Audi

Audi is a member of the big three German trio that also includes BMW and Mercedes. These three brands compete strongly against one another and, while Audi may not sell quite as well in the United States as its major competitors, it has a robust lineup that includes 27 cars and 7 SUVs. The only niche the company doesn't cover is pickup trucks, and that probably won't change in the foreseeable future. In terms of luxury, performance, and reliability, even Audi's entry-level models rate pretty high on the scale and, with such a large lineup, there is a model available for almost every income level. Audi offerings range from daily drivers to mid-level performance, and the R8 serves as a halo car of sorts with supercar looks and impressive performance.

2019 Audi Q8 by Lumma Design aka Lumma CLR 8S

2019 Audi Q8 by Lumma Design aka Lumma CLR 8S

An outstanding SUV that now stands out, thanks to LUMMA Design

LUMMA may not be as popular as ABT, Brabus, or AC Schnitzer, but this German tuning house sure knows how to grab attention. The LUMMA Design team has laid its hands on arguably the most premium-feel SUV available on the market today, the Audi Q8, and has gone berserk with it. The bold exterior design that the team has given to this rather smart-looking SUV will definitely draw polarizing opinions. Under the CLR 8S moniker, LUMMA has recreated this flagship SUV from the ‘Lord of the Rings’ in a way that is making it difficult for us to comprehend. Do we like it? Definitely not. Do we hate it? Well, let’s talk about that.

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The 2020 Audi RS6 Avant is one of the hottest wagons ever and finally coming to the U.S.

The 2020 Audi RS6 Avant is one of the hottest wagons ever and finally coming to the U.S.

No need to pinch yourself, you’re not dreaming; the new Audi RS6 wagon is coming Stateside

Audi has lifted the veil on what has to be one of the best (and most aggressive) looking wagons ever made: the 2020 Audi RS6 Avant. On top of that, it’s also going to cross the Pond into the U.S. market, despite the fact that wagons have not been enjoying as much popularity in the States as some say they deserve.

Now, this has to be a very pleasant surprise for the handful of American performance wagon fans who, I’m certain, are, as you are reading this, ecstatically running around, arms flailing in the air. The 2020 RS6 Avant is not just a handsome wagon; it looks like it crashed into a Lamborghini body shop and what came out the other side is a very happy mix of the two. I mean sure, it looks like it wants to eat your children, but you’d happily do it knowing you are appeasing the gods of fire and flared wheel arches.

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Audi's New Electric Scooter Can Be Steered with Just One Hand

Audi’s New Electric Scooter Can Be Steered with Just One Hand

Thanks to an unorthodox design, you’ll have one hand free, but we hope it’s not for text messaging

Well, we guess this one was coming sooner or later: Audi has just launched an electric scooter that has e-tron embedded in its name and we can’t stop wondering how come the announcement came just a month or so after BMW highlighted plans to build its own such contraption. Nonetheless, is this a sign that carmakers are looking to branch out into other sectors that involve some sort of means of transportation? Well, it could very well be, provided the numerous study they carry out have pointed that this would be a profitable piece of the pie. And we know for sure that people have the hots for electric scooters to the same amount they crave crossovers. Therefore, from a theoretical view, selling e-scooters might bring some extra profit to a car manufacturer. After all, some of them have been building bikes for quite some time (think Porsche and BMW, for a change) so moving on to electric scooters doesn’t seem that much of a stretch, does it?

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Audi Sport Teases Six New RS Models - Here's What They Are

Audi Sport Teases Six New RS Models - Here’s What They Are

Audi Sport Plans an RS invasion with six astounding models developing from 414 to 670 horsepower

While Audi surprised the motoring world with the introduction of the diesel-powered S models some time ago, its Audi Sport GmbH subsidiary shares the first info about the next generation of the RS models. We only have one official photo to go after, but it is enough to disclose what Audi Sport plans to do. The Germans will gift us with up to six fantastic RS models in the future including the likes of RS Q3, RS Q3 Sportback, RS7 Sportback, RS6 Avant, Audi RS Q8, and RS4 Avant facelift.

Maintaining the exclusivity and extreme approach to car design, Audi Sport GmbH will honor 25 years of RS history with six new, super-competent models. Never before have we witnessed such a comprehensive list of RSs in one place. While all of them will be available in Europe at basically the same time, Americans won’t be as lucky. Do not expect to see the RS Q3 Sportback here. Expect, however, to see the Audi RS6 Avant. Excitement ON about that one. It will be one of those bizarrely fast wagons. Something you just have to like.

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2019 Audi A1 citycarver

2019 Audi A1 citycarver

Introducing the Audi A1’s more adventurous cousin

The Audi A1 citycarver — yep, no caps here — is living proof that automakers will go to any lengths to attach the words “crossover” or “SUV” to their models. The result is the creation of sub, sub-lines born out of sub-lines born out of main model lines. It’s confusing on a lot of levels, but that’s the nature of the beast in the auto biz these days. On the surface, the A1 citycarver looks like a more rugged version of the A1. While there is some truth to that, appearances can be deceiving, too. The A1 citycarver is slightly higher than the A1 and it also comes with suspension tweaks aimed to make it more appealing to rugged urbanites who are looking for more adventures with their A1s. Most of the bits though come directly from the A1, so it is classified as a different version of Audi’s hatchback, the A1 citycarver is just an A1 wrapped in tighter clothing. The Audi A1 citycarver goes on sale this month in Europe at a yet-to-be-determined price tag. There’s no word yet whether it makes the trek to America or not.

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2019 Audi RS3 Hatchback by ABT Sportsline

2019 Audi RS3 Hatchback by ABT Sportsline

This German hot hatch isn’t something that you should be messing around with

Eight years ago, Audi unveiled the RS3 to a lot of fanfare. It was Ingolstadt’s contribution to the growing popularity of hot hatches that has since taken on a life of its own. Now, it’s 2019 and the RS3 continues to hold the fort for Audi as a 400-horsepower ”Pocket Hercules.” But suppose there was a way to give this Hercules more muscle? Would that be something you’d be interested in? If your answer is “yes,” then might I introduce you to ABT Sportsline’s latest work of art, a performance-centric tuning program designed to give the RS3’s 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine more power than what it’s already capable of producing. In a segment where a model like the Mercedes-AMG A 45 can roll out a 416-horsepower four-banger fresh from the production line, the current RS3 is going to need as much help as it can get to stave off the competition. ABT Sportsline, as it turns out, is here to save the day.

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Wallpaper of the Day: 2020 Audi S7 Sportback

Wallpaper of the Day: 2020 Audi S7 Sportback

Audi’s latest and greatest

The Audi S7 is a high-performance answer to the Mercedes CLS and the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe. It’s been on the market since 2012 (as a 2013 model), and 2019 marked its shift into the second generation. And, this shift couldn’t have come at a better time because that old-school grille and boring front end just wasn’t working anymore. But, Audi delivered everything we wanted on a silver platter, with the S7 taking on Audi’s latest design language – including the wider, shorter grille and a rather aggressive front fascia. To make matters even better, Audi was smart enough to keep the designed toned down enough that the new S7 doesn’t get thrown into the same “we’re-trying-too-hard” category with cars like the Honda Civic Type R, for instance. Now, we’re still not sure about Audi dropping that 4.0-liter V-8 engine to replace it with a 2.9-liter V-6 in the U.S. or a 3.0-liter V-6 diesel for Europe, but we haven’t driven the new S7 yet, so we can’t really speak too deeply on the matter. That point aside, we really like the way the 2020 S7 looks, so we’ve decided to make it our wallpaper of the day. We’ve posted our favorite here but, if you want other choices, check out the gallery at the bottom of the page. We guarantee that you’ll find something you like too.

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2020 Audi R8 LMS GT2

2020 Audi R8 LMS GT2

The R8 race car tailored for those that wear tailor-made suits on the week days

The Goodwood Festival of Speed is a great place to go if you want to see some of the world’s most revered racing cars of the past as well as a vast array of modern machinery and peeks into the future. The festival that takes places annually since 1993 on the grounds of the Goodwood House is also the place favored by some manufacturers to unveil their new products. The 2019 edition was chosen by Audi as the perfect occasion to pull the wraps off Audi Sport’s latest creation: the 640 horsepower Audi R8 LMS GT2, the most powerful racing car Audi has ever sold through its Customer Racing department. It’s designed for a new formula of Grand Touring racing that slots between GT3 and GT4 and caters for amateur racers looking for hight output machinery that’s quick down a straight line and easy to manage through the twisty bits.

Audi is a pragmatic company. Audi doesn’t put out a product for a class it doesn’t think will succeed. When Audi finally built a GT3-spec car, the class had been around for three full seasons, and it showed no signs of slowing down with more cars joining in (that same year Alpina debuted a B6-based contender, for instance) at a steady pace. Then there was the R8 LMS GT4, the GT3’s baby brother, its more pedestrian relative that is still tremendously fast (it puts out somewhere between 580 horsepower and 600 horsepower sans limiter, as much as the GT3 car without restrictions) and also expensive.

The RS3 LMS followed suit, the first sedan built by Audi Sport, one that, again, was built to be raced in a burgeoning category: TCR Touring Cars. The RS3 arrived in 2017, three years after the TCR format was first introduced. This is what makes the R8 LMS GT2 the odd one out. It’s the first Audi Sport-built car to be launched before any cars built to this ruleset ever took the track. So Audi must already know that it will be a success.

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2019 Audi RS7 by AddArmor

2019 Audi RS7 by AddArmor

Have a Target on Your Head and Like to Go Fast? You Need this Bulletproof, 760-Horsepower Audi RS7 by AddArmor

Armored cars come in a variety of shapes and sizes, but rarely do they come with a 202-mph top speed. This particular Audi RS7 is one such example, and it’s probably the coolest Audi you’ll ever see. Such platitudes come with a great deal of expectation, but you won’t have to worry about this particular RS7 meeting — and exceeding — those expectations. It’s called the AddArmor APR RS7, and it was built to withstand heavy artillery and embarrass any fool who thinks they can take this car on in a drag race.

The AddArmor APR RS7 is the brainchild of Wisconsin-based specialty car builder AddArmor. As the company’s name so obviously implies, AddArmore specializes in comprehensive armor upgrades for vehicles. Every so often, though, the specialist goes the extra mile by enlisting the help of a performance tuner to truly spice up its creations. The result of this ambitious endeavor is the AddArmor APR RS7, one of the few cars in the world that can withstand a heavy artillery assault, look oh-so fine doing it, and blast off to 202 mph without breaking much of a sweat.

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2020 BMW 1 Series vs 2020 Audi A3

2020 BMW 1 Series vs 2020 Audi A3

A good case of new vs old

The fourth-generation BMW 1 Series broke cover for the 2020 model, and it seems that the Munich-based company final has a proper competitor for latest Mercedes-Benz A-Class. But these are the only premium hatchbacks on the market. Germany’s third premium automaker, Audi, offers its very own five-door subcompact, the Audi A3 Sportback.

Unlike the 1 Series and the A-Class, the current A3 Sportback is a bit long in the tooth. Launched back in 2012, it’s already seven years old as of 2019, and it won’t stay around for long. But is it too dated for the new 1 Series? Should we wait until the next-gen hatchback breaks cover for a proper comparison? Not really. Although it’s old enough for modern car life cycles, the A3 Sportback still has what it takes to tackle the BMW 1 Series. Let’s find out how these cars stand next to each other in the comparison below.

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The 2020 Audi R8 LMS GT2 Is the R8 We Deserve For the Road But Can't Have

The 2020 Audi R8 LMS GT2 Is the R8 We Deserve For the Road But Can’t Have

The 2020 Audi R8 LMS GT2 is a new car for a new class in global GT racing

The 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed was the stage for many impressive firsts and among them has been the worldwide debut of Audi Sport Customer Racing’s latest product, the ludicrous Audi R8 LMS GT2. With 640 horsepower, it’s faster than its GT3 and GT4 brethren but, somehow, it slots in between the two. Audi Sport says it’s the most potent car to come out of the Customer Racing program, and you’ll be able to see it on track next year as Stephane Ratel Organization (SRO) will allow the GT2 class to compete in series like the GT Sports Club in Europe and the GT World Challenge America across the Atlantic.

Racing has a tendency to become more and more expensive as time goes on. The pattern is as follows: a sanctioning body or a championship organizer proposes a new ruleset for a new category that’s supposed to replace an older, prohibitively expensive one. Everyone involved is happy, the new class is launched, it becomes popular, and as it starts to gain momentum, the cars evolve pushed by factory involvement and, in a matter of years, they become too expensive, and we’re back to square one. This is, broadly, what happened with the (still) highly popular GT3 formula that turned, from one category catering for amateur drivers, to one that comprises the bulk of today’s leading sports car and luxury car manufacturers, many of them pouring serious amounts of money in developing race cars able to win on the world stage. Let’s see how GT2 plans to fix this issue. In a way...

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2019 Audi Q8

2019 Audi Q8

Audi’s answer to the BMW X6 and Porsche Cayenne Coupe

After six years of rumors that began when Audi trademarked the Q8 name in 2012, the German company finally unveiled its proposition against the BMW X6 and Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe. It’s called the Audi Q8, and it’s heavily based on a concept car that the Germans introduced in 2018. It’s modern, aggressive, it packs Audi’s latest technology, and promises to give the BMW X6, Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe, and the Porsche Cayenne Coupe a good run for their money.

When BMW introduced the X6 in 2009, a new segment was born. But although the crossover BMW describes as a Sports Activity Coupe proved somewhat popular with SUV enthusiasts, the trend didn’t catch on with other automakers until 2013. That’s when Mercedes-Benz revealed plans to develop a coupe-like crossover based on the M-Class. Shortly after, rumors of a Cayenne Coupe emerged, signaling that Germany’s finest automakers finally pay more attention to this niche. Come 2018 and Audi joined the battle with the prettiest SUV it has created in recent years.

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What is the Least Expensive Audi?

The least expensive Audi is the A3 sedan that starts out in the low-$30,000 range. The A3 can also be had in cabriolet form, which is also the brand’s cheapest drop-top model and is available for less than $40,000 before options. A mid-level performance model with sportier styling, known as the S3, is available in the mid-$40,000 range, and the RS3 – Audi’s entry-level performance offering - starts out in the mid-$50,000 range. In terms of SUVs, the entry-level model is the Q3, which starts out below $35,000 while the A4 Allroad is the cheapest wagon with a starting price of $45,700.

What is the Sportiest Audi?

Most would argue that Audi’s sportiest model is the $170,000 R8, however, the Audi TT, TTS, or TT RS are all good second choices while theA7, S7, or RS 7 offer a very sporty look if you’re into fastback or “four-door coupe” styling.

What is the Most Popular Audi?

In 2018, Audi sold 1,812,500 cars, 743,600 of which were in Europe and 222,323 of which were in the United States. While official statistics aren’t readily available, the Audi A4 is boasted as the best-selling model of the entire lineup, which isn’t surprising as it is fairly sporting and quite a bit larger than the entry-level A3. The Audi A4 starts out below $40,000 and is a viable family car as long as you don’t need a lot of space.

What is the Most Expensive Audi?

The most expensive Audi on sale right now is the R8 Spyder with a starting price of $182,100. The R8 coupe falls in second place with a price tag just below $170,000. In terms of SUVs, the new e-Tron SUV is the most expensive with a starting price of $74,800 while the most expensive sedan is the RS 7 at $113,900. If performance or SUVs aren’t your thing, you can jump into the Audi A8, which starts out just below $84,000.

What is the Fastest Audi?

The Audi R8 V10 Performance is, hands down, the fastest production Audi ever created. It delivers 602 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque from a 5.2-liter V-10 and comes packed to the gills with carbon fiber trim, aerodynamic enhancements, and ceramic brakes. According to Audi, the R8 V10 Performance can sprint to 60 mph in 3.2 seconds and will continue on up to a top track speed of 205 mph, which is limited in the U.S. market for safety and regulatory reasons.

Are Audis Reliable?

Audi cars are fairly reliable and, according to Consumer Reports, are ranked No. 7 overall, being beat out by Japanese and Korean brands, including Lexus (No.1), Toyota (No.2), Kia (No. 5), and Infiniti (No.6). On that note, it does beat out its main competition with BMW ranking No. 8, Porsche ranking No. 11, and Mercedes ranking No. 17. Repair Pal reports that the average annual repair cost for Audi vehicles is at $1,011 with repairs being needed an average of once per year, with only 10-percent of those repairs being considered urgent. The 10 most reliable brands, according to Consumer Reports, include:

Top 10 Most Reliable Cars
No. 1 Lexus
No. 2 Toyota
No. 3 Mazda
No.4 Subaru
No. 5 Kia
No.6 Infiniti
No. 7 Audi
No. 8 BMW
No. 9 Mini
No. 10 Hyundai