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Watch New Audi A4 3.0 V6 Diesel Go Flat Out On The Autobahn 9
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in audi, Audi A4, Audi Videos, diesel, video on 11 9th, 2017


Despite falling out of favor with many consumers over the emissions scandal, modern diesel engines continue to boast benefits like high levels of torque from low rpms, and very low fuel consumption.

This is exactly why automakers have a hard time letting the oil-burners go for good, but it seems that they will eventually do so, in the coming years, but that’s a completely different story.

Until they do, enthusiasts can still enjoy diesel-powered machines, such as the Audi SQ7, and even the very decent 3.0-liter TDI A4 of the B9 generation. In this case, the latter was taken to the famous Autobahn, for a top speed run, and it didn’t need that much to indicate 253km/h (157mph) on the GPS speedometer.

This version of the car, which cannot be had in the United States, uses a 3-liter V6 engine that’s shared with a multitude of vehicles made by the Volkswagen Group. It puts down 272PS (268hp) and 600Nm (443lb-ft) of torque, and can be had from just over €44,000 ($51,060) in Germany, with FWD, or for approximately €3,000 ($3,480) more, with the Quattro AWD.

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ABT Has Its Way With The Audi A5 And S5 Sportback Models 8
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in ABT, audi, Audi A5, Audi A5 Sportback, Audi S5, tuning on 11 8th, 2017


The new generation Audi A5/S5 Sportback is, by all means, an attractive ride, yet ABT Sportsline believes that it needs some visual work and additional power to reach its full potential.

This is exactly why they took the S5 variant of the car and fitted it with the ABT Engine Control, which, along with other technical upgrades, allows the 3.0-liter V6 engine to feed 425PS (419hp) and 550Nm (406lb-ft) of torque, to the wheels.

If you find the extra 66PS (65hp) and 50Nm (37lb-ft) of torque familiar, you’re right, because the tuner has already applied the same updates to the S5 Coupe and S5 Cabrio as well.

Among the visual work applied by ABT to the Audi S5 Sportback you’ll find the front spoiler with air splitter, distinctive diffuser design, and chrome tailpipes, in addition to a selection of wheels in various patterns and colors, 19- and 20-inch in size.

The same updates have been equipped to the S5 Cabriolet as well, with the only difference being the black-finished tailpipes.

Owners of the regular Audi A5 models haven’t been forgotten by the tuner either, as their engine control unit can also be fitted to the 2.0 TFSI engine, raising its output from 252PS (248hp) to 330PS (325hp), and to the 2.0 TDI where it adds an additional 25PS (25hp) to the stock 190PS (187hp). The two versions of the 3.0-liter TDI diesel now make 250PS (246hp) and 325PS (320hp), from the standard 218PS (215hp) and 272PS (268hp), respectively.

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Audi SQ7 And Panamera 4S D Out To Prove Diesels Are Still Cool 7
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in audi, Audi SQ7, diesel, Drag-Racing, porsche, Porsche Panamera, Top Gear, video on 11 7th, 2017


We’re a little over two years away from the 2020s and the automotive world has already planned its shift to fully-electric vehicles and advanced driver assistance systems.

Fallout from VW’s Dieselgate scandal has effected pretty much all diesel-powered cars in the world as many consumers tend to view these cars a lot differently than before.

Still, from a purely performance related standpoint, you can still have plenty of fun behind the wheel of a diesel, as long as it’s got sufficient power and torque to haul its own mass around with haste.

Starting with the Audi SQ7, it’s powered by a 4.0-liter diesel V8, good for 435 PS and a whooping 900 Nm (663 lb-ft) of torque. In a straight line, it will hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.8 seconds, which is as good as an E92 BMW M3.

As for the Porsche Panamera 4S Diesel, its 4.0-liter V8 churns out a bit less power and torque, at 422 PS and 850 Nm (627 lb-ft), yet since this is a lighter car, it will sprint to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.5 seconds – make that 4.3 seconds if you get the Sport Chrono Pack.

Anyone daring enough to bet on the Audi SUV?

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Luxury Brands Facing Issues As Consumers Ditch Sedans For SUVs In US 4
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in audi, BMW, mercedes, MSD, Reports, used cars on 11 4th, 2017


Luxury automakers such as Mercedes, BMW and Audi are dealing with new issues behind-the-scenes as buyers are rapidly shifting their attention from 4-door sedans to crossovers.

Because the previously mentioned automakers rely more on leasing than most mainstream brands, the significant number of vehicles being returned after their lease expired is will lead to inventory problems.

This could explain why BMW made leasing less attractive in recent months, through a series of measures such as discontinuing their popular Multiple Security Deposit (MSD) program, which allowed consumers to significantly reduce interest rates by essentially lending money to the automaker, and placing more realistic residual values.

On the other hand, Volvo and Jaguar seem to be willing to pick up those sedan consumers looking for lease deals by heavily incentivizing their cars through special discounts and bonuses. The Swedes even rolled out a program that pays off lease payments for up to 6 months and $4,500 if you currently lease any Audi, BMW, Jaguar, Infiniti, Lexus and Mercedes-Benz model when you get a new S90.

“It’s not necessarily the overwhelming amount of vehicles, it’s the mix of those flood of vehicles,” said Scott Keogh, president of Audi of America. “You’re throwing all these cars into the marketplace a couple years after it has evaporated and jumped into SUVs.”

Demand surged last month for models like the Audi Q5, Mercedes GLE and Lexus GX, while going down for sedans like the Mercedes S-Class, Audi A4 and Lexus GS, reports Autonews. Through September of this year, SUVs and crossovers have surged to 56% of luxury sales, compared to just 42% three years ago.

This surplus of luxury coupes, sedans and wagons coming back after their lease has expired means that automakers will struggle to move the cars in the used-car market. So unless demand stabilizes, this unstable supply and demand situation will eventually impact both the pre-owned market as well as the new-car market.

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BMW, Daimler, Ford, And VW Team Up To Launch European Charging Joint Venture 3
Nov
Posted by Michael Gauthier in audi, BMW, Daimler, Electric Vehicles, Ford, mercedes, porsche, VW on 11 3rd, 2017


BMW, Daimler, Ford, and the Volkswagen Group have teamed up to form a new joint venture called IONITY.

Created to develop and implement a high-power charging network across Europe, IONITY aims to make long distance travel in electric vehicles easier and less frustrating. The joint venture will be based in Munich and has plans open approximately 400 charging stations in Europe by 2020.

20 stations are slated to be opened later this year and they will be located on major roads in Austria, Germany, and Norway. The stations will be located 120 km (74 miles) apart from each other and have a capacity of up to 350 kW per charging point.

Each station will use the European Combined Charging System standard and it promises to “significantly reduce charging times compared to existing systems.” The use of the standard will also allow multiple customers, driving different manufacturer cars, to charge their vehicles simultaneously.

The network will expand to more than 100 stations in 2018 and companies all have equal shares in the joint venture. Other automakers have been invited to help expand the network and IONITY’s goal is to help make electric vehicles more appealing to consumers.

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Audi Recalls Nearly 5,000 A8s Fitted With A V8 TDI Due To Increased Emissions 3
Nov
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in audi, Audi A8, diesel, KBA, Recalls on 11 3rd, 2017


The latest episode the Dieselgate saga involves Audi recalling 4,997 A8s in Europe fitted with a V8 TDI engine to update their software after founding out they too emitted too much nitrogen oxide.

The affected models belong to the previous generation A8 and were built between September 2013 and August 2017, with 3,660 of them located in Germany.

Following an extensive internal technical investigation, Audi reported its findings directly to Germany’s Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) which then authorized the recall.

Audi will have the software ready for install in the first quarter of 2018, following comprehensive winter testing to make sure that the update will have no negative effects on fuel consumption or performance.

“Among other things, the update should ensure that after cold starts, the engine more quickly reaches optimal operating conditions for the exhaust-gas treatment system so that its emissions are improved in real driving conditions,” the company said in a press release.

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Watch A Tuned Audi 80 Hit 290Km/h In Half-Mile Run 3
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in audi, Audi Videos, Classics, Drag-Racing, tuning, video on 11 3rd, 2017


There was a time when Audi’s lineup was very limited, and it included, among others, the 80, which is the A4’s direct predecessor.

Produced from 1966 to 1996, over four generations, the premium compact car printed money for the Ingolstadt-based carmaker, and millions of examples eventually rolled off the assembly lines.

Getting your own example means paying from a couple hundred dollars, to over $45,000, for the Quattro version, in pristine condition, which has its roots deeply buried in motorsport.

However, you most likely won’t be able to purchase one with more power than most modern supercars, including the McLaren 720S. If the limited details that accompany the clip posted below are correct, then this Audi 80 churns out a staggering 930hp, from a highly modified VR6 turbo engine.

What makes it even more impressive is that besides the large intercooler visible from beneath the grille and front bumper, double exhaust pipes at the rear, and multi-spoke OZ alloys, there’s nothing else to give it away.

Filmed during the Race 1000 event in Germany, the car managed to run the half-mile in just a little over 17 seconds, reaching a top speed in excess of 290km/h (180mph).

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Next Audi RS7 Sportback Will Probably Look Like This 3
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in audi, Audi RS7, Renderings on 11 3rd, 2017


Hot on the heels of the latest-generation Audi A7 premiering, Tobias Buttner has rendered how the new RS7 may look.

As recent spy shots of the performance-oriented car have revealed, the new RS7 will follow the same general formula as the current car. Consequently, it will expand upon the design of the regular A7 with new front and rear bumpers, oval-shaped tailpipes, a small bootlid lip spoiler and a range of blacked-out components.

Even more interesting than the vehicle’s design will be its powertrain, however.

Sitting at the heart of the car will be a development of the brand’s 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8. Currently, this engine produces 560 hp but to compete with the E63 S, Audi will most likely increase power to over 600 hp. It is even possible that a hybrid version utilizing the same powertrain as the Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid could see the light of day.

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New Audi Q8 Sounds Awfully Quiet On The Nurburgring 3
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in audi, Audi Q8, Audi Scoops, Audi Videos, PHEV, Scoops, video on 11 3rd, 2017


Audi is getting ready to put an end to the BMW X6 and Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe segment domination by working on their very own “SAV” or coupe crossover, dubbed the Q8.

Caught on the Nurburgring, this prototype continues to keep its camo vinyl wraps on almost its entire body, unlike the one scooped last month that was more eager to reveal some of its lines, most of which come from the Q8 Concept shown in Detroit earlier this year.

But while its exterior is inspired by the show car, inside, the new Audi Q8 resembles to the latest A8 flagship saloon, as it benefits from the same pair of touchscreen displays. The rest of the cabin is adorned with aluminum glossy black trims, and we also expect plenty of soft touch materials, meant to elevate its premium stance.

Audi’s MLB platform is the foundation stone for the new sports crossover, which uses aluminum and carbon fiber, and allows it to get a variety of powertrains. The rumor-mill has it adopting the tri-turbo 4.0-liter V8 diesel engine from the SQ7, a 48-volt PHEV making almost 470hp in the SQ8, and a twin-turbo V8 gasoline-powered unit that’s expected to be used in the RS version.

The automaker continues to keep the official reveal date close to its chest, but it’s expected to come out sometime next year, as a 2019MY.

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Road & Track Names The McLaren 720S The 2018 Performance Car of The Year 2
Nov
Posted by Michael Gauthier in alfa-romeo, audi, Bentley, Bentley Continental, Chevrolet, Chevrolet Camaro, honda, Lamborghini, Lamborghini Huracan, LEXUS, Lexus LC, mclaren, McLaren 720S, mercedes, Mercedes AMG GT, porsche, Porsche-911 on 11 2nd, 2017


Road & Track has named the McLaren 720S the 2018 Performance Car of The Year.

Designed to recognize cars that push the “limits of performance and pleasure,” the award was given to the McLaren which beat out nine other contenders in this year’s test which took place over the course of four days.

The ten contenders for the fifth-annual Performance Car of the Year award were broken into four categories and the McLaren 720S was pitted against the Lamborghini Huracán Performante in the prestigious supercar group. Despite calling the Huracán Performante the “unchallenged star of the show,” R&T’s editors gave the award to the 720S as “nothing short of a Kawasaki ZX-10RR has a prayer of keeping up with the McLaren.” They also praised the car’s natural feel and unintimidating driving experience.

The Grand Tourers category saw the Bentley Continental Supersports and Lexus LC 500 face off for top honors. The editors noted this was a difficult choice but decided the Lexus was the winner as it is a “stylish cruiser that can still clip an apex and be steered with the throttle.”

The Track Stars category is particularly interesting as it saw the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE compete with higher-end vehicles such as the Mercedes-AMG GT R and Porsche 911 GT3. The prestige of the latter two models wasn’t enough to overcome the Camaro’s impressive performance and modest price tag.

Lastly, there are the Wild Cards which include the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio, Audi TT RS, and Honda Civic Type R. The first two vehicles have a serious horsepower advantage but the editors were impressed by the Civic’s ability to be “calm and comfortable when you’re cruising” and a “firecracker when you lean into it.”

You can read more about the cars and the results over at Road & Track.

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New Audi RS4 Avant Goes On Sale In Germany, Pricing Starts At €79,800 2
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in audi, Audi RS4, Galleries, new cars, prices on 11 2nd, 2017


Audi has opened the order books for the new generation RS4 Avant in Germany, with more markets to follow soon.
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RS 500 Is Manharts’ Take On The New Audi RS5 Coupe 2
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in audi, Audi RS5, Manhart, tuning on 11 2nd, 2017


Manhart has given the latest Audi RS5 Coupe a new name, the RS 500, and a small power boost applied to the 2.9-liter bi-turbo V6 gasoline burner.
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Thieves Steal 12 Vehicles Worth $400K From Audi Dealer In Georgia 1
Nov
Posted by Michael Gauthier in audi, Offbeat News, Police on 11 1st, 2017


Taking your vehicle to the dealership is rarely a pleasant experience and it becomes decidedly worse when the dealership calls to inform you that your car was stolen.
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New Audi A7 Heading To Detroit Show For Its World Premiere 1
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in audi, Audi A7, Audi RS7, Audi S7, Detroit-Auto-Show, new cars, Reports on 11 1st, 2017


After it was officially presented online last month, the second-generation Audi A7 Sportback has been granted a US visa, and it will arrive at the 2018 Detroit Motor Show, in January.
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ABT Audi Q7 Limited Edition With Vossen Wheels Comes In Just 10 Units 1
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in ABT, audi, Audi Q7, tuning, Vossen, Wheels on 11 1st, 2017


Renowned Volkswagen Group tuning specialist ABT Sportsline has dropped the cover off yet another Audi Q7.
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