• Dec 4, 2007
The Audi Club of North America puts out a publication aptly titled the Quattro Quarterly that gives Audi owners the inside skinny on everything from future products to how to swap bigger brakes into their B5 S4. One of our intrepid readers, Kevin, sent us a few scans of the QQ's latest issue, where it outlines Audi's product plans for the next five years. While some of it has already been confirmed, other interesting factoids, including the future of the R8, RS-TT and the development of an R4, have long been rumored on these very pages. Follow the jump for the full breakdown on what Audi has in store, but be aware that we're handing out grains of salt below the fold.

A1: A volume seller that will simultaneously bring new buyers into the fold and drop the corporate average CO2 numbers. The A1 will be coming in three flavors: three-door hatch (ala A1 Metroproject Quattro concept), convertible and "Clubman"-sized wagon, along with a Bluetec diesel hybrid. The A1 is expected to be built in Brussels as well as China, and coming to market in late 2009.

A3: The cabriolet is already on its way, while a facelifted version is due in the fall of '08. An S3 model may finally make its way Stateside, with the entire range getting upgraded by the end of 2010.

A4: The B8-based Avant will be released at the Geneva Motor Show in March of next year, and Audi plans to bring the 240 hp, 367 lb.-ft. of torque V6 TDI later in 2008. As we've heard before, Audi refuses to stand by and watch BMW get all the benefits of boosting, so a twin-turbo V6 equipped with FSI and Valvelift, producing upwards of 350 hp, is in the works.

A5: The obvious cabrio version is under development and should be coming in the first half of '09, with a sportback version to follow, plus a number of S- and RS-versions due later.

A6: A facelift is coming for the 2009 model year, with the C7 chassis due for an upgrade by 2011. Expect a variety of drivetrains ranging from the miserly (hybrids and diesel) to the mammoth (insane amounts of turbo'd goodness).

A7: The A7 four-door "coupe" will be built atop a new platform that will underpin future A6s. Rampant speculation also includes a four-door convertible version that, if it comes to fruition, would be out two years after the A7's initial launch.

A8: The current D3 chassis will continue through 2011 with some subtle exterior tweaks between now and then.

Q3: A three-door based on the A3's transverse-mounted drivetrain and equipped with a number of small-displacement engines, topping out with the 2.0-liter TFSI.

Q5: Will take cues from the Cross Coupe Quattro concept from Shanghai and is set to do battle with the X3s of the world.

Q7: The hybrid model is a given, as is a Bluetec 3.0-liter TDI version. Expect a facelift in the next few years.

Now, onto the good stuff...

R4: It's all rumor and conjecture, but we've heard it before. This mid-sized, mid-engine masterpiece may be a joint effort between Porsche and Audi, and the platform may underpin the next generation Boxster. Educated guesstimate of arrival: June 2011.

R8: The R8-V10 will be unveiled at the Paris Auto Show in September of 2008, with targa versions of both V8 and V10 models keeping it alive through the end of the decade.

TT: We already know that the TT-S, sporting the S3's 265 hp V6, is coming to Detroit next month, but the RS-TT (or TT-RS?) still remains shrouded in mystery. Quattro Quarterly thinks it will be available in the summer of 2009, sporting what's essentially a Lamborghini V10 cut in half, with a turbo huffing enough air into the remaining inline five to produce over 350 hp. The only rub: it won't make the trek to North America.


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      • 7 Years Ago
      The only rub: it won't make the trek to North America.


      This statement about great cars makes me all stabby
      • 7 Years Ago
      World domination? Good luck, considering that all their cars are ridiculously overpriced compared to its competitors. Sales for their cars dropped in November, so unless a nuclear holocaust wipes out Japan and the Benz/BMW headquarters.. they ain't dominating anything. Not even close.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Please do some research. Audi is dominating the Asian market and nearly every other market its in with the exception of the US. Benz sales have been flat or declining for the last 5-6 years and BMW has been hovering around 2-3% growth. Over the same period of time Audi has been growing at around 6% anually.
        If Audi has any problem now it's vehicle are too good for the market. A BMW 5 series rolling off the lot is appoximately 6,800 euros less to produce than the Audi A6 yet they list for the same price. When I buy a car, I look for quality, not how much of their (BMW's) advertising budget they can pass along to me via the sale.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I've had loads of problems with my '98 A6. It appears that the 2002 A6 has much improved reliability. However, I didn't start having significant problems until the car was 6 years old so it is still too soon to say that the 2002 A6 will be any better.

      At any rate, Audi makes great looking cars and the new A4 looks very attractive with a stretched wheelbase, AWD and wagon trim. Audi's are good cars but I don't think they are quite worth the asking price. I'd buy another Audi but on the CPO or used market.
      • 7 Years Ago
      How about something small, lightweight, open-topped and TDI powered? You know a road-going version of the Le Mans winning R10?

      Too ambitious? OK I'll take a TDI TT Convertible then.

      --chuck
      http://chuck.goolsbee.org

        • 7 Years Ago
        actually, the article does hint at the prospect of dropping in the v12 TDI into the R8. Which only makes perfect sense!
      • 7 Years Ago

      Is that the concept illustration of R4?
      I can't wait to see what it looks like in production version... If it's noticeably cheaper than the Porsche Boxer/Cayman, it'll help Audi make tons of money.
      • 7 Years Ago
      What about the much anticipated and talked about RS3 twin turbo V6 ??

      Its not on the list .. Are they keeping it wraps
      • 7 Years Ago

      They need to work on their reliability. Otherwise they will be dominating the worlds repair shops and tow trucks.
        • 7 Years Ago
        That might have been true years ago but you obviously haven't looked that reliability ratings in the past few years. Audi has really made some great strides in quality in the past 5 years. As a matter of fact the A4 is now a RECOMMENDED model in Consumer Reports.

      • 7 Years Ago
      The s3 has a special version of the 2.0TFSI, not a V6.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I had a 2001 A4, and right at about 90,000 miles and 7 years after buying it the problems started. The timing belt/water pump scheduled replacement, clutch, power door locks, oil pump, and a few other things went out. I junked it and got a honda fit.

      The first 4 years of that car were great though.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I don't know if I'd call those things problems. Sounds like normal wear and tear. About the only thing you mentioned that was out of the ordinary was the door locks. Everything else would wear out on any car, no matter the make.

        90k/7 years without any major repairs is pretty damn good if you ask me.
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