Month: September 2011

Audi R18 is US Bound for Petit Le Mans Race

An annual event where the best in sports car racing sprint around the Road Atlanta circuit for 1,000 miles or 10-hours (whichever comes first), the Petit Le Mans has become a final event in the sports car racing season. One of many sports car races Audi has won on a multitude of occasions since 2000, the Audi Sport Team Joest race organization will be wearing silver into combat for the first time with their 24 Hours of Le Mans winning R18 TDI prototype sports car. While tested at the Sebring International Raceway just days after the Mobil 12 hour race, the Audi R18 TDI prototype sports car will make its competitive debut in the North America at the 2011 Petit Le Mans in Road Atlanta. Built to new safety and performance rules set out by the ACO (the French sanctioning body that oversees many sports car events including the 24 Hour of Le Mans race), the Audi R18 TDI is another evolution on the competitive ladder the premium carmaker. Powered by a smaller V-6 engine through an electronic gearbox, the R18 prototype sports car has better weight balance than the previous Audi R15 Plus. The biggest change to the Audi racing machine was the incorporation of a roof over the driver. A closed cockpit prototype, the R18 became the first such vehicle since the early Audi R8C that run...

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Four Ways to Protect Your Audi’s Value

  The investment into a premium vehicle is not necessarily reserved for millionaires. Unless you’re a major celebrity and corporate executive gifted with exotic, expensive cars, a new or even a pre-owned Audi product is something each individual owner will respect. An investment in good taste, buyers of the premium Audi car should continuously stride to insure their transformation is maintained in the best possible shape. In a world where we are used to instant on-line bill payment, automated meter reading and even control systems inside of automobiles, maintenance chores is still required to keep your luxury car reliable as appreciated. Whether caring for an Audi A3 or Audi R8, the preservation of a vehicle within the German luxury brand requires a four-ring approach to get the best resale value and overall satisfaction. 1. Know Your Audi Vehicle Before purchasing your Audi vehicle, take time to carefully study the product you intend to buy. Consulting with the Audi website for the newest information on car and crossover vehicles is the popular start for many buyers. Entering ownership with a foreign-built automobile presents some special considerations down the road in the case of maintenance and service. The search for a reliable mechanic is something deemed for inconvenient when an issue exists with an Audi vehicle. For newer Audi vehicle, the problem is compounded by the engineering philosophy. Due to some...

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Audi S7 Sportback Enters the Game

Debuting at the 2010 Paris Motor Show, Audi’s entrance into the popular sub-category where sedans and coupes merge. A premium car grouping popularized with the entrance of the Maserati Quattroporte and the Mercedes-Benz CLS, vehicle designs began to conceive the sporty athleticism of a coupe with more than the conventional two passenger doors. Audi is considered a late adopter to the bold fusion trend waiting this year to enter the unique vehicle segment. Creating the captivating, new A7 Sportback five-door coupe, the new Audi was presented to the United States with a 310 horsepower supercharged V-6 powerplant. Capable of delivering luxury comfort and excitement, Audi fans awaited the high-powered version of the A7 Sportback. Dropping a V-8 engine into their five-door coupe, the Audi S7 Sportback unleashes heightened performance in concert with the slippery shape. Unlike the S6 and S8 cars debuting to the public alongside at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, the Audi S7 Sportback has no previously established benchmark. The premiere of a high-performance five-door coupe, the Audi S7 Sportback starts on the aggressively elegant exterior design of the A7 featuring Audi’s extensive use of aluminum body panels. Depending on only subtle, shiny enhancements to dress up the modern vehicle look, detailing is provided to the grille, front and rear bumper as well as to the side mirrors of the Audi S7 Sportback. Admirers of the Audi...

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The Sizzling Hot Audi S6 for 2012

In the sport sedan category, the BMW M3 and the M5 sedan has been the perennial targets for every premium carmaker. Combining high-performance with luxury comfort, the German sports sedans sold by BMW has provoked some worthy adversaries from Mercedes-Benz, Cadillac and Audi. In the case of Audi, the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show gives a first public view for new S model vehicles expected to take the fight to BMW M line and the Mercedes AMG brand. A fourth generation Audi S6 one of the revised premium performance products at the German show intent to win over favour of speed-seeking luxury. The Audi S6 sport sedan’s positioning in the performance luxury category is always a little confusing. Based on the Audi A6, the S6 performance and price focuses on the performance oriented versions of smaller sedans from Mercedes-Benz and BMW. This is considered as a strength for the Audi S6 supplying itself as a relatively good value in previous model years. The new S6 sedan enters the limelight as vehicle engineered as a perfect balance between performance, premium accompaniment and practically. Making use of the fresh, new look of the Audi A6, the basis of the S6 starts with lightweight exterior construction consisting of around 20 percent aluminum. For the Audi S6 sedan, the vehicle becomes 0.63 inches longer than the A6 with standard 19-inch cast aluminum wheels presenting...

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Big Things Come in Little Packages: Audi A2 Concept

  Preparing to show off the radical urban concept design at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, Audi’s inventive look to a motoring future could be seen as a little too distant. For North American motorists in particular, the small, ultralight concept car would instantly come into conflict with the desire for cargo room and passenger space. Planning a sensational arrangement of production and design evaluations for the auto show at Frankfurt, Audi has recently announced the addition of a compact, electric vehicle fitting more easily into today’s driving lifestyle. Registered as a concept car, the Audi A2 explores advanced technology integrating with contemporary automotive fashion. Residing within tight quarters, the Audi A2 concept car advocates the incredible packaging potential of an electric powertrain platform. A total length of 3.8 meters (149.61 inches), the A2 concept is 19.37 inches shorter than the smallest North American Audi, the A3. Featuring Audi’s aluminum construction techniques along with a dark glass roof, the A2 concept is a four-door hatchback configured with a mature sport utility crossover gracefulness. An all-electric powertrain on the Audi A2 concept keeps items such as the battery and motors positioned to maximize interior space. Though a small vehicle, four passengers are still positioned comfortably inside the Audi A2 concept. Thin seats manufactured using plastic blow molding is positioned individually in the cabin. Also included in the Audi concept vehicle‘s...

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Audi’s Executive Performance S8 Renewed at Frankfurt

Away from its regular role as a commuter for diplomats and other dignitaries, Audi’s largest sedan has been given the change to venture into super sedan territory since 1994. Available in the United States since 1999, the Audi S8 became a high-powered extension of the Germany premium car brand’s biggest four-door. Success of the first generation model brought forth the second generation S8 in 2006 utilizing the Audi’s quattro drive amongst many performance tweaks for an all-out battle with BMW M and Mercedes-Benz AMG competitors. With the base A8 receiving a modernization during the 2011 model year, Audi left observers waiting a year until presenting the third and latest generation of the S8 sedan. Worth the wait, the Audi S8 debuts at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show ahead of its upcoming release. Designed on the refreshed lines of the Audi A8, the S8 sports sedan is shaped with an abundance of aluminum. The look of aluminum is accented within the Audi S8’s front grille, mirrors and along the vehicle’s bumper. Apart from the look of aluminum surfaces, the Audi S8 comes in 13 exterior colour tones including Daytona Gray and Prizm Silver (two colours not available on the A8 model). A diffuser insert is found on the backside of Audi S8 with twin oval exhaust pipes presented on the rear corners. The Audi S8 wears S-line exclusive 20-inch wheels...

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Audi Promises Extensive 2011 Frankfurt Showing

The kick-off to the world indoor auto show season, 2011 is the lucky biennial year where automotive enthusiasts get to relish in the spectacle of the Frankfurt Motor Show. Guaranteed already to be a showcase of new ideas in the ever-evolving auto industry, production and concept vehicles are presented in abundance for the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show even as more than two weeks separate the exhibit’s grand opening. A motor show of world intrigue, Ford Motor Company, Toyota, Mercedes-Benz and BMW have been wetting the appetites of potential show goers through previews of their Frankfurt Motor Show presentations. An exhibition based in their home country, Volkswagen’s luxury car brand Audi will also be making a strong showing on September 15th. In preparation for the 2011 Frankfurt Motor show, Audi has a history of bringing profound guidance for where they want to take their brand’s image. In the last Frankfurt show in 2009, Audi presented their e-tron concept for the very first time to the public. Since the showing almost two years ago, Audi’s continuing development of e-tron is likely to directly lead to a production-based vehicle. Audi also publicly premiered the R8 Spyder at the 2009 show generating some more tradition open-motoring performance buzz. As their world sales increased by 15 percent in 2010 (just one year following the Audi’s last Frankfurt display), the German auto company’s success will...

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