 Audi R8
The flagship of the Audi lineup is the mid-engine R8. Introduced in 2006, and named after Audi's five-time Le Mans 24 Hours-winning racecar, the 2-seat sports car features an Audi Space Frame (ASF) aluminum body and a mid-mounted engine. While standard models have a 420-horsepower V-8 engine, the flagship variant features a 525-horsepower 5.2-liter V-10 (with architecture shared with the Lamborghini Gallardo).

With standard Quattro permanent all-wheel drive, the R8 benefits from Audi's experience from years of involvement in motorsports. The 2-seater looks like nothing else in an Audi showroom-from the forward-mounted cabin, which benefits weight distribution, to the �side-blade' air deflector that feeds and cools the engine. After introducing the Spyder (convertible) V-10 model in 2010, Audi is following it with a Spyder variant of the V-8 in early 2011.

Highlights:
  • Four models: R8 4.2, R8 5.2, R8 4.2 Spyder, R8 5.2 Spyder
  • Standard 4.2-liter V-8 engine rated at 420 horsepower (4.2 and 4.2 Spyder models)
  • Standard 5.2-liter V-10 engine rated at 525 horsepower (5.2 and 5.2 Spyder models)
  • Standard "Quattro" all-wheel drive
  • Standard 6-speed manual transmission
  • Optional "R tronic" 6-speed semi-automatic transmission
  • New 4.2 V8 Spyder model
  • 2-passenger capacity
  • Assembled in Germany
2011 Audi TT2011 Audi TT
The Audi TT concept car debuted at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 1995. The design, both inside and out, was daring, pioneering, and unique. Three years later, in autumn 1998, the Audi TT Coupe was introduced as a production vehicle. After an early issue with high-speed stability on the first-generation TT, Audi responded with changes to the suspension tuning and bodywork (by adding a rear spoiler).

Completely redesigned for the 2008 model year, the second-generation TT Coupe utilizes the Audi Space Frame (ASF) technology. Combining aluminum and steel in the rigid chassis, the process improves weight distribution and dynamic handling, Audi says. The TT receives the updated 2.0T engine for 2011. While horsepower is only up marginally, torque and fuel efficiency are increased significantly. A still-unannounced, flagship 340-horsepower TT-RS model is expected to debut mid-year.

Highlights:
  • Four models: TT Coupe, TTS Coupe, TT Roadster, and TTS Roadster
  • New, standard 2.0-liter, turbocharged 4-cylinder engine rated at 211 horsepower (TT Coupe and TT Roadster models)
  • Standard 2.0-liter, turbocharged 4-cylinder engine rated at 265 horsepower (TTS Coupe and TTS Roadster models)
  • Standard "Quattro" all-wheel drive
  • Standard 6-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox
  • New chrome tailpipes
  • 2-passenger capacity (2+2 seating in the coupe)
  • Assembled in Hungary

  • A3-Carryover with minor changes
  • A4-Carryover with minor changes
  • A5-Carryover with minor changes
  • A6-Carryover with minor changes
  • A8-Redesigned model for 2011
  • Q5-A 2.0-liter, turbocharged 4-cylinder engine joins the 6-cylinder offering
  • Q7-A 3.0-liter supercharged V-6 replaces both outgoing engines
  • R8-Convertible models of the V-8 and V-10 debut
  • TT-A facelift across the lineup, plus a new 2.0-liter, turbocharged 4-cylinder engine

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