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New Audi A5 Sportback G-Tron in special wrap seen at 2017 Worthersee Meeting

The largest gathering of Volkswagen and Audi cars in Europe is underway, and the German premium carmaker is displaying the third model of its G-Tron range at the 2017 Worthersee Meeting wrapped in special finish and with apparent aesthetic tweaks.

Audi unveiled the production version of the new Audi A5 Sportback G-Tron at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show in March. Before the model’s eventual introduction to the market in early summer, Audi is making sure that the new G-Tron car gains more attention from the public by showcasing a one-off variant at the Worthersee Meeting.

The A5 Sportback G-Tron at Worthersee sports a customized two-tone exterior to make it more appealing. However, it isn’t a fully modified unit, unlike the VW GTI First Decade concept that is also being displayed at the event. Around two-thirds – starting from the front end -- of the exterior of this one-off A5 Sportback G-Tron is wrapped in dark grey finish. It then blends with a honeycomb blue finish on the rear side doors. This finish completely dominates the rear end of the one-off A5 Sportback G-Tron.

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Audi UK gets a lot of new upgrades for the 2018 A4 range, plus a special Black Edition

Audi will be offering something exciting for its United Kingdom market. The company announced that it will be adding new features as standard to the A4 range. It also confirmed the revival of the Black Edition version that was once a huge triumph for the 2018MY.

The last time the Black Edition was available for the previous A4 generation, it proved to be a success as 50 percent of UK buyers ordered them while they lasted. To make you all aware, the Black Edition will be available with any engine selection - from entry level 1.4-litre TFSI up to the most powerful 3.0-liter V6 TDI Quattro. So don’t be worried that you’ll have to get the range topper if you want the Black Edition.

Beginning with the specifications, the Black Edition comes with a set of 19-inch matt titanium five-spoke alloy wheels, or 18-inch gloss black alloys if you prefer those.

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There has been a noticeable price hike for the 2018 Audi A3 E-Tron

A couple of days ago, Audi announced an update in terms of the pricing of their 2018 lineup. With the price increase, several models will have more features as standard equipment while there will be more models that will have sportier interior and exterior design packages.

The Audi A3 Sportback E-Tron had always been a successful model since it was first released in the United States. Sales charts of the said model from January 2016 up until March this year indicate that the model is doing well. In fact, the model made up around 13 percent of all Audi A3 sales in its first eight months, and by last December, the percentage went up to 20 percent.

The 2017 model was first sold with a price tag of $37,900, and it soon increased to $38,900. And naturally, there will be a price increase for the 2018 year model, with the Premium trim at $39,500, the Premium Plus at $42,600, and $48,100 for the range-topping Prestige. That is about $600 to $1,300 more than the previous model.

Read the entire article There has been a noticeable price hike for the 2018 Audi A3 E-Tron

2019 Audi RS7 gets rendered

Audi is now working on an all new A7 Sportback along with the new the RS7 and S7 variants. That said, it’s still a couple of years more before an RS7 will come strutting its way into the showrooms.

While waiting, Peisert Design has a vision of what the next Audi RS7 would look like. Taking its cues from the spy shots and leaked images of the new A7, the designer has adopted the same edgy design into the creative visual art which includes Audi’s more aggressive front grille and pointed headlamps.

While the rendering artist hasn’t touched the current model’s rear diffuser and tailpipes in oval shape, the redesigned tail lamps has been extended all the way to the Sportback’s wider rear end. Aside from these, Peisert has imagined the new RS7 to come with larger air intakes which is also flanked by black chrome lower lip at the front.

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After a flashy debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show last March, the Audi's second generation R5S Coupe will be available in the United Kingdom this month.

The price tag of the new 2018 AUdi R5S Coupe is £4,100 more expensive than its old model which is valued at around £58,725. It is also considered £4,500 steeper than the BMW M4, but it costs £650 less than the Mercedes-AMG C 63 Coupe. Regarding the Dynamic Package, the price has not been finalized just yet.

The final costs of fitting a carbon roof and RS sport suspension with Dynamic Ride control has not also been decided, but may cost around £3,000 and £2,000 respectively. Audi's light and faster new release is equipped with a turbocharged 2.9 L V6 petrol engine that produces up to 444 bhp, akin to the 4.2L V8 of the previous unit. The new R5S coupe will somehow bear a brand new badge and will be sold under the Audi Sport trademark. Audi claimed that their upcoming coupe will emit 197g/km C02, which is a 17% cutback, and boasts of a fuel economy of 32.5mpg combined.

Read the entire article 2018 Audi RS5 Coupe will be available in the UK this summer, priced from £62,900

Motorcycle maker Ducati might soon find itself under a new owner. This comes as its current parent, the Volkswagen Group, is reportedly mulling selling the Italian company to obtain funds needed to finance unprecedented costs, like those related to the so-called Dieselgate scandal.

As reported by Reuters, citing two sources privy with the matter, Ducati’s sale is being considered as VW is embarking on a strategic overhaul following the Dieselgate scandal. VW has been trapped in billions of dollars of fines and taxes after the scandal. Likewise, the group is now shifting its focus to electric cars and new mobility services. These have prompted the German company to streamline its operations, with the effect of limiting spending across the group. For instance, the VW brand is cutting thousands of jobs to save more money and thus create more funds for its future projects.

Of course, VW is still looking for more options to acquire more funds. Thus, according to Reuters, it has tapped Evercore, an investment banking boutique, to evaluate more options – including the possible divestment of the Ducati brand. Bologna, Italy-based Ducati has been owned by German premium carmaker Audi, which is part of the VW Group, since 2012. However, there had been concerns that Audi’s acquisition of Ducati was just a reflection of the passion of former VW Chairman Ferdinand Piech for the biker maker’s vaunted expertise on design and light engines. In actuality, the acquisition – worth EUR860 million ($935 million) in 2012 – was seen to having no economic logic or even industrial reason. In fact, Ducati is considered as one of VW’s non-core businesses, so selling the Italian company wouldn’t hurt the group in the long term.

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Nothing’s more exciting than when stories about aliens and “moon travel” finally hit the mainstream news. While “full disclosure” may still be far off, Audi fans will at least have something to be thrilled about come May 18th.

The news? Audi’s Lunar Quattro Rover has landed a role in Ridley Scott’s much awaited sci-fi film. For more than a year now, images of Audi’s 3-D printed moon rover are in fact seen throughout the Internet. So yes, the same Audi Lunar Quattro Rover will be hitting the big screen in the upcoming “Alien: Covenant”!

The new movie is actually the sequel to 2012’s Prometheus, a film in which Scott is also the director. This year’s cast now includes Michael Fassbender, Danny McBride, Billy Crudup and Katherine Waterson. Interestingly, Alien Covenant is also the prequel to the Alien movie series' first episode. Currently on its 8th instalment, the Alien fantasy thriller came out with its first story in 1979.

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Two years ago at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, Audi presented the E-Tron Quattro to the public. This gave us an idea that they will soon be producing crossovers. The Quattro will be moving into production by 2018, and a year later, a coupe version of it will follow. This crossover-coupe they call the E-Tron Sportback made its debut at the Auto Shanghai in China just this week, along with two other electric concepts from competitors: the VW I.D. Crozz and the Skoda Vision E.

Similar to Volkswagen I.D. Crozz, Audi’s E-Tron Sportback also features light emitting diodes. The four-rings brand not only equips this new concept with full LED headlights and taillights. It also gets an illuminated Audi logo. Instead, it is supposed to have approximately 250 extra LEDs located around the front bumper, precisely on both sides of the corporate singleframe grille. But these lights do not only have one purpose - they are made to communicate with other cars on the road forming different light patterns - from shapes to numbers as seen on its concept video debut.

The E-Tron Sportback isn’t just about smart LEDs. At 4.9 meters long, 1.98 meters wide, and 1.53 meters tall, this coupe has a strong electric powertrain that can produce as much as 430 horsepower (320 kilowatts), and can reach a peak of 496 horsepower (370 kilowatts) when the boost mode is activated. Taking only 4.5 seconds, this little EV can accelerate up to 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) from a standstill.

Read the entire article Hi-tech Audi E-Tron Sportback concept has over 200 LED lights

Audi of America officially launched at the 2017 New York International Auto Show its newest brand, the Audi Sport. Formerly known as quattro GmbH, this new brand is founded on a long and highly successful motorsport tradition. It actually goes all the way back to the 1930s and started with Auto Union’s now iconic “Silver Arrow.” This model then was considered as the world standard when it comes to the racing tracks.

By the 1980s, the company introduced the Audi Quattro and with its permanent all-wheel drive, it managed to perform well in a number of rally competitions. When 2000 came into the picture, Audi fitted its models with new combustion engines and put in new lighting technologies. This resulted in the company winning at Le Mans with a total of 13 victories.

This new brand is expected to display that best of track-tested performance from Audi. Customers should expect quality, innovation, and excellent balance when it comes to driving dynamics. With the launching, the brand revealed as well that a total of 8 new models are slated to be released in the U.S. market over the next 2 years.

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Audi has been delighting fans and critics alike with teaser videos of its newest concept fitted with numerous LEDs. The German automaker is back to show off a more “substantial” preview of its latest creation – now complete with a name and a few adjacent sketches, enough to reveal its body style and a few exterior features. Ready to know more about it? Here goes.

We’ve come to know that Audi’s latest creation is called the Audi E-Tron Sportback Concept. However, despite being called a “Sportback,” we’re expecting this concept car to be a crossover-coupe combination. From the photos released by Audi themselves, we can conclude that the E-Tron Sportback Concept isn’t just a typical hatchback like the A3 Sportback as it’s something far better.

As expected (and as depicted in design teaser sketches), the concept is fitted with a set of oversized wheels. Its heavily sloped roofline ending is reminiscent of a coupe but accentuated by an interesting spoiler which features two arches on both sides. The E-Tron Sportback does without the conventional side mirrors (also an expected move), with cameras on its stead, giving the concept car a sleeker look.

Read the entire article Audi teases us with image of new E-Tron Sportback Concept ahead of Shanghai Auto Show

It has been revealed that Audi Sport is setting up the final touches on what could be the newest member of the brand’s RS range. This comes just after Audi unveiled at the recently concluded 2017 Geneva Motor Show the new 2018 RS5 Coupe. Spotted lately has been the RS4 Avant which is undergoing the final stages of testing.

The question on everyone’s mind right now though is what is going to follow the RS4 Avant. X-Tomi Design though has presented a possible rendering of a Sportback version and even a RS5 Shooting Brake. The latter however is done more out of fun as there is little or no possibility that it will ever be developed.

To be clear though, Audi did not say that it will be coming out with a RS5 Sportback. However, fans have seen a dealer presentation conducted in Norway showing that this version is presently included in the pipeline. In the same presentation, it was also disclosed that the RS5 Coupe is expected to be in assembly lines by June. The RS4 Avant is then expected to be in the assembly line by December with a potential premiere during this September’s Frankfurt Motor Show. Should the brand proceed with the RS5 Cabriolet, or even the RS5 Sportback, either one could arrive sometime in 2018.

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Would you like to shred the streets riding an Audi S3 Cabrio that has had its engine boosted? You're in luck, as a leading auto tuning company has stepped up its game and remade the Audi S3 into a raging speed sports car.

Audi S3 Cabriolet is the convertible, roofless variant of the S3 hatchback that is largely influenced by the S3 Saloon, and is geared to compete against the BMW 2 Series Convertible and the Porsche Boxster. The S3 Cabriolet comes with a 2.0 L turbocharged petrol engine that delivers around 305 HP and 295 lb-ft of torque. Features come with direct and indirect injection system, high strength connecting rods, twin balancer shaft and pure aluminium pistons.

But this convertible will be getting the makeover, ABT Sportsline style. The tuner's ABT Power S package produces speed that has been deemed impressive by the car enthusiasts. It has been compared to a hurricane, but even a hurricane can rarely achieve a wind speed that’s faster and stronger than what the tweaked S3 Cabrio can dish out.

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German auto maker Audi is planning to compete with SUVs in the global market by announcing that production plans for 2 new members of its company are in place. The arrival of the 2 new models has been placed on the schedule of the company. Meet the Q4 compact utility vehicle and the larger Q8.

The Q8 coupe SUV is the latest addition to the Audi line-up, and it was recently seen testing at the Nurburgring race track twice last week. It is estimated to be the same size as the Q7, but is more lowered than the Q7 and is built with a rather sloped roof line. Audi confirmed that the production of the Audi Q8 will begin in Bratislava, Slovakia in the year 2018, and the very first Audi Q4 will be produced in Gyor, Hungary in 2019.

The plant located in Bratislavia, Slovakia has been producing the Q7s ever since 2005, and currently manufactures the second-gen unit that includes different versions such as the Q7 E-tron plug in hybrid and a sporty S model. The German automaker powerhouse remarked that the Q8 is equipped with the state of the art tech that offers assistance and infotainment systems, and boasts of a roomy vehicle with an expressive design.

Read the entire article Audi Q8 coupe-SUV production begins in 2018, Q4 is scheduled for 2019

A year after Audi unveiled the new generation of the Audi TT RS, the German premium carmaker is now bringing the most powerful road-going TT to the United States in spring 2017 at a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $64,900 (excluding destination charge of $975, taxes, title, options, and dealer charges). But before the big sale comes, Audi is unveiling the new 2018 Audi TT RS to the American public at the 2017 New York Auto Show.

The highly potent Audi TT RS will be powered by a new aluminum five-cylinder TFSI engine that while having the same capacity of 2,480 cc (2.5 liters) as its predecessor, is able to provide higher output and performance. Featuring lightweight construction made from aluminum, this new 2.5-liter TFSI engine boasts of lower internal friction and higher power delivery. In fact, it could deliver up to 400 hp of output, or around 17 percent (60 hp) output more than its predecessor. It could also deliver up to 354 lb.-ft. (480 Nm) of peak torque available between 1,700 and 5,850 rpm.

With these power specs, this new 2.5-liter turbo engine enables the new TT RS to sprint from zero to 60 mph in just 3.6 seconds, although its top speed is restricted at 155 mph (250 km/h). This limitation on the top speed is lifted to 174 mph (280 km/h) when the optional Dynamic plus package is availed. Power from this dynamic engine is sent via a quick-shifting seven-speed S tronic transmission to the quattro permanent all-wheel drive. This quattro permanent all-wheel drive features a multi-plate clutch that could distribute the power spontaneously between the axles, which means that the new Audi TT RS gets stronger grip while delivering more driving pleasure. Drivers could somewhat have control over some elements through Audi drive select system, which enables for four drive modes: comfort, auto, dynamic, and individual.

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Audi’s high-tech laser headlights are coming to the United States. Moreover, they won’t be just an available option, but rather, these are a standard lighting unit on the 2018 Audi R8 V10 Plus, the premium carmaker’s ultimate flagship for its sports car range. This means the US-bound 2018 Audi R8 V10 Plus won’t be just the fastest and most powerful production model that Audi has, but it will also be the most advanced in terms of lighting technology.

Audi’s laser light technology was first seen on its R8 exclusive edition models, of which only 25 exclusive examples were made. These laser lights – complemented by dynamic front turn signals – features a characteristic blue light signature in the headlight housing. This means that if an R8 has a blue light emanating from the headlights, it is equipped with laser lights.

Of course, light emitting diode (LED) units are still the technology behind the low and high beams for the R8 V10 plus. However, Audi wanted to boost the visibility for the driver when moving at higher speeds. Thus, when the Audi R8 V10 plus reaches speed of 40 mph and above – as situations permit, the laser lights are activated and then projects low and wide beam of light on the road on front, thereby supplementing the high beam projected by the LED units. Interestingly, the R8 was also the first Audi model to feature all-LED headlights (2008). The new laser lights as well as full LED headlights are also available as an option for the Audi R8 V10.

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The long wait is over for those who have been waiting for the new Audi RS 3 Sedan to come to the United States. This is because German premium carmaker Audi is officially bringing its new Audi RS 3 to North American soil, as a 2018 model year. To announce and mark its American debut, the new Audi RS 3 will be on display for the public to view at the 2017 New York International Auto Show.

Considered as the most dynamic A3 model so far, the Audi RS 3 is the first compact sedan to bear the RS name. Its dynamism applies both to its appearance and performance, while it retains the elegance and luxury that the Audi marque has been known for. As the ultimate sporty iteration of the A3 sedan, it is definitely athletic in character. This is defined by the three-dimensional honeycomb Singleframe grille with four rings logo and a blade covering the whole width of the front and then extending to the side air inlets. This blade forms thin funnels that guide the airflow to the wheel arches, which have wider flares to accommodate a front track that is 0.8 inches wider. The front end of the new RS 3 is marked by LED headlights with daytime running lights, although matrix LED units could be availed.

The new Audi RS 3 is powered by new five-cylinder 2.5 TFSI engine that delivers 400 hp (294 kW) of max output -- or around 33 hp more than its predecessor – as well as 354 lb.-ft. (480 Nm) of peak torque available between 1,700 and 5,850 rpm. This power is sent to the quattro permanent all-wheel drive through the S tronic seven-speed dual clutch transmission. In this set-up, the new Audi RS 3 could sprint from zero to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 4.1 seconds and achieve an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph), which could be increased upon request to 280 km/h (174 mph).

Read the entire article 2018 Audi RS 3 Sedan to arrive in the North America in summer with $54,900 price tag

Some may find it hard to believe, but Audi is no longer considering diesel models as its priority. This was confirmed by Audi Sport’s Stephan Winkelman himself in a recent interview with Motoring during the new RS 3’s premiere.

When asked to comment how dieselgate has affected the brand, the head for Audi’s performance division responded that it is now shifting its focus on to vehicles that are more appealing to the global consumers. Besides, Audi Sport is a brand that has to be credible and consistent. The core values he said, have to match the consistency of their products especially when it comes to handling, weight, range, top speed and acceleration.

In addition, Winkelmann thinks that since not all countries are the main market for diesel models, he no longer sees it useful to come out with just one engine. Having just one car to offer, he believes will lessen their opportunities particularly in North America and Asia. Due to limited budget and their need to build more vehicles that will cater to all markets worldwide, the diesel models as Winkelmann confirms will be more like a second priority.

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Reddit user Jdubbswrx spotted a rather deceptive move coming from the German automotive manufacturer Audi. He posted an image of the supposed exhaust of the new 2018 Audi SQ5 sporting fake, plastic looking exhaust tips, and it's just plain ridiculous.

Audi unveiled the new 2018 SQ5 last January at the Detroit Auto Show displaying the "Q" design language evolution with the SQ5 added to its expanding crossover and SUV lineup. The 2018 SQ5 will be powered with a different 3.0 litre TFSI twin turbo V6 engine that produces 350 hp (354PS), and 369lb-ft of peak torque that is achieved through a broad 1370 and 4500 rpm paired with an 8 speed automatic gearbox that sends enough power to all 4 wheels. The interior offers more space with regards to shoulder and rear-seat legroom and reportedly offers more cargo capacity when rear seats are folded down.

It has all the usual Audi sports trimmings including special sports seats with diamond pattern stitching. After a quick glance, the SUV looks like it is equipped with exhaust tips. In Audi's Canadian website, the German company confirmed that the car is fitted with quad tips. The company's outline summary of the SUV reads- the Q5's handsome, rugged lines are further heightened by the tradition of Audi S model. Suspensions lowered, exclusive body styling and quad exhaust tips show that the 2018 Q5 means business. But after being presented with the photograph, and upon close inspection, it seems the tips are totally fake and where the exhausts are supposed to be found are matte black plastic surrounded by silver chrome tips.

Read the entire article Fake quad exhaust tips were spotted on images of 2018 Audi SQ5

On July 11, Audi is set to reveal its flagship luxury sedan, the all new A8. And at this moment, none of us are sure how this model will look. But we get a good idea of what it will be thanks to Jan Peisert who renders the design of the new Audi A8 (D5) based on the leaked illustration and spy shots of the latest prototype as it goes through its testing stage. As seen on the rendering, the fourth generation Audi A8 has design elements from recently launched concepts and designs by the company. To be specific, it has similarities with the latest TT coupe, the new SQ5 crossover, and the Prologue Avant concept - like bits and pieces of these cars combined.

To give you more details, it’s like a flashback of 2014’s Prologue Concept, a large sports coupe, that had a very angular and sharp face. Though we feel like the A8 was inspired by this concept, it will be a more conservative, toned down version of the concept’s eye catching exterior design - since this might sell better in the market. As for the interior, we have no word on that yet.

Apart from having a semi-autonomous driving mode that is derived from Audi’s Piloted Driving technology, sources say that this car will have more high tech features. One of them would be the self-parking feature, while another is the self-driving function that lets the car drive itself from 0 to 37 miles per hour. It will also come with special control units that will prepare the car for future developments of the autonomous driving software.

Read the entire article 2018 Audi A8 (D5) rendered for your pleasure

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.

Read the entire article Six new Audi RS models are on the way
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