December 21st is the shortest day of the year. With just under eight hours of daylight expected, many of us are facing a day of total darkness. Luckily, Audi are here to brighten the sky with a very special light show.
They've been dabbling in a photographic technique known as “light painting”, which involves making exposures by moving a hand-held light source or camera to selectively illuminate parts of the subject, or to create spectral light trails around it.
Four models from the 49-strong Audi range have been subjected to the lighting technique, the RS5 Cabriolet, the S5, the S6 and the A3. The results, as I'm sure you'll agree, are dazzling.Audi & The Heart of Darkness
The very reason many cultures in the world celebrates a festival of light and warmth at about this time of year is because we as a species need a means of coping with the darkness.
Audi believe that their cars are particularly well-equipped for these dark weeks, as they are generally fitted with high intensity gas discharge headlamps or LED headlights, either as standard or as an optional extra.
To further enhance safety, both light types are also flanked by the signature Audi LED daytime running lights. Over 140 Audi models can also be equipped with quattro all-wheel-drive technology for added protection on those hazardous road conditions which frequently accompany shorter days.
This high-performance wonder is fitted with a formidable 4.2 litre 450PS V8 and quattro all-wheel-drive for a smooth, powerful yet controlled driving experience. It has an electronically limited top speed of 155mph and can achieve 0-62mph in just 4.9 seconds.
This Audi S5 Coupe is fitted with a supercharged 3.0 litre 333PS V6 engine and the advanced crown gear differential-based quattro all-wheel-drive system, resulting in a fantastic combination of superb performance and the sort of precision handling you need in the winter months.
The Audi S6 Saloon shown here is fitted with the optional all-LED light set-up. These advanced light units incorporate high-beam assist, which dips the beams automatically when another vehicle approaches, or when ambient lighting is detected by the on-board engine. Underneath the bonnet is a twin-turbo-charged 420PS V8 that generates 550Nm torque, making it capable of achieving 0-62mph in as little as 4.6 seconds.
This is the three-door Audi A3, but five-door Sportback and four-door Saloon models are also available. In 2014 we can expect a stylish new Cabriolet option to join the line-up. The A3 range is defined by its impressive choice of powerful yet efficient engines. Highlights include the new 184PS 2.0 litre TDI and the supremely frugal 1.4 litre TFSI Cylinder-on-Demand, capable of 60.1 mpg with CO2 emissions as low as 109g/km.