Audi Reportedly Working On Baby R8
In the late 1990s, Audi entered a new era. The TT was launched in 1998, and the Ingolstadt-based company finally had a proper sports car in its lineup. Eight years later and Audi used the Lamborghini Gallardo’s platform to introduce the R8, its first-ever production supercar. A full decade has passed since the R8 arrived in dealerships and the German brand could benefit, yet again, from a sports car platform within the Volkswagen Group. This time around, Audi is reportedly working on an vehicle that will share underpinnings with the Porsche 718 Boxster/Cayman.
That’s the word from German outlet Autobild, which claims that the new sports car is already underway and it is codenamed the PO455. The actual market name of the car will be R6, the report adds, and it will slot between the TT and the R8. Much like the R8, the R6 will use the platform from a sister brand, but in conjunction with an in-house built engine and Audi’s Quattro all-wheel drive. There’s no specific timetable for the R6, but Autobild says that Volkswagen approved the project to help spread the costs around for the next-gen 718 platform, which is likely to bow sometime in 2018.
A coupe and a roadster (R6 Spyder) are both in the cards and motivation is likely to come from four- or six-cylinder engines. The only certainty is that the drivetrain will be turbocharged.
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2017 Audi S3 Cabriolet
Here in the U.S., we would love to get our hands on the Audi RS3, but for one reason or another, we just aren’t worthy of such greatness. Instead, we have to settle for lesser compact models from Audi. Sure there is the A3, but that’s a little too bland for some of us, which is why we were so excited when the S3 came to the States for 2015. The S3 entered its third generation in 2013, which means the 2017 model year is about the right time for a mid-cycle update and update Audi did.
That last sentence may influence you to think there are some radical changes to talk about, and in some ways there are, but for the most part, the updates were pretty mild. We do have some new technology to talk about, some new safety features, and even some drivetrain upgrades that will keep us happy until Audi can enlighten us with a fourth-generation model. Furthermore, most of the front end has been updated to bring a sleeker and sexier looking cabriolet to the masses.
For now, we’ve only seen the European specifications for the updated S3, but it should give us a good idea of what will be coming to U.S. shores, if the cabriolet actually makes it here. With competition like the BMW M235i lurking in the waters, Audi has some pretty stiff competition to keep up with. Do this new updates bring enough to the table to satisfy consumers enough to draw them toward the four rings? Well, let’s take a look and see.
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3D printing is beginning to become a thing in the auto industry, even though a lot of automakers have yet to embrace the technology itself. Audi, however, has embraced 3D printing to the extent that it’s now investigating the process behind the 3D printing of metal objects. To illustrate how far along Audi has come in this development, the company has successfully created a 1:2 scale of the legendary 1936 Auto Union Type C race car.
The creation of the scaled Auto Union Type C comes by way of Audi Toolmaking, an in-house division that’s largely responsible for the development of new technologies. Whereas other companies have managed to successfully use 3D printing on a small scale - Koenigsegg, for instance, was able to use the technology in the development of the One:1 megacar - Audi is trying to use the same technology and apply it on a bigger scale. The 1:2 scale example of the Auto Union Typ C is the biggest example it can build at this point since the printer can only construct parts that measure up to 9.5 inches long and 7.9 inches wide. In other words, it still can’t print materials that can be used in the actual manufacturing of our cars.
The know-how is already there, as is the precedent since 3D printing using plastic and in some cases, carbon fiber, has already been achieved. The short and presumably long-term goal for Audi Toolmaking is to be able to complete that same process using metals instead. Doing so would have immeasurable benefits for the company, as it could cut the production time of a number of integral parts to its cars, thus speeding up the assembly process.
The company is showcasing the 1:2 scale of the Auto Union Typ C to show how far it’s come in this technological pursuit with the hopes of one day building something that’s true-to-scale.
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Sun-worshipping supercar lovers won’t have to wait too much longer to drive topless in the second-gen Audi R8. After the 2016 Audi R8 was introduced earlier this year, new spy shots reveal that a drop-top isn’t too far away, but there is still no telling when or where the all-new R8 Spyder will be revealed.
Based on the coupe, it isn’t too hard to imagine what the Spyder would look like, but in an interesting move, Audi has camouflaged every inch of this prototype with the exception of the power-retractable soft top. As expected, the bulk of the changes are being made to the rear of the car, but it doesn’t appear to be all that different than the rear-end styling of the current 2014 - 1015 Audi R8 Spyder, including the side buttresses on the soft top and the vented engine cover. One key difference is that the rear engine compartment vent previously incorporated into the retractable spoiler is now situated between the taillights.
The new R8 Spyder will still pack the same 5.2-liter V-10, but the added weight and reduced aerodynamics should negatively affect performance. As a refresher, the 2016 R8 weighs around 3,200 pounds and the engine can be tuned to up to 610 horsepower on the 2014 - 2015 Audi R8 Plus, which returns a 0-60 time of around three seconds and a top speed of 205 mph.
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The Audi TT hit the market initially as a coupe in 1998, but a convertible model followed the next year. The original TT featured a 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that laid down 180 horsepower. In 2001, a 225-horsepower TT quattro debuted, and a 250-horsepower version with a 3.2-liter V-6 arrived in 2004.
The model hit its second generation in 2006, and it featured a more aggressive body language and a weight loss of up to 200 pounds. With the second generation coming to a close, we are now starting to see the 2016 Audi TT make a slow debut around the globe. The European market will see the third-generation TT in time for the 2014 model year, but the U.S. may not see it until the 2016 model year. And the convertible version rolled out even later. On September 24, 2014, Audi finally unveiled the TT Roadster in time for its long-awaited debut at the 2014 Paris Motor Show.
Updated 05/06/2015: Audi announces U.S. prices for the new generation TT which will be put on sale later this summer. As expected, the Roadster version will be a little bit more expensive than the coupe, with prices starting from $46,400.
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Model year note: The TT Roadster is a 2015 model year in Germany, but for the U.S. it will be a 2016 model year.
It’s hard to believe that the Audi TT has been around for 16 years. Back in 1998, the first-generation TT coupe arrived around the same time the Titanic soundtrack was at the top of the music charts. Jack and Rose have long since been etched in our memories but the TT is still alive and quite frankly, more popular than ever before. This brings us to September 2014 when Audi officially pulled the covers off of the third-generation TT Roadster at the 2014 Paris Motor Show. It didn’t take long, two months in fact, for Audi to finally begin production of the all-new TT Roadster at the company’s factory in Győr, Hungary.
The ceremony, if you can even call it that, was attended by Audi AG chairman Rupert Stadler together with Hungary prime minister Viktor Orbán and Győr mayor Zsolt Borkai.
The significance of Audi’s Győr factory can’t be understated, now more than ever since the TT Roadster becomes the fourth production model to be built in the new factory, joining the A3 Sedan, the A3 Cabriolet, and the TT Coupe as proudly Hungarian made.
Audi commented at the 2014 Paris Motor Show that Germany was getting first dibs on the TT Roadster. As far as the U.S. is concerned, the 2016 Audi TT Roadster isn’t expected to arrive until the middle of 2015.
The good news is that the arrival of the TT Roadster will coincide with that of the more powerful TTS Roadster version. For now, we’re just excited that production of the car is up-and-running and the countdown to the car’s arrival in this side of the world has begun.
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Audi has been testing quite a lot of cars at the Nürburgring track this year, including the TT coupe and its beefed-up iterations, the TTS and the TT-RS. Only the TT Roadster has been missing from the pack, but that ends now as the Germans have begun hooning the drop-top around the "Green Hell" as well. And we have solid proof thanks to our skilled paparazzi, who sent yet another batch of spy shots our way. The bad news is the TT Roadster is hidden underneath a thick layer of swirly camouflage, but at least now we know the vehicle’s development has reached the chassis and engine tuning stage.
Although the third-generation TT coupe was revealed earlier in 2014 and it’s already on sale in Europe, it will take a while longer until the Roadster breaks cover and reaches dealerships. It will likely debut in early 2015, but don’t expect to see it in North America before 2016, when the coupe version is set to cross the Pond. Be that as it may, we’re anxious to see that the fourth member of the TT family is already stretching its legs on the ’Ring.
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I had once the privilege of driving a buddy’s Audi S3. It was a few years ago and while my memory’s admittedly hazy of the circumstances behind it, I do remember feeling a little woozy after that encounter. The S3’s a powerful little sucker that much I can tell you. I can only imagine how the S3 would feel like with this aftermarket program from MTM on the table.
The German tuner has a history of bringing out the best in Audis. Whether its the A1 or the R8, there’s probably an MTM program for it. This time, though, it’s the S3 that takes the spotlight, thanks to a measured tuning upgrade that doesn’t pull any punches.
Don’t expect any aesthetic improvements here. MTM built the program with power and efficiency in mind so it’s all meat, bones, and all that dirty stuff under the hood. The good news is that the tuner’s kit will be available across all variants of the S3. Whether it’s the saloon, cabriolet, sportback, there’s enough MTM love to go around.
All together, an MTM-tuned Audi S3 will cost €62,000, which is about $83,000 based on the exchange rates on 8/4/2014. The kit itself retails for €13,000 ($17,400) so you can have the choice of paying just for that, or for the entire thing, S3 included.
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The industry is full of so many aftermarket companies that it’s hard to keep track of all of them. I admittedly don’t know all of them, including, at least up to this point, German tuning company K.MAN. The company used to call itself Chiptrick, which is actually a more memorable name than K.MAN, but that’s besides the point. What’s important is that K.MAN has developed a three-stage program for the Audi R8 V-8 that affords customers the opportunity to enjoy the speed and power of the R8 V-8’s big brother — the R8 V-10 — without having to actually bump up to the V-10-powered supercar.
K.Man’s three-stage program offers incredible increases in power that transforms the R8 V-8 into a fire-breathing monster that can go toe-to-toe with some of the most powerful exotics on the market. That’s an impressive achievement for an aftermarket company that doesn’t carry a household name.
Apart from the obvious performance upgrades, K.MAN’s program for the R8 also comes with some carbon-fiber bodywork and an exclusive set of wheels. These modifications will only be offered at the request of buyers and are still subject to availability.
That’s not an issue for me, especially when there’s a chance to score any one of these engine upgrades that can improve the R8 V-8’s output to as much as 750 horsepower.
Welcome to my life, K.MAN. Hell of a way to introduce yourself.
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Audi is adding to the number of A3 models that are available with the very efficient 1.4-liter, I-4, TFSI engine currently sipping gasoline in Europe. The impressive powertrain is now available in the four-door sedan, three-door hatch, five-door Sportback, and of course, the Cabriolet pictured above.
Audi is offering the engine with a choice of transmissions: standard six-speed manual or seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch. The highly engineered mechanics inside the engine allow for outstanding fuel efficiency to the tune of nearly 50 mpg on the European combined cycle. The engine’s carbon footprint is equally impressive, emitting only 175.4 grams of C02 per mile.
Though the engine does well at sipping fuel, it lacks somewhat on power. Its horsepower rating is listed at 150 and it propels the car to 62 mph in an underwhelming 8.1 seconds. Then again, 50 mpg is a pretty solid trade off for losing nearly every light-to-light drag race.
If torque is what’s needed, Audi also offers the 1.6-liter, TDI engine in the A3 Ultra. Making 110 horsepower, the turbo diesel consumes fuel at the sparse rate of 71.3 mpg. Its clean-diesel technology also keeps it from cutting holes in the atmosphere, emitting only 141.6 grams per mile. The TDI is available in both the four-door sedan and three-door hatchback versions.
Sadly, it seems Audi will be keeping these fuel-efficient models away from these United States, likely due to regulations and red tape.
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Summer is still more than a month away, but the folks over at ABT Sportsline are gearing up for the hot season with an equally hot convertible based on the 2014 Audi RS5.
However, unlike the RS7 the company started offering last year with up to 700 horsepower on tap, the RS5 in question comes with no powertrain updates whatsoever. This means customers will have to settle for the 450 horsepower and 317 pound-feet of torque delivered by the 4.2-liter V-8 or look into other Abt Sportsline options.
Don’t be too disappointed though, having more than 500 horsepower in a convertible isn’t always pleasant. And, truth be told, there are plenty of options out there wearing either BMW or Mercedes-Benz badges.
Anyway, ABT’s RS5 isn’t exactly bone stock, as it comes fitted with a stainless-steel muffler system that includes both a mid and a rear muffler. The end result is a throatier and more aggressive V-8 exhaust note that will let everybody know this isn’t a regular RS5. You can also opt to remove the speed limiter on your RS5 from ABT, bumping the top speed to 180 mph from the stock 174 mph.
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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.
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