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Audi Q7

Ever since the upper-management shakeup at Audi last year, details have been murky on when the new A4 sedan and Q7 SUV would make their debuts. Well, as Car & Driver reports, the two popular vehicles have been redirected back into development.

The A4 was originally on track for a debut later this year with its menacing new look, but Audi’s head of R&D, Wolfgang Dürheimer, was unexpectedly “moved to another position within the Volkswagen Volkswagen Group” for apparently ruffling too many feathers in the short 10 months he occupied the position. Now Ulrich Hackenberg, Volkswagen ’s R&D former front man, fills the role. Hackenberg made the call to postpone the A4’s launch in order to rework its styling and fine tune its suspension and assistance systems to ensure everything meets Audi’s ever-increasing expectations. It appears the A4 is rescheduled for the summer of 2015 with a hybrid version coming as well.

An oddly similar story surrounds the Q7. Another Audi executive named Wolfgang — this time Wolfgang Egger, Audi’s chief designer — was canned and replaced by yet another Volkswagen employee, Marc Lichte. Now both new in their positions, Hackenberg and Lichte are reworking the Q7 at the design level. Car & Driver’s insider reports the new design will be softer and less aggressive than Egger’s original plans. This is the Q7’s second delay attributed to its exterior design. There’s no real word on when the Q7 will eventually see production, but at this rate, we’re expecting it to fly and cure cancer.

Click past the jump to read more about the next Audi A4 and Audi Q7.

Source: Car & Driver
Audi RS4 Avant

Europe’s stringent emission laws have forced some shuffling deep within some of the continent’s biggest automakers, a lot of whom have had to make sacrifices on killing off their eight-cylinder engines in favor of settling for the six-cylinder variety. BMW and Mercedes are two such companies that have already taken to downgrading the powertrain for their performance vehicles and now, it appears that Audi is following suit.

Word from Car and Driver seems to indicate that the German company will be using turbocharged V-6 engines on its RS-branded lines, including the RS4 . No longer will the company’s sports line hitting production V-8, instead the focus will now center on those turbo V-6s, smaller in displacement but no less powerful once you add those turbochargers into the mix.

That’s looking like Audi’s plan for the RS4, which really is as much a return to its previous form than it is a downgrade of sorts. After all, as recent as 2001, the RS4 Avant packed a 2.7-liter, twin-turbo V-6 under its hood, so it’s not like Quattro GmbH is venturing into unchartered territory when it comes to marrying the two sides together.

The important thing for the RS4 is to not cheapen its value relative to the new BMW M4 and the redesigned M3 . It wouldn’t look too good for Audi if it cut power from its prized sports wagon, so you can still expect the vehicle to generate more than 400 horsepower.

Anything less would spell trouble for Audi given that its predecessor already had 450 ponies and other manufacturers have seemingly integrated those turbocharged V-6s into producing stout levels of output.

Only time will tell what Audi has in store for the RS4, but if those twin-turbo V-6s carry their weight, nobody’s going to be crying a river over the loss of those V-8s.

Note: Current Audi RS4 Avant pictured here.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Audi RS4.

Source: CarAndDriver
Posted on by Pratyush Rout  

Today joining the list of manufacturers who have showcased their cars ahead of the official release in Geneva is Audi with the S3 Cabriolet.

The S3 Cabriolet is the Ingolstadt-based manufacturer’s attempt at creating a new convertible for everyday use with a slightly insane engine, and the automaker has succeeded.

With prices announced and delivery of the S3 cabriolet expected to begin this summer in Germany, the new Audi convertible, with it’s high power and relatively low cost, will certainly act as a high volume generator for the German car maker.

As of now, we do not have any news of the new convertible arriving to the U.S. shores soon but still we welcome the new entrant as it creates a new segment where we will hope to soon see more challengers.

Click past the jump to read all that you need to know about the Audi S3 Cabriolet.

Posted on by Simona  
Audi A5 Coupe

The Audi A5 was initially released in 2008 and the only update it has received since was in the 2012 model year. It now appears that BMW’s decision to offer a 4 Series Coupe and Convertible has forced Audi into also developing a new-generation A5. The new A5 Coupe will arrive in 2015 and it will be followed by a Convertible version six months later.

First details on the second-generation Audi A5 suggest the model will be put on a strict diet, as Audi hopes to shave a total of 220 pounds from the car’s weight. This move will also help reduce the car’s fuel consumption, without needing to downsize engines to a 1.4-liter level.

In order to obtain this drop in weight, Audi will use lighter engine ancillaries, hollow-spoke wheels and aluminum panels. Under the hood, Audi will install the same engine lineup found in the current generation, but with an improved output level. For the S5, the V-6 will deliver a total of 340 horsepower - up from the current 328 horsepower, while the RS5 will drop the current V-8 in a favor of a new twin-turbocharged V-6 engine with an output of 475 horsepower. It is also rumored that the next A5 will be offered with an electric range for the first time.

Updated 02/13/2014: Car And Driver reports that the next-generation Audi A5 will be built on Volkswagen’s new MLB modular-longitudinal architecture and will include lots of aluminum to help reduce its weight by about 200 pounds. Audi will keep about two-thirds of the current’s powertrain lineup, but will add a series of new engines, including a new, 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 for the RS5 in place of the current 4.2-liter V-8.

Hit the jump to read more about the Audi A5.

Image Note: The above image is of the 2012 A5, not the upcoming generation.

Source: CAR
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The Audi S1 Quattro is upon us,and we have all the juicy details.

Official press shots for the upcoming 2015 Audi S1 Quattro leaked early, and Audi has all but confirmed they were accurate with today’s unveiling of the small hatchback. If you are unaware, the S1 Quattro is a tiny hatchback from Audi , along the lines of something from Mini, but it features a much more powerful engine and quattro AWD.

We have seen some test cars and mules running around, but we were not quite ready for the aggressive look of this three-door. We assumed that things like quad exhaust tips were coming, but aside from the eye-searing yellow paint, there are several design touches that we didn’t anticipate showing up on the production car.

To find out all the new details about exterior additions, drivetrain specs and much more, click on through for all the information.

Updated 02/17/2014: Audi unveiled a new video for the new S1 in which it tries to convince us how fun the new sports hatchback can be. Enjoy!

Click past the jump to read more about the S1

Audi Sport Quattro Concept

In an interview with the guys over at TopGear UK, Audi chief engineer Ulrich Hackenberg made quite a few comments about the on-and-off again Sport Quattro GT . We’ve reported on Audi’s four-door sports concept before, but never has it seemed so close to a green light for production.

Hackenberg said that originally the Sport Quattro lacked a profitable business case and wouldn’t make the Volkswagen -owned automaker any money. However, things have seemed to change. By rethinking the car’s market, it suddenly makes sense to produce. By widening its range by adding less-expensive engines and lowering the selling price, the car would then pay for its own tool-up and overhead costs.

"We used a powerful powertrain to position it,” Hackenberg told TopGear. “But the potential is to have more volume. It needs a high investment so it makes sense to use other engines."

This means the new Sport Quattro GT will likely be slotted between the upcoming and completely refreshed TT and the current R8 . He also made mention of using the next-generation of modular longitudinal matrix platforms, which utilize a lot of aluminum and carbon fiber to cut weight. If the car gets a green light soon, Hackenberg said it would likely be a 2016 or 2017 model.

That seems like fairly certain speak about a car that may or may not move into production. Our bets are on. We say Audi will build the Sport Quattro GT and market it exactly where Hackenberg suggested it fit; right between the TT and R8. Stay tuned to TopSpeed to make sure we’re not eating our words.

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

Source: TopGear

Audi is doing everything possible to avoid becoming stagnant, like some other German automakers we know, by constantly revealing new technology. Sometimes we see this technology at various auto shows, and other times we see it by way of patent leaks. Well this latest tech feature, which lays out an electric all-wheel-drive system, came to us by way of the latter.

As if Audi’s quattro AWD system wasn’t already awesome enough, the automaker is set to electrify the rear axle in its quattro-equipped cars. This system will have multiple benefits, with the most obvious being in the instantly available torque. The secondary benefit seems to be more of Audi’s focus, considering its patent is actually for software to control this rear axle.

This software will use wheel sensors to detect what speeds may lead to the wheels slipping and adjust the braking system accordingly. This means that Audi may be able to better control its regenerative braking system to avoid brake lockup in slippery conditions. This is a big deal because all current regen brake systems use fixed forces and are prone to locking up on slippery surface. This software will allow for brake regeneration without risking the wheels locking up.

In a nutshell, we may be looking at one of the most advanced and quickest-reacting all-wheel-drive systems ever dreamed up.

Click past the jump to read more about the next Audi Q8 E-Tron.

Source: Autocar

Audi is on the brink of releasing something new and they’ve been boasting about it though the short teaser commercial you see here. As we reported before, Audi is skipping the 2014 Chicago Auto show in favor of a February 12th debut in an undisclosed location.

As the plot thickens, the secrecy of the vehicle in question starts to wane. In this second teaser, we get a short glimpse of what Audi’s got planned. Around the 16-second mark, the side mirror, window, door handle, and belt line are visible for a brief instant. Careful examination of that video frame suggests it’s the Audi Q2 Crossover, but we cannot be 100 percent certain.

The Q2 looks to be a two door coupe -like crossover that would potentially compete against the Range Rover Evoque Coupe . Since the Q2 would be a smaller crossover, it’s likely powered by a four-cylinder already found in Audi’s stable — the 2.0-liter TFSI four-pot normally found in the A3 sedan seems to fit well. In that application, it produces a respectable 220 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, which is plenty for a small crossover.

The other discernible feature in the video is the quattro emblem at roughly the 14-second mark, meaning this little guy will posses an impressive all-wheel-drive system. The last, and perhaps most telling feature we could glean from this video is the six-speed manual gear shifter prominently displayed at the 13-second mark.

Leave a comment below with your ideas of what Audi’s got up their sleeve. And be sure to check back on February 12th for all the information when it becomes available.

Click past the jump to see the first teaser to Audi’s new mystery machine

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Audi’s RS models represent the pinnacle of speed and performance. Every enthusiast knows that anything wearing the RennSport (RS) designation is something special. The entire legacy of RS models began 20 years ago with the creation of the RS2 Avant. A project that was developed in partnership with Porsche , the RS2 features a 311 horsepower, turbocharged five-cylinder engine and quattro AWD in a wagon shell.

Fun Fact: The RS2 was actually manufactured by Porsche , not Audi, in the same factory that produced the bonkers Porsche 959 supercar. Even today, RS models are not assembled on standard assembly lines.

To pay homage to the car that started it all, Audi is releasing a special edition version of the RS4 Avant . The new RS4 Avant Nogaro Selection will make its debut at the Geneva Auto Show . This special edition is coated in Nogaro blue paint, reminiscent of the blue hue that the RS2 was sold in.

With quattro AWD, a monster V-8 and five doors, the RS4 Avant Nogaro Selection is the perfect successor to the machine that started it all.

Diesels seem to be breaking their oil-burning, noisy, smokey stigmas that have haunted them for decades as more and more automakers are now offering clean diesels in their lineups. The latest huge influx of diesel models hails from Audi .

The German automaker, which is owned by Volkswagen Group, has announced a huge diesel push with 11 new TDI “Ultra” models, including the new A6 TDI Ultra detailed here. For starters, the "Ultra" in the TDI Ultra name is Audi’s designation for sustainable mobility that is fully available for everyday use — a long explanation for a TDI A6 that gets darn good fuel mileage while not hindering its common usability.

The heart of the matter is a 2.0-liter, four cylinder diesel that produces 190 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque that pushes the A6 from 0 to 60 mph in 8.2 seconds while achieving 53 mpg highway. With stats like that, we don’t mind hugging trees and filing up next to big rigs. Keeping all those trees happy, however, is Audi’s high efficiency SCR system that removes nitrogen oxides from the exhaust. The new system also lets the A6 pass the stringent Euro 6 emission standards with ease.

Backing the 2.0-liter TDI are two optional transmissions: a six-speed manual transmission is standard, followed by the optional seven-speed dual-clutch S tronic automatic. However, opting for the slap-paddle gearbox shoots the A6’s price up €2,250 — roughly $3,000 at the current exchange rates — making rowing your own gears sound evermore attractive.

Furthering the A6 ’s efficiency is the standard start-stop system and driver information center that helps keep track of good driving behavior.

Pricing for the A6 Avant TDI Ultra starts at €42,250 (about$57,000 at today’s exchange rates) and the A6 sedan TDI Ultra starts a little lower at €39,900 (around $54,000). Sales will begin sometime in the first quarter of 2014 and there are no plans yet to release any Ultra models in the U.S.

Click past the jump to read more about the standard Audi A6.


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