Audi – Automobile http://www.automobilemag.com No Boring Cars - Automotive Magazine Tue, 26 Jul 2016 10:01:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5.2 2017 Audi A5 and S5 First Drive http://www.automobilemag.com/news/2017-audi-a5-s5-first-drive/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/2017-audi-a5-s5-first-drive/#respond Wed, 22 Jun 2016 18:02:02 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=958641 Standing on the shoulders of giants allows us to see far, indeed, but playing leapfrog with giants can be next to impossible. Case in point: the new 2017 Audi A5 and its sporty S5 variant. The original A5 was designed by Walter de Silva, who described it as the most beautiful car he ever penned....

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Standing on the shoulders of giants allows us to see far, indeed, but playing leapfrog with giants can be next to impossible. Case in point: the new 2017 Audi A5 and its sporty S5 variant. The original A5 was designed by Walter de Silva, who described it as the most beautiful car he ever penned. Even today, nearly 10 years on, the design holds up well. Trying—and not quite managing—to clear the shoulders of the previous A5 in a single bound, the newest A5 does not fare so well in the eyes of the aesthete.

From its pinched, lemon-sucking nose to the multi-straked hood, the new A5 gives a busy first impression. Along the side, the previous A5’s sensuous curves echo in the creased character line—but that crease is too sharp, casting a severe, overhanging shadow, especially where it is formed by the cutline of the hood. The greenhouse profile and rear three-quarters offer shades of the new Camaro; this is probably not a good thing for a premium-targeted sport coupe. The swell of the body over the fenders, however, works quite well, especially on the S5, and bodes well for the wider, even raunchier RS5 to come (and it is coming). In short, it feels like every detail was designed in a vacuum, without an eye for how it all comes together.

None of this is to say the new A5 is an ugly car, or one that will be likely to drive away fans. Rather, the new A5 is a perfectly good-looking car that has the marked misfortune of following a gorgeous one. Inside, however, the story is fortunately different. The A5 reflects the new A4’s tech-focused look precisely yet somehow retains a kind of warmth that’s often lacking in German car interiors. Is it on par with the new Mercedes-Benz C-Class in design and premium feel? No, but neither is the BMW 3 Series—or any other car in the segment—and what the Audi may lack in expressive design, it makes up for with cutting-edge tech.

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Like the TT, R8, and A4 before it, the A5 gets Audi’s new driver-centric instrument panel display, which allows the entire cluster to be reconfigured to show Google Earth-driven navigation data, performance instruments, and more. A HUD display relays those directions right into the driver’s line of sight. For those desiring a more conventional arrangement of information, the center display can handle navigation and media duties, as well.

But the A5 and S5 are luxury coupes—so it’s not just about how they look and the gadgets inside. How they drive is important, too. Here, the base A5 ticks most of the right boxes but leaves the driver a bit underwhelmed. The 252-hp, 273-lb-ft 2.0-liter TFSI turbocharged four-cylinder engine is punchy, with ample torque throughout the rev range, making it an easy car to drive quickly. Both the seven-speed dual-clutch transmission in the A5 and the eight-speed paddle-shifted automatic transmission in the 3.0-liter TFSI V6-powered S5 are quick, smart, and as hiccup-free as any on the market. The Quattro all-wheel-drive system vectors torque and offers a self-locking center differential that ensures great all-weather forward traction.

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On the handling side, the A5 is a bit numb on the front end. Steering feel exists but is essentially nondescriptive; it just imparts a sense of weight rather than any idea of how much grip remains as the tires build toward the adhesion limit. The linearity of the buildup during cornering feels synthetic, unnatural. The chassis is stiff, the suspension relatively compliant (especially on the smaller 18-inch wheel/tire combo), and ride quality is good while controlling body roll. All of these add up to a car that will thrash a curvy road with aplomb at very brisk speeds, but without the spirited joy of a true sport coupe.

Dynamic mode makes the ride harsher without a perceptible improvement in actual vehicle dynamics—a typical move for modern sport and luxury coupes, based on customer focus-grouping rather than performance. Likewise, the transmission in Dynamic mode can deliver the occasional harsh, oddly timed shift. Fortunately, you’re not limited to a simple three-mode buffet; you can build the Individual mode to suit your tastes, dialing in drivetrain, suspension, and other settings independently.

The S5’s front end is much livelier, and steering feel is more natural and more communicative of both the road surface and the build/fall of grip levels. The overall balance feels more neutral than in the A5, like the car will gradually release with all four corners past the limit, rather than the nose letting go first, and terminally, as in the A5.

Like the A5’s four-cylinder, the S5’s V-6 engine is strong, with good mid-range acceleration and on-demand torque (max torque of 369 lb-ft arrives at just 1,370 rpm), but ultimately lacks the frenetic surge of power you might expect from a car with a 354-hp rating, despite an estimated 4.5-second 0-60 mph time. As more than one colleague put it, the S5’s engine lacks personality. But again, tech makes up for anything that is missing: The new S5’s 3.0-liter TFSI V-6 uses a “hot V” setup that integrates the exhaust manifolds into the heads and mounts a single, rather large turbo on top of the engine between them. The engineering is brilliant, both in terms of thermal management and packaging, and is what enables the S5’s always-on-tap torque.

If any of this makes it sound like the A5 and S5 are in any way boring cars—or cars that you’d be anything but perfectly happy to wake up to every morning—chalk it up to slightly dashed hopes, because both variants of the new Audi coupe are smart, fun, and extremely capable. Compared to the previous A5, the new car is a much better handler, even if it still isn’t a stunner of a performance coupe. It’s also lighter by up to 132 pounds, depending on the trim package in Europe; what we get here in the U.S. may alter that figure. And it is stiffer, more aerodynamic, and packed full of better technology, driver aids, and much-improved engines.

It’s just that in the world of the new Mercedes-Benz C-Class, the new Cadillac ATS, and even the new Chevrolet Camaro and Ford Mustang, it’s become the norm to expect more than just a good-looking coupe that’s packed with technology and easy to drive in the daily grind. We’ve come to expect cars that carve canyons like a chainsaw artist at a lumberjacking festival, without forgetting about the grocery list or the three-piece suit in the closet at home. But, then, there’s always the RS5

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2017 Audi A5/S5 Specifications

On Sale: Spring 2017
Price: $42,000/$54,500 (base) (est)
Engines: 2.0L turbocharged DOHC 16-valve I-4/252 hp @ 5,000-6,000 rpm,
273 lb-ft @ 1,600-4,500 rpm;
3.0L turbocharged DOHC 24-valve V-6/354 hp @ 5,400-6,400 rpm,
369 lb-ft @ 1,370-4,500rpm
Transmissions: 7-speed dual-clutch/8-speed automatic
Layout: 2-door, 4-passenger, front-engine, AWD coupe
EPA Mileage: N/A
L x W x H: 184.0/184.7 x 72.7 x 54/53.9 in
Wheelbase: 108.8 in
Weight: 3,307/3,560 lb (European spec)
0-60 MPH: 5.6/4.5 sec (est)
Top Speed: 155 mph
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Ignition Takes the 2017 Audi R8 V10 Plus to Big Willow (W/Video) http://www.automobilemag.com/news/ignition-takes-2017-audi-r8-v10-plus-big-willow-wvideo/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/ignition-takes-2017-audi-r8-v10-plus-big-willow-wvideo/#respond Mon, 20 Jun 2016 19:08:39 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=957655 On the latest episode of “Ignition,” host Jonny Lieberman gets behind the wheel of the second-generation 2017 Audi R8 V10 Plus with the hopes of answering one question: Can Audi’s supercar avoid the sophomore slump? Not only did Lieberman want to find out if the R8 replacement can stack up against the original, he wanted...

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On the latest episode of “Ignition,” host Jonny Lieberman gets behind the wheel of the second-generation 2017 Audi R8 V10 Plus with the hopes of answering one question: Can Audi’s supercar avoid the sophomore slump?

Not only did Lieberman want to find out if the R8 replacement can stack up against the original, he wanted to see if it was as good as its mechanically identical sibling, the Lamborghini Huracán. Every aspect of this supercar gets explored, from the design to performance on the street and track.

Looking at the numbers, the new Audi R8 V10 Plus gets a performance bump from the outgoing model, delivering 602 hp and 413 lb-ft of torque from its 5.2-liter naturally aspirated V-10 engine without superchargers or turbochargers. “When you’re driving the R8, you just want to be on the throttle. The engine is just so damn magnificent,” said Lieberman.

With a 0-60 mph time of 2.6 seconds and a quarter mile time of 10.6 seconds at 129.8 mph, it’s time to take the 2017 Audi R8 V10 Plus to Big Willow and let professional race car driver Randy Pobst get behind the wheel. “It’s very controllable, but the understeer is actually downright frustrating,” said Pobst during his warmup lap.

Check out the video below to see the second-gen Audi R8 V10 Plus in action.

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Watch the Audi R8 V10 Plus WEC Safety Car Execute a Perfect Drift http://www.automobilemag.com/news/watch-audi-r8-v10-plus-wec-safety-car-execute-perfect-accidental-drift/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/watch-audi-r8-v10-plus-wec-safety-car-execute-perfect-accidental-drift/#respond Fri, 17 Jun 2016 16:43:21 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=956945 The 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans is fast approaching, and the participating teams just wrapped up qualifying sessions to solidify this year’s starting grid. Unfortunately, torrential rain turned qualifying into a Slip-‘N-Slide affair, with low visibility and dangerously slick surfaces. The track was so washed out, even the Audi R8 safety car was caught...

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The 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans is fast approaching, and the participating teams just wrapped up qualifying sessions to solidify this year’s starting grid. Unfortunately, torrential rain turned qualifying into a Slip-‘N-Slide affair, with low visibility and dangerously slick surfaces. The track was so washed out, even the Audi R8 safety car was caught in an accidental drift.

While the rain continued to fall, the third qualifying session was red flagged due to worsening conditions. Before the red flag fell, some of the drivers were having a rough time out on the glassy tarmac. In the video below, a Ferrari 488 GTE is caught executing a pitch-perfect 360-degree spin around the 0:18 second mark.

With the track empty, WEC safety car driver Yannick Dalmas navigated the swamped circuit in the Audi R8 V10 Plus safety car to determine the safety of track. The conditions were so soggy, Dalmas’ R8 began to lose grip mid-corner. Not only did Dalmas save the Audi from the impending spin, but he performed a near-perfect four-wheel drift, saving the R8 and making him look quite heroic.

Despite this deliciously perfect drift, it isn’t really a surprise that Dalmas pulled it off. He has quite a colorful competition history under his belt, with 24 Formula 1 Grand Prix starts in the late 1980s and early 1990s. While he didn’t find much success in Formula 1, he made the switch to Le Mans prototypes in the mind 1990s, and proceeded to win Le Mans four separate times, each time under the banner of a different manufacturer.

Take a look at the video below to see an Audi R8 drift worthy of Formula D.

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2018 Audi A5, S5 Revealed in Germany With Sharper, Lighter Design http://www.automobilemag.com/news/2018-audi-a5-s5-revealed-germany-sharper-lighter-design/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/2018-audi-a5-s5-revealed-germany-sharper-lighter-design/#respond Fri, 03 Jun 2016 16:27:01 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=951330 After eight years of production, the svelte first-generation of the Audi A5 is ready to bow out. In its place, the German automaker unveiled a sharpened, lightened, and redesigned 2018 Audi A5 and S5 that introduces the coupe to Audi’s updated catalog of cutting-edge technology and design. Visually, the new A5 cuts a similar profile to...

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After eight years of production, the svelte first-generation of the Audi A5 is ready to bow out. In its place, the German automaker unveiled a sharpened, lightened, and redesigned 2018 Audi A5 and S5 that introduces the coupe to Audi’s updated catalog of cutting-edge technology and design.

Visually, the new A5 cuts a similar profile to the outgoing car, except with a tighter, straight-edge design Audi has moved toward with their new lineup that includes the A4, TT, and R8 supercar. The front grille is more angular, with the hood lines appearing to diverge at the top of the grille inlet. The A5 sports a slightly longer wheelbase when compared with the outgoing car, but the side profile remains as handsome as the older coupe, thanks in part to dramatically short front and rear overhangs. Overall, the use of aluminum and lightweight materials has reduced the curb weight by around 132 pounds, depending on powertrain and equipment. Much of these losses are thanks to the new MLBevo platform the 2018 Audi A5 shares with the A4, as well as the Audi Q7 SUV.

Inside, it’s business as usual. Audi consistently creates some of the most spectacularly stylish and high-quality interiors in the market, and this new Ingolstadt icon wears the kind of threads we’ve come to expect. Like the A4, it’s a wonderland of metal, leather, and suede, with special attention given to the center console. Audi’s new T-handle shifter makes an appearance, along with an updated suite of Audi’s MMI infotainment and navigation system. Of course, Audi’s new optional “virtual cockpit” stuns with extremely hi-def visuals in the center gauge cluster, packing configurable layouts that allow the driver to explore the map, infotainment, and vehicle info without taking their eyes too far off the road.

Underneath the redesigned skin, the A5 will launch with a choice of five different powertrains, including two gasoline and three diesel engines. The U.S. will likely be privy to both gasoline engines, but the future of Audi diesel in the states is presently uncertain. For now, we can look to the 2017 Audi A4 for a barometer of the powertrains we’ll get; the redesigned sedan is offered in the states with the potent 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, spitting out 252 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque to either the front or all four wheels. Hop up to the horseradish-hot S5, and Audi slots-in an all-new twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 engine. 354 hp and 368 lb-ft of torque rushes to all four wheels through a standard eight-speed automatic transmission mated to the all-wheel-drive system.

With the lightweight construction and a bucket of go-fast hardware, the redesigned 2018 Audi S5 will snap to 60 mph in just 4.7 seconds. If this isn’t quite as fast as you were hoping, you might want to hold out for the inevitable track-ready RS5 variant in the future. Full details on the S5 are scant, but it’s a safe bet to say the suspension, brakes, tires, chassis, and transmission all receive extensive performance upgrades. Inside, expect carbon fiber, brushed aluminum, and sportier touches.

Look for full details on the U.S.-spec 2018 Audi A5 and S5 later on this year. In the meantime, take a look at Audi’s newest coupe in the photo gallery below.

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2017 Audi A4 Receives TSP+ Award from IIHS http://www.automobilemag.com/news/2017-audi-a4-receives-tsp-award-iihs/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/2017-audi-a4-receives-tsp-award-iihs/#respond Thu, 02 Jun 2016 17:35:17 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=950466 Thanks to its improved performance in the small overlap test, the 2017 Audi A4 has nabbed a Top Safety Pick+ award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The new A4 scored top marks in all five crash categories. For the 2016 model year, the A4 had received a “Poor” rating in the small overlap...

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Thanks to its improved performance in the small overlap test, the 2017 Audi A4 has nabbed a Top Safety Pick+ award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

The new A4 scored top marks in all five crash categories. For the 2016 model year, the A4 had received a “Poor” rating in the small overlap test, making it ineligible for the award.

In addition to the five main crash tests, the sedan aced the test for front crash prevention. In this category, it was named Superior, the highest possible score offered by the agency in this category. The A4 offers automatic braking technology that can help prevent collisions with pedestrians and vehicles at speeds of up to 52 mph. Other safety technologies offered on the model include forward collision alert and adaptive cruise control with stop & go traffic jam assist.

Because of its automatic braking technology, the A4 tester was able to avoid a collision when traveling from 12 mph. In the 25 mph test, the A4 reduced the speed of an impact by 22 mph.

IIHS also rates vehicle headlights, although for now acing this category isn’t critical to earning a Top Safety Pick award. The A4 received a score of “Acceptable,” up from last year’s score of “Marginal.

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Refreshed 2017 Audi A6, A7 Add Power With New Competition Package http://www.automobilemag.com/news/refreshed-2017-audi-a6-a7-add-power-with-new-competition-package/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/refreshed-2017-audi-a6-a7-add-power-with-new-competition-package/#respond Wed, 18 May 2016 12:35:42 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=942531 Audi has released details and pricing on a number of its model-year 2017, vehicles including the A6 sedan and the Q3 crossover. Most models get a few cosmetic tweaks. We should also note that diesels are still not being offered as the automaker continues to resolve emissions issues surrounding those powertrains. The big news for...

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Audi has released details and pricing on a number of its model-year 2017, vehicles including the A6 sedan and the Q3 crossover. Most models get a few cosmetic tweaks. We should also note that diesels are still not being offered as the automaker continues to resolve emissions issues surrounding those powertrains.

The big news for the 2017 Audi A6 3.0T is the addition of a Competition Package for the 3.0-liter supercharged V-6 that boosts power to 340 hp, seven more than the normal model. Torque remains the same at 325 lb-ft. The A6 3.0T Competition model also adds a rear sport differential that was previously only offered on the S6. Priced at $68,550, the 2017 Audi A6 3.0T Competition also includes S sport Valcona leather seats with diamond contrast stitching, 20-inch wheels, and red brake calipers.

Meanwhile, the normal A6 2.0T and 3.0T now come standard with S line exterior accents and 18-inch wheels. The base model 2017 Audi A6 2.0T now starts at $48,550, while the A6 3.0T starts at $59,550.

The 2017 Audi A7 3.0T also gets the new Competition Package and is priced at $77,500. Pricing for the 2017 S7 has dropped thanks to the addition of the lower trim Premium Plus package that brings the starting MSRP down to $80,850, which is $3,000 cheaper than the fully-loaded Prestige model. And as promised, Audi is bringing over the RS 7 Performance model to the U.S. That model makes 605 hp from its 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 compared to 560 hp in the regular RS 7. Opting for the special RS 7 will set you back $130,450, which is $18,800 more than the base RS 7.

The S8 plus is also new, and, like the RS 7 Performance, will make 605 hp from its 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8. That model starts at $116,850. Meanwhile, the normal A8 will only come in long wheelbase form, which means the cheapest version will start at $83,450 with the 3.0-liter supercharged V-6.

Finally, the 2017 Audi Q3 adds a new base level Premium model, which brings down the crossover’s starting price to $32,750. The Q3 Premium will feature items previously offered on the Premium Plus model including 12-way power-adjustable front seats, panoramic sunroof, and LED taillights. Meanwhile, the Premium Plus model adds more features like power folding exterior mirrors and a power tailgate.

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Next-Gen Audi A8 Confirmed for 2017, Many More Models in the Pipeline http://www.automobilemag.com/news/next-gen-audi-a8-confirmed-2017-invests-growth/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/next-gen-audi-a8-confirmed-2017-invests-growth/#respond Thu, 12 May 2016 14:30:27 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=939900 Audi will invest €3 billion, which is the equivalent of $3.4 billion in property, facilities, and equipment for its product expansion that starts this year. In total, there will be more than 20 new or significantly refreshed Audi vehicles that will launch, the first one being the Q2 small crossover. Additionally, Audi will also add...

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Audi will invest €3 billion, which is the equivalent of $3.4 billion in property, facilities, and equipment for its product expansion that starts this year. In total, there will be more than 20 new or significantly refreshed Audi vehicles that will launch, the first one being the Q2 small crossover. Additionally, Audi will also add a plug-in variant of the Q7, which will follow after the launch of the performance-oriented SQ7. Next year, Audi will reveal the next-generation A8 (the current A8 is pictured above), which will come with semi-autonomous driving technologies.

Audi’s next-generation flagship A8 sedan will be the first vehicle in the German automaker’s lineup to receive self-driving technologies. This includes the car’s ability to drive autonomously up to 37 mph via the Traffic Jam Pilot feature. Audi’s Chairman of the Board of Management, Rupert Stadler, said that “by 2025, we will see fully automated driving.”

The automaker also says that its plant in Mexico will come online this year and it will produce the second-generation Q5 crossover starting in the second half of 2016. Audi also says that it’s preparing its first all-electric vehicle which will launch in 2018 and manufactured in its plant in Brussels where it will have its own battery production. The new EV is expected to be an SUV and have a range of 500 kilometers, which is around 310 miles. Audi’s A4 range will expand this year when the Allroad variant goes on sale later this year followed by the performance-oriented S4.

Despite controversies like the diesel emissions scandal, Audi performed well in 2015 and delivered 1.8 million vehicles and made €4.8 billion, which is equivalent to $5.4 billion. Stadler states that for 2016, the automaker is aiming for further growth and is currently on track to achieve this with the delivery of 620,100 cars in the first four months of this year, 4.9 percent higher than last year. Axel Strotbek, a member of Audi’s board of management for finance and organization stated that the automaker is “currently in a phase of enormous advance expenditure for the mobility of tomorrow.”

For 2016, Audi is aiming to achiever an operating return of sales of 8 to 10 percent and a net cash flow of €2 to €2.5 billion, which is equivalent to $2.2 to $2.8 billion.

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Audi R8 V10 Plus Selection 24H Announced, Honors LMS GT3 Car http://www.automobilemag.com/news/audi-debuts-r8-v-10-plus-selection-24h/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/audi-debuts-r8-v-10-plus-selection-24h/#respond Tue, 10 May 2016 16:47:57 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=939132 One year has passed since the introduction of both the new Audi R8 and the R8 LMS GT3 racecar, and the racecar’s inaugural victory at the Nurburgring 24 Hours. To celebrate that win, the company has built a special edition of the car with quite the mouthful of a name: the Audi R8 V10 Plus Selection...

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One year has passed since the introduction of both the new Audi R8 and the R8 LMS GT3 racecar, and the racecar’s inaugural victory at the Nurburgring 24 Hours. To celebrate that win, the company has built a special edition of the car with quite the mouthful of a name: the Audi R8 V10 Plus Selection 24H.

Paying homage to the GT3 car, the Selection 24H has been finished in Suzuka Grey, Mythos Black detailing, and Misano Red accents that mimic the racing livery worn by Audis. The front splitter, exterior mirrors, engine compartment cover, and rear wing and diffuser have been finished in gloss carbon fiber. Additionally, Audi placed a unique matte finish“R8 24H” logo on the car’s sideblades as well to denote the car’s special lineage. Lastly, the tailpipes have been blacked-out and the 20-inch forged 10-spoke rims have been finished in gloss anthracite black.

 

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Inside the car, Audi designed the interior to feel more like the actual racing car with what the company calls a “driver-focused monoposto arc.” Firstly, extended carbon fiber inlays surround the cockpit and vents, which also carry the same matte “R8 24H” logo found on the car’s exterior sideblades. The car’s serial number, of which Audi will only will be build 24 of these special editions worldwide, is displayed in gloss-finish carbon fiber along the door sills. One feature, though, won’t be exclusive to the Selection 24H for much longer. As you approach the door, and hit the unlock button, the entry lights now project an Audi R8 logo on the road surface.

In terms of performance changes, not much has been done. The Selection 24H receives a new dynamic steering system, adaptive damper controls in conjunction with Audi’s magnetic ride, and Audi’s brilliant laser light headlights. Nothing has been done to the glorious naturally aspirated V-10, therefore ensuring its orchestral exhaust note remains intact.

The price of the car hasn’t been disclosed yet, but according to Audi, more details will soon be released. There’s little chance this limited-run Audi R8 will come the U.S., as it’s slated for just 24 units of production, so we’ll have to admire it from afar.

 

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New Audi A5 to Debut on June 2 http://www.automobilemag.com/news/new-audi-a5-debut-june-2/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/new-audi-a5-debut-june-2/#respond Mon, 02 May 2016 13:49:27 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=934845 Audi plans to finally take the wraps off its new A5 coupe in one month’s time, at a ceremony in Ingolstadt, Germany, on June 2. The Audi A5 coupe will be related to the all-new 2017 Audi A4, swapping to that car’s advanced and lightweight new MLBevo modular platform, which is also used for the...

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Audi plans to finally take the wraps off its new A5 coupe in one month’s time, at a ceremony in Ingolstadt, Germany, on June 2. The Audi A5 coupe will be related to the all-new 2017 Audi A4, swapping to that car’s advanced and lightweight new MLBevo modular platform, which is also used for the Q7 crossover.

The current Audi A5 has been on sale since 2007, albeit with several significant updates since then. Although Audi has not yet shared much about the next A5, spy photos reveal that, like the A4, its design changes will be evolutionary rather than revolutionary. As on the A4, look for the Audi A5 to have narrow, angled headlights at either side of a giant grille opening. The car will continue to have a style-first chopped roofline, with fat B pillars bookending a sharply sloped rear window. In classic coupe style, the greenhouse appears to narrow a bit toward the rear, creating prominent flared shoulders.

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The new Audi A5 will grow a little bit, but thanks to the increased use of aluminum and high-strength steels from its MLBevo underpinnings, expect weight to fall by at least 100 lb. When the car makes it to the U.S. market, the main engine choice will likely be a 252-hp, 2.0-liter turbo-four engine, with both front- and all-wheel-drive versions available.

We also expect to see convertible and four-door coupe Sportback versions of the new Audi A5, as well as sporty S5 and fire-breathing RS 5 models down the road. The RS 5 coupe is rumored to use a 3.0-liter V-6 augmented by an electric turbocharger, possibly with 480-500 hp on tap.

We’ll have full details once the new Audi A5 bows on June 2. For now, take a look at spy photos of the car in the gallery below.

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Long-Wheelbase Audi A4 L Unveiled for China http://www.automobilemag.com/news/long-wheelbase-audi-a4-l-unveiled-china/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/long-wheelbase-audi-a4-l-unveiled-china/#respond Tue, 26 Apr 2016 14:32:46 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=931125 China is getting a stretched version of the new Audi A4, which will add 3.5 inches of length (3 inches of which goes to the wheelbase) to the standard model for improvements in legroom and comfort. The A4’s quiet cabin and high degree of technology are likely to be a good fit for the Chinese market,...

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China is getting a stretched version of the new Audi A4, which will add 3.5 inches of length (3 inches of which goes to the wheelbase) to the standard model for improvements in legroom and comfort. The A4’s quiet cabin and high degree of technology are likely to be a good fit for the Chinese market, especially considering the improvements compared to the last generation.

The new Audi A4 L increases its wheelbase by 1.6 inches more than last generation, despite slashing weight by 242.5 pounds. That’s a major weight loss, especially considering that the maximum loss for the U.S.-spec A4 generation-to-generation is 99 pounds for front-wheel-drive versions.

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Despite the longer wheelbase, the A4’s look isn’t much changed. All of Audi’s sedans from the A3 on up to the A8 have a similar design, and all the extra inches add is a bit of chunkiness to the shape of the rear doors, and a slightly less sporty silhouette, particularly in profile.

Two engines will be offered for the China-only Audi A4 L. Both are 2.0-liter four-cylinder options, churning out either 190 hp or 252 hp, routed to either front- or all-wheel-drive systems through a standard seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. Standard fare on the A4 L includes goodies like Xenon headlights and a 7-inch MMI color display, although the full suite of Audi connect technology, driver assistance, and safety features are offered as well.

The Audi A4 L will come to the Chinese market toward the end of summer 2016.

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