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Six new Audi RS models are on the way

Audi refreshes its portfolio as its go-faster division officially announces the release of six new RS models by the end of 2018. That’s quite a huge number of cars to develop simultaneously. Now, should main competitors BMW and Mercedes-Benz be wary of Audi’s upcoming projects?

Ex-Lamborghini boss, and now Audi Sport’s CEO, Stephan Winkelmann confirms this news in an interview with Car & Driver, just after saying that he was not interested in developing the Sports Quattro and had other things to focus on. He continues by saying that they are working on a crossover that is due in no time. Here, he refers to the upcoming Q-badged models that will top the current RS models.

So let us discuss these models one by one. Although Winkelmann did not specify which SUVs, it’s not that hard to guess. In fact, the company did mention in 2015 that an RS Q5 and Q7 would be a good idea. Other than that, they did release a concept earlier this month at the Geneva Motor Show, which they called the Q8 Sport Concept. Therefore, this may already be hinting at a possible RS version of the unreleased SUV.

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Audi CEO confirms there won't be a Sport Quattro Concept production version

Sorry to say this to the Sport Quattro Concept fanatics. If you guys have been hoping for the production of this iconic concept to begin, prepare for your dreams to be quashed. Stephan Winkelmann, CEO of Audi Sport, has no interest in producing the said model. Although Winkelmann referred to it as a “nice dream,” he feels like there is so much more to take care of in the company, and that as of now, it is not his top priority. Instead, the Audi CEO is currently focusing on the company’s lineup.

In 2010, Audi initially launched the RS5 concept to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Quattro, as a contemporary version of the original Quattro sports coupe (first launched in 1980 at the Geneva Motor Show). This was followed by an update in 2013 when they presented the Sport Quattro with a hybrid 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 TFSI engine, boasting an output of 690 horsepower (515 kilowatts) and 590 pound-feet (800 NM) of torque, wearing a stunning yellow paint.

And just a year later at the 2014 Consumer Electronics show, the red Sport Quattro Laserlight concept made its debut, again with added features such as the laser-assisted matrix LED headlights. Unconfirmed reports say that a production version is in the plans and had long been expected to arrive after all these years of concepts being showcased.

Read the entire article Audi CEO confirms there won't be a Sport Quattro Concept production version

Audi aims to rival BMW i8 with new fully electric sports EV

By 2020, Audi will be throwing out not just one but three fully-electric vehicles. One of which will be pitted against the BMW i8. This new information was revealed by Rupert Stadler, Audi’s chief executive, during the recently concluded Geneva Motor Show. In an interview with Auto Express, Stadler confirms that the electric sports car will be introduced along with Audi’s upcoming SUV and new compact EV.

It is understood that the SUV will come out beforehand in spite its more complicated architecture. Stadler reiterates the growing trend for SUVs about 2 or 3 years ago which helped them arrive to this decision. “There will be a very emotional shape”, the chief executive said as he describes the SUV.

It is unclear however if the new SUV will be another Q6 but more or less, it will have some significant similarities. According to Stadler, Audi’s fully electric SUV will be using VW ID’s 168bhp electric motor with a battery range that can go between 200 and 375 miles. Afterwards, Audi will soon embark on the new sport EV. As also stated, this will follow shortly after the launch of the new electric sport utility vehicle.

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4th Generation Audi A8 (D5) to debut this summer

During the Audi Summit in Barcelona, Spain this coming July, the all new Audi A8 (D5) luxury saloon will make a publicity stunt. And according to reports, it will make its second appearance at the Frankfurt Motor Show, in autumn 2017.

Looking more stylish than ever, the 4th generation Audi A8 will have a sharper, more chiseled look, inspired by the Audi Prologue Concept series, which everybody loved because of its elegance. If we are lucky enough, the A8 may even share qualities of the Prologue like the concave windscreen and a simple, minimalist interior, with its technology hidden behind screens. The A8 will be having a slightly larger footprint as well.

The A8 will be having plenty of automatic features like the Traffic Jam Assist (an updated version) - which basically lets the car just glide along with the speed of the other cars, at a maximum speed of 60 kilometers per hour during heavy traffic, without any input from the driver. Luckily for the driver, he or she will not have to dread about having to step on the brake pads every couple of seconds.

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Ingolstadt’s design honcho Marc Lichte recently had a talk with L’argus, a French online publication concerning Audi’s new premium models. Surprisingly, this brief conversation leads up to reveal not just a few details but also the official sketches of their new lineup. What you’re seeing right now are the designs of the A6 Sedan, A7 Sportback and the all-new Audi A8. Well, there’s no better way to compare each new model than having them side by side, is there?

While flipping through these drawings ourselves, we thought they all seem to look the same. Except maybe for the new A7--- which bears the sportiest design of the three new sedans. But as we gazed more closely at every detail, we determined how each one is very different from the other. That’s when we noticed how Audi’s new single-frame grille comes with different characteristics.

Since the A6 sedan has relatively smaller configuration, its bumper grille also has a design of its own. Comparatively, the creases along the hood provide the A7 with a sportier look while it seems rather more aggressive on the A8’s fuller body.

Read the entire article Official sketches of the next-generation Audi A6, A7 and A8 finally revealed

To the delight of many premium customers wanting to squeeze more performance from their Audi models, the German luxury carmaker recently took the wraps off the new Audi RS 5 Coupe at the 2017 International Geneva Motor Show. Sitting beside the new coupe is the premium brand’s latest Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters challenger – the new Audi RS 5 DTM – and it is ready to rumble for the 2017 season.

Created by Audi Sport, the Audi RS 5 DTM is derived from the Audi RS 5 Coupé that was unveiled simultaneously at the Geneva Motor Show. Audi Motorsport chief Dieter Gass remarked that this marks the first time that a new DTM car was created in parallel with the production model, thereby highlighting the link between production and motorsport at Audi. He added that in developing the new RS 5 DTM, Audi used the previous-generation model as benchmark considering that it was the most successful DTM car in the past two seasons.

Aside from donning the new RS design language, the third-generation Audi RS 5 DTM has received various tweaks to make it compliant with DTM regulations. Several of these tweaks can be seen from the outside, as the new Audi RS 5 DTM is visually distinct from its predecessors. Aside from featuring a more progressive design, the new Audi RS 5 DTM offers more aerodynamic innovations.

Read the entire article Audi RS 5 DTM takes on 2017 season with more power, less downforce and softer tires

Be prepared to meet the ABT Sportsline RS6+, Audi’s hot and sexy wagon with insane characteristics and high performance capability. ABT, as a brand, has always kept us fascinated all these years. Because of this, it seems to have every right to go crazy. In fact, ABT Sportsline is set to bring a horde of insanely hot cars at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. One of which is the flaming hot Audi RS6 Avant with a show-stopping 695 horsepower underneath.

ABT Sportsline has yet to release the acceleration numbers on the RS6+ at this time. All the same, the stock version already boasts quite an impressive acceleration. In this case, the RS6 Avant can go from zero to 62 mph (100 km/h) in just 3.7 seconds and from nil to 124mph (200 km/h in 12.1 seconds).

As the event is now ongoing, the German auto tuning company has finally unleashed the ABT RS6+, which will only be limited to 50 examples. Because of the boosted performance that comes from ABT’s control unit, all 50 examples will be featuring a highly impressive 695hp (705 PS) and 649 (880 Nm) lb-ft of powerful torque.

Read the entire article 2017 Geneva: ABT Sportsline beefed up the Audi RS6 Avant

A few days after celebrating the New Year, Audi unveiled its first Q8 Concept at the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit signifying the start of a new flagship SUV for the German automobile manufacturer.

The Q8 concept is Audi’s first entry in the full-size, coupe SUV segment which is also set for production in 2018. It is a mix of sporty and sexy without sacrificing classic SUV functionality. The Q8 concept, as an SUV, is quite spacious, allowing enough room for four persons (with individual seats).

As a concept, the Q8 will use production technologies for its drive system and is expected to be powered by a plug-in hybrid system, combining power from a 3.0-liter turbocharged petrol engine and an electric motor. Along with its eight-speed automatic gearbox, it can produce up to 443 horsepower (330 kilowatts) and 516.3 lb.-ft. (700 Nm) of torque. Moreover, it can achieve a 0 to 62 mph (100 kph) sprint in only 5.4 seconds and can reach an electronically-limited top speed of 155 mph (250 kph).

Read the entire article 2017 Geneva Motor Show: Audi Q8 Sport Concept is sportier but more fuel-efficient

It’s a GT among the RS models, says Stephen Winkelmann, CEO of Audi Sport. This all-new 2018 Audi RS5 Coupe graces the market with its 450 horsepower (336 kilowatts) 2.9 liter biturbo engine and a 442 lb-ft (600 Nm) torque, which is 125.4 lb-ft (170 Nm) higher than before. This engine has powered the Porsche Panamera 4S.

Launching together with the RS5 DTM at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, the RS5 Coupe carries an overall weight reduction of up to 60 kilograms which gives it the capability to accelerate from zero to 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) in a span of 3.9 seconds, making it comparable to the Alfa Romeo Giulia QV. With the optional dynamic package, the new motor has a top speed of 174 mph (280 kph).

According to Winkelmann, the new Audi RS5 Coupe is the “gran turismo” among the RS models from the Audi Sport. He emphasizes that the high-performance Coupe combines elegant aesthetics with high everyday usability and that its V6 biturbo significantly provides more performance and higher efficiency.

Read the entire article Powerful, lighter, faster 2018 Audi RS5 coupe is launched, order books will open in May

The Audi R8 V10 may have been inspired by the Lamborghini Gallardo but one common observation among people is that it does not offer much when it comes to style. As a way of addressing this and to offer something more to those who want a more athletic look, ABT Sportsline is offering a specific package just for that.

Known around the world for tuning models from Audi, the company is coming out with the ABT R8 V10 Plus. The package is not just about appearance as ABT also put in some upgrades to the suspension, lowered some of the weight, and even modified some features of the interior.

Both the skirts in the front and the rear are now closer to the road. The front lip is complemented by the blades on the front, rear, and sides, and this helps enhance the aerodynamics. There are also wheel arch vents which not only add to the design but contribute an important function as well. To match the sportier look, ABT is offering the customers the option to choose between two wheels.

Read the entire article ABT presents kit for Audi R8 V10 adds 20 hp, tweaks interior and suspension

There is no doubt that Audi R8 coupe is already a stylish and dynamically elegant supercar, even without any of the available optional features offered by the German premium carmaker. While customers could really make their second generation Audi R8 coupe look more stylish and more dynamic, they could also opt for a newly created aero program from German tuner Vorsteiner.

Dubbed by the Germany firm as the Vorsteiner Gen 2 Audi R8 VRS Aero Program, this set virtually changes how you may perceive your new Audi R8 – it makes the coupe appear more prepared to take on any challengers on the road.

Interestingly, Vorsteiner’s Aero Program for the Audi R8 includes only three new pieces -- a sleek front spoiler, a dynamic rear diffuser and a massive rear wing -- but they are enough to allow the coupe to convey a more imposing presence. All of these aero elements are made in carbon fiber; all three of them are created to fit perfectly into the new Audi R8. Likewise, it is fairly easy to install each of these aero elements since they are all created to be fitted using the factory mounting points.

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And the best car brand for this year goes again to Audi! If there’s anything we can count on to tell us which among the automotive brands makes the best cars, it’s Consumer Reports. For two years in a row, Audi claimed the highest spot in the annual ranking of car brands. Audi is trailed closely by Porsche, BMW and Lexus. Audi has the highest overall score of 81 against Porsche with 78 and both BMW and Lexus getting 77.

The fifth spot went to Subaru with the score of 74 while the remaining six out of ten spots went to Kia Mazda, Tesla and Buick. Luckily for Porsche and BMW, the two were able to show significant improvement in their ratings as compared to last year. The overall scores are basically a combination of several factors such as safety, predicted reliability, road tests and owner satisfaction rating. So while Audi got the highest total score in the overall ranking, Porsche got a higher score in the road test with 88 points while both Audi and BMW got 86 in the same category.

The top five car brands from last year are actually the same group this year. Only the rankings changed. Subaru has lost two spots this year. Porsche and BMW went up by two slots while Lexus has moved down by one. Meanwhile, Tesla takes the lead when it comes to the highest US automotive brand this year after having earned the 8th position with a road test score of 88 points and overall score of 73 points.

Read the entire article Audi is named best overall car brand for 2017, Tesla is ranked highest among US brands

If you think you’re all ready for the new 2018 Audi S4 sedan when it arrives in the United States this spring, then better make sure that your pockets are deep enough so you can get your very own performance laden version of the A4. After all, you would need at least $51,875 ($50,900 Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price for the Premium Plus trim plus $975 destination charge) to be able to own one of the upcoming Audi S4 units.

Helping emphasize the performance dynamics of the new S4 are its powerful wheel arches as accentuated by sedan’s wrap-around lines. Likewise, the sporty and performance-laden nature of the new Audi S4 is marked by its Platinum Gray Singleframe grille with aluminum-optic double blade bars, a rear trunk lid lip spoiler and aluminum-optic exterior side mirror housings as well as S model-specific features.

As standard exterior features, the new 2018 Audi S4 is provided with full LED headlights with LED daytime running lights, LED taillights with dynamic turn signals and auto-dimming, power folding, heated exterior mirrors, as well as 18-inch five-double-spoke-star design wheels wrapped with standard summer tires. Optionally available are red brake calipers (as part of the S sport package), all-season tires for the 18-inch five-double-spoke-star design rims, and 19-inch five-spoke-V design wheels with summer tires.

Read the entire article 2018 Audi S4 has more power output and torque than predecessor, priced from $51,875

As part of the Volkswagen Group, SEAT and Audi have access to each other’s products. This means that if SEAT wanted to, it could take on some models of the German premium carmaker and re-badge them as its own offerings. This has happened before, when the Spanish carmaker took on Audi’s A4, made some modifications and rebadged it as the SEAT Exeo.

There is a possibility that SEAT could do it again, but with another vehicle that’s part of Audi’s lineup. SEAT could build on the Audi A5, whose new generation has just been unveiled. That said, SEAT would be able to offer the coupe and convertible versions of the Audi A5 as its own models.

But before we wonder how the new Audi A5 coupe and cabriolet would look like when transformed into SEAT models, we could take a good look at the renderings made by visual artist X-Tomi. These renderings virtually spell out Audi A5 – both the coupe and convertible versions – but with certain visual modifications that identify them as vehicles from SEAT. These modifications are mostly found on the front end of the SEAT Salsa models – the moniker given by X-Tomi. These tweaks include the grille found in SEAT’s new models, the SEAT badge and logo.

Read the entire article X-Tomi renders Audi A5 models as SEAT Salsa coupe and cabriolet

Audi’s S4 Avant isn’t the premium luxury car you’re used to hearing about. While it may have an understated look, the Audi S4 Avant does feature a powerful engine that is complemented by an array of advanced technologies. But if you want more, you could go and visit ABT Sportsline, which is offering a unique package that breaks the current dynamic limits of the present S4 Avant.

The current Audi S4 Avant is powered by a new turbocharged V6 TFSI engine, replacing the supercharged unit of its predecessors. Serving as the core of the S4 Avant is a recently developed turbocharged V6 engine with petrol direct injection. This 3.0 TFSI V6 powerplant is tuned to deliver 354 PS (349 hp) of max output and 500 Nm (368.8 lb.-ft.) of peak torque available in broad range of engine speeds ranging from 1,300 rpm to 4,500 rpm. Compared to its predecessor, the new turbocharged V6 TFSI engine is more powerful while being lighter and more fuel-efficient. This allows the Audi S4 to dash from zero to 62 mph (100 km/h) in just 4.7 seconds and to reach a top speed that’s electronically limited at 155 mph (250 km/h).

ABT Sportsline, however, thinks that the Audi S4 Avant isn’t powerful and quick enough with its 354 PS of output, 550 Nm of torque and 4.7 seconds of zero-to-62 mph sprint time. This is why the tuner from Germany is kind enough to create a new package that would bump up the performance level of the Audi S4 Avant’s 3.0-liter TFSI V6 petrol engine. This new performance package is designed to increase the max output level of the Audi S4 Avant 354 PS (349 hp) to 425 PS (419 hp). In addition, ABT Sportsline’s new performance package is able to hike the amount of peak torque that the V6 engine could produce from 500 Nm (368.8 lb.-ft.) to 550 Nm (406 lb.-ft.).

Read the entire article ABT Sportsline tweaks 2017 Audi S4 Avant to deliver 425 PS of output and 550 Nm of torque

When the Audi Q8 Concept was unveiled at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show, it immediately became one of the stars of the event thanks to its eye-catching coupe-like design and roomy interior. This concept got many people looking forward to its eventual production and launch in 2018. Nonetheless, a sportier and more dynamic version of the Audi Q8 may soon make its arrival.

Just recently, rumors have started saying that Audi Sport is planning to create a high-performance RS version of the Audi Q8. According to a report by AutoCar, Audi Sport will be previewing the Audi RS Q8 at the upcoming 2017 Geneva Motor Show in March. Most likely, a concept version Audi RS Q8 would make an appearance on the show.

As a vehicle with high-performance capabilities, Audi RS Q8 boasts of a power level that should significantly outdo the Audi Q8 unveiled in Detroit. The Audi Q8 Concept is basically a plug-in hybrid SUV that carefully fuses sporty performance with high efficiency.

Read the entire article Audi RS Q8 Concept rumored to make an appearance at 2017 Geneva Motor Show

In a move toward building more SUVs and perhaps more projects in the future, Audi is about to introduce a brand new RS model this coming March. And guess what? The latest Audi to be wearing the Renn Sport Racing badge is none other than the Audi Q5. With that being said, the Audi RS Q5 will be the first in the model range to have the performance brand’s profile aside from of course, the existing Audi RS Q3.

With only a few weeks left before the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, Audi Sport’s Stephan Winkelmann has finally confirmed they are indeed showcasing 450 horsepower Audi RS Q5 at the event. In a statement, the former Lamborghini CEO mentioned about the significance of the upcoming motor show in Geneva and how the RS will be setting a new era for their B-segment.

Although the Audi RS Q5 will be using the SQ5 platform, the RS portfolio will definitely enhance its performance. Chances are great that it will be using an improved version of the SQ5’s current 3.0 liter V6 petrol engine. If not, then it could also make use of the 2.9-liter V6 engine from Porsche. Speculations are quite strong that its engine will be a joint development between Porsche and Audi. Either way, the RS Q5 is expected to accelerate from 0-62mph under five seconds. The SQ5, as we know, normally runs from 0-62 miles per hour in 5.4 seconds.

Read the entire article Audi to launch RS Q5 in 2017 Geneva Motor Show

In a recent interview with Car Advice, Audi Sport’s Stephan Winkelmann hinted at the possibilities of a hypercar program. Mercedes-Benz as we know will be launching its own version of the low-volume, high-powered supercar in September at the Frankfurt Auto Show. Perhaps it’s also true that if not for the AMG-specced Project One, he wouldn’t even dare to consider the thought.

As the former head of Lamborghini, Winkelmann has a background on hypercars at least one way or another. Since he’s now the head of Audi Sport, (the high performance sub brand that develops the Audi RS), people couldn’t help but wonder what he’s up to especially after another German competing brand is set to launch a hypercar within this year.

While at the Bathurst 12-Hour GT3 Endurance competition in Australia, it looks like Winkelmann has been contemplating about it already when he stated that “coming from a brand where we did this in the past and we put it to a new level, if it’s about a very limited car with a high price to test the value of the brand, it might be a good idea.” Well, if ever that’s the case, we’re more than thrilled to see how it would go along with Mercedes’ first ever road legal supercar to be made available commercially using Formula One’s hybrid powertrain.

Read the entire article Audi Sport may build a hypercar to compete with Mercedes-AMG Project One

With Audi targeting to expand its lineup to around 60 individual premium vehicles by the end of the decade, there is a high chance that the German carmaker would try to fill in every niche in the luxury category. Thus, if Auto Express’ report is credible, there is a big chance that Audi would introduce a coupe version of its next-generation A3.

Audi is expected to launch the fourth generation of the A3 in 2018 or 2019. The series will be headlined by the saloon (sedan), hatchback and Sportback versions. However, it appears that Audi wanted to further broaden the A3 family with a four-door coupe, which should allow Volkswagen’s premium arm to compete in a niche now dominated by the Mercedes-Benz CLA. A four-door coupe version of the Audi A3 should complete the lineup when it arrives – if it arrives – by the end of the decade.

According to Auto Express, launching a four-door coupe version of the A3 would allow Audi to shift some of its compact models into the executive class sans any significant increase in their prices. This would be similar to the strategy employed by Mercedes when it launched the CLA and CLA Shooting Brake compact cars. Strategically, the move would allow Audi to better keep up with Mercedes – which managed to grab the crown as the best-selling luxury car brand in world in 2016. Creating a four-door coupe version of the A3 would enable Audi it to fulfill its target of offering 60 individual models by 2020.

Read the entire article Audi is speculated to add premium four-door coupe to its A3 lineup by 2020

If you are living in the United States and you’re raring to own a 2017 Audi R8 V10 Spyder, then you should prepare at least $176,350 ($175,100 in retail price plus tax, title, and registration) to have a piece of this splendid roadster from the German premium carmaker.

At this pricing, the 2017 Audi R8 V10 Spyder would be between $20,000 and $30,000 more expensive than a comparable rival -- the upcoming Mercedes-AMG GT -- in terms of power. It is also around $10,000 more expensive than the base version of the 2017 Audi R8 V10 coupe. Compared to the previous model, the 2017 Audi R8 Spyder -- at 4,426 mm (14.5 feet) in length and 1,940 mm (6.4 feet) in width -- is around 14 mm (0.6 in) shorter and around 36 mm (1.4 inches) wider than its predecessor. Its height and wheelbase, however, are still the same at 1,244 mm (4.1 feet) and 2,650 mm (8.7 feet), respectively.

The front end of the 2017 Audi R8 V10 Spyder is distinguished by a large yet low-height Audi Singleframe. Its honeycomb radiator grille is connected to the wedge-shaped headlights through sculptural surfaces. As standard, the headlights feature 37 LED units, although laser lighting – as marked by a blue anodized strip -- is offered as an option.

Read the entire article 2017 Audi R8 V10 Spyder has a base price of $175,100 in the US
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