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Is Audi Killing Off The R8 In 2020? 22
Dec
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in audi, Audi R8, Audi RS4, Audi RS5, Audi RS6, Audi RS7, Audi S6, Audi S7, Audi S8, Electric Vehicles, Hybrids, PHEV, Reports on 12 22nd, 2017


After giving it a deep thought financially, Audi reportedly have concluded that pulling the plug on the R8 is the best thing to do.

The news comes from Automobile magazine which says that the Germans will axe the R8 in 2020, when the successor of the current Lamborghini Huracan, which also shares its platform and engine with the R8, will come into the picture.We’ve reached out to Audi for a comment and will update this story when we hear back from them.

More worryingly, according to the same story, Audi have allegedly decided that the replacement of the R8 E-Tron is a no-go either. That’s not all, because plans for what should have become the brand’s hypercar, supposedly powered by four 1.2-liter Ducati bike engines, delivering 1000hp, and known internally as the Scorpion, have been shelved as well.

The new 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 engine that powers the RS4 and RS5 is almost at its full potential too, which is apparently the 470PS (463hp) mark, or 20PS (20hp) more than the performance models mentioned above. However, it’s believed that a plug-in hybrid version will throw in an 116PS (114hp) electric motor, although it’s unclear yet which cars will adopt it.

Performance versions of the A6, A7, and A8 are just around the corner, and the RS6 and RS7 are expected to use the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine that powers the Porsche Panamera Turbo and Bentley Continental GT, without any electrification. However, this report contradicts a previous one that gave insight into a more extreme version of the RS7, which should come with a PHEV powertrain, combining the aforementioned internal combustion unit with an electric motor and a lithium-ion battery pack.

It’s not clear what will power the S6 and S7 versions, but we’re likely looking at a twin-turbo V6 petrol engine that should at least match the current models’ output of 450hp, whereas the new S8 might arrive with a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 lump.

An RS version of the upcoming Q8 is also expected at the turn of the decade, possibly powered by the same 650PS (641hp) 4.0-liter twin-turbo found in the Lamborghini Urus.

The cherry on top of the cake is reportedly Audi’s own version of the Porsche Mission E, which is due in 2019, as a modern interpretation of the Audi Quattro with seating for five.

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Is Audi Killing Off The R8 In 2020? 22
Dec
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in audi, Audi R8, Audi RS4, Audi RS5, Audi RS6, Audi RS7, Audi S6, Audi S7, Audi S8, Electric Vehicles, Hybrids, PHEV, Reports on 12 22nd, 2017


After giving it a deep thought financially, Audi reportedly have concluded that pulling the plug on the R8 is the best thing to do.

The news comes from Automobile magazine which says that the Germans will axe the R8 in 2020, when the successor of the current Lamborghini Huracan, which also shares its platform and engine with the R8, will come into the picture.We’ve reached out to Audi for a comment and will update this story when we hear back from them.

More worryingly, according to the same story, Audi have allegedly decided that the replacement of the R8 E-Tron is a no-go either. That’s not all, because plans for what should have become the brand’s hypercar, supposedly powered by four 1.2-liter Ducati bike engines, delivering 1000hp, and known internally as the Scorpion, have been shelved as well.

The new 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 engine that powers the RS4 and RS5 is almost at its full potential too, which is apparently the 470PS (463hp) mark, or 20PS (20hp) more than the performance models mentioned above. However, it’s believed that a plug-in hybrid version will throw in an 116PS (114hp) electric motor, although it’s unclear yet which cars will adopt it.

Performance versions of the A6, A7, and A8 are just around the corner, and the RS6 and RS7 are expected to use the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine that powers the Porsche Panamera Turbo and Bentley Continental GT, without any electrification. However, this report contradicts a previous one that gave insight into a more extreme version of the RS7, which should come with a PHEV powertrain, combining the aforementioned internal combustion unit with an electric motor and a lithium-ion battery pack.

It’s not clear what will power the S6 and S7 versions, but we’re likely looking at a twin-turbo V6 petrol engine that should at least match the current models’ output of 450hp, whereas the new S8 might arrive with a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 lump.

An RS version of the upcoming Q8 is also expected at the turn of the decade, possibly powered by the same 650PS (641hp) 4.0-liter twin-turbo found in the Lamborghini Urus.

The cherry on top of the cake is reportedly Audi’s own version of the Porsche Mission E, which is due in 2019, as a modern interpretation of the Audi Quattro with seating for five.

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All-New Audi RS7 Sportback Test Mule Can’t Escape The Camera Lens 15
Dec
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in audi, Audi RS7, Audi Scoops, Hybrids, Scoops on 12 15th, 2017


With Audi’s new-generation A7 Sportback already unveiled, the next logical step for Ingolstadt is to roll out the range-topping RS7.

The new RS7 is tipped to hit Audi’s showroom doors sometime in late 2018 and will most likely powered by a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 with over 600 HP.

Rumor has it that a hybrid version using a similar drivetrain as the Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid sporting as much as 700 HP could also join the range, but that remains to be seen.

Visually, this mule is a dead giveaway for the RS7 Sportback. Despite it saying ‘A7’ and ‘TFSI quattro’ on the hatch, you can see the wheel arch extensions as well as the large oval exhaust tips that show this is no ordinary A7.

Since this is a test mule and not a true prototype that’s hiding its styling under heavy camo, we can expect to see more styling changes to the production car, such as a sportier rear diffuser and chunkier front bumper, for example.

With Mercedes dropping the CLS 63 nameplate on their latest generation car, the all-new RS7 will find itself in a fight against the Mercedes-AMG GT 4 come 2019.

Photo Credits: CarPix for CarScoops

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Audi Delivers A Selection Of Vehicles To Real Madrid Players 24
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in audi, Audi Q7, Audi R8, Audi RS6, Audi RS7, Audi SQ7, Audi Videos, celebrities, video on 11 24th, 2017


In what has become a yearly tradition for Real Madrid players, these extremely talented footballers have just taken delivery of a host of new vehicles from team sponsor Audi.

Given free rein to choose from Audi’s fleet, no less than 14 players opted for the ever-popular Q7, three of which selected the Q7 e-tron quattro variant while one player, Kiko Casilla, picked up the keys to an SQ7 TDI.

Beyond the rather mundane Q7, some players did opt for Audi Sport models, four of which set to drive RS6 Avant Performance models for the next 12 months. A further two players, including Cristiano Ronaldo, will be rocking up to practice in their RS7 Sportbacks.

Other RS models picked by certain Real Madrid players include an R8 Spyder V10 and two RS5 Coupes, like the red one pictured here, chosen by winger Lucas Vazquez.

While attending the delivery event, a handful of players also had the chance to take a virtual test drive in the Audi e-tron FE04, the German manufacturer’s Formula E racer set to make its debut at the season opener in Hong Kong on December 2-3.

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Audi’s Holiday Parking Lot Ad Takes Subtle Swipe At Mercedes 17
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in audi, audi rs3, Audi RS7, Audi Videos, commercials, Funny, mercedes, video on 11 17th, 2017


It looks like Audi just couldn’t help themselves from taking another shot at Mercedes-Benz owners in their latest ad for the holidays, titled “Parking Lot.”

The ad itself is pretty fun, fast-paced and realistic, in the sense that trying to find a spot at a shopping mall during holiday season can be an even bigger nightmare than what’s being portrayed here.

Starring in the commercial are two RS-powered Audis, specifically an RS3 sedan and an RS7. Safe to say, there’s not a lot of room to put any significant power down inside a parking garage.

Yet, that’s exactly what the guys behind the wheel did, while trying to find a spot and get their shopping on. Eventually, their mood goes from calm, to stressed out, and in the end, quite desperate.

As for what Audi thinks of Mercedes-Benz owners, midway through the commercial you can see a confused elderly man trying to find his car by pressing the buttons on his key. Then, behind him, you’ll see the trunk open on a Mercedes-Benz saloon, a bit out of focus.

The look of astonishment on the Audi driver’s face is pretty priceless though.

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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 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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2019 Audi RS7 Sportback Render Is A Sign Of Things To Come 27
Oct
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in audi, Audi RS7, Renderings on 10 27th, 2017


The next logical step for Audi, after presenting the new A7 Sportback, is the development of its high-performance version, the RS7.
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2018 Audi A7 Sportback Teased, Debuts On October 19 16
Oct
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in audi, Audi A7, Audi RS7, LA Auto Show, new cars, Reports on 10 16th, 2017


Audi has started the teasing game for the new generation A7 Sportback, which will celebrate its premiere this Thursday.
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Super Saloons Take On Nissan GT-R In 1/4 Mile Race 28
Sep
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in audi, Audi RS7, Drag-Racing, mercedes, Mercedes AMG, Mercedes E63 AMG, nissan, nissan gt-r, Top Gear, video on 09 28th, 2017


For something that has four doors, enough room in the back for two or three adults plus a spacious boot, keeping up with a Nissan GT-R, let alone beating it over a 1/4 mile, can be considered a solid achievement.
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Audi RS7 Plug-In Hybrid Reportedly Coming With 700 HP 25
Sep
Posted by Michael Gauthier in audi, Audi RS7, PHEV, Reports on 09 25th, 2017


Audi's head of design, Marc Lichte, has reportedly confirmed the next-generation RS7 Sportback will be offered in two different "states of tune."
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Audi RS7 Plug-In Hybrid Reportedly Coming With 700 HP 25
Sep
Posted by Michael Gauthier in audi, Audi RS7, PHEV, Reports on 09 25th, 2017


Audi's head of design, Marc Lichte, has reportedly confirmed the next-generation RS7 Sportback will be offered in two different "states of tune."
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U Spy The Next-Generation Audi RS7 In California 16
Sep
Posted by Brad Anderson in audi, Audi A7, Audi RS7, Audi Scoops, Scoops, U Spy on 09 16th, 2017


The next-generation Audi RS7 has been spied testing in Marin County, California by Carscoops reader Robert van Gool.
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Mercedes-AMG E63 S, BMW M5 And Audi RS7 In Battle Of The Hyper Saloons 1
Aug
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in AMG, audi, Audi RS7, Audi Videos, BMW, BMW M5, BMW Videos, mercedes, Mercedes AMG, Mercedes E63 AMG, Mercedes Videos, video on 08 1st, 2017


Spending $100,000+ on an executive super saloon means checking out what Mercedes, BMW, and Audi have in store, but which of the three is the best?
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Mercedes E63 S Not Afraid To Take On 750 PS Audi RS7 And BMW M6 6
Jul
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Audi RS7, BMW M6, Drag-Racing, mercedes, Mercedes AMG, Mercedes E63 AMG, tuning, Unlimited 500, video on 07 6th, 2017


With 612 horses and a whooping 850 Nm of torque driving all four of its wheels, the Mercedes-AMG E63 S is, on paper, quicker than both the Audi RS7 and the BMW M6.
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