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Audi’s all-electric supercar, the R8 e-tron, had been discontinued last October after being in the market for under two years. The electric vehicle was then exclusive to the European market and was being sold for a base price of €1 million ($1.1 million). Yup, a million for an electric car. Price may be the primary reason why only less than 100 examples were delivered, according to the automaker. But I’m guessing perhaps it was too early for its time back then, we will never know.
Peter Mertens, former Volvo R&D boss and the new head of development at Audi, recently hinted that the R8 e-tron may have a successor sooner than we expected, as he spoke to Car and Driver magazine. He stated that he is willing to fill the gap that the R8 e-tron created.
During the 2017 Formula E race held in Berlin, he told journalists “You can very well imagine that at some point we will have an electric supercar”. He was probably referring to the said model when he said that. He even stated that he would develop it sooner and that it is already part of his plan. Though he did not share any more details, he assured the journalists that a brand like Audi will definitely come up with a supercar to make things more interesting, and “it is a segment in which we have been playing, we have been a very serious player”.Read the entire article Audi announces plan to develop an electric supercar
Subaru has been doing really well for some time now. Just last year, the company announced its eighth consecutive U.S. sales record, hitting the 600,000 mark for the first time in history when it comes to deliveries. In fact, they sold over 600,000 last year, and with the current pace they are at this year, it looks like they will beat their present record. Apart from that record, Subaru can now claim a new all-wheel drive sales record as they have overtaken Audi’s all-wheel-drive sales.
According to some figures online, Subaru now sells the most number of all-wheel-drive cars globally, 15 percent of the global market to be specific. The automaker ranked number one by selling 965,892 units between the April 2015 to April 2016 financial year, that is 245,382 more than Audi’s sales of 720,510 units. Third in line would be Jaguar Land Rover, who have sold 485,797 units according to Autocar.
To break down the company’s sales, 60 percent of Subaru’s all-wheel-drive global sales come from the United States, within the same timeframe, 50,000 units were being sold in Europe - that is less than what it achieves in the US in one month. Furthermore, the UK sells less than 4,000 units in a year, and only a total of 1,210 units were sold in the past five months, that is a 19 percent drop compared to last year’s figures. Though Subaru is hitting the sky with its sales in the United States, it appears that it hasn’t been able to build up the brand name across the Atlantic.Read the entire article Subaru sells the most all-wheel-drive cars, beating Audi
After seeing the A5 Cabrio in action for over a decade, ABT Sportsline for sure knows the best aftermarket options for your new Audi. ABT now offers the 2nd generation Audi A5 Cabriolet a new tuning kit. Using ABT’s new power boost, Audi A5’s 248hp (252PS) and 273lb-ft (370Nm) of torque 2.0 liter petrol engine can raise its output by up to 325hp (330PS) and 325lb-ft (440Nm). That is nearly the same output as the new 3.0-liter V6 engine on the Audi S5 Cabriolet which delivers an impressive 354hp (359PS) and 369lb-ft (500Nm) of torque.
Alternatively, the German tuner offers an upgrade for the A5’s Diesel variant. The stock model’s 212hp (215PS) and 325lb-ft (440Nm) 2.0-liter TDI engine can get an additional 25hp (25PS) and 30lb-ft (40Nm) power boost. Owners of the new Audi A5 with 3.0-liter TDI can also avail of ABT’s power kit. This will increase the larger engine’s standard output of 215hp (218PS) to 246hp (250PS) while the normal 295lb-ft (400Nm) of torque is now pushed to the limits at 332lb-ft (450Nm).
Customers who want to give their new Audi A5 Cabriolet more muscle can also choose from ABT Sportsline’s 19-inch and 20-inch wheels in different varieties. Another option is the high performance tires provided by Dunlop and Continental to wrap the new set of wheels.Read the entire article ABT Sportsline gears up to give more power to your new 2018 Audi A5 Cabriolet
The second-gen Audi R8 V10 Spyder first made its debut at last year's New York Auto Show, where it was offered with a 540hp V10, not the 610hp version found in the R8 V10 Plus coupe. Now, what better way to experience summer driving season than enjoying it with the newly revealed fastest series production convertible ever coming from Audi, the R8 Spyder V10 Plus.
Akin to its fixed metal roof predecessor, the soft-top Spyder Plus is armed with Ingolstadt's most potent series-production engine, a naturally aspirated 5.2 L V10 that produces 610hp (449 kW) and 413 lb-ft (560 Newton-meters) of torque. Made possible due to a boost in power compared to the non-Plus model, the German marque's range topping convertible can zoom from 0-62 mph (0-100 kph), needing only 3.3 seconds, thus it is three tenths of a second faster compared to the non-Plus model. The Spyder R8 Convertible's top speed increased by 6 mph (10 kph) to a superb 204 mph (328 kph).
The upgraded performance not only was made possible by its improved engine, but also due to decreased weight as Audi decided to cut back 55 lbs (25 kg) off the convertible compared to its "lesser" model, producing a dry weight of around 3,498 lbs (1,587 kg). Built at Audi's Bollinger Hofe factory, the super cars are largely handmade so customization choices are likely limitless. The German marque offers an array of 11 colors, but interested consumers are free to choose any color in the visible spectrum, and matte or gloss finishes can also be opted.Read the entire article 2018 Audi R8 Spyder V10 Plus builds up to a 204 mph top speed with its 610 hp engine
It sure looks like an Audi version of the Bugatti Chiron. In any case, we’re totally impressed. Milen Ivanov, a Behance artist from Bulgaria imagines the future Audi RS hypercar with a touch of Chiron styling cues. What we find rather interesting was how he made the RS Concept’s single frame grille including the sleek head lights and tail lights become undeniably Audi. Now who could beat that?
The stunning concept features an aggressive set of aerodynamics treatment, a set of wheels with futuristic turbine design plus video cameras instead of side mirrors. While the front section is covered in color blue, the remaining parts come in naked carbon fiber finish.
Other than Bugatti, Ivanov possibly has taken inspirations from an Audi R18 e-tron Quattro Endurance race car (in terms of shape) or even Porsche’s 918 Spyder. The R-18 e-tron Quattro won Le Mans in 2012 and comes with 60-liter fuel tank and a reduced air intake restrictor. Since this was a race car, there were many changes applied not only to shave off some weight but also to meet the racing standards.Read the entire article Audi RS Hypercar Concept by Milen Ivanov
Audi of America disclosed that New York has approved its application, making it the first automaker to conduct autonomous vehicle testing in this same state. The brand added that both the demonstration and the testing will be done with Society of Automobile Engineers (SAE) Level 3 automation. In addition, Audi also said that the first demonstration will be done in Albany by mid-June.
To be considered as SAE Level 3, the vehicle should be able to perform automated driving at given highway speeds especially when certain conditions are attained. For the New York demonstration, there will be two trained engineers inside the vehicle, with one sitting in the front seat and the other positioned in the back. According to Audi, the demonstration model itself has managed to safely record around thousands of miles running on limited access highways across the country.
It was in early May of this year when none other than Governor Andrew Cuomo declared that New York was already accepting applications from different companies who wanted to demonstrate the test autonomous cars on public roads.Read the entire article New York okays Audi’s autonomous car testing license
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.Read the entire article New Audi A5 Sportback G-Tron in special wrap seen at 2017 Worthersee Meeting
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.Read the entire article Audi UK gets a lot of new upgrades for the 2018 A4 range, plus a special Black Edition
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
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.Read the entire article 2019 Audi RS7 gets rendered
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.Read the entire article VW mulls selling Ducati to increase cash coffers following Dieselgate scandal
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.Read the entire article Alien Covenant to feature Audi Lunar Quattro Rover
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.Read the entire article Audi Sport brand is officially launched at 2017 New York Auto Show
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.Read the entire article 2018 Audi RS5 rendered as a shooting brake, cabrio and sportback
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.Read the entire article ABT Sportsline offers power package for the 2017 Audi S3 Cabrio
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.Read the entire article 2018 Audi TT RS is coming to the US with price tag of $64,900
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