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New Audi R8 Spyder Spied with Zero Disguises

by on 9 March 2016 in Rumors, Renders & Spy Photos

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That there’d be a new R8 Spyder was a foregone conclusion long before any spy photos of the drop-top four-ringer had been seen. And, that it was near time for an official reveal of the car seemed also obvious given the longer and warmer days and the months since that first test mule was spied. Even still, we were a bit surprised to see one running around Germany undisguised. Nevertheless, that’s just what our spy photographers encountered earlier today. More…

A5/S5 Sportback Confirmed for USA, plus Full A5/S5 B9 Range Timeframes

by on 2 March 2016 in Rumors, Renders & Spy Photos

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There’s good news for fans of Audi A5 and S5 range. A new Audi of america product timeframe diagram that appears to have leaked earlier this week confirms both the “when” and the “what else” aspects of the upcoming B9 A5/S5 range… even before the car has been revealed. More…

Rumor: Next Audi R8 Spyder Timeframe Confirmed for America

by on 2 March 2016 in Rumors, Renders & Spy Photos

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There was never really a question of whether Audi will build an R8 Spyder or bring it to the USA. The last car was a runaway success, and a drop-top version of the new car is a foregone conclusion. Given it wasn’t a question of “if “and rather simply a question of “when”, we offer you the below schedule of launches for the North American market that includes the R8 Spyder. More…

Audi Confirms SQ7 for North American Marketplace

by on 2 March 2016 in Rumors, Renders & Spy Photos

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There’s no doubt that the Audi SQ5 has been a notable success for Audi of America, so perhaps it is no surprise then that the brand’s American outpost is readying an S-car version dubbed SQ7 of its brand new Q7 7-passenger crossover to hit the market next year.

Audi of America to Expand Electric Range with Q7 e-tron and C-BEV Believed Q6 e-tron

by on 29 February 2016 in Rumors, Renders & Spy Photos

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When it comes to electric drive automobiles and hybrids, a new product launch schedule believed leaked from Audi of America suggests Ingolstadt plans to expand its electric margin aggressively over the next few years. Specifically, this will include a Q7 e-tron and the proposed C-BEV. More…

Audi TT RS, RS 3 Sedan, RS 5 Coupé U.S. Timeframes Confirmed, Plus other RS Conjecture

by on 26 February 2016 in Audi News

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Make no mistake about it, the new Audi Sport initiative intended to tie Ingolstadt’s uber impressive motorsport creds to an aggressively growing portfolio of performance street cars is just getting started. Branding is in place, executives are being positioned and dealers trained. The game is afoot, and in as much RS-cars are about to start […] More…

Qualified Rumor: Audi Plans R8 V6T to Replace 4.2 FSI

by on 25 February 2016 in Rumors, Renders & Spy Photos

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When Audi launched the all-new second-generation R8 last year, it did so with a V10 only model. Suggestions of anything smaller than that were flatly discounted to us by then new and now retiring quattro Gmbh boss Heinz Hollerweger, though rumors of an smaller engine persisted in parts of the press who’d know if it were under consideration. In as much, we’d always banked on there being an engine choice slotted below the V10 for the Audi R8, though whether it was an upcoming biturbo 3.0-liter V6 or the TT RS’ burbling 2.5 TFSI remained a point of contention.

Driven: 2016 Audi A3 e-tron (USA)

by on 2 February 2016 in Reviews & Road Tests

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One would think it would be hard to impress pedestrians with the likes of an automobile when rolling down 1 Infinite Loop in Cupertino, California (a.k.a. Apple headquarters, a.k.a. “the mothership”). One would expect to encounter those more obsessed with the latest handheld electronic devices, or awash with tech cash and obsessed with super expensive and super exotic cars. Yet here we roll, silently on electric drive, in a 5-door hatchback Audi A3… and we’re getting more than a few stares… a few smiles even. More…

Spied! Audi A5 Cabriolet Test Mule Winter Testing

by on 1 February 2016 in Rumors, Renders & Spy Photos

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By our count, the new Audi A5 range is due very very soon. The eldest and arguably most beautiful of B8-generation designs, Audi chose to hold back the A5 range to launch after the A4 this time around. Based on the testing cadence, we’d say the reveal will come in Geneva next month. Until then, we have a few more spy photos by which to measure what the car will look like. More…

Photo Gallery: First Photos from Rolex 24 Race Week in Daytona

by on 29 January 2016 in Motorsport

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This weekend’s running of the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona marks the effective start of the racing season. On top of that, it marks the first American race for the new Audi R8 LMS. In order to help you prepare, we’re getting our first photos from the race preparation going on at the track. More…

Rumor: Winkelmann to Head quattro GmbH, Former Scuderia Ferrari Boss to Lamborghini

by on 16 December 2015 in Rumors, Renders & Spy Photos

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A rumor in the Italian press suggests we’re about to see more executive transitions afoot at the Volkswagen Group. Specifically, this includes Audi-owned outposts quattro GmbH and Lamborghini. In short, the rumor suggests Lambo boss Stephan Winkelmann takes the helm at quattro GmbH and Stefano Domenicali will step in to replace him as chief of Lamborghini. More…

Audi Q2 Spied Winter Testing

by on 16 December 2015 in Rumors, Renders & Spy Photos

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Audi’s upcoming Q2 baby crossover grows ever-closer to its production debut due sometime in 2016. As a result, our spy photographer sources have caught a pair of what looks like finalized design yet disguised test mules out and about in the highly frigid environment where Audi conducts its cold weather testing. More…