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All-New Audi Q7 Large CUV Emerges Lighter and Techier than Ever

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The all-new, second-generation Audi Q7 has been revealed ahead of its Detroit Auto Show debut. The large, seven-seat crossover has gone very conservative in the looks department but packs more substance than its predecessor.

While the new Q7 doesn’t look dramatically different than the current model, the adoption of Audi’s latest design cues give it a toned-down appearance that makes the first-gen model look overly aggressive by comparison. It’s not unattractive by any means, but Audi’s designers should have probably done more to make it stand out from the crowd of similarly-styled crossovers.

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The clean and modern interior features Audi’s virtual cockpit seen in the new TT and the latest version of its MMI infotainment system, which has a bigger touchpad. There are fewer buttons and knobs and, as a result, a less cluttered cockpit.

Google Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support are available, as well as a Bose sound system with 3D sound and a more expensive Bang & Olufsen Advanced Audio System with 3D sound and 23 speakers packing 1,920 watts of amplifier power. Kicking the luxury up a notch, buyers also have the option of one or two optional 10.1-inch tablets powered by an Nvidia Tegra 4 processor and featuring a full HD camera, 32GB of internal storage, and Bluetooth / NFC / LTE connectivity.

One of the most notable highlights of the redesigned Audi Q7 is its 1,995 kg (4,398 lbs) curb weight — 325 kg (716.5 lbs) lighter than its predecessor, thanks in large part to a lightweight chassis and body that makes extensive use of high-strength steel and aluminum. Audi claims an improvement of approximately 26 percent in fuel efficiency as a result of the massive weight reduction.

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In Europe, the new Q7 will launch with two V6 engines. The first is a diesel-burning 3.0 TDI rated at 272 horsepower and 442.5 lb-ft. (600 Nm) torque, enough power to launch the large German crossover from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 6.3 seconds on route to a top speed of 234 km/h (145.4 mph). It delivers fuel economy of 5.7 liters / 100 km (41.3 mpg US) and emits 149 g/km of CO2 in a mixed European cycle.

The second engine is a 3.0-liter gas-burning TFSI that makes 333 horsepower and 324 lb-ft. (440 Nm) of torque, accelerating the Q7 to 62 mph in a slightly faster 6.1 seconds and returning 30 mpg.

More engines will be offered later in the production run, including a de-tuned TDI making 218 horsepower and 368 lb-ft. (500 Nm) of torque, 2.0-liter four-cylinder TFSI rated at 252 horses, and a diesel-electric plug-in hybrid drivetrain with a combined output of 373 horsepower and 516.3 lb-ft. (700 Nm).

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There is a good chance that the North American-spec Q7 will come with two TFSI units and the aforementioned 272-horsepower TDI.

All engines are hooked to an eight-speed tiptronic transmission that drives all four wheels via Audi’s quattro all-wheel drive system. Maximum towing capacity comes in at over 7,700 pounds (3.5 metric tons).

When the all-new, 2016 Audi Q7 goes on sale in the first half of 2015, it will compete with the likes of the Mercedes-Benz GLS (formerly the GL) and Volvo XC90.

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New Audi e-tron GT Concept Previews Audi’s Tesla Model S Fighter

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New Audi e-tron GT Electric Car Concept

The electrified fastback sedan will eventually join the e-tron SUV in Audi’s growing electric vehicle lineup.

Audi has revealed the e-tron GT concept, effectively previewing its answer to the Tesla Model S.

Based on the same platform as the Porsche Taycan, the e-tron GT will follow the e-tron and e-tron Sportback crossovers as the brand’s third electric car. It features a five-door liftback bodystyle that’s similar to the A7, though it slightly wider and sits lower to the ground than that Audi. In fact, the car’s center of gravity is more inline with an R8 supercar thanks to having its battery mounted below the floor.

Powered by an electric drivetrain that produces 590 horsepower, and with a permanent all-wheel drive with torque vectoring distributing that power, the e-tron GT can rocket to 62 mph (100 km/h) in just 3.5 seconds and to 124 mph (200 km/h) in around 12 seconds. A 90-kWh battery allows it to drive over 249 miles (402 km) according to the WLTP test cycle, and drivers can expect to recharge a depleted battery to 80 percent in just 20 minutes

As with the e-tron SUV, the production e-tron GT’s design is expected to stay true to the concept. Audi says production will begin sometime in 2020.

What do you think about the Audi e-tron GT Concept? Do you like what you see, and does Tesla have something to be worried about? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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Next Audi TT Sports Car Will Be A Four-Door Sedan?

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The coupe and convertible segments have never been big, and they are declining very fast.

The SUV and crossover craze could result in the demise of the Audi TT as we know it.

According to a new report, the German sports car will reportedly ditch its two door and convertible layouts to become an a four-door only sports car.

Coupe and convertible sales are declining in North America and Europe, and they never really took off off in China. An Audi board member told that both the TT coupe and convertible are no longer financially feasibly given the perceptible decline of their respective segments.

If you set falling demand against rising costs, it’s obvious Audi cannot sustain its present course in the medium term,” the anonymous board member stated. ” Instead, there has been intensive consideration of the coupe and the convertible in the compact segment.”

Audi actually hinted at a four-door TT back in 2014 with the TT Sportback concept (pictured); however, plans to bring the model to market never got off the ground largely due to the Dieselgate scandal.

It appears the plans are back on, and Audi’s board of management has supposedly approved a design of the four-door model.

If the report is true, the four-door TT will be based on the Volkswagen Group’s MQB platform and could arrive before 2020. Its proportions will remain roughly the same as the concept’s but the front- and rear-end design will adopt Audi’s latest design elements.

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Audi R8 Puts On Sharper Look For 2019, Pumps Out 612 HP

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Audi’s top model is more engaging to drive and stops sooner.

The Audi R8 has gone under the knife, emerging with a sharper look, more power, better handling and a number of tech upgrades for 2019.

Designers updated the German supercar’s front end with a wider grille surrounded by a frame that now underlines the headlights and three slots right under the hood inspired by the original Audi Sport Quattro coupe, while the rear gains a lower-positioned rear vent that stretches the entire width of the car and a more prominent diffuser.

Contrary to rumors, power still comes from a naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V10 rather than a turbocharged V6 as speculated, and output has been increased to 562 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque compared to the previous 533 horsepower and 396 pound-feet of torque.

A sprint from 0 to 62 miles per hour (100 km/h) comes in at 3.4 seconds for the coupe and 3.5 seconds for the convertible, while top speed is reached at 201.3 mph (324km/h) and 200.1 mph (322 km/h), respectively.

The R8 V10 Plus model has been renamed ‘R8 Performance’ and gets an evolution of the 5.2-liter that puts out 612 horsepower and 417 pound-feet of torque, representing an increase of 9 hp and 14.75 lb-ft. The V10 Plus coupe bolts to 62 mph in 3.1 seconds, while the Spyder takes 3.2 seconds. Top speed is limited to 205.7 mph (331 kph) and 204.4 mph (329 kph), respectively.

All R8 variants use a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and Audi’s Quattro all-wheel drive system.

Elsewhere, Audi’s engineers dialed more response and feedback into the R8’s steering to deliver a more engaging drive and re-calibrated the ECU to reduce stopping distance by 4.9 feet (1.5 meters) from 62 mph and by 16.4 feet (5 meters) from 124 mph (200 km/h).

They also gave the dynamic handling system more distinct separations between the drive modes and added new settings for the R8 V10 Performance Quattro: dry, wet, and snow.

The updated Audi R8 goes on sale in Europe in early 2019, with North American delivers following at a later date. Do you like how it turned out?

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