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All-New, 2018 Audi A8 Arrives With New Design, Autonomous Tech

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Audi has unveiled the all-new Audi A8, effectively ushering in its new design language and a new era for the brand.

With the forth-generation A8, which competes directly with the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and BMW 7 Series, Audi hopes to gain a bigger slice of a segment dominated by the latter. It is instantly distinguished from its predecessor by a massive single-frame grille that occupies most of the front fascia, delivering a more muscular look.

As you move to the rear, it is very clear that the new A8 modern and clean styling is inspired by the Prologue concept. It’s not going to win any styling awards, but it has a stately enough presence to make things not too boring.

Fortunately, there is more than meets the eye, as most of Audi’s new executive sedan’s selling points are technical rather than aesthetic. The interior is a tour de force, featuring a clean and very modern design highlighted by three screens and the lack of buttons. A foot massaging function? You get that many other top-notch premium features — just you name it.

There is a strong focus on highly automated driving systems that will gradually proliferate throughout Audi’s lineup. The A8 can drive itself and park itself. Drivers benefit from Audi AI Traffic Jam Pilot, which can take over driving on freeways and highways up to speeds of 37.3 mph, allowing you to take your hands off the steering wheel permanently, though it is currently not advisable that you sleep, read or text while the car is in motion.

The Audi AI remote parking pilot and Audi AI remote garage pilot autonomously steer the A8 into and out of a parking space or a garage, with the driver tasked with monitoring all maneuvers whether in the car or not.

As for power, the new A8 will be offered with a range of engines that all utilize a 48-volt mild-hybrid system. European buyers will have the choice of a 286-hp 3.0L TDI diesel engine and a 340-hp 3.0L TFSI V6 at launch. Two eight-cylinder engines — 435-hp 4.0L TDI and 460-hp 4.0L TFSI — will follow, and then a 6.0L W12 engine later on.

European sales of the all-new, 2018 Audi A8 and A8 L begin in fall 2017 with pricing starting at 90,600 euros (~$103,300 USD) for the normal wheelbase model or 94,100 euros (~$107,400 USD) for the stretched A8 L. North American sales commence in spring 2018.

Are you pleased with how the fourth-gen Audi A8 turned out? Will you choose it over a Mercedes-Benz S-Class or BMW 7 Series?

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New Audi RS7 Sportback Is A Sexy, 592-HP Sports Sedan

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2020 Audi RS7 Sportback

It’s the sexiest, sportiest RS7 to date and one of the most attractive cars on the market.

There is a new Audi RS7 Sportback, and it boasts more power and better styling.

The performance-tuned German sports sedan is powered by a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 that produces 600 PS (592 horsepower) and 590 pound-feet of torque.

The engine is mated to an eight-speed tiptronic transmission and features the same 48-volt mild hybrid system as the latest RS6 Avant, allowing the driver to hit 62 mph (100 km/h) from a standstill in just 3.6 seconds on route to a top speed of 155 mph (249 km), which can be raised to 174 mph (280 km) or nearly 190 mph (306 km) with optional upgrade packages.

An adaptive air suspension system comes standard, and drops the RS7 Sportback by nearly a half inch when traveling at high speeds. It can also be raised by 0.8 inches to more easily drive over rough pavement.

Four-steering, an RS sport exhaust system with black tailpipes, and large carbon-ceramic brakes are all available.

As for styling, the new Audi RS7 Sportback sets itself apart from the A7 with more aggressive front and rear fascias, a wider stance, and 10-spoke 21-inch alloys (22-inch RS wheels are optional). It joins the RS6 wagon as one of the hottest cars in Audi’s lineup.

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2020 Audi RS6 Avant Is An Autobahn-Killing, 591-HP Wagon

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2019 Audi RS6 Avant Wagon

The performance wagon sprints from zero to 62 mph in an almost supercar-like 3.6 seconds.

Are wagons actually making a comeback? Thanks to recent introductions by Buick, Jaguar and Volvo, there has been a small resurgence in the U.S. wagon segment, and Audi is about to join the fray with a bang.

With Mercedes-Benz and Porsche already offering hot versions of the E-Class wagon and the Panamera, respectively, the German automaker has finally decided to bring the 2020 Audi RS6 Avant to America. Practical-minded performance enthusiasts can expect edgy styling, nearly 600 horsepower, and some serious hauling capabilities.

“The [old] RS6 is a hero for us and we had to think about how to top it,” stated Francesco D’Amore, the man responsible for the RS6 Avant’s exterior design. “It’s changed a lot from the standard A6. This is Darth Vader. It’s the Autobahn killer.”

The new RS 6 Avant is powered by a powertrain that uses a twin-turbocharged 4.0L V8 and a 48-volt hybrid system to generate 591 horsepower and 590 lb-ft. of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission and Audi’s quattro all-wheel drive system divide that power between the four wheels.

The AWD system has a standard 40:60 torque split, but it can send up to 70 percent of the power to the front axle or 85 percent to the rear if more traction is needed. It only takes 3.6 seconds for the 2020 RS 6 Avant to accelerate from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) and to 124 mph (200 km/h) in less than 12 seconds before reaching a top speed of 155 mph (249 km/h).

If 155 mph isn’t quite the Autobahn killer you crave, opting for the Dynamic package gets you a higher 174 mph (280 km/h) top speed and checking the box for the Dynamic Package Plus raises the limiter even higher to 190 mph (306 km/h).

Looking forward to the latest Audi RS 6? You’ll have to wait until the second quarter of 2020 or even longer for one, but — hey! — at least you can eventually buy one.

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New, 2020 Audi Q3 Sportback Debuts With Coupe-Like Styling

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The small SUV prioritizes style over function, but it’s still very practical.

Audi has developed a sleeker, more stylish version of the new Q3 crossover to challenge the BMW X4, calling it the Q3 Sportback.

Like the regular Q3, the 2020 Audi Q3 Sportback rides on the Volkswagen Group’s MQB platform and is powered by a range of four-cylinder engine options with either a front- or all-wheel drive configuration. A 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder with 226 horsepower is the top engine, but buyers also have the option of two diesel engine options. A 1.5L engine with a 48-volt mild hybrid system will even join the lineup later on.

A six-speed manual and / or seven-speed dual-clutch transmissions will be available depending on the engine.

Even with the sleeker coupe-like roofline, the Q3 Sportback offers plenty of room for driver and passengers and up to 50 cubic feet of storage space with the rear seats folded. It can be equipped with a plethora of modern tech features, including a 10.25-inch or 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, a 10.1-inch touchscreen display, Amazon Alexa connectivity, and navigation with Google Earth.

The 2020 Audi Q3 Sportback goes on sale in Europe in November 2019 with a starting price of 40,200 euros (~ $45,000). Audi has confirmed it will not be sold in the United States.

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