Author: Chris Burdick

Audi’s New Era Begins November 19

Audi. The name says it all. The car brand that is renowned for sporty and powerful luxury cars may be getting a new overhaul. On November 19, 2014 at the Los Angeles Auto Show, Audi will present the first concept vehicle of Marc Lichte, newly appointed Head of Audi Design. Mr. Lichte and Professor Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg are set to unveil the proclaimed “most revolutionary concept car” Audi has ever produced. With it’s sleek curves and well-integrated technological advances, Audi has built a reputation for being at the forefront of automotive design. It comes with no surprise that because...

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Details and Pricing: the 2014 Audi SQ5

Details and pricing are finally announced on Audi’s first-ever S version of a Q model – the SQ5. Why should we be excited about this? Because it’s a freaking S version of a Q model! We’ll start with what we obviously care about the most: Performance The standard Q5 comes with a weakling 211 hp, 2.0-liter four-banger, or a more potent 274 hp, 3.0-liter powerplant for a 0-60 mph time of 6.0 and 7.0 seconds, respectively. If you decide to go the economical route and get the Q5 Hybrid, your 245 hp 2.0-liter will bag you 0-60 in 6.8 seconds. The SQ5 ups the ante and drops in a more potent 3.0-liter TFSI V6 producing 354 hp and 347 lb-ft of torque, motivating the crossover to hit 60 mph from a stop in only 5.1 seconds. It’s mated to the same eight-speed transmission as the rest of the Q5s, and of course has the good ol’ quattro AWD system we’ve grown to love Audi for. The Traction Control System is interesting on the SQ5, adjusting itself based on whether or not the roof rack is installed – if it is, it adjusts the system’s center of gravity to handle better, and when it’s roof-rack-free, the ESC changes to allow a sportier drive. Clever indeed. Pricing The standard Q5 starts at $35,900, or you can get the Q5 Hybrid from...

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XXX Performance’s Wild Wide-Body Audi R8 V10

With a name that sounds like they make more adult films than cars, you’d expect a car from XXX Performance to be pretty wild. And to say the least, the Audi R8 V10 they’ve modified to their own needs looks the part. The Looks Not everyone’s going to go crazy over the looks of this thing – but you can’t please everyone. They’ve given the R8 V10 an almost entirely new body, as you can see, with their aggressive GT-X650 wide-body kit, then wrapped it in blue CFC chrome and fake carbon fiber accents. They’ve also added a carbon-look wrap to the rear-view mirrors, roof scoops, side blades and rear diffusers – I’m not a fan of fake carbon, so I’m not all about that, but at least you can get the side blades in real carbon if you want. And you probably want. After all, any real car enthusiast is going to be able to tell the difference between real and fake carbon fiber, and who wants their supercar accented with fake carbon? You have to admit, the R8 looks pretty badass with a widebody kit. In addition, they’ve lowered the car with H&R coilovers converted to air cushions that can be dynamically raised and lowered at the driver’s will and speedhump situation. The wheel wells are filled up with 20-inch three-part GTR forged wheels from Forgiato. The...

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I Drive an Audi: Here are 5 Reasons Why

I have driven a lot of cars in my day. Each of them had certain things I liked about them, but I couldn’t find the perfect fit until recently. A friend of mine let me drive their Audi and I instantly fell in love. I went out and bought my own Audi the next day and let me tell you, it was one of the best decisions I have ever made. Now I drive an Audi and here’s 5 reasons why. 1. Great Value Audis are great value compared to other cars. When I decided I needed a new car, I wanted one that was affordable. An Audi easily fit into my price range. I did look at several other cars and after a lot of research, I found that I would get more for my money by buying an Audi. The value doesn’t stop with the purchase price either. Audis are great on gas, which saves me money even with my long daily commute. I drive an Audi because it is economical as well as being good value in the long term. 2. Dependability Some say that modern cars aren’t plagued as much by faults and breakdowns as the typical car of 20 years ago. Some of you would doubtless disagree with that, and I’m one of them. Finding a car that wouldn’t leave me stranded was important....

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Audi Backs Away From R8 e-Tron

The Volkswagen Group hasn’t made a big secret of the fact that it isn’t bullish on electric vehicles. It doesn’t expect for EVs to account for a large part of its sales by 2018, and it only recently has made an effort with hybrids. For a very volume-focused big company there are many different factors that come into play; such as the costs associated with Audi car financing on expensive EV battery components. Regardless though, Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards and requirements in states like California have mandated some zero emissions vehicles. Also, Audi has a reputation for investments...

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Kahn Design’s Wide Track Audi Q7

British design firm Kahn Design seems to be on a bit of a roll lately, coming out with lots of well-modified high-end cars. Their latest creation is their interpretation of the Audi Q7. First, and most noticeably, Kahn Design gave the Q7 an exterior visual makeover: vented front replacement wings, gunmetal grey front bumper sections, rear vented bumper, large upper roof wing, wide wheel arches with rear vented spats, machined aluminum vented foot pedals, stainless steel door sills, replacement wings, LED daytime running lights, Kahn stainless steel exhaust system, gold calipers, and gunmetal grey mirror backs. This whole package rolls on Kahn’s 22″ RSX gunmetal grey alloy wheels. Inside, they did quite a number on the interior as well, giving the front and rear seats black quilted perforated nappa leather with red stitching as well as a speedometer and tachometer in red and cream and Kahn foot pedals. Take a look at the seats below in the gallery – they look great. Of course, with enough money, you can have them make you a completely custom interior as well. Under the hood, the Kahn Audi Q7 has the 3.0-liter TDI powerplant, producing 233 hp. Mated to Audi’s tiptronic transmission, the SUV can move from naught to 60mph in 8.4 seconds. Want to buy the package as-is? You’ll need to fork over...

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HIDs and Audis: High Class, Customized Lighting Upgrades

Audi has been marketing itself for a while now as a luxury vehicle manufacturer that sets itself apart from the rest of the competition by being edgier, bolder, and more daring in its design of cars. If you own an Audi and appreciate standing out in terms of style, while still wanting to partake in the finer side of effective design, than you may want to consider headlights that ride the line between the two well. HID headlights can be customized, as you can pick headlight colors across an entire spectrum according to your choice and personal preference. At the same time, this technology emits light that is up to 3x brighter and 10x as long lasting as conventional halogen headlight systems, providing you with piercing, highly effective headlights for your Audi. If you plan on installing a set of aftermarket Audi HID headlights, there are certain things you need to consider prior to installation. Unless your Audi is already equipped with a manufacturer’s set of HIDs, the process won’t be as simple as merely switching out one set of bulbs for another. You’ll need to install a new ballast as well as potentially install a wire harness adaptor and other components, though so long as your vehicle is a more recent model, you shouldn’t have to make any cuts into the body of your vehicle. The installation process...

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2012 Audi A6 Specs for US Model

The mid-size luxury car game currently has the finest automakers engaged in a multi-lateral bout for supremacy. In the past two years, competitors such as the BMW 5 Series, Mercedes-Benz E-Class and the Infiniti M37 have upgraded their definition of 21st century luxury with refreshed products. Already debuting on the world stage in European trim, Audi has unwrapped plans for the debut specifications for the 2012 A6 in the United States. A larger, modernized look for the 2012 model year, the Audi A6 sedan returns to the United States marketplace between 78 and 165 pounds lighter in curb weight than its predecessor. A merger of steel and aluminum construction, Audi is continuing adaptation of lighter weight aluminum has allowed key areas of the A6 to promote better handling as well as ride. Coming back for 2012 in front-wheel and quattro all-wheel drive, the Audi A6 trim ranges from Premium and Premium Plus trim levels. Three-zone climate control, eight-way power front seats, automatic headlamps and sunroof is found as convenience items on the Premium trim. The 2012 Audi A6 quattro model also includes a high-luxury Prestige model. For 2012, the Audi A6 Prestige package furnishes ventilated front seats, four-zone climate control and Audi’s S-Line exterior appearance pieces for a more exclusive touch. All 2012 A6 sedans have the Audi MMI system fitted with Sirius satellite radio and Bluetooth connectivity. Upgrades...

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Extended Protection for Your Audi

As with everything, luxury cars are only new once. Increased price tags and increased devotion to engineering, there is nothing preventing the sands of time to wear on marquis vehicles. Wear and tear of components is commonplace on all motor vehicles requiring repairs at scheduled as well as indefinite periods during its lifespan. The one major difference when an imported vehicle such as Audi, BMW, Lexus or Mercedes-Benz comes when the wheels enter the auto body shop. While domestic vehicles present a large network and a sizable parts network, repairs is generally presented with an advantage of lower maintenance costs. Well a Chrysler car, truck or crossover vehicle can confidently taken beyond the Chicago Dodge dealer, the maintenance of more foreign automobiles can present owners with more limited, costlier choices turning a dream car into a check book’s nightmare. While regular preventive maintenance can be an experience reminding one of the perils of import luxury car ownership, unforeseen breakdowns of electronic and mechanical items can create an unpleasant feeling not even the most comfortable messaging leather driver seat can easily cure. In the case of Audi vehicles, the German luxury brand has earned unfavourable notoriety in North America as an expensive product to repair. A new Audi vehicle is provided with a 4-year or 50,000-mile basic warranty from the dealership, an extended protection plan becomes an important consideration. Debated...

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Project Kahn Releases the Audi TR8

Like the looks of the uber-sexy Audi R8 but can’t afford the six figure price tag? Project Kahn may have a low cost workaround for you. Nope, you’re not going to get the blistering 525 hp acceleration or the screaming of a 5.2-liter V10 engine behind your head, but at least you’ll be the only Audi TT on the road that kind of looks like an R8. Project Kahn, the British specialty car design firm, just released their newest kit for the Audi TT. Starting with a standard TT, Kahn added new front and rear bumpers, mesh inserts and a new front grille that looks like the grille found on the R8. In addition, they’ve added a new rear spoiler, stainless steel quad exhaust system, lowered suspension, a front lower bumper lip and door mirrors in a billet steel finish to match the dark gray exterior paint of the Audi. Of course, the first thing you probably noticed is the signature colored sideblade as found on the R8. Audi connoisseurs like yourself aren’t going to be fooled into thinking that the TR8 is a real R8, but a few “commoners” might be fooled at a glance. Even if you’re not trying to convince others that you own an R8, the TR8 still looks quite a bit better than your standard TT, so it may be worth a look if...

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Audi Roadside Help in the App World

Long recognized by some motoring tastes, the Audi brand of luxury vehicles enjoys many special characteristics. The quattro all-wheel drive system, distinctive European styling and latest technical advances improving the performance as well as convenience to occupants, Audi has risen the allure of the German automaker. An Audi owner will immediately realize their special presence behind the wheel. A particular honour to possess such a vehicle, everything from finding comprehensive car policy quotes to finding the right mechanic assures a new Audi driver the peace of mind. More than ever, premium vehicles ranging from the Audi A3 to the Audi R8 need the assurance of a reliable auto plan. Much like their recent vehicle development, the German luxury car brand is launching an all-new smartphone application in cooperation with Allstate Roadside Services. Optimized for Apple iTunes devices, Android operating systems and Blackberry product, the Audi Roadside App is a free program designed to specifically aid owners of the premium vehicle. The mobile App is an expansion of a Roadside Assistance package already offered to Audi owners. Providing 24/7 coverage for Audi vehicles sold in the past four years throughout the United States, a driver stranded with Allstate Roadside Services. Tow, jumpstart, fuel delivery or many other services can be directed to Audi Roadside App equipped motorist with expedient care. The Audi Roadside App uses a smartphone’s GPS (Global Positioning...

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The Car that Rebuilt Audi

Riding in such unity, the four-rings representing the Audi brand has never been more collected and determined in the premium vehicle marketplace. Audi car sales shot up considerably in 2010 with 1,092,400 vehicles sold worldwide (a 15 percent increase over the previous year). Last year for the first time, Audi surpassed the 100,000 vehicle sold mark in the United States signifying a refreshing global acceptance that is also quickly gripping China. A brand existing on the image of cars that balances performance and luxury, high-tech drivetrains employing gasoline direct injection and quattro all-wheel drive have made the car producer a staple. Looking back just over 45 years, before the aluminum construction and quattro, the Audi fought to start this modern journey. Though the Audi automaker was established in 1909, most of its significant pre-world war two success occurred when the corporation became part of the Auto Union in the 1930s. Attached to evolutionary front-wheel drive cars between 1933 and 1940, the Audi name would go dormant during and well after the Second World War. Through the 1950s, Auto Union (owned at the time by Daimler-Benz) was struggling for survival as the company struggled to maintain profitably selling vehicles under the DKW name. DKW automobiles were far from stellar performers powered by antiquated two-stroke engines. In 1964, a monumental change came as German rival Volkswagen bought into the Auto Union...

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