February 22, 2002

Audi at the Geneva Auto Show 2002

Audi is unveiling the latest and most powerful member of the A2 model line at the 2002 Geneva Motor Show: the A2 1.6 FSI.

It is powered by a 81 kW (110 bhp) 1.6-litre petrol engine with FSI petrol direct injection which was successful in motor sport. Thanks to Audi Space Frame and aluminium body, the A2 1.6 FSI weighs in at a mere 995 kg. This nimble athlete is thus capable of accelerating from 0 to 100 km/h in just 9.8 seconds, and it clocks up a top speed of 202 km/h.

The four-cylinder engine is impressive not simply for its sporting talents. The 1.6-litre FSI engine also demonstrates remarkable potential for fuel economy thanks to its petrol direct injection technology. The A2 1.6 FSI covers 100 kilometres on just 5.9 litres of Super Plus petrol (according to 1999/100/EC). Bearing in mind its performance figures and ample interior space, with room for five occupants, this is an unbeatably low value.

The A2 1.6 FSI offers its drivers a further benefit of modern engine technology: as the vehicle is classified in emissions category EU4, cars registered as new in Germany before 1 January 2005 will qualify for exemption from motor vehicle tax to the tune of 306. This means that drivers of the A2 1.6 FSI will not have to pay motor vehicle tax for almost three years.

The new version, which will go into volume production in the first half of 2002, broadens Audi's range of A2 models to four. In addition to the two 1.4 versions with TDI and petrol engine, each of which develops 55 kW (75 bhp), the range includes a 1.2 TDI version, which became the first five-door, three-litre car when it was launched in 2001.

Shown for the first time, the Audi RS 6 model series has been created by quattro GmbH as an entirely independent product and developed in conjunction with AUDI AG.

The V8 biturbo engine of the Audi RS 6 has an output of 331 kW (450 bhp) and is capable of a most impressive performance. The efficiency of the two turbochargers is further enhanced by two large, pressure-loss optimised intercoolers. This 4.2-litre engine with five valves per cylinder reaches its peak torque of 560 Nm across a wide range of engine speeds, from 1950 to 5600 rpm.

The top speed of the Audi RS 6 is governed at 250 km/h; it sprints from a standstill to 100 km/h in just 4.9 seconds and up to 200 km/h in 18 seconds. It thus achieves driving performances that is superior to many sports cars.

The Audi RS 6 is the first model to be equipped with the innovative suspension concept Dynamic Ride Control (DRC). The shock absorbers diagonally opposed to each other are connected hydraulically. This damper system counteracts movements of the vehicle along its longitudinal and transverse axes.

quattro permanent four-wheel drive is of course a standard feature. 18-inch wheels create space for the newly developed, generously dimensioned composite-technology brake system. The 8.5 J x 18 cast alloy wheels of nine-spoke design are fitted with 255/40 R 18 tyres at the front and rear. The Audi RS 6 can also be ordered with 9 J x 19-inch alloy wheels with tyres of size 255/35 R 19 as an option.

The design of this extreme sports specialist is restrained. A low front apron with three air intake apertures and diamond-patterned grilles, discreet side sills and a rear spoiler above a redesigned rear apron add a tastefully restrained note.

The standard-fit tiptronic five-speed automatic transmission incorporates a dynamic Sport program. The S drive position pushes each individual gear up to higher speed at full throttle and permits swifter downshifts. The RS 6 driver can also change gear manually, either by tapping the selector lever or by pressing down the buttons on the steering wheel with his thumb.

Both the Audi RS 6 saloon and Audi RS 6 Avant are expected to go on sale in summer 2002.

The new Audi allroad quattro 4.2 has a power output of 220 kW (300 bhp), the fascinating flair of an eight-cylinder model and much more, too.

The peak-torque range of the V8 is as impressive as its maximum power output. It achieves a constant 380 Nm between 2700 and 4600 rpm. The allroad quattro 4.2 accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.2 seconds. It reaches a top speed of 240 km/h.

The short overall length of the eight-cylinder unit is the result of a new engine concept. The toothed belt on the engine's front end has been replaced by a chain drive to its rear. Two electric cooler fans take the place of the large viscous fan at the front of the vehicle. This compact design is beneficial for the distribution of axle loads and enhances the car's all-terrain abilities. The new Motronic ME 7.1.1 integrates the allroad quattro 4.2's power take-offs into the engine management concept on a torque basis. A two-stage variable intake manifold made from magnesium guarantees maximum engine output higher up the speed range and ample low-end torque. Continuous camshaft control also contributes towards impressive dynamism across an extremely wide range of engine speeds.

The standard-fit 5-speed tiptronic with Sport program adapts to suit the driver's style. The steering wheel with gearshift control means that the driver can change directly between the automatic mode and manual gear selection at the push of a button.

Permanent four-wheel drive with variable distribution of the drive power by means of a Torsen interaxle differential ensures supreme forward propulsion. The further improved 4-level air suspension with new functions adapts to the different requirements of on-road and off-road use.

The standard equipment of the Audi allroad quattro 4.2, which will be available from summer 2002, includes the Audi Sideguard head-level airbag system, electrically adjustable seats with Cricket leather upholstery, front centre armrest, leather-covered steering wheel, Walnut inlays, Driver Information System DIS, 7.5 x 18 alloy wheels, xenon headlights and anti-theft alarm.