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[Behind the Wheel] Audi’s most strong motor vehicles whizz on Inje Speedium

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Audi autos (Audi Korea)

INJE, Gangwon Province — A line of substantial-performance automobiles could be viewed whizzing all-around the racing circuit of Inje Speedium in Gangwon Province on Wednesday, the growls from their engines echoing during the location.

It was element of the Audi Driving Practical experience, an annual event Audi Korea organizes to supply automobile fanatics an option to attempt out its greatest-end cars and its most recent automotive technologies.

This yr, Audi Korea offered 10 automobiles, like the electric powered vehicle e-tron 50 quattro, that was unveiled very last month, and the e-tron GT and RS e-tron GT established for start afterwards this calendar year.

The substantial sporting activities utility vehicle RS Q8 was also presented, as an example of how Audi cares about specifics in its substantial-performance cars.

Using the Audi’s first purely electrical SUV e-tron 50 quattro on the general public road, the motor vehicle was as tranquil as expected of an EV, and stealthy, so it developed an pleasant temper on the village roads. 

The E-tron 50 quattro has two electric motors, just one every single in the entrance and rear axle, and it can set out 313 horsepower and a most torque of 55.1 kilogram-meters. The motor vehicle will come with a 71 kilowatt-hour battery pack and the driving range is 210 kilometers for a single cost.

As a spouse and children motor vehicle, the driving assortment is a bit missing, but the interior is roomy, and it is outfitted with some of the latest technologies the automaker features, this sort of as the adaptive cruise guide, and the virtual facet mirrors.

The virtual facet mirrors were practical: Once set in put, they did not need to have to be readjusted for a alter of drivers.

Nonetheless, it took some obtaining used to. I stored looking out the window for a aspect mirror that was not there. The screen for the virtual side mirror is placed under the window line. 

Audi vehicles (Audi Korea)

Audi vehicles (Audi Korea)

Audi RS e-tron GT (Audi Korea)

Audi RS e-tron GT (Audi Korea)

The adaptive air suspension mechanically adjusted the car’s top, up to 76 millimeters, to effectively take in the shock from the ground.

On the 2.577-kilometer circuit, e-tron GT and RS e-tron GT were being set to the check. The two automobiles, unveiled in this article very last thirty day period, are the substantial-effectiveness EVs to be launched in the nation within this yr.

In its place of driving the sporty model, a specialist racer drove the RS e-tron GT for the individuals to demonstrate off its capabilities absolutely on the velocity circuit.

Receiving inside the RS e-tron GT with a helmet and a sensible view, which Audi provided all contributors with to evaluate their heart premiums, the ride was as thrilling as it would have been with a conventional sports activities auto. Audi’s RS cars are significant efficiency versions.

What was really fascinating from the EV was its booming audio result that resembled the growl of a typical athletics motor vehicle engine. The sport sound is an possibility for the e-tron GT, but it arrives as standard for the RS variant.

As an EV sporting activities auto, it only will take 3.3 seconds from standstill to access 100 kilometers per hour in speed. Two potent electric motors can exert up to 598 horsepower and a maximum torque of 84.7 kilogram-meters.

On a single charge of 93.4 kWh battery, RS e-tron GT’s driving selection is 472 kilometers dependent on the WLPT standards.

Despite gentle drizzle, the EV grabbed tightly to the ground to present a incredibly secure trip, even when the auto speedily turned on sharp corners of the circuit. 

Audi RS Q8 (Audi Korea)

The RS Q8 also impressed at the Audi Driving Working experience party. The automobile is a higher-performance SUV based mostly on the best trim variant of Audi’s Q merchandise lineup.

According to the automaker, it is the initial SUV designed in the RS portfolio to “carry the DNA” of a significant-effectiveness sports car. From powering the wheel, the SUV felt rather powerful. It could be a great all-wheel-drive preference for everyday commuting.

The SUV is outfitted with twin-turbocharged 4.-liter V-8 gasoline motor and an eight-speed automated transmission that can exert up to 600 horsepower and a greatest torque of 81.6 kilogram-meters, and an acceleration of to 100 kilometers in 3.8 seconds.

Also geared up with Audi’s Quattro all-wheel-travel method, the vehicle was quite supple.

In the slalom session developed to take a look at the vehicle’s steering, the common SUV was equipped to make a U-convert that Audi’s A5, a sedan, could not control, thanks to the rear wheels’ skill to convert up to five levels, together with the entrance wheels.

The luxury car, which is also not yet released in the Korean current market, appeared to be a competitive auto, but it is not the most fuel-effective motor vehicle, with the mixed gas use recording 6.6 kilometers for every liter.

The selling price of the e-tron 50 quattro starts from 98.5 million won ($87,800). The e-tron GT and RS e-tron GT, and RS Q8 have not but been launched on the industry right here, and the charges have not been launched.

The e-tron GT has been launched at the beginning cost of 99,800 euros ($128,500) and RS e-tron GT at 138,200 euros, in Germany.

By Jo He-rim ([email protected])

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