Audi – Automobile Magazine http://www.automobilemag.com No Boring Cars! | Reviews, Auto Shows, Lifestyle Fri, 24 Mar 2017 21:38:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5.4 These Radical EVs From Audi, BMW, Mercedes, and Porsche Arrive in Just a Few Years http://www.automobilemag.com/news/audi-bmw-mercedes-porsche-future-electric-vehicles/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/audi-bmw-mercedes-porsche-future-electric-vehicles/#respond Thu, 23 Mar 2017 11:00:13 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1138629 America might be awash with cheap gas, but China’s appalling smog problem and the growing backlash against diesels in Western Europe’s crowded cities have forced Germany’s premium automakers to re-evaluate their markets, especially since last year the Chinese bought more than 22 million vehicles and the Europeans bought 14 million. The major players in Munich,...

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America might be awash with cheap gas, but China’s appalling smog problem and the growing backlash against diesels in Western Europe’s crowded cities have forced Germany’s premium automakers to re-evaluate their markets, especially since last year the Chinese bought more than 22 million vehicles and the Europeans bought 14 million.

The major players in Munich, Stuttgart, and Ingolstadt are spending big on electric vehicles, which are expected to comprise up to 25 percent of new vehicle sales by 2025. Seeing how the combustion engine will be with us for decades to come, these manufacturers are inventing distinct, flexible vehicle architectures that meet the needs of the old and new worlds alike.

Audi

It has yet to be decided if Audi or its sibling Porsche will develop a bespoke premium EV platform for Volkswagen Group. The platform will have to be low, sleek, and easily adaptable because designers need these elements to make noncrossover EVs look good. Until the group bosses make a decision, Audi and Porsche are heading in different directions in terms of EV development.

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This center screen is positioned between the rear passengers in Audi’s recently debuted Q8 concept. We hope to see it produced.

Audi could easily justify an exclusive, tailor-made, EV-compatible matrix for almost all of its models, A4 through Q8, replacing the MLB components they’re currently built on. However, if the A4 moves to the cheaper MQB architecture and the Q7 and Q8 SUVs plus the A8 sedan move to the front-engine, rear- or all-wheel-drive MSB hardware, that complicates matters. Audi is basing its midsize electric SUV, due in 2018, on the MLB Evo architecture used in the all-new Q5, and that same hardware will also be used for the Audi ESS (electric sports sedan) due in 2019, which is basically a battery-fed A7 look-alike. Both models can be built on existing assembly lines, but because they are based on MLB Evo, they’ll be heavier and less space efficient than they should be. Audi will also collaborate with VW on a five-seat, zero-emission crossover that will likely be badged EQ4 when it arrives in 2020.

BMW

After losing a lot of money on the ambitiously over-engineered Project i, BMW is now refocusing its efforts on more affordable EV architectures. The first to make its debut will be the highly autonomous i20, a coupe-like crossover due in 2021. A couple of inches taller yet barely longer than a 3 Series, i20 is as roomy inside as a long-wheelbase 7 Series, sources say, and it features a signature front end, eye-catching taillight design, and sexy proportions. Three versions are rumored: base, sport (both with two rear-mounted motors), and max (one motor up front, two in the rear). The motors are BMW’s own design, rated at 80 hp, 120 hp, and 148 hp with a max 444 hp combined available. The i20 will forgo the carbon-fiber platform concept used for the i3 and i8 in favor of a new aluminum-intensive platform, FSAR, which incorporates elements of existing front- and rear-wheel-drive architectures, FAAR and CLAR. FSAR will also use high-strength steel and composites, and its side panels will be made from carbon fiber.

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The second-generation i3 is scheduled to go on sale in 2022. It will be redesigned from bottom to top, grow at least half a size, and get a new model designation. Described as a premium urban EV, the new i3 features a monolithic under-floor battery pack. The side panels are recycled carbon fiber, the roof aluminum, and the FSAR chassis steel. Driving range will be between 250 and 370 miles, depending on specification. The exotic i8 is going to evolve into the high-performance electric sports car it should’ve been from the start. There’s been talk of a plug-in hybrid successor developed in conjunction with McLaren, but BMW’s inline-six won’t fit, an inline-four lacks prestige, and a V-8 is overkill, so an all-electric supercar makes sense. Not expected before 2024, the new i8 should benefit from significant reductions in battery weight, size, and cost. Two different concepts are under evaluation; one uses three high-revving motors to generate 750 hp combined, and the other has a motor at each wheel, creating a total system output of more than 1,050 hp.

Mercedes-Benz

For elegant styling, slick aerodynamics, good rigidity, and a low center of gravity, most of the batteries will be installed in a center tunnel.

Mercedes will launch 10 new EVs by 2025. The EQC SUV, a direct descendant of the 2016 Paris Show’s EQ concept, will appear in 2019. The top-of-the-line model gets an 80-kWh power pack and two 201-hp motors. In late 2018, the automaker plans to launch an experimental low-volume fuel cell EQC spin-off to test customer response and charging infrastructure.

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The EQC will be followed by heavily modified A- and B-Class variants: the 2020 EQA, which is effectively an electric GLA, and the 2021 EQB, based on the seven-seat GLB. They will share their architecture with the front-wheel-drive MFA2 family, and both will be equipped with 60-kWh battery packs and 201-hp motors that should allow the crossovers to cover up to 300 miles between charges.

The dedicated EVA2 electric vehicle architecture comes out in 2020. EVA2 is a relatively straightforward modular arrangement designed to accommodate three battery sizes (60, 80, and 110 kWh), three electric motors (188, 241, and 335 hp), and deliver driving ranges of between 250 and 360 miles. For elegant styling, slick aerodynamics, good rigidity, and a low center of gravity, most of the batteries will be installed in a center tunnel. EVA2 will make its debut as a large sedan badged EQS, followed by a shorter version of the sedan known as EQE. The bigger model aims at the gap between E- and S-Class while the smaller model straddles C- and E-Class. In 2022, Mercedes intends to add EQS and EQE crossovers that offer as much interior room as today’s GLS and GLE models, despite smaller overall sizes. AMG is already toying with hotter S models complete with motors for each rear wheel and a third driving the front axle.

The recently revealed Mercedes EQ concept’s interior gives us a good idea of how Mercedes is approaching its foray into an electrified future. The touchscreen center console seems to be a common feature in future vehicles.

Porsche

More than 600 HP, 0 to 60 mph in less than 4 seconds, 300 miles of range, and an 80 percent charge in less than 15 minutes. Bring it to life already, Porsche.

Although the 2021 Macan will have an EV version built on a modified version of its present architecture, Porsche’s new Mission E, due in 2021, rolls on the bespoke and highly flexible J1 EV platform with a massive, T-shaped battery pack that feeds powerful front and rear motors. J1 may turn out to be one of VW Group’s best EV platforms; Audi Sport has expressed interest in a J1 spin-off, Lamborghini would love an electric Espada reincarnation, and Bentley may be tempted to convert its Speed 6 into an EV.

This four-passenger concept has suicide doors hinged to a carbon-fiber monocoque. The front and rear seats are beautiful and heavily bolstered, embracing both form and function.

Illustrations: BMW/Jan Schmitt; Mercedes/Jean Francois Hubert

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Audi Q4 Coming in 2019 http://www.automobilemag.com/news/audi-q4-coming-2019-three-evs-2020/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/audi-q4-coming-2019-three-evs-2020/#respond Wed, 15 Mar 2017 23:00:19 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1135492 Audi outlined its plans for several new products today, including a new Q4 SUV that will arrive in 2019. The automaker will make a push for new SUVs in the coming years. A new generation of the Q5 launches this year, while the Q2 will expand to additional markets including the U.S. In 2018, Audi...

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Audi outlined its plans for several new products today, including a new Q4 SUV that will arrive in 2019.

The automaker will make a push for new SUVs in the coming years. A new generation of the Q5 launches this year, while the Q2 will expand to additional markets including the U.S. In 2018, Audi will introduce the Q8, a model that was previewed by a concept shown at this month’s Geneva Motor Show. The fastback SUV will sit on the same modular platform that underpins the Q7.

A new A5 launches this year while the second-gen A7 will arrive in 2018. To further its autonomous car technology, Audi has created a subsidiary dubbed Autonomous Intelligent Driving GmbH. In Munich, the unit is working on self-driving solutions that can be used on robot taxis in the future. In the meantime, a new Audi A8 will debut this year with Level 3 autonomous technology.

Like its sister brand Volkswagen, Audi is shifting attention away from dieselgate with a host of new EVs. The automaker plans to launch a total of three new electric cars by 2020 with more models to follow in the coming decade. Audi has trained more than 6,000 employees to work with high-voltage technology as it enters the EV game. The brand’s first dedicated EV model is expected to arrive in 2018, previous reports have suggested.

Pictured below is the Audi Q2.

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M1 Concourse Brings New Racetrack to Metro Detroit http://www.automobilemag.com/news/m1-concourse-brings-new-racetrack-metro-detroit/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/m1-concourse-brings-new-racetrack-metro-detroit/#respond Tue, 14 Mar 2017 11:00:43 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1112120 General Motors’ Pontiac division was knocked out more than six years ago, but the city of Pontiac, Michigan, has a fresh contender, a new headliner called the M1 Concourse. Featuring a mixed-use road course, private garages, and event space, the facility has hyped up the Detroit area’s motorsports clubs, manufacturers, dealers, and garden-variety gearheads. Built...

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General Motors’ Pontiac division was knocked out more than six years ago, but the city of Pontiac, Michigan, has a fresh contender, a new headliner called the M1 Concourse. Featuring a mixed-use road course, private garages, and event space, the facility has hyped up the Detroit area’s motorsports clubs, manufacturers, dealers, and garden-variety gearheads.

Built on the 87-acre ruins of a GM factory and envisioned originally as a car condominium complex for metro Detroit’s thriving culture of classic and performance automotive collectors, M1 Concourse evolved quickly under the watch of founder and CEO Brad Oleshansky. The ambitious project now includes a 1.5-mile racetrack and skidpad and plans for expansive retail and restaurant facilities.

“Metro Detroit is the center of automotive culture, and we clearly are answering a need,” says M1 client experience manager Chas Ostezan. “Nobody wants to travel two hours to farm country when there’s the opportunity to have a garage and a track in your backyard.”

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M1’s garages are selling fast. Car clubs can rent the road course for track days, or you can always show up to Cars and Coffee on Saturdays.

Of the 250 planned garages, roughly 140 have been sold as construction continues. The units range from basic $105,000, 600-square-foot spaces to tricked-out 2,400-square-footers with polished concrete, rooftop patios, viewing decks, multi-car hoists, and $1 million-plus price tags. We visited a 1,200-square-foot garage belonging to Julie and Bob Hertzberg, which also incorporated a balcony with glass floor cutouts, a kitchen, living room, and a bed that folds up into the wall. If you want to leave the world behind and elope to a racetrack with about six cars, now you can keep your 248 area code.

If you own a garage, you’re also eligible for a motorsports club membership that offers up to eight hours per week of track time, unlimited instruction, and access to special events. Cost of entry is $5,000 for initiation and $3,500 per year for one driver. That cost is halved for each additional driver.

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The tight, 1.5-mile track features 11 turns with mild elevation changes, one long straight, and a few sweepers tailor-made for smoky drifting. There are also quite a few walls, which means you’re likely to pay for any mistakes you make. An off-road course for winter activities is also in the works — good thinking because the track is neither plowed nor salted during Michigan’s frigid months.

Surely M1 is a welcome addition for well-to-do car guys too lazy to drive to tracks in western Michigan or central Ohio, but the Concourse has lit a fire under the city of Pontiac with several special events. Ranging from the Michigan Rib Fest to Roadkill Nights, which attracted 35,000 muscle-car fans to Woodward Avenue for live drag racing during the summer Dream Cruise, Oleshansky and his team are keen on including the community outside its membership. “We’ll continue to change the flavor of the Dream Cruise next year,” Ostezan said. “M1 will put Pontiac back on the map.”

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Audi RS 5 Breaks Cover in Geneva with 444 HP http://www.automobilemag.com/news/audi-rs-5-geneva-show-debut/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/audi-rs-5-geneva-show-debut/#respond Tue, 07 Mar 2017 09:50:20 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1125400 Audi is making good on its promise to reinvigorate its lineup of RS models. Following the five-cylinder TT RS and RS 3, Audi’s high-performance onslaught continues at the Geneva auto show with the arrival of a new RS 5. Packing quite a bit more punch than its 354-hp S5 sibling, the twin-turbocharged RS 5 is poised to...

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Audi is making good on its promise to reinvigorate its lineup of RS models. Following the five-cylinder TT RS and RS 3, Audi’s high-performance onslaught continues at the Geneva auto show with the arrival of a new RS 5. Packing quite a bit more punch than its 354-hp S5 sibling, the twin-turbocharged RS 5 is poised to finally put Audi in the conversation with the BMW M4 and Mercedes-AMG C63. More importantly for us, all signals point to the RS 5 returning to the U.S. market after a brief hiatus.

The guts of this new Audi RS 5 coupe come from Ingolstadt’s new 2.9-liter twin-turbo V-6, which it claims to have revised from start to finish. It chugs out 444 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque, the latter available from 1,900 rpm all the way to 5,000 rpm. That’s quite the wave of torque to ride (125 lb-ft more than in the last-gen RS4 Avant). Audi says the RS 5 will sprint from 0 to 62 mph on 3.9 seconds, so expect about 3.8 seconds to 60 mph, which is right on par with the 503-hp Mercedes-AMG C63 S. Shifting duties belong to an eight-speed automatic transmission juicing all four wheels with power, although biased 40/60 in favor of the rear wheels. Audi promises that with the optional performance exhaust, the car’s growl will bring to mind the highly revered B5 RS4 of old.

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On the handling side, the Audi RS 5 can be had with a rear differential to go along with the standard RS sport suspension. You’ll also be able to tick boxes for adjustable suspension (Dynamic Ride Control), ceramic brakes, and RS-tuned dynamic steering.

Visually, the RS 5 cranks up the aggression on the medium-heat S5. Twenty-inch wheels are available, looking extra large with the car’s lowered ride height. Up front the RS 5 gets much wider air ducts on the front fascia, complete with more sinister gloss-black and carbon-fiber trim. (There’s an available carbon-fiber roof, too.) Inside there’s tons of red accent trim to go along with the Alcantara detailing, honeycomb-pattern leather seats, and advanced infotainment tech.

While Audi has yet to actually confirm the RS 5 for the U.S., it’s all but a sure thing given the RS 5’s previous stints in the States, and we can look forward to it sometime in 2018. Expect a similar four-door RS 4 version to be revealed later this year for Europe and most likely an RS Q5 as well.

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2017 All-Stars Contender: Audi A4 http://www.automobilemag.com/news/audi-a4-2017-all-stars-contender/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/audi-a4-2017-all-stars-contender/#respond Wed, 01 Mar 2017 12:50:41 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1119662 Audi is a perennial Automobile All-Stars contender, but Ingolstadt has now gone two years without a winner. The all-new 2017 Audi A4 looks to follow up on the success of the thundering RS7 in 2014, but does the mass-market luxury sedan have what it takes to bring home a trophy? Contributor Steven Cole Smith certainly...

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Audi is a perennial Automobile All-Stars contender, but Ingolstadt has now gone two years without a winner. The all-new 2017 Audi A4 looks to follow up on the success of the thundering RS7 in 2014, but does the mass-market luxury sedan have what it takes to bring home a trophy?

Contributor Steven Cole Smith certainly thought so. “Since 1996, the A4 has been one of Germany’s best cars, and it still is,” he remarked after a run through our All-Stars test loop in our well-equipped, all-wheel-drive example.

In addition to Quattro, the car Audi sent us was also fitted with the $3,800 premium plus package, $3,250 technology package, and $750 sport package that racked up a $48,725 bill. Thanks to additions that include aluminum window surrounds, a Bang & Olufsen surround sound stereo, Audi virtual cockpit, and MMI navigation, it’s no surprise the A4 garnered nearly unanimous praise for its tech-laden interior and luxury appointments, which outclass many competitors in this space.

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“The interior design, the infotainment system, the strong-pulling engine and seamless transmission … I’ll take mine in red, please,” raved daily news editor Conner Golden. “It sports the best navigation system graphics out of all vehicles tested,” opined online editor Ed Tahaney, while features editor Rory Jurnecka noted, “if you can only have one car to do it all and need four doors, the A4 is an excellent choice. It’s fun to drive, with a low seating position and a light, nimble feel on the road.”

That’s a solid mix of praise, but it takes more than positive words to be named an Automobile All-Star. Will the 2017 Audi A4 make the grade? Come back on Saturday, March 11 to find out.

2017 Audi A4 2.0T Quattro Specifications

ON SALE Now
PRICE $40,350/$48,725 (base) (as tested)
ENGINE 2.0L turbocharged DOHC 16-valve I4
252 hp @ 5,600-6,000 rpm, 273 lb-ft @ 1,600-4,500 rpm
TRANSMISSION 7-speed automatic
LAYOUT 4-door, 5-passenger, front-engine, AWD sedan
EPA MILEAGE 24/31 mpg (city/hwy)
L x W x H 186.1 x 79.6 x 56.2 in
WHEELBASE 111.0 in
WEIGHT 3,483 lb
0-60 MPH 5.6 sec
TOP SPEED 155 mph
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ABT Sportsline Brings 20% More Dynamism to 2018 Audi S5 http://www.automobilemag.com/news/abt-sportsline-brings-20-dynamism-2018-audi-s5/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/abt-sportsline-brings-20-dynamism-2018-audi-s5/#respond Mon, 27 Feb 2017 20:43:21 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1119514 Even though it has only been a few months since the unveiling of the new 2018 Audi S5, German tuner ABT is already releasing the company’s first go-faster kit for the upcoming sedan, cabriolet, and sportback. While it doesn’t take the conservative Audi to RS levels, it definitely adds to the car’s already dynamic architecture....

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Even though it has only been a few months since the unveiling of the new 2018 Audi S5, German tuner ABT is already releasing the company’s first go-faster kit for the upcoming sedan, cabriolet, and sportback. While it doesn’t take the conservative Audi to RS levels, it definitely adds to the car’s already dynamic architecture.

The standard 2018 Audi S5 is powered by a twin-turbocharged V-6 engine making 354 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque coupled to an eight-speed automatic gearbox and the company’s signature Quattro all-wheel drive. ABT’s Sportsline upgrade boils down to revised ECU calibrations and a freer flowing exhaust that allows the engine to breathe better. This amounts to a 71 hp and 36 lb-ft increase in performance, a 20 percent increase.

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Per ABT, the Sportsline, even with the extra power, isn’t “overloading” the Audi’s engine, leading us to infer that ABT will likely be offering even greater increases in horsepower and torque in the near future. For those concerned about voiding their factory warranty, ABT’s Sportsline upgrade includes a two-year, 125,000-mile one.

Finishing the S5 Sportsline is a set of ABT’s rims, available in a host of colors and size options for customers to choose from.

Now, the bad news: ABT’s 2018 Audi S5 Sportsline package isn’t available in the United States. According to ABT, the Sportsline will only be available in Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Italy, and Poland. However, ABT does offer other options outside of those countries through specific distributors, so there is some hope that the U.S. will see it in the future.

Speaking about the Sportsline, ABT’s Managing Director, Hans-Jurgen Abt, said, “ABT vehicles are not only quality at the highest level, but also offer extensive possibilities for individualization. Only this way we can continue to exceed high expectations.”

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2018 Audi S5 Sportback Set for Springtime Arrival http://www.automobilemag.com/news/2018-audi-s5-sportback-set-springtime-arrival/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/2018-audi-s5-sportback-set-springtime-arrival/#respond Thu, 23 Feb 2017 18:59:42 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1118834 Audi has announced that the 2018 S5 Sportback will arrive at dealerships this spring with prices starting at $55,375. The 2018 Audi S5 Sportback gets a 3.0-liter turbocharged V-6 engine that delivers 354 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque. It’s mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. A manual is not offered, but it does get...

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Audi has announced that the 2018 S5 Sportback will arrive at dealerships this spring with prices starting at $55,375.

The 2018 Audi S5 Sportback gets a 3.0-liter turbocharged V-6 engine that delivers 354 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque. It’s mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. A manual is not offered, but it does get quattro all-wheel drive as standard equipment.

Audi claims the S5 will hit 0-60 mph in 4.5 seconds and has a top speed of 155 mph while rolling on 18-inch summer performance tires.

The sporty, five-door coupe features a wider grille with double horizontal blade bars, a stretched and lower hood, and thicker wheel arches.

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Around back the LED taillights wrap slightly around the rear end high above the gray rear diffuser, and quad exhaust pipes with chrome tips.

Similar to the A7/S7, the S5 Sportback offers a power tailgate for easier hauling and access. It offers 35 cubic feet of cargo space when the rear seats are folded down.

Inside, the five-seater gets an Alcantara and leather trimmed interior, heated diamond stitched sport seats, and a sunroof.

Pricing for the 2018 S5 Sportback starts at $55,375 for the Premium Plus trim and goes up to $59,775 for the Prestige version.

Also announced, the 2018 A5 Sportback starts at $43,575, A5 Coupe sells for $43,775, and the A5 Cabriolet goes on sale for $50,575 this spring.

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2018 Audi S4 Hits 60 MPH in 4.4 Seconds, Starts at $51,875 http://www.automobilemag.com/news/2018-audi-s4-hits-60-mph-4-4-seconds-starts-51875/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/2018-audi-s4-hits-60-mph-4-4-seconds-starts-51875/#respond Wed, 22 Feb 2017 16:37:51 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1115366 What do 21 hp and 44 lb-ft and a switch from supercharging to turbocharging get you? Well, in the case of the 2018 Audi S4, the exact same 0-60 mph time as the outgoing model. Audi announced today that the 2018 S4 needs 4.4 second to hit 60 mph, which is equivalent to the time...

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What do 21 hp and 44 lb-ft and a switch from supercharging to turbocharging get you? Well, in the case of the 2018 Audi S4, the exact same 0-60 mph time as the outgoing model.

Audi announced today that the 2018 S4 needs 4.4 second to hit 60 mph, which is equivalent to the time posted by a 2013 S4 in a Motor Trend test. Given the fairly minor changes in output, the lack of a significant change in performance is not surprising.

We first saw the latest S4, which is powered by a turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 good for 354 hp and 368 lb-ft of torque (the latter of which is available from just 1,370 rpm all the way to 4,500 rpm), at the 2015 Frankfurt auto show, but Audi made the U.S. market wait until this spring to receive the all-new sports sedan.

Transferring that power to all four of the S4’s wheels via Audi’s quattro all-wheel drive is a standard eight-speed automatic transmission, with neither a manual nor a dual-clutch automatic on offer. We’ve known this was the case since the car’s debut and the absence of a manual is not at all surprising, but depending on the eight-speed’s performance, Audi’s choice of transmission could be a point of contention over the car’s entire lifecycle.

When it arrives in dealer showrooms in the next few months, the 2018 S4 will carry a price tag of at least $51,875, including a $975 destination fee. Because someone at Audi appears to have a curious sense of humor, the base trim is dubbed “Premium Plus” while the upgraded version, which starts at $56,775, carries the more-appropriate moniker “Prestige.”

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400-hp Audi RS 3 Sportback Bound for Geneva http://www.automobilemag.com/news/audi-rs-3-sportback-headed-geneva-400-hp/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/audi-rs-3-sportback-headed-geneva-400-hp/#respond Fri, 10 Feb 2017 20:00:13 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1109645 Complete with more power and a host of cosmetic upgrades, the latest Audi RS 3 Sportback will debut at the Geneva Motor Show next month. To separate the RS 3 Sportback from the tamer A3, Audi lowered the suspension by 1 inch and widened the track by 0.8 inch. The Sportback’s exterior features a gloss-black...

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Complete with more power and a host of cosmetic upgrades, the latest Audi RS 3 Sportback will debut at the Geneva Motor Show next month.

To separate the RS 3 Sportback from the tamer A3, Audi lowered the suspension by 1 inch and widened the track by 0.8 inch. The Sportback’s exterior features a gloss-black honeycomb grille, large air inlets, bold side sills, and flared wheel arches. An RS roof spoiler, redesigned bumper blade, and RS exhaust system also help spruce up the look.

Audi has updated the RS 3 Sportback with the same 2.5-liter turbocharged five-cylinder engine from the new RS 3 sedan. Power is routed through a seven-speed dual clutch transmission that is paired with all-wheel drive. The result is a power output of 400 hp, up 33 hp from its predecessor, and 354 lb-ft of torque. Audi says the RS 3 Sportback can hit 62 mph in 4.1 seconds, the same time it estimates for the sedan version.

Buyers are treated to standard black Nappa leather seats, the Audi virtual cockpit instrument display, and a flat-bottom RS steering wheel. RS sport seats (pictured below) are optional and offer more support and integrated headrests. Other features include a Bang & Olufsen Sound system, new emergency braking system, and a traffic jam assist feature that automatically keeps the vehicle at a safe distance from the car in front and can take over steering for a brief period.

Audi RS 3 Sportback Seats

Priced from 54,600 euros, or around $58,000 at today’s rates, the Sportback arrives in Europe in August 2017. Orders begin in April for the model that falls under the newly minted “Audi Sport” subbrand.

There are no current plans to bring the RS 3 Sportback to the U.S., Audi says. But luckily, the RS 3 sedan has been confirmed for our shores and should arrive by this summer.

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First Drive: 2017 Audi A7 3.0T Competition Quattro http://www.automobilemag.com/news/2017-audi-3-0t-competition-quattro-first-drive-review/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/2017-audi-3-0t-competition-quattro-first-drive-review/#respond Fri, 10 Feb 2017 11:00:59 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1108390 Five years after AUTOMOBILE named the Audi A7 our 2012 Automobile of the Year, the swoopy four-door “coupe” remains a popular choice around these parts. Especially when discussion turns to luxury cars that, while not overtly sporty in nature and intent, deliver an elegant, comfortable experience in spades. With the A7 soon set for a big...

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Five years after AUTOMOBILE named the Audi A7 our 2012 Automobile of the Year, the swoopy four-door “coupe” remains a popular choice around these parts. Especially when discussion turns to luxury cars that, while not overtly sporty in nature and intent, deliver an elegant, comfortable experience in spades.

With the A7 soon set for a big overhaul, most likely next year, Audi added the A7 3.0T Competition Quattro trim level to the lineup for 2017 as the present car stares down its last days. Priced at $77,500, which is $7,750 more than a standard A7 (the Competition model is based on the pricier, $72,300 Prestige edition), this isn’t anything resembling an S or RS treatment. Not that Audi intended it to be. The package bumps horsepower to 340, a minor 7-hp improvement over other regular A7s (torque remains the same at 325 lb-ft), and adds blacked-out matte trim, 20-inch wheels, and what Audi calls “sport suspension tuning.”

Set off in Comfort mode and you notice immediately the light steering effort that might be the perfect weight for low-speed operation in neighborhoods and parking lots. It is also pleasant for highway driving. There isn’t a boatload of raw feel or feedback channeled through the steering wheel, but neither is there any sense of disconnection or floatiness, just a strong dose of smooth relaxation. The A7’s interior is as clean as ever, with this test car trimmed in quilted black leather, deviated red stitching, a soft-touch dashboard, and black alcantara on door panels. Mild use of piano-black plastic trim is pedestrian, however, as its widespread usage across the automotive industry has begun to feel a bit tired and uninspired.

The supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 continues to suit the A7 well, with a nice sound at wide-open throttle no one will ever call notably aggressive.

At 70 mph with the Bose sound system turned off, the engine spins quietly in eighth gear at about 1,800 rpm or so. This makes the cockpit a soothing environment at any speed. The throttle is tuned to avoid abrupt tip-in jolts; its response under hard acceleration is not instantaneous, but the A7 Competition has plenty of torque to make quick work of most traffic. It never knocks your socks off but is plenty capable, especially above 3,000 rpm.

Switch to Dynamic mode via the “Car” submenu on the multimedia screen, and maps for the engine, transmission logic, steering, and sport differential make the car feel sharper. The differences, while noticeable, are subtle rather than transformative. The steering provides more weight but thankfully avoids the synthetically extra-heavy setups certain other cars produce with their settings dialed up — weight that serves no purpose. At least, no purpose other than to tire drivers’ arms while attempting to convince them they’re really muscling a true performance car, which they usually are not.

Speaking of steering, the wheel has a relatively small diameter without being too compact, and the thickness of its rim, with meaty, perforated thumb grips, is spot on for a car of this class. Were it much thicker, it would give the A7 a faux racer, inauthentic look that any savvy driver would notice immediately.

Twelve-way, power-adjustable front seats are another welcome feature. Solid bolstering keeps you in place well during enthusiastic driving while the seats are still exceptionally comfortable, a modern Audi hallmark. The deep thigh bolsters are worth making an effort to swing your legs over as you enter and exit the car. This car’s odometer showed only 2,444 miles, yet creasing was already evident on the left-seat outside bolster, the result of people sliding across it while resting their backside on it. The leather is quickly on its way to becoming an eyesore as a result.

Ditch the highway for some flowing back roads and this A7 holds its own. Unlike on the highway, the steering’s Comfort setting is better swapped for Sport. Otherwise it doesn’t feel like it loads much through sweepers, giving an impression of less response and connection to the road. You’ll want to set the transmission to Sport too, as in Comfort it won’t hold a gear properly for aggressive corner carving. Even in manual mode, this Tiptronic transmission is not made for dedicated 10/10ths antics, as downshifts are less than snappy.

That’s not to say the A7 Competition is a bore to drive. It is not. Get used to the steering and gearbox behavior to exploit it to its maximum, and you find yourself smiling. The suspension delivers nice damping over a variety of surfaces, while the front-end points into corners confidently rather than feeling like an understeering dog, even on the car’s standard all-season tires (performance tires are optional for no charge). No doubt the torque-vectoring assist from the rear differential helps in that regard, and while you might not choose this model if you are hell-bent on destroying mountain or country roads, neither will you feel jealous of most other drivers if you happen upon them in this car.

The 2017 Audi A7 3.0T Competition Quattro is a comfortable luxury offering you can have some fun with. It’s a refined piece with more than a hint of attitude, and that’s exactly what Audi set out to do when it created this stylish four-door. Five years after receiving our award, it’s good to see just how little some things have changed.

2017 Audi A7 3.0T Competition Quattro Specifications

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PRICE $77,500/$80,450 (base/as tested)
ENGINE 3.0L supercharged DOHC 24-valve V-6, 340 hp @ 5,300-6,500 rpm, 325 lb-ft @ 2,900-5,300 rpm
TRANSMISSION 8-speed automatic
LAYOUT 4-door, 4-passenger, front-engine, AWD sedan
EPA MILEAGE 21/29 (city/hwy)
L X W X H 196.2 x 84.2 x 55.9 in
WHEELBASE 114.7 in
WEIGHT 4,354 lb
0-60 MPH 5.2 sec
TOP SPEED 130 mph
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