What’s New for Audi in 2018
There’s a lot of new features coming to the Audi lineup in 2018. But instead of digging too deeply into each and every one of them, we’re just going to offer an overview for the different models getting changed up across Audi’s lineup to give you an idea of what’s coming in a broad sense.
After being removed for a year the S4 is finally back again. It comes locked and loaded with a 354 HP turbocharged engine along with an eight-speed automatic transmission. There’s no manual transmission option this time because the vehicle comes with auto safety features that don’t work so well with it.
The A5 and S5
Both the A5 and S5 models from Audi are getting another body type for 2018, a Sportback. The A5 will rely on a 252 HP turbo 2.0 liter inline-four while the S5 will get a 354 HP turbo 3.0 liter V6 engine. Each has all wheel drive, though the A5 manages it through a seven-speed dual clutch, while the S5 relies on an eight-speed torque converter style transmission.
The A6 is just a year away from a complete redesign and it’s using this year as a chance to offer some more unique performance features as addon options. What was part of the Competition model last year, is now available as options for the standard A6. Including special wheels, a special differential with torque vectoring and a stiffer suspension.
There isn’t much change in the 2018 Audi A8, other than a bit more driver assistance technology and some enhanced safety packages. Other than that, the biggest changes in the A8 are coming in 2019 with things like Level 3 autonomy and some very nice tech features.
The 2018 Audi Q5 is benefitting from quite a few nice enhancements. It’s getting more power with a boost by 32 HP to 252 overall. It’s also getting enhanced fuel efficiency figures thanks to its more advanced all-wheel drive system. The system can fully decouple the rear axle, allowing the vehicle to drive as a standard two-wheel drive model.
The Q8 is an all-new addition to the Audi lineup that’s going to serve as an enhancement to the Q7. It’s essentially a coupe style Q7 with less space and a more aggressive stance. It’s going to come with both V6 and V8 engines and maybe a hybrid option as well. It’s also going to be one of the first Audi vehicles that uses the brand new MMI media system layout.
That’s right, starting next year you’ll be able to purchase the RS3 that was once only available overseas. It doesn’t come as a hot hatch though, but instead a dynamic sedan that can really tear up the roads. It comes with 400 HP with a 2.5 liter in-line five-cylinder engine and it can even be fitted with reverse staggered tires where the front tires are wider than the rear. It’s a cool ride for sure, and will be a solid daily-driver, but it’s not going to be cheap.