- The Beetle and bands rock on the Baltic Sea shores
- Bosch fits top technology on new Audi A7
- VW Beetle R coming with 270 HP
Posted: 14 Jul 2011 08:18 AM PDT
The completely newly developed Beetle from Volkswagen is the star of the Beetle Sunshine Tour, for which thousands of visitors are expected to come to the Baltic Sea shores at Travemunde on 13 August. On the show stages along the boardwalk, the 200 PS powerful Beetle of the 21st century is to be seen ten weeks before its market launch in October. It will be supported by live music by the Volkswagen Sound Foundation: Jenix, Feinkost and Wilhelm Tell Me will be playing in the Brugmanngarten.
Ten weeks before the market launch: Presentation of the new generation at the biggest Beetle get-together in the world in Travemunde
The automotive reunion of Volkswagen fans on the Baltic Sea has been taking place once a year since 2004. Many hundreds of Bug and Beetle drivers from all over Europe will get together there just to swap ideas about the “round Volkswagen,” as organizer Gaby Kraft points out. She refers to all models from the Beetle era and the era of the New Beetle and, for the first time this year, the new edition of the brand icon, the Beetle of the 21st century. Before the get-together takes place, the fan community will gather at the Volkswagen Center in Lubeck (Berliner Strasse) for a joint drive through the Hanseatic city at 1:00 p.m.
At the destination in Travemunde, there will be a feast for the ears starting at 4:00 p.m.: The Volkswagen Sound Foundation is bringing Jenix (pop), Feinkost (rock and club music) as well as Wilhelm Tell Me (electro pop) to the beaches of the Baltic Sea. More than 240 Beetles and New Beetles have registered for the Sunshine Tour so far; more drivers who are interested may register on the Internet at: www.beetle-sunshinetour.de.
Posted: 14 Jul 2011 07:08 AM PDT
Robert Bosch GmbH prevents rear-end collisions in the Audi A7 with its automatic emergency braking system that debuted on the A8, the German automaker’s flagship sedan. The system detects objects ahead by using radar and a video camera. Analysis of the Bosch system’s sensor data determines whether braking should be applied and, if so, how much. Should a collision be predicted, the brakes are readied for use and an alarm sounds. If the driver does not heed that warning, maximum braking occurs about half a second before the expected impact. Bosch’s electronic stability control then helps bring the automobile to an orderly stop.
The A7 is the second liftback model from Audi. The car, which competes against the Mercedes-Benz CLS and Jaguar XF, comes with a choice of four V-6 engines — two gasoline and two diesel — all of which possess stop-start and brake regeneration systems. Customers may choose, depending on the engine, between two transmissions: a multitronic front-wheel drive or a sporty seven-speed all-wheel drive. The A7 shares much of its high-end technology with the A8.
Audi assembles the A7 at its plant in Neckarsulm, Germany. Prices start at 48,900 euros in the German brand’s home market.
Posted: 14 Jul 2011 06:07 AM PDT
Here we go… Again a lot to late. Rumor has it that the VW Beetle R will pump out 270hp from the same TFSI engine that will go in to the Golf R.
The Beetle R version has been mentioned from the debut but a price point of roughly $27,100 Euro for the 200hp TFSI model where will the R fit in?
The Beetle R’s output of 270hp/258tq vs the Beetle Turbo’s 200hp gets you a bit more but lets (theoretically) upload APR’s software in and you’ll hit 254hp/303tq (2.0 TSI).
The price point will make it or break it. Will it be a limited production? We have yet to see the Golf R on U.S shores, so how long will it take to get here?
Special thanks to Luis Baston of Kane Design for the renderings.
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