With Mercedes-Benz having recently unveiled the all-new GLE Coupe – a sporty-looking SUV designed to compete with the BMW X6 – there’s a good chance the design department at Audi are currently trying to come up with their own impractically shaped SUV coupe. And logically that vehicle would be based on the Audi Q7.
Automotive photoshopper, and oracle of the future, X-Tomi thinks so too. His rendering gives a pretty good idea of what a Q7-based SUV with a coupe-like roof might look like. He’s called it the Q8. Continue reading ‘Audi Q8 SUV Coupe Rendered’ »
The Audi R8 has been around since 2006, and since then it has undergone a number of upgrades and alterations, but it’s still a first-generation model and the basic platform is unchanged. But a replacement is on its way in the next year or so, and while nobody outside of Audi’s design department knows exactly what it will look like, given Audi’s preference for slowly evolving their designs, there’s a good chance it will be an evolution of the current car’s design, rather than a complete fresh-sheet design.
Dutch automotive photoshop artist Marco Van Overbeeke has come up with a good guestimation of what the second-generation R8 could look like, taking the proportions and design of the current car, and sharpening it up a little using Audi’s latest design language. Continue reading ‘2016 Audi R8 rendered’ »
With Audi working hard to expand the TT line away from just two-door sports cars, it’s anyone’s guess what the next TT-badged model might look like. Hopefully it’ll be something like this TT Avant rendering created by Theophilus Chin.
The Audi TT Avant seen here is a great looking car. Certainly better than the A4 Avant – which is also a good-looking hunk of metal. And while it’s hard to imagine Audi’s bosses greenlighting a car which is so close to something they already offer, in their desire to fill every niche possible, an Avant version of the TT Sportback would certainly carry its own appeal. Continue reading ‘Audi TT Avant Rendered’ »
The Audi Prologue concept which was unveiled at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show is one of the most important Audi concepts in recent years. Partly because it provides a taste of a future large luxury coupe. But mainly because it’s a preview of a brand new styling direction for the company’s vehicles as a whole.
The Audi Prologue was designed under the guidance of Audi’s new head of design, Marc Lichte. Prior to Joining Audi in 2014, Lichte was a senior designer at Volkswagen. By the sounds of it, Lichte seems keen to make some serious changes to Audi’s styling. Or as Prof. Ulrich Hackenberg, Board Member for Development at Audi puts it; “When he moved to Audi, Marc Lichte launched a design offensive”.
The Audi Prologue is the first vehicle to wear the new design language, and while at first glance it looks much like all recent Audi concepts, there are some changes afoot. Firstly the grille is much broader than before. It’s also less rectangular in shape and hexagonal. The headlights are smaller, and also provide a link to Lichte’s background at VW. Continue reading ‘Audi Prologue concept – Audi’s new look’ »
Audi have just announced the impending arrival of the limited-edition Audi R8 competition, a car advertised as the fastest R8 ever offered for sale directly from the manufacturer.
Just 60 examples of the Audi R8 competition will be built, and all of them will make their way to buyers in the U.S. Buyers outside the U.S. were treated to a virtually identical car, the R8 LMX, earlier in the year. The design of both cars, as well as some of the engineering components – including the engine – were influenced by the R8 LMS race car.
Powering the Audi R8 competition is a 5.2 litre V10 which produces 570 horsepower. this naturally aspirated powerplant is more or less the same engine found in the R8 LMS race car, which has won numerous major GT races around the globe, including Daytona and Nurburgring 24 hour endurance races. The award-winning engine is renown for its reliability and durability. Amazingly each race engine requires its first major service after a full race season or 13,000 race condition, full-throttle miles. Most competitors engines require a similar service after every race! Continue reading ‘Limited-Edition Audi R8 competition – the Fastest R8 yet’ »
Starting in 2015, Audi Sport will be launching a new one-make race series as part of the DTM championship in Germany. The Audi Sport TT Cup will use a racing version of the all-new TT, which weighs in at 2,480 lbs (1,125 kgs) and has 310 horsepower on tap. A push-to-pass button briefly adds another 30 horsepower to the 2.0 litre turbocharged engine.
At the Los Angeles Auto Show in November, Audi will unveil and all new, and as-yet un-named, concept car. The car is the first concept vehicle to be developed entirely under the leadership of Audi’s new head of design Marc Lichte, who has been in the top design position at Audi since February.
Audi say their new concept will showcase a new era of design at the company. Lichte says he wants to highlight the core strengths of the brand in his designs, which for him includes sportiness, lightweight design and quattro drive. No complaints here. Continue reading ‘Audi teases their Los Angeles Show Car’ »
When the Audi TT was first launched in 1998, few would have guessed it would have become such an automotive icon, and literally nobody would have thought slapping an extra set of doors on would have actually improved it. But it does.
With the Audi lineup ranging from the A3 sedan to the A6 sedan more or less looking like different-sized clones of each other, the TT Sportback looks refreshingly different. It has a freshness to it which has been lacking from some of Audi’s most recent production cars. Interestingly however, despite the extra doors, the TT Sportback concept is only 12 inches (29 cm) longer than the current TT coupe, and the wheelbase is only 4.7 inches (12 cm) longer.
The Audi TT Sportback takes its styling inspiration from the TT, obviously, but also takes a bit of influence from the larger A5 and A7 Sportback models. It’s a well-balanced design. Solid, nicely proportioned, and beautifully executed. The fact it’s also packing a 400 horsepower 2.0 litre turbocharged engine under the hood is merely the icing on the cake. Continue reading ‘Audi TT Sportback – more doors, more style’ »
Audi has given the entire A6 range a slight makeover for 2015. The changes include minor revisions to the exterior styling, some miniscule updates to the interior and a few engine upgrades. The A6 sedan and Avant, as well as the Allroad quattro and the higher performance S6 and RS 6 models are all affected by the changes.
The 2015 upgrades are all pretty small, and if you weren’t a fan of the A6 before, then nothing here is going to change your mind. Likewise, if you were a fan of the A6, then there’s nothing to put you off.
The principle exterior changes include new headlights and tail lights and almost imperceptible revisions to the front grille and bumpers. On the inside new colors are available, including Flint Gray for the A6 and Salsa Red for the S6. The front seats now come with optional ventilation and massage. There are also upgrades and improvements to the infotainment system, air conditioning system (which is now four-zone instead of dual-zone), and safety systems – like adaptive cruise control, Audi side assist and Audi active lane assist. Continue reading ‘Audi unveils refreshed 2015 A6 lineup’ »
The Audi A 2.0 e-tron concept is the work of a trio of automotive design students, Giacomo Franceschi, Antonio Paglia, and Cem Kayserili, from the Politecnico di Milan university. The project was sponsored by Audi, and the goal was to design a 100-percent electric-powered compact city car which would appeal to younger buyers in the 18-30 age group.
Inspiration for the concept came from a wide variety of sources, ranging from the logical – like modern sporting gear, gadgets, electronics, and recent Audi concept cars. To the slightly more surreal – like the military droids from the Star Wars movies. Continue reading ‘Audi A 2.0 e-tron concept car’ »