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Render: Audi Q6 by Larson

posted by on 19 September 2014 in Rumors, Renders & Spy Photos

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By far, one of our favorite render artists is Larson. A regular source for major magazines like Autobild, Larson studied design with many designers key today in brand design studios like that of Audi. We’re always fascinated with his work, and this render previewing Audi’s upcoming Q6 sports crossover falls into that space.

Is This Next-Gen Audi Q7 Test Mule an e-tron Plug-in Hybrid?

posted by on 17 September 2014 in Rumors, Renders & Spy Photos

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A next-generation MLB-evo based Audi Q7 test mule has been spied again testing at the Nürburgring in Germany. This time around, the car bears a few obvious clues that it is a hybrid version and likely a plug-in hybrid that would qualify it for the e-tron moniker in the Audi naming lexicon.

Third TT Bodystyle Rumor + Paris TT Concept Rumor + Photoshop Render

posted by on 16 September 2014 in Rumors, Renders & Spy Photos

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During the presentation at the Audi TT launch last week, Audi’s moderator began a rehearsed Q&A with Ingolstadt’s chief of development Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg by mentioning a “rumored TT-based concept car for Paris”. Given this was no question by a journalist and instead pre-planned by a PR manager, Audi surely grabbed our attention.

Intel: TT Roadster Due to Bow at Paris Auto Show in October

posted by on 10 September 2014 in Rumors, Renders & Spy Photos

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Seemingly near the very same time that journalists began to take a first crack at the wheel of the new TT and TTS models, test mules of the TT Roadster were spotted at a Nurburgring test day. The sighting would suggest that the new drop-top version is nearing its auto show debut and sources are telling us that debut will likely be Paris.

Intel: Audi A9-Previewing Concept Car with New Design Language Planned for L.A. Auto Show

posted by on 8 September 2014 in Rumors, Renders & Spy Photos

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We’re hearing some interesting intel coming across regarding Audi Design, an upcoming concept car and the L.A. Auto Show. Autocar’s Greg Kable is reporting that a concept car in the vein of an upcoming A9 coupe-like four-door to be positioned above the A8 will both introduce Audi’s much anticipated new design language and also debut at the L.A. Auto Show in November.

Audi TT Roadster Test Mule Spied at Nurburgring

posted by on 2 September 2014 in Rumors, Renders & Spy Photos

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That there will be a TT Roadster or even what it will eventually look like isn’t much of a mystery. The Audi TT had always had a drop top version and coupe versions of the TT and TTS dropped as early as Geneva last spring. Even still, we’ve yet to see the soft top variant of this new TT Mk3 and, as such, its presence at the Nurburgring in the form of a test mule is definitely news.

Video: B9 Audi A4 Test Mule Caught Testing at Nurburgring

posted by on 29 August 2014 in Rumors, Renders & Spy Photos

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Remember that somewhat B8.5 bodied early B9 test mule that our spy photographers caught recently? It’s also been spotted by the video-shooting guys at Touriclips who’ve posted it for your viewing and listening pleasure.

Video: Next Audi RS 3 Takes Nurburgring from Touriclips

posted by on 29 August 2014 in Rumors, Renders & Spy Photos

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YouTube can be a wonderful thing. Forget all the cat videos and bucket challenges whereby buckets fall on heads. No, we prefer the constant taking-you-there element from content creators like TouriClips who live near the Nurburgring and film it incessantly during manufacturer test days… say, like when they’re testing the new RS 3 Sportback.

Intel Update: Audi R8

posted by on 28 August 2014 in Rumors, Renders & Spy Photos Video

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Over the past few weeks we’ve been noticing a number of “intel” stories covering rumors about the upcoming next-generation MSS Audi R8. Just what these rumors highlight or images that further illustrate them has varied widely, so we thought we’d post a summary.

#ThrowbackThursday: The Modern Horch GT Coupe Concept That Never Was

posted by on 28 August 2014 in Rumors, Renders & Spy Photos Vintage & Youngtimer News

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The years leading up to the 2008 economic crash were halcyon era for the auto industry. Car companies swallowed others to become juggernaut multi-nationals, while niche luxury brands were snapped up most quickly and still more then-defunct brands were dusted off. BMW snagged Rolls-Royce, Mercedes resurrected Maybach. Of course we know the Volkswagen Group had Bentley and eventually re-launched Bugatti, but was that all? This concept model we spotted on a past trip to Ingolstadt suggests a re-launching of Horch was very much considered.

Audi Q8 Design Study by Ismet Cevik Hints at Upcoming New Crossover Q-Ship

posted by on 25 August 2014 in Design Rumors, Renders & Spy Photos

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Word from Audi’s dealer meeting in Berlin earlier this summer is that when the new coupe-like Audi Q8 crossover was paraded across the stage, that it garnered a standing ovation from the assembled dealer principals and Audi employees. That would seem to corroborate other rumors from around the industry that the Q8 both breaks aggressive new ground for the Audi brand, but also does so in a very attractive way. More…

Latest Audi RS 3 Spy Photos from CAR Magazine

posted by on 25 August 2014 in Rumors, Renders & Spy Photos

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No, the RS 3 is not new news. No, spy photos of the RS 3 are not new either. Even still, this is an all new RS 3 we’re talking about and as such we’re watching it very closely. UK news outlet and print publication CAR Magazine has dropped the latest round of shots of the car spotted testing again at the Nurburgring. More…