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Archive for the ‘Audi’ Category

PostHeaderIcon The Audi Q8 Sport Is More Potent and Makes the Q8 e-Tron Easy to Forget

Audi Showed up to the Geneva Auto Show with another Audi Q8 Concept finished in Krypton Orange and featuring a few changes compared to the e-Tron concept that we saw at the Detroit Auto Show earlier in 2017. More important that the little changes in its design, there’s a new mild-hybrid drivetrain that produces 476 horsepower and can propel the Q8 up to 62 mph in less than five seconds and to a top speed that’ll get you close to God. And while doing so, it has a total range of 745 miles between fill-ups, but keep in mind that we don’t have official fuel economy figures yet, so we can’t say how efficient it really is with complete certainty.

The Chairman of Audi’s Board of Management, Rupert Stadler, said, “The drive system of the Audi Q8 Sport concept is a major step towards optimizing efficiency and sustainability in large-volume series production. The combination of mild hybrid technology and a TFSI engine sets a new benchmark for the synthesis of electromobility and combustion engines. In the future, this combination will be used in many Audi models.”

So, as you can see, we actually have quite a bit to talk about, so click on the “continue reading” link below to get all of the juicy details.


PostHeaderIcon The Audi RS 5 DTM Looks Ready To Take On Any Competition

Most of Audi’s cars leave me feeling unimpressed and always wishing for more, at least in the looks department, but Audi’s race cars have never let me down. The last-gen RS 5 DTM was beautiful, powerful, and full of aggressiveness that says “I want to eat your face.” But, racing regulations have changed since that last RS 5 DTM rolled onto the track for the first time, so there was no telling how the next-gen model would look. Then, the doors to the Geneva Auto Show opened to the public and what did we see sitting alongside the road-going RS 5? You guessed it – the next-gen RS 5 DTM. New regulations require these cars be harder to drive, in hopes that it will put more emphasis on the skill of the man (or woman) behind the wheel. That means reduced aerodynamic downforce, different tire setups, and a car that sits higher than before. Be that as it may, the new RS 5 DTM still looks like it wants to eat your face, and your children, for that matter.

Changes to the body include the new-gen headlights, a sticker that resembles the new RS5’s wider grille, revised side skirts that have fewer winglets and a whole new design in the rear, and more rounded wheel arches. In the rear, the GTM receives new, sleeker taillights and a new rear diffuser that isn’t quite as aggressive and has a few more fins. The Spoiler is now angled less aggressively. Overall, it’s an attractive looking race car and certainly looks like it’s ready to tackle the competition. The DTM will ride a little high and makes use of softer tires supplied by Hankook, and are actually designed to offer quicker lap times from the start, but start degrading after just a few laps. But, there’s a little more to talk about, so click “continue reading” to learn more.


PostHeaderIcon Audi R8 V10 By ABT Sportsline

For all of the warts the Audi R8 V10 has – limited storage and ridiculously high price tag, and others – the German supercar has proven to be one of the best all-around performance machines in the market today. It’s got a true sports car look to it and that screaming V-10 engine makes sweet, sweet music to the ears. It’s also become an aftermarket favorite, which speaks to the versatility of the car to stand on its own, while also having enough room for modifications of aesthetic and performance varieties. The R8’s appeal to the tuning industry is evident by the number of programs it has received. And at least one of them will be making an appearance at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show.

This, ladies and gentlemen, is the Audi R8 V10 by ABT Sportsline and in the tradition of previous programs for the German supercar, this kit comes packing with gobbles and gobbles of features, including a performance upgrade that nets an output of 630 horsepower, 20 ponies more than its standard counterpart.

More power, less weight. That, in a nutshell, is the German tuner’s objective with its R8 program is simple. There’s something to be said for four simple words to mean so much more than the sum of their parts, but that’s exactly what we’re dealing with here. The kit, when described individually by their parts, isn’t going to blow anybody’s expectations out of the water. But all together, they help create a version of the R8 V10 that’s well worth the attention it will no doubt receive, not only in Geneva, but in all roads where they’re spotted.

That’s a lot of praise going to ABT Sportsline for its new tuning program for the Audi R8 V10, but for a company that’s been around for 120 years in some form or fashion, it’s hard to expect anything less.

Continue after the jump to read more about the Audi R8 V10 by ABT Sportsline


PostHeaderIcon Audi RS6+ by ABT Sportsline

This time last year, ABT Sportsline was preparing its involvement at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, and one of the cars that it was presenting was the Audi RS6 Avant. It’s funny then that exactly a year later, the German tuner is back in Geneva and one of the cars it’s bringing with it to the auto show is… the Audi RS6 Avant. But before you start screaming “recycle,” it’s important to know that this isn’t last year’s program. In fact, it’s different in a lot of ways, starting with its name: the Audi RS6+ Avant.

Okay, the “+” is the only thing different with the name, but let it be said that, for better or worse, there are a lot of differences between last year’s program and this new one. This program, for example, has a more rounded aerodynamic package than last years. On the other hand, last year’s engine upgrade program – believe it or not – resulted in more power for the RS6 compared to this year’s engine upgrade program. Weird, right?

Most importantly, though, the Audi RS6+ isn’t just made up of a tuning kit like it was with last year’s offering. This version of Audi’s stately wagon is actually a special edition model that’s part of the German tuner’s lineup for the 2017 staging of the Geneva Motor Show. Only 50 units of the RS6+ will be built with the first production of the 50 being the one that will attend the show.

So if somebody you know wonders what the “+” is for in the car’s name, remind them that this creation by ABT Sportsline isn’t a traditional tuning kit. Instead, it’s a tuning kit developed specifically for this car with the intent to sell said tuned cars in very limited numbers. Makes sense now, right?

Continue reading to learn more about the Audi RS6+ by ABT Sportsline.


PostHeaderIcon Audi TT RS-R by ABT Sportsline

The story of the Audi TT RS dates back to 2009 when it was conceived to serve as the range-topping variant of the automaker’s family of TT sports cars. Eight years and a generation change later, the TT RS remains as the embodiment of Audi performance mixed in with an affordable price tag. Yes, there’s the R8 supercar now too, but those bad boys easily fetch six figures in base form. The TT, for all intents and purposes, has served as Audi’s everyman sports car, and the TT RS is becoming the most desirable of the lot.

It’s only fitting, then, that just months after the new-generation Audi TT RS officially made its debut at the 2016 Beijing Auto Show, the first in what will inevitably end up being a long list of tuning programs for the sports car will make its debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. This program, which is dubbed the TT RS-R, comes by way of ABT Sportsline, who you may know for its laundry list of available tuning kits for models wearing the four rings badge.

The German tuner knows its Audis the same way LeBron James knows basketball, so it’s no surprise that it’s initial offering for the TT RS comes with a load of upgrades. But none are more important than power gains to the car’s new 2.5-liter turbocharged five-cylinder engine, which bring power to 500 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque.

The power gains are impressive, but seeing as this is ABT Sportsline we’re talking about here, there’s more to this TT RS program than raunchy power and neck-straining performance. Exterior upgrades are available, and they are aplenty. Same thing with updates on the interior, which count as a lot considering that all the work put into that section was taken cared of by ABT Individual, the tuner’s very own in-house personalization division.

Sadly, there is a caveat to ABT’s TT RS-R, and that’s quantity. The tuner, for one reason or another, decided to build only 50 examples of the program, making it that much more exclusive and a lot harder to get. The good news is that according to ABT, individual components of the program are available for conversions. So if you don’t get the full TT RS-R experience, there are other ways to get, well, some parts of it.

Continue after the jump to read more about the Audi TT RS-R by ABT Sportsline


PostHeaderIcon Drivetribe Takes A Spin In The Audi R18 LMP1: Video

Prototype racers are on another level. The technology and engineering that goes into these machines is simply baffling, making them not only unbelievably fast, but incredibly reliable as well. These aren’t some point-and-squirt drag racers that need a complete engine overhaul every 1,320 feet. Don’t get me wrong – I have massive respect for Top Fuel cars, but compared to an endurance prototype, you could call them a little… delicate. After all, competitors in the top class of the World Endurance Championship are expected to run at 200 mph for hours on end, all while dodging traffic through variable track conditions. Audi knows all about that kind of action, as evidenced by its dominating performance in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, in which the Four Rings has collected a record-setting 13 wins in the past 17 years. But now, Audi has decided to exit the WEC to instead focus on Formula E, leaving us with this – the R18 LMP1. Drivetribe recently had a go behind the wheel, and documented the experience with this 8-minute, 11-second video.

After a little history and background, Drivetribe’s Jethro Bovingdon gives us a break down of the specs, from the diesel hybrid powerplant and AWD system, to the materials and suspension under the skin. Bovingdon then straps into the fighter jet-like cockpit, fires it up, and puts it around Audi’s test track in Neuburg, Germany.

Understandably, Bovingdon doesn’t go 10/10’s, but getting an insider’s perspective and hearing about the experience is a treat nonetheless. “Even on a freezing day on treaded tires, it beats a GT3 car on slicks for braking and cornering, and accelerates in the lower gears like a P1 GTR running nitrous,” Bovingdon explains enthusiastically. “It’s simply the purest, most exciting driving experience I’ve ever had.”


PostHeaderIcon Audi RS 3 Sportback

Audi launched production of the A3 compact three-door hatchback in 1996 with the introduction of the original Typ 8L A3 for the European market. Using the same platform as the Volkswagen Golf and Seat Leon, the first A3 offered an inline four-cylinder engine in both gas and diesel trim. In 1999, Audi introduced the sportier S3 model, which was equipped with a range-topping 222-horsepower turbo four-cylinder. In 2003, the second-gen A3 was released, followed by the second-gen S3 in 2006. Finally, in 2011, the RS 3 Sportback was revealed, rocking a five-cylinder 2.5-liter engine and 335 horsepower. The latest-gen RS 3 arrived in 2015 following the third-gen A3’s release in 2012, and now, Audi is introducing a face-lifted model for the hot-to-trot RS hatchback. The latest RS 3 Sportback arrives on the heels of the RS 3 Sedan, which was revealed just last year at the Paris Motor Show. Now, the hatch heads to Geneva for its official public debut, packing even more power under the hood, updated styling, the latest infotainment gear, lots of luxury, and a decent amount of practicality in the rear.

With the new RS 3 Sportback now in the open, Audi’s sport compact offerings are looking solid, with a full complement of four-doors, coupes, drop-tops, and hatchbacks. However, what really makes the new RS 3 Sportback stand out from the crowd is its powerplant. Making the go in this thing is the most powerful production five-cylinder engine in the world. Granted, high-performance five-cylinders aren’t exactly common, but still, it’s a pretty impressive title all the same.

While stateside customers will be able to enjoy the lovely RS 3 Sedan by this summer, the RS 3 Sportback model is unfortunately not slated for U.S. consumption. And that’s a shame, but it doesn’t mean we can’t ogle it from afar. Read on for all the specifics.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2017 Audi RS 3 Sportback.


PostHeaderIcon New Audi RS3 Sportback Gears Up for Late 2017 Launch

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The focus with the RS3 family has been lately on the sedan version which is a fine car. But for us these three innocuous letters have always bene associated with the hatchback body style and that is what we are now getting again in form of the new 2018 Audi RS3 Sportback.

Set to go on sale later this year, with orders books opening in summer, the new Audi RS3 Sportback has familiar specs including a no-nonsense, angry and business-like exterior paired with a practical and extremely logical, topped up by a 400 horsepower five-cylinder turbo engine with maximum torque of 480 Nm (354.0 lb-ft) which gives the hot hatch a 0 to 62 mph acceleration time of 4.2 seconds. Top speed is limited to 155mph, but you can raise it to 174mph if you buy the optional dynamic package plus. Yep, as always most of the good stuff with Audis are optional extras.

This Quattro motherhumper features a S tronic seven-speed dual-clutch transmission with permanent all-wheel drive based on an electro-hydraulic multi-plate clutch which distributes the drive torque variably between the axles. As if that wasn’t enough for sure-footed performance, they have also given Audi RS3 Sportback Electronic Stabilisation Control (ESC) with wheel-selective torque control. So come rain or sunshine, this bad boy is one of the fastest things out there. And don’t you worry about stopping power because the RS3 comes with 310-millimetre brake discs front and rear housed inside exclusive 19 inch RS wheels.

As you would expect, the RS3 features a lot of RS goodness inside the cabin such as RS seats, RS trims, and RS steering wheel. But one new highlights is the special RS screen in the new model which ncludes a boost pressure indicator, an oil thermometer and a lap timer besides the usual host of connectivity features and it also boasts some cool graphics and themes based on the driving mode you are in. The looks and, frankly that engine, might be a tad outdated, but they can still cut it.

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PostHeaderIcon Another Automaker Could Join The Hypercar Arms Race

Just when you thought the hypercar arms race isn’t already interesting enough on its own, a new player could be joining in on the madness with a limited-run halo car of its own. Sure, it’s still something that isn’t an absolute certainty, but Audi Sport boss Stephan Winkelmann let it be known that it “might be a good idea” for Audi to produce a “very limited car with a high price.”

Winkelmann stopped short of actually confirming such a car in his conversation with CarAdvice, but he did let the cat out of the bag, for whatever that’s worth. So the possibility is now there for an Audi hypercar to come to life. What’s going to be interesting moving forward is how Audi plans to develops such a car in the event that it comes to that point.

One scenario that Winkelmann immediately shot down is the potential for the project to be shared with sister company Lamborghini in an attempt to save to costs. The Audi Sport chief also indicated that if an Audi hypercar does come to fruition, it will need to be a car that will be able to tie in Audi’s long and proud history in motorsports racing. Given that indication, we can at least be sure that an Audi hypercar will be built with premium importance placed on it. It might even turn into an all-hands-on-deck scenario, which would be fitting for a car of its status.

For now though, the whole idea remains, as Winkelmann confirmed, “pie-in-the-sky thinking.” That’s not to say that Audi’s leaning one way over the other, but the mere mention that it’s already being talked about by the company’s execs is a suggestion that an Audi hypercar may not be that much of a reac anymore.

Only time will tell if an Audi hypercar does end up happening, but for what it’s worth, I don’t think anybody will be complaining if Audi ends up making that proverbial leap.

Continue after the jump to read the full story.


PostHeaderIcon In Case You Missed Them, Here Are All The Super Bowl Car Adverts

In the off chance you’ve been on a remote island for the last several weeks and are only now reestablishing a connection with civilization, I’ll start by saying Super Bowl LI took place over the weekend, and it was quite the event. I guess there were a few points scored and something about a comeback, but I was in it for the car advertisements. After all, these aren’t your normal adverts – companies pay upwards of $170,000 per second to get their product front and center for the big game, and that means we saw the major makes go full-bore with the commercial gloss. Tons of car-related adverts were aired, and we’ve got ‘em all right here.

Some were funny and goofy, others were dramatic and heartfelt, and some were just straight up weird. But hey, that’s how it goes when vying for the attention of consumers soaked in beer and guacamole.

Which advertisements caught your eye? Let us know in the comments!

Continue reading to see all the car adverts from Super Bowl LI.


PostHeaderIcon Audi Shows Serious Side With New Super Bowl Commercial

Super Bowl LI is only four days away and as the days count down to the Big Game, we’re already seeing a rush of commercial releases from some of the biggest automakers in the world. Buick just released its new ad for the Cascada and Encore SUV. Lexus and Kia rolled out their ads a week ago, although the latter only released a short teaser of its full ad for Sunday. Then there’s Audi, whose commercials have been staples during the Super Bowl. The German automaker is once again making its presence felt for Super Bowl LI with a new commercial for the S5 Sportback that doesn’t really do much in highlighting the car.

The 60-second clip is called Daughters and unlike the celebrity routes that companies like Kia and Buick went to this year, Audi kept its ad close to the chest with a poignant message about gender equality among millions of people. It’s a curious choice to make, but Audi hasn’t been in shy using Super Bowl commercials to address social or civic issues in the past, so there’s a precedent there for the company to take this approach on Daughters.

The ad itself focuses on a young girl competing in a soap box derby against a group of boys as her father serves as the de facto narrator. Despite being subjected to underhanded tricks and all around mischief from her competitors, the young girl perseveres to take home the victory.

All the while, the father laments on the issues that his young daughter could face when she grows up in a world that still hasn’t embraced equality the way it should. But as the ad ends, his tone shifts to a more positive one as he starts hoping for a better world for his young daughter.

And, just as the ad ends, the S5 Sportback finally makes a quick cameo before the screen fades to black and Audi’s message of commitment “to equal pay for equal work” flashes on the screen.

Continue after the jump to read the full story.


PostHeaderIcon Audi TT TDI Quattro Hits UK Market

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Due to the unique needs of British drivers, forced on them to some extent by the environmental conditions, the most popular version of the Audi TT in that country has always been the high-torque diesel model equipped with all-wheel-drive. Responding to this demand there is now a new Audi TT TDI Quattro here, bringing that combo to the third-gen model.

The Brits like the Audi TT TDI Quattro because, for one thing, the torque of the diesel engine gives them great pulling power while keeping the whole thing efficient fuel economy-wise, and the all-wheel=drive gets them out of tricky situations, of which there are a lot in a country with year-round rain. The new model is not going to disappoint, what with a 2.0 liter TDI unit that develops 184PS and 380Nm of torque and the latest iteration of Quattro system with wheel selective torque control.

Available in both coupe and roadster body styles, both getting a six-speed S tronic twin-clutch transmission as standard, the new Audi TT TDI Quattro offers decent performance with a 0-60 mph time of 6.7 seconds for the hardtop and 7.0 seconds for the topless version, and top speeds of 145 mph and 142 mph respectively. All these figures are significantly better than what the previous model use to manage. You will find the pricing for each trim level of the TDI Quattro after the pictures…

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Model Specification Engine PS CO2 OTR pricing
TT Coupé Sport 2.0 TDI quattro 184 142 £34,230
TT Coupé S line 2.0 TDI quattro 184 142 £36,780
TT Coupé Black Edition 2.0 TDI quattro 184 142 £38,380
TT Roadster Sport 2.0 TDI quattro 184 147 £35,845
TT Roadster S line 2.0 TDI quattro 184 147 £38,395
TT Roadster Black Edition 2.0 TDI quattro 184 147 £39,995

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PostHeaderIcon Audi TT TDI Quattro Hits UK Market

Audi TT TDI Quattro-0

Due to the unique needs of British drivers, forced on them to some extent by the environmental conditions, the most popular version of the Audi TT in that country has always been the high-torque diesel model equipped with all-wheel-drive. Responding to this demand there is now a new Audi TT TDI Quattro here, bringing that combo to the third-gen model.

The Brits like the Audi TT TDI Quattro because, for one thing, the torque of the diesel engine gives them great pulling power while keeping the whole thing efficient fuel economy-wise, and the all-wheel=drive gets them out of tricky situations, of which there are a lot in a country with year-round rain. The new model is not going to disappoint, what with a 2.0 liter TDI unit that develops 184PS and 380Nm of torque and the latest iteration of Quattro system with wheel selective torque control.

Available in both coupe and roadster body styles, both getting a six-speed S tronic twin-clutch transmission as standard, the new Audi TT TDI Quattro offers decent performance with a 0-60 mph time of 6.7 seconds for the hardtop and 7.0 seconds for the topless version, and top speeds of 145 mph and 142 mph respectively. All these figures are significantly better than what the previous model use to manage. You will find the pricing for each trim level of the TDI Quattro after the pictures…

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Model Specification Engine PS CO2 OTR pricing
TT Coupé Sport 2.0 TDI quattro 184 142 £34,230
TT Coupé S line 2.0 TDI quattro 184 142 £36,780
TT Coupé Black Edition 2.0 TDI quattro 184 142 £38,380
TT Roadster Sport 2.0 TDI quattro 184 147 £35,845
TT Roadster S line 2.0 TDI quattro 184 147 £38,395
TT Roadster Black Edition 2.0 TDI quattro 184 147 £39,995

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PostHeaderIcon Audi TT TDI Quattro Hits UK Market

Audi TT TDI Quattro-0

Due to the unique needs of British drivers, forced on them to some extent by the environmental conditions, the most popular version of the Audi TT in that country has always been the high-torque diesel model equipped with all-wheel-drive. Responding to this demand there is now a new Audi TT TDI Quattro here, bringing that combo to the third-gen model.

The Brits like the Audi TT TDI Quattro because, for one thing, the torque of the diesel engine gives them great pulling power while keeping the whole thing efficient fuel economy-wise, and the all-wheel=drive gets them out of tricky situations, of which there are a lot in a country with year-round rain. The new model is not going to disappoint, what with a 2.0 liter TDI unit that develops 184PS and 380Nm of torque and the latest iteration of Quattro system with wheel selective torque control.

Available in both coupe and roadster body styles, both getting a six-speed S tronic twin-clutch transmission as standard, the new Audi TT TDI Quattro offers decent performance with a 0-60 mph time of 6.7 seconds for the hardtop and 7.0 seconds for the topless version, and top speeds of 145 mph and 142 mph respectively. All these figures are significantly better than what the previous model use to manage. You will find the pricing for each trim level of the TDI Quattro after the pictures…

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Model Specification Engine PS CO2 OTR pricing
TT Coupé Sport 2.0 TDI quattro 184 142 £34,230
TT Coupé S line 2.0 TDI quattro 184 142 £36,780
TT Coupé Black Edition 2.0 TDI quattro 184 142 £38,380
TT Roadster Sport 2.0 TDI quattro 184 147 £35,845
TT Roadster S line 2.0 TDI quattro 184 147 £38,395
TT Roadster Black Edition 2.0 TDI quattro 184 147 £39,995

The post Audi TT TDI Quattro Hits UK Market appeared first on Motorward.

PostHeaderIcon Audi TT TDI Quattro Hits UK Market

Audi TT TDI Quattro-0

Due to the unique needs of British drivers, forced on them to some extent by the environmental conditions, the most popular version of the Audi TT in that country has always been the high-torque diesel model equipped with all-wheel-drive. Responding to this demand there is now a new Audi TT TDI Quattro here, bringing that combo to the third-gen model.

The Brits like the Audi TT TDI Quattro because, for one thing, the torque of the diesel engine gives them great pulling power while keeping the whole thing efficient fuel economy-wise, and the all-wheel=drive gets them out of tricky situations, of which there are a lot in a country with year-round rain. The new model is not going to disappoint, what with a 2.0 liter TDI unit that develops 184PS and 380Nm of torque and the latest iteration of Quattro system with wheel selective torque control.

Available in both coupe and roadster body styles, both getting a six-speed S tronic twin-clutch transmission as standard, the new Audi TT TDI Quattro offers decent performance with a 0-60 mph time of 6.7 seconds for the hardtop and 7.0 seconds for the topless version, and top speeds of 145 mph and 142 mph respectively. All these figures are significantly better than what the previous model use to manage. You will find the pricing for each trim level of the TDI Quattro after the pictures…

Audi TT TDI Quattro-1
Audi TT TDI Quattro-2
Audi TT TDI Quattro-3
Audi TT TDI Quattro-4
Audi TT TDI Quattro-5
Audi TT TDI Quattro-6
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Audi TT TDI Quattro-8
Audi TT TDI Quattro-9

Model Specification Engine PS CO2 OTR pricing
TT Coupé Sport 2.0 TDI quattro 184 142 £34,230
TT Coupé S line 2.0 TDI quattro 184 142 £36,780
TT Coupé Black Edition 2.0 TDI quattro 184 142 £38,380
TT Roadster Sport 2.0 TDI quattro 184 147 £35,845
TT Roadster S line 2.0 TDI quattro 184 147 £38,395
TT Roadster Black Edition 2.0 TDI quattro 184 147 £39,995

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PostHeaderIcon Audi TT TDI Quattro Hits UK Market

Audi TT TDI Quattro-0

Due to the unique needs of British drivers, forced on them to some extent by the environmental conditions, the most popular version of the Audi TT in that country has always been the high-torque diesel model equipped with all-wheel-drive. Responding to this demand there is now a new Audi TT TDI Quattro here, bringing that combo to the third-gen model.

The Brits like the Audi TT TDI Quattro because, for one thing, the torque of the diesel engine gives them great pulling power while keeping the whole thing efficient fuel economy-wise, and the all-wheel=drive gets them out of tricky situations, of which there are a lot in a country with year-round rain. The new model is not going to disappoint, what with a 2.0 liter TDI unit that develops 184PS and 380Nm of torque and the latest iteration of Quattro system with wheel selective torque control.

Available in both coupe and roadster body styles, both getting a six-speed S tronic twin-clutch transmission as standard, the new Audi TT TDI Quattro offers decent performance with a 0-60 mph time of 6.7 seconds for the hardtop and 7.0 seconds for the topless version, and top speeds of 145 mph and 142 mph respectively. All these figures are significantly better than what the previous model use to manage. You will find the pricing for each trim level of the TDI Quattro after the pictures…

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Model Specification Engine PS CO2 OTR pricing
TT Coupé Sport 2.0 TDI quattro 184 142 £34,230
TT Coupé S line 2.0 TDI quattro 184 142 £36,780
TT Coupé Black Edition 2.0 TDI quattro 184 142 £38,380
TT Roadster Sport 2.0 TDI quattro 184 147 £35,845
TT Roadster S line 2.0 TDI quattro 184 147 £38,395
TT Roadster Black Edition 2.0 TDI quattro 184 147 £39,995

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PostHeaderIcon Four New Cars to Look Out for in 2017

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The last year has been a good one for the motor industry, and if what we’ve seen of upcoming offerings is anything to go by 2017’s going to be another one, so we’ve put together a list of some of the cars petrol heads should be excited to see in the coming year.

Audi RS3 Saloon

We all know how good the German manufacturer’s existing line is, but their new saloon looks to be a step up even from that, with a turbocharged engine that can take the improved, lighter frame from nought to sixty in just over four seconds. In keeping with the sportier design philosophy, this model will add improved braking and suspension systems for a real feeling of power and control in your driving experience.

Honda Civic Type R

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The new hot hatch from Honda has the look of a statelier vehicle, but sits on top of four thick tyres for legendary traction and comes loaded with a boosted engine. Honda has its sights set on the crown currently worn by the Ford Focus RS as the premier sporty hatchback and the VW Golf GTI Clubsport S’s Nürburgring record, and if the quality of the car lives up to its ambition it’ll be well worth the expected £32,000 price tag.

Skoda Octavia

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This familiar family car is set to get an edgy revamp this year, featuring a sharper, more stylish look in the vein of the Superb and Kodiaq SUV. In addition to a makeover, the new model will be gaining smartphone integration for iOS and Android. The engine range isn’t expected to change so it should be as cheap to run as ever, though some are speculating that a petrol-powered GreenLine model could be making its debut this year.

Toyota Supra

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This sleek sports car almost looks like something out of a science fiction movie, but recent photos show this collaboration with BMW to be the real deal. Little is known as of yet, but it shares a platform with the BMW Z5, features an extensive infotainment dash, and simply oozes style. Keep you eyes peeled for more announcements about this in the coming months.

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PostHeaderIcon Word of Advice: Don't Touch Concept Cars at Auto Shows

When you go to an auto show as a member of the press, you’re there to take as many pictures as you can, but the job also comes with its perks. My favorite perk is that you’re allowed to enter and inspect vehicles that are normally blocked off or locked to the general public. Of course, automakers only keep the cars open for so long after their long-awaited debut, but it’s generally enough time to get whatever you need. Well, this year in Detroit, Audi was packed after its press event that debuted the new Audi S5 Cabriolet, the Audi SQ5 SUV, and the Audi Q8 Concept. Naturally, the Q8 concept got the most attention as it will serve as the basis for a new production model in the near future, so I didn’t get much of a chance to check it out in detail at first. Later in the day, however, I did, but I also got into trouble doing it.

See, once the press event is over, manufacturer representatives linger around to make sure you’re not doing anything you shouldn’t do. And, despite the fact that there was no velvet rope and the doors weren’t locked, Audi wasn’t exactly excited about letting me look inside the Q8 concept after the crowds dispersed. Generally, you’re allowed to walk up, open the doors, and get inside most models so, out of natural instinct, I tried the same with the Q8. It has the shaved door handles and touch panels linked to the automatic door poppers, so I was stoked to see how they worked, but my time was ultimately cut short. I started at the rear hatch to get a shot of the rear cargo area, but once the door was open, I had the chance to snap one picture before the rep came over, shut the hatch, and told me “no.”

“Fair Enough,” I thought, as I proceeded to the side of the Q8 and started to snap a few shots through the glass. I didn’t intend to do so, but I rubbed the little Audi logo on the front door with my arm, and the door opened. Being watched at that point, the rep came over and asked me to leave. Security then walked me out of Audi’s show floor and asked me not to return for the day. If I did, my credentials would be revoked, and I would be escorted out of the show. I returned the second day and got some more pictures, but I made it a point not to open the car again. My point here is that if they are that sensitive with members of the media, it’s probably best for you to avoid trying out those electric door poppers for yourself – you’ll probably find yourself escorted to the front door and unable to return.

And, for the record, I’m not bashing Audi at all – I get it. This is a concept car, there’s only one in existence, and they don’t want anything to happen to it. Believe me, just about everyone wanted to touch those electric door poppers. But, Audi was one of the few manufacturers that didn’t have their concept blocked off completely, so kudos to them. I couldn’t get within 20 feet of the Chrysler Portal or the Volkswagen I.D. Buzz, for example, so the fact that I was able to get that close to the Q8 was actually quite surprising. Either way, it’s probably best to follow the rules, don’t crawl under the ropes, and don’t expect to sit inside any of the concepts.


PostHeaderIcon Did Audi Hire Darth Vader to Design the Q8?

It has become quite the trend to associate menacing looking cars to Darth Vader, but I can’t blame enthusiasts for doing it so often given the massive success of the Star Wars franchise. It’s been going on for a long time too, having started in 1987, when Car and Driver covered the GNX model’s introduction with the headline “Lord Vader, your car is ready.”

We’ve also made a few automotive suggestions to the Dark Lord in our very own “What Would Darth Vader Drive?” article, but I must get back to the topic after seeing the new cars at the Detroit Auto Show. And it’s all because of the Audi Q8 Concept.

Is it just me or does the SUV’s front fascia look as if Darth Vader himself created it? Just look at that wide and massive grille and the six vertical slats. The angled headlamps add to the Vader-inspired appearance too and I’m sure that a black body finish and matte-black instead of chrome would turn it into Anakin Skywalker’s favorite grocery getter.

But here’s the issue. It’s not black. And this is what tells me that Audi didn’t hire Darth Vader as chief of its design department. Jokes aside, the Q8 Concept looks stunning in blue as well and I’m sure it would turn heads in just about any color. Here’s to hoping that Audi will transfer as many details as possible onto the production model!


PostHeaderIcon Audi Unveils New Autonomous Concept At CES, Promises Production Model in 2020

German automaker Audi has revealed a new Piloted Driving concept at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show. Developed in cooperation with Nvidia, which provided artificial intelligence for the self-driving car, the new Piloted Driving model is based on the Q7 SUV and brings Audi’s autonomous system closer to production stage.

The autonomous SUV is the fifth concept in a long line of Piloted Driving experimental vehicles that goes back to 2014. It all started with RS7, which was also used to lap the Nurburgring, and in early 2015 the German company unveiled a similar vehicle based on the Prologue concept. Later that year, Audi rolled out a version based on the now-discontinued R8 E-Tron electric supercar, while 2016 brought an improved version built around the A7 sedan. In 2010, a very early version of the system was used in a TTS that piloted itself up the Pikes Peak course.

The Q7 Piloted Driving is a more advanced version of Audi’s upcoming autonomous system, using new “deep learning” technology for handling real-road complexities. The vehicle uses what Audi describes as “neural networks” and “end-to-end deep learning” on Nvidia’s latest artificial intelligence platform to navigate complex road courses. The Piloted Driving concept can learn from both the road and the driver and can now handle all sorts of upredictable scenarios, including roadblocks, construction sites, and changes in weather.

Displayed in the Gold Lot, adjacent to the North Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center, the vehicle was showcased performing several laps around a closed course, with the configuration of the track modified in the middle of the demonstration. Audi says it will expand testing of the Piloted Driving technology on public roads in California and select states in the U.S. before launching the world’s first vehicle to meet standards of Level 3 automation (as defined by SAE International) to the market.

This won’t happen until 2020, but meanwhile Audi will introduce Traffic Jam Pilot, which uses a central driver assistance controller, with NVIDIA hardware and software, in the next-generation A8. This system will give drivers the option to turn over steering, throttle, and braking functionality to the vehicle at speeds of up to 35 mph when certain conditions are met.

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