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Audi revealed the new A5 and S5 sportback before its world debut in the Paris Auto Show. The second generation Audi A5 Sportback will be sold in both Europe and America.

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The Audi A5 Sportback, for those who are not used to the Audi Nomenclature system, is a 4-door version of the 2017 Audi A5. Resemblance is near with the previous generation Sportback and the Audi A4 on which it is based. It comes with two engine variant, a small 2.0L straight 4 engine, produces 252 bhp from 5,000 to 6,000 rpm and 370 Nm of torque between 1,600 and 4,500 rpm, coupled to a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission for the A5. There is also a 3.0L turbocharged V6, making 354 bhp and 500 Nm of torque, this one is coupled to a 8-speed automatic gearbox, available for the S5. Audi said that the 3.0L engine will take the car from 0 to 100 kph in 4.7 seconds and his top speed is 250 kph. Both variants come with Audi’s All-wheel-drive.

The new Audi A5 comes with driver assist features like the collision avoidance auto braking, adaptive cruise control that can assist the driver in acceleration, speed (limit to 40 mph), breaking and even steering, traffic jam assist, park assist, cross-traffic assist rear, exit warning, turn assist, collision avoidance assist and camera-based recognition of traffic signs. The interior is spacier with 17 mm larger cabin, 11 mm more in shoulder space and 25 mm more for knee space compared to the previous A5. The A5 features a high resolution screen to run all infotainment and control systems.

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The price and the rest of the options were not announced yet, more to come on the Mondial de l’Auto on the Sep 29th.

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The most powerful Audi R8 ever produced

Posted: January 21, 2016 in Audi, R8
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When the Audi R8 first appeared, it was quite charming, a baby Audi, that could wreak havoc on the road, with collaborations between Audi and Lamborghini Engineers. It had an astonishing V8 engine, but the most impressive version came with the V10 from the Gallardo. Right now, Audi presented the world with the second generation of R8: The Audi R8 V10 Plus.

Flash news, the second generation R8 won’t come with a cheap V8 alternative, only the 5.2L V10 version will be available with a whooping 610 bhp and 560 Nm @6500 Rpm. Power is transferred to the four wheels via a 7-speed S-tronic dual-clutch transmission, the 6-speed automatic will no longer be used. 0 to 60 is achieved in 3.2 seconds and the top speed is 205 mph (330 kph). There is another engine alternative though, less powerful, dubbed the V8 V10 that can produce 70 bhp less than the V10 plus i.e 532 bhp in total.

The New Audi R8 comes with new features, most remarkable of which is the new S-tronic transmission, which allows the car to open both clutches starting from speeds close to 35 mph, allowing the car to consume less fuel. Not only that, it comes with three driving modes : comfort, auto and dynamic. And if the driver likes to enjoy a nice cruise, he can use the manual paddle shift mode. The R8 V10 plus was developed in the same time and with the same engineer team as the Audi R8 LMS, so Audi expect high in and off track performance. We can add also that the All-wheel-has been added a new electrohydraulic multi-plate clutch differential that allows the engine torque to be fully transferred to the front wheels, fully to the rear wheels, or distribute it in different percentage

Being compared to the first generation of the Ardi R8, the second generation has lost significant weight, 110 pounds, and comes with a new 40% stiffer body structure. It comes with standard Carbon-Ceramic brakes. The interior is more race oriented. It has been added some screens, light materials to the construction. The first Glimpse at the Audi R8 was in the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, and now Audi teased with it in the NAIAS 2016.

Audi says that the starting price will be, and hold on to your chairs, between 165,000$ and 185,000$. Competitors will be the Mercedes AMG GT, the Ferrari 488, the Lamborghini Huracan, the mighty Porsche 911 GT3 RS and even the Bentley Continental GT Speed

Audi RS3

Posted: January 25, 2015 in Audi, RS3
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The world has seen many impressive hatchbacks, the Ford Focus ST, The Fiesta, the Golf GTI, and it was the turn of the giants to go into that race, like Mercedes-Benz with the A class, made most powerful Hatch in the world. With competition being fierce, Audi presented its new hatchback, the RS3, and it the most powerful between them all.

Numbers : The RS3 is powered by a 2.5 L 5 cylinder TFSI engine, that develops 367 bhp. The engine boosts the car from stop to 100 kph in 4.3 seconds, and top speed limit has been pushed up to 280 kph. The power is channeled to the four wheels via a 7-speed multi-disk double-clutch S tronic transmission. Audi fitted it with Launch control. The RS3 is fitted with the Audi Quattro system with torque vectoring. Fuel consumption is 8.1 L to the 100 km, with CO2 emissions of 189 grams per kilometer. It is said to cost around 40,000€.

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The new RS 3 weighs close to 1655 kg, and with the power from its engine, it can go sideways, play with its tail as any hot hatch can do. The multidisk hydraulic clutch can, and with the help of the revised Quattro system, transfer all the power to the rear wheels. The driver can enjoy it more with the ESC (electronic stability control) off, that is when the car forgets all about the electronic mambo jumbo, and goes crazy sideways.

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Audi Prologue Concept

Posted: November 28, 2014 in Prologue
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Being a good maker of clean sublime cars, like the A6, A7 or A5, Audi, presented a new concept model, that defines well the future of the company, as well as its actual place in the market. In the LA Auto Show, Audi presented the Audi Prologue Concept, an astonishing 2-doors coupe, that made a lot of people talk about.

“We don’t want to be too up-to-date, which two years later is already outdated. We want to stay really modern and display the latest technology, but not in an over-complicated way. Stay logical, because design that survives, it has a kind of logical function.” says Parys Cybulski, exteriour designer.

The futuristic design of The Prologue, puts it ahead of its competitors, somehow. It has a larger center grille, a lower front end, to give it sportier looks, it sits on 22-inch alloy wheels, it has all-wheel-drive, and it will be the base of the future coming Audi’s. It is said that it will be competing against the S class coupe. One more noticeable feature is the lights, both front headlights, that are using, wait for it, Laser technology, and it is a way to gain weight, and be futuristic, and the rear 3D lights, a long bar that goes on all the car width.

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Underneath the hood, it has 4.0 TFSI engine, that produces 605 bhp, be careful AMG GT, someone has a small engine and a lot of power, and this someone is from Germany, like you. The Quattro technology, permits Audi to place a more forward engine, with a lot of space to the front and rear wheels. It has a developed exhaust system, that will make a serious noise.

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What about the interior then? As you can see, it is classy, elegant, it is everything Audi is about. There is a large central screen, touch display, through which you can communicate with the car and the passenger, in fact, the screen is divided between them, the passenger now can give an idea about the roads, and other things, and send them to the driver via a switch. It reminds us of the spirit of the rally. It is a Gran Turismo based design, that offers both luxury and sportiness, but no extravagance.

Its production hasn’t been confirmed yet, therefore there is no price on it, but one thing is sure, Audi is back for the game.

Audi R10

Posted: September 30, 2014 in Audi, Hypercars
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The Swedish department of the German magazine, Auto Motor und Sport, has confirmed the rumors that were told about the Audi R10. Audi is to make this hypercar, to enter in competition with Ferrari, McLaren, Porsche… And it is as a result to the huge success Audi is getting in LeMans series.

The Audi R10 is based on the successful R18 e-Tron, but it is a road car. That is a very good news to all Audi’s fans around the world. Audi was known to produce clean cars, with the right amount of performance, something you can use while taking your family in vacation, and still look reasonable and cool to their eyes. However when it came to supercars, R8 was well presented, but it was not a car to compete against Ferrari, Mercedes, Aston Martins. It lacked power and weight control.

With the new R10, Audi is hoping to get everything fixed. For starters, the diesel engine idea was rejected, and Audi is considering a petrol engine alternative. It is considering, a more powerful V10, twin-turbocharged, it is said to produce 850 bhp, yet, there is a rumor about a hybrid variant that could produce even 1000 bhp. It will be more powerful that the LaFerrari, the 918, the P1 engines, but would it be as fast? Rumors say that the R10 will include a cylinder-deactivation system technology, that is a technology that allows the engine to operate only under 6 cylinders regime when it is not on full power, and that is one way to save energy.

Concerning the design, it is said to be based on the R18 e-tron, aerodynamically and aesthetically similar to it. The chassis is slightly larger than the R8 one’s, but will be stronger.

Price may reach 1 million €, and production would be programmed for 2016. There are a lot of rumors about the car, but, it is closer to reality now.

Source : Audi