October 25th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham
New details have just been revealed on the upcoming 2012 Audi A3. The new compact model will come in four variants with different dimensions and wheelbase length.
There’s a 3-door hatch and Cabriolet A3 variants which will measure 4.26 meters long (167.7 inches) with a wheelbase of 2.595 meters (102.2 inches). There’s also a 5-door Sportback version and 4-door sedan that will measure 4.44 meters long (174.8 inches) with a 2.630 m (103.5 inches) wheelbase. The widths of all models will be the same.
Audi design chief Stefan Sielaff says the A3 range will be configured in a very similar fashion to the A4 and A5 line-ups. He also said the next Audi A3’s interior will be influenced by the Audi A3 e-tron concept (pictured above) that was introduced at Auto Shanghai earlier this year. Continue reading “Audi reveals details on next-generation A3” »
October 14th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham
In the past decade Audi has become a car-manufacturing powerhouse with entries into almost every motoring category. But for all its new models one of its most important and defining vehicles remains the A6. The executive cruiser now enters its seventh-generation and with lightweight construction, sleeker styling and extensive mechanical upgrades, is ready to resume its long fought battle with BMW’s 5-Series. Does the 2012 Audi A6 have the dynamic ability and first-class luxury appointments to dominate its high-end division? Car and SUV buckled into the driver’s chair of the new A6 TDI Quattro to find the answers.
A glance across the new A6 reveals an understated and smooth aesthetic that’s acutely awareness of its own bloodlines despite being a clean-sheet design. Following on from the A8 flagship and the A7 four-door coupe the new A6 embraces Audi’s corporate design language. The bold Audi gloss black grille sits prominent at the front and is flanked by frowning headlights and recessed fog lamps. Broad shoulders define the sides with chrome trim drawing the eye to an elegantly curved roofline. The rear features a subtle boot spoiler, wide two-piece taillights and twin chrome exhaust tips signaling performance intent. The clean and mean look is finished off with 18-inch V-spoke alloy wheels. There are no radical risks in the A6 exterior design, just a continuation of the conservatively muscular styling that works well for Audi and its legions of brand fans. Continue reading “Audi A6 TDI 2012 Review” »
September 7th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham
Audi has revealed the first batch of computer-enhanced photos of its electric A2 concept before its unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The eco-friendly concept is expected to provide the base for a production version scheduled to go on sale in the next two years.
Details are thin at this stage but it is thought that the new A2 will be built with both full electric and conventional petrol powerplants.
In terms of size the A2 concept is taller than Audi’s current A1 hatch but is shorter at 3,800mm and also narrower at 1,690mm. Despite its small dimensions Audi claims the A2 will be a genuine four-seater thanks to a flat floor, ultra-thin seats and the absence of a traditional dashboard with lower console. Continue reading “Audi releases first images of A2 concept” »
August 29th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham
In what begun as just a few sketches, Audi is now showing off a load computer generated images of its two-seat Urban Sportback and Spyder concept models. The extreme concept machines will make their world premiere at the upcoming 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show in Germany.
Little is known about the concepts so far but Audi says they are pure-electric powered and are not descended from any previous Audi model. The development of the concepts is based on the principles of lightweight construction, efficiency and reduction.
The tiny concepts are certainly striking with their exposed 21-inch wheel wheels and a body size of just 3,200mm long, 1,700mm wide and a mere 1,200mm tall. In terms of power, motivation comes from two e-tron electric motors that draw energy from a lithium-ion battery. The body is made from a lightweight mix of carbon fibre-reinforced polymer and aluminum to construct the two models. Continue reading “Audi drops images of Urban Sportback and Spyder concept cars” »
July 19th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham
Audi’s Q7 isn’t exactly a new kid on the block, the full-size SUV has been around for six years already and is due for replacement soon. Despite this fact tuning companies are still having fun with the old girl with the latest bespoke Q7 coming from British firm Project Kahn.
Project Kahn is becoming an Audi specialist with TT and A5 packages already available, so it was only a matter of time before the tuning firm would get busy on the Q7.
The philosophy of Afzal Kahn, the firm’s founder, has been to combine mechanical perfection and exterior beauty but in a distinctly British way.
The reworked Q7 has received a wide-bodykit consisting of new wheel guards, custom bumpers and plenty of chrome detailing. Under the bonnet the Project Kahn Q7 has been fitted with a high-flow sports exhaust system, a stiffer suspension setup and wider tyres for more grip. Continue reading “Project Kahn remixes Audi Q7” »
July 14th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham
Audi has revealed extensive 2012 updates for its sporty A5 and S5 coupe range.
A more aggressive front end is the most obvious change with redesigned headlight clusters along with a new front bumper and subtle changes to the grille. Updates to the rear a more subtle and include revised tail lights with optional LEDs. The models clean and sharp profile remains unchanged, but 17-inch alloys are now standard on International models (NZ spec may differ).
Inside, there’s a new steering wheel and tweaks to the instrument panel and centre control stack. The gear stick on auto models has been changed and the MMI infotainment system upgraded. There’s also a new ignition key and air-con controls.
Mechanically, the 2012 A5 gets a new rear suspension setup along with a revised electromechanical power steering system.
Engines options include the base model 125 kW 1.8 litre TFSI unit which has been revised to deliver improved fuel-economy at 5.7 l/100 km. Step up to the 2.0 litre TFSI engine and output remains unchanged at 157kW, while a new 200kW 3.0 litre TFSI V6 has joined the range. Continue reading “Audi updates A5 and S5 for 2012” »
July 14th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham
There may be a few parties that would object to the antics of this 11-year-old boy who does some donuts in an Audi R8 in a vacant field. There’s the boys mother, who we’re guessing isn’t in attendance, there’s the cops because who don’t usually endorse this sort of thing, and there’s the greens keeper because this kid makes a mess of his pristine lawns. But what is most disappointing is that this apprentice hoon doesn’t even put on a seatbelt. Is he too young to remember the McDonald’ ‘Make it Click’ campaign?
But seriously, someone actually entrusted the R8’s keys to this kid and encouraged him to pull some donuts for the camera. It’s not the most responsible parenting around, and this lad doesn’t even seem all that fussed about it. They just don’t know how lucky they really are.
Check out the lad make Audi’s sports car dance in the video below. Continue reading “11-year-old boy pulls wild donuts in Audi R8 sportscar (+video)” »
June 7th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham
Audi has let the latest version of its hardcore R8 GT supercar off the chain with details and images released of the new convertible version. It was only two months ago that Audi announced it would build a top tier roadster version of the R8 and already it appears to be completed.
Like the coupe variant, the R8 GT Spyder will use a tweaked version of the regular R8 V10’s 5.2 litre engine, boosting power to 418kW with 540Nm of torque.
The power is sent to all four wheels through Audi’s R tronic sequential automatically-controlled manual transmission and the well-proven quattro all-wheel-drive system.
Performance claims peg the R8 GT Spyder at hitting 100km/h in just 3.8 seconds, compared to 3.6 for the hardtop R8 GT and 3.9 seconds for the regular R8 5.2 FSI V10.
A range of weight-saving measures help the R8 GT Spyder achieve its performance figures with the special model weighing 85kg less than the standard version. Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic chips in for shedding the kilos and makes up the cover for the soft top, the rear spoiler and the rear bumper. However, the most effective weight-saving measure is the seats, which drop off 32kg. Continue reading “Audi R8 GT Spyder let off its chain – expect 418kW” »