The Audi R8, aka the poor man’s Lamborghini, is only a few years old, but Audi decided to give it a thorough update for the 2019 model year. Unfortunately, what we thought was going to be a GT model was actually nothing more than the facelifted model that you see here. The good news, however, is that the standard model is now more aggressive than ever. Adding icing to that so delicious cake is that fact that it comes with some extra oomph to justify that extra aggression. How much? Only 30 horsepower, but that’s enough. Now, every trim can blast past the 200-mph threshold, and it can hit 62 mph in as fast as 3.1 seconds. Today, however, that performance doesn’t matter, because we’re here to honor the R8’s beautiful appearance. To do that, we’ve decided to pick out our favorite wallpaper and share it with you. If you don’t like it, there are a few more in the gallery below. Remember, if you want to know more, you can check out our in-depth review of the 2019 Audi R8 as well!
It’s been over three years since Audi revealed its second generation Q7 at the 2015 Detroit auto show, so a facelift or refresh is definitely in order. A camouflaged Q7 prototype was spotted by our spies with many parts of its body hidden, but it does serve as proof that Audi is testing an updated version of the model.
Camouflage obscures the entire font, rear, and lower end of the prototype, and there’s also a cover on the dashboard too. It may look pretty much the same as the current Q7, but there are subtle detail changes and, in fact, this particular prototype may not have all the changes planned for the Q7 refresh.
The 2020 Audi A8 May Revive the Legendary Horch Moniker as it Rolls into Ultra-Luxurious Territory
Audi will revive the Horch name with the facelifted version of the A8. The current generation of Audi’s flagship full-size sedan will feature an ultra-luxurious trim level named after the long-discontinued brand Horch when the facelift is introduced three to four years from now. The car might come with a W12 engine like previous A8 L models but will not be stretched beyond the L’s wheelbase.
It will be almost 70 years since the last Horch was built, back in 1953, when Audi will introduce the nameplate again as a top-of-the-line trim package for the A8. Akin to Mercedes’ Maybach S model launched in 2015. It will mark Audi’s entry in the ultra-luxurious sector where it will also face brands like Bentley and Rolls-Royce.
Audi has learned from Mercedes’ past error, that of introducing Maybach as a separate brand, and will offer the A8 Horch as just a trim level under the Audi umbrella. It’s also unlikely that we’ll see the Horch moniker on the C-Pillars of other Audi sedans although Audi hasn’t ruled the idea completely out.
The Audi Q8 is still a newborn and isn’t even on the market yet, but we’re still lucky enough to have some really good shots of it from the manufacturer. A good handful of which, will make a damn good wallpaper for any over you that are drooling over the new SUV. If you’re planning to buy one as soon as it goes on sale, these wallpaper selections might make it a little bit easier to survive the wait. It’s slated to go on sale sometime later this year, so the wait isn’t that bad, but we all know what it’s like to really want something. As a reminder, Audi has yet to release any performance data regarding its newest SUV, but we expect the choices to mirror those of the Q7 which means it should get a pair of six-cylinders, one gasoline, and one diesel. The gasoline mill will probably deliver the same 333 horsepower and 324 pound-feet of torque while the diesel engine should deliver between 218 and 272 horsepower, depending on levels of tune. Torque ratings will be through the roof as usual, with the lower tuned diesel pumping out nearly 370 pound-feet and the high-end diesel churning out as much as 442 pound-feet. It’s not likely Audi will offer the Q8 with that 2.0-liter gasoline engine, but if it does, expect to attain 252 horsepower and about 270 pound-feet of torque. An Audi RS Q8 should come to life before the turn of the decade, and could even use the same V-8 mill from the Urus and R8. With a mild-hybrid setup, it could churn out as much as 600 horsepower.
Love It or Leave It - The 2019 Audi Q8
After years of rumors and a couple of concept cars, Audi finally unveiled the Q8 in June 2018. Developed specifically for the tiny coupe-style SUV market, the Q8 is here to tackle the popular BMW X6 and the Mercedes-Benz GLE. The Q8 is a brand-new idea for Audi, which joins this segment 11 years after BMW created it with the X6. As it is the case with all brand-new models, the Q8 is loved by some enthusiasts and hated by others. The TopSpeed staff also had a few arguments about this crossover, and we decided to give it the "love it or leave it" treatment, much like we did with the Rolls-Royce Cullinan. Check out what everyone had to say about it below.
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Watch All Episodes of Q8 Unleashed Before Today’s Big Debut!
Today is the day of the Audi Q8 and, in celebration of its debut in just a few hours, Audi has unleashed a short mini-series to help get our hearts pumping before the big debut.
The series is a short drama of sorts, with each episode lasting just a few minutes. As of the time of this publishing, there are just four episodes available to watch, with the fifth coming in the next couple of hours. The big debut comes just four hours after that. It’s going to be a busy day, but we’ll keep updating this story as time flows so you can always check back for the latest developments. Check back at 9am Eastern time for the fifth episode and 1pm for the live stream of the big debut. Until that happens, we’ve also added a bunch of spy shots and linked to our speculative review article if you want to learn more about what you can expect! Stay tuned, folks.
Audi Teases New SUV; Could This Be BMW X6-Fighting Q8?
Audi’s got a nice little surprise for the 2018 Beijing Auto Show, and from the looks of it, we might be close to finally seeing the production version of the Q8 SUV. Granted, Audi isn’t spilling the beans until Beijing, but the automaker did release a new teaser image on its official Facebook page of what looks to be a side profile outline of a big SUV, accompanied by a short caption that says, “He carries the gene of the #Audi #Urquattro.” Unless this is a model that we’re not expecting, maybe now’s the time to start getting excited about the upcoming Q8.
Audi’s New Foot Massage Feature is an A8L Exclusive
Luxury car brands are always looking for a leg up on the competition. In that vein, Audi has developed one with the introduction of a “relaxation seat” that now includes a foot massage. All the magic happens in the rear right-hand seat, and Audi showed as much when it brought the A8L to the Munich Airport to demonstrate its latest technological breakthrough.
2019 Audi RS9 Coupe
While it currently competes with BMW and Mercedes-Benz for supremacy on the premium market, Audi was nowhere near as fancy as a brand some three decades ago. But the Ingolstadt-based firm evolved quite dramatically in the 1990s and 2000s, and it’s now selling a handful of highly appreciated premium vehicles, including the A4, A6, A8, and Q7. However, while Audi joined several new niches in recent years, it still doesn’t have a competitor for the relatively new Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe. But this will change soon, as Audi is already working on the A9, a two-door version of the new A8 and its largest, most luxurious coupe yet. Alongisde the A9, Audi is also rumored to have an RS9 model in the works. The latter will compete against the Mercedes-AMG S63 and the recently confirmed BMW M8.
There’s no official word as to when the A9 will arrive, but it will be heavily based on the Prologue Concept that Audi launched back in 2014. The show car has already inspired the design of the new A8, but its coupe configuration might make it into production with very few changes. As with all RS-badged models, the RS9 will be a beefed-up version of the A9, with revised aerodynamics, bespoke features inside, and a more powerful engine under the hood. The RS9 will enable Audi to compete in the still fresh performance, luxury coupe market that will soon include both Mercedes-Benz and BMW, Ingolstadt’s most important rivals. Let’s find out what it may bring to the table.
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2018 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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2018 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.
TopSpeed’s Top 5 Premium Wagons – 2017 Edition
At this point, it should be more than obvious that if you want a car with utility and space for at least five people, but don’t wanna join the crowd of crossovers you see crammed onto the roads, your best option is to get your hands on a wagon. Once a steadfast bastion of the practical, wagons have seen a sharp decline in popularity over the last few decades, the result of an all-out assault from the tall-bodied insanity of the current SUV craze. But fear not – the wagon hasn’t gone gently into that good night, at least not yet, and we’ve assembled five top-shelf options right here for your perusal and approval.
Rather than limiting ourselves to what’s currently available, we decided to look ahead in anticipation of what’ll be in dealers in the next year or so, including both existing offerings and those that have yet to be released. As it turns out, there are a few very strong entries barreling down the pipeline right now, which means buyers will have a nice selection of premium wagons when shopping in 2017.
So what’s topping the menu? Read on to find out.
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2017 Audi A7
Introduced in 2010 as a competitor for the Mercedes-Benz CLS, the A7 was a significant departure from Audi’s usual lineup. Essentially an A6 with a fastback-like roof and a hatchback- type tailgate, the A7 was Audi’s first liftback model since the 1970s. Praised for its appealing design and comprehensive engine lineup, which also included the V-8-powered S7 and RS7 models, the A7 became pretty popular in its niche, forcing BMW to launch its very own four-door coupe — the 6 Series Gran Coupe. Updated twice since its introduction, the A7 has received yet another upgrade for the 2017 model year.
Arguably the only luxury model to have gained no fewer than three facelifts in only six years, the A7 carries over into 2017 with new exterior paints, new wheels, and extra interior features. Styling-wise, the A7 remains unchanged, but that’s far from being an issue given that the exterior was updated in 2014.
The updated A7 lineup will go on sale in the second quarter of 2016. To find our more about the A7’s mild facelift and how the German sedan stacks against competition from Mercedes-Benz and BMW, check out the full review below.
Updated 07/18/2016: Audi dropped a new video for us in which A7’s off-road capabilities are being put to the test in the deserts of the Dubai. Hit "play" to see if it was up for the challenge.
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