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Deep in the press preview of next month’s public reveal of the 2015 Audi A8 facelift, a nugget of very newsworthy information is buried: the 2015 A8 will be offered as a four-cylinder, front-drive hybrid for the first time.

Ditching the quattro all-wheel-drive that is otherwise an A8 standard feature, the A8 Hybrid model is important for a number of reasons. First off, it is a full hybrid with a Li-ion battery pack in the trunk allowing brief EV-only driving.

Secondly, it uses a small and powerful gasoline engine as the primary drivetrain, eschewing the intellectual preference for diesel-electric hybrids from the European luxury brands. This gasoline setup means its performance and economy will be highly tailored to the American and Chinese markets, with arrival in U.S. dealers with the rest of the remodeled A8 gang next spring.

The major reason this car is important is of course its primary USP: fuel economy. With a quoted 37 mpg on the U.S. cycle, the A8 Hybrid will comfortably be able to add 10 mpg to the fuel economy of the second-most-efficient (U.S.) engine: the supercharged quattro V-6 A8 3.0 TFSI.

All the A8’s rich and formal styling, LED lighting and interior tech upgrades promise a new A8 experience, but with a relaxed drive more along the lines of the Lexus ES350h than any previous exec hybrid from Germany. Previous eco-themed limousine models from BMW and Mercedes for the American market, like the BMW ActiveHybrid 7 and Mercedes-Benz S400 Hybrid , were both total sales failures with almost no economy incentive for buyers.

Click past the jump for the full preview of the 2015 A8 Hybrid, with all the latest details from Audi about its power outputs, EV range and in-car WLAN hotspot technology.

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The gifts just keep coming from Audi ’s quattro performance tuning division: stunning first official images of the brand-new 2014 RS5 Cabriolet, which will be coming to American Audi dealers later this fall.

Joining the R8 and the new RS7 , the RS5 Cabriolet brings enough horsepower and visual aggression to break glass with just one stare. Yes, the Audi’s LEDs are not exactly the friendly smile worn by many cars in traffic. The metallic honeycomb grille is gigantic and looks capable of ingesting a whole family of birds at its 174 mph top speed.

The atmospheric V-8 produces 450 horsepower, with an optional sports exhaust and Black Optics package hiding the twin coffee-can oval exhaust outlets under the diffuser panel. These cans are so large that they define the lower rear graphic of the RS5, and look really incredible with the sharp bumper corners up top. Dark wheels bring standard steel discs with an interesting fluted edge design, but carbon ceramic brakes are available for ultimate autobahn stopping power.

Any tradeoff versus the RS5 coupe yet? Wind in your hair, Audi’s classic aluminum brightwork on the windshield surround, and a flat soft-top all seem better than the coupe. Seating for four is also possible in the RS5 Cab, which loses only 2 cubic-feet of luggage room with the top down.

A $10,000 premium sees RS5 Cab base prices at $78,000, but the optional comfort seats with heat and ventilation look ideal for this beach bruiser, so budget about $85,000 in total for the Black Optics upgrades as well.

Click past the jump for the full review of the 2014 Audi RS5 Cabriolet, the hottest four-seat Audi drop-top ever made.

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Audi revealed the 2015 A8 L W12 facelift yesterday, and mild is the right description. This mid-cycle refresh brings improved performance, fuel mileage and technology, but little styling change outside. New adaptive Matrix LED headlights and a broader panel of LED brake lights appear out back, while scrolling sequential LED turn signals add some R8 flair to this long-wheelbase executive flagship.

This A8 L W12 quattro barely needs any extra charm school, but its nose now features a metallic mesh grille for the center shield as well as the lower air intake ducts. It is a nice touch that is subtle enough to make the W-12 unique versus its lesser siblings: the A8 TFSI, TDI or Hybrid models.

This debut for the 2015 Audi A8 is in advance of its public display next month at the Frankfurt auto show , where the A8 will be part of an extravaganza of new models from the German auto giants.

In the ultra-limo category of this 12-cylinder model, the A8 is actually far more understated and anonymous than piloting a Bentley Flying Spur or Porsche Panamera Turbo Executive , the new long-wheelbase version aimed at Chinese businessmen. It takes a closer look or a truly eagle-eyed car guy to know that this monster luxury limo is not another everyday Audi A4 .

Audi ’s subtle facelift leaves much to be desired in the face of a brand new 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class . How will the new Audi fare when it arrives stateside next spring?

Click past the jump for the full preview of the 2015 Audi A8 L W-12 quattro, with all the latest updates to its exterior LED style and interior technology.

As BMW and Mercedes keep changing their lineups in the hopes of dragging in new customers from one another, Audi Audi is remaining fairly quite. In the last few years, it has chosen to simply upgrade its lineup instead of completely changing things, and rightfully so, as the German luxury car builder has grown leaps and bounds in recent years.

Its latest tweak comes by way of the revised S8 that is set to hit showrooms in the 2015 model year.

The S8 is and always has been the precise definition of a sleeper car, as its relatively unimposing look, rounded body and large exterior give it the look of a cushy luxury sedan. However, that throaty, turbocharged V-8 under its hood has a completely different agenda than its luxurious exterior and interior.

The S8 is one of those rare breeds that allow you to talk million-dollar business deals one second and smoke a Porsche 911 to 60 mph the next. There’s really nothing else like it this side of the $150k mark. Sure, you can make claims that the Jag XJ Supersport — if you still want one after Dick Van Dykes went all "Fisker Fisker Karma" on him — or the S63 AMG are worthy competitors, but we doubt either exudes the class of the S8 as it pins your head against the headrest.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 S8

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German auto design house PPI launched its new company name and a new Audi R8 -based Razor Spyder GTR model this weekend at Pebble Beach Concours week. PPI is now called PPI Speed Design , and to go with the new name is this hot open-air conversion kit for both the V-8 and V-10 R8 supercars.

Marked out by freer breathing for the induction and exhaust, the most notable element of the Razor Spyder is the open-air door cutouts that make every day a breezy California summer.

Cut from aluminum and reinforced with carbon fiber, the door cutouts promise a spectacular view of the road and create a cockpit that feels open and free like a track day special or the Aston Martin CC100 speedster. Lacking weatherproofing (or side windows) to provide these interesting cockpit vents, the PPI “Spyder Doors” take the R8 V-10 Spyder ’s drama level and performance level - then cranks it up to "11."

The full complement of PPI Speed Design carbon-fiber styling and aerodynamic tweaks are included on the prototype seen above, which also features a custom satin matte blue paint and contrast black features for the side air ducts and a giant dual intake scoop behind the passenger headrests.

The result is certainly dramatic in a way that most modified R8’s are not, with giant virgin gold painted brake calipers and a GT3-inspired front air dam looking amazing with the latest LED headlights from the latest R8 Audi design.

Click past the jump for the full review of the 2013 PPI Speed Design Razor Spyder GTR, a complete package or individual components from this German supercar enhancer.

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Audi is celebrating the half-a-million mark in the production of the TT with the unveiling of a special edition TTS . Called the TTS Competition, Audi will limit the new special edition to only 500 units and it will put the model into production in October. In Europe, the new TTS Competition will add only €1,900 ($2,500) over the base TTS, which is priced from €46,700 ($62,000).

The first-generation Audi TT was unveiled in 1998 in the coupe version and one year later the roadster version debuted. The first TT remained in production until 2006 and one year later, Audi released the second generation. The first TTS version was unveiled at the 2008 Detroit Auto Show as the first S model in the TT range, then the TT-RS arrived a year later at the 2009 Geneva Auto Show.

Since its initial launch in 1998, Audi has sold a total of 500,000 TT models, which is proof that the model is a force to be reckoned with in the compact sports car market.

Click past the jump to read more about the Audi TTS Competition.

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Audi Q7

We have known for a quite some time now that Audi has been hard at work on the second-generation Q7 SUV . To date, all we have seen testing were just mules of the next model. However, now an actual Q7 prototype was caught testing somewhere on the roads of Germany.

The next Q7 will move to a new platform that it will share with the next-generation Volkswagen Touareg, Porsche Cayenne and of course the upcoming Bentley SUV . Thanks to this new platform and to the intense use of lightweight materials like aluminum, the next Q7 will be about 880 pounds lighter than the current model. Despite this huge weight loss, rumors point to the next Q7 being larger than both the Touareg and Cayenne.

Under the hood, Audi will work on offering smaller engines, with its focus being on improving fuel economy and on reducing CO2 emissions. A hybrid version was also rumored.

Expect the next Audi Q7 to be unveiled in September 2014 at the Frankfurt Motor Show and to hit the market in late 2014.

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At the end of July, Audi dropped the first teaser video for a new model that will make its world debut in September at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show.

Today, Audi unveiled a new teaser video that comes with the promise that the first details on the new model will be unveiled on August 21, 2013.

In both teaser videos, Audi said nothing about what model is hiding under the covers. The only thing that Audi let us know is that these are two "new" models. Despite the relative lack of information, we are pretty certain that this is the revised A8 .

What make us assume that this is the A8? Well, the model hiding under the silk cloth seems to be a sedan and the only sedan that Audi has tested in the past few months is, of course, the updated A8.

But we will see if we were right in just a few days. Stay tuned!

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The all-new Audi RS6 sedan is great and we already know pretty much everything there is to know about it. The new RS6 Avant, on the other hand, remained a relative mystery since details of it first leaked. As time went on, our patience wore thin and we managed to dig up some information on it to wet our hot-hatch whistle a little.

Now that we have pretty much found out all of the important details and even found some rather official-looking leaked images , Audi has lifted the veil and released the RS6 Avant’s details. We didn’t expect to see the RS6 Avant’s information until the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, so we are wondering if Audi released this information willingly or if its hand was pushed by the automotive industry’s prying eyes.

Sure, we’ll go ahead and take some credit for this early information release.

Updated 12/11/2012: Audi has released a trailer video for its new RS6 Avant. The video shows the new sports wagon in action on the road and offers an idea on how the engine under the hood sounds like. Enjoy! Oh, and what a glorious sound it is. Enjoy!

Updated 08/09/2013: Audi unveiled a new commercial video for its RS6 Avant. The idea behind the commercial is that with every RS6 Avant you will also have parts from the R18 Le Mans Prototype racecar.

Click past the jump to read all of the intimate details on the 2013 Audi RS6.

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In the latest episode of Drive, Chris Harris tested two of the most amazing sports station wagons out there: the Audi RS6 Avant and the Mercedes CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake . Both cars deliver an impressive amount of luxury, are quite powerful and are very (very) expensive. Upon first look, these two wagons appear to be identical, but when it comes down to on-road behavior, Chris finds them to be quite different. Check out the video to see what Harris thinks on the two models!

The RS6 Avant is far and away one of our favorite wagons ever to grace the pavement. It is powered by a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter TFSI V-8 engine that delivers a total of 560 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque, which afford it a 0-to-60 mph sprint of just 3.9 seconds and an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph (174 mph with the Dynamic Package and 189 mph with the Dynamic Package plus).

The CLS 63 AMG, on the other hand, is a model that we are still unsure of. It’s styling is a little over the top and it is powered by less powerful 5.5-liter V8 biturbo engine that delivers a total of 557 horsepower and 531 pound-feet of twist. This nets the Mercedes wagon a 0-to-60 mph sprint of 4.3 seconds and up to a top speed of 155 mph (electronically limited).

Given these two cars are so close to one another on paper, one may assume that they are nearly identical on the track. Well, you will find out, just as Harris did, that things become significantly skewed in one wagon ’s favor when you put the rubber to the road. See the video to find out which model runs away with the competition.


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