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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 2017 Audi A3 Makes Tech Affordable

August 12, 2016 lacarguy Audi Tags: , , , ,

The Audi A3 is the entry level luxury car offered that’s designed to make it more affordable for people to get into the luxury market. This little car packs an excellent level of performance under its hood, but it does more than just gives people a fast ride. The A3 also makes cutting edge technology available to more drivers thanks to all the different features that come standard, or that can be added on through additional options or trim upgrades.

2017 Audi A3

Standard Technology

No matter which version of the A3 you pickup you’ll enjoy the Virtual Cockpit media system with it’s large 12.3 inch display. You’ll also enjoy an advanced MMI touch system and a rear-view camera.

That small list of items might not sound like much when listed by name, but they offer a whole lot of functionality to drivers. The Cockpit is a massive display that offers information at a blistering 60 frames-per-second so that everything happens smoothly. This display is in rich color and can be used for navigation purposes, to adjust radio settings or for use with a bunch of additional apps. It’s simple to use thanks to the MMI touch setup and the included touch keys designed for users that aren’t too happy with relying solely on a touchscreen for navigation.

The MMI system also  offers handwriting recognition, so that you can write letters instead of entering them on a keyboard. It’s now offered with a simpler button layout and is designed to be intuitive to use. Spend a little time with the system and you’ll quickly become comfortable with what it has to offer and you’ll see its true potential.

Optional Features

While you’ll get plenty of nice features out of the included features, there is plenty more to like when you pick a higher trim level or you opt for some of the optional features available to Audi owners. Below is a quick list of the features available that we’ll break down in detail further down the page.

  • Connect Prime
  • Connect Plus
  • Parking System Plus
  • High Beam Assistant
  • Active Lane Assist
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Audi Side Assist

 

Connect Prime – No matter which trim level of the Audi you decide on Connect Prime is an optional add-on. It gives you a bunch of added navigation features on top of standard Google Earth. The system also offers you myAudi destinations, Audi Semi-dynamic route guidance and the Inrix XD traffic and information system. Together all these features will help you figure out where to go no matter where you are and what you are looking for.

Connect Plus – This optional service can be added to any version of the A3. It’s for owners that like to stay connected while on the move. It creates an LTE 4G hotspot for up to eight devices right in the cabin of the vehicle.

Parking system plus – This system is standard on Premium Plus and Prestige models. I helps simplify the parking process, especially when in tight spots. The system has a series of sensors that let you know exactly how much distance is available on all sides of your vehicle. It makes parking much more intuitive.

High Beam Assistant – Standard on the Prestige models, this feature seamlessly changes from high to low beams with traffic patterns so you don’t have to manage it yourself.

Active Lane Assist – This system is standard on Prestige models and issues a vibrating warning when you travel out of your lane without signaling.

Adaptive Cruise – Adaptive Cruise is standard on Prestige models and helps the vehicle remain in cruise control even when slow cars are ahead, it slows down automatically until the cars speed up or get out of the way, at which point the set speed is reached once again.

Audi Side Assist – Standard on Prestige models and available on Premium Plus models, this feature checks blind spots and uses LED indicators to let you know when they’re safe.

The Audi A3, S3 and A3 Cabriolet models all come with a whole bunch of tech features, but deciding to opt for the Premium Plus or Prestige models offers you even more excellent features that make owning the luxury sedan even more worthwhile.