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Genesis Claims Top Spot From Audi In Consumer Reports Rankings

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Genesis, Hyudai’s luxury brand, has entered Consumer Reports’ brand rankings with a bang, claiming the top spot from Audi. The two are the only brands to achieve ‘recommended’ ratings for every model in their respective lineups.

In all fairness, Genesis only has two models to Audi’s ten, so this isn’t exactly an apples-to-apples comparison. In fact, the mismatch makes Audi’s placing all the more impressive, with Consumer Reports stating:

“This is an especially impressive feat for Audi, which makes 10 models for the US market spanning categories from small cars to three-row SUVs. Genesis, with just two models tested, had less to get right to earn its place at the top of the list.”

BMW, Lexus and Porsche round out the top five. Kia grabbed sixth place, beating Subaru, Tesla, Honda and Toyota.

Chrysler gained the most points thanks to high road-test and reliability scores for the latest Pacifica minivan, while Buick and Acura dropped by the most due to falling reliability scores.

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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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