New Entry-Level Engines For Audi Q5 and A4 Allroad Quattro

Tuesday July 28th, 2009 at 7:77 AM
Posted by: tonyb

2009 Audi A4 Allroad

More word from Europe on engines and models that car companies should be bringing to these shores. Audi, maker of all things all wheel drive and quick, has just announced some new engines for the euro market that would be really nice to see here in America (along with a model we should see too).

The most interesting of the new mills is an entry-level diesel that will be available for both the Audi Q5 SUV and the A4 Allroad Quattro crossover. It’s a 2.0-liter TDI with a nifty common rail high-pressure injection setup that cranks out 143 HP and a maximum of 236 lb-ft of torque between 1,750 and 2,500 rpm. Pretty impressive grunt for such a small engine. There’s also a new base 2.0-liter gasoline fueled that puts out 180 HP and 236 lb-ft of torque from 1,500 to 3,900 rpm for the Q5 SUV. Both engines get a 6-speed manual gearbox.

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2009 Audi A3 Review – Compact, but capable sport wagon

Tuesday June 16th, 2009 at 8:66 AM
Posted by: peter

2009 Audi A3
>> Review by Peter Newton | >> Photos by Derek Mau

Pros

  • Taut and controlled handling
  • Roomy cargo for a compact car
  • Cool-looking LED DRLs
  • Just above average Bose sound system

Cons

  • Too few controls available on steering wheel
  • Sunroof cover did not fully block light
  • Trip/car computer non-intuitive
  • No iPod integration

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2009 Audi A3 2.0T S-tronic Quattro – First Impressions

Friday May 15th, 2009 at 9:55 AM
Posted by: twain

2009 Audi A3
Review by Twain Mein

Pros

  • Zippy and economical 2.0T
  • Smooth shifting S-tronic gearbox (a.k.a. DSG)
  • Audi’s über-cool LED daytime running lights
  • Magnificent suspension setup and Audi ride quality

Cons

  • Pricey with options
  • Back seat legroom worse than flying Economy Class on Southwest

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Audi Axes W12 Engine In S8 For 2010

Tuesday April 28th, 2009 at 8:44 AM
Posted by: tonyb

Audi S8 from Flickr user Wyemji

ACK! No more W12 engine for Audi’s big sedan?! Actually, it’s not as bad as it sounds. Since the range topping 8 series is getting a redesign in 2010 and set to debut in the 2011 model year, Audi will discontinue the model only for one year.

Audi also announced that they will no longer be using the VW-sourced VR6 motor any further. Dating back to the early 90s, the VR6 engine is a 3.2-liter unit capable of producing up to 250 horsepower. Most recently the VR6 was used in the A3 and TT model ranges. According to Edmunds, Audi decided to drop the motor because it doesn’t fit with the company’s move toward more advanced direct-injection motors,

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2009 Audi A6 3.0T Review – The other German mid-size luxury sedan

Wednesday April 15th, 2009 at 9:44 AM
Posted by: AKramer

2009 Audi A6
Review by Alex Kramer | Photographs by Derek Mau

Pros:

  • Versatile supercharged engine w/direct injection delivers performance and efficiency
  • Excellent balance between handling and ride quality
  • Quattro all-wheel drive provides unflappable traction
  • Top notch interior materials
  • Good overall value in its class

Cons:

  • Multi Media Interface controls are awkwardly placed
  • Rear seating could use a bit more room
  • Exterior styling is still a bit conservative

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Sport & Comfort Packages On The Way For Audi A8

Monday April 13th, 2009 at 8:44 AM
Posted by: tonyb

Audi A8 Sport Plus

I have a bit of a confession to make. Even though I’m a dyed-in-the-wool sports car guy, a guy that lives by Colin Chapman’s axiom of “To go fast, add lightness”, I’ve got a bit of a soft spot for big, fast, high tech sedans. Did I mention them being fast was a good thing. Take Audi’s A8 for example. What a brute, what a road trip car. Imagine blasting across the country in one of those, or even better, in an S8.

Yes, it would be fun, if not exactly as sporting as doing it an Enzo. Audi, it would seem, understands this paradox, and has decided to off some rather nice tuning bits for it’s top of the line luxo-sedan.

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ABT Tuning Audi S5 AS5-R with 510HP

Monday March 2nd, 2009 at 8:33 AM
Posted by: tonyb

Audi S5

ABT, a Euro tuning house, has been up to all sorts of fun/crazy stuff these days, a heavily modded VW Scirocco Coupe and a worked over Audi Q5 and R8 to mention three. They continue on in that vein with their new massaged Audi S5, which they dub the AS5-R and whose most outstanding feature is 510HP.

The AS5-R makes its debut at next month’s Geneva Show. The ABT version of the A5 coupe includes an updated version of the current S5′s 344HP 4.2-liter V8 engine, modified to crank out 510-horsepower. ABT is staying schtum on any more info on the AS5-R, but aside from the massaged engine, you’ll also notice a new body kit, larger alloy wheels along with a modified suspension and a more powerful braking system. About what you’d expect.

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Audi Q5 Hybrid Due In 2010

Friday February 6th, 2009 at 9:22 AM
Posted by: tonyb

Audi Q5

Ah-HA! Remember what I said about the new for 2010 VW’s Touareg Hybrid already sharing a platform with it’s corporate siblings, the Porsche Cayenne and Audi Q Series, and that we could expect other hybrid SUVs?

Turns out that will be happening for Audi in 2010 as well.

Audi’s hybrid program was on again/off again but now it seems like it is definitely on, with a production launch coming as soon as late 2009 as a 2010 model. And curiously, the upcoming Q5 hybrid is expected to launch in the U.S. market before the rest of the world gets it. Makes sense, since the U.S. is the 2nd largest hybrid market in the world at the moment (Japan is first).

The new Q5 hybrid is needed to compete with the likes of the Lexus RX450h and the upcoming BMW X6 hybrid, according to Audi powertrain development boss Wolfgang Hatz.

Despite moving to hybrid production, Audi would prefer to go the diesel route, due to manufacturing costs. According to Wolfgang Hatz, it costs 50 percent more to develop a diesel powertrain versus a conventional petrol system. Hybrid powertrains costs 3-4 times as much to develop. So, if the demand for hybrids begins to significantly increase, the business case could change, but for now, Audi’s focus will remain on TDI.

Source: AutoBlogGreen

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Airlift Suspension System for Porsche 911 and Audi R8

Tuesday January 27th, 2009 at 9:11 AM
Posted by: tonyb

Cargraphic airlift suspension Porsche 911One of the annoying, on going problems with owning a sports car can be ground clearance. You know, speed bumps and sloped driveways and potholes and what not.

Well worry no more, or at least you can stop worrying about ground clearance issue if you’re the proud owner of a Porsche 911 or an Audi R8.

Porsche tuner Cargraphic has come up with a solution for this problem in the form of the “Airlift Suspension System”. Available for the Porsche 996/997 and in the near future, the Audi R8, patented automatic level control system enables the car’s front suspension to rise by 55m.

Cargraphic’s “Airlift Suspension” will automatically lower the car back down to normal ride height once it has reached a speed of 50 km/h (31mph), which is a common feature on other aftermarket systems of this sort.

One unique feature of Cargraphic’s suspension system is that in the 911, it can work with the Porsche factory PASM (Porsche Active Suspension Management). There are 2 versions of the Cargraphic Airlift Suspension available, a complete kit that includes BILSTEIN B16 suspension or as an upgrade kit for OE coil over suspensions

OK you lucky owners of Porsche 996/997 or Audi R8s, get cracking.

Source: CarScoop

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Audi R8 V10 5.2 FSI with 525HP

Thursday December 11th, 2008 at 3:1212 PM
Posted by: tonyb

Audi R8What a frickin’ brute.

Pictured here is Audi’s top of the line R8 with the new, and long awaited V10 engine. Said mill cranks out a very respectable 525 horses and over 390 foot pounds of torque, all of which is sent to the ground via Audi’s Quatro all wheel drive system. It has enough computer controls, and-slip, anti-skid, ant-moron, boxes in situ that all you have to do is point it, and mash the loud pedal, and you’re gone (without being, er, gone … y’know, like gone daddy, gone).

And here’s the best part: The Audi R8 V10 5.2 costs $183,700

That’s less then Ferrari’s least expensive entry model; about a tenth of what a Bugatti goes for; yes, more than a 911, but quicker.

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