Audi Sportback Concept Debuts in Detroit
“This engine already meets the emissions limits of all 50 U.S. states and the EU6 standard scheduled to take effect in 2014. And numerous measures to ensure top efficiency mean that the Audi Sportback concept is expected to achieve impressive fuel consumption figures of 5.9 liters of diesel per 100 kilometers (39.87 US mpg),” Audi said in a press statement.
The newly-debuted Sportback excels in design, the German company explained, with several innovations underlining “an almost monolithic clarity and a vast reduction of the number of lines.” The air intakes under the headlights have two roles: they “have the stylistic effect of accentuating the impression of width” and act as air deflectors, directing the air to the engine.
Similar to the exterior, the interior is mostly based on horizontal lines and large surfaces, Audi said. “Especially the wide center console – stretching from the dashboard to the back – seems to be a pure expression of function,” it explained.
Getting back to the engine, the United States variant produces 165 kW (225 horsepower) and 550 Nm of torque. The 7-speed S tronic transmission minimizes fuel consumption but also improves engine performance and provides a smoother ride. “For the first time, it has been equipped with transmission oil heating, so that it reaches its intended operating temperature much earlier and therefore has a lower level of internal friction,” Audi said about the transmission system.
Fuel consumption goes as low as 5.9 liters per 100 km (39.87 mpg) with CO2 emissions no more than 156 g/km. “These sensationally low figures for a large model have been achieved by extensive efficiency-optimizing measures,” the automaker praised the engine unit.
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