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Audi Promises World Premiere of New Model for 100th-Anniversary Celebration



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INGOLSTADT, Germany — The highlight of Audi's 100th anniversary celebration on July 16 here will be the world premiere of a new Audi model, the company said in a statement on Thursday.

The automaker was stingy with details on the unveiling and did not respond to an Inside Line query asking for additional information.
Audi Promises World Premiere of New Model

In a statement, Audi AG said that the vehicle will be unveiled "in front of around 2,500 invited guests.

"We are proud of the tradition of the Audi brand and our company's history of success," said Rupert Stadler, chairman of the Audi AG board of management. "You have to be aware of your roots if you want to shape the future with new ideas and innovations."

The anniversary celebration will run for four days and feature an appearance by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the company said. A concert featuring the band Die Fantastischen Vier and a 60-piece symphony orchestra will be part of the festivities. On July 18, Audi Tradition will celebrate the centennial at Ingolstadt's Donau Ring. Audi said "nearly every racecar in the history of the brand will hit the road for demo runs." They include the Audi R15 TDI racing prototype.

Not much of a hint, but looking at the history of the four rings, a trend of innovation (quattro), racing (R10 TDI, quattro) and design (original TT) emerges. It might be speculated then that the debutant will be a very sporty model with high-performance abilities. The two candidates bearing those characteristics that stand out are the RS 5 and the R8 Targa. The former has been spied testing with virtually no disguise lately which means an official reveal is imminent. The R8 Targa is, according to the leaked rollout schedule, also due for launch in the next couple of months.
 

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Hypothetically, what if there i a RS version with 600+ horses?...
then I would have to cancel my V10 order!
 

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Targa...Hmmmmm.The R8 platform can handle anything!!!:D
 

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A TDI version of the R8 Would Be Great, but if it's the R8 Targa, I hope that the designers made some major changes to what we saw in the early Spy Photos.
 
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