Audi wants to enter the premium league of supercar manufacturers. Bugatti made the ultra-fast Veyron, Lamborghini will launch Aventador Veloce and Porsche is preparing the model 918 Spyder. Audi is the only premium brand from Volkswagen group which puts its hope solely on the R8 and future R8 e-tron for supercar status. But things will change soon.
Audi is already working on a supercar much more extreme than the current R8. It will be based, according to internal sources, on the model called the R18 dedicated to endurance racing. And the name of this future supercar could be Audi R20 and will borrow design cues directly from the racing model. LED headlights and vertical aerodynamic an element specific to Audi R18 e-tron quattro which participated in the 24 hour race of Le Mans. The new Audi supercar could be launched in 2017, will use a hybrid propulsion system with V6 turbodiesel engine and 550 hp paired with two electric motors of 75 hp each. The interior will also be inspired by the world of racing with cameras instead of mirrors and classic four-point safety belts.
One of the vehicles will carry Fiat brand (most probably it will be 500X) and the other will be a Jeep of the US division of Chrysler. “It is not a random strategy. We decided to move from mass production to high-end market,” said Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Fiat.
Marchionne’s plan implies increasing the production of expensive cars, which will serve as Fiat’s loss reduction in Europe. For this year, estimates show that the losses in Europe will amount to about 700 million.
By 2016, Fiat aimed to market 19 models produced in Italy: 6 Maserati and 9 Alfa Romeo. The group also plans to increase the production of Fiat and Chrysler in Europe from 1.25 million units to 2 million units.
The most popular roadster in the world, Mazda MX-5, received a 40th anniversary edition of the Auto Salon in New York on the occasion of the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the launch of the first generation.
His Special Edition of the MX-5 is just the shade of “Soul Red Metallic” with black lateral stanchions ceiling black and mirror caps. The Interior of the anniversary edition comes with white leather upholstery, a decorative Panel finished with manual door faces and dressed all in White Leather stitched by hand.
The Anniversary Edition enjoys and other special items, the model fitted with Bilstein sport shock absorbers, hidden behind 17-inch wheels with “Dark Gunmetal”.
Under the hood of the diesel roadster is an engine of 160 hp 2.0-liter receives a number of enhancements: pistons, connecting rods and flywheel are replaced with lighter elements, everything to ensure faster speeds climb.
The changes did not bring extra horsepower, but the Mazda announces an “extraordinary” answer pressing acceleration and a special note from the exhaust system.