At the 2014 Beijing Auto Show, Audi took the covers off an all-new show car called the Audi TT offroad concept. It’s an enigmatic jumble of the Audi TT’s name, the jacked-up stance of the A6 Allroad, and the “offroad” title thrown in for good measure. Add to that the fact Audi are calling it an “all-new sports car” – while simultaneously saying it has the utility of a compact SUV – and you can see why it’s so confusing. It seems that with the Audi TT offroad concept the company are trying to cover every conceivable category of vehicle with just one car.
Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, one of the top dogs of Audi Technical Development was a little clearer on the concept’s role, stating that it was: “A glimpse of how we might imagine a new model in a future TT family”. If that’s true, then the Audi TT offroad concept is more than likely a preview of a four-door version of the TT – forget the increased ride height and ruggedized wheel arch extensions, they’re just for the show car.
Powering the Audi TT offroad concept is a plug-in rechargeable hybrid drivetrain which produces an impressive 400 horsepower and 480 lb-ft (650 Nm) of torque. With that, the concept is able to accelerate from 0-62 mph (100km/h) in 5.2 seconds, and continue on until the electronic limiter kicks in a 155 mph. In addition the concept can travel for up to 30 miles (50 km) on electric power alone.
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The Audi exclusive RS 7 dynamic edition – lower case letters intentional – is a limited edition version of the high-performance RS 7 model. The car will make its world debut at the 2014 New York Motor Show later today.
The Audi exclusive RS 7 dynamic edition features several of the personalization options which are offered through the Audi exclusive program. On the New York show car this means crimson red contrasting stitching, carbon fiber trim and a sportier suspension setup.
The exterior of the Audi exclusive RS 7 dynamic edition also features 21-inch gloss-black wheels, behind which hide bright red brake calipers complete with RS 7 logos. Up front is a carbon fiber splitter, while at the rear is a carbon fiber air diffuser.
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The Audi TT is one of the most iconic modern sports cars. The first generation car was the real headline grabber. It won numerous design awards across the globe, and despite being 16 years-old this year (although design work began on the car a surprising 20 years ago) it still looks the part.
Audi are hoping that the 3rd generation TT will be as big a design hit as the first car. The initial signs are promising. Obviously everybody kinda knew what to expect, and Audi weren’t going to play too risky with the styling – the TT is too important a model for that. But I think what they’ve come up with is a car which wear’s the company’s currently rather clinical and sterile design language rather well. The TTS looks particularly appealing with its more aggressive bodywork and superior trim.
The front of the new TT is dominated by the large single frame grille which is much broader and flatter than that of the previous model. The narrow headlights are intended to give the car a serious appearance. Xenon units are fitted as standard, with LED headlight available as optional extras.
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The third-generation Audi TT is about to make its world debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show next month. But ahead of its unveiling, Audi have released some sketches which provide pretty good taster of what to expect. To accompany the images, Audi has also published some details regarding the new TT.
The designers have turned to the first-generation TT – much more of a design icon than the current car – for inspiration. The front of the car features a broad singleframe grille with horizontal slats. Two style lines create a V-pattern over the hood, and the four rings have been moved from the center of the grille onto the hood, mimicking the R8.
The futuristic headlights are available with optional LED technology or its pioneering Matrix LED technology, where controllable individual light-emitting diodes generate the main beam.
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For the first time ever, Audi are introducing a convertible version of the S3. The all-new, 300 horsepower Audi S3 Cabriolet will debut at the Geneva Motor Show, with order books opening in spring, and the first deliveries this summer.
Fitted with a soft-top roof (available in three different colors) with an electrohydraulic drive, the S3 Cabriolet uses Magnesium, aluminium and high-strength steel in its construction to keep the weight down. The car measures 4.43 meters (14.53 ft) long, has a wheelbase of 2.60 meters (8.53 ft), and is 1.79 meters (5.87 ft) wide and 1.39 meters (4.56 ft) tall. Strangely, those dimensions make it almost identical in size to the first generation Audi A4 (1995 – 2001).
Styling highlights of the S3 Cabriolet include the Singleframe grille, surrounded by a chrome frame, which features a platinum-grey insert and double cross-struts with an aluminium look. In addition the car features aluminium strips on the windshield frame and beltline, aluminium-look exterior mirror housings and edged sill trims all familiar to other Audi “S” models. The taillights are equipped with LEDs as standard. S3 badges adorn the front and rear.
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Theophilus Chin, the ludicrously talented Photoshop jockey who specializes in automotive manipulation, has just had a go at forecasting what the next-generation A4 might look like.
He’s used the Audi Sport Quattro concept for inspiration, a fantastic choice in my opinion, and the final result is something which looks rather special.
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Audi has just released information regarding the latest performance versions of the A1. The Audi S1 and S1 Sportback join the rest of the S quattro range of cars, and sit right down at the bottom of the heap. Just to be clear, the S1 is the three-door car, while the S1 Sportback is the five-door model. Unlike the extremely limited edition Audi A1 quattro – of which only 333 were made worldwide – the S1 models will be readily available to anyone who hands over the asking price.
“The Audi S1 offers all the virtues of a sports car, great performance, direct handling and permanent quattro drive that puts the power to the road in a superior way,” says Prof. Dr. Hackenberg, Audi Board Member for Technical Development, adding: “The quattro drive has a large following of fans, which is sure to become even larger thanks to the offering in this segment.”
Powering the S1 and the S1 Sportback is a new 2.0 litre turbocharged engine which develops 227 horsepower and 272 lb-ft (370 Nm) of torque. The transmission is a short-shift six-speed manual connected to a quattro AWD system. The S1 can hit 62 mph (100 km/h) in just 5.8 seconds, while the slightly larger and heavier S1 Sportback takes fractionally longer at 5.9 seconds. Top speed for both is an electronically limited 155 mph.
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The Audi Avant RS2 was the original Audi RS model. And to commemorate twenty years since its arrival, Audi has created a special edition version of the 2014 Audi RS 4. Called the RS 4 Avant Nogaro selection – to highlight the unique Nogaro blue paintwork – the new model will make its world debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, and go on sale later in the year.
The customised Nogaro blue, pearl effect paint finish – the same as that used on the original RS2 is the most obvious feature of the anniversary model. In addition, the frame of the front grille and the window surrounds are painted high-gloss black, and the roof rails matt black. The RS sports exhaust system terminates in two oval, high-gloss black tailpipe trims.
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At the 2014 Geneva Motor Show – which opens its doors in the first week of March – Audi will be showing off the all-new, third-generation Audi TT. Ahead of its debut there has been much speculation about the car’s appearance, resulting in several attempts at educated-guess renderings.
This particular rendering job comes from Remco Meulendijk, and it looks both realistic and well-calcuated. The styling is sharper and more aggressive than the MkI and MkII TTs, allowing it to fit in better with Audi’s current crop of vehicles. It’s closely based on spy shots of the Mk3 TT in camouflage, and also some of the more recent Audi concept cars.
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Anyone who was a fan of the original Audi Coupe from the ’80s, or for that matter anyone who thinks Audi’s lineup is increasingly starting to look like the automotive equivalent of Russian dolls, this concept from San Fransisco based designer Rene Garcia might be of interest.
The Audi R4 Concept is an entirely fictional vehicle which was developed solely as a personal project to explore what sort of coupe Audi could produce if they started thinking a bit more creatively.
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