Some rumors announced that Audi will launch the new generation of RS3 in autumn, this year. The model will be A3’s flagship and will develop 340hp from a 2.5 liter engine with five-cylinder turbocharged. The unit should be taken directly from the TT-RS and provide over 70 horsepower more than S3, the most powerful version of A3. According to this rumor, the new RS3 will make its appearance this year at the Paris Motor Show.
Audi RS3 is just one of the future models lined up by the Ingolstadt manufacturer. Thus, there are still plans for a compact roadster named R4, A1 new engine versions, including a hybrid and a successor to the A2. A2’s successor has been confirmed by Audi, so chances are R4 to enter the market in the coming years. However, a zero-emission version of the R8 could go into production in 2012, which means that the production version of R8 e-throne who will run the 24 hours race (Le Mans) will be available to customers.
TT’s successor will begin in 2014. It would represent the third generation of this model and will start in a coupe version. Subsequently, Audi will develop a convertible version of the third generation of the TT, as they have done until now for this model. The first information about this model suggests that its doors will be the same size as those used by the current generation, and chassis and engines will be similar to those used by the future R4.
Most of the Audi staff takes into account the implementation of eight-speed transmissions on all models. Automatic transmission with six gears will be replaced by units with eight steps, which provide additional agility and an additional fuel savings.
For now, those at Audi haven’t announced yet how much they will extent or they will remove or replace manual transmission units with eight steps.
Mercedes-Benz is the only manufacturer of cars that managed to equip almost all models in the range of seven-speed automatic transmission.
Customers who want to buy Audi A1 can take their mind off an eight-speed transmission, at least in the coming years because the Ingolstadt manufacturer announced that A3 is the smallest model in the range which will receive a new gearbox with eight steps.
The smallest engine in the Audi range that will be coupled with an eight-speed automatic transmissions is the TFSI unit with 2.0-liter which equip the A3.
Performance figures of these models have not yet been announced, but we can expect that models with an eight-speed automatic transmission to achieve a significant fuel economy.
The new eight-speed automatic transmissions will use, most likely the DSG technology.
Most of the Audi staff should focus on reducing the size and weight of these transmissions, which will equip as well model as A8 and Q7 models, but also smaller models such as A3 and A4.
A seven-speed DSG transmission has a mass of about 77 kilograms, while the first generation DSG – the six gears – has a mass of 93 kilograms.
Desk high 100 DSG transmission is caused by the fact that the clutch is wet and fluids used increase considerable the weight.
An equivalent transmission with converter weighs is about 85 kilograms, while a manual gearbox with five or six-speed has a mass of around 40 kilograms.
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