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Audi Canada launches TDI models, SQ5, RS7 and R8 at Canadian International Autoshow

Audi Canada launches TDI models, SQ5, RS7 and R8 at Canadian International Autoshow

    --  Product offensive continues with new additions SQ5 and RS7
    --  TDI options now available across product portfolio
    --  Revised R8 now features S-tronic

AJAX, ON, Feb. 14, 2013 /CNW/ - For 2013 the Audi lineup will grow with a 
number of new additions to the portfolio. Few models will have more presence 
than the new 2014 SQ5, RS7 and R8 which will make their Canadian debut today 
at the CIAS.

Audi will also be adding 4 new TDI clean diesel models to the line-up: A6, A7, 
A8 and Q5. The addition of these four models to the updated Q7 TDI model means 
we will be offering Canadian consumers a full range of TDI options. Each TDI 
vehicle delivers up to 30% better fuel economy and 30% lower carbon dioxide 
emissions than gasoline engines.  All will be powered by our 3.0l TDI with 
240hp and 407lbsft of torque. We will start delivery of the A8 TDI this spring 
and the other models will arrive in dealerships late summer.

Powered by a 3.0l TFSI supercharged V6, the new SQ5 embodies "Vorsprung durch 
technik":  Our DNA, Sporty, Sophisticated and Progressive. The engine 
produces 354hp and 347 lbs-ft of torque resulting in a sprint from zero to 100 
km/h that takes just 5.3 seconds - the best in its class. Top speed is 
electronically limited to 250 km/h. An eight-speed tiptronic and quattro 
permanent all-wheel drive with torque vectoring transfers the power of the SQ5 
firmly to the road. The fast-shifting automatic transmission offers two modes, 
and the driver can also switch gears manually via the standard shift paddles 
on the steering wheel.
As you would expect with an S model from Audi, the suspension is set firm for 
direct feedback and sporty handling. 20-inch wheels are standard and we offer 
21 inch wheels as an option. Of course the SQ5 has all the visual cues of an S 
model: SQ5 badge on the brake calipers, platinum grey radiator grill, 
distinctive bumper design, roof spoiler and four exhaust pipes that 
demonstrate the sportiness of this model.
The SQ5 comes standard with electromechanical steering and optional with Audi 
drive select that allows the driver to switch between several driving modes. 
The new Audi SQ5 will be in dealerships this Fall.

The RS7 is designed and engineered by quattro GmbH. The heart of this car is a 
twin turbo V8 4.0l TFSI engine that produces 560hp and 516 lbs-ft of torque. 
The exciting characteristic of this engine is that the maximum torque is 
available from 1750 rpm up to 5500rpm. The result: 0-100km/h in just 3.9 
Yet the new RS7 consumes on average just 9.8 liters of fuel per 100 km. The 
most innovative efficiency technology in the new Audi RS 7 Sportback is the 
cylinder on demand (COD) system. At low to medium loads and engine speeds, it 
deactivates cylinders 2, 3, 5 and 8 by closing their valves via 
electromechanical actuators. The 4.0 TFSI then runs as a four-cylinder engine 
until the driver accelerates more strongly again.
Of course, the quattro all-wheel drive system comes standard in the RS7 with 
sport differential. This not only allows the distribution of torque from the 
front to the rear axle, but also from left to right on the rear axle. Combined 
with the dynamic steering that varies the steering ratio based on the speed 
travelled this gives the RS7 the best possible handling for a sport sedan. 
Deliveries will start this Fall.

The Audi R8 is the sportiest offering of the Audi model lineup.  Now, this 
high-performance sports car is more dynamic and faster than ever with the 
introduction of the new R8 V10 plus - 550hp, almost 400lbs-ft of torque, 
0-100km/h in just 3.5 sec.  Top speed is reached at 317km/h. That makes this 
the fastest R8 ever.  Weight has been reduced by 60kg with the extensive use 
of carbon fiber and in combination of the ceramic brakes. These measures 
decreased the curb weight to 1,570kg. The second big innovation that helps us 
to get faster is the introduction of the S tronic 7 speed gearbox. The R8 line 
up comprises two body styles - Coupe and Spyder, and it now comes with three 
engine options, the V10 plus, the V10 and the V8. However, the V10 plus is 
only available as a Coupe.  With the new model year all models now come with 
full LED headlights.  The S -tronic replaces the R-tronic on all models.  
And of course all models show the latest design features like the new single 
frame grill, new tail light design, new exhaust pipes and new bumpers. It will 
be available in dealerships in April.

About Audi Canada

In 1971, Audi was first introduced to the Canadian market. Today, a network of 
41 Audi retailers sells and services a range of premium vehicles nationwide. 
Headquartered in Ajax, Ontario, Audi Canada markets a line of luxury cars 
built in plants in Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm, Germany, as well as Slovakia, 
Belgium and Hungary. The parent company, AUDI AG, resides in Ingolstadt, 
Germany. Additional information on all Audi models and history can be found at

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