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New Sasol GTC cars set for thrills

The iconic Grand Prix Circuit will present a new challenge to the GTC drivers as they tackle the country’s fastest racetrack on June 16.

Suzuki’s new Swift hatch and sedan in SA

Suzuki kicks off its new model assault with an all new Swift hatchback and standalone sedan called the Dzire.

New Audi: Images, details

2009-07-16 07:44
It’s officially "official" - Audi's A5 Sportback, which is a coupe-cum-sedan-cum-wagon, has been unveiled in all its glory. We have the details.

Joining the Coupe and Cabriolet as the latest member of the A5 range, the Sportback is a five-door "car" that sees Ingolstadt exploring yet another new niche.

The latest car's design is rather pleasing with its low-slung posture, long bonnet, short front and rear overhangs and wide track. Frameless doors and sculpted window lines add a sporty profile.

Although the coupe-like roofline tapers dramatically towards the rear - and is lower than the A4 sedan by 36 mm, Audi still claims passengers at the rear will enjoy decent head and legroom. The luxurious cabin accommodates four occupants.

As for firepower, A5 Sportback uses a range of direct injection motors that are all compliant with Euro5 emissions standards. All engines are also equipped with a regeneration system that recovers energy lost during braking and deceleration that is then stored in the battery.



Engines

In Europe, the Sportback gets three petrol and three TDI engines with three more engines following by the middle of 2010.

For now, a 2.0-litre TFSI producing 132- or 155-kW and a 3.2-litre V6 with 195 kW on tap are the petrol options. All are equipped with Audi's valvelift variable valve control system.

A 125-kW 2.0 TDI along with a 140-kW 2.7-litre TDI and the range topping 176-kW 3.0 TDI comprise the turbodiesel lineup.

All 2.0-litre models come with a stop-start system to further increase efficiency.

Petrol variants and the top turbodiesel model have the use of quattro permanent all-wheel drive while the two front-wheel drive TDIs make do with a retuned ESP system using a new electronic front differential lock.

Six-speed manual or seven-speed S tronic transmissions are offered.

The A5 Sportback arrives in South Africa in the first quarter of 2010.


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