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FC Barcelona Players Awarded A Fleet Of Audis 1
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in audi, Audi Q7, Audi R8, audi rs3, Audi RS6, Audi SQ7, celebrities on 12 1st, 2017


Real Madrid players won’t be the only footballers cruising around in new Audis for the next 12 months, as rivals FC Barcelona have received exactly the same perk thanks to the German automaker’s sponsorship deal with the team.

Just like the stars of Real Madrid, those from FC Barcelona were allowed to choose a car from Audi’s expansive fleet of vehicles. Unsurprisingly, no less than 11 of the 25 players have opted for the Audi Q7, a couple of which selected the Q7 e-Tron Quattro while Andres Iniesta went for the SQ7 TDI.

Three of the squad’s stars, Gerard Pique, Luis Suarez, and Lionel Messi will be driving around in Audi RS6 Avant Performance models throughout 2018. Joining the Audi Sport family at FC Barcelona are five RS3 Sportbacks, a R8 V10 Plus Coupe, and a R8 V10 Spyder.

In a scene strikingly similar to the handover event for Real Madrid, FC Barcelona players were also exposed to the carmaker’s motorsport prowess. While those from Real Madrid jumped into a Formula E simulator, their cross-country rivals went for passenger laps in the Audi R8 LMS and Audi RS3 LMS.

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ABT Announces World Premiers For 2017 Essen Motor Show 30
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in ABT, audi, audi rs3, Audi SQ7, ESSEN Show, Galleries, tuning, VW, VW Golf R on 11 30th, 2017


With this year’s Essen Motor Show about to have its preview day on Friday, December 1st, ABT Sportsline has prepared a few treats for all car enthusiasts to enjoy.

Not only will they be presenting a 500 PS RS3, but a ‘1 of 10’ SQ7 SUV will also be on deck, as will the tuner’s Golf VII R, boasting 400 PS of its own.

Furthermore, the ABT Power Monitor, which provides a live overview of the power boost, among many other features, is also making its world premiere at Germany’s largest annual vehicle exhibition, now having its 50th anniversary.

Now let’s talking about the cars. With the RS3, the tuning package costs €16,900 ($20k), and the price for the complete vehicle is €74,390 ($88,500). All that money gets you a 500 PS (493 HP) engine, custom springs, anti-roll bars, brake upgrade kit and a special damper setup.

Not only does ABT’s RS3 supposedly ride and handle great, it also sounds more aggressive thanks to the tuner’s exhaust system, featuring two 102 mm (4 in) double pipes painted matte black. As for its aesthetics, ABT added a front skirt add-on, a grille add-on, a rear skirt set and quite a few touches to the interior as well.

Moving on to the ABT Vossen SQ7 ‘1 of 10’, this project came to life when the two aftermarket companies joined forces to create a very limited edition Audi SUV. It comes with 520 PS (512 HP) and 970 Nm (715 lb-ft) of torque, and can also sprint to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 4.6 seconds.

When it’s not busy doing things in a straight line, the ABT Vossen SQ7 will gladly show off its wide body package consisting of a front skirt, fender extensions, door strip attachments and a rear skirt add-on with carbon pipes. Also available are the rear wing and fender inserts, while additional carbon fiber bits can be found on the grille, front lip and even on the doors. Inside, there’s plenty of carbon fiber, a “1/10” badge on the dashboard and door sills, and seats that have been bolstered by Alcantara inlays and ABT logos.

Now, what Vossen did to the SQ7 was to add split five-spoke 10×22″ wheels, polished with a brushed face in ‘Stealth Grey’. As for the price, the package costs €54,900 ($65,300), and the complete vehicle is €147,790 ($175,858). Oh and the Night Blue matte metallic wrap is another €4,690 ($5,580) on top of everything else.

Finally, we have the least powerful car here, which is the 400 PS (394 HP) ABT Golf VII R, also putting down a hefty 500 Nm (368 lb-ft) of torque. Thanks to ABT’s optional sprints, the car has been lowered by 20 mm (0.7 in) at the front and 25 mm (0.9 in) at the rear, although if you get the tuner’s height-adjustable suspension kit, you can lower the front axle by as much as 40 mm (1.57 in), and the rear by 45 mm (1.77 in).

Other mods include a custom rear muffler with 102 mm (4 in) outlets, custom alloys, side skirts and a tailgate add-on.

ABT RS3

ABT Vossen SQ7 ‘1 of 10’

ABT Golf VII R



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 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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Audi SQ7 v Old Jeep Grand Cherokee: Who Wins Tug Of War? 16
Oct
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in audi, Audi SQ7, Audi Videos, Jeep, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Jeep Videos, Offbeat News, video on 10 16th, 2017


When it comes to towing another vehicle who's actually resisting the pull, there are several factors to consider.
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Soccer Star Wayne Rooney Hit With Two-Year Driving Ban 18
Sep
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in ABT, Audi SQ7, BMW i8, celebrities, Overfinch, Range Rover, Reports on 09 18th, 2017


After pleading guilty recently to charges of drinking and driving, Everton striker Wayne Rooney has been banned from driving on public roads for two years.
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Soccer Star Wayne Rooney Hit With Two-Year Driving Ban 18
Sep
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in ABT, Audi SQ7, BMW i8, celebrities, Overfinch, Range Rover, Reports on 09 18th, 2017


After pleading guilty recently to charges of drinking and driving, Everton striker Wayne Rooney has been banned from driving on public roads for two years.
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Soccer Star Wayne Rooney Hit With Two-Year Driving Ban 18
Sep
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in ABT, Audi SQ7, BMW i8, celebrities, Overfinch, Range Rover, Reports on 09 18th, 2017


After pleading guilty recently to charges of drinking and driving, Everton striker Wayne Rooney has been banned from driving on public roads for two years.
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Is The Diesel-Powered Audi SQ7 A Match For The Tesla Model X 100D? 3
Jul
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Audi SQ7, Audi Videos, diesel, Drag-Racing, Electric Vehicles, Tesla, Tesla Model X, Tesla Videos, video on 07 3rd, 2017


While these two crossovers couldn't be more different in terms of powertrains, their specs are actually quite comparable, which makes this a very interesting test.
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Audi Sport Says Diesels Aren’t Its Priority 2
Apr
Posted by Brad Anderson in audi, Audi SQ5, Audi SQ7, diesel, Reports on 04 2nd, 2017


Audi Sport appears to be distancing itself from diesel-powered cars, confirming in a recent interview that despite the success it has had with such models, they are no longer a priority.
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Neidfaktor Turns Ordinary Audi SQ7 Into Bespoke “White Pearl Project” 18
Mar
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in audi, Audi SQ7, Galleries, tuning on 03 18th, 2017


With luxury SUVs such as the Audi SQ7 being about more than just raw performance, seeing this heavily customized version courtesy of tuner Neidfaktor doesn't come as a surprise.
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Experience The Audi SQ7’s V8 Diesel On A Twisty Road 16
Mar
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in audi, Audi SQ7, Audi Videos, video on 03 16th, 2017


If you thought that driving a diesel SUV on twisty roads couldn’t possibly be any fun at all, then you haven’t heard about the Audi SQ7.
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New Audi SQ7 Gets The Works From ABT With 520 Horses 3
Mar
Posted by John Halas in ABT, audi, Audi Q7, Audi SQ7, diesel, Geneva Motor Show, tuning on 03 3rd, 2017


After announcing a new power upgrade for the latest Audi SQ7 in December last year, VW Group tuning specialist ABT has released a matching wide-body and interior styling kit for the diesel-powered SUV. The full package will be introduced at the Geneva Motor Show on March 7.
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ABT Injects Audi SQ7 With 520hp And 715lb-ft Of Torque 16
Dec
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in ABT, audi, Audi Q7, Audi SQ7, diesel, SUV, tuning on 12 16th, 2016


ABT revealed their latest upgrade package for Audi’s already impressive SQ7, taking this super-diesel SUV into a whole new performance level.
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Say What You Will About VW Diesels, Nobody Makes ‘Em Torquier 15
Aug
Posted by Carscoops Staff in audi, Audi Q7, Audi R8, Audi SQ7, diesel, porsche, Porsche Cayenne, Spotlight, TDI, VW, VW Touareg on 08 15th, 2016


Volkswagen has been getting a bad rap lately due to its diesel engines. Well deserved, too, because it lied to the authorities and its customers about how much smog certain engines produce.
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