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Audi is Planning an Exciting EV for 2019

April 19, 2017 lacarguy Audi Tags: , ,

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.

audi etron sportback concept car

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.

New Audi R8 V10 Plus to Have Laser Headlights

April 10, 2017 lacarguy Audi Tags: , , ,

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.

Audi R8 Laser Lights

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.

Is the 2017 Audi A4 the Best Small Luxury Car of the Year?

April 3, 2017 lacarguy Audi Tags: , ,

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.

2017 Audi A4

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.

Quality Handling

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.

There will be No Audi Drift Mode

March 31, 2017 lacarguy Audi Tags: , , , ,

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.

Audi R8
2017 Audi R8

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.

The 2018 Audi Q5 is the Most Efficient in Segment

March 29, 2017 lacarguy Audi Tags: , , , ,

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.

2018 audi q5

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.

The Audi RS3 Finally Comes to America and It’s Glorious

March 24, 2017 lacarguy Audi Tags: , ,

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.

2017 audi rs3

Insane Power

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.

The 2017 Audi Q5 Takes a Top Euro NCAP Safety Rating

February 24, 2017 lacarguy Audi Tags: , , , , , ,

The EURO NCAP is a serious batch of crash tests that go on in Europe. They’re just as stringent, if not more so, than the tests that are done here in the states, but they’re looking at some different vehicles in the process. In order for vehicles to sell well in Europe, especially luxury vehicles, they need to perform well in the NCAP crash tests. That’s something that the latest Audi Q5 did with ease.

2017 Audi Q5

The Q5 Receives a Top NCAP Rating

The Q5 received 5 stars on the NCAP crash tests, the highest rating that you can get for tests of this type. The final score the vehicle received was a 93% for adult occupant protection. That’s a major boost up from the 89% that sedans based on the same platform received. This shows that if you want the safest Audi that you can get, you want to go with the SUV if you can.

About Euro NCAP

Euro NCAP has been putting out their own tests since 1997 and have been looking at test results carefully to help pick out the safest and least safe vehicles out on the road ever since. Their tests are regarded highly by automotive experts, and taking a top score is an impressive feat that helps set the Q5 apart as a solid safety vehicle.

How the Tests Work

During testing the Audi vehicle was smashes from all sides to look at how it held up to serious pressure. The results of all these crashes and smashes are monitored closely. Electronic crash test dummies fitted into the seats of the vehicle make it clear how the vehicle did on the test. A set of crash avoidance tests were put out too, showing that the Q5 is capable of avoiding collisions with other vehicles as well as pedestrians.

There are plenty of vehicles on the market today that talk about being safe, but it’s more important to look at test results and crash reports than to take the word of a company about how safe it is. That’s why the test results for the Q5 are important, and why more buyers that are interested in safety should take a close look at the Q5.

The 2018 Audi S5 Sportback is More Affordable than the Coupe

February 23, 2017 lacarguy Audi Tags: , , , ,

In most other countries station wagons are more popular than sedans or coupes. They offer similar performance while offering more storage space. Sure they aren’t the sexiest of vehicles most of the time, but they are highly practical and make for more efficient living. Well Audi has been selling station wagons for a few years now, and the automaker is really pushing the S5 sportback. Audi is pushing the wagon so much that it’s actually giving buyers a discount for choosing the S5 sportback over the coupe version of the vehicle.

2017 Audi S5 Sportback

The Discount

The discount isn’t a significant one, but essentially when you go for the Sportback version you’ll save $200. It’s hard to decide if this is Audi’s way of just encouraging more people to try out a version of the vehicle that isn’t as popular, or if this is how Audi is moving some inventory that it doesn’t expect to sell as well. Either way, you’re getting more car for less money, and you’ll be able to enjoy all the things that you love from the S5 in this vehicle too.

The Difference

When you opt for the S5 Sportback you’ll get two additional doors as well as more storage space at the rear of the vehicle. Handling characteristics are very similar and so are fuel efficiency figures. That means you can have the same amount of fun with this vehicle, you will just be able to bring more things along for the ride as you do it. That’s a pretty compelling reason to upsize to the Sportback, rather than settling for the standard coupe.

No Manual Transmission

The one downside to picking up the S5 sportback over the coupe is that you won’t be able to get yourself a manual transmission in the process. The car is only available with the automatic, so if you want to shift yourself you’ll have to go with the sedan or coupe instead, which is real shame for enthusiasts looking for that experience.

Serious Power

The S5 Sportback comes packed with a 3.0 liter V6 that’s attached to an eight-speed auto tranny and it can blaze from 0 to 60 in just 4.5 seconds. That’s some serious power and should make for a exciting station wagon experience.

If you are in the market for a station wagon with some serious teeth, you’ll want to check out the Audi S5 sportback. It offers all the best characteristics of the coupe, other than the look of course, as well as some added space for all your goodies.

A Look at the 2017 Audi A4 Allroad

February 17, 2017 lacarguy Audi Tags: , , , ,

The 2017 Audi A4 Allroad is an SUV version of the Audi A4 wagon and it’s a darned good option for drivers that want a mix of power, luxury and practicality. It’s a blast to drive, it comes with all the luxury features you would expect, and it looks pretty good too. Sure it’s not actually a wagon, for fans that are dying for an Audi wagon, but it’s the closest you’ll get in the U.S. and it’s basically the same vehicle as the wagon sold over in Europe.

2017 audi a4 allroad

Cargo Room to Spare

Let’s face it, if you’re planning on buying this mini SUV over a more sporty sedan, you’re probably interested in cargo space and what sorts of things you can store in the back. You’ll have no trouble slipping in camping gear, groceries, a stroller, or just about anything else that you can think of. There’s a nice covered cargo area that’s designed for easy access and the space at the rear of the vehicle is impressively large for the size of the thing.

Switch to Just the Right Drive Mode

While operating this A4 SUV you have a few different drive modes to choose from, and the impressive thing with these modes is that you’ll notice very distinct differences as you switch from one to the other. The two main drive modes that you’ll use are comfort and dynamic. Comfort allows you to glide over the road without feeling its imperfections. Dynamic forces you to feel every little bump and bruise on the road and really gives you improved control over the vehicle. Flipping from comfort to dynamic is like hopping from one vehicle to another. Performance is that vastly different, and that’s pretty impressive.

Powerful and Fun

With a total of 252 HP this little SUV packs a punch. 0 to 60 takes about 6 seconds, and you’ll find yourself moving faster than expected in this vehicle. The dual-clutch is smooth and responsive and accelerating is mostly enjoyable.

Classy Interior

Finally I have to take a moment to talk about the interior of the vehicle and all that it has to offer. It’s outfitted with leather and wood and black. It’s soft to the touch, sophisticated to look at, and it fits right in with the other Audi vehicles sold today. If you’re looking for a vehicle that will impress on the inside, this one is it.

Audi fans will love the look and feel of the A4 Allroad, but they’ll have more storage than most other Audi drivers out on the road, which is really nice most of the time.

The Audi RS3 Sportback is the Greatest Hatchback to not Come to the US

February 14, 2017 lacarguy Audi Tags: , , , ,

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.

2015 Audi RS3 Sportback
2015 Audi RS3 Sportback

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.

Beautiful Interior

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.