2013 Audi Model Highlights
Last week, Audi introduced their 2013 model lineup. Not a huge number of surprises, but definitely some cars that I’m eagerly anticipating. Below is a rundown of the must have 2013s starting with the most bad-ass of the bunch.
|2013 Audi RS 5|
There are two letters that make any Audi fan weak in the knees: RS. Add those two letters to any Audi model and it immediately raises the car to stratospheric proportions. And, to keep that tradition alive, 2013 see Audi’s newest RS model, the RS 5. Coming after last year’s TT RS, the Audi RS 5 comes to the U.S. with a 4.2 liter naturally aspirated V8 delivering 444 hp and 317 ft-lbs of torque through a seven-speed DCT trans, quattro all-wheel drive and sport differential. The 2013 RS 5 will hit 60 in 4.5 seconds and be as happy on a weekend track day or on a spirited daily commute. Unique front and rear bumbers, front splitter, rear diffuser, Audi Connect entertainment system and Audi MMI Navigation complete the package. Prices for the 2013 RS 5 start at $68,900.
|2013 Audi S6|
Audi’s A5 isn’t the only model to get the speed treatment for 2013. The A6, A7 and A8 all get new S versions. Um…Yay. There is something about a huge full-size luxury sedan that’s faster than a Ferrari California to 60 mph that makes driving to work that much more satisfying. The 2013 Audi S8 gets a massive 520 horse 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 matched with an 8-speed Tiptronic transmission. Amazingly, that will catapult the S8 to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds. Yep, under 4 seconds for an over-two ton beast.
The 2013 Audi S6 and S7 also get a 4.0-liter V8 with twin turbos. Theirs, however, only produce 420 horsepower put through a seven-speed double clutch S Tronic transmission. Personally, I would much rather have the 520 hp version of the V8. Perhaps for the hopefully upcoming RS 6 and RS 7…
|2013 Audi S7|
|2013 Audi S8|
All three of the S6, S7 and S8 are fitted with “cylinder on demand technology” that will shut down four of the cylinders during highway cruising. To round out the S treatment, the “grown-up” S models get rear sport differentials, Atlas carbon fiber inlays, sport seats, Audi connect and Audi MMI Navigation plus. Prices start at $71,900 for the S6, $78,800 for the S7 and $110,000 for the S8.
|2013 Audi Allroad|
Last on the 2013 Audi highlight list is the return of the Audi Allroad. The last iteration of the Allroad bowed out seven years ago. The new version gets a 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder mated to an eight-speed Tiptronic transmission making it more efficient and faster than the last Allroad. It keeps its utilitarian style with a unique grille, roof rails, stainless front skid plate, LED design, headlights, rear diffusers, and front & rear bumpers. The 2013 Audi Allroad bears an additional 1.5 inches of ground clearance and one inch wider track to give it the off-road chops its name and design suggest. Prices for the 2013 Allroad start at $39,600.