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Audi R8 LMS GT3 Debuts at the Paris Auto Show

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After a mysterious teaser from Audi about a car bound for the 2018 Paris Auto Show, the luxury car maker finally reveals what it is all about. The vehicle is the Audi R8 LMS GT3, which is built with racing in mind.

Audi said that the auto is “tailored closely to the customer requirements” in terms of its technology and operating costs. That means the company spent a lot of time discussing the specifications of the vehicle with automotive engineers, racing team owners and race car drivers.

The new Audi GT3 car concentrates on improving its aerodynamics and cooling. These are evident in the winglets on its bumper, extended front lip spoiler, chunky wheel arches, huge rear wing, and air ducts.

In addition, Audi tinkered with the car’s transmission to make it more durable. There is also more focus on the auto’s safety elements.

Engine

Under the hood of the Audi R8 LMS GT3 is the same 5.2-liter naturally aspirated V10 engine found in its predecessor. The unit produces 585 hp.

Pricing

The new race car costs €398,000 plus VAT. However, customers who already own the older version of the car can upgrade theirs to get all the goodies offered by the new Audi R8 LMS GT3 for €28,000.

Delivery

Audi is looking to deliver the first units of the R8 LMS GT3 to buyers in November this year—just in time to prepare them for the 2019 racing season in January.

Audi R8 LMS GT3 Photos

Check out the gallery below for the official photos of the new Audi R8 LMS GT3:

2019 Audi SQ2 Unveiled Ahead of the Paris Motor Show

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Audi’s smallest crossover has been unveiled ahead of the Paris Motor Show set to happen next month. The 2019 Audi SQ2 is packing more power in its tiny body, thanks to an engine borrowed from the S3 with performance-increasing additives.

Exterior

Up front, the updated SQ2 gets an eight-slat single-frame grille with LED headlights on either side. The taillights, by the way, are made of LED, too. It rides on two pairs of 19-inch tires in top-spec while S Sport suspension is also part of the update. The SQ2 is 20mm shorter than the standard Q2. It measures 4,210mm in length and has a wheelbase of 2,594mm, allowing for a more spacious cabin.

Interior

Speaking of the cabin, the SQ2 has a center armrest, sport seats, a sport multifunction steering wheel with paddles, and heads-up display. The seats are wrapped in a combination of leather and fabric while the dashboard and the door panels get silver inserts.

There’s also a 12.3-inch screen for the digital instrument panel, 8.3-inch MMI touchscreen that supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay and comes with navigation, voice control, a Wi-Fi hotspot for passengers, and a 14-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system.

Powertrain

What’s really interesting about the 2019 SQ2 is what’s under the hood. It has a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder, TFSI petrol engine that produces 296 horses and 295 pound-feet of torque. Its Quattro all-wheel-drive system is linked to a dual-clutch, seven-speed S Tronic transmission.

This setup powers the 2019 Audi SQ2 to go from 0 to 62mph in just 4.8 seconds before reaching the top speed of 155mph.

The new SQ2 is set to be showcased at the 2018 Paris Motor Show next week. Deliveries in the UK will start in the first quarter of 2019. In the United States? There’s no word on that just yet.

2019 Audi e-Tron Crossover Starts At $75,000

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We are finally seeing the 2019 Audi e-Tron crossover SUV and it’s not exactly cheap. The entry-level Premium Plus model starts at $75,795 while the Prestige trim brings the price to $82,795. Finally, the top-rung First Edition model has a base price of $87,695.

After the camouflage has been taken off, we can now see that the e-Tron, which was revealed in bare-painted sheetmetal, looks like a mix of the flagship Q8 and the smaller Q3. It has the chiseled features of the Q3 and the taillights of the Q8.

Let us focus on the powertrain that undermines all these design languages though. The e-Tron crossover uses two electric motors: one large for the rear and a small one for the front wheels. According to Audi, this dual-motor setup can produce 355 horsepower and 414 pound-feet of torque in normal mode. This output can be produced for 60 seconds straight.

To bring the power to 402 horsepower and 490 pound-feet of torque, owners can switch on the overboost function for eight seconds. This output will allow the car to go 60 mph in 5.5 seconds on the way to a top speed of 124 mph.

Depending on the load, the e-Tron can be driven using only the rear motor. The motor on the front wheels will be activated only if more power is needed and when the driving conditions require more traction.

With an optional towing package, this crossover SUV can also handle the hauling of 4,000 pounds worth of cargo.

Between the motors is where you could access the 95-kWh battery pack. There’s no final EPA rating yet but we’re inclined to believe that it can reach a total of 248 miles on a single charge. Audi says the E-Tron will also support 150-kW DC fast charging, which will allow it to regain 80 percent of its range in 30 minutes.

Top 3 Things About The 2018 Audi PB18 E-Tron Concept

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The prototype for the 2018 Audi PB18 E-Tron concept was revealed at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. The concept car blended both functionality and a dynamic style that’s nothing like we saw in an Audi. The best thing about the E-Tron concept, at least for traditional car enthusiasts, is that there is no hint of autonomous tech assistance here.

Exterior

The exterior design is a mixture of the layout of a coupe, the shape of a hatchback, and the profile of an exotic vehicle. Up front, you might see some similarities with Audi’s current supercar, the R8. The Singleframe grille was made prominent because of its hexagon shape. The headlights are made of ultra-thin units that has laser-high beams and are integrated with digital matrix technology.

The PB18 measures 4.53 meters (14.5 feet) long, 2 meters (6.4 feet) wide, and 1.15 meters (4.6 tall), so it’s not exactly a small car.

Interior

The cabin of the PB18 concept car can either be a two-person layout or a single-passenger layout, the latter will likely put the driver in the middle of the cockpit, much like the Mercedes EQ Silver Arrow concept. The windshield is not just a simple glass. It’s an augmented reality system that displays information about the road ahead. Because of the hatchback layout of the concept car, it actually has quite a reasonable amount of cabin space—16.6 cubic feet to be exact.

Drivetrain

The concept car uses three different electric motors—one in the front axle and two in the rear axle. Each of the electric motors can produce 201 horsepower. Combining all three will amount to a whopping 604 horsepower, which can increase to 671 horsepower and 612 pound-feet of torque during normal driving sessions. There’s a temporary boost that allows the engine to make 764 horsepower, which is enough to help the PB18 accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in just over two seconds.

2019 Audi A4 and A5 Lose Manual Transmission

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Audi has confirmed that its A4 and A5 will drop the manual transmission option for the 2019 model year. The company cited low sales as the reason for killing the stick-shift option.

Since it debuted in 2017, the A4 had a six-speed manual transmission but Audi has experienced a slump in sales and customer satisfaction rating that even its A5 coupe lost the manual gearbox. This means that Audi’s lineup would be completely manual-free in the United States.

Only a handful of Americans, about 5 percent, chose the A4’s manual transmission over its seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission. This is enough reason for the company to pull out the manual option from the sedan, of course. Car experts are certainly disappointed because the manual transmission made the cars more powerful and it provided an increased level of performance.

During a test, a manual A4 can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.1 seconds, a tenth of a second quicker than an A4 that runs on a dual-clutch automatic transmission.

It did make sense for Audi to finally pull out all the manual transmission options from its lineup as it moves toward a more “electrified” future. The shift to electric cars by virtually every carmaker in the world is another consideration that must have come into play in Audi’s decision.

If you still want a manual Audi, you can go to dealerships nationwide as some of the 2018 models are still available. Provided that the six-speed manual transmission was only offered with Quattro all-wheel drive and the standard 252-horsepower 2.0-liter turbo four, owning one of these last remaining manual cars is still cool.

The 2019 model year should be available in dealerships later this year for $36,975, so go get your hands on those manual cars while you still can.

 

 

2019 Audi A8 Reveals Starting Price Of $84,795

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The last time we have seen the 2019 Audi A8 flagship luxury sedan was more than a year ago, so we’re excited to get our hands on it this year. Audi revealed that the sedan will go on sale this fall with a starting price of $84,795.

To put it into perspective, that’s $150 more than the base rear-drive BMW 7 Series and about $3,000 less than the all-wheel-drive version. It’s also $6,000 less than the base rear-drive Mercedes S-Class.

If you think about it, the Audi A8 has quite a lot of value in terms of price. Its competitions from other countries are priced lower than it but once the taxes are measured and added, the amount could be staggering. The Lexus LS starts at under $80,000 while every version of the Cadillac CT6 is priced less than the Audi except for the CT6 Platinum, which is $85,290.

This base price refers to just one body style—the long wheelbase model. It is powered by a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 that makes 335 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. This is paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission and an all-wheel-drive system. This is the only available engine for the A8 for now. If you want more power, a V8 version is coming next year.

The American version of the A8 will have a number of high-tech optional features, particularly a suspension that can raise and lower each wheel preemptively to better handle bumps, four-wheel steering, and an adaptive cruise control that can handle acceleration, braking, and steering at low speeds.

The adaptive cruise control is a hands-on system. This is not the same as the Level 3 semi-autonomous technology that the company used when it previewed the car. Because of legal issues, Audi is not yet ready to offer that system in the US.

Facelift Of 2019 Audi TTS Leaked

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We all know that Audi has been working on an upgraded version of the TT RS, but we were not sure that there will be some tweaks on the lower trim levels too. The leaked images from Autoblog of the mid-level Audi TTS showed that it will get revised front and rear fascias. Does it mean that we’ll see a whole new look for the lower trim TTS?

Up front, the most recognizable difference is the new grille insert. It now houses a mesh of oval-shaped openings instead of the multitude of slates we have seen in the regular models. Another element that has been changed is the addition of large silver scoops, which blend to the silver chin spoiler, to the outboard grilles.

At the back, the Audi TTS now have a pair of vents placed below the taillights. The crease that separates the bumper section now blends into the edges of the vents and the rear diffuser has been restyled, though it remains to have the same size as the current model. To add more shape to the car and better emphasize the changes in the diffuser section, Audi also added new silver accents. These also create a more unified and dynamic look as they blend with the silver-accented front fascia.

The leaked photos are official images from Audi, which gives us a slight hint when we will see the launching of this upgraded Audi TTS. Perhaps, during an auto show this fall? Based on what we have seen on the leaked photos, everything is superficial for now, which means we’re not expecting any earth-shattering changes for the interior and the powertrains.

Just like the TT RS we have seen testing, there’s a good chance that Audi will give this TTS a few more horsepower. Of course, any tweaks mean an increase in price and probably, availability? Let’s find out soon.

 

3 Things To Know About The 2019 Audi SQ8

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The latest Audi Q8 was introduced back in June 2018. It is the company’s latest SUV offering and competes with a market dominated by BMW X6, Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe, and the Porsche Cayenne. Now that the regular Q8 is ready to hit dealerships, Audi is looking at expanding its existing lineup with a performance-oriented SQ8.

Exterior

In terms of design, it would take a truly Audi expert to notice the difference between the Q8 and the SQ8. There isn’t as much chrome as on the regular model while the grille inserts are black. But any difference stops there. The SQ8 has the same wide Singleframe grille with sharp corners, slender headlamps with LED technology, and the same bumper with massive vents on the sides. The engine hood remains the same though the Q8 has a sporty hood that fits the character of the SQ8 quite well.

On the sides, the only differences are the all-black mirror caps, the black roof rails, and twin five-spoke wheels with the beefed-up brake calipers behind it. At the back, the skid plate has been replaced by a diffuser-like element and there were four oval tips instead of the rectangular exhaust outlets.

Interior

The insides of the SQ8 speaks premium material, though it will have the same layout as the regular Q8. A continuous air vent strip will run at the top of the dashboard while the lower section, finished in gloss black, will house the infotainment display. There are two different screens—a 10.1-inch screen in the center stack and the smaller 8.6-inch screen above the center console.

The seats will be wrapped in fine leather with a diamond-quilt pattern, though there might be an option for sportier seats in the SQ8. Technology included are the LTE Advanced data transfer, Wi-Fi hotspot, a navigation system with intelligent suggestions, and Car-to-X services for traffic and hazard information as standard. There will be an optional Audi Connect key that will allow you to lock, unlock, and start the vehicle from an Android smartphone.

Drivetrain

We don’t have the exact details yet about the engines, but we believe that the SQ8 can use the same engine as the SQ7—a turbodiesel V8 engine that produces 435 horsepower and 660 pound-feet of torque. That’s enough to take on the X6 M50d.

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Audi e-tron EV’s Interior Is Out Of This World

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Ten years ago, the auto industry was so simple. There is a single screen on the dashboard that shows the gauge, temperature, speedometer, fuel levels, etc. There’s a radio that can play songs from your phone via a jack. There’s a dial for the aircon and the light could be switched on and off.

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Those days are gone. Now, we’ve got two screens on the dashboard (both possible touchscreen), the seats are heated, there’s a parking assistance system, and the temperature is controlled by pre-programmed driver settings. The Audi e-tron EV’s interior is just another example of how times have changed.

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The company has given us a glimpse of the in-car side-view screens (mirrors) that are attached to rear-facing exterior cameras. These officially replaced the traditional side-view mirrors.

The cameras’ views are going to be transmitted to 7.0-inch OLED screens mounted on the forward edge of each door panel (the driver’s side and the passenger’s side). The view can be switched to different settings when turning, parking, and highway driving. Drivers can also zoom in and out. This technology, of course, will only be available to markets outside the United States because the US does not allow such uber coolness.

The SUV will also come standard with Audi’s Virtual Cockpit display that replaced the traditional gauges with a large customizable screen. The infotainment system can be viewed on two stacked landscape-oriented screens on the center console.

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There’s a floating L-shaped hand rest that protrudes from the passenger side of the center console. It houses the “shift gear,” which uses a thumb slider to select drive, reverse, and neutral. There’s a different button for park.

The rest of the car’s interior is typical Audi—from the layers of real brushed aluminum to the Valcona leather to the other soft-touch materials. There’s also a 16-speaker 705-watt Bang & Olufsen 3D sound system and an optional ambient-lighting package add to the premium vibe.

 

Coming Soon: The 2019 Audi A6 Allroad

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At first, the prototype for the new Audi A6 Allroad looks like an old test mule for the Audi A6 Avant, but the higher stance makes us believe we’re looking at the new A6 Allroad, which is slated to arrive in dealerships early next year.

The prototype is heavily camouflaged, so it’s hard to make out details from that. Though there’s no official word yet from Audi, the A6 Allroad looks to be riding on a higher stance than the standard A6 Avant. Look at the photos more closely, and you’ll notice that the A6 Allroad has more space between the car and the road.

The A6 Allroad shares the same aesthetics as the standard A6 Avant. They have the same headlamps and front grille combo, though the bumper, the fenders, and the side sills are wider and more flared than the Avant.

As far as the interior is concerned, the new A6 Allroad should share similarities with the Avant. The deep panels would showcase itself again on the Allroad, as well as the dashboard and center console configuration. It should also have the new seats with its ventilation and massage functions.

The instrument cluster will feature the new Virtual Cockpit by Audi. It will house a 12.3-inch digital readout that will provide all the important information and details about the car. Drivers would have to get used to the new cockpit, but this has the potential to become one of the most important features in an Audi vehicle.

There’s nothing new on the powertrain front, unless Audi has a surprise for us. The A6 Allroad will likely feature the same engine options as the standard Avant, except for the four-cylinder units. That being said, this means that the base model would come off a 3.0-liter TFSI V-6 engine that can produce 340 horses and 369 pound-feet of torque. Of course, Audi could tune up the output for the engine. The V-6 engine would most likely be paired with a seven-speed S Tronic automatic transmission.

The Audi A6 Allroad should be revealed at the 2018 Paris Motor Show, and would be available in dealerships sometime in 2019.

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