The Audi A7 h-tron quattro: Test driving the future of fuel cells

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By Melissa Knight   Photos: Audi AG

The A7 h-tron quattro was Audi’s second knock-out at the 2014 LA Auto Show; following the prologue, the plug-in hybrid solidified the brand’s reputation for progressive technology – this time proving competence with fuel cells. New green technologies turn me on and my spontaneous demand for a test-drive could not have worked out better. My co-pilot was Marc Düvel, an engineer at the Research Department of the Volkswagen Group, which is developing the fuel cell car for the brands Audi and VW. (The single VW model, a Passat, has the same fuel-cell technology as the A7 quattro.) Düvel is a modest guy who is “responsible for programming the hybrid strategy; how the fuel cell and the electric motor components work together, and how the energy has to be shifted.” The result is an eco-friendly symphony of technology.

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Introducing the 2015 RS 5 Coupe Sport edition from Audi exclusive

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  • RS 5 Coupe Sport edition features 20’’ 5-V-spoke design wheels, red brake calipers and a Black and Crimson Red Fine Nappa leather interior
  • Available in Daytona Gray and Nardo Gray as well as exclusive exterior colors
  • Only 75 vehicles to be produced for the U.S. as part of Audi exclusive customization program

The 2015 RS 5 Coupe Sport edition features distinctive and sporty design elements on the interior and exterior. The vehicle’s already compelling RS-specific performance design is accentuated with 20’’ 5-V-spoke design wheels and red brake calipers, and is available in Daytona Gray pearl effect, Nardo gray and multiple Audi exclusive paint colors (optional) that are complemented by Crimson Red Fine Nappa leather interior accents.

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The Autumn of Its Years: The Mk 2 TT Goes Out in Style

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Words and Photos By Robert S. Schultz

The autumn leaves drift by my windshield and the quad exhausts steam like a Starbucks Grande in the cold air. Late fall is a time for reflective glances, and Frank Sinatra’s rendition of “It Was a Very Good Year” comes to mind. Ever cool, never sentimental, Sinatra reminisces on “vintage” moments from the wry perspective of the later years in life. Could the Chairman be singing the theme song for the Audi TT? Indeed, “the days grow short”—for both the season and the second-generation TT. With the Mk 3 TT already in production, the timing seems right to pay a little retrospective homage to the present model.

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Readers Rides: Nate@034motosport’s Audi A3 3.2L VR6 24V Turbo

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After a few pictures and videos of Nate@034’s Brilliant Red 2006 Audi A3 3.2L VR6 24V Turbo appeared on Instagram, it seems like everyone wants to know exactly what lies beneath the surface. Nate’s Precision 6262 turbocharged 8P Audi A3 3.2L was built, tuned, and tested here at 034Motorsport in Fremont, CA while developing our 3.2L 24V VR6 Stage 1 Turbo Kit.

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The new Audi Q7 – Sportiness, efficiency, premium comfort

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  • Technical Development Board Member Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg: “New Q7 is a statement of our competence in lightweight construction, efficiency and assistance systems”
  • 325 kilograms (716.5 lb) lighter and around 26 percent more efficient
  • First diesel plug-in hybrid with quattro drive

With the new Q7*, Audi is setting standards in the premium SUV segment. 325 kilograms less weight and the low center of mass make it extremely agile. At the same time, it is the most spacious car in its segment. Although the exterior dimensions have gotten smaller, it offers substantially more interior room for passengers and luggage. Its innovative assistance and infotainment systems take the SUV to the front of the pack. The efficient engines consume 26 percent less fuel on average.

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Power in compact form – the new Audi RS 3 Sportback

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  • Sporty top model of the A3 model series
  • Most powerful production five-cylinder in RS history with 270 kW (367 hp)
  • 0 – 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 4.3 seconds – 0.3 seconds faster than the previous model
Hot, throaty sound, exhilaratingly free-revving and brawny power – the five cylinder engines from Audi are legendary. 270 kW (367 hp) output and 465 Nm (343.0 lb ft) of torque – Audi presents the new RS 3 Sportback*, the most powerful compact car in the premium segment. With its powerful five cylinder, turbocharged engine, the five door model accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 4.3 seconds, and its top speed can be increased to 280 km/h (174.0 mph) upon request.

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The 2015 Audi RS 3 leaks out early

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We’ve gotten our hands on some early images and the specifications of the upcoming Audi RS 3. We are able to confirm everyones suspicions that it would retain the 2.5-litre TFSI five-cylinder engine and now it’s mated to a 7-speed S-tronic gearbox. The Crankcase is constructed from vermicular-graphite cast iron, hand-assembled by a team in Györ, Hungary, and has max boost pressure of 18.9 psi with a 10.0:1 compression ratio. It’s now delivering 367 hp up from 340 hp as well as 343 lb-ft of torque and does the 0-60 sprint in 4.3 seconds.

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A walkaround the Audi prologue with Audi Design

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Words: Melissa Knight / Photos: Nick Busato & Audi USA

Stunning, powerful and efficient, the Audi prologue commanded the most media attention at LA Auto Show – and for good reason. While introducing Audi’s new design language, chief designer Marc Lichte presented the show car as much more than just a beautiful concept with interior and exterior innovations. The 4.0 TFSI produces up to 605 hp and 553.2 lb-ft of torque. Accelerated by a resonant biturbo V8, the large coupe sprints from 0 to 62.1 mph in 3.7 seconds, and has an unladen weight of 4,365.2 lb. The combined fuel consumption is 27.4 mpg, which equates to CO2 emissions of 320.3 g/mile. With eight-speed tiptronic and dynamic all-wheel steering, the Audi prologue is a head-turner designed to propel us into future dimensions of time and space.

Phillip Roemers, studio leader at Audi Design – Exterior, and lead exterior designer for the prologue, treated me to a walk-around the phenomenal show car.

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Running on Fumes: The Audi A3 #tdichallenge

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Our A3 TDI and “IT”

[Words/Photos: Mike Juergens]

“It feels like a Finnish Sauna,” exclaimed Blake, my driving partner, regarding the heat inside our little A3 TDI. What have we gotten ourselves into? we wondered. Hypermiling, defined here as “beating the EPA’s official numbers” is some serious work. It’s an activity that most would write off as tedious—until you are in the middle of it and realize just how nerve-racking it can be. You quickly start to miss things such as air conditioning and the passing lane. Hills start to feel like mountains, especially as the efficiency readout starts ticking down. During our journey this screen would make it painfully obvious how badly we were underperforming. To become efficient you give up creature comforts and risk becoming a nuisance to everyone on the interstate. Especially, the 18-wheelers—trust me, when the speed limit says 75 that’s exactly the rate of speed they try to maintain. We were slow moving intruders in their land.

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An attractive “dark figure” – the new ABT AS5 DARK now for a bargain price

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Be it Batman or The Shadow: even heroes like dark clothes. The new ABT AS5 DARK is one of them and available as a Coupé or Sportback. Even without the optional ABT Power, the Bavarian styling package radiates superiority. “Designer Walter de’Silva is proud of his creation and rightly so – but as an AS5 DARK the Audi A5 is multifaceted and even more assertive“, says CEO Hans-Jürgen Abt: “And since we are offering the comprehensive re- design for a bargain price right now, it’s high time to visit your nearest ABT Partner.“

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