We’ve already done a story covering some of the innovative features that are coming with the 2018 Audi A8 but the word is out that it’s getting yet another feature that many car owners are going to want, self parking. No it’s not the first car to ever offer self-parking as a feature, but it is the first Audi vehicle and we’re sure that it’s pretty much perfected as well. The A8 should be able to handle a wide range of parking conditions, and that will make doing things like parallel parking in the city, or getting into your garage at the end of the day a bit easier. The vehicle is even capable of backing into a parking space, making it easier for poor parkers to get their vehicle situated when backing in is called for.
Remote Self Parking
In the ad by Audi the A8 sedan is told to park itself by a simple button press on the keyfob and then it capably pulls itself into the garage without hitting anything at all. It’s not a brand-new feature that you can’t find on any luxury cars today, but the 2018 A8 will be the first Audi to receive the feature and something for Audi fans to celebrate.
In order to make self parking possible the A8 comes with the full suite of sensors and radar systems that are used with things like adaptive cruise control, lane assistance and emergency braking systems. The car will of course come with some added safety features as well and should be more convenient to own than many other A8 models in the past.
Complementing the 48V Setup
These new tech-heavy improvements just compliment Audi’s move to the 48V electrical system throughout the A8. Not only will the car be able to park itself and be safer than ever before, but it will also have regenerative braking and special electrical systems that make it more efficient and capable than ever before. The latest A8 is going to be a revolutionary product that’s worth the purchase because of all the added capabilities worked into it.
While Audi is already hard at working teasing the 2018 A8, it won’t be revealed until July 11 at the Audi Summit in Barcelona Spain. That’s when you’ll learn about all the different features offered and why so many people are going to want the A8 when it finally comes out.
Audi is hard at work developing self-driving vehicles for itself and all of Volkswagen. The automaker has created the goal of releasing its first fully self-driving vehicle by 2021, and seems to be on track to meet the goal if things go well for the automaker. Not only does Audi already have a well-funded team of engineers working on the task, but it’s about to put out the first sedan with Level 3 self-driving capabilities, just 2 levels off from the ultimate goal of a fully self-driving vehicle.
Likely Not for the Public
Though it’s exciting that Audi has chosen such a close goal for self-driving vehicles, it’s likely that the first batch of cars won’t be available for public sale. Instead the vehicles will probably be part of a testing and publicity fleet that will serve to pave the way for future generations of self-driving vehicles from Audi that do make their way out to the general public. That means that even though Audi may meet it’s goal and produce a self-driving vehicle by 2021, it’s likely that buyers will have to wait quite a bit longer before they can be chauffeured around in their very own self-driving Audi.
The Level 3 A8
Next month Audi plans to unveil an A8 with Level 3 driving capabilities. This vehicle will be able to handle some driving situations all on its own, but will require the driver to remain close at hand to take over in case there is a problem or a situation the vehicle can’t handle. Still, it will allow its owners to enjoy a bit of relaxation during situations that it’s capable of handling all on its own. The Level 3 A8 is an exciting step toward self-driving vehicles and will offer a preview into the future where even cooler tech is going to be available.
Achieving Level 4 by 2021
It’s likely that Audi’s vehicle in 2021 will be a level 4 self-driving vehicle. What that essentially means is that the car will be able to drive around and handle a wide variety of situations, but not everything. If the car encounters a problem that it isn’t capable of handling, it will signal the driver to take over, but if the driver isn’t able to do so the car will just pull over. That’s the major difference between level 4 and level 3, and it isn’t until level 5 that a self-driving vehicle will be able to take on every single situation that it’s presented with without pulling over.
It could be a decade or more until the first fully self-driving vehicle is out on the roads, but Audi is likely to come very close with its car released in 2021, and it’s one of the first automakers to offer self-driving technology to its owners now.
In a time when so many automakers out there are working hard to come up with their own tech solutions, Audi is taking the more practical approach and teaming up with Google for the best possible tech experience. Audi is integrating the Google Now personalized voice service into its vehicles more than ever before, making it possible to achieve a whole new level of control using just your voice to do it. This will make it possible to do cool things with your voice while driving down the road, and seems like a pretty good move by Audi to us.
What the Google Service Will Do
while Audi’s HERE service will still handle navigation tasks in the vehicle, Google Assistant will handle a bunch of other voice-controlled activities. Users of the advanced Google service are expected to be able to adjust the temperature settings of the heating and cooling system within the vehicle. They will also be able to roll windows up and down, adjust a sunroof, look up information and do more from behind the wheel of the vehicle. Audi vehicles are becoming more and more integrated with software and this will give voice control users more power as time goes by.
Faster Updates and More Personalization
Audi decided to work with Google for these services because the automaker believes the tech giant will be able to put out faster updates and create more personalized technology for users than Audi could itself. In other words, Audi is interested in releasing the best possible product to its customers, which should help improve the brand and make it more favorable for drivers overall.
Voice control technology is becoming more capable with each passing year, and Audi is teaming up with one of the tech giants that’s pioneering all that new tech. This should result in better technology for everyone driving around an Audi, and exciting updates in the future as Google does even more to innovate.
Audi has long been known as a luxury car manufacturer, but the Q7 makes a strong case for the company’s SUV division. It’s a supreme mix of power, style and comfort and the latest Q7 is arguably one of the best offerings by Audi today. Enough buildup though, let’s get into what makes the SUV special and what helps it stand out above other SUVs on the market, and believe me, there’s quite a bit to like about this smooth rolling crossover.
Smooth Powerful Performance
The SUV features a V6 that packs a total of 325 HP. It’s not the most overpowered engine that we’ve seen in an SUV, but it makes takeoff feel smooth and quick. The large SUV seems to absorb bumps as you go over them, and the ergonomically sculpted seats help with that effort even more while providing a supremely comfortable surface to sit on while riding around. The seats are cooled and heated, and they’re comfortable in all different climate types.
Paddle Shifting Precision
With the high quality automatic transmissions on the market today, most people are content letting their vehicles handle gear changes for them, but there’s something enjoyable about being able to do the job yourself, and with the Q7 you can have either or. It’s equipped with a set of paddle shifters that allow you to shift between the eight different gears as you see fit. This is especially helpful for hill driving where you can take advantage of low gears to cut down on braking. There’s also a standard drive and super drive setting, allowing you to be more efficient out on the highway.
Excellent Interior Space
The inside of the Q7 is massive with ample leg room for people in the first and second row of the vehicle. There’s seating for 7, with the third row being a bit more cramped. Not only is there plenty of seating space, but there’s ample cargo room at the back of the SUV for all your gear, groceries or whatever it is that you need to haul around.
Excellent Safety and Driving Aids
While driving the 2017 Q7 you’ll notice that there’s a speed guideline posted near the speedometer. The SUV can actually pick up the different speed limits as you drive around, letting you know exactly how fast you should be driving at all times without actually tampering in what you’re doing. The SUV also comes with advanced safety features, like collision braking to help you avoid crashing into objects in front of you.
The Audi Q7 was released right after the Denver Auto Show, and it shows a lot of promise. It’s refined, it looks nice, offers plenty of interior seating and is equipped with all the safety features that you could want out of a vehicle.
Audi is planning to release a powerful full-electric vehicle by 2019. This car will have a sporty look and performance to match. It will do 0 to 60 in just 4.5 seconds and has an approximate driving range of 300 miles on a full charge. It’s going to be a capable EV and a good second step toward creating a capable lineup of electric vehicles.
How the Range is Possible
In order to make the 300 mile range possible, Audi is equipping the vehicle with a 95 kWh battery pack that will hold up over an extended period when it’s finally charged up all the way. That’s a pretty serious battery pack, and it’s going to add some weight to the ride, but the Audi should still feel quick and powerful during regular operation.
Brimming with Futuristic Tech
The latest full-electric Audi coupe is going to come stocked with plenty of cool tech features that will make owning the vehicle even more rewarding. It’s going to come with a set of Matrix LED lights as well as laser lighting and OLEDs to create brilliant light on the outside of the vehicle and to offer communication with other drivers around the vehicle to keep it safer when inn congested driving conditions.
The car is going to get rid of blind spots as well. That’s because a series of real-time cameras will show you exactly what’s on the other side of the vehicle so you can move from lane to lane with confidence that you aren’t going to have any problems.
Audi’s Electric Future
The two full electric vehicles planned within the next couple years from Audi won’t be it for the company. The automaker has big plans to implement even more electrified vehicles in the coming future to go along with Volkswagen’s plans to move toward an EV future. Audi wants to fit at least a quarter of its lineup with batteries by 2025, and release at least three electric vehicles by 2020.
EV fans will soon have plenty of luxury options to choose from, and eventually it’s likely that much of Audi’s lineup will either be a hybrid or full electric vehicle. That’s pretty exciting for anyone that’s sick of inefficient vehicles, and it’s a good direction for Audi to move toward to help modernize the brand more.
Audi vehicles are well-known for having cool headlights that not only look nice but are highly functional as well. That’s because Audi vehicles were one of the first to receive modern LED lights and they continue on that tradition by offering LED lights in most of their lineup. Now that LED lights are old technology and most automakers have caught up to this trend as well, Audi is going a step further and offering laser lights to the select few. This tech offers even better visibility and it looks cooler while doing it. There’s a lot to like about laser lights, but you’ll have to pick up the right vehicle in order to get your hands on it just yet.
The Audi R8 V10 Plus
If you are willing to spend $194,400 you can buy the Audi R8 V10 Plus supercar and get your hands on thee top-end laser lights without having to buy them as an addon. Sure they are going to be expensive, but there are enough benefits to the lights for them to be worth the investment for some people. If you would rather opt for the more affordable base Audi R8 V10, you can still add the laser lights on the vehicle as a special option.
Blacked out SuperCar
If you’re truly after a mean looking ride, you can enhance it further with the Black Optic Package. This is a premium addon that gives you a set of special Anthracite 20-inch wheels, side blades, exhaust tips and exterior trim that’s all in a deep black for a high quality look. It’s just the option for car enthusiasts looking for a more aggressive look overall.
Laser lights are just starting to catch on in America, but they’re a popular technology that can make a whole world of difference while driving around, not to mention that they look really cool as well.
The Audi A4 is an excellent entry-level luxury vehicle for people new to the brand, but it’s more than that. It’s a beautiful little car, with plenty of power and all the luxury features that you could expect from a high-end vehicle in its price range. The 2017 Audi offers a whole lot to customers, which is probably why it received the Daily News Auto Best Premium Car of 2017 Award. Now let’s get into just what makes the car so special.
Beautiful and Functional Interior
Audi is known for its beautiful interior. It’s just the right balance of clean design with functional tools. The 2017 A4 comes equipped with a top-notch infotainment setup that you can upgrade to the industry-leading “Virtual Cockpit” with a 12” touchscreen and all the media goodies that you could ask for. Either way, you’re going to get a pretty comprehensive media setup that you should enjoy using.
Safe and Reliable
The A4 isn’t just about looks or comfort, it’s a confident and capable vehicle when out on the road in a range of handling conditions. The car comes with optional all-wheel drive, but holds up well even in the front-wheel drive variation. It has a 5-star rating from the NHTSA and a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the IIHS. The A4 comes with systems that offer warnings about oncoming traffic as well, helping you to remain safe before hopping out of the car.
Luxury Interior Options
If you really want the luxury experience while driving your A4 you can purchase enhancements to make it that much better. Add an optional 12.3-inch screen for more menu space and added tech features that you simply can’t get with the entry-level system. Add in the Bang and Olufsen audio system for an unparalleled listening experience. The car also features rear climate control for added comfort throughout the cabin and it’s built with most of the connectivity features that you could want out of a modern-day vehicle.
Whether you’re driving with the front-wheel model or using the all-wheel Quattro system, you can tool around in different driving conditions with confidence when you’re in the A4. It stands up to slippery or uneven driving surfaces and provides dynamic stability control that’s even more impressive with the all-wheel setup.
The 2017 Audi A4 is sophisticated, it’s capable, it’s beautiful, it’s filled with modern tech and it’s just a solid car. Sure it’s more money than a budget Camry, but it’s worth the added cost for all that you get when you make the purchase.
Drifting is becoming more and more popular with high-powered sports car owners. There’s something particularly enjoyable about slamming on the gas and skidding around a corner or pulling a donut while burning up the rear tires of the vehicle. This isn’t a fondness that Audi Sport Development chief Stephan Reil shares with those fans. Drift modes have been popping up on sport cars and supercars for years now, but Reil doesn’t see the point, and believes that the systems aren’t good for the vehicles.
Reil insists that drift modes are a waste of tires and time, and he says that they aren’t necessary either. It’s possible to drive the Audi R8, the RS3 and the RS6 without a button designed to let you do it, you just need to have the skills and the courage.
Drift it Yourself
To drift an Audi car you simply hold down the skid-control button for 3 seconds and all the safety nets will shut off. This makes it easy to drift to your heart’s content. The car is much more dangerous to drive around like this and it stops being good in track environments, but shutting off the safety nets is simple enough to do that most drift enthusiasts aren’t likely to complain.
Is Drift Mode Irresponsible or Not?
There are critics of the drift mode buttons in vehicles like the BMW M, the Ferrari F430, the Mclaren 720S and so many others, saying that the mode is irresponsible and encourages poor behavior and driving mechanics. They also state that it encourages excess driving without certain safety nets on the vehicle. Others say that drift mode is good because it keeps some of the safety nets intact. Without a drift mode you would have to shut off every safety net in order to drift. There is support in both directions, but if you don’t want to drift the old-fashioned way, it doesn’t make sense to pick up an Audi supercar anytime soon. They don’t come with drifting features, so you’ll have to make the magic happen all on your own.
Audi is known for making top-notch vehicles, but not necessarily for creating products that are fuel efficient. That’s why it’s impressive that the 2018 Q5 has received the highest EPA-estimated fuel economy rating within the competitive segment. It’s one of the most fuel-efficient mid-sized crossovers that you can get today, making it a highly desirable vehicle for buyers that are interested in saving money on gas and reducing their environmental impact while driving around in luxury.
It’s all in the Wheels
The 2018 Q5 comes with a special all-wheel drive setup known as Quattro with Ultra technology. The system offers completely adjustable torque at each of the four wheels, giving the right amount of power to each wheel depending on the situation. The crossover is able to do this thanks to a decoupling rear axle differential, as well as a multi-plate clutch system. Not only is the system highly variable, but it makes use of an electro-mechanical system and can engage in just 250 milliseconds, up to eight times faster than a standard all-wheel drive system.
To top it all off, the system makes use of a rear dog leg crutch to cut power to the rear differential and prop shaft on and off throughout driving to improve fuel economy. When you add in all the computers and sensors around the vehicle attached to a powerful computer that’s checking for loss of traction repeatedly, you get a very smooth driving vehicle that can take on most driving conditions without flinching.
Efficient and Powerful
The 2018 Audi Q5 is taking top spots for mid-sized crossovers thanks to its 25 MPG combined highway and city rating. It manages these figures while still having plenty of power to drive confidently. The crossover comes with a 2.0 liter TFSI four-cylinder engine that puts out 252 HP and 274 lb.-ft. of torque. It doesn’t feel sluggish in the slightest, and is a lot of fun to drive for this reason.
Luxurious with Leading Tech and Entertainment
The 2018 Q5 will be outfitted with top-end seats and upholstery throughout, it’s going to come with a modern infotainment system with app connectivity, and will likely look more modern than Audi vehicles today, creating a very enjoyable in-vehicle ride experience. Even without the industry-leading fuel economy of the 2018 Q5, it would be hard to look in another direction instead. It just has too much to offer to ignore, which is why it’s going to be a very popular vehicle when it’s finally released to the public.
For years driving enthusiasts lusted after the Audi RS 3 over in Europe. The little powerhouse of a vehicle could tear up a track while looking unassuming at the same time. It’s like the ultimate hot hatch, and it’s something that up until now we haven’t been able to get our hands on. That’s all about to change though, because Audi is bringing over an RS3 to the US, or at least as close as we can hope to get at present. This little car might look just like the A3, but don’t let that fool you, it comes packed with power and is a whole lot of fun to drive around.
For such a small and lightweight vehicle, the RS3 comes packed with power. It’s equipped with a five cylinder turbocharged engine that offers a massive 400 HP of driving force. The power is accompanied by 354 lb.-ft. of torque and very little turbo lag to boot. All that power is tied up to the very capable S Tronic automatic manual seven-speed shifter. It delivers lightning fast gear changes and is a capable tool to unlock all the power contained under the hood of this little beast.
Excellent Handling Mechanics
A powerful car is a lot of fun to drive around, but without the right handling mechanics it’s only good through straight lines. The RS3 offers all the power and top-notch handling mechanics to boot. The steering is nice and stiff and there’s a slight understeer or oversteer depending on the driving mode that your operating in. In standard mode you’ll face understeer. In dynamic drive mode you’ll have sweet glorious oversteer that makes it easy to whip around corners and slide the wheels while doing it. The capable all-wheel drive will help keep the car steady under pressure and you’ll be able to really apply pressure with all that power at your disposal.
Quality Build and Interior
Of course this model will pack in upscale finishes and extra media features like any top-end Audi is expected to. You’ll have all the comfort features that you could want in a sports car, and most of them are going to come standard so you won’t have to pay extra for comfort. Of course the price of the car will reflect all those features. It’s expected to retail upwards of $55,000 when it finally goes on sale this summer, which puts it in the middle of many similarly equipped high-performance cars from the likes of Mercedes and BMW.
Overall the RS3 isn’t a car you’re going to want to miss when it’s released in the US, and it’s going to be a vehicle that’s highly in demand when the time comes.