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

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.

Video: Regular Car Reviews on the 2013 Audi S4

by on 7 April 2014 in via Fourtitude Video

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If you’re a regular to watching automotive content on YouTube, then you’ve likely stumbled across Regular Car Reviews already. The channel’s ambition is to review cars in a way that suggests what the ‘every man’ thinks of a car… while the cars often highlighted often center around used and/or lower budget.

via 4T: /DRIVE Reviews the 2014 Audi S7

by on 1 April 2014 in via Fourtitude Video

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Like many of our readers, we’re fans of the Youtube /DRIVE channel. When the group from /DRIVE feature an Audi, we usually try to spread the word to our readers and this week we find a review of the 2014 Audi S7 as presented by drive on-air talent and former Jalopnik editor-in-chief Mike Spinelli. More…

Driven: 2014 Audi S5

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

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.

Driven: 2014 Audi SQ5 3.0 TFSI

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…

Driven: 2014 Audi R8 V10 plus S tronic

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…

Compared: 2013 Audi S6 vs. 2013 Audi S7

by on 25 February 2013 in Reviews & Road Tests

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Though based on the same platform and sharing the same drivetrain, the new S6 sedan and S7 Sportback are distinctly different cars. We hit the winding roads of the undulating and slithering Hudson River Valley in upstate New York in order to get a taste and also to catalog the differences.

Driven: 2013 Audi A5 Sportback 1.8 TFSI

by on 7 January 2013 in Reviews & Road Tests

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That the grass is always greener on the other side of the pond for import car enthusiasts seems to be a universal norm. As Americans we envision Europeans blasting away on empty autobahns in obscure Audi S or RS models that we simply don’t get and shifting their manual transmissions that, more often than not nowadays, they don’t even get. And while that may be what we imagine, the reality is that the autobahn is getting more and more congested and that a tank of ‘petrol’ is exceedingly expensive on the ‘right’ side of the Atlantic. Over there small displacement tends to be the more likely euro reality and cars like the A5 Sportback may already be Euro only, but ordered as a 1.8 TFSI and without quattro is a much more likely scenario for a German Audi owner than is an RS 4 Avant. Having always lusted for the A5 Sportback, we decided to sample the car and see if even the smallest engine variant would capture our hearts.

Driven: 2012 Audi A6 3.0 Bi-TDI electric biturbo Prototype

by on 16 October 2012 in Reviews & Road Tests

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As impressive an engine like the 3.0 Bi-TDI is, there’s always room for improvement and Audi engineers are experimenting with one particularly intriguing new technology. Recently we had a chance to drive an A6 Bi-TDI development mule boasting a very interesting new component fitted to this motor – an electric biturbo.

Driven: 2013 Audi Q5 3.0 TFSI quattro S-line

by on 11 September 2012 in Reviews & Road Tests

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Let’s be honest. Enthusiasts tend to loathe crossovers. It’s not that those cars spanning the gap between full-on SUV and low-slung station wagon are bad vehicles… just that their very presence (looking at you Audi Q5) are likely the reason for the endangered status of the Avant here in America. With its quick rise to #2 in sales volume status for Audi of America, you can’t deny that the Q5 isn’t better suited to American tastes… but as en enthusiast I’d always thought I’d opt for an S4 Avant over a Q5. It is with that mentality and knowledge of the preference of our most ardent readers that I boarded a plane to Germany this summer in order to test Audi’s new and improved Q5 range. More…

Driven: 2011 Audi A1 clubsport quattro Design Study

by on 22 August 2012 in Reviews & Road Tests

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Las Vegas, NV – “The Strip”, Las Vegas’ main street isn’t exactly the first place you’d think to test-drive a high performance concept car. Lacking a name like “Tail of the Dragon” that suggests sinewy S-curves and 180-degree switchbacks with deceptively decreasing radii, Vegas’ Strip goes more for the triple entrendre of byway, place where you can readily lose your shirt and place where women named after Disney characters readily lose much more than a shirt while in close proximity to shiny pole and even shinier glitter. No, there’s no suggestion of intense driving experience here, but several miles of stop and go traffic in virtually a straight line might just be perfect for Audi AG handlers to give us a taste of their priceless ultimate hot hatch concept without actually placing it in harm’s way… that is of course if you don’t count the throngs of tourists and drunkards on the sidewalk or the thick traffic of weekday rush hour. Oh well, at least we have a police escort. More…