While European buyers were able to get their hands on the Audi RS5 from day one, it took almost two years for the performance coupe to go on sale in North America. With the new Audi RS5 Cabriolet (Convertible), the wait won’t be anywhere near as long.
Like the RS5 Coupe, the Cabriolet is powered by a 4.2 liter naturally aspirated V8 engine making 450-hp at 8,250 rpm and 318 lb-ft of torque between 4,000 and 6,000 rpm. Working with a 7-speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission and Audi’s quattro permanent all-wheel drive system, it runs from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 4.9 seconds and reaches a top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h), though Audi can boost that maximum to 174 mph (280 km/h) if requested.
The RS5 Cabriolet sits 20 mm lower than the regular A5 Cabriolet and has a stiffer suspension setup with Dynamic Ride Control (DRC), a performance brake system with 365 mm disc up front (carbon fiber-reinforced ceramic front discs and six-piston calipers are optional) and an ESC stabilization system with a Sport mode that can be completely deactivated.
Aside from the retractable soft cover, the RS5 Cabriolet looks identical to the RS5 coupe. Compared to the standard model, it features a hexagonal single-frame grille with a honeycomb pattern, wheel housing extensions, 19-inch forged aluminum wheels with 265/35 tires (20-inch rims with 275/30 tires are optional), unique bumpers, side skirts, boot lid spoiler and rear diffuser housing two large elliptical exhaust tailpipes.
The interior features a flat-bottom steering wheel, power-adjustable sport seats dressed in a combination of leather and Alcantara (black or lunar silver Fine Nappa leather is optional), chrome highlights, understated high-gloss black trim and carbon inlays that can also be had in Aluminum Race, piano finish black, matt brushed aluminum or stainless steel mesh at no additional cost.
European sales of the 2014 Audi RS5 will begin in early 2013, with North American sales following shortly after. Prices in the car’s home market of Germany start at €88,500 (or US$111,500), which is €10,300 more than the RS5 Coupe.
10 Exciting Electric Cars Coming In 2020
2020 is a good year for anyone shopping for an electric vehicle.
If you’ve been waiting to get your hands on the perfect electric car, 2020 could be the year you found one. It’s noteworthy for the large number of high-profile EVs that will be released.
With prices becoming competitive and range anxiety almost a thing of the past, the age of the electric vehicle is truly upon us. Whether you’re looking for a practical car to use for daily commutes or something that simply wows people with impeccable style, there’s bound to be something for you. Here are ten exciting electric vehicles we are looking forward to the most in 2020.
1. Rivian R1T Truck / R1S SUV
There have been much excitement surrounding Rivian, and for good reason. The electric car upstart is seen by many as a serious threat to Tesla, and you have the Rivian R1T and R1S SUV to thank for that. The all-electric R1T pickup truck is arguably the coolest and most well-rounded pickup in recent memory, offering supercar-levels of performance (it does zero to 60 mph in just 3 seconds!), world-class trucking capabilities, and serious off-road chops. A massive 80kWh battery gives it an effective driving range of 400 miles (644 km) and can be charged to 100% capacity in an hour when depleted.
Mechanically identical to the R1T, the R1S is for those who would prefer more seats and a hatch rather than a truck bed. As a seven-passenger electric SUV, it’s better suited for carrying people around than the R1T.
2. Porsche Taycan / Taycan Cross Turismo
As the company’s first fully-electric vehicle, Porsche’s long-awaited Taycan four-door performance sedan and its high-riding Taycan Cross Turismo estate (wagon) variant will offer buyers a super powerful lithium-ion battery and up to 350 kW charging capacity. Both models can accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in just 3.5 seconds and have a driving range of more than 300 miles (500 km). Their battery can be charged to provide 62 miles of range in just four minutes.
3. Tesla Model Y
The Tesla Model Y is essentially the SUV version of the highly-popular Tesla Model 3, featuring the same interior design and similar performance. It offers more interior room than the Model 3, however, with an optional package allowing it to seat up to seven people. The most affordable Model Y will have a driving range of up to 280 miles (451 km/h), while the long-range version might deliver as much as 300 miles (483 km).
4. Volkswagen ID Neo
As one of the more affordable family cars coming to the market, the Volkswagen ID Neo is for the masses. Essentially an all-electric interpretation of the highly-popular VW Golf, the practical five-door compact hatchback has capable motors, a 125kw charging capacity, and is expected to come with three different battery size options giving it a driving range from 180 miles on the low end to 342 miles.
5. Volkswagen I.D. Crozz
The VW I.D. Crozz is a fully-electric compact crossover with rear-biased all-wheel drive system. It offers 311 miles (500 km) of driving range, according to European NEDC tests, and performance should be brisk thanks to two electric motors generating a combined 302 hp. With a 150 kW DC fast charger, its battery can be recharged to 80 percent capacity in just 30 minutes.
According to Volkswagen, the production I.D. Crozz will have as much interior room as the VW Tiguan SUV.
6. Peugeot e-208
French automaker PSA took its first step towards the full electrification of its entire lineup by 2023 with the Peugeot e-208, an all-electric version of Peugeot’s hot selling 208 city car. The impeccably-styled electric hatchback uses a 50 kWh battery pack to power a 100 kW electric motor for an estimated 211-mile (34 km) range on the WLTP cycle, while fast charging can give it an 80% charge in around 30 minutes.
Primed for city driving, the electric Peugeot e-208 should be within reach for most people, even those who might need a little help from car-buying service like Buy Here Pay Here Car Lots.
7. Audi e-tron Sportback
The Audi e-tron Sportback is one of the more exciting, head-turning electric vehicles coming in 2020. As a coupe-like SUV, it is a more stylish interpretation of the new Audi e-tron SUV for those who place design above practicality. And like the regular e-tron SUV, it will likely utilize one electric motor at the front and one at the rear to produce a maximum of 402 horsepower (300 kilowatts) and 490 lb⋅ft (664 Nm) of torque, allowing it to hit 60 miles per hour (96 km/h) in 5.7 seconds before reaching an electronically-limited top speed of 124 mph (200 km/h). A 95-kilowatt-hour battery pack provides a driving range of over 200= miles EPA range and can be recharged to 80% capacity in just 30 minutes.
8. Polestar 2
As the second car from Polestar (formerly the performance arm of Volvo), the Polestar 2 is a five-door fastback EV featuring many hallmarks of Scandinavian design and offering 310 miles (500 km) of range from a 87kWh battery. Its 408 horsepower and all-wheel drive system provide more than enough propulsion to get you moving. Learn more about the Polestar 2.
9. Mercedes-Benz EQC
The Mercedes-Benz EQC is Mercedes-Benz’s first-ever all-electric SUV. A little bigger than the Mercedes-Benz GLC and expected to go on sale in early 2020, the electrified German SUV has an 80 kWh lithium-ion battery and two electric motors — one at each axle to provide all-wheel drive — that make 402 hp and 564 lb-ft of torque, allowing it to accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in just 5.1 seconds. The EQC is estimated to be priced around $90,000.
10. BMW iX3
With the German government massively supporting the development of electric vehicles, it’s no surprise to see BMW bringing several to the market. Essentially an all-electric version of the popular X3 SUV, the BMW iX3 makes around 270bhp and can travel up to 249 miles on a full charge, and charging its 70kWh battery to full capacity when depleted takes just 30 minutes!
BMW plans to introduce a whole fleet of new electric vehicles over the next few years, and the iX3 will probably be its most popular model.
New, 2020 Audi S8 Brings A 563 Horsepower Biturbo V8
A standard active suspension and four-wheel steering are some of the major performance highlights.
There is a new Audi S8 and it packs more power, more technology and better overall performance than its predecessor.
Audi’s has a 4.0-liter biturbo V8 with cylinder deactivation and 48-volt mild hybrid technology that improves fuel efficiency for a heart, pumping out 563 horsepower (571PS) and 590 pound-feet of torque. That makes it 100 horsepower and 100 pound-feet more powerful than the A8’s twin-turbo V8.
In addition to the powerful engine, the S8 comes standard with all-wheel steering and predictive active suspension that limits body roll to just 2.5 degrees in ‘dynamic’ mode and can lift the car by up to 50 mm for easier ingress and egress.
A revised front bumper, side sills, dual twin exhaust outlets, and S badging sets the performance sedan from the lesser A8, while the interior gets a Carbon Vector upper inlay that creates a special 3D effect, Matte aluminum trim, and diamond-stitched seats with embroidered S badging.
The new and improved Audi S8 will be offered in both short-wheelbase and long-wheelbase versions, but only the long-wheelbase S8 will be sold in the United States and likely in Canada… with size-figure price tag, of course.
Will The Next Audi A8 Be Fully-Electric?
Audi’s flagship sedan will definitely be electrified, but by how much?
Audi revealed a number of big changes for its lineup during its 2019 Annual General Meeting. In addition to announcing killing off the TT sports car, adding more SUVs, and possibly replacing the R8 with an electric supercar, the company also hinted at a fully electric A8 sedan.
“The next generation of the Audi A8 might well be all-electric. That has not been decided yet, but I can well imagine it,” stated Bram Schot, Audi AG Chairman of the Board of Management. “We are thinking about revolutionizing the top-end class with a completely new concept for the A8.”
The current generation Audi A8, which benefits from mild hybrid technology, went on sale not too long ago in 2018, so its successor is quite a few years away. That should give Audi some time to improve it electric vehicle technology and ponder approving the electric A8 for production.
An electric Audi A8 will take on the Tesla Model S. What are you hoping for?
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