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      08-30-2006, 08:17 AM   #3

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AUDI's Future Models
AutoWeek | Published 08/29/06, 5:14 pm et

A3: A convertible is expected in 2008. The A3 line is scheduled to be freshened in about three years.

A4: The redesigned convertible bows in September. The A4 line is scheduled to be redesigned in 2008 but won't arrive in North America until 2009.

R S4: The high-performance model, based on the A4, went on sale in mid-May. It was given its own badge because of extensive changes engineered by Audi's quattro GmbH division. Under the hood is a 420-hp, 4.2-liter V-8. The only pieces of sheet metal shared with the A4 are the door and roof panels.

A5: The sporty four-passenger coupe, developed on the A4 platform, is expected to go on sale in Germany in 2007; U.S. sales are likely a year later. A convertible version is expected in 2008.

A6: A freshening is likely in 2008; a redesign is possible in 2009 or 2010.

A7: Audi is considering a large coupe that could debut in 2008 to compete with the BMW 6 series. A concept may appear at the Los Angeles auto show in December.

R S6: The high-performance sedan is scheduled to be redesigned in 2009 or 2010.

A8: Audi's flagship sedan is scheduled to be redesigned in 2009. The car is expected to grow in size and power - V-12 diesel and V-10 gasoline engines will debut.

TT: The redesigned TT coupe arrives in the United States in April or May; the roadster is due about six months later. The TT will be bigger, wider and pack a new 2.0-liter, direct-injection, four-cylinder turbocharged engine. A 3.2-liter V-6 will be available with Audi's quattro all-wheel drive. The TT will use a higher degree of aluminum to reduce weight.

R8: The mid-engine, two-passenger, awd sports car goes on sale in the United States late next summer. The car is based on the Audi Le Mans concept; it shares the aluminum spaceframe and much of the underpinnings with the Lamborghini Gallardo. Two engines are expected to be offered: a 420-hp, 4.2-liter V-8 and a 480-hp, 5.2-liter V-10. The R8's price will exceed $100,000.

Q5: The small BMW X3-sized crossover is expected in 2009.

Q7: Audi's big crossover, the seven-seat Q7, went on sale in June. It was designed primarily for the United States.

The range-topper, with a base sticker price of $50,620 including shipping, is equipped with awd; a 350-hp, 4.2-liter, direct-injection V-8 engine; and a six-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission. The entry model has a VW-designed 3.6-liter V-6.

Audi also is considering a 3.0-liter diesel model but has the same problem faced by most manufacturers: The diesel would not pass emissions standards in all 50 states. Audi plans to offer a diesel-powered hybrid in 2008.