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2019 Audi A7 Sportback retains much of the A8’s appeal

The Audi A7 Sportback, whether you would like to call it a sportback or a four-door coupe, has always been a beautiful car. And this week, the 2019 model year will be debuting in Germany with an even more striking appearance since we first saw it seven years ago.

Beginning with numbers, it is a bit shorter than its predecessor at 195.6 inches long, and is now only 55.9 tall, so it appears to sit closer to the ground. Unlike the A8, it has a wider face and a lower grille, giving it a sportier appearance. The hood now has lines that lead to the broader front fenders. Like its predecessor, it has got a sleek roof that seamlessly plunges toward a pop-up spoiler. As for the trunk capacity, there is 18.9 cubic feet of storage that can be maximized to 49.1 cubic feet when the seats are folded down. The rear end gets one full-width tail light that stretches from one end to another, and is made up of 13 individual LED strips that varies in height across the width of the trunklid. Customers will be able to get wheels as large as 21 inches in diameter.

With a stylish exterior comes with a stylish cabin as well. It is light and airy with plenty of horizontal lines up the dashboard and door panels. In fact, the 2019 A7’s interior resembles that of the new A8. Despite its shorter length, passengers get an increase in headroom as well as rear knee space, thanks to the extra 0.8 inch interior length. A7 buyers will be able to choose from a five-place or a 2+2 seating option.

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Scale model of 2018 Audi A7 Sportback leaks ahead of official model unveiling

We are all aware that Audi has plans to reveal the 2018 A7 Sportback soon, specifically towards the end of the year. Though we expected a grand reveal and a full-sized vehicle, we were surprised by something much smaller - that is, a die cast scale model of the Sportback.

What just happened? Well, Autoweek.nl has leaked an image of the A7 Sportback, except it isn’t the real car. Rather, it is a scale model, which makes it much smaller than what all of us expected to see. Of course, this can’t beat the awesomeness of the real model. In earlier spy shots, the A7 and S7 will have a design that mixes together elements from the first-generation car combined with the Prologue series of concept cars.

Though the leaked image just shows a scale model, we could still kind of tell how the A7 Sportback will look. The A7’s face resembles that of the A8, and we already know that based on the spy shots we have seen before. What’s new is the fact that the scale model shows us a more sculpted hood and more body lines. The A7 has a wider single-frame grille, thin headlights backed with an array of LEDs, and more glass on the sides.

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500,000th Audi TTS Coupe was just assembled in Hungary

The original Audi TT was first produced back in April 1998, at a factory located in Gyor, Hungary. And after many years, the 500,000th unit has rolled off the production line -- an important milestone for the company. The 500,000th unit is a TTS Coupe finished in Viper Green, and is currently on its way to its owner in the United Kingdom. Across three generations, Audi has produced over a million units of the TT.

The TTS Coupe is a beefed-up version of the TT Coupe. Under its hood is a turbocharged 1,984 cc engine that gives out as much as 286 horsepower at 5,300-6,200 rpm and 380 Nm of torque from 1,800 to 5,200 rpm. In just 4.7 seconds, the roadster can accelerate from 0-100 kilometers per hour before continuing on to its top speed on 250 km/h. The engine comes standard with a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission that gives power to the all-wheel drive. The TTS is definitely one fast car.

The price range of the TTS Coupe varies depending on the seat options - Nappa leather or Alcantara.

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Audi Sport plans to launch 5 new models by 2020

Audi Sport GmbH, formerly known as Quattro GmbH, will have a lot of work to do as it recently confirmed that there will be five new series production models by the end of the decade. Audi Sport initially planned to introduce 11 series production models by 2020, but with the appointment of a new technical development chief, the high performance division is setting its sights higher.

By 2020, Audi Sport will aim to deliver 16 models. The new number isn't surprising considering that Stephan Reil – Audi Sport’s former technical development chief – revealed earlier this year the division’s development strategy. He then told Steven Ewing of Motor1 in an interview that in the past, an Audi vehicle would have its high-performance version late in its life cycle. Now, the development of Audi’s new vehicles and Audi Sport’s high-performance counterpart is done in parallel.

As for how Audi Sport plans to diversify its upcoming products, the high-performance division hasn’t released any details yet. Right now, crossovers and SUVs are the hottest thing in the auto industry, and Audi is definitely cashing in on its premium crossovers (Audi Q family). Creating high-performance versions of these Q models would be a logical thing. With Audi’s deep vehicle lineup – including all vehicle types – Audi Sport has a lot of models to choose from to transform into its next high-performance vehicle.

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After four decades of being an expert in the motorsport industry, Audi will be the first German automaker to compete in Formula E. This will be done to test the development of new technologies to be used in production, according to the Member of the Board of Management, Peter Mertens.

After a number of powertrains like the quattro, TFSI, TDI, hybrid drive and many others, the single-seater race car will test electric mobility as it relates to what the 2018 Audi e-tron will use. Recently at the IAA, the automaker did say that over 20 electrified models will be part of their lineup just before 2025, and this includes Plug-in hybrids and fully electric cars.

The automaker will be allowed to develop the powertrain, which includes the transmission, motor, parts of the suspension and the software. What’s in the heart of the Audi e-tron FE04 will be the motor and transmission. The motor generator unit was designed for greater efficiency and so the engineers put a lot of their time and effort into this. In the 2017/2018 season, Team Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler will only be using a high-efficiency transmission with only one gear, to deliver power to the wheels.

Read the entire article Formula E gets more exciting with the launch of Audi e-tron FE04 all-electric race car

Were you ever a fan of the Audi RS4 Avant or the RS5 Coupe? If you were, we have something even flashier for you - that is if you are the kind of person who likes to stand out of the crowd. It is the all new Carbon Edition for both high-performance models. Instantly, you would think of a massive weight loss, but that is not all because the vehicles will also come with an RS sport exhaust and matrix LED headlights.

Given that name, we would expect the models to have a body that has been given carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP) components. True enough, certain parts including the front splitter, side sills, rear diffuser insert and mirror caps have all been swapped with carbon fiber. There is also some noticeable carbon fiber trim on the interior and the engine cover. The RS5’s roof has been replaced by this, saving it a total of 6 pounds 10 ounces (3 kilograms).

Other than the carbon fiber bits, the Carbon Edition also includes a few other accents to add some style to the car. The radiator grille on the front fascia now has a matte aluminum finish, and matte titanium materials can be found on the Quattro logo as well as the window surrounds. To finish this off, the windows had been given a darker tint as well.

Read the entire article 2018 Audi RS4 Avant and RS5 Coupe get Carbon Edition bodywork

Audi signaled the official return of the Audi RS 4 Avant by unveiling the fourth generation of the high-performance sedan at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. With a starting price of EUR79,800, the new 2018 Audi RS 4 Avant fuses dynamic high performance with everyday usability.

Audi will open the order book for the new RS 4 Avant in the fall, with the first units set to arrive at dealers in Germany and Europe in the first months of 2018.

Read the entire article Audi unwraps 4th-gen Audi RS 4 Avant at 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show

Imagine a futuristic D-segment car that could ferry up to four passengers in utmost convenience and luxury. Yes, there is no driver involved and the passengers just need to sit back, relax and wait for their imminent arrival at the predetermined destination. Now, if your imagination is failing you, then one of Audi’s newest concepts – the new Audi Aicon Concept car -- being displayed at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show could help you visualize the future of autonomous vehicles.

As designed, the new Audi Aicon is a 2+2 technology show car that measures 5,444 mm (17.9 ft.) in length, 2,100 mm (6.9 ft.) in width and 1,506 mm (4.9 ft.) in height, with a wheelbase of 3,470 mm (11.4 ft.). The focus of the new Aicon is to provide a spacious and functional cabin where passengers transitions from the point of departure to the destination – all done autonomously. The new Aicon is capable of Level 5 autonomy, which means that it employs a fully-autonomous system that is good enough to replace a human driver in any driving situation or condition. The autonomy level of the new Aicon is determined to be good enough to pull up to a charging station on its own in an AI Zone and recharge its battery sans human intervention.

The interior of the Aicon has been designed to resemble that of a first-class airline cabin – spacious, comfortable and luxurious. To achieve a great sense of space, the Aicon is provided with large glass surfaces both at the front and rear as well as with convex side windows. The side windows feature a hard line running along them from the A-pillar to the D-pillar, thereby helping accentuate the Aicon’s length. This is addition to the fact that its wheelbase is 240 mm (9.4 in) longer than that of the Audi A8 flagship.

Read the entire article Audi Aicon imagines the future of zero-emission Level 5 autonomous premium vehicles

Finally, Audi Sport takes the cover off the R8 V10 RWS at the dawn of 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. The long awaited rear-wheel drive R8 is here, and as the newest addition to the supercar's range, the automaker decided to only produce 999 units of the Coupe and the Spyder trims.

For the R8 V10 RWS, Audi had to get rid of the Quattro system to give way to the RWD layout, though the naturally aspirated V10 remains intact. Now, without the Quattro, the R8 loses as much as 50 kilograms (110 pounds) for the fixed roof model, while the droptop only loses 40 kilos (88 pounds). The 5.2 FSI V10 engine is mounted on the middle, where it produces the same 540 horsepower (397 kilowatts) and 540 Newton-metres (398 pound-feet) of torque as the all-wheel drive version of the R8. This is why the RWD version lacks the rear wing of the more powerful Plus model. The R8 is better known for an extreme track day more than just cruising around Beverly Hills.

In terms of performance, the Coupe version can accelerate from a standstill to 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) in only 3.7 seconds - that makes it two tenths of a second faster than the R8 with the Quattro system. The Spyder, on the other hand, can finish the task in 3.8 seconds, considering that it is slightly heavier. It is still 0.2 seconds faster than its AWD sibling. The R8 Coupe version can still go off to a maximum of 198.8 miles per hour (320 kilometers per hour), while the Spyder does it in 197.6 miles per hour (318 kph), same as its Quattro counterpart.

Read the entire article The rear-wheel drive 2018 Audi R8 V10 RWS is finally here, with less weight too

As I write this, there leaves no doubt in my mind that the new Audi A8 (D5) is going to be one of the hottest stars at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. The full size luxury sedan comes with a number of autonomous driving system meeting level 3 requirements. Already, the A8 sounds quite awesome, but it will be joined by two other concept that are even more high tech - one with level 4 capabilities and another one with a level 5 status, sans the steering wheel and pedals.

The first concept, with level 4 capabilities, will have a coupe-SUV shape based on the E-Tron Sportback concept that we first witnessed at this year’s Auto Shanghai. It will still come with the same dimensions of 4.9 feet in length (16.1 feet), that carries three electric motors delivering a combined output of 496 horsepower (370 kilowatts). This concept enables the car to drive at speeds of 81 miles per hour (130 kph) on the highway, and it can even change lanes automatically without the help of a human being.

The even more advanced concept, on the other hand, will have the shape of a large car (D segment) with at least four electric motors. Naturally, we would expect a lot of power from this, and the automakers say that these will have a battery pack with enough power for 435 to 497 miles (700 to 800 kilometers) and Audi. They also said that the model will feature a “spectacular and groundbreaking” design both on the exterior and the interior.

Read the entire article Audi Aicon and Elaine concepts will join the A8 at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show

The 2018 Audi A8 is no doubt one of the more significant models that made its debut this year, and it is quickly becoming a favourite. Not only is it loaded with cool new features, it makes sure that the passengers are comfortable, entertained, and safe.

So that’s basically it for the new Audi A8. It definitely has a lot more to give compared to the third-generation model - physically and technologically.

Read the entire article Photo Gallery: The new Audi A8 (D5) is very much different from the older model (D4)

A lot of us are very excited for the upcoming 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show scheduled to take place in a few weeks. We’re all psyched up to see what cars will debut, which concepts we will see, and what surprises will be in store for us. Here is one thing though, reports suggest that Audi may have something very exciting for the IAA. It’s perfectly timed too as this show is organized to happen only once every two years, alternating with the Paris Motor Show.

There have been earlier news which said that Audi will finally be introducing the production version of the RS4 Avant as a replacement for the RS5 Coupe. Both models come with the same biturbocharged 2.9 liter V6 engine, giving out as much as 450 horsepower and 443 pound feet (600 Newton metres) of torque, paired with an eight speed automatic that gives power to the Quattro all-wheel-drive setup - just like the first ever RS5 Sportback.

Since they will be carrying the same engine, expect the RS4 Avant to perform just like its two-door sibling, except it might take a little longer when doing the 0 to 62 mile per hour sprint) 100 kilometers per hour because of its weight. The RS5 Coupe does the sprint in 3.9 seconds, so the RS4 Avant may hit 62 mph in 4 or 4.1 seconds, before hitting a top speed of 155 miles per hour (250 kilometers per hour). This can be pushed even further to a maximum of 174 mph (280 kph) with the dynamic package.

Read the entire article Audi RS4 Avant and RWD R8 GT are expected to debut at 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show

German publication Handelsblatt reported that some Audi documents that were found during a raid of the German automaker’s office last March explain why thousands of vehicles are being exported to China, Korea or Japan. Apparently, the vehicles that are being exported to Asia have duplicate VINs.

As we all know, a car’s Vehicle Identification Number (or VIN) is a unique combination of 17-digit numbers that are assigned to every vehicle. With a VIN, it will be easier for one to track the vehicle throughout its lifetime. The general rule that the European Union and German laws implemented is for every car to have its own unique VIN. It is only this car that can have this number for at least 30 years, and it cannot be duplicated or transferred to another model.

After the raid, an Audi spokesperson said in an interview with the German business journal that they were not aware of the duplicated VIN number that have been assigned to more than one car.

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The idea of sourcing electricity from solar energy to power and operate vehicles is nothing new. We have seen cars mounted with solar panels, but they don’t seem to look appealing and also appear to be bulky. Likewise, installing solar panels on a car might greatly reduce the vehicle’s aesthetic value. However, integrating solar cells into panoramic glass roofs could be a very good idea.

This is the strategy conceptualized by German premium carmaker Audi and Chinese partner Hanergy Thin Film Power Group Limited, as represented by American subsidiary Alta Devices. The endeavor – dubbed as the Audi/Hanergy Thin Film Solar Cell Research and Development Project -- plans to integrate Alta Devices’ thin-film solar cells into panoramic glass roofs of Audi’s electric vehicles, which mean that these models won't have to sacrifice aesthetics to gain an unlimited source of energy – unlike mounted solar panels. Interestingly, the project plans to cover almost the entire surface of the panoramic roof with solar cells.

Then, the electricity generated by these thin-film solar cells will be sent to the EV’s electrical system. This electricity could power up the vehicle’s air-conditioning system or even its seat heaters. As a result, the EVs become more efficient and experience a considerable increase in its electric range. To note, the integrated thin-film solar cells aren’t meant to fully power the whole vehicle, especially its propulsion system. Instead, the integrated thin-film solar cells are expected to extend the range of Audi’s EV.

Read the entire article Audi partners with Hanergy to integrate thin-film solar cells into glass roof of its EV models

Back in the day, automakers like Audi had very simple names for their car - often a short combination of letters and numbers. For instance, an A4 3.0 TFSI Quattro means that it is equipped with a 3.0 liter engine. But that was when engines were fueled by either gasoline or diesel. Now that companies are shifting to eco friendly options such as plug-in hybrids, EVs, and fossil fuels, how will companies name these models without being too technical?

Audi has already started coming up with new names and badges for the future models, but it didn't turn out as they expected. Before all this, Audi focused on simple names like A1 and Q7, where "A" referred to the smallest car in the lineup and "Q" was the larger SUV they offered. In other words, these combinations are like code names for the class and type of vehicles.

But future Audi vehicles will begin to have two-digit numbers on the rear badge plus the current model designation and the engine type. These numbers will range from 30 all the way to 70, depending on the power output. To give you a better idea, models that have a power output of 109 to 128 horsepower (from 81 to 96 kilowatts) will have a number “30” on its badge. Number “40” for those with 125 to 150 kilowatts, “50” for 210 to 230 kilowatts, “60” for 320 to 338 kilowatts, and “70” for over 400 kilowatts, or for the performance class models. Of course, there are also numbers 35, 45, 55, and 65 in between what I have mentioned above. That alone makes it confusing already, but it even gets worse when these numbers are written beside existing badges like TFSI, TDI, G-tron, or E-tron.

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What happens when an auto company finds that a certain offering is not selling enough to make a good business case? Continuing to build and sell such vehicle would only be counterproductive, thus, stopping its production could be a good decision. That might the case for the Audi A3 three-door hatchback, which according to a report by Autocar, would be dropped in the coming years.

The fourth generation of the Audi A3 family is due to arrive sometime in 2019, ushering a new era for the German premium carmaker’s small family car. However, it seems that Audi is not bent on giving the A3 three-door hatchback another crack for glory, AutoCar reports, citing sources privy with what goes on inside the luxury carmaker.

As per the British auto publication, Audi officials have indicated that the dropping of the A3 three-door hatchback is part of the carmaker’s model consolidation program. It added that the program was prompted as part of the cost-cutting measures needed to ensure that there are enough funds for fixing the Volkswagen Group’s Dieselgate scandal. Simply put, its continued decline in terms of sales means that there is no more business-related reasons for the auto company to allow the A3 three-door hatchback to live on through the next generation.

Read the entire article Audi to drop A3 three-door hatchback from its next-generation lineup

It looks like that Audi is in the final stages of finalizing its new Audi Q8 sports utility vehicle. While the German premium carmaker has yet to reveal the looks of the production version of the new Audi A8, there have already been quite a number of spy images and videos of the upcoming SUV, albeit in a camouflaged form. Just recently, though, the Audi Q8 was spotted on the road, and this time without any camouflage.

Seeing a near-production version -- or even a prototype model – of the Audi Q8 is a welcome development, considering that fact that the premium carmaker isn’t nice enough to reveal this early the complete appearance of the SUV. A member of the AutoPareri forum was lucky enough to see the Audi Q8 SUV up close while being driven somewhere in Germany (based from the German registration plates). However, this person was only able to take a spy shot of the Audi Q8’s rear end and most of its sides. This may be because this member was mesmerized by the sudden appearance of the Audi Q8, and wasn’t able to take several shots of the SUV.

Despite this single photo showing only the rear end of the Audi Q8, there are already a lot of details that could be extracted. For instance, the image reveals the design of the Q8’s sleek rear lights and its roof spoiler, as well as its massive bumper diffuser with two integrated exhaust pipes. When compared to the rear end of the Audi Q8 Concept, the Q8 spotted on the road has a number of design similarities. There are also several differences, including the LED light strip on the rear door of the hatchback. But as we all know, production versions are usually subtler in terms of design than concepts. That should hold true with the upcoming Audi Q8 SUV.

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Earlier this year, Audi revealed the 2018 Audi RS5 Coupe at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, and not long after it has been unveiled, tuners are getting their hands on it, and giving it their own style and performance upgrade. German tuner ABT Sportline is one of the first tuners that have already tuned the two-door Audi Sport performance coupe.

When delivered straight from the factory, the RS5 Coupe is equipped with a 2.9 liter V6 with as much as 450 horsepower and 443 pound-feet (600 Newton-metres) of torque. That is already quite impressive, but ABT decided to push its output even further to an additional 60 HP and 59 lb-ft (80 Nm) of torque from the TFSI engine. That gives the RS5 a total of 510 horsepower (375 kilowatts) and 502 pound-feet (680 Nm) or torque.

For those who have already purchased an RS5 Coupe, or are about to get one, you might want to know that the German tuner will ask for €4,760 (or $5,600) for the package they are offering. This includes assembly of the parts at their facility, but excludes VAT.

Read the entire article ABT Sportsline is the first to tune the 2018 Audi RS5 Coupe

Incentives of up to EUR10,000 can be had by Audi customers who are willing to trade-in their older diesel vehicles to new Audi units that are compliant with the Euro 6 standard. This comes as Audi offers enticing trade-in incentives to clients owning diesel cars compliant only with emission standards Euro 1 through Euro 4.

Audi’s delicious trade-in bonuses come as the premium carmaker, along with other German carmakers, agreed to a series of environmental measures with the government of Germany, which are all aimed at reducing nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions from diesel vehicles by the end of 2018.These German carmakers were also urged to employ self-financed competitive measures to provide incentives for the shift from pre-Euro-5 diesel vehicles. As for Audi, its program was created to help accelerate the replacement of older diesel vehicles with modern and more eco-friendly cars.

In compliance with recent National Diesel Forum, Audi is offering incentives to all drivers of diesel cars with the emission standards Euro 1 through Euro 4, regardless of the model or brand, as long as the customer trades in for an Audi vehicle. Attractive conditions are also being offered for customers who are changing over to a late-model used Audi. Financed by Audi AG, these incentives are granted directly through the Audi dealerships, with customers not needing to make separate applications. The incentive offer is only available through December 31, 2017.

Read the entire article Audi is dangling EUR10,000 trade-in incentives for Euro 1 to 4 diesel vehicles in Germany

ABT Sportline’s latest project is aimed at the base Audi R8 model, specifically at its 5.2 liter V10 engine that produces 540 horsepower. The aftermarket company’s new power package enables the V10 engine to give out an extra 70 horsepower to its current output. With ABT’s power package, the R8 will be almost as powerful at the Plus trim, but will cost much less.

Though the tuner does not give specific details on how they gave the R8 an additional 70 horsepower apart from “optimizing the motor management”. What we can see is that the ABT Sportline gave the R8 a new set of forged black 19-inch alloy ER-F wheels, which are probably even lighter than the original set. But customers can choose even larger wheels, the 20-inch GR rims as an option.

If the new 610 horsepower engine is good enough for you to handle, you can bring your new R8 home with that. But ABT Sportline is glad to give your R8 more upgrades including a pair of body kits that are named “Street” and “Race”. These body kits come with a range of aero tweaks from the front skirt, the new rear panel and the rear skirt. For an extra powerful ride, ABT Sportline can give you a new stainless steel exhaust system that adds 20 horsepower. If you’re curious, this power upgrade costs €7,386, without installation. But there are a lot more than can be done.

Read the entire article ABT-tuned Audi R8 V10 offers 630 horsepower
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