American performance is usually served with unmistakable flamboyance. For example, both the shark-nosed Corvette Z06 and Terminator-esque Shelby GT350 Mustang offer unambiguous speed cues front to back. But that’s a good thing; it’s an essential facet of their character. However, some people prefer the straight-to-jail speed in a package that flies comfortably under the radar. Folks looking for a combination like that usually turn to Europe, birthplace of cars like the Audi RS7 Sportback Performance. To the uninitiated, it’s just another AWD luxury sedan. But to those who know, it’s over 600 horsepower and a top speed of 190 mph.
Audi already offers U.S. customers the venerable RS 7, but now, according to a recent report from the fine folks at Autoblog, we’ll get the new Performance version as well. That means even more power, slightly tweaked styling, and all the refinement and comfort you’d expect from a range-topper with four rings on the grille.
So then – a high-output variant of an already overpowered luxury sedan. Sounds tempting. We won’t know exactly what the U.S.-spec RS 7 Sportback Performance will bring to the table until Audi provides us with the details, but for now, read on for the Euro-spec iteration and cross your fingers it’s unaltered by the time it hits our shores.
Updated 02/12/2016: Audi dropped a pretty cool commercial title "Tear Drop" for its latest RS 7 Sportback Performance. Hit "play" to watch it!
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If you’re looking for the benefits of an SUV without actually owning one, then your best bet is probably one of Audi’s Allroad models. They offer all of the amenities of an SUV, like Audi’s awesome Quattro all-wheel drive system and air suspension. This means the car comes ready to tackle rough roads a lot better than most sedans out there. Plus, since the Allroad comes in wagon form, it offers similar cargo space in comparison to your everyday SUV.
Here in the U.S., we are limited to the Audi A4 Allroad, but on the other side of the world, Audi offers the sporty Audi A6 Allroad. Just in time for winter, Audi has released a new trim level for the A6 Allroad, dubbed “Sport,” that makes the car even more sporty. Upgrades offered with the Sport trim include new wheels, new lighting, and even new seats up front.
The A6 Allroad Sport doesn’t benefit from any power upgrades, but the new standard features along with the AWD system and air suspension makes the new Allroad Sport the model to have. That air suspension, by the way, automatically lowers at higher speeds to help reduce aerodynamic drag. Anyway, we decided to look at the new Allroad Sport to see just what makes it that much better, so keep reading to find out all the details.
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At the 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show, Audi unveiled the 2016 S8 Plus, a beefed-up sedan with 605 horsepower at its disposal and a 0-to-62 sprint that leaves behind not only the Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG, but also prominent sports cars such as the Aston Martin Vanquish or the BMW M4. As we move closer to 2016, Audi took the same drivetrain and dropped it in the RS6 Avant and RS7 Sportback. Unlike the S8, however, the RS6 and RS7 didn’t receive a "Plus" badge. Instead, they were launched using "Performance" monikers.
Naming aside, the RS6 Avant Performance marks the return of Audi’s high-performance wagon after an 11-year hiatus. Offered in a limited run between April and September 2004, the RS6 Plus had an engine that was developed and manufactured by Cosworth and took to the streets with an impressive 476 horsepower and 428 pound-feet of torque on tap.
More importantly, the RS6 Performance arrives ten years after Audi discontinued the RS2 Avant, the brand’s first RS-badged vehicle. The RS2 was co-developed with Porsche, and its turbocharged, five-cylinder engine generated 315 horsepower. A little more than a decade has passed since then and Audi’s high-performance wagon has nearly doubled its output. Find out more below.
Updated 11/16/2015: Audi dropped a first promo video for its latest RS6 Avant Performance. Enjoy!
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To say that the current 2015 Audi A8, which was launched in 2009, is a bit long in the tooth is an understatement. Sure, the German sedan is still one of the most popular choices in the full-size market, but both Mercedes-Benz and BMW have redesigned their competitors for this demanding niche. The A8 desperately needs a modern interior and an exterior design that will attract new customers. Same goes for the performance-oriented 2015 Audi S8.
The A8’s overhaul, however, won’t happen until 2017, and this basically means an updated S8 won’t arrive until 2018. The good news is that the next A8/S8 will borrow their styling from the gorgeous 2014 Audi Prologue Concept. Granted, the new design language is still evolutionary rather than revolutionary, but it’s a breath of fresh air nonetheless. Meanwhile, Audi will probably continue to make the best of the current model with mild updates and special-edition models. The most recent of these is the S8 Plus, which, as the name suggests, is a more powerful version of the already familiar S8.
Audi’s Plus line goes back to 2004, when the company sold a final, limited-edition version of the RS6. It had increased engine output, added standard features, and various other goodies inside and out. The same recipe was applied again in 2012 on both the 2014 Audi R8 V10 Plus and the 2012 Audi TT RS Plus, which makes the S8 the fourth Audi to receive this package and the first S model to get the "Plus" badge.
Updated 11/13/2015: Audi announced U.S. prices for the new S8 Plus which will be put on sale in December 2015. Prices will start from $114,900 - excluding $925 destination charges.
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Introduced in 2009, the current-generation Audi A8L received a significant update in 2013, and by the looks of things, the full-size sedan isn’t due to be replaced until 2017. That, however, doesn’t mean Ingolstadt will rest on its laurels for two more years and leave the A8 unchanged. The German flagship has already received its most powerful iteration ever as the A8 Plus in 2015, and with 2016 right around the corner the long-wheelbase version is in for a few improvements of its own — at least in 4.0T trim.
The model that slots between the 3.0 TFSI/3.0 TDI and the W12 has gained new visuals and an equipment update for 2016, along with a more powerful V-8 engine and a "Sport" badge. The good news is that the upgraded model costs only $100 more than last year’s car, which is quite surprising given Audi’s latest releases stood out through expensive options such as the SQ5 Plus’ exclusive Macaw Blue package — a ridiculous €12,000 bundle consisting of an exterior paint and contrast stitching for the upholstery.
The revised A8 L 4.0T joins the recently updated A8 L Security, which was unveiled at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show with class VR 9 ballistic protection standard for customers in need of a bullet-proof limousine. The 3.0 TFSI, 3.0 TDI, and W12 are also likely to receive upgrades by the time the next-generation A8 arrives, but until that happens, let’s have a closer look at the 4.0T model.
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Having won seven drivers’ championships and four constructors’ titles between 2002 and 2015, Audi has plenty of reasons to be proud of its recent DTM campaigns. And even though 2015 was a rather disappointing season, it didn’t stop the Germans from creating a special-edition model that celebrates the A5’s efforts in the racing series.
Meet the A5 DTM Selection, a limited-edition coupe that carries the spirit of Audi’s DTM-spec coupe from the race track to the road.
Limited to only 50 units and priced at €74,540 (about $84,700) in Germany, the A5 DTM Selection is Audi’s third road car to wear the DTM badge. The first one came in 2005 as the A4 DTM Edition only a few months after Audi had won all three titles in the series. The second one was the 2014 A5 DTM Champion that celebrated Mike Rockenfeller’s 2013 victory.
Though Ingolstadt has nothing to celebrate in 2015 with Mercedes-Benz and BMW only one round away from winning the drivers’ and manufacturers’ championship, respectively, Audi decided that the current-generation A5 deserves another DTM special-edition before it goes out of production.
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Though the 2008 Audi Q5 arrived in 2008, it took Audi nearly five years to offer a performance version of the crossover. Launched in 2013, the 2013 Audi SQ5 received both gasoline and diesel versions with outputs in excess of 300 horsepower. Only two years have passed since then and Audi is already working on updated variants of the SQ5, based on the second-generation 2017 Audi Q5 that’s set to arrive in 2016. Until then, however, Ingolstadt updated the current SQ5 TDI to Plus specifications, giving it more power and torque and a number of exclusive features inside and out.
Before you get too excited, the SQ5 TDI isn’t available in the United States, which means the Plus model won’t cross the pond here either.
The SQ5 is the fifth Audi to receive the Plus badge. The company’s Plus line goes back to 2004, when the RS6 Plus was launched as a limited-edition model. Since then, Audi introduced the 2014 Audi R8 V10 Plus and 2012 Audi TT RS Plus in 2012, as well as the 2016 Audi S8 Plus in 2015. Also, the SQ5 is the first diesel model to gain the Plus package two years after it became the first diesel-powered S model in the Audi lineup.
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Audi first brought its four-door behemoth luxo-cruiser A8 to the U.K. a scant 21 years ago, and in celebration, it’ll offer British customers a new, limited-run iteration called the Edition 21. Available in both standard- and long-wheelbase variants, the A8 Edition 21 offers as standard a variety of features found on the options list of the regular A8, enhancing both the exterior and interior with even more luxury, prestige and comfort. Only 121 total will be produced and it’ll only be sold in the U.K.
The car is simply packed to the brim with extras, and customers are sure to feel coddled. However, there isn’t much that the Edition 21 can offer over a well-optioned, standard-issue A8. A few swipes of the pen are all that’s needed to get, more or less, the same result.
So then, what makes this A8 stand out from the rest? Read on the find out.
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There was an article floating around the webs a couple of months back that suggested that the color blue is a relatively recent invention, and that modern humans actually didn’t see or identify the color until someone gave it a name. If that’s true, then it’s possible that Audi has added a new chapter to our perception of the color, with the new Santorini Blue offered on the 2016 Audi R8. If a time machine suddenly transported this vehicle back to a group of pre-blue humans, they’d have had to come up with a word on the spot for it, even if they couldn’t tell what color it was.
(Okay, I know, they would probably be fleeing in terror because a V10-powered sports car had just appeared in the middle of a field about 5,000 years before the invention of carbon fiber, but don’t think too hard about that part.)
Santorini Blue Pearlescent is a new color coming to the Audi R8 for 2016. It’s a different hue from the color of the same name used by BMW, but stunning in its own right and well-suited to the R8s’ road-hugging body.
The brilliant blue is teamed with a Havana Brown leather interior sporting contrast stitching on the seats and a matching diamond pattern on the Alcantara headliner. The interior features a black leather dash top with Havana Brown stitching and a massive, 12-inch "Virtual Cockpit" digital instrument panel, as well as matching door panels. It’s a definite visual upgrade from the standard R8.
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The new Audi S3 is an amazing little sports sedan, but sitting in the same showroom as cars like the R8, TT, RS 5 and RS 7, it’s easy to see how this car could easily be overlooked. In hopes of creating a little more awareness for the 292-horsepower pocket-rocket, Audi has just announced the S3 Exclusive Edition with bespoke touches inside and out.
In the naming of the 2015 Audi S3 Exclusive Edition, Audi is only signifying that the car has been given a thorough once over from Audi Exclusive (the brand’s in-house team that allows customers to personalize just about any car), but it is truly an exclusive vehicle. The S3 Exclusive Edition will only be built in five paint colors, and each color will be limited to just five units – do the math and that means just 25 of these flashy sedans will be making their way to the U.S.
Of the five colors, three (Vegas Yellow, Viper Green and Glut Orange) are only available on the S3 Exclusive Edition, while the other two (Sepang Blue and Misano Red) are carried over from the standard S3’s color palette. The colors are sure to get these cars noticed, but it’s the other upgrades that make these cars so special.
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There are a lot of cool cars we can’t have in the United States, including a host of incredibly fast yet still practical wagons. The Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG Shooting Brake is the first that pops into mind, but the RS6 Avant is the vehicle that adds even more insult to injury. While Europe gets no less than four Audi-badged wagons, U.S. customers have just the one in the form of the A6 Allroad. And while most of us can live without the A4 Avant and the A3 Sportback, not having the RS6 Avant on this side of the pond is pure blasphemy. While I could rant about this for hours, I’m going to take a break to tell you about the latest Exclusive package Audi rolled out for the RS6 Avant.
The bundle comes just in time for the wagon’s recently launched facelift and adds further aggressiveness to the already beefed-up grocery getter. Nothing massive, but just enough to turn the RS6 Avant from enticing to downright sinister.
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The Audi RS 5 burst into the scene back in 2010 when Audi decided that a high-powered sports coupe would be a worthy addition to the A5 family. The decision turned out to be a stroke of fortuitous timing for Audi as the voluminous sales of the R8 supercar created a demand for a cheaper sports-car alternatives from Audi. Since its arrival, the RS 5 has held its own in its segment, even though it probably needs to get a decent-sized update soon. But instead of taking that route, Audi’s been content with keeping the sports coupe’s original guts intact.
The RS 5 is still good enough to be a legitimate sports prowler in the market, and with models like the 75-unit RS 5 Sport Edition, we can still see the sports coupe as a legitimate option in its segment. But with new models like the BMW M4 and to a lesser extent, the Mercedes CLA 45 AMG, there’s going to be a time when Audi will have to roll out a new RS 5.
Until then, special-edition models like the Sport Edition can probably still hold down the fort.
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