Audi enthusiasts were thrilled when they found out that the Audi RS3 Sport was going to make it to the United States, but there’s a hatchback version of the sports car that will likely never make it over to the states. That’s a huge disappointment because it comes with all the capabilities of the RS3, just with enhanced interior space for storage and seating. It’s the ultimate combination of utility and performance for a really exciting ride.
The Same Power
Just like the RS3, the RS3 Sportback comes with a 2.5 liter engine with 400 HP. It travels from 0 to 62 in a stunning 4.1 seconds, and tops out at up to 174 MPH if you get the option to increase the top speed. It’s an exciting speed machine that’s fit for use on a track.
This sports car comes with more performance-focused bucket seats up front, but it’s outfitted like an upscale luxury model, which is expected of an Audi vehicle. The interior has a clean look, top-notch media setup, and quality interior materials that give the vehicle a beautiful look. The seats are wrapped in black Nappa Leather, and there’s a virtual cockpit where the gauges once were. There’s even a special RS screen that shows off the tire pressure and the overall torque output as well as the g-forces of the vehicle as you whip around a track or any other course.
Enhanced Storage and Interior Space
While the RS3 wasn’t exactly tiny, the RS3 Sportback is outright roomy. It’s equipped with a large hatch that opens up wide to accept a range of bags and other items for storage purposes. The hatchback is exciting to drive, and it comes with all the features that you would expect of an Audi, just with more space to make use of.
The Audi RS3 Sportback looks to be a phenomenal vehicle, it’s a shame that it isn’t going to be offered in the US. It has a lot of potential and would be worth a serious look for anyone wanting power and storage all in one.
Audi has made a name for itself out of creating beautiful vehicles that perform beautifully, and the 2017 Audi A6 fits right into that mold. It responds nicely, has plenty of power, looks gorgeous and has more than enough features to satisfy most drivers. Read on for a more detailed look at the different features.
It’s expected that Audi vehicles will look luxurious and beautiful within, and the 2017 A6 doesn’t disappoint in that regard. The seats are coated with a supple leather, the interior is coated with beautiful walnut wood, the rear seat is nice and spacious for a few adults or three children to lounge, and the interior has the nice clean look that Audi enthusiasts love. Overall it’s obvious that you’re in a luxury vehicle while inside the A6, which is just what I like to see.
Audi’s are always styled nicely on the outside, but they are generally quite reserved. The A6 comes with standard 18-inch wheels but the Sport package will push those wheels up to a more impressive 19-inch construction. The car shows off smooth lines with just enough aggressive creases to give it a sporty look. The car comes standard with LED taillights and Xenon headlights.
Sure the car looks nice, but what stood out most during the testing was all the power that the vehicle offers. It’s packed to the brim with raw power and energy, and it offers it up so smoothly that you won’t feel the need to hold back at all. That means you can slam down on the gas and make full use of all 252 HP that the car comes with. The 4-cylinder turbo engine is efficient, and you’ll transition from low power to high up thanks to the silky 8-speed transmission. If the standard power isn’t enough for you, there’s also an option to bump it up to a V6 with 333 HP or you can go nuts with a 450 HP V8, but I was impressed with the performance of the base engine option. The car comes with a variety of drive select modes, allowing you to tune performance for speed or efficiency. IT can travel from 0 to 60 in about 6 seconds with the base engine, which is more than fast enough for most people.
Cool Safety Tech
Audi isn’t Audi without at least a few fancy tech features, and this car comes with its fair share of them. It has a Five star overall crash and safety rating thanks to a very complex airbag system that includes protection at the sides and front of the vehicle. The seats feature the LATCH system in the rear, and there’s a bunch of cool safety features in the Driver Assistance package.
If you opt for the package you’ll enjoy Lane Assist, that lets you know when you leave your lane. There’s also an Adaptive Cruise control feature that will help you remain at speed with the cars ahead of you so that you don’t have to shut off cruise when someone slows down. There’s even a high beam assistant and a top view camera that comes with distance sensors for easy driving in tight quarters. Overall the 2017 Audi A6 is very capable when it comes to safety features.
If you are looking for a mid-sized sedan that packs power, comfort, beauty and tech features under one roof, the A6 is a good bet.
Not too long ago vinyl wraps were a popular way to customize vehicles. They made it easy to put your own designs onto a car and create some contrast to the standard look of the vehicle. Unfortunately those wraps wear out quickly and go from looking nice, to looking old and low quality. So by and large, vehicle customization, other than custom paint jobs, has gone away. That is until now. Audi figured out a way to create custom tattoos on vehicles. These tattoos are protected by the protective coating that keeps paint in good shape, unlike those vinyl wraps, and they are expected to be long-lasting and highly reliable.
How They Work
The tattoos are actually little abrasions on the surface of your vehicles clear coat. Audi puts a template over top of your vehicle in the spot you want the image to go and then applies a powder over the surface. The powder rubs away a tiny bit of the clear coat and leaves behind an image.
Adding Tattoos to Your Vehicle
While Audi has the process down, that doesn’t mean that you can customize any vehicle that you want to with a tattoo. Right now you can only customize the Audi R8 in this way, so you’ll have to be ready to pony up some serious cash in order to try this feature out. If you are planning on picking up an Audi R8, you’ll be able to add symbols right onto the side blades of the vehicle. Audi is willing to put anything you want there, as long as it doesn’t infringe on any copyrights in the process.
Coming to More of the Lineup
Even though this technology isn’t offered on most Audi vehicles just yet, that doesn’t mean that it won’t be in the future. Audi is very likely to begin offering these tattoos on more of its vehicles later on as the technology matures. So you may not be able to afford these modifications at the moment, but you’ll be able to take advantage of them sometime in the future.
So many automakers are going on record saying that autonomous driving is a long ways off. Toyota is one of those automakers that still believes fully autonomous vehicles are far off into the future, but that’s not what Audi says, and the automaker has been working with some cutting edge technology with its partnership with NVidia to develop autonomous vehicles capable of navigating in changing environments using deep learning technology.
A Car that Teaches Itself
Audi is working on a vehicle that’s going to teach itself to drive. This is known as “deep learning” artificial intelligence, and it’s where the vehicle will actually learn how to safely drive around roads and other obstacles without needing to be programmed and updated all the time. Essentially the car sees obstacles, navigates around them slowly and learns how to handle them more efficiently in the future.
Proof of Concept
In order to prove its concept Audi took a vehicle that knew nothing at all just a few days earlier, and had it drive itself around a test track. The vehicle was able to take a few difficult corners, and more impressively, it was able to navigate around a barrier that was put into its path during standard driving.
This model from Audi is very different from the self-driving vehicle that Google relied on years ago. It looks very similar to other Q7 models, and just relies on a single forward-facing camera in order to gauge the road and what is happening on it. The sheer simplicity of the system shows just how effective Audi’s deep learning technology can be.
Self Driving By 2020
Audi is confident that this technology can dramatically speed up the time that it’s going to take to get effective self-driving vehicles out onto the road. The automaker believes it will be able to release a mostly autonomous vehicle by 2020. If cameras and learning computers are fitted onto a large number of Audi vehicles in the future, the automaker could tap into a huge amount of driving data and probably increase the intelligence of its AI system for future use.
There’s no telling if Audi is right about being able to release an advanced vehicle by 2020, but if the automaker continues to work with NVidia and develop vehicles via deep learning, it’s hard to say what is possible.
Remember when we covered the new technology Audi was planning on releasing that allows drivers to see when lights are turning green? While that tech has gone from planned to existing on current vehicles. That’s right! If you pick up a modern Audi, there are some situations where you’ll be able to see when lights are going to change from red to green. This technology is still very limited and will only work in specific areas, but its exciting to see it start getting rolled out anyway.
Where it’s Available
The technology was tested out in Las Vegas first and now that it’s available on more widespread vehicles it’s still only working in Southern Nevada. That means you’ll have to pick a spot in that area to live if you’re truly interested in using the technology right now. If you’re fortunate enough to live in that area already, you could obtain this technology, but you’ll have to pay a small premium for it.
How it works
The Audi “Time to Green” feature actually taps into nearby traffic light timers and uses that information to let drivers know exactly when they can expect the light to change. The tool is highly accurate and makes driving much more enjoyable. There’s no more awkward wait for the light to change.
Getting the Service
If you live in southern Nevada and you decide you can’t live without the service, it’s actually pretty easy to obtain. You just have to pay for the Audi Connect Prime service. It’s $199 for six months of connectivity, and the tech comes along with a bunch of additional services as well. You’ll enjoy dozens of features overall, which should make driving around more enjoyable.
It’s Sure to Spread
It’s a bit sad that the technology is only available to such a small subset of people at the moment, but it’s not going to remain that way. With the success of this small trial run, the tech is sure to spread to other major cities around the country and then to the smaller rural locations as well. It’s just a matter of waiting for it to become more commonplace.
Audi recently showed just how innovative it can be as a company, by developing self-parking technology using scale model vehicles. Through the use of small self-powered cars, Audi is creating a computer system that can effectively handle parking a vehicle all on its own. That’s a pretty cool feature that most Audi owners will enjoy, but it also demonstrates a unique learning tool that can help shape the way that Audi develops new features in the future.
How the Vehicle Learns Self Parking
Audi has the 1:8 scale vehicle that’s outfitted with ultrasonic sensors and a series of cameras to collect data from its terrain. The system is also fitted with a central computer, that can collect information from those sensors. Essentially what happens is that the system gathers up all the information that it can from the outside environment, and it uses that information to make important decisions about how to park the vehicle. With all the information gathered up, it will park the car where it belongs.
In order to make sure that the parking technology works the way it is supposed to, Audi continually runs simulations and has the computer system gather more and more data about different situations. All these learning opportunities are making it possible for the automobile to learn how to effectively park itself with more skill.
Developing a Self Driving Vehicle
While this approach is currently just being used to develop a self-parking system for Audi vehicles, it could be used to help develop a self-driving car as well. The scale-model approach gives Audi lower cost test-subjects to make use of, and it allows the automaker to set up courses and situations more affordably. It’s a good way to at least start the learning process and work on developing autonomous features for Audi vehicles. Everything learned from the testing and research for the self-parking project can be applied to future driving projects as well, giving Audi a good head start toward more advanced features.
The automaker is very interested in automated driving and has been making major advancements toward autonomous vehicles. With that said, it shouldn’t be long before more advanced features like self-parking vehicles and self-driving cars make their way out to the general public. It’s programs like these that make that a possibility and give Audi the ability to run more tests, and to develop automotive intelligence more efficiently.
The 2017 Audi A4 is an interesting blend of poise and power. It has a posh exterior and that many will mistake for weakness. Once you hop inside this little sedan, the whole professional facade melts away and you see that there is much more to this power house of a sedan. It’s quick off the line, handles with powerful precision and is a blast to drive around. Here’s a full overview of the little sedan and why it should be on every professionals Christmas list this year.
A Professional Exterior
While a Corvette, a Lamborghini, a Viper are all showing off their sporty heritage right on the outside, the 2017 A4 is doing the exact opposite. It’s almost like Audi had the goal of building a potent “sleeper” car. This neutral-toned, simple styled A4 would look at home in the garage of any business executive. The A4 is lightly molded, gently creased and given just enough accents to have an upscale look while offering a timeless exterior that’s still going to look quite nice a decade from now. It’s a nice professional looking vehicle, but on the outside you would never guess that it’s a fast vehicle, or that it offers a fun ride. The fact is, the A4 exterior styling is so misleading that you’ll be amazed when you climb behind the wheel.
Technical Gadgetry and Gizmos
If you like your cars to be just as plain and standard inside as the 2017 A4 looks on the outside, the A4 isn’t the car for you. Once you climb inside the cab of this car it’s clear that the A4 is anything but dull. It’s jam-packed with bright screens, interesting controls and cool lighted accents that give it a futuristic look. It’s still clean looking and nicely styled, but nobody is going to be confused into thinking that it’s a classic once they climb inside.
The 2017 A4 comes with a highly capable media system and a revolutionary virtual cockpit that shows off apps, navigation and other systems nicely.
An Exhilarating Drive
There’s something special about driving the 2017 A4. It could be the precision controls you’re presented with, the high level of power that makes the little sedan feel like it’s literally gliding down the road, or the whisper quiet way that the engine operates, even under extreme pressure. It maintains startling composure during standard operation and shifts from gear to gear with a smooth little tick. The A4 does suffer from a slight amount of turbo lag, but it jumps from 0 to 60 in just 5.3 seconds and it’s a blast to drive around.
If you’re looking for a professional compact, that still knows how to have fun, the 2017 Audi A4 is the car for you. It’s a blast to drive around and it’s well worth taking a look at. Sure it isn’t flashy, but that’s why so many people choose to own one.
Both the2018 Audi A5 and the S5 coupe are highly capable vehicles packed with power, safety features and cool tech that most modern drivers will enjoy. Here’s a quick overview of both of these supercars and what you can expect when you buy one or the other.
When you climb behind the wheel of either the A5 or the S5, you’ll enjoy an impressive level of power that allows you to accelerate quickly and take full advantage of the excellent driving dynamics of the vehicle. The A5 comes with a brand-new 2.0 liter engine that offers an impressive 252 HP and 273 lb.-ft. of torque. For even more power you can upgrade to the S5 coupe and enjoy a 3.0 liter turbo charged engine with 354 HP and 369 lb.-ft. of torque. The A5 accelerates from 0 to 60 in just 5.6 seconds and the S5 shaves that time down to a formidable 4.4 seconds. Both vehicles are connected to the smooth 7-speed S-Tron transmission that’s known for smooth and efficient performance.
Either vehicle is highly capable at high speeds, and that’s thinks to a couple major enhancements. The vehicles come with a 5-link suspension that’s works hand in hand with an enhanced electrical mechanical steering setup. This offers superior road handling, and the standard 4-piston fixed brake calipers up front give you the stopping power that you need to avoid sudden obstacles.
The Modern Sporty Look
Both vehicles come with a significantly modified look that’s sporty and modern all at once. The grill is both wider and flatter, helping to accent the aggressive power dome at the front of the lengthier hood. The cars come with wider wheel arches that give it a nice muscular look, helping it to stand out a bit more. Finally there is full LED headlights available up front, and every version comes with standard LED tail lights and dynamic turn signal LEDs.
Inside the car you’ll enjoy all the modern tech features that you would expect, and some that you might not have even considered. The car comes with driver assistance features, a generous touchscreen display and a useful MMI touch wheel for accessing all the available features. IF you choose to go with the optional Audi Virtual Cockpit, you’ll enjoy access to a massive touchscreen display and added tech features. Even without this feature, you’ll still enjoy built-in USB ports and support for both Apple Carplay and Android Auto and all the apps that come with those features. There’s even a projected heads up display option, that puts vital driving information right up within the driver’s view in full color, for easy viewing and enhanced safety.
If safety is important to you, you’ll be happy to hear that both models of this car are packed with top-level active safety tools and equipment. The cars come with Turn Assist, a program that lets you know when you are safe to turn. There’s also Rear Cross Traffic Assist that alerts you when changing lanes. The system has Vehicle Exit Assist, that looks out for potential cars before you climb out of your vehicle, particularly when parked on the side of the road, and there is Audi Pre Sense City, that helps warn you of obstacles out in an urban road environment.
If you would prefer to get the coupe over the sedan, you’ll enjoy the more powerful engine, as well as a few other notable enhancements as well. The vehicle comes with special carbon inlays on the interior, as well as Nappa Leather with diamond stitching accents. The coupe also has customizable interior ambient lighting, making it possible for you to set the mood.
Both of these 2018 cars from Audi are highly capable and they have a lot to offer. It’s up to you which is the right one for your needs.
The 2017 Audi A4 offers a great blend of features and looks, but one of the most exciting of them all might just be te high level of fuel efficiency that the car offers. Sure it’s not going to beat out a Prius anytime soon, but it does quite well for the powerful little luxury sedan that it is. If you’re looking for a sedan that will save you a bit of money at the pump, while still being something that you can be proud to drive around, the 2017 A4 is a good option for you to consider.
Excellent Fuel Efficiency
The A4 gets about 27 MPG in the city and 37 MPG while out on the highway. That means if you do mostly highway driving you can expect a pretty affordable driving experience overall. Even when you drive a mix of the two types you’ll get around 31 MPG combined mileage with the car. That’s exceptional for an A4 and a major improvement over the older versions of the Audi model.
Driver Assistance Features
Not only does the A4 do really well out on the highway, but it comes with some very nice driver assistance features as standard. When you pick up the 2017 A4 you’ll enjoy Virtual cockpit as well as several adaptive safety features that help make driving it safer than ever before.
Fuel Efficiency Enhancements
In order to achieve such a high level of efficiency, Audi had to make some significant enhancements to the A4. The company made use of a more efficient 2.0T TSFI engine that can deliver more power with less fuel. They also relied on a different combustion pattern to get even more out of the engine than what’s possible from the standard version on older model years of the vehicle. These two enhancements come together and offer an excellent level of efficiency for a luxury sedan.
Sure the A4 isn’t really about fuel efficiency, and it’s about luxury at an excellent value, but that efficiency only serves to make the car even more appealing. It’s something that you’ll enjoy every time that you have to refill your tank, and it’s something that you can brag about to all your buddies as well.
Have you ever wished that you could tell when a traffic light is going to turn green or red? Are you tired of guessing when you’re going to have to slam on your brakes to slow down enough for that high-speed light up ahead? Well have no fear, the technology is soon being offered to Audi owners around the country.
Only a small set of five cities are going to be offering the technology initially, which means you’ll have to have a new Audi model and live in one of the supported cities in order to predict when the lights are going to change, but that doesn’t stop it from being cool. The first cities that are going to support the technology are Washington, Washington D.C., Seattle, Nevada and Las Vegas.
How it Works
The technology taps into signals that are given off by the traffic lights themselves already. A private company is going to partner with the government to help create a message system that will link Audi vehicles up with the traffic lights throughout the five cities listed up above. When the system is turned on, every driver will have detailed information about when the lights are going to change to green or red so they can feel more at ease while driving around.
The System in Action
When the system is in use on these Audi vehicles a simple notification will pop up each time you are near one of the upcoming traffic lights. A countdown style timer will let you know when the light is going to change, and it will vanish once again after you get out of range of it. This should make it easier to drive with confidence around lights, and to stop worrying about whether or not it’s going to change as you come up on it.
With this technology active it should help vehicles predict better driving paths for more efficiency, and it could even be used to suggest vehicle speeds to help you hit every green light throughout your morning commute. Sure the tech is a long way off from that just yet, but it’s definitely a future possibility.
Bringing the Technology to All Vehicles
Though the technology is only going to available to Audi owners for the time being, it is likely to be offered to the owners of other vehicle brands in the future. Automakers are experimenting with the technology and eventually hope to tie infrastructure information into vehicle information systems so that drivers know exactly what is going on as they travel around the road.