Intel Focus: B10 Audi RS 5 Avant

[gallery link="file" columns="1" size="full" ids="97288"] The latest round of RS 5 intel comes from AutoCar, a proven reliable source on upcoming new product covering a car we’ve already seen spy photos of testing and for which there’s a consensus on configuration. Details reported by AutoCar begin to spell out more production details that, if true, suggest an even more potent B-segment longroof from Audi Sport GmbH. As we already know, internal combustion engine (ICE) offerings from Audi wi...

Rumor: MEB-Based RS 3, S3, and A3

[gallery link="none" columns="1" size="full" ids="90142"] It’s not like we didn’t know it was heading there, but word from Autocar Magazine‘s latest issue is that Audi will switch the A3 product range to the same MEB modular electric vehicle matrix as the Q4 when the current A3/ S3 / RS 3 range completes its lifecycle sometime around 2027. “We have a clear view for our ‘A-segment’ based on the MEB,” said Audi AG’s Oliver Hoffmann to Autocar. Without attributing it to Hof...
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Rumor: Audi Hatches Plan for R8 Replacement

[gallery link="none" columns="1" size="full" ids="90043"] renderings: 4Rings.AI Most know the Audi R8 ends production around the end of 2023, which leaves the brand of the four rings without a halo car of that caliber since the late 2000s. Now, word on the street (or rather via AutoCar Magazine in the UK) is that Audi Sport GmbH is moving forward with a successor with a mid-decade launch date expected. According to the report, the project isn’t fully signed-off upon, but it is most definitely ...
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What’s In a Badge? SEAT & Cupra

[gallery columns="1" size="full" link="file" ids="89850"] Audi’s Spanish sister brand SEAT is apparently set to undergo a bit of a transformation according to rumors emanating from this week’s IAA Mobility show in Münich. AutoCar Magazine is reporting the news, stemming from a quote from brand chairman Thomas Schäfer when he stated, “The future of SEAT is Cupra”. For those not watching the Volkswagen Group’s Spanish subsidiary not sold in the U.S. or Canada, more and more models ha...

Next-Gen Audi A8 e-tron to be an All-Electric Technological Tour de Force

[gallery columns="1" size="full" ids="86141"] British magazine Autocar recently sat down with Audi’s user experience chief Sid Odedra to talk about the next-generation A8 flagship. Due to make its debut next year upon the 30th anniversary of the groundbreaking original A8, which ushered in aluminum space frame (ASF) construction, the all-new model looks to depart from convention with a sleek new shape and a host of future-forward technology. The next A8 will be built on the large PPE (Pr...

Audi Planning Big Electric e-tron 4X4 SUV

[gallery columns="1" size="full" ids="85637"] There’s a rumor circulating amongst the UK and European press that Audi is seriously considering and may even be moving forward with a large rugged SUV in the vein of the Land Rover Defender and Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen. Below is summary of what we’ve read, what we know and a few renderings generated by our @4Rings.AI Instagram account to help visualize. From CAR Magazine (UK), there are direct quotes from Audi design boss Marc Lichte. “If you l...

Autocar: 2020 Audi RS Q8: first ride in ‘Ring record-breaking SUV

[gallery link="none" columns="1" size="full" ids="37613"] source: Autocar, video: Nürburgring   Editor's Note: We just ran across a YouTube video of the RS Q8 run so we've added it to the bottom of this post We ride shotgun in Audi's 592bhp super-SUV ahead of its official debut The Audi RS Q8 hasn’t been officially unveiled yet, but already it’s a record breaker. Packing 592bhp, the high-riding, high-performance flagship has smashed the SUV lap record at Germany’s fearsome Nürburgring...
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Audi SQ2 Image Revealed Ahead of Paris

Audi has released a sole image of an S-car variant of its Q2 crossover. Though America doesn't get the Q2, this new SQ2 is an interesting consideration nonetheless. With a new and considerably more aggressive Q3 just revealed weeks ago, seeing Ingolstadt's commitment to performance crossover variants certainly gives some clues at what one might expect in the future of the Q3. Back to the SQ2, here's what European press such as AutoCar are sharing about the car. It's claimed to have a 296 ...

What If Audi Built the R8 in the 1980s?

In the slow news cycle that is the summer season between international Auto Shows, British car buff magazine AutoCar is getting creative by having dutch designer Ruben Ooms imagine modern era models had they been introduced in eras well ahead of their time. Very interestingly, the Audi R8 has made the cut for their imaginings. There is no doubt that the late 1970s and 1980s had Audi very seriously focusing on quattro. The ur quattro (coupé) built the legend that is the modern era of the...

Drag Race: Audi R8 vs Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid

[words: Bill Cho, video: Autocar] Another day, another drag race. This time the guys over at Autocar dragged an Audi R8 V10 against the Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid. The eagle eyed one may recognize this particular R8. The last time it graced our page, it raced a Ducati Panigale V4. Spoiler alert...well check out the video but you can imagine the carnage. This time it faced a much heavier but much more powerful Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid. Will this R8 V10 (non plus) redeem...
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Facelift Audi R8 Spied Again, Rumored with 2.9-Biturbo from RS 5

AutoCar has published more photos of the upcoming Audi R8 facelift. What you see above is just one shot of nearly every angle of this red specimen spy photographers encountered testing in Europe. Beyond that, another very interesting detail is the reported on-again rumor of a V6 biturbo variant. A forced induction V6 of some sort has been a rumor that's surrounded the current R8 (Mk2) from the very beginning. Audi never bothered investing in the previous car's high-rev 4.2-liter V8 becau...

Drag Race: Audi R8 vs Ducati Panigale V4

[words: Bill Cho, video: Autocar] As we head into the weekend, let us take in the glory that is this ridiculous (but awesome) drag race: Audi R8 V10 vs Ducati Panigale V4. The lads over at Autocar have pitted these corporate cousins against each other for no other reason than because why not? Enjoy. [embed]https://youtu.be/g1A_nijCVqs[/embed] [gallery size="large" ids="14631,14632,14634,14635,14636,14637,14638,14639,14640,14641"]
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Autocar: Entry Level R8 Will Be Powered By A Twin Turbo V6

words: Bill Cho, photos: Autocar (R8 V10 pictured) Autocar is reporting that Audi will introduce a turbocharged V6 powered entry level R8 to the lineup. This comes after news that the current R8 will have a face lift and there are no plans to replace it. The V6 will be the same 2.9 liter twin turbocharged shared with the RS 4 Avant, RS 5, and the Porsche Panamera. Audi has mentioned that the V6 will come with different power options. Read the rest of the story here.
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Autocar: Audi Ditches ‘Russian Doll’ Car Design

words: Bill Cho, Q2 photo: Audi AG Ever wonder why Audi's design language have been repetitive across its lineup? In a recent interview with UK magazine Autocar, Audi CEO Rupert Stadler stated that it was deliberate "to make Audis more recognizable in newer and emerging markets. Now we are well known in major markets like China, we can begin to change this philosophy and give each car its own look.” “We recognise that there is a place for more differentiation now," added Marc Lic...
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