Audi Art in Aluminium
Audi has revealed an impressive series of new models this summer and all are to be available in time for the September 1st plate change. Latest of these is the most revolutionary small car for decades, the all aluminium Audi A2 variable compact, which sets new standards for light weight, strength, aerodynamics and fuel efficiency. This advanced four to five seater offers exceptionally generous interior space thanks to a space floor concept providing a lower footwell for rear seat passengers.
On sale in Britain from September 1st, the 1.4-litre 75 bhp Audi A2, priced from £13,950 on the road, is the first volume car to be built using an aluminium space frame instead of conventional steel. Weighing over 40 per cent less than if it had been built using conventional materials, and with an outstanding drag coefficient of an amazing 0.28, the A2 sets a new standard for car efficiency.
Audi allroad quattro - The Best Of Both Worlds
The ground breaking new Audi allroad quattro is the first Audi ever to target the off road market. It offers equally exceptional on and off-road capabilities thanks to its unique adjustable four stage air suspension and optional low ratio gearbox for maximum agility on testing terrain.
Available with a choice of turbocharged V6 petrol or turbodiesel engines, the allroad quattro offers an impressive 250bhp in 2.7T form or a healthy 180 bhp in 2.5 TDI form. Prices start at £32,550 on the road for the TDI model, with the 2.7T coming in at £36,630.
New 2001 Audi A3 Arrives in Britain
Britain's most desirable sports hatchback sets even higher standards as Audi reveals the 2001 model year A3 range, available from September in both three and five door form. With enhanced good looks and increased specifications including ESP on all models, the new range will be priced close to the level of the outgoing models.
This hugely popular hatchback, which consistently attracts the best used values in its sector, continues to deliver the exceptionally high standards of engineering in the compact sector that were formerly only enjoyed in larger executive saloons.
The subtle new exterior refinements of sleeker one-piece headlamps, a neater hatchback trim and striking new wheels give discreet clues to the identity of the latest of the A3 breed. Subtle engineering refinements inside and out add up to increased on the road refinement and dynamics that set even higher standards across the entire new UK A3 range.
Design Icons: Audi TT Coupé quattro and TT Roadster quattro
The arresting style of the mould-breaking Audi TT Coupé quattro, can also be had with the added benefit of the Roadster's standard fit electrically powered soft top, which retracts in seconds to enhance the already exceptional TT driving experience.
Like its fixed head counterpart, the Audi TT Roadster quattro is available in two permanently four-wheel-driven guises, both powered by turbocharged 1.8-litre, four-cylinder petrol engines and both allied as standard to the quattro permanent four-wheel-drive system.
As September looms, there is still a UK waiting list of between two to four months for these sought-after models. The good news is that Audi has announced new prices for its TT range in the run up to the X registration peak. On the road prices now start at £24,050 for the 180bhp Coupé, rising to £26,750 for the 225bhp model. The 180bhp version of the TT Roadster quattro now weighs in at £26,300, while the flagship 225bhp model has been reduced by more than £3,000 to £29,000.
The standard equipment list for both versions of the TT Roadster quattro matches that of the TT Coupé quattro. 180bhp models feature alloy wheels, remote control central locking, heated front sports seats upholstered in Valcona leather, a leather-rimmed sports steering wheel, electronic climate control, electric windows and mirrors and a Concert radio cassette.
225bhp models gain larger 17-inch 'six spoke' alloy wheels with wider, lower profile tyres, twin exhaust tailpipes, xenon headlights with electrically activated washers, a six-speed manual gearbox and a Driver's Information System. In addition, both versions of the Roadster quattro are fitted as standard with a powered soft-top and an electrically adjustable glass wind deflector.
Executive saloons and Avants: A4 and A6 gain updates
Recent specification and pricing revisions made to the sought after A4 and A6 ranges, combined with the UK débuts of the powerful V8 340bhp S6 quattro and the new 180bhp A6 2.5 TDI quattro, have further enhanced the appeal of these desirable, high profile executive models.
At the very top of the Audi line up a new Long Wheelbase version of the A8 luxury saloon has brought even greater comfort and opulence to the brand flagship. The A8 4.2 quattro Long Wheelbase costs £58,650 on the road.