Audi RS 7 Dynamic Edition Debuts At NYIAS

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As if the 2014 Audi RS 7 needed to get any more awesome, the brand has pulled the wraps off their new RS 7 dynamic edition that will make a public debut at the New York International Auto Show (NYIAS) this week. So what makes it special?

Well, that may be kind of hard to tell. Most of the changes are subtle, like red interior stitching and red seatbelt straps, plus a splitter, diffuser and engine cover each made from carbon fiber. The RS 7 dynamic edition does add performance components like the DRC suspension and sports exhaust, but those are already available as options on any RS 7. So what purpose does the RS 7 dynamic edition really serve, then? more

Audi A6 e-tron Aimed At Chinese Market

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Audi and its Chinese partner FAW are planning to launch a new plug-in hybrid, called the A6 e-tron, exclusively for the Chinese market.

Audi and FAW have been working together for over a quarter century and have successfully improved the premium segment in China. To keep up with the times, they are working together to add fuel efficiency to that same premium segment. Together, they've added the two types of drive systems, electric and hybrid, offering drivers emission free driving with the electric engine and 'unlimited' range with the added gasoline engine. more

Pop The Hood: 2014 Audi RS 7

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One of the most coveted vehicles in any shape, style or segment, period, the 2014 Audi RS 7 captures both the minds and the hearts of auto enthusiasts everywhere thanks largely to the twin-turbo 4.0L V8 engine under the hood. Here’s what makes it special.

The 4G engine has been used by Audi before, introduced in 2012 for the S6 and S7. But in those cars, the mighty V8 TFSI made only 420 horsepower. “Only.” In the RS 7, power has been boosted to an astounding 552 hp and 516 lb.-ft of torque. Max horsepower is available from 5,700-6,700rpm, but max torque has a huge rev range from 1,750-5,500rpm. That brings the 2014 RS 7 from 0-60mph in just 3.7 seconds. Not bad for a quasi-wagon, or anything else. more

2014 Audi A6 TDI Test Drive

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Wild bursts of color explode onto the green hills around us, as the central coast of California speeds by and the 2014 Audi A6 TDI feels more like an agile bullet train than a midsized luxury sedan. On a recent weekend trip, the 101 Freeway offered a longer but more scenic route from Long Beach to Sacramento, making it a no-brainer on the way up. The biggest no-brainer of all, however, was tabbing this 3.0L turbodiesel six-cylinder engine for the task.

We’re all familiar with the benefits of modern clean diesel at this point, as luxury automakers like Audi, BMW and Mercedes – and even Chevrolet and Mazda – have turned to this familiar option for a green alternative to hybrids. Today’s diesel engines return outstanding fuel economy, not by reducing displacement and horsepower, but by making it available almost immediately. And the 2014 A6 TDI may do it better than anyone. more

2015 Audi A3 Earns Highest IIHS Crash Rating
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Just weeks ahead of its debut at dealerships around the U.S., the 2015 Audi A3 has been named a Top Safety Pick+ by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) after passing all crash tests. TSP+ is the highest honor given out by the IIHS.

The A3 earned its new TSP+ status by scoring a Good rating in all five tests. It also scored an Advanced rating in the separate Front Crash Prevention test that measures available avoidance technology. It is the first Audi to be named either TSP or TSP+, and the first Audi to earn an Acceptable or Good rating in the small overlap protection test. more

2014 Audi A4 Premium Plus w/ Manual Test Drive Review
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By now, the 2014 Audi A4 is a proven commodity in the entry luxury sedan segment. A worthy competitor to the BMW 3-Series and Mercedes C-Class stalwarts, the A4 is regularly setting sales records and garnering a loyal following of its own. The underdog has grown up, and it’s not a secret anymore.

But there are always new ways to put cars to the test, so we loaded up a 2014 A4 to full capacity, and set out on a journey up and down the Pacific coast in the face of unseasonal heat, devastating traffic and one set of cranky infant lungs. Oh, and the A4 is one of the few with a manual transmission. This was going to be fun. more

Pricing Announced For 4G LTE Service in 2015 Audi A3
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When the 2015 Audi A3 goes on sale in just a few weeks, it will be armed with one key feature that no other vehicle in the U.S. can match: 4G LTE connectivity. Now, we’ll know how much that Internet access runs you.

Every new A3 sold will come with six months of free 4G LTE as a trial basis, but after that, the two options include a 6-month plan with 5 GB of data for $99 or a 30-month plan with 30 GB of data for $499. The service provider is AT&T, and owners who already have a mobile plan with AT&T can simply add the 4G LTE access to their bill. more

2015 Audi TT and TTS Unveiled In Geneva
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The wraps have come off the first big reveals of the Geneva Motor Show this week, as the 2015 Audi TT and more aggressive TTS made their official debut to the masses. The third generation of the sports coupe sports a more angular design and upgraded equipment across the board, and is an impressive 100 lbs. lighter than its predecessor.

With the low weight, optional quattro all-wheel drive and a wide array of powerplants, the Audi TT and TTS figure to make a big impact in the world of entry luxury sports cars. It will also be highly customizable, with several new colors, loads of interior options and 11 different wheel designs to choose from. But first, let’s take a look at the performance figures, shall we? more

2014 Audi Q7 TDI Test Drive Review
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It wasn’t unusual for the 2014 Audi Q7 TDI to splash into several inches of standing water as it rolled down the street, sending tidal waves onto the sidewalk. Downtown Los Angeles took just 2.28 inches of rainfall last Friday, but that’s twice as much as the city had seen in the last eight months combined. The next morning, the roads were still flooded in many places, thanks in part to inadequate storm drains that seem to have been built with the idea that hey, it never rains here, so why design them for rain?

Perhaps they could take a lesson from Audi, who are out to disprove common misconceptions about diesel engines to the American public. Instead of just accepting that diesel engines have flaws, Audi is in the middle of a massive effort to reap the benefits of their power while refining their rough edges. That means no noisy rumble unless you really lay into the power, and no disgusting reek unless you’re kneeling near the exhaust at idle. Improve the product until it’s as good as can be, huh? SoCal city planners should maybe be taking notes. more

New Audi TT Sketches Released Ahead of Geneva Debut
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Sketches of the redesigned Audi TT have been released, two weeks before the sports coupe will make its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show. The designs show a familiar shape with updated features, such as a more modern face with available LED headlights and taillights, plus sharper, more refined lines from front to back. Perhaps of greater interest, Audi hinted that the higher performance TTS may also make an appearance.

This will be the third generation of the Audi TT, which originally debuted in 1998 as a kind of sporty Volkswagen Beetle. Back then, it reasserted Audi as a sports brand and defined the design language for almost every model since. The TT may not be the headliner that it once was, but that could change with this new version, which is much more reminiscent of the Audi R8 supercar. Could it reinvigorate sports car customers? more

Audi S3 Cabriolet Revealed Ahead of Geneva Motor Show
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The Audi S3 Cabriolet has been revealed, presumably preparing it for an official debut at the Geneva Motor Show. The S3 Cabriolet is a part of Audi’s expanding A3 lineup, and as expected, has many of the same features as the standard S3.

Central to the Audi S3 Cabriolet’s new topless body is the engine. The 2 liter TFSI from the standard S3 generates 300 horsepower and over 280 lb-ft of torque, propelling the convertible from 0-60 mph in just 5.4 seconds. What’s more, Audi claims that the S3 Cabriolet will get up to 33 mpg in regular driving. The mix of power and drivability largely comes from Audi’s newest technological developments. For example, the S3 Cabriolet features a direct injection system as well as an indirect injection system, and switches between the two depending on driving state. Audi also integrated coolant flow through the integrated exhaust manifold, lowering the temperature, raising efficiency. more

2015 Audi S1 Sportback To Take Europe By Sideways Storm
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After a long hiatus, Audi is revamping its classic, go-to rally car, the S1. This time around though, the S1's sights are aimed for the streets of Europe.

The original Audi S1, which came to fame in the 1980's, was renowned for its dominance in the World Rally Championship. In 1981, it was piloted by Michele Mouton, who became the first woman to win a world championship rally. Through the rest of the 80's it won time and time again. This time around, the S1 and the S1 Sportback are designed specifically as road cars and will become the flagship models of the A1 lineup. more

Audi E-Fuels Pass Quality Tests
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Audi's all-natural e-fuels have passed early testing phases, moving the synthetic fuels one step closer to consumer use. E-fuel, according to the current plan, is a project which investigates a fully synthetic fuel – just one more way to reduce the use of fossil fuel.

Still in early development phases, Audi e-fuel represents just one of the company's attempts to lower greenhouse gas emissions. E-fuel production is centered in Hobbs, New Mexico, where researchers use water-based microorganisms to produce fully synthetic e-ethanol or e-diesel. The German-based research center, on the other hand, looks closer at e-fuel in the form of natural methane gas. more

Meet Doberhuahua, Star of the Audi A3 Super Bowl Spot
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Super Bowl Sunday is home to the most outrageous commercials of all, and this weekend we’ll be introduced to perhaps the most outrageous animal in the history of these crazy ads: The doberhuahua.

The ad is for Audi, whose message is that you should never compromise. In the fantasy land of this commercial, one young couple learns that important lesson the hard way. Hence, the doberhuahua – an animal so freakish that you want to both pet it and eradicate it at the exact same time. What does that have to do with the all-new 2015 Audi A3? Good question. Check out the new commercial after the jump. more