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PostHeaderIcon Audi E-tron Quattro

Back when Audi debuted the Audi E-Tron Quattro Concept at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, it promised a production version of its all-electric SUV would be ready in 2018. Sure enough; it looks like Audi is about on par with keeping that promise as the production version of the E-Tron Quattro was just spotted in the wild for the first time. Little is known about the E-Tron Quattro at the moment, but based on the concept and what we see here, it will be a sporty, sleek SUV that shouldn’t have a problem standing up to vehicles like the Tesla Model X. I wouldn’t expect to see all of the futuristic tech from the concept inside, but it should get a digital instrument cluster and a large tablet-like display. If Audi keeps the same drivetrain setup from the concept, the production model should boast a 95 kWh battery pack that’s good for 310 miles per charge along with somewhere around 429-496 horsepower and up to 590 pound-feet of torque.

Of course, by the time this thing hits the market as a 2019 model, it’s quite possible that other automakers could be taking part in the all-electric SUV niche too. Think about models like the Mercedes EQ and the BMW i5, which should both be on the market by 2020 or 2021. Be that as it may, the segment is rather bare right now, and it looks like Audi just might beat the flock in enough time to grab itself a nice little piece of the market. Before that happens, though, let’s take a good look at the spy shots we have now and talk a little more about what we can expect.

PostHeaderIcon Audi RS8

Enthusiasts have been clamoring for a high-performance version of the A8 ever since Audi started making RS-badged cars in the 1990s. But they’ve been out of luck until now. Although Audi did introduce the S8 as early as 1996 and made a version for each generation until now, it has yet to launch a proper RS8 model. And that’s a pretty big issue with the potent AMG S63 and S65 up for grabs and a BMW M7 reportedly under way. With a brand-new Audi A8 to talk about, the first-ever RS8 feels closer than ever.

And it should be! Given the current market trends and the way deep-pocketed customers are empying their bank accounts to take high-performance, luxury sedans home, the RS8 is quite the urgent matter. It would be a big mistake to pass on the opportunity, especially with the new A8 having all the cool features and technology on top of a sporty, yet elegant design. The absence of an RS model in the fourth-generation A8 lineup would widen the gap between Audi and its competitors even further, and it’s safe to assume that Ingolstadt is tired of trailing behind Mercedes-Benz and BMW. With the first-ever RS8 almost imminent, we created a rendering of the car to go with our latest speculative review. Check it out below!

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Audi R8 Performance Parts

At Audi Summit 2017, an event dominated by the new Audi A8, the German company revealed a couple of nicely upgraded models which didn’t get the attention they deserved. They were the new Audi R8 Performance Parts and its little brother the TT RS Performance Parts. 

As the name suggests, Audi Sprt Performance Parts are a number of extras, usually available through tuners and aftermarket brands, offered to you straight from the factory. They help make the cars lighter, faster and nicer to look at… at least if you are into naked carbon and big spoilers.

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In the case of Audi R8 Performance Parts the main highlights of the package include sport brake linings, which are more powerful and less prone to fading than standard brake linings with steel or ceramic carbon discs, two- or three-way coilover suspension, clear carbon aero kit covering front air inlets, the side sills and the diffuser, giving the car not just more attitude but also greater downforce. The R8 now delivers 250 kg (551.2 lb) at 330 km/h (205.1 mph), an increase of over 100 kg (220.5 lb). You also get sport contour steering wheel with multifunction plus and carbon shifters.

The TT models (TT, TT S, and TT RS) share most of the Audi R8 Performance Parts goodies but they also get a sport exhaust system from Akrapovic. The kits launch in late summer 2017.

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PostHeaderIcon Audi S7

The large, four-door hatchback or “Sportback” body is one of the coolest and stylish styles you can find. Prior to 2012, Mercedes was nailing the luxury Sportback niche with the Mercedes CLS Coupe. That dominating presence led BMW to develop the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe and Audi to develop the A7 Sportback. The A7 Sportback hit the scene in 2010 and the S7, a beefed up version of the luxury family hauler came two years later. Powered by a 4.0-liter V-8, the S7 is capable of hitting the 60-mph sprint in 4.3 seconds while looking good and hauling a couple of kids. The S7 went through an update for the 2015 model year, which means the spy shots you see here are our first look at the second-generation S7. Right away you can see some Audi Prologue DNA in there, and we’re betting that it will even pack a little more power too. But, more about that later.

While there is next to nothing known about the next S7, we’re just happy we’re getting a good look at it this early on. You can easily spot design cues from cars like the Audi Prologue Avant Concept, but this is the first time the S7 has been caught in the wild, so there’s still more to the car than what meets the eye. With that said, let’s dive on in and talk a little about what this model could bring to the table in the next few years.

Update 7/13/2017: The Audi S7 was caught putting in some more work during the warm weather in Europe. It hasn’t dropped much in terms of camo, but there are a few changes we can spot, so join us in the special spy shots section below to see them and learn more about the latest word surrounding the S7.

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PostHeaderIcon Audi TT Lighting Style Edition

The new-generation Audi A8 is understandably getting all the love today, but it’s far from the only Audi model making the news. Over in Japan, Audi has introduced an exclusive limited-edition version of the TT sports coupe. It’s officially called the TT 1.8 Lighting Style Edition, and it’s making us wonder (yet again) what we did to deserve not getting any of these special editions in the U.S.

The TT Lighting Style Edition features a steady diet of cosmetic upgrades. It has exclusive color offerings, aesthetic upgrades, and packages that come standard on the model. Audi also picked a good variant of the TT – the 1.8 – to dress up in the exclusive garb. The automaker didn’t say how many of the TT Lighting Style Editions it plans to roll out in the Japanese market, but it did say that the car will be priced in the market at 5.29 million yen, or around $46,200 based on current exchange rates. The price tag is surprisingly modest considering that here in the U.S., the 2.0 TT starts at $43,500. Fortunately, this is one of those times where we don’t really miss out on a special edition model since American customers can basically order the same thing. That said, it still would be nice if Audi sent more of its special edition models to the U.S. That way, we wouldn’t have to keep looking to the other side of the world to satisfy our SE fixes.

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PostHeaderIcon Audi Launches Sport Performance Parts Upgrades For R8 And TT

The automotive market has evolved to the point where carmakers offer a wide range of intermediate versions of their vehicles. Can’t afford a BMW M but you also want something above the standard model? You can get one with the M Sport package. The same goes for various Mercedes-Benz models and, starting 2017, for a couple of Audi vehicles too. The German firm has just launched the Audi Sport Performance Parts line, which adds various upgrades to the R8, TT, TTS and TT RS.

With upgrades for the exterior, interior, suspension, and exhaust system, the Sport Performance Parts package is also a bit different from what you can get from BMW or Mercedes-Benz. Specifically, it’s a retrofit range, so you can purchase it for a car you already own. The bundles are scheduled to go on sale this summer, initially in Germany, but other markets will receive them later on. The good news is that Audi is planning to launch similar ranges for additional models in the future. Find out what these packages include in the review below.

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PostHeaderIcon Official: 2018 Audi A8

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Yep, here it is, one of the most highly teased cars in recent memory, the all-new 2018 Audi A8. For all the hype that surrounded this car’s debut it sure doesn’t look all that exciting, does it? But that is not really the point with the A8. This luxury sedan is designed to set new standards of luxury and technology in this segment, stuff that is traditionally the S-Class‘s job. 

So design-wise the new 2018 Audi A8 is very Audi-ish with mostly straight lines and sharp angels. If you dig that, great. If you don’t, well, you still have the BMW 7 Series with all those curves. The interior design of the new A8 is a much neater job. The cabin just looks high-class, and as for the features, it is packed with stuff you didn’t know you needed. The car has Matrix LED reading lights and a foot massage feature. The rear seat remote, with its OLED display as large as a smartphone, is a removable unit housed in the center armrest.

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In terms of engines and powertrain, the 2018 Audi A8 launches in Europe with a 3.0 TDI and a 3.0 TFSI. The diesel develops 210 kW (286 hp), and the gasoline version 250 kW (340 hp). Two eight-cylinder versions – a 4.0 TDI with 320 kW (435 hp) and a 4.0 TFSI with 338 kW (460 hp) – will follow slightly later. These all come with the Mild Hybrid system which consists of a belt alternator starter (BAS) with a 48 volt electrical system. There is also a plug-in hybrid available with the long-wheelbase A8 L e-tron boasting 330 kW (449 hp) of system power and 700 Nm (516.3 lb-ft) of system torque out of a 3.0 liter V6 mated to an electric motor. It offers 50 km of zero-emission driving.

But perhaps the coolest thing about the 2018 Audi A8 is its AI (Artificial Intelligence) technology features. The list includes traffic jam pilot which takes charge of driving in slow-moving traffic at up to 60 km/h (37.3 mph),  Audi AI remote parking pilot and the Audi AI remote garage pilot which autonomously steer the A8 into and out of a parking space or a garage, self-learning navigation, Audi AI active suspension, and Audi Wireless Charging, a pad in the garage floor that transfers the power inductively to a receiver coil in the automobile with a power output of 3.6 kW.

Prices for the new Audi A8 luxury sedan start at EUR 90,600 for the A8, and EUR 94,100 for the A8L. The first production units will hit the market in late fall 2017.

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PostHeaderIcon New Audi A8 Will Launch Company’s New Dashboard Technology

The long-awaited debut of the Audi A8 happens today, and if the hype surrounding the company’s new flagship model is any indication, we could be in store for a few treats. One particular aspect about the new A8 that’s getting a lot of attention is its dashboard, and just in time for the sedan’s debut, Audi Design boss Marc Lichte is throwing more wood on that fire by hinting at what could very well be the latest innovation to come out of Ingolstadt.

In an interview released by Audi itself, Lichte explained that the A8 will hardly feature any buttons or switches in the interior. In their place will be a new touchscreen display integrated into the dashboard, essentially serving as the brain and command center. Lichte’s comments aren’t exactly ground-breaking; we’ve already seen Audi’s new virtual dashboard, albeit in concept guise when it was introduced with the E-tron Quattro Concept back at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. It’s unclear how much of the virtual dashboard from the concept is going to be used in the A8, but remember, that dashboard featured not one, but three different digital displays that were responsible for all of the vehicle’s operations. All signs, including Lichte’s comments, seem to point to the new A8 getting a production version of this virtual dash. How close the production version is to the concept will only be answered when Audi finally pulls the covers off of the new A8. Good thing then that it’s happening today.

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PostHeaderIcon Audi Exec Calls Audi RS5 Coupe’s Published Performance Numbers “Conservative”

We’re well past the halfway point of 2017 and the first half of the year has brought us plenty of exciting cars to look forward to. One new car that hasn’t gotten as much love as it probably deserves is the Audi RS5 Coupe. It was introduced at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, and while it had a good run in the spotlight, it hasn’t had the same kind of sustained exposure the German automaker wants. Well, that changes today because Audi Sport’s Head of Technical Development Stephen Reil dropped a juicy bit of information about the sports coupe in an interview with Car Advice. In so many words, Reil is claiming that the RS5 Coupe is even faster than Audi’s own published claims.

Reil specifically singled-out the RS5 Coupe’s acceleration time in the interview. Apparently, the automaker’s claim that the performance coupe can clock in a 0-to-62-mph time is conservative to what it can actually do. According to Reil, the car can actually accelerate from an idle position to 62 mph in “as little as 3.7 seconds under ideal conditions.” Now the caveat of “ideal conditions” will raise some eyebrows, but Reil added that “even under the worst conditions,” it can do its published 3.9-second acceleration time.” This is interesting because if the RS5 Coupe can really do 3.7 seconds going from a full stop position to 62 mph, it will separate itself from its competitors, namely the Mercedes-AMG C63 and the BMW M4, at least as far as this comparison is concerned.

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PostHeaderIcon Audi Exec Calls Audi RS5 Coupe’s Published Performance Numbers “Conservative”

We’re well past the halfway point of 2017 and the first half of the year has brought us plenty of exciting cars to look forward to. One new car that hasn’t gotten as much love as it probably deserves is the Audi RS5 Coupe. It was introduced at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, and while it had a good run in the spotlight, it hasn’t had the same kind of sustained exposure the German automaker wants. Well, that changes today because Audi Sport’s Head of Technical Development Stephen Reil dropped a juicy bit of information about the sports coupe in an interview with Car Advice. In so many words, Reil is claiming that the RS5 Coupe is even faster than Audi’s own published claims.

Reil specifically singled-out the RS5 Coupe’s acceleration time in the interview. Apparently, the automaker’s claim that the performance coupe can clock in a 0-to-62-mph time is conservative to what it can actually do. According to Reil, the car can actually accelerate from an idle position to 62 mph in “as little as 3.7 seconds under ideal conditions.” Now the caveat of “ideal conditions” will raise some eyebrows, but Reil added that “even under the worst conditions,” it can do its published 3.9-second acceleration time.” This is interesting because if the RS5 Coupe can really do 3.7 seconds going from a full stop position to 62 mph, it will separate itself from its competitors, namely the Mercedes-AMG C63 and the BMW M4, at least as far as this comparison is concerned.

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PostHeaderIcon Audi A5 Cabriolet – Driven

Audi has been hard at work revamping its A5 and S5 lineup over the last few years. The two-door coupes and four-door Sportback versions debuted in the U.S. for 2017, bringing the new MLB Evo architecture, big updated in active safety features, and Audi’s widely praised Virtual Cockpit. Now for 2018, the drop-top version gets its go, completing the A5 lineup. But rather than taking Audi’s word on these improvements, I needed the wind through my hair.

A 2018 Audi A5 Cabriolet 2.0T with the Prestige package arrived for the week fitted with nearly every option. While that inflated the price slightly past $65,000, the A5 proved its competence at being an all-rounder, working both as an everyday luxury coupe and as an open-top weekend toy. All it takes is 15 seconds to lower the top and the car changes its demeanor. Much of that can be credited to the multi-layer “acoustic” soft top and generous amounts of insulation. Even passing a semi truck on the interstate is hushed. The new interior pushes the bar for Audi, yet again. Soft-touch materials are paired well with high-end trimmings and in-dash technology that feels cutting-edge. Heck, there’s even microphones embedded into the front seatbelts for taking calls with the top down. It’s this attention to detail that makes the 2018 A5 Cabriolet so interesting. But what’s it like to live with? Keep reading to find out.

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PostHeaderIcon Audi A8

While the Audi A8 has always seemed to wear an understated tuxedo with its sleek looks and undeniable style, the third-generation model has been in circulation for the last seven years. It’s one of the last few models to still sport Audi’s tall, square grille and it’s time for a serious revamp. So, it was no surprise when we started seeing prototypes hitting the streets and the Nürburgring, and now – after a quick peak at the Spider-Man: Homecoming premiere, Audi has laid it all out on the table. As is the usual case with Audi, overall design changes are somewhat minimal, but it does get the new, wide grille, a pair of sexy headlight units, and repositioned body lines that make it even more appealing than ever before. Inside, there’s a completely redesigned dashboard with new technology, updated user interface controls, and it finally gets Audi’s new piloted driving system which allows remote parking and semi-autonomous driving in highway traffic. To go along with this, the A8 gets a revises suspension system that includes all-wheel steering and active suspension. Topping off the new generation is a pair of reengineered, turbocharged V-6 engines that will eventually be joined by a pair of V-8 powerplants and a 6.0-liter W-12 for the range-topping model.

So, with all that in mind, one can’t help but wonder how the new A8 will stand up against the new Mercedes S-Class and the new BMW 7 Series. It’s obviously going to be a tough call as to which is better, but Audi is coming to the party prepared to throw down. So, let’s dive on in and take a better look at the new Audi A8 – there are lots of details to cover.

PostHeaderIcon 2018 Audi A8 Preview

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We now have an official date and place for the debut of the all-new 2018 Audi A8: July 11 at Audi Summit in Barcelona. So it is probably a good time to go through the ‘preview’ information we have on the grandest Audi of them all, especially as this bad boy seems quite serious about wanting a bigger piece of the luxury segment pie. 

In order to do that the 2018 Audi A8 needs to be more luxurious and more technologically advanced than Mercedes S-Class, and better to drive than BMW 7 Series. The luxury and driving part are yet to be evaluated, but even from the teaser material you can tell in terms of technology the new A8 is going to be at the top of its game. The car benefits from extensive use of Artificial Intelligence in systems as various as automated parking to traffic jam assist.

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As for the powertrain, 2018 Audi A8 will introduce the firm’s latest electrification technologies with its mild-hybrid drive vehicles (MHEVs). All model regardless of the engine will boast this system with the A8 getting a beefy 48-volt version. This not only helps with the fuel efficiency, it’ll also enhance the performance of the car.

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Audi A8 is also one of the lightest vehicles in its class thanks mainly to a sophisticated spaceframe made from a mix of material. For the next generation of the Audi A8, an intelligent mix of four materials is being used for the first time in the weight-bearing body structure – more materials than in any of the brand’s previous production models. The luxury sedan is thus once again rightfully claiming its role as an innovation driver in automotive lightweight design: Its low weight and impressive rigidity offer greater performance, efficiency and safety.

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Before its official debut in Barcelona, the all-new Audi A8 will appear on the silver screen making a guest appearance in the blockbuster ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming,’ in theaters worldwide in July.

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PostHeaderIcon First Impressions: 2018 Audi A5 Cabriolet

Audi just wrapped up the A5’s first decade with a bang – a move into its second generation. The A5 debuted for 2007 and made quite a name for itself over the past 10 years. The second-generation A5 broke cover for the 2017 model year in Europe, but has taken the customary year before crossing the pond. Now Audi showrooms are filling with both Coupe and Cabriolet versions for 2018. My driveway is also home (though sadly, only for the week) to Audi’s new compact executive convertible.

My Silver Metallic A5 Cabriolet is dressed in the range-topping Prestige trim and powered by the 2.0-liter TFSI engine backed by a dual-clutch and Quattro AWD. Its sharp bodylines and new hexagonal grille bring a new, more aggressive attitude to the A5. The optional bi-color, 19-inch multispoke wheels certainly help, too. The angular design borrows from other new-age Audi products, including the swanky TT Coupe. In person, the 2018 A5 Cab is more muscular and purposeful – far more than the rounded and unathletic appearance of the previous car. Audi designers went even further with the A5 Cabriolet’s interior. Like the A5 Coupe, the cabin feels more like a cockpit thanks to its racy design, Virtual Cockpit instrumentation, and myriad of buttons scattered about. So what’s it like getting behind the wheel for the first time? Keep reading.

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PostHeaderIcon Audi R8 Spyder V10 Plus

The second-generation Audi R8 came to life in 2015, when the German firm unveiled an evolutionary design with sharper styling cues and a more aggressive approach. Audi also revamped the engine lineup, adopting an upgraded 5.2-liter V-10 and dropping the base V-8. Instead, it introduced an all-electric version of the R8, which was discontinued only a year on the market. Just like its predecessor, the second-gen R8 also gained Plus and Spyder variants. But for the first time in history, Audi brought the two badges under the same umbrella, creating the R8 Spyder Plus.

Essentially a convertible version of the more extreme R8 Plus, the Spyder Plus finally gives drop-top enthusiasts the option of driving a beefed-up version of the V-10 engine with infinite headroom. Not only a first for the nameplate, the Spyder Plus also gives the company a suitable competitor for the Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet, as well as the new-for-2018 McLaren 570S Spider. How does it stack up against the opposition? Find out in my review below.

Updated 06/19/2017: Audi dropped a first promo video for the new R8 Spyder V10 Plus. Continue reading to watch it!


PostHeaderIcon Official: 2018 Audi R8 Spyder V10 Plus

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Complementing the new Audi R8‘s range is a top-of-the-line open-top model released just in time for summer. The 2018 Audi R8 Spyder V10 Plus is the most powerful series-production car from the German car maker with a 610 PS engine and acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 3.3 seconds.

But performance is only one side of 2018 Audi R8 Spyder V10 Plus. The super car also comes with exclusive design package with special exterior colors such as this micrommata green you see here. There is also performance mode, R8 bucket seats, ceramic brake system and carbon components included as standard equipment, all of which set this model apart from pretty much every other R8 in the range. The roof arrangement, as with regular Spyders, is a cloth affair that can be opened or closed in 20 seconds, even while driving at up to 50 km/h (31.1 mph).

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And as is often the case with Audi, a lot of the good stuff are optional, namely  extendible and retractable rear window, wind deflector, and this very color. Audi laser light with dynamic turn signals are also optional, but LEDs comes as standard, and does the carbon aero kit, consisting of front spoiler, sideblades, sill trims, diffuser, rear spoiler and convertible top compartment lid. Wheels-wise,19 inch rimsare stadnard, 20 inch optinal, and inside the cabin R8 performance steering wheel in leather with multifunction buttons and four control satellites, MMI navigation plus with MMI touch are standard, but Audi connect, Audi smartphone interface and Audi phone box with inductive charging and Bang & Olufsen Sound System are optional extras.

The drivetrain includes a seven-speed S tronic with lightning-quick shifting and quattro permanent all-wheel drive for fully variable distribution of drive torque, electro-hydraulic multi-plate clutch with electronic control and water cooling, rear axle with mechanical locking differential. Orders are now being accepted for the Audi R8 Spyder V10 plus, and the first cars will be delivered in late summer 2017. The base price in Germany is 207,500 euros.

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PostHeaderIcon Up Close with 2018 Audi SQ5

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The high-performance crossover market has been experiencing a steady growth over the past couple of years and more and more of the major players in this segment want to get involved. As always, Audi has tried to make the game over before it begins by offering a virtually flawless product in form of the 2018 Audi SQ5. 

And as always, the product seems a lot better on paper. Not that 2018 Audi SQ5 is bad or anything, but getting the numbers right is just part of the equation. In order to make a kickass high-performance crossover one needs more than impressive numbers. It also needs to be charming, and that is where we reckon the SQ5 has little to say when compared to stuff like the Macan or the GLC 43.

Having said that, we have to admit we can’t help drooling whenever we see this 2018 Audi SQ5 in Azores Green. In this video you get an up close and personal look at the SQ5 and see in in action as it does acceleration runs and handling tests, and also hear a sample of its exhaust noise:

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As for those impressive numbers, the 2018 Audi SQ5 features a turbocharged a 2,995 cc, V6 TFSI engine with an output of 260 kW (354 hp) and peak torque of 500 Nm (368.8 lb-ft) of torque from 1,370 to 4,500 rpm. This enables the car to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 5.4 seconds, on to an electronically-governed top speed of 250 km/h (155.3 mph). Fuel economy-wise, the SQ5 consumes just 8.3 liters of fuel per 100 kilometer (28.3 US mpg) – a CO2 equivalent of 189 grams per kilometer (304.2 g/mi).

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PostHeaderIcon What’s The Best Sporty Luxury Sedan You Can Get For Less Than $50K?

At its most basic, a sport sedan should be a happy balance between two competing philosophies. The “sport” half of the equation should make it engaging, both in the way it drives, and the way it looks. A sport sedan should issue a dose of adrenaline when the hammer is down, and be a willing dance partner in the corners. It’s also gotta draw attention, turning heads as it goes, making its owner pause momentarily after exiting and locking the doors. Then there’s the “sedan” bit. A sport sedan isn’t supposed to be stripped down and basic – practicality and comfort are paramount. Often used as a daily driver, backside coddling should be there in abundance, complementing the car’s speed potential, rather than taking away from it. All told, it’s a big ask, but this segment has plenty of contenders vying for the title of best. In this comparison, we look at six of the top entries and sort them out, from first to last.

Listed in alphabetical order, this comparison will take a look at the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series, Chrysler 300, Infiniti Q50, Jaguar XE, and Mercedes-Benz C-Class. We’ve evaluated each in terms of exterior aesthetics, interior comfort and technology, powertrain and drivetrain specs, and chassis and handling. We’ve also included a glut of info in chart and graph form to help you make a quick comparison. So without further ado, let’s take a look at the best sporty luxury sedan you can get for less than $50,000.

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PostHeaderIcon Audi Switches to Android Infotainment

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After Volvo, who have partnered with Google to make their own Android infotainment system, Now Audi announced they, too, have come up with an integrated Android operating system for their future in-car connectivity needs. Audi’s system will be showcased in the Q8 Sport Concept at Google I/O developer conference which starts today (May 17). 

Here’s a brief overview of what Audi’s Android infotainment system looks like in action. As with other Android-based systems, apps are the main highlight:

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The Android infotainment in Audi Q8 Sport Concept offers apps such as streaming service Spotify, Google Play Music and Google Assistant, plus Google Maps which could replace Audi’s own navigation system. Of course, all of these are available on your phone, but the beauty of this system is that it integrates all these online services into the car’s MMI system which means you cna use them driecly from the touch display in the center of the dashboard. Now this could prove a little distracting constantly fondling your screen as you drive along, but hey, this is what people want right now.

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As Audi clarifies: “The seamless integration of Android harbors tremendous potential. Android is the world’s most popular mobile platform with more than 1.4 billion active users worldwide. The open Android community’s immense breadth of expertise and creativity can speed up the development of new applications. New apps can quickly find their way into the cars as additional connected services, for example, if they fulfill the requirements of Google and Audi. The foundation for this is the Android platform. Other customer advantages alongside shorter update cycles include a significantly greater diversity of services as well as broad international availability.

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PostHeaderIcon LEDs Dominate The Conversation On The Audi E-Tron Sportback Concept

Most concept vehicles are largely created because the automaker wants to promote something for future production vehicles. That formula has been tried and tested so many years that it’s become normal for people like us to expect them. Such is the case with Audi’s new E-Tron Sportback Concept, which is actually promoting a lot of things, not the least of which is the company’s overarching electric crossover agenda. But there is one aspect about the E-Tron Sportback Concept that Audi really wants us to pay attention to. It’s the LED lights, and for what they’re all worth, there are a lot of them.

Audi hasn’t said exactly how many light emitting diodes the concept has at its disposal, but the front bumper alone has around 250 LEDs that extend from one end of the bumper to the other. More LEDs are located on either side of the grille, including Audi’s actual four rings logo. Yes, the Audi logo is made from LEDs, and that’s not even counting the number of LEDs that have been packed on both the headlights and taillights.

According to Audi, the LEDs were added to the concept to showcase different lighting patterns that we may or may not see in future production models. These patterns work to communicate with other cars on the road, which itself is a novelty that could find its way on a production model of the coupe-crossover concept should it get that far.

The smart money is to wait and see how the technology evolves from here on out. These many LEDs may look good on a concept, but the costs of packing all of them on a production model could determine whether they’re feasible or not. Make no mistake though, the visual appeal of all these lights on a concept is evident; the only question is whether Audi deems them reasonable enough to become fixtures – no pun intended – on its future models.

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