Audi A7 Sportback to be revealed in Paris

May 7th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

The much-anticipated Audi A7 Sportback is nearing the end of its development. According to recent reports the grand unveiling will take place at this year’s Paris Motor Show in September. European sales would most likely start in the first quarter of 2011.

Alongside some smaller-engined variants like V6 petrols and diesels, the A7 is also predicted to come in a hard-charging RS 7 model. It will most likely use Audi’s 5.2-litre naturally aspirated V10 engine which will churn out 433 kW (580 bhp), although the 5.0-litre TFSI V10 from the RS6 with its 572 bhp (427 kW) could be another candidate. Powering all four wheels would be a 7-speed double clutch gearbox.

The four-door Sportback has been in the making for some time after the concept was first unveiled at the 2009 Detroit Motor Show. The production version, will be a natural rival to the Mercedes-Benz CLS and also the likes of the Porsche Panamera and Aston Martin Rapide.

Audi to display seven customised A1s in Europe

May 6th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

For the fourth year in a row, Audi will have a dedicated display at the GTI tuner meet at the Wörthersee Tour in Germany and Audi/VW fans from throughout Europe are expected. The star of the show for Audi will be its new A1 and the German automaker is to show various customisation options. Though the use of adhesive film designs, vibrant paint finishes and exterior add-on parts potential customers can easily differentiate their A1 cars.

Audi head designer Stefan Sielaff and his team of staff have created seven different models for the Wörthersee Tour, including a Football themed model sporting an “FC Bayern” look. This particular car has the Number 10 of FC Bayern star Arjen Robben on the roof and on the doors.

It’s more than just the exterior that differs these Audis from the standard production vehicles. The Audi design team also styled the interior of the worked vehicles, with changes to the center console, door handles, and even the rearview mirror.

Furthermore, the new limited-production Audi R8 GT (read news), will be presented to the general public for the first time.

Audi releases first installment of ‘Next Big Thing’ A1/Timberlake video

May 5th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

Audi has just released the first Episode of its self-promoting Audi A1 movie featuring pop weasel Justin Timberlake and called The Next Big Thing.

The German company has stated the obvious in saying that the Audi A1 Timberlake video Ep 1 is just the beginning, as it plans to relase a fresh new episode every Tuesday from now until a climax on June 8. The mysterious plot of The Next Big Thing film features both Timberlake and token hot chick Dania Ramirez who will both be present for all five episodes. The upcoming Audi A1 will also play a role in each installment with the timing of the short film’s release set to gather interest in the new hatchback.

The Next Big Thing is directed by Swedish Henrik Sundgren who filmed it over 5 days using more than 40 actors and about 100 staff members.

Watch The Next Big Thing Ep 1 by clicking on the link below. Continue reading “Audi releases first installment of ‘Next Big Thing’ A1/Timberlake video” »

Audi Superbowl ad ‘Green Police’

April 16th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

Audi Superbowl ad ‘Green Police’

Audi hires Justin Timberlake for A1 action promo video

April 13th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

It was back last year when Audi first announced it would be using the talents of pop sensation Justin Timberlake to push the company’s new A1 hatch. At first, it looked like JT was to do little more than lean against the A1 on stage at car shows and let some of his coolness rub off, but now it’s obvious Audi has other plans in mind, including a new action driving series of vids.

If you’re thinking the concept of star-packed mini-movies sponsored by an automaker sounds familiar, it should. BMW pulled a similar move in 2001 with Clive Owen starring in eight short films that were all well received.

At this stage Audi have released a trailer for the upcoming mini films. Titled ‘The Next Big Thing’, there’s gun fire, car chases, tyre smoke, good tunes and a hot chick (Dania Ramirez) who throws poor JT into a world of danger and fine booty.

Enough words, check out the trailer by clicking on the link below, enjoy. Continue reading “Audi hires Justin Timberlake for A1 action promo video” »

Friendly Competition – Audi

April 9th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

Even in the friendliest competitions there is a winner and a loser. One of Audi’s biggest competitors is forced to face this truth, following the results of three straight Car and Driver comparison tests.

Audi R8 vs Bugatti Veyron

March 22nd, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

Audi R8 vs Bugatti Veyron. This ist not a race you see only how fast the Veyron is!!!

Audi releases details on A1 e-tron Concept

March 3rd, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

Luxury German brand Audi has just unveiled the latest edition to its all-electric e-tron range of concept vehicles, this new machine is the A1 e-tron, and it’s arrived with a few suprises.

Like the first e-tron concept based on Audi’s R8 platform, the A1 e-tron is powered by an electric motor producing 45kW and offering a driving range of around 50km in city traffic. That’s just not enough power so when more grunt is needed, the electric motor can generate up to 75kW in short bursts. This allows the A1 e-tron a lazy 0-100km/h time of around 10 seconds.

The A1 e-tron’s electric motor draws power from a lithium ion battery pack with a capacity of 12kWh, major weight-saving has gone into this area and the pack weighs a mere 150kg.

The big news is the inclusion of a standard combustion engine to kick in when the electric motor’s battery energy is depleted. But it’s the choice of engine that’s interesting, Audi will use a range-extending single-rotor 254cc Wankel engine and an electric generator that works to recharge the battery, boosting the A1 e-tron’s driving range by an additional 200km. The Rotary engine will weigh just 70kg including the intake, exhaust and subframe. The strengths of using the rotary engine come with low-vibrations, quiet operation, and small size.

Although it’s currently difficult to measure the true economy of extended-range vehicles the A1 e-tron apparently offers a fuel consumption figure of 1.9 l/100km.