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A3 TDI: A Clean Break with Diesel Stereotypes


[Ed. Note: In October QuattroWorld participated in the Audi TDI Challenge were we attempted to drive from Albuquerque to San Diego on one tank of diesel. Here Robert presents the real world  side of the A3 TDI]

By Robert S. Schultz

“This is a diesel?”

If ever there was a one-sentence road test report, the above would be it. Surprise and amazement pretty much sum up reaction to the Audi A3 TDI. In part, that’s due to the extensive work Audi has done in cleaning up diesel technology. But it’s also a revealing comment on the state of our understanding of diesels. Stereotypes die hard, despite the efforts of Audi and other auto manufacturers to scrub and burnish the image of contemporary diesels. It’s one thing to hear that they aren’t the noisy, dirty, smelly oil-burners of yore. It’s quite another to experience this transformation firsthand, either behind the wheel or in the passenger seat. To aid in our enlightenment, Audi kindly handed over the keys to a 2015 A3 TDI for a week.

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New Audi R8 LMS wins Nürburgring 24 Hours

24h Nürburgring

  • Audi’s GT3 race car immediately an endurance race winner
  • Third Nürburgring success for Audi in four years
  • Thrilling battle for victory ends in 40-second advantage
The Audi R8 LMS managed a brilliant 24-hour racing debut by clinching victory at the Nürburgring. Audi only unveiled its GT3 race car ten weeks ago – now the production-based sports car impressed in a tough battle that lasted up to the last hour of the race. In the end, Audi Sport Team WRT with Christopher Mies/Nico Müller/Edward Sandström/Laurens Vanthoor (D/CH/S/B) was 40 seconds faster
than the BMW Team Marc VDS. 

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Audi USA announces 2016 Model Year vehicles and pricing


  • Full model line improvements for 2016 model year vehicles, building on momentum of 52 consecutive months of record sales
  • More standard features and available options on 2016 Audi model year vehicles
  • Newly redesigned 2016 A6 and A7 model lines, including powerful and efficient engines, benchmark technology and refined design cues

Audi today announced its lineup for the 2016 Model Year, including full line pricing and numerous vehicle additions and enhancements.

Continuing its growth strategy with a focus on balanced performance – enhancements in technology, innovative design and driving dynamics that help improve efficiency and performance, Audi announces its 2016 Model Year lineup. In the 2016 model year vehicles, more features become standard across the model line-up and more options are integrated into packages. Technology packages, including an enhanced Head-up display – are now standard on more Audi models than ever before. The first in the 2016 model line to be introduced are the updated 2016 Audi A6 and A7 models. The A3 family continues setting new standards in the entry premium market, with impressive standard features and an available 4G LTE data connection.

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2016 B9 Audi A4 2.0 TFSI Engine in detail

Weltpremiere beim Wiener Motorensymposium: neues Hocheffizienz-Triebwerk von Audi

  • New 2.0 TFSI four-cylinder engine with innovative combustion method
  • Top figures: 190 hp, 320 Nm (236.0 lb-ft), less than 5 l/100 km (47.0 US mpg)
  • To be implemented in the new Audi A4 by the end of 2015
  • Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg: “A prime example of the Audi rightsizing strategy”

Audi presents the most efficient two-liter gasoline engine in its class. The new 2.0 TFSI with 140 kW (190 hp) demonstrates the engine expertise of the brand – with a ground-breaking new combustion method. Audi will be using the engine for the first time in the next generation of the A4.

Tremendous thrust right from the start: the Audi TT clubsport turbo technology concept car

Audi TT clubsport turbo concept

  • Premiere at Wörthersee: show car has 2.5 TFSI and electric biturbo
  • 441 kW (600 hp) and 650 Nm (479.4 lb-ft), 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 3.6 seconds
  • Development chief Prof. Dr. Hackenberg: “Technology close to production readiness”
Wide add-on parts, a powerful rear wing and a power output of 441 kW (600 hp) – the Audi TT clubsport turbo impresses with its power and design. From May 13 to 16, Audi will be showing its technology concept car on the Wörthersee Tour in the Austrian town of Reifnitz. The inspiration for the show car came from the successful Audi 90 IMSA GTO of the late 1980s. A new technology is making its debut under the hood. The car’s electric biturbo adds even more dynamism to the driving experience with its spontaneous response.

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Audi USA announces pricing for the all-new TT model line


  • The quintessential design icon boasts a new driver-focused interior and true sports-car performance
  • TT sets standards for in-vehicle technology with the Audi virtual cockpit – a fully digital instrument cluster
  • Virtual cockpit powered by first automotive NVIDIA® Tegra® 30 processor integration

Audi today announced pricing for the all-new 2016 Audi TT model line. The iconic vehicle boasts an exciting new design characterized by the use of innovative technologies and driver-focused performance.

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Audi launches innovative mobility program: Audi on demand


  • Audi on demand launches beta program in San Francisco
  • Innovative premium service allows customers to choose their preferred Audi model via iPhone app
  • Personal concierge delivers vehicle to a San Francisco location of customer’s choosing

Audi today introduced Audi on demand, an innovative mobility program that gives customers a new way to experience the Audi brand and its range of vehicles at the touch of a button. With Audi on demand, customers can reserve an Audi by the day for up to 28 days.  The premium service is currently available in San Francisco as part of a beta program and will be rolled out across additional U.S. cities in the coming years.  

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Triple lead for Audi in the DTM

Motorsports / DTM 1. race Hockenheim

  • Mattias Ekström celebrates his 20th victory in a DTM race
  • Edoardo Mortara takes the lead of the standings after finishing second
  • Audi heads the manufacturers’ and teams’ classifications as well
 A commanding win of the opening round on Saturday, a one-two result on Sunday: In front of 75,000 spectators (throughout the weekend) Audi managed a near-perfect start of the new DTM season.
Mattias Ekström’s triumph in the Red Bull Audi RS 5 DTM of Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline in extremely difficult conditions on Sunday was similarly distinct as Jamie Green’s success the day before. In the dry early stage, Ekström prevailed in a duel with title defender Marco Wittmann (BMW) and, after switching to wet tires when rain set in, overtook his team-mate Edoardo Mortara (Castrol EDGE Audi RS 5 DTM). In the second half of the race, the Swede kept extending his lead and crossed the finish line with a clear advantage of 7.3 seconds.

Marschall triumphs in Audi Sport TT Cup

Marschall triumphiert im Audi Sport TT Cup

  • Numerous overtaking maneuvers in race 2 at the Hockenheimring
  • Dennis Marschall takes top spot in the drivers’ standings
  • Tanner Foust wins rallycross superstars challenge
 Race two of the Audi Sport TT Cup at the Hockenheimring was a humdinger. On a wet track, the crowd got to see plenty of overtaking maneuvers, two caution periods, plus a thrilling five-way battle for victory. Dennis Marschall (D) prevailed in a closely fought finale and celebrated his first victory in the cup race car.
In difficult conditions, the race of the new Audi one-make cup was initially marked by position battles and a few spins – resulting in the safety car being deployed twice. Seven laps into the race, a gripping battle ensued in which Marschall with a bold maneuver in the hairpin pushed past Nicolaj Møller Madsen (DK) and went on to defend his top spot to the checkered flag. “The whole weekend went perfectly,” said Marschall. “Third place yesterday and victory today. That’s something you can build on for the season.”

Audi Sport TT Cup celebrates successful world premiere at Hockenheim

Audi Sport TT Cup feiert gelungene Weltpremiere in Hockenheim

  • New Audi one-make cup thrills crowd at DTM Festival
  • Marc Coleselli wins round one in Audi Sport TT Cup
  • Project Leader Rolf Michl: “Gripping motorsport”
The Audi Sport TT Cup has gone through its baptism of fire with flying colors. In the world premiere of the Audi one-make cup held as part of the DTM Festival at the Hockenheimring, 24 starters demonstrated the sportiness of the Audi TT* as a racing version. The first race was won by the Austrian Marc Coleselli.
In the new racing series for the Audi TT, the brand with the four rings offers young talents a new opportunity to enter the company’s successful motorsport world. The car’s extremely light body, the four-cylinder TFSI engine and the six-speed transmission have been adopted from the production model nearly unchanged and provide an ideal base for a race car.Marc Coleselli was the driver prevailing in the historic first race. The 21-year-old from Salzburg (A) won the 13-lap round in front of Nicolaj Møller Madsen (DK) and Dennis Marschall (D). “This was a tremendous inaugural event for the Audi Sport TT Cup,” said Project Leader Rolf Michl. “The crowd saw gripping motorsport and we’re delighted about a second race being scheduled for tomorrow.”