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First Drive: 2015 Audi TT Coupé 2.0 TFSI quattro S line

posted by on 12 September 2014 in Reviews & Road Tests

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As style icons go, the air around cars like the Volkswagen Beetle and Porsche 911 is a heady space… space also occupied by cars like the Audi TT. These automobiles are clearly defined and ardently loved. Redesign them in a less than authentic way and risk watering down something that truly defines a car company. This is what Audi considered as it moved to envision the latest Audi TT coupe. More…

Driven: 2014 Audi A3 1.8 TFSI S line Berline in Le Mans, France

posted by on 29 August 2014 in Reviews & Road Tests

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Round about now you might be hearing in the car publications that there’s this new niche in the automotive market for small luxury cars. With new models like the Audi A3, Mercedes-Benz CLA and BMW 2 series, that argument could be posed. However, we’d argue that much of this is a return of a niche rather than the birth of one. That’s particularly the case for the Audi A3 1.8 TFSI, new to America but sampled sampled this past summer in France.
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Driven: 2014 Audi SQ5

posted by on 12 August 2014 in Reviews & Road Tests

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The Audi SQ5 has a lot to prove. While not quite as difficult of a sell to enthusiasts as its diesel-powered European counterpart, it still signifies a clear break from that tried and true ‘S’ formula- at least in the minds of that aforementioned group. Being the All-State Armchair Quarterbacks of the auto industry, enthusiasts […] More…

First Drive: 2015 Audi A8 & S8 Model Range

posted by on 17 July 2014 in Reviews & Road Tests

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Some of the most expensive real estate in America, stunningly beautiful scenery, and a focus on recreation… like skiing or snowboarding. Aspen, the winter playground for the rich and famous, seems like as good a place as any to sample the new and improved A8/S8 range from Audi. More…

Driven: 2015 Audi A3 2.0 TFSI quattro Sedan (USA)

posted by on 29 April 2014 in Reviews & Road Tests

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When the idea of the A3 sedan was first hatched, Audi executives mentioned the term “B5”. To many less familiar with the brand this innocuous alphanumeric may not have meant much, but to those dialed in it meant something very special. It meant this new littlest Audi sedan has big shoes to fill.
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Driven: 2014 Audi S5

posted by on 23 December 2013 in Reviews & Road Tests

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One of the great things about an Audi S-car has always been the combination of strong performance with every day livability, particularly in snowy climates. 2013/2014 is proving to be a robust winter thus far, and cars like the recently refreshed Audi S5 are well suited to weather the cold in updated style. More…

Driven: 2014 Audi RS 7

posted by on 12 December 2013 in Reviews & Road Tests

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When it comes to the Audi RS 7, I plead the 5th. I refuse to recount who’s driving or the exact state (other than heady euphoria) in which we’re driving, somewhere near the California/Nevada border. I refuse to reveal any of these details on the grounds they may incriminate my co-driver or me as we blast down a lonely stretch of long and straight tarmac at 140 mph while tucked behind a second grey RS 7.
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#TDIRoadTrip: Sebring, FL to Audi of America HQ in Herndon, VA in the new Audi A8 TDI

posted by on 12 October 2013 in Reviews & Road Tests Travel & Grand Tourism

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The distance from Sebring, FL to Audi of America’s hometown of Herndon, VA is precisely 949 miles – most of it a straight shot northbound on I-95 and a trip that should take around 14 hours. Like the 12 Hours of Sebring where Audi has just won again, this trip is also a test of endurance and, like Sebring, one best tackled with a few close friends on your driver team. More…

Driven: 2014 Audi SQ5 3.0 TFSI

posted by on 1 October 2013 in Reviews & Road Tests

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Car or SUV? Half empty or half full? This is just a sampling of the unavoidable interrogative tone that indevitably surfaces when a European marque dials up the performance and affixes suggestive chrome letters to the back side of a crossover… all while sought-after performance wagons remain on the other side of the pond. Such is the state of being for a crossover like the 354 hp Audi SQ5. More…

4 Season Test: 2013 Audi TT S line competition – Part 4, Wheels & Tires

posted by on 7 July 2013 in 4-Season-2013-Audi-TT-S-line-competition Reviews & Road Tests Tech Procedures, FAQs & Installs

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The stock wheels on our TT have garnered plenty of attention, but there’s always the temptation to try something different. In our case, we wanted something with an OE+ tie and looked to the R8 GT. We paired those with some of the latest all-season tires from Michelin. More…

Driven: 2014 Audi R8 V10 plus S tronic

posted by on 31 May 2013 in Reviews & Road Tests

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Cruising down the Pacific Coast Highway just north of Malibu, I fight the urge to divert my eyes from the road and focus on the large houses nestled up in the hills as I curiously scan for the certainly fictitious pad of Tony Stark (a.k.a. Iron Man). Unlike the homes I’m ogling, Stark’s abode isn’t east of PCH. It’s likely too good to be true, portrayed on the silver screen as mounted high atop a cliff that sits above the cresting waves of the Pacific Ocean. So far as I can tell, no such real estate nor cliff exists that close to the Pacific unless it’s in Stan Lee’s imagination. I turn back to the road and reach out, pressing the Sport button on the transmission of the 2014 Audi R8 V10 plus that I’m driving. I ease my foot off the throttle as I begin to roll toward a yellow light that will go red imminently. More…

4 Season Test: 2013 Audi TT S line competition – Introduction

posted by on 26 April 2013 in 4-Season-2013-Audi-TT-S-line-competition Reviews & Road Tests

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“competition”. It is one of the latest designations in Audi’s repertoire of limited models. Near as we can tell it began with upgrade packages for the A1, and now Audi has begun to roll out some kitted models that bear the name. We were intrigued enough to add one to our fleet in the form of a TT.
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