First thing on media day morning, President of Audi of America Scott Keogh threw the covers off a mysterious silhouette that turned out to be the Audi prologue concept car. Rumoured to one day become the range-topping A9, Keough said it will dictate the future design language of Audi. The concept features a 4.0 L TFSI, 604 hp engine producing 553 lb-ft of torque. On the inside, the front instrument panel is a large organic LED touch display.
The limited edition, competition version of the R8 super car is the most powerful production Audi to roll out of the factory with a 3.2 second 0-100 km/h time and a top speed of 320 km/h. To do that, the engine (5.2 L V10) output has been bumped up to 570 hp and the vehicle lightened further using carbon fibre. Gear-changing duties are handled by a seven-speed S tronic direct-shift gearbox.
911 Carrera GTS:
Suitable for its exclusivity, Porsche had a display hall all to itself at LAAS for an unveiling of three new models. The 430 hp Carrera GTS was one-and-a-half of those, coming in both coupe and convertible form and outfitted with gloss black 20-inch centre lock wheels. Available with either rear or all-wheel drive, Porsche says it is meant to bridge the gap between the Carrera S and the 911 GT3.
For the SUV lover that wants a bit more sport with his or her utility, there is the brand new Cayenne GTS. How is that done, you ask? With a 3.6 L bi-turbo developing 440 hp; tuned air suspension giving a slightly more aggressive stance that is 20-millimetre lower than standard; and plenty of body accoutrements like larger front air intakes, wheel arch extensions, darkened LED taillights.
Panamera Turbo Executive Exclusive (EE) Series:
I spoke of exclusivity earlier, and that is epitomized by the aforementioned vehicle. Limited to just 100 units worldwide, the EE has 570 hp, all-wheel drive and a longer wheelbase with further focus on interior refinement and passenger comfort. Also, for the first time at Porsche, a two-tone paint scheme — done by hand — will be offered for this series.