Audi is in the final stages of testing and refining its upcoming A3 hatchback, as well as the hot S3 version of it. It’s not clear when the new S3 may debut, but it will probably be at a major motor show sometime in 2019 - we’ve heard rumors that Audi is ditching the three-door model and will only sell its hatch as either a five-door or sedan.
The model, in true Audi fashion, looks like an evolution of the current model, and the only real giveaway that the vehicle spotted by our spies is the spiced up S3 is the fact that it has those quad exhausts in the back; it also looks as if its fenders are wider than what we saw in previous spy shots of the regular A3, but we can’t say for sure due to the use of psychedelic camo.
Power for the next S3 will most likely come from a development of the same four-cylinder turbo that motivates the current model which may get a modest horsepower increase. Electrification of some kind is not out of the question either, as Audi has announced its commitment to bringing it more models - maybe even performance models.
2019 Audi E-tron Quattro
The E-tron Quattro is Audi’s first-ever all-electric SUV. It was previewed by a similar concept car back in 2015 and made its debut as a production model in 2018. Developed as a competitor for the Tesla Model X, the E-tron Quattro joins Audi’s existing range of hybrid models that also use an "e-tron" badge.
Smaller than the Q7 but notably bigger than the Q5, the E-tron created its very own niche in the Audi lineup. It’s not big enough to offer full-size capability, but it’s not too cramped either. At the same time, it’s the perfect compromise for urban driving, as it’s not as difficult to park as the company’s range-topping SUV. The big question is, does it have what it takes to give the Tesla Model X a run for its money? Audi has yet to unveil all essential information, which makes predictions difficult, but we still know enough to paint a fair picture. Find out more in the review below.
Updated 10/03/2018: We’ve added all the latest, straight from the 2018 Paris Motor Show!
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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2017 Audi SQ5
Unveiled for the 2017 model year, the second-generation Audi Q5 received the performance treatment at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show. Highlighted by an "S" badge and a more aggressive exterior design, the SQ5 also benefits from all the updates that came with the new-generation crossover, including a revamped interior with new technology.
Audi entered the SUV market in 2005 with the Q7, and three years later it launched the Q5. The crossover was developed to tackle the successful BMW X3 and the Mercedes-Benz GLK (renamed the GLC). It took Audi another four years to introduce the 2014 Audi SQ5 and bring it to the U.S. with a supercharged V-6 engine.
The new-generation model aims to be sportier and more luxurious than its predecessor and its new features, as well as brand-new, turbocharged engine recommend it as a proper competitor for its BMW- and Mercedes-badged rivals. How does it compare to Germany’s finest crossovers? Find out in the comprehensive review below.
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Audi Sport To Shape Audi’s Future Performance Lineup
Audi’s Quattro GmbH division is no more, at least on a “name” basis. It’s actually still around, except that it’s going by a new name: Audi Sport. The newly-minted sub-brand will cover the German automaker’s entire performance division, right down to the RS models, the R8 supercar, and all other motorsports projects that the German automaker wants to dip its toes into.
Speaking with Top Gear, Audi Sport head Stephan Reil gave a preview of sorts of what we can expect. While he didn’t dive into any specifics, Reil did touch on the possibilities that are now being considered as part of the Audi Sport umbrella. It certainly helped that Top Gear rattled off some leading questions, but Reil admitted a few pieces of information that’s worth pointing out.
One is the possibility of seeing stripped down RS models in the vein of the Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport S. That’s a possibility, although according to Reil, don’t expect it to happen in the early stages of a model’s life cycle. Still, the appeal of seeing the Audi TT Clubsport come to life is intriguing, to say the least.
Then there’s the subject of variants for the R8, Audi’s resident supercar. Again, Reil played the “wait-and-see” card, saying that no new R8 variants are expected to arrive until the R8 Spyder arrives in all of the automaker’s global markets. That could take a year or so, but once that time comes, there’s a good chance that we get to see the R8 family give birth to new members down the road.
Last and arguably most important is the subject of electrification, something that Audi has been developing in conjunction with parent company Volkswagen. According to Reil, EV versions of future RS models are going to happen in their own time, or when they start to make sense from business and technology points of view.
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With the looming CAFÉ standards in the U.S. and the stringent, new European exhaust-emission regulations set to tighten up in 2020, Audi is looking to electricity for help. By 2021, all new cars sold in Europe must put out less than 95 grams of CO2 per kilometer. This roughly equates to vehicles achieving 4.1 liters per 100 kilometers, or 57 miles per gallon in terms of fuel consumption. Stringent indeed.
Leading the charge for electrification in Audi’s RS performance lineup is its tuning partner quattro. Heinz Hollerweger, quattro’s Managing Director, mentioned more than a few things in an interview with Australia’s Motoring.com.
"I don’t think [it will be difficult]. But when we reduce below 100g/km, we have to add some kind of electrification," he says. Of course, Hollerweger would not divulge details as to what sort of electrification or hybrid system Audi would employ to reduce vehicle consumption and CO2 output.
"We could not exclude electrification, we would not exclude electrification. It is a technology that gives also some additional performance," he continued, then mentioning that electrically driven turbos and super capacitors are both possibilities.
Thankfully these types of hybrid systems don’t necessarily spell the end to the Audi RS brand’s traditions. "There’s no technical reasons why there couldn’t be a five-cylinder hybrid," he says.
Electrification is an extremely likely scenario in Audi’s future, but there is yet another alternative. Diesel-powered RS models is an idea that’s also been thrown around. "[It’s] an interesting field we are now dealing with," he remarked, but "no actual decision" has been made in regards to diesel power.
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With all the praise and adulation being heaped on the Porsche 918 Spyder, you know it’s only a matter of time before Audi got into the picture. After all, rumors of the R10 halo supercar have grown in recent years. Nothing has come out of it, at least not yet. But Automotorsport.com begs to differ because it’s reporting that Audi management has given the green light to the R10 with an eye on 2016 for the start of production.
Granted, nothing has been made official but sources close to Automotorsport.com indicate that the R10 is a go and will sit above the R8 as Audi’s new flagship exotic. It’s expected to receive a 6.0-liter, twin-turbo, V-10 engine that will pack as much as 850 horsepower.
That’s not even counting the addition of electric motors should Audi decide to take the hybrid route, similar to what Porsche, Ferrari, and McLaren have done with their million-dollar exotics. A pair of electric motors in the R10 could tack on another 150 horsepower to give it as much as 1,000 horsepower.
The same sources also said that the R10 will be heavily inspired by Audi’s Le Mans race cars as far as technological advancements are concerned. Should that be the case, that’s going to give the R10 a real racing pedigree, and a highly successful one at that.
Look for Audi to pull a surprise on all of us and launch a prototype version of the R10 soon, possibly at an auto show later this year. Who knows, that might even be at the 2014 Paris Motor Show this week. I’m not holding onto hope that it happens, but I won’t be shocked if it did.
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Audi looks to be putting the finishing touches on is upcoming 2015 RS 3 Sportback as this test mule runs ‘round the Ring. Spotted thanks to its larger, more aggressive front lower fascia, lowered suspension, and the aggressive note spewing from the four oval exhaust tips, this Audi means business.
Under the hood, we expect the Audi to have a turbocharged, 2.5-liter, inline five-cylinder engine and Quattro all-wheel drive. This updated version of the same I-5 mill found in the previous RS 3 will likely find a home in the new TT RS as well. Rumors suggest the engine could produce more than 360 horsepower and 343 pound-feet of torque. Backing the five-banger would likely be the seven-speed, S-tronic dual-clutch found elsewhere in the Audi lineup.
What’s more important is the U.S. has an actual shot at getting the RS 3 Sportback on its shores. If you’ll recall, Audi set a goal back in 2011 of doubling sales of its sporty RS-branded cars in the United States by 2015. Well, the time has come, and the RS 3 Sportback is a likely candidate. The likelihood increases further considering Audi needs a competitor to the Mercedes CLA45 AMG and BMW M2.
We expect to see the 2015 Audi RS 3 Sportback officially unveiled at the 2014 Paris Motor Show. If not, expect it at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. Until then, enjoy this spy video of Audi’s meanest hot hatch tearing up the Nürburgring.
Well that was a blast, I hope everyone enjoyed it. It was filled with lots of Miata talk so if you are a big fan of fun to drive roadsters, this may be your favorite. If you aren’t a fan of the new 4-th generation Miata, no worries. We have lots of cool stuff for you too.
We start the show with a look in our driveways for the Weekly Wheels. Mark talks about the very large Lexus GX460 and I spend some time talking about towing a horse trailer with the 2014 Toyota Tundra. Oh, you also get the chance to see a cool new Lego Mini Cooper.
For main news stories we talk about the recent sighting of the new Audi TTaround the Nurburgring, a pretty blue Dodge Viper, the all-new Land Rover Discovery Sport announcement and we finish things with the upcoming Kia Optima we just spied in camo.
If you did come for the Miata, well then we have lots for you. We cover all the information we know about the machine from overall size to wheel and tire dimensions. We discuss the design, potential drivetrains, what the weight savings really means and more. We also talk about some of the fun stuff that Keith Tanner from Flyin’ Miata was able to glean from a talk with one of the chassis engineers.
After the Miata madness and the news, we move as always to the Q/A portion of the show. We spend some time discussing winter tires, why you need them, and what you should look for when buying. We also take a few minutes to answer a question about the most recognizable cars in the world.
We wrap things with an Own, Drive, Burn that sees us trying to pick the lesser of three evils; it’s a trio of family-hauling crossovers.
As always, a huge thanks goes out to everyone who listens and watches, with an extra special little thanks to our live viewers. We hope you all have a great weekend and we will see everyone next week.
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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.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Audi TT Roadster.
Audi has apparently been working on an innovative way to harness lost energy in the form of heat within conventional shock absorbers. The news comes by way of a conversation AutoExpress had with Audi’s Research and Development chief Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg. This means by replacing the standard shock absorber units with generator systems, the car will generate electricity as it bumps down the road.
“When working hard over a bumpy road, the dampers are perhaps 100 to 125 degrees.,” Hackenberg tells AutoExpress. “This energy is wasted as heat into the atmosphere.” Though specific details of the technology are still unknown, capturing that energy is likely to happen with a rotating generator unit inside the suspension dampers. When the suspension is compressed, the generator produces electricity.
That power can then be sent into a hybrid car’s battery systems for powering the vehicle. Conversely, the power could be used more immediately to power ancillary systems like electronics and HVAC controls.
What’s more, Hackenberg hinted at the system’s implementation into performance cars as well. “Because we can send energy back into the damper, you will have an independently variable suspension.” This will be able to counter act body roll through tight corners.
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Everyone expected the all-new Audi TT to arrive in its usual coupe and roadster body styles for 2016. Some even entertain the idea of Audi building a shooting brake version of the car — something like the Audi Allroad concept pointed to. But no one seemed to anticipate Audi’s next potential direction for the TT — a four-door coupe-like family sedan.
According to Audi Technical Chief Ulrich Hackenberg, the automaker is “looking to see if there is more we can do [with the TT],” he says. “[The company] is working on future derivatives of the TT. Could the TT be extended as a family car?” If you have a look above at our rendering, it is really not too bad looking.
It’s well known that Audi is planning a massive expansion of its product lineup, increasing from the current 49 models to 60 in the not-so-distant future. Creating a TT derivative makes sense from a planning perspective, at least. While the new TT will likely be a hit, the TT’s sales haven’t exactly been stellar in recent history, selling only 18,353 units in 2013.
What is selling, however, are premium compact cars like the Mercedes-Benz CLA, rising 24 percent in Europe last year according to JATO Dynamics. Stretching and adding two extra doors to the TT would instantly create a CLA-fighter and help offset development costs for the TT coupe and roadster. Both cars would target the same ‘affluent under-40s’ crowd.
Perhaps the biggest question Audi will have to answer is how a four-door TT affects sales of the newly refreshed A3 sedan — a car that essentially already fills the compact luxury family sedan niche. Like the CLA in relation to the C-Class, Audi could produce similar products with unique personalities designed for sales in highly specific market categories.
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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.
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Audi launched at the Frankfurt Motor Show the A4 sedan, a redesigned model with a sporty and progressive character. But the sedan is not the only one to get a facelift, the company is also working on the Convertible version that will be launched at the beginning of 2008. With a price around $45.000, the new A4 Convertible will compete with models like BMW 3-Series Convertible and the upcoming Infiniti G37 Convertible that will be launched in 2009.
The SUV segment has known a constant success even since its debut. Currently many sub-segments are emerging, one of the latest being the compact SUV. By 2010 most of the important producers will be featuring such a model. As shown to us by the recently presented Cross Coupe concept, Audi has such a project going on, and logically it should be launched in the next three years and marketed as the Q3.
Audi is currently working on the next generation A8 that will be unveil sometime in 2009 as a 2010 model. It will have big competition when it will be launched, because by the same time two new models will be launched on the market: the next generation BMW 7-Series and the long-waited Porsche Panamera.
Audi is working a new model placed between the Audi A6 and the Audi A8 and will be a direct competitor for the Mercedes Benz CLS Coupe. The Audi A7 will be initially available as a four-door coupe that will go on sale for model year 2009 in Europe and shortly after in North America. A Convertible version will be unveiled shortly after. Also Audi will offer a more powerful S-version version, with a V10 engine that will be available in 2010. The Audi A7 will be unveiled at 2008 Geneva Motor Show.
Audi is working on a new compact SUV to take a place below the Q7 in the company’s model range. The Q5 will be based on the same platform as the next-generation Audi A4 and will come to compete with the BMW X3, Land Rover Freelander and the upcoming Volvo XC50 and Mercedes GLK. It will go on sale in 2008 at an expected price of $35000. The Q5 will be produced at Audi’s plant in Ingolstadt with a development price tag close to $400 million.
At Geneva Motor Show, Audi will unveil the A5 Coupe that will go on sale in early 2007 as a 2008 model. The car will share styling cues with the Nuvolari and Shooting Brake concepts and a platform with the next-generation A4 and Volkswagen’s forthcoming upscale coupe. Also a soft-top convertible version with a canvas roof will replace the current A4
cabrio in 2008.