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Good news for Audi EU5 and EU6 diesel car owners in Europe. They can now update their cars to fit six-cylinder or eight-cylinder TDI engines through a retrofit program, and the best part is that the company will give it to you for free. In addition, the new engines will improve your car’s emissions even beyond the current legal requirements. Audi will be installing this new software in a total of 850,000 cars.
But it is not just Audi vehicles that will take advantage of this update as Porsche and Volkswagen vehicles that carry the same engine now will get a recall too. As such, a wide number of vehicles across the VW group is affected. This was made possible by Germany’s Federal Motor Transportation Authority (KBA) and Audi.
Audi is doing this to counteract the idea of banning diesel-fueled vehicles in the near future, and to contribute towards the improvement of air quality. The company is taking this action, among others, in order to avoid emission scandals like what Volkswagen faced back in 2015. Mercedes-Benz also faced the same issue in Europe, which made them recall more than 3 million cars to lower the amount of nitrogen oxide emission for the vehicles.Read the entire article Audi voluntarily recalls 850,000 cars with V6 and V8 diesel engines, software updates to be given
Audi’s intention to bring out the Renn Sport Racing version of the Q5 was made clear when it unveiled the Audi SQ5 at the 2017 Detroit Motor Show early this year. Amazingly, the new Audi RS Q5 is expected to show off its high-performance nature by having under its elegantly sporty bonnet a powerful engine that is already fitted in the new Audi RS 5 Coupe.
Following the reveal of the SQ5 in January 2017, it was widely expected that Audi would take the wraps off the new RS Q5 at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show in March. To the dismay of many Audi fans and enthusiasts, that unveiling didn’t happen, and the guessing game for the new Audi RS Q5 continues. Of course, one of the matters being debated is the core of the any vehicle – the engine.
As revealed, the Audi SQ5 is powered by a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 TFSI aluminum engine that delivers 260 kW (354 hp) of max output and 500 Nm (368.8 lb.-ft.) of peak torque available between 1,370 rp and 4,500 rpm. This allows the SQ5 to sprint from zero to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 5.4 seconds on the way to reaching an electronically governed top speed of 250 km/h (155.3 mph).Read the entire article Audi RS Q5 will be powered by the 2.9-liter bi-turbo V6 from RS 5 Coupe
After teasing the public for months with photos and videos of its new flagship model, Audi has finally unveiled the fourth generation of the brand’s flagship model -- the 2018 Audi A8 (D5). As introduced, the A8 is a luxury sedan. Nonetheless, it would not hurt to imagine other versions of the A8 sedan, namely as A8 Coupe, A8 Avant, S8 and RS8.
Definitely, it is a struggle to imagine how the new generation of the Audi A8 Sedan would look like when interpreted in other forms. However, thanks to a certain visual designer who goes by the name of X-Tomi Design, fans and enthusiasts don’t need to use their imagination so hard. After all, X-Tomi has made it much easier to visualize how good-looking the A8 would be if created as other vehicle types by rendering the sedan as a coupe, a full-size wagon (Avant) or as high-performance sporty models.
In its coupe form, the Audi A8 – using X-Tomi’s render -- would definitely look spectacular. Interestingly, the A8 Coupe by X-Tomi looks familiar; its styling was similar to the Audi Prologue concept that was unveiled at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. This was all expected, as after all, the new design language that made its debut on the new Audi A8 sedan was actually born out of the Audi Prologue concept, a design study in the form of a coupe. While a coupe version of the A8 really looks impressive, there have been indications that the Audi Prologue Concept is a preview of the upcoming A9 flagship. Nevertheless, an A8 coupe is also a welcomed proposition, if there would be one.Read the entire article New generation Audi A8 sedan rendered as Coupe, Avant, S8 and RS8
Any car that boasts a two-decade lifespan is quite an impressive feat ---- not only for the brand, but also for those who still have them. With blazing horsepower hiding beneath the surface, these four-door Super saloons continue to be the most practical cars to use every single day.
And the top 10 goes to...Read the entire article Top 10 super saloons from the '90s
Audi A8 (D5) is the talk of the town now - from its Spiderman: Homecoming cameo, its official debut from a couple of days ago, to all the sick features it has got including the new relaxation seats and the laser lights. Now people are wondering whether the A8 will get an RS8 version. For now, we don’t think it will, but it won’t hurt to imagine one.
The first thing PeisertDesign did was to give the A8 a huge black single frame grille with honeycomb pattern on the front fascia. The bumpers on both ends were given a more aggressive style element. On the rear end is a new diffuser that gets the oval RS tailpipes. Larger, blacked out wheels replace the standard set. What completes the overall exterior are the carbon fiber roof that contrasts the green body paint, not to mention the badges on the front and the rear.
As usual, we won’t know what will be on the inside of the Audi RS8, because PeisertDesign has only rendered the exterior. And for the engine, it will probably be equipped with the a 4.0 liter twin turbo V8 developed by Porsche, or it could be a 6.0 liter that can generate 700 bhp.Read the entire article Rendering of Audi RS8 (D5) explores how it could rival Mercedes-AMG S65
Audi has just introduced its new flagship model -- the 2018 Audi A8 (D5) – following a slew of teaser photos and short videos in the past few months. Aside from its gasoline (petrol) and diesel versions, the new Audi A8 flagship will also be offered as a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) – as the A8 L e-tron quattro -- but a later date. But as to when the PHEV would arrive in the United States, it is reportedly going state-side not this year or in 2018, but sometime early 2019.
According to a report from InsideEVs, a spokesperson from Audi disclosed that the A8 L e-tron quattro is likely to be available to US clients in 2019, although an official decision over the matter has yet to be made, or to be disclosed. As expected, the A8 L e-tron quattro would have its debut in Europe in the middle of 2018. Audi also intends to sell the plug-in hybrid version of its new flagship model in the Far East, particularly in China, at around the same time as in the US (2019).
As Audi announced, the German premium carmaker will initially offer the new A8 two extensively reengineered turbocharged V6 engines – a 3.0-liter TFSI gasoline mill and a 3.0-liter TDI diesel unit. The 3.0 TFSI V6 engine is tuned to deliver 460 hp (338 kW) while the 3.0 TDI mill is engineered to generate 435 hp (210 kW). These V6 engines will be followed soon by two eight-cylinder units: a 4.0 TFSI gasoline engine that delivers 460 hp (338 kW) and a 4.0 TDI diesel unit that generates 435 hp (320 kW). Topping the range is a 6.0-liter W12 mill. All of these engines will be complemented by a mild hybrid technology, an extended start/stop function and an energy recovery output.Read the entire article Audi A8 L (D5) e-tron may arrive in the United States as early as 2019
June 11 is an important date for Audi and its enthusiasts. You have all probably heard something about the 2018 Audi A8 (D5) that people have been anticipating for the longest time. Though the A8 took the spotlight that day, the company also announced some pretty exciting things for other models in their lineup.
Audi Sport will be adding a number of Performance Parts the current TT and the R8 models. These upgrades range from exterior and interior design, to the suspension and exhaust system. The great thing about this is that you can just hand over your current ride, and they’ll do the work for you; there is no need to buy a new car.
One of the few upgrades would be the new sport brake linings that are of better quality compared to the original ones, they take longer to fade and can work with both the steel and ceramic brakes. These linings will be paired with titanium carrying plates, which will reduce about 2.2 pounds (1 kilogram). For the TT RS, the company can fit in steel front brake discs with your choice of cooling kits - all of them are compatible with the standard trim, and the higher TTS and TT RS trims.Read the entire article TT and R8 will be getting new Audi Sport Performance Parts
Audi's new flagship model is finally here: the 2018 Audi A8 (D5). In the past couple of months, the company has continuously teased us with photos and short videos of the A8 and what features it will be offering. Other than the teasers, it even made an appearance in the latest Spiderman: Homecoming movie.
Well, today is the day, and we have got all the specs from Audi. At first glance, it doesn't look very different from its predecessor. But don’t fret as its new features inside are certain to blow you away. Overall, the 2018 model year is larger than it was before, and it comes in 12 new colours - and 3 of those are new.
On the exterior, the first thing that one will notice is the single frame grille, and the new lasers within the HD Matrix LED high-beam headlamps. This new system doubles the range of the lights at speeds of over 43 mph.Read the entire article 2018 Audi A8 (D5) gets official
Even as the Audi Summit is about to take place in Barcelona next week, the company decided to tease us even more with the upcoming A8 (D5) flagship. But then again, Audi has been very generous with providing hints about what everyone has been eagerly waiting for.
Though they haven’t revealed everything about it yet, it’s quite obvious that the company isn’t trying to hide the A8 from us. Aside from all the official videos the automaker produced, the car is also soon going to be a Hollywood star, alongside Spidey in Marvel’s latest Spider-Man: Homecoming movie.
The company has revealed a backlit photo of the car showing its profile and some exterior details. There are two very visible lines that remind us of the Prologue concept, while the LED lights are looking very sharp. Other than that, it doesn’t really show anything that we don’t know about yet.Read the entire article 2018 Audi A8 (D5) teasers reveal flagship’s silhouette, more details released
Audi currently does not have any fully electric model that they can call their own after the R8 E-Tron has been discontinued last year. But this year, they showed us concepts of the E-Tron Quattro and the E-Tron Sportback (at Auto Shanghai), and the good news is that the zero-emissions SUV will finally begin production at their Brussels, Belgium factory. The SUV will then be followed by its sleeker counterpart, the Sportback, in 2019.
What sets the E-Tron Sportback apart from the others is the fact that it is a “four-door gran turismo”, with a powertrain of 430 horsepower (320 kilowatts) at standard, and an impressive 496 horsepower (370 kilowatts) when the boost mode is activated. In just four and a half seconds, it can hit 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour). That’s very impressive for a full electric vehicle, but we shouldn’t be too excited until the production model has been tested, and that’s a long while from now.
In today’s world, there is this thing we call “range anxiety”. It simply refers to the stress or anxiety that people who own EVs get, knowing that their car runs on battery power, and that it can simply shut off when the battery gets drained. So the issue is whether they would get to their destination before they’ll have to recharge their vehicles, especially for long distance drives.Read the entire article Audi E-Tron Sportback confirmed to hit production in 2019
As the premiere day of the Audi A8 (D5) comes closer, the company again gives us another preview of the luxury sedan’s new features before we see it in person in Barcelona on July 11. In this preview, Audi reveals that the range topper will feature an active suspension system that has the ability to sense bumps ahead and automatically adjusts its suspension, for a smoother ride overall.
You might be wondering how that works. Well, there is a front-mounted camera which enables the car to scan the road 18 times per second, and once the information has been sent to the suspension, it automatically pre-sets itself - the driver doesn’t even have to do anything.
The A8’s new feature will completely get rid of any “vibrations and jolts” and the company is very confident about the efficacy of this particular feature. The system is quick enough to react to the information that will be obtained by the camera once it sees a bump on the road, the suspension’s actuators will be programmed to provide the perfect amount of travel to actively control the electromechanical suspension system before hitting the uneven road.Read the entire article 2018 Audi A8 (D5) features active suspension that scans street conditions and adjusts automatically
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
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