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2013 Audi RS5 Begins U.S. Launch

May 7, 2012 lacarguy Audi Tags: , , , , , , , , , , 0 Comments

When it comes to high-performance coupes from Audi, buyers had two choices: the compact TT RS, or the exclusive, extreme R8. These low-slung, two-seat sports cars have been favorites of young kids aspiring to own one with posters of them on the wall just as much as seasoned enthusiasts attending weekly track days. Now, Audi offers even more high-output variety with the 2013 RS 5, launching now in North America.

The new Audi RS 5 features a high-revving 4.2-liter V8 with 444 horsepower at a sky-high 8,250 rpm with 317 lb- ft of torque and a seven-speed S tronic transmission with launch control program. That’s more power than the base Audi R8, and with two more seats. This power is transferred through an innovative crown-gear center differential in the quattro drivetrain, transmitting power to all four wheels, providing exceptional traction and grip for increased performance. This amount of force is powerful enough to rocket the RS 5 to an electronically-governed top speed of 174 mph.

The herculean RS 5 also features an on-demand oil pump, and energy-recovery system that conserves energy during coasting and braking. The standard seven-speed S tronic in the RS 5, with its high gearing ratios and its high-geared top speed, also enhances efficiency.

For the appeal of liberty, the 2013 RS 5 can operate in fully automatic mode, or the driver can select the gears by utilizing the paddles on the steering wheel. In doing so, the Audi drive select system adjusts the vehicle’s transmission shift characteristics, throttle response, dynamic steering and sports differential. The driver can select from auto, comfort, dynamic and individual Audi drive select settings, for whatever the occasion calls for. More impressively, the new crown-gear differential in conjunction with electronic torque vectoring allows for incredible torque distribution. If necessary, up to 70 percent can flow to the front wheels or as much as 85 percent can be sent to the back. But even the default 40:60 ratio of the standard rear-biased configuration ensures sporty handling.

The brake system employs powerful and internally ventilated discs, which measure 14.4 inches in diameter at the front axle. The high-gloss black brake calipers bearing RS logos are made of aluminum; the front calipers are fitted with eight pistons each. Optional are eramic carbon-fiber brake discs measuring 15 inches in diameter for the front. The electronic stability control (ESC) integrates a sport mode and can be switched off entirely.

From a design standpoint, the 2013 Audi RS 5 emits a classy, powerful, yet sporty presence. Adaptive xenon plus headlights boasting a sweeping strip of LED daytime running lights are standard. The RS 5 also sports massive air inlets for the engine, while front brakes and the radiators are bordered by attractive lines. The newly designed bumper tapers downward into a splitter and is available in Aluminum-optic paint. But for Audi, it’s just as much about form as it is function. This is because the paneled underbody of the RS 5 integrates air vents for the seven- speed S tronic and front brakes. And at highway speeds, the aerodynamic characteristics of the RS 5 generate downforce to give the vehicle greater maneuvering stability.

The dynamic styling of the RS 5 fully extends to the interior, with power-adjustable sport seats with pronounced side bolserting and integrated head restraints, finished in exquisite Nappa Leather or optional leather/suede inserts. The steering wheel is optimized for performance driving with a flat-bottom design, and has a substantial rim and is covered with soft, perforated leather. The aggressive instrument panel features black gauges and white lettering with distinctive scaling, while the driver information system integrates a lap timer for recording circuit times and an oil-temperature gauge. Just like the optional MMI navigation systems’ monitor, it displays an RS greeting upon ignition.

Overall, the interior is black and the decorative inlays are made of carbon fiber. The pedals, the footrests, and the optional MMI navigation systems’ control buttons gleam thanks to their aluminum look. Moreover, the door handles consist of two slim strips – typical of Audi RS models. Aluminum inserts adorn the door sill trims and RS 5 logos lend dynamic highlights to the interior.

The 2013 Audi RS 5 carries an MSRP of $72,000 in the United States market, aggressively placing the model against the BMW M3.

Like Being A Kid In A Sandbox: Demo, Divert, Rebuild!

April 9, 2012 lacarguy Audi, Audi LEED Certified Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , 0 Comments

Our new building is underway, but you might be wondering what happened to it, and wondering what we did with it after demolition. We knew that, and it’s actually one of our favorite topics.

First, did you know that construction and demolition materials account for 29% of the waste stream? But many materials can be reused or recycled, and lengthen our supply of natural resources and potentially save money in the process. (CalRecycle) We’ve really evolved…all waste that would traditionally have left a facility can (mostly) now head to a few basic directions: reuse in-house, or sort into streams to be recycled (and sold) outside a company, or incinerated in waste-to-energy plants.

Fitting in with our LEED goals and because it’s just the logical thing to do, Pacific Audi hired Three D Service Company, Inc. (TDS) to manage this, and they diverted a highly impressive minimum of 85% of the potential waste and did these terrific things with it instead:

1. All of the CONCRETE MATERIALS were crushed on-site, using a portable crusher, into a “crushed miscellaneous base”, a kind of porous material that lives and breathes, has a gravel-like feel and will be used as a base under the driving/parking areas of the lot. If you’re nerdy like we are, we love the details: under areas where trucks go, the base will be 7”, and for cars only 4”.

2. All of the WOOD removed from this site was used in one of three ways.
a) Standard-sized structural lumber was removed and sold in Mexico for reuse.
b) The short wood or wood that was not in good enough condition for reuse will be ground into and sold as mulch.
c) The worst wood material was further ground and sold to the Co-Gen plants located in Mecca, CA, where it will be used as fuel to produce electric power. (We’re particularly excited about this waste-to-energy use.)

Both (b) and (c) were performed at TDS’ recycling facility (Haven Diversion) in Ontario, CA.

3. All construction & demo materials—i.e. studs, drywall, ceilings, flooring, etc.—were transported to TDS’ recycling facility, divided up into separate waste streams and processed into product and sold for re-use. The bulk of these materials were mixed with soils and cow manure which produces a top soil sold on the local markets.

So in the end—as everything can’t be converted yet into a product—only 5% to 15% of the CD materials are reloaded and hauled to a local Class III Landfill.

By the way, the process of “reuse” is something we can all do. There are a variety of companies that demo for reuse, often called ‘deconstruction’. For example, if you bought a home with the intent to rebuild, a company like The ReUse People or Deconstruction and Reuse Network can be hired to remove wood floors, bricks, toilets, roofing materials and even nails. These and other items can be reused in your new house, OR these 501(c)(3) non-profits can take them away and sell the items to others doing remodeling or building! You might even get a nifty tax deduction for deconstruction vs. straight demolition! (Please consult your accountant, your contractor and your deconstruction company.)

We are excited to have done this right, with our partners, and hope you consider plunging in to the diversion and reuse idea if you have a chance in your future!

Audi S4 Named 2010 Esquire Car of the Year

September 28, 2010 lacarguy Audi, New Cars, Pacific Audi Tags: , , , , , , , , , , 0 Comments

After 6 months of test drives, Esquire Magazine has overwhelmingly voted the Audi S4 “2010 Esquire Car of the Year.” With its advanced performance and full array of standard features, the S4 was chosen as the year’s most stunning and aggressive, yet attainable, vehicle.

“Over several months and many miles, we drove cars – cars that are the most powerful, most attractive and most thrilling that the auto industry has to offer,” said Esquire Editor-in-Chief David Granger. “While a number of the cars we tested were terrific, the Audi S4 truly deserved top honors. Its rare combination of speed, force, design, and price makes the end result a triumph.”

The 2010 Audi S4 features enhanced performance and technology and improved fuel efficiency with a 3.0T V6 direct injection supercharged engine with 333 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque. Using a continuous focus on attention to detail, S4-specific features include distinctive standard S4-embossed heated front sport seats, front/rear bumpers, front grille, wheels, LED taillights and front xenon headlamps with LED daytime running lights. Other unique standard features include rear-biased 40/60 quattro(R) all-wheel drive, 18″ wheels, heated front sport seats with S4 logo embossing, stainless steel and carbon fiber interior trim, contrast stitching on steering wheel / shifter / seats, Bluetooth(R), SIRIUS satellite radio, Homelink(R), and iPod(R) Interface.

“The performance-driven 2010 S4 offers an impressive and exciting driving experience with intuitive technology and every-day suitability. We’re thrilled to be recognized by Esquire magazine,” said Johan de Nysschen, President, Audi of America.

The full review of the S4 will run in Esquire’s October issue, on newsstands September 21st.