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Audi's Cylinder On Demand Explained

What you need is not always what you have and in this day of engine downsizing Audi shows the way to keeping large and now smaller engines humming efficiently thanks to the simple expedient of cylinder deactivation "CoD". Audi tells how an eight can be made to work like a four and without a drop in overall refinement across the operating spectrum and now includes their 4 cyclinder engines A1 and A3.

In these days of high fuel costs, the clean air dictate and the need to be socially conscious, car makers are trying to find the next best alternative to the Internal Combustion engine.  While hybrids, hydrogen and full electrics are being pursued as are many other out-of-this-world concepts, the same set of techno-heads within the OEMs are taking a re-look to make the internal combustion engine ever more smarter, cleaner, more powerful and more frugal, all at the same time.

New Audi RS Q3

New RS Q3 combines stand-out performance with rugged practicality and exceptional 32mpg economy

  • RS Q3 notable as the first ever RS Q model debuts at the Geneva Show next month – UK ordering will begin in the summer ahead of first deliveries in late 2013
  • 2.5-litre, five-cylinder TFSI petrol engine delivers 310PS and 420Nm – 0-62mph in 5.5 seconds, governed 155mph top speed, combined MPG 32.1, CO2 206g/km

The term ‘sport utility vehicle’ has rarely been more applicable – the new Audi RS Q3 is the first ever Audi SUV to be handed over to the specialists at Audi high performance subsidiary quattro GmbH for the full, no-holds-barred RS transformation. One of the Audi stand stars at the forthcoming Geneva Motor Show, the new 310PS, 155mph Q3 flagship is due to open for UK ordering in the summer ahead of first deliveries in late 2013.

Audi New e-fuels

Audi and Joule pioneer sustainable alternatives to petrol and diesel using waste water

Audi e-ethanol and Audi e-diesel are produced by combining salt or waste water with waste CO2, sunlight and special microorganisms

  • New e-fuels developed by Audi and US-based fuels specialist Joule
  • Produced using a remarkably simple, cost-effective and resource-sparing process in facilities that can even be located in the desert
  • Genetically modified microorganisms suspended in pipes filled with brackish water react with waste CO2 and sunlight and secrete ethanol and diesel-range paraffinic alkanes – no biomass required
  • Audi e-ethanol which can power petrol vehicles with only minor modification already being produced by facility in New Mexico
  • Audi e-diesel capable of powering Audi TDI clean diesel models with no modification will enter production imminently
Audi RS6 Avant

Groundbreaking Performance — Audi RS6 Avant

  • Powerful twin-turbo V8: 4.0 TFSI with 412 kW (560 hp) and 700 Nm (516.29 lb-ft)
  • Reduced weight for greater efficiency and stronger performance
  • 0 – 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 3.9 seconds, top speed 305 km/h (189.52 mph)

The new Audi RS 6 Avant stands for groundbreaking performance. It is lighter and more efficient than the previous model, and performance has been improved once again. The sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) takes just 3.9 seconds, and top speed is 305 km/h (189.52 mph). The 4.0 TFSI develops 412 kW (560 hp), but is content with an average fuel consumption of just 9.8 litres per 100 kilometres (24.00 mpg).

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