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Audi Powers up the R8 e-tron, Takes Aims at Tesla

Extended-range electric vehicle with supercar performance.

by on Mar.04, 2015

The new Audi R8 e-tron shown on the maker's stage at the Geneva Motor Show. The new 2016 Audi R8 V10 Plus is in the background.

Tesla isn’t the only automaker out to prove that battery-cars can deliver serious levels of performance. After a long delay, Audi has revealed an all-electric version of its newly redesigned 2-seat sports car, the R8 e-tron.

Making its debut alongside the new, gas-powered R8, the e-tron tucks a T-shaped lithium-ion battery pack into the sports car’s low body, along with two electric motors. The combination not only can launch from 0 to 60 in less than four seconds, but it can deliver as much as 280 miles of range per charge, nearly triple what most of today’s electric vehicles can manage.

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Likely to be priced above the rest of the new R8 line-up, Audi says it will produce a small number of largely hand-built e-trons “upon customer request” this coming year.

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Updated Audi R8 Muscles Up

German supercar gets 610-hp V-10, tops out at 205 mph.

by on Mar.02, 2015

Audi's new R8 gets a freshened look on the exterior, but under the hood is where the biggest transformation takes place.

Audi’s strikingly stylish R8 supercar is up for a remake, and while there will be a number of visual updates to 2016, the big news is added performance. The R8’s big V-10 will now churn out 610 horsepower and launch it to a top speed of 205 mph, making it a serious challenger to exotic brands like Ferrari, Porsche and Lamborghini

Perhaps best known as the car of choice for silver screen superhero Iron Man, Audi has launched a steady stream of enhancements since introducing the original R8, taking advantage of the company’s successful racing program.

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“Motorsport is in Audi’s genes, it has always been a permanent feature of our brand’s character,” says Audi technical chief Ulrich Hackenberg said in a statement. “With the new Audi R8, our engineers are bringing accumulated racing expertise from the race track onto the road.” (more…)

Latest Audi Prologue Concept Hints at New Avant Model to Come

Show car also features a new virtual concept, and an all-knowing “butler.”

by on Feb.25, 2015

The Audi Prologue Avant concept debuting at the Geneva Motor Show is not quite a wagon or is it really a coupe.

When Audi revealed its show-stopping Prologue concept vehicle at the Los Angeles Auto Show last November, styling chief Marc Lichte suggested it was “a teaser for our next generation A6, A7 and A8” models.

Audi will be dropping still more hints of its future design direction next week when it pulls the wraps of the Prologue Avant concept during a news conference at the Geneva Motor Show. Not quite a wagon, clearly not a sedan, the distinctive five-door is intended to create a unique and dynamic new design form all its own.

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“The Audi prologue Avant is progressive, emotion-filled and versatile,” said Audi tech chief Ulrich Hackenberg, in a statement. “With our show car for Geneva, we now translate the design language of the Audi prologue into a new, dynamic and stretched form. We are merging it with a concept of high variability.” (more…)

Audi Lights Up the Road With New R8

Flagship sports car’s new technologies to include laser high-beams.

by on Feb.17, 2015

Audi plans to reveal the rest of the 2016 R8 in Geneva.

Audi’s updated R8 sports car is about to hit the bright lights – quite literally – when it makes its debut at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show.

The German luxury maker is offering a first, tantalizing teaser image of the 2016 R8, and while it’s difficult to see just how much the mid-engine sports car changes overall, there’s big news in that headlight peeking out from under the covers. Among the many new technologies Audi promises to introduce, the R8 will be getting optional laser high-beams.

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“The special appeal of laser lighting,” explains Audi, “is that it uses high‑intensity laser diodes, which generate a lot of light energy from a very small component. Compared to LED high‑beam headlights, laser high‑beams attain nearly twice the lighting range.”

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Audi Heading Offroad With TT

Maker performs triage on trio of concepts.

by on Jan.27, 2015

Audi's TT Offroad concept appears to be moving from idea to product in time for the 2017 model line-up.

While it might seem like an automotive oxymoron, Audi has apparently decided it wants to go off-roading with its little TT model.

According to reports out of the maker’s headquarters in Ingolstadt, Germany, Audi has performed triage on a trio of TT-based concept cars it introduced over the past year as part of a plan to get consumer feedback on how to expand the TT “family.”

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The effort began at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show when Audi unveiled a three-door wagon-like model dubbed the Allroad Shooting Brake concept. The various models included a bold red five-door take on the TT, dubbed the Sportbrake, unveiled at the Paris Motor Show last autumn. (more…)

Audi Bringing All-New Q7 to Detroit Auto Show

German maker’s oldest model finally getting a remake.

by on Dec.12, 2014

The new Audi Q7 will shed more than 700 pounds.

Among the estimated 45 world debuts scheduled for the upcoming Detroit Auto Show, expect a big one from Audi – quite literally, as it plans to reveal the replacement for the biggest, and oldest, model in its line-up.

The Q7 SUV has undergone only the most modest of tweaks since its original debut back in 2006, an unusually lengthy wait considering the ever-faster pace of today’s auto industry.

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Audi apparently intends to address some of the key complaints about the Q7, which include its unimpressive fuel economy, as well as its poor space utilization. Among other things, the big ute will drop more than 700 pounds of mass. It will, meanwhile, get a new plug-in hybrid system which Audi claims will deliver as much as 138 mpg.

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Audi Pairs Hydrogen and Plug-in Power to Create A7 h-tron

Dual power offers performance and other pluses.

by on Nov.20, 2014

Audi's A7 h-tron Sportback Quattro may be the best of both possible green worlds: a plug-in hybrid that uses a hydrogen fuel cell.

There’s a war of words underway between proponents of battery power and those who think the fuel-cell is the future of green technology. Audi is suggesting both might find common ground in their effort to replace the conventional internal combustion engine.

The luxury arm of Volkswagen AG used the Los Angeles Auto Show to reveal its unusual A7 h-tron Sportback Quattro. The coupe-like sedan pairs a fuel-cell stack with a plug-in hybrid system to create a vehicle that produces zero emissions yet also can deliver sporty performance.

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The show car is “a bold statement for the future of sustainable mobility,” proclaimed Ulrich Hackenberg, the Audi board member overseeing technical development. (more…)

Edgy Audi Prologue Reveals New Design Language

Concept will serve as theme for next A6, A7 and A8 models.

by on Nov.19, 2014

Audi's Prologue was unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show today. The concept will influence future Audi models, executives said.

When Audi released advanced sketches of its Prologue Concept, it seemed unlikely it would actually translate the exotic design into sheet metal. But the maker more than delivered, as a standing-room-only crowd discovered during the Audi news conference at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

And while many over-the-top show cars traditionally vanish from sight once the spotlight is dimmed, luxury buyers will continue to see the influence of the new Audi Prologue for years to come, officials revealed – though not directly in production form, as some had anticipated.

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While not meant to reveal plans for an all-new flagship coupe, the Prologue, “is more than a show car for Audi,” revealed Marc Lichte, the maker’s new design chief. “Prologue is a teaser for our next generation A6, A7 and A8” models. (more…)

Audi A9 Renderings Reveal New Grand Touring Coupe

Is this a Prologue of things to come?

by on Nov.17, 2014

If this rendering is any indication, Audi's new concept is going to be an impressive production car.

Just days before its scheduled debut at the Los Angeles Motor Show, Audi is giving us a peek at what’s to come when it unveils its new A9 model – which some German media anticipate will also be called the Prologue.

There’s been plenty of speculation about what Volkswagen’s luxury brand might have in store, and some creative imaginations have been at work in recent weeks creating their own ideas of what the A9 might look like. But if these official renderings carry over into the sheet metal, Audi is about to deliver one very big surprise.

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Rather than coming up with a coupe-like take on the familiar A8, or simply adding a few extra inches to the popular A7 four-door coupe, these sketches suggest the maker is going for something much more edgy, along the lines of a two-door grand touring coupe. (more…)

Audi Unveiled: Maker Shows Off New A6 and A7 Models

Upgrades set to debut at LA Auto Show.

by on Nov.12, 2014

The 2016 Audi A7 shown in Euro-spec.

Audi’s popular A6 and A7 models will both be getting mid-cycle upgrades, and the German luxury maker is offering a sneak peek at what’s to come when the 2016 models make their formal debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show next week.

We got a first glimpse at the Paris show, a month back, but the L.A. introduction will focus on the U.S.-spec models which will, among other things, bring to the States Audi’s new 2.0-liter TFSI inline-four engine. The S-models will get increased performance, and both the A6 and A7 will feature what Audi calls a more “athletic, taut design.”

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There’ll also be more technology coming, including standard LED headlights on the 2016 Audi A7, an optional night vision system, and the new Secondary Collision Assist technology which, Audi explains, “can automatically apply the brakes to help avoid secondary collisions.”

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