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Audi Q5 Worthersee Custom Concept

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26th May, 2009

  • Customised Audi Q5 custom concept shown at the event
  • Audi showed 20 cars – from TT RS and R8 to A1 concept
  • “Audi Customising Club” idea contest for accessories
  • 3,000 square metre stand dedicated to “100 years of Audi”

Each year Worthersee (Austria) plays host to the now legendary "GTI meet", at which car enthusiasts and, of course, Audi enthusiasts from throughout Europe come together. AUDI AG once again had its own stand at this extraordinary event. The brand’s appearance at the 28th Wörthersee Tour (20th-23rd May) in Reifnitz, Kärnten (Austria), was dedicated to the centennial celebration “100 years of Audi.” In addition to historic models from various decades, the Ingolstadt car maker featured vehicles such as the Audi TT RS, the Audi R8 5.2 FSI quattro and the Audi A1 Sportback. As a special highlight for the event at Wörthersee, Audi prepared a customised Audi Q5 with 21-inch wheels, wider track, lowered ride height, a special paint finish and a power-enhanced 3.0 TFSI engine: the Audi Q5 custom concept.

This was Audi’s third official appearance at the Wörthersee Tour. The 'stand' was roughly 3,000 square metre and it was located on the south bank of the lake.

An “architectural” timeline guided those visiting the stand through the history of Audi as a car maker. This timeline ended at a stage in the form of a banked curve with cars from Audi’s current model line-up and the concept car.

Along the timeline were vehicles from various decades of Audi’s history – from the Audi 50 via the Ur-quattro to the Audi A2. Audi showed a total of 20 vehicles on its stand.

Prominently featured was the Audi Q5 custom concept: Audi engineers prepared this particularly sporty version of the SUV specially for the Wörthersee Tour. The test bed for Audi Genuine Accessories in the custom colour Daytona Grey, matt rolls on 21-inch wheels of 7 twin-spoke design. Compared to the production model, the track was widened by 90 millimetres (3.54 inches) and the ride height lowered by 60 millimetres (2.36 inches). The power output of the 3.0 TFSI V6 engine was increased from 245 kW to 300 kW, allowing the Audi Q5 custom concept to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.4 seconds. Top speed is governed at 250 km/h (155 mph).

Among the other showcased vehicles at Wörthersee were both the coupe and roadster versions of the new Audi TT RS. The turbocharged 2.5-litre, 5-cylinder engine in the TT RS delivers 'explosive' acceleration, driving delight and unrivalled sound. The TT RS sprints from zero to 100 km/h (62 mph) in well under five seconds on its way to a governed top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph). The quattro permanent all-wheel drive, an advanced suspension and powerful brakes keep all this power safely under control. With its mostly aluminium Audi Space Frame (ASF) body, the compact TT RS is an uncompromising driving machine.

On the subject of driving machines, the Audi R8 5.2 FSI quattro was also on display at Worthersee. This mid-engine sports car further extends Audi’s lead in the high-performance sports car segment. Developed in cooperation with quattro GmbH, the R8 5.2 FSI quattro is the new top-of-the-line R8. Its ten-cylinder engine produces 386 kW (525 hp) to deliver breathtaking performance. Audi technologies such as the light weight aluminium body and the innovative full-LED headlights immediately place it at the head of the class. A time of 3.9 seconds for the sprint from zero to 100 km/h (62 mph) and a top speed of 316 km/h (196 mph) underscore the sports car’s dynamic character.

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Another very special member of the R8 family was also appearing at Wörthersee. The GT3 race version of the R8, the 500 hp R8 LMS, marked the first time that Audi Sport had developed a race car specifically for client racing. The ten-cylinder GT3 sports car faced its first 'acid test' last weekend (23rd-24th May): With factory support from Audi, the ABT Sportsline and Phoenix Racing teams had entered a total of four vehicles in the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring (Germany).

Audi was also providing a peek at its upcoming entry in the compact class below the A3 at Wörthersee: The A1 Sportback concept is the concept car for a five-door four-seater – with all the characteristics of a true Audi. The car, which is 3.99 metres long and 1.75 metres wide (13.09 feet long by 5.74 feet wide), combines trend setting dynamic styling with optimised space efficiency and superb quality. At the same time, a series of visionary technical solutions take efficiency, dynamism and motoring pleasure into new territory as only Audi knows how.

Audi is presenting another version of the innovative hybrid technology in the drive unit for the A1 Sportback concept. At work under the bonnet is a 1.4-litre TFSI engine developing 110 kW (150 hp), whose power is directed to the front wheels by means of the S tronic dual-clutch transmission.

A 20 kW (27 hp) electric motor integrated in the drive train is able to deliver up to an additional 150 Nm of torque (111 lb-ft) when the vehicle is accelerating. During the boosting phase, i.e. when the TFSI engine and electric motor operate simultaneously to enable a sporty driving style, the two power packs deliver impressive propulsion. The tried-and-tested front-wheel drive – supplemented by the newly developed, ESP-controlled active front differential lock – ensures optimum transfer of power to the road.

The electric motor is furthermore capable of powering the vehicle alone for zero-emission driving. The capacity of the lithium-ion batteries gives the vehicle a range of up to 100 km (62 miles) in pure electric mode; the motor can be recharged from any power socket. The automatic start/stop facility, energy recovery and phases of purely electrical operation reduce the fuel consumption and emissions of the Audi A1 Sportback concept by almost 30 per cent compared to when it is running on the combustion engine alone. Despite the sporty performance with a 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) acceleration time of 7.9 seconds and a top speed of 200 km/h (124 mph), the Audi A1 Sportback concept consumes only 3.9 litres of super unleaded per 100 km (60.31 US mpg). CO2 emissions are 92 g/km (148 g/mile).

Overview of the Audi Q5 custom concept

  • Engine: 3.0 TFSI, V6 petrol engine with supercharging and FSI petrol direct injection
  • Max. power output in kW (hp): 300 (408) at 6,000 – 7,000 rpm
  • Max. torque in Nm (lb-ft): 500 (369) at 3,000 – 5,500 rpm
  • Drivetrain: quattro permanent all-wheel drive
  • Gearbox: 7-speed S tronic
  • Top speed: 250 km/h (155 mph) (governed)
  • 0 - 100 km/h (0 - 62 mph): 4.4 seconds
  • Paint: Daytona Grey matt with red applications on the rims, roof rails, front skirt and rear spoiler
  • Special features and selected equipment: power-enhanced 3.0 TFSI engine from the Audi S4 with 408 hp (normally 333 hp), ceramic brakes, active sound exhaust system, 90 millimetre wider track, 60 millimetre lower ride height, 21-inch wheels of 7 twin-spoke design, modified air intake, cooling water strut brace in engine compartment, stainless steel-plated pedals, S line sport seats, panorama roof system, “Wörthersee 09” adhesive film, textile floor mats with “Wörthersee 09” print application, Audi drive select vehicle dynamics system, parking aid with rearview camera, voice control, Audi lane assist lane change assistant, headlight range control with cornering lights, etc.


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