2006 Detroit Auto Show Index by TCC Team (1/7/2006)
Audi Q5 in the Making?
2006 Audi Roadjet conceptEnlarge Photo
The Roadjet Concept is a five-door wagon with a more wedge-shaped nose than Audi has used in the past. The Roadjet measures 185 inches long, is
A special feature is the drive select system that gives the driver a choice to pre-select several entirely independent vehicle characteristic sets through a button in the dashboard. The three modes are comfort, dynamic and sport; they alter the steering, damping and transmission settings, as well as the engine characteristics.
The concept car is equipped with the 3.2-liter FSI V-6 with an output of 300 hp and 447 lb-ft of torque. We know this engine from the A4, A6 and A8 where it produces 255 hp. The Roadjet should be able to sprint from 0-
The concept car is the first Audi with a longitudinally installed engine combined with the sporty DSG, Direct Shift Gearbox that combines a seven-speed manual with the qualities of an automatic transmission. The car also has quattro four-wheel drive combined with a Torsen differential for optimal distribution of power to all wheels.
Audi Getting Compact Ute
The Audi brand will get a version of the compact sport-utility vehicle that the Volkswagen Group is preparing to building in
Audi S6 Gets V-10
Is it an Audi power grab at Lambo’s expense? Just like the larger S8, the new S6 will be available with a version of the V-10 engine that is used in the Lamborghini Gallardo. In the S6 the motor will have 30 hp less than in the S8—420 hp with 398 lb-ft. of torque versus the S8’s 450 hp. This V-10 propels the S6 from 0-
The engine is mated to the six-speed Tiptronic transmission that adapts to the driver’s style. The driver can select Sport mode for upshifts at relatively high engine speeds and can change gears manually in both modes by means of the shift paddles on the steering wheel. A Servotronic power-steering system with variable ratios has a more direct response than in the A6, resulting in more agile handling too.
The S6 can be expected at Audi dealerships from this summer. Prices have not been released yet.
Rolls-Royce Convertible Coming in 2007
Rolls-Royce announced that its new convertible will hit the market in 2007. The British automaker is currently running a trial production of the new topless version in their Goodwood facilities in the