Audi Q5 is CAR Magazine’s Best Premium Mid-Size SUV for 2017

source: Audi South Africa The Audi Q5 has been awarded the best premium mid-size SUV in the annual CAR Magazine’s Top 12 Best Buys Awards for 2017. Officially launched into the South African market in July 2017, the all-new iteration of Audi’s best-selling SUV was considered as having the best overall package in terms of personality, performance and price. The vehicles which are considered in the premium mid-size SUV category come from aspirational brands and are seen to be offerin...

2018 Audi Q7 Awarded “Best New Car” in Luxury Mid-Size SUV Category by Good Housekeeping

Award based on safety, value, handling, design and comfort, and technology Winners determined by Good Housekeeping and Car and Driver Third consecutive “Best New Car" award for Audi HERNDON, VA - The 2018 Audi Q7 has earned the Good Housekeeping 2018 "Best New Car" awardin the luxury mid-size SUV category. The annual Good Housekeeping “Best New Car” Awards are determined by experts at the Good Housekeeping Institute, in partnership with Car and Driver, and are based ...

Audi vs BMW Billboard War: Part Deux

words: Bill Cho Remember the BMW vs Audi billboard war several years ago? Audi put a billboard up challenging BMW with the then new B8 A4.  BMW replied and admittedly won with a brilliant response. Fast forward about a decade. A BMW dealer in Tunisia, obviously still basking in the long ago win, decided to place a billboard in front of Ennakl Automobiles, a VAG dealer who sells Audi, Volkswagen, SEAT, Porsche, and Skoda. As mon français is nonexistent, I had to ask my wife,...

Car & Driver: 2018 Audi A5 Sportback vs. 2018 BMW 430i xDrive Gran Coupe, 2018 Kia Stinger 2.0T AWD

words: Bill Cho, source and photo: Car & Driver Car & Driver ran a comparison test recently against the Audi A5 Sportback, the BMW 430i xDrive Gran Coupe (that's a really long name), and the new kid on the block, the Kia Stinger 2.0T AWD. While the surprise may be that the Kia is even in this comparo, Kia is moving into the premium market and the Stinger GT is their answer to Audi and BMW. How will the NKOTB fare against the Germans and how will our favorite marque compare ag...

H&R Sport Sway Bars for Audi RS 3

source: H&R Springs Get tighter! Upgrade your RS 3 with H&R Sport Sway Bars for tighter turn in and reduced body roll. H&R Sport Sway Bars keeps your tires connected to the road without sacrificing ride quality. H&R Sport Sway Bar Kit (part #: 72810) for the RS 3 is sized 27mm front and 25mm rear for a perfect balance of tight handling and control. The front bar is double adjustable to fine tune to your driving style. H&R designs and manufactures the highest qu...

The Next Level of Performance – The New ABT RS 4 with 510 HP and 680 NM

source: ABT  19 years ago, the first Audi RS 4 appeared on the scene and caused quite a stir with its 381 HP (280 kW)! The 4th generation of the sports station wagon is now available, with an impressive 450 HP (331 kW). The difference between the current production model and the new ABT version of the RS 4 is equally great: 510 HP (375 kW) and 680 Nm instead of 600 Nm should be more than enough even for the next generation of the fun, lightning-fast car. Speaking of torque: compa...

Drag Race: Porsche Boxster vs…B9 allroad?

words: Bill Cho, video: The Fast Lane Car I've seen some odd drag races like the SQ7 vs Ford Focus RS but this one might take the cake. The Fast Lane Car drags a 2018 allroad against a 2006 Porsche Boxster. Obviously it's not a serious race and the guys are just having some fun. The Porsche has a 236hp 199b-ft flat six with RWD and a 5 speed manual transmission. The allroad is a 252hp 273 lb-ft 2.0 liter turbo with quattro and a 7 speed S tronic transmission but it weighs 3,825 lbs...al...

Tequila Sunrise: H&R’s Audi exclusive RS 3 Sedan

By: Aaron Plante, photos: H&R and George Achorn Editor’s Note: This story originally ran in the Winter 2018 issue of the Audi Club North America quattro quarterly print magazine. If you don’t receive quattro quarterly and wish to subscribe, join the Audi Club North America HERE. The RS 3 has finally risen on the U.S. market and as tuners take delivery, there is no sunset in sight for what can be done to Audi’s new-to-US Sport model…including H&R’s ostentatiously orange Au...

H&R VTF Adjustable Lowering Springs for the New Audi A4/S4/A5/S5

source: H&R, photos: H&R and George Achorn Audi A4 and A5 have always been innovative and stylish vehicles – making them a HUGE hit with enthusiasts. VTF is the acronym for Verstellbar TieferlegungsFedern. Translation, Adjustable Lower Springs. The H&R VTF kit is a special specific Sport Spring designed for the new Audi A4/S4 and A5/S5, they include adjustment collars to fine tune the lowering to your taste. All the parts in the VTF Kits are specifically designed to th...

World Premiere: ABT RS5-R Roams Supercar Territory with 530 HP

source: ABT Sportsline ABT Sportsline has hidden an entire subcompact car in the power boost for the current Audi RS5-R. “On the ABT RS5-R, we get an additional 80 HP and 90 Nm from the 2.9 liter biturbo V6, which has a very similar design to the engine in the first Audi RS4,” CEO Hans-Jürgen Abt proudly explains. The vehicle, which is limited to 50 units, will be presented live for the first time at the Geneva International Motor Show (March 8 to 18, 2018). Thanks to ABT...

Candide Thovex and Audi Team Up to Ski The World

words: Bill Cho, video: Candide Thovex, photo: Audi AG Back in 2015, Candide Thovex skied down an alpine slope (sans snow), over roads, through tunnels, a herd of cows, and into a perfect landing in a Q7. Now he's back with bigger challenges. Spanning three continents, Candide skies where the snow doesn't go. Across grass, sand, water, and even The Great Wall of China, Candide Thovex conquers them all and ends up at an unconventional ski resort. Watch the video below and enjoy the ...

Spy vs Spi – Audi R8 V10 plus Spyder vs McLaren 570s Spider Drag Race

words: Bill Cho, video: Auto Express In the old battle between all motor vs forced induction, a new battle forms between an AWD German supercar and a RWD British supercar. In this video from Auto Express, the mighty R8 V10 plus Spyder goes up against the McLaren 570s Spider. Last week, the R8 went up against its smaller brother, the RS 3, and won. On paper, the McLaren has 40 less horses, 2 less cylinders but is 463 pounds lighter and has 30 lb/ft more torque at peak RPM. Will AWD...

The Grand Tour: Jezza’s Favorite Motorsports Battle- Audi vs. Lancia

words: Bill Cho, video screenshots: Amazon Prime's The Grand Tour In The Grand Tour's 2nd season, episode 7 It's a gas, gas, gas that came out this past Friday, Jeremy Clarkson dives into the history of what he calls "his favorite battle of them all": Audi vs. Lancia in the 1983 WRC campaign. It's a great piece done with the usual GT humor and interesting facts. It starts back in 1977 when Audi was testing the Iltis for the German Army. Audi began building cars with all wheel drive a...

H&R Raising Springs for the New Audi Q5

source & photos: H&R SUV’s continue to be popular as they are very capable and can fill many roles, and the Audi Q5 is one of these. Audi owners are a diverse community, some are into the outdoor movement and want to create their own adventure vehicle. Our own Wanderlust spirit beckons us, so we have introduced raising springs just for you. H&R Raising Springs for the Q5 (part# 50380) have a mild lift of +1.5 inches front and +1.4 inches rear for more ground clearance and...

Drag Race: Audi RS 3 vs Audi R8 V10 Spyder

words: Bill Cho, video: CAR Magazine It seems like the whole automotive world wants to drag against the newest RS car (like the RS 3 vs BMW M2 or the RS 3 vs Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG) so I should start a series entitled the RS vs the World. However in this video from CAR Magazine, it's the RS 3 against its big brother, the R8 V10 Spyder. In their annual Performance Shootout, they put these two Audi Sport products head to head just to see what happens. We all know what the forgone ...

H&R Street Performance Coil Over for the Audi RS 3

source: H&R The Audi RS 3 continues to dazzle the automotive world! This performance sedan is unrivaled, and H&R ride development engineers have designed the legendary H&R Street Performance Coil Over specifically for this awesome car. H&R is the originator of the true street performance coil over and their knowledge and expertise improves handling while retaining stock ride comfort. H&R Street Performance Coil Over (part #: 28851-25) feature H&R’s MONO – Tu...

Find of the Day: 2003 Mugello Blue RS 6

words: Bill Cho, photos: Craigslist There are executive cars and then there are executive muscle cars. The C5 RS 6 falls into the second category. The first RS model (and only RS 6) to hit the shores of the States, it made quite an impact. Motor Trend said: "The RS 6 spools up with so little drama, it doesn’t feel as quick as it is. Until you look down and realize you’re going 20 mph faster than you thought you were–and 50 mph faster than your mother would want you to." This part...

Find of the Day: 1985 Audi ur-quattro

words: Bill Cho, photos: Gooding & Company To find a clean Ur-quattro in the States these days is getting harder and harder so I normally look at the European sites to get my fix. These cars were a fantasy of mine since middle school ever since I read about Rally Group B. On a whim, I decided to look Stateside and I ran across this 1985 beauty on the Gooding & Company website. Distinguished Provenance and Likely One of the Most Significant Examples Extant Extremely Origina...

1,878,100 Automobiles Sold: Audi Closes 2017 with New Record-Breaking Sale

source: Audi AG Following a difficult start, successful year-end closing with sales up 0.6 percent Sales chief Bram Schot: “Demonstrated strength and brand attraction” Q models take off with over 685,000 deliveries Ingolstadt - AUDI AG has increased its global sales for the eighth year in a row. Despite a turbulent first half of the year, the company achieved a new record-breaking figure: Around 1,878,100 deliveries represent an increase of 0.6 percent. The Four Rings so...