Audi RS7

2014-Audi-RS7-beauty-exterior-04I’ve always thought the Audi A7 was one of the prettiest cars in the new larger coupe/sedan mix segment (sure there’s some fancy name for these cars that isn’t “hatchback” so people in the US will still look at and possibly but them). And now the RS7 is released, it adds an extra bit of drama to the visuals that makes this thing stunning. So stunning in fact that I just spent about 20 minutes messing around with the configurator, trying to work out if I preferred the dark grey metallic or the white more (both obviously with the 20 21 inch optional wheels).

2014-Audi-RS7-beauty-interior-02It’s an Audi, so by default the interior is going to be among the best, but there’s something about those seats, even without taking into account they’re AC’d and will massage away your troubles on the commute home. I was all set to search the back of the couch for any spare pennies to get my deposit down when I saw the price – “starting at $105,400”. I’m sure it’s worth it, especially given it’ll do the 0-60 in 3.7 seconds, and has 560 bhp to play with, but then you also realize they’ve released the A7 Turbo Diesel with a 0-60 time of 5.5 seconds and 428 lb-ft of torques that gets 38 mpg on the highway! And starting at $66,900, it could be the best option.

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Audi R8 V10 Plus

Also known as “how a real engine should sound”. Turn up the volume for this one

Audi RS4 Paintball Duel

What happens when you have a lot of time, money and space on your hands? Cool stuff, that’s what……

Audi RS7

2013 RS 7 FrontAudi announced last week that it’s building the latest in the RS series – the RS 7 Sportback. Not wanting to come to the party without plenty of power, they’ve given it a twin-turbo0charged 4.0 litre engine pushing out 560 bhp, allowing the 5 door coupe (if that’s really a thing) a 0-62 time of 3.9 seconds. They’ll even allow you to ask for the speed governor to be taken off so you can hit the top speed of 189.52 mph (the germans like to be precise with their stats…). One of the most impressive stats is the 553 lb-ft og torque is available all the way from 1750 to 5500 rpm – I’d say that’s big and flat. 2013 RS 7 - Rear Standard quattro 4-wheel drive pushing power in a 60/40 rear biased standard config, along with their torque vectoring technology first seen on the S4 is designed to limit the understeer and keep things interesting in the handling department. And in the ever increasing game of one-upmanship, 20 inch allows are standard, but you can have 21 inch straight from the factory by checking the right option box when you make your purchase.

2013 RS7 InteriorI’m a sucker for good interiors, and the RS cars from Audi are always up there at the top of the list. Two main reasons for this – the flat bottomed steering wheels are always gorgeous, and the massively bolstered Recaro seats they put in these things to keep you sitting nice and still round the corners. The RS7 has both, so I’m a happy boy.

Audi SQ5 – Coming to America

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If you’re one of those peeps that like their fastness a little on the large side (or just have kids and boat load of crap to carry around with you everywhere), Audi is trying to help with the release of the SQ5 (and try saying that after 4 pints of Strongbow). Using the engine that seems to be in every sporty vehicle Audi launch these days, the V6 3 liter with supercharger, and pushing out 354 bhp in this trim, it’ll propel you away from the traffic lights to 60 mph in just 5.3 secs. Release is going to be sometime this year, and the price hasn’t been released yet, but you get what you pay for these days (which for Audi means included for free is the gorgeous interior). Full press release is available from Audi here if you want more details.

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Audi RS6 – The Uber Wagon Returns

Apart from looking ridiculously fantastic while carrying the kids and their accessories (and believe me, they have plenty of accessories), the ultimate 6 from Audi follows tradition with 4 wheel drive to help the drifting in the snow. And helping with the play is 560 bhp and 516 lb-ft of torque from less than 2,000 rpm. Audi has a reputation for their interior design and from the looks of these official pictures, they won’t disappoint with this model. The traditional flat bottomed steering wheel for the RS model is there, and those seats are looking pretty spectacular to me. As is the case with all new cars these days it seems, there’s no real gearbox, but an 8-speed tiptronic will help you hit 62 mph (or 100kmh if you prefer) in 3.9 seconds, which isn’t bad for the family wagon. This might be making it onto my Santa list in the near future, but release date is scheduled for March at the Geneva Motor Show and there’s no official word if it’s actually going to make it to the US shores yet (but we’re all hoping…)

New Audi S3 with 300 BHP

Lots of new concepts and cars are coming out of the Paris Motor Show this week. This one, the S3 from Audi, sports a 5.1 second 0-60 and hits the limiter at 155mph. It looks like this one will make the trip across the water to the US (but maybe in 5 door form only?), and could be the perfect runabout here in Colorado, with the usual quattro drivetrain with a slight front wheel bias. Of course, there’s always the chance that Audi might really up the ante and release the new (yet to be announced or released) 400bhp RS3 over here. Now that could be a lot of fun.

Audi R8 Carbon Fibre

There is nothing I do not love about this car. Looks like the perfect Colorado car to me 😎 (via)

In other news, apologies for the lack of posts. The starting of a new company, combined with lots of work related travel have meant little spare time. Seeing a little light at the end of the tunnel, so if it isn’t a train coming towards me, I may be posting a little more frequently in the upcoming weeks.

 

New Audi RS 4 (Avant)

The new Audi RS4 is coming – Avant form, 450bhp of V8 power and what looks like an interior to die for (see below). Unfortunately for me, it looks like it might come in dual clutch version only (dear auto manufacturers, please just keep making manuals, please), but in theory, this is pretty much the perfect family car for Colorado.

Source QuattroWorld 

Audi RS1

I’m a believer in small cars with plenty of power. I grew up in the UK in the 80’s, with such classics as the 205GTI and Renault 5 Turbo. The car I left behind when I moved to the US, the Citroen AX GT, was so light that it’s naturally aspirated 1.4 litre engine still managed to propel it quickly down the country lanes when asked nicely.

So Audi are currently testing their new RS1, based on the A1 but rumored to have maybe a 250bhp engine (OMG!) from the Audi stable, and Motor Trend caught a picture or 2 during testing and tuning at the ‘ring.