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The Audi S6 is the only Volkswagen Group model so far to use the revolutionary new twin-turbo V-8 paired with the firm’s twin-clutch transmission. The technical merits of the design allow the S6 to beat the remarkable sub-4-second sprint stats achieved by the larger S8 despite packing 100 fewer horsepower.

The transition from the luxury A6 to the S6 is a comprehensive redesign of nearly all the car’s key mechanical systems and components. The exterior style barely moves forward from the A6 S-line but does include a number of S6-exclusive elements, like the giant quad exhaust system, and deeper fascias and bumpers.

The S6 raises the bar on every aspect of the standard A6’s performance. It also changes the car’s competitive set from BMW 535i and Mercedes E350 models up to the Porsche Panamera and the new E63 AMG 4Matic . For 2014, the S6 has some reshuffled option packages and a new Black Optics trim pack to increase car’s road presence.

The Porsche Panamera is the S6’s biggest competitive threat for buyer attention. Does the Audi have the chops to dethrone the ranking AWD performance sedan king?

Click past the jump for the full review of the Audi S6 with info on the new-for-2014 features and options.

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Last year, the Audi R18 e-tron quattro was the overall and LMP1 class winner at the Le Mans 24 Hours race. This year, history repeats itself, as the R18 e-tron was once again the winner at the famous race. This was the twelfth Audi victory at Le Mans.

Audi entered the race with three Audi R18 e-tron quattro cars and the win was achieved by the No. 2 car, which was driven by Loïc Duval (France), Tom Kristensen (Denmark) and Allan McNish (Scotland).

The win was even more impressive if you consider that the R18 e-tron cars were able to do two laps less on one tank filling than their main rival Toyota. So the R18 cars had to compensate for the additional pit stops by faster lap times on track

This year’s race was extremely difficult because of the extremely difficult weather conditions. There was also a fatal crash in the GT class shortly after the race started that took the life of Allan Simonsen.

Click past the jump to read more about the Audi R18 e-tron quattro.

It’s got a name that’s more fitting for a superhero, but OK-Chiptuning’s new Phantom Black Panther program for the Audi R8 V10 is every bit as super as its name suggests.

Packed with enhanced visual characteristics to go with an impressive performance boost, the Phantom Black Panther certainly lives up to its name. First of all, OK-Chiptuning fitted the German super car with new aerodynamic components, all wrapped in a phantom black metallic finish. A new carbon-front lip was installed, as was that new diffuser nestled so comfortably on the back. The R8 V10’s taillights were also modified to resemble those from the R8 GT . Don’t forget the grille, too, because OK-Chiptuning decided to give it the same phantom black metallic finish that you can see throughout the supercar.

Under its hood, the R8 V10 was treated to the kind of performance upgrade that the it will definitely be proud of. Through some careful and deliberate software optimization, and the installation of support flaps on the exhaust system, OK-Chiptuning was able to increase the output of the R8 V10 to a tidy 620 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torques, good enough to allow the car to sprint from 62-124 mph in just 6.9 seconds with an presumed top speed of just north of 200 mph.

Click past the jump to read about the Audi R8 V10

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The Audi Q5 is the company’s best-selling model after narrowly dethroning the aging A4 in 2013 sales through May. It’s easy to see why this little truck is so popular. Good dynamics, speedy engines, a good cabin and conservative styling. The Q5 also packs some of the best-looking LED technology Audi makes… but that is not likely to move the needle on its own.

The Q5 packs a few changes for 2014 but largely carries over the successful package with new trim options on the exterior, more horsepower from the base engine and some additional safety technology available as options.
Set to underpin the next Porsche Macan , almost everything about this $40,000 small SUV is very impressive.

The Audi is massively more fun to drive than its nearest competitors while also packing handsome styling that evolves the Q7 look effectively. The Q5’s compact dimensions and decent fuel economy also contribute to its rise in the charts.

Both the Mercedes-Benz GLK350 and the BMW X3 trail the Q5 in 2013 sales by more than 3000 units each and the Q5 is on track to move more than 30,000 units in the U.S. in 2013. So the car is a hit. There’s more to the story, however.

Even as the Q5 line is set to broaden with a U.S. performance model called the SQ5 , the base package will still consume most sales. There’s little actual need for a larger engine when the supercharged V-6 can reach 60 in just 5.8 seconds.

Click past the jump for the full review of the 2014 Audi Q5 with highlights on the new S-Line trim package that runs 20-inch titanium rotor wheels from the RS5 supercoupe.

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The Audi A6 includes some new features and options for 2014 to invigorate sales of the aluminum-bodied luxury sedan. The U.S. market has been a bit of a dud for the new-shape design since its arrival as a 2012 model. That is not stopping its prospects elsewhere in the world.

The lengthened A6L is China’s most popular limousine by far. Everyone knows Chinese businessmen like the ride in the back seat. There’s much more to that preference than image and prestige.

Here are two little-known facts:

  • It is much easier and cheaper to pay someone to drive you to and from work in China than it is to park in urban centers.
  • The same businessmen who ride in the back during the week usually drive the car themselves on weekends, so the cars need more dynamic prowess than many believe.

Once these factors are considering, the option of a luxury shuttle for about $20 a week sounds great. Many Americans would jump at the chance to do the same thing.

That is not how we operate, however, so the A6 comes to our shores ready for a knock-down, drag-out brawl with two of the most competent luxury sedans on the market, the Mercedes-Benz E350 and the BMW 535i .

Do the A6’s luxury cockpit, advanced engines and sophisticated design offer enough incentive to lure conquest sales from other German brands? The company sure hopes so and even offers a $1,500 bonus to Mercedes and BMW drivers when they buy an A6 (or many other Audi models).

Updated 07/02/2014: Audi today announced priced and a series of updates for the 2015 A6 luxury sedan which is now available at dealers. Updates include a new Warm Weather package offered as standard on Prestige models, plus head-up display and full LED headlights.

Click past the jump for the full review of the Audi A6 2.0T and 3.0T with highlights on new-for-2014 features and options.

The third-generation Audi A8 has been around since 2009 and since then, we’ve seen numerous facelifts and upgrades attributed to the German automaker’s resident high-class luxury sedan.

For the 2014 model, the A8 has again been treated to a number of revisions, which include similar updates made to the rest of the Audi lineup, including subtle but still noticeable tweaks to the front bumper and front grille. Similarly, Audi’s famous LED lighting technology can still be found on the A8, albeit with its own set of minor modifications.

As far as the powertrain, the 2014 A8 still features the same pair of engine options found on the 2013 model: a 3.0-liter supercharged V-6 that develops 333 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque and a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 that produces 420 horsepower and 444 pound-feet of torque for the 4.0T.

These upgrades are expected to bolster the A8’s standing in the competitive luxury-class segment. They’re much needed, in our opinion, given that the BMW 7-Series is still pushing strong and Mercedes has just launched the next-generation S-Class .

Click past the jump to read about the 2014 Audi A8

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The all-conquering Audi RS5 storms into 2014 with a few detail tweaks that enhance what is already the most extreme four-seat performance car the brand makes. The car packs some changes to the honeycomb grille’s color options and a handful of other refinements like redesigned LED optics out back and adaptive cruise inside.

The RS5 is so hardcore macho that it makes the R8 4.2 seem like a posh cruiser. The engine literally thunder-claps up its rev range in seconds with a bassy baritone from the front and a bellowing growl from the giant exhaust out back.

Audi’s two layers of performance upgrades mean that RS5 can be laser focused on delivering crushing acceleration and track performance at the expense of touring comfort. The increase in drama from the Audi S5 to the RS5 is akin to the C63 AMG versus the C63 AMG Black Series .

Next summer’s new M4 coupe will likely pack all the visual drama and matte paint options of the latest M6 GranCoupe and possibly even run a tri-turbo six-cylinder engine design for the first time. So, the RS6 may find itself fending off a new competitor in about a year’s time.

Click past the jump for the full review of the 2014 Audi RS5 coupe with highlights on cool performance options and the new-for-2014 features.

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Audi announced plans to expand its SUV lineup with the unveiling of the Cross Coupe quattro concept at the 2007 Shanghai Motor Show. Ever since that unveiling, it has been pretty clear that the company is preparing a compact premium sports car with the spaciousness and versatility of a four-seat SUV.

When the Q3 finally arrived in production form at the 2011 Shanghai Motor Show, it offered no big surprises, as its exterior language remained nearly identical to the concept. The Q3 is built on the same A5 (PQ35) platform as the Volkswagen Tiguan and at launch, Audi was offered with a choice of three engines, with a fourth engine – diesel one – coming at a later date.

The Q3 was put on sale in Europe in June 2011 and it received no updates since then, except the recent addition of the most powerful version in the lineup: the Q3 RS .

Click past the jump to read more about the Audi Q3 SUV.

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Audi Quattro Concept

A source within Audi has told Autocar that at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, Audi will unveil a new version of the Quattro Concept Car , which was unveiled for the first time at the 2010 Paris Auto Show. While the first version delivered a total of 402 horsepower, it is rumored that the new model will deliver somewhere around 650 horsepower.

The concept will be followed very shortly by a production version . It will be offered in very limited numbers and will be put on sale in early 2014. Unlike the concept, the production version will deliver "only" 600 horsepower.

The model will be built on the same platform as the A5 Coupe and, while the concept used a turbocharged 2.5-liter, five-cylinder engine, the production version will use a heavily tuned version of the twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 engine combined with cylinder deactivation. The engine will mate to a seven-speed, dual-clutch gearbox with paddle shifters, which will allow it to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in about 4 seconds on its way up to atop speed of 186 mph.

The new Audi Quattro will be produced at a dedicated line at the Quattro division in Neckarsulm, Germany and will be priced at about £125,000 - about $194,000 at the current exchange rates.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2011 Audi Quattro Concept.

Source: Autocar

One thing you can be sure of: for as long as Audi keeps building the A5 , you can bet that there’s an accompanying S5 in there.

As the high-performance variant of the A5, the S5 first greeted the world in 2007 and since then, it’s became a staple in Audi’s performance-oriented lineup. This longevity is an achievement that shouldn’t be taken lightly, given that the S5 was introduced to compete with an enormously popular German sports car from one of Audi’s fiercest rivals: the M3 from BMW .

For the 2013 model year, the S5 returns with some refreshed styling and brochure load of features that customers can choose from.

Performance numbers are down from the previous model, but that’s been offset by improved fuel efficiency. That’s the kind of news that might disappoint the speed nut, but works pretty well for those who want a German sports car without having to feel guilty about dumping tons of fuel in the tank.

Click past the jump to read about the 2013 - 2014 Audi S5


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