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Covers Off on the New Audi A3 Sedan

Covers Off on the New Audi A3 Sedan

The covers on the new Audi A3 sedan were officially removed this past week when Audi unveiled its new addition to its model line-up. The addition of the Audi A3 sedan signals Audi’s entrance to the compact sedan market segment, supposedly the world’s largest market segment.

The Audi A3 four-door sedan offers all the strengths of the A3 hatchback, of which the three-door version has already been launched in South Africa. The four-door A3 Sportback is set for market launch in South Africa this coming April.

The top model Audi S3 Sedan will also be available some months after the launch of the A3 sedan and will offer 221kW of power.

The A3 sedan has a 2.64 meter long wheelbase and overall length of 4.46 meters.

In comparison to the A3 three-door and the Sportback the A3 sedan, the dynamic line that lies above the side sill rises more sharply. The side surfaces are more intensively curved, and the wheel arches more flared. The A3 sedan sits 11mm wider than the A3 Sportback and 9mm lower in height compared to the Sportback.

At the rear the, the spoiler is integrated in the trunk lid, and the lights emphasize the car’s horizontal lines with their broad and low cuts.

In Europe the A3 sedan will be launched with a choice of three four-cylinder engines, these three engines being the 2.0 TDI, the 1.4 TFSI and the 1.8TFSI.

The 2.0TDi produces 110kW and 320NM and accelerates the A3 sedan from 0 to 100km/h in 8.7 seconds. This engine has a claimed fuel consumption of 4.1 litres/100km and CO2 emissions of 107g/100km.

The 1.4 TFSI engine with Cylinder on Demand (COD) technology produces 103kW and 250Nm and accelerates the A3 sedan from 0 to 100km/h in 8.4 seconds. The claimed fuel consumption for the A3 sedan equipped with this engine is 4.7 litres/100km and the CO2 emissions are 109g/km.

The 1.8 TFSI engine produces 132kW and 250Nm and accelerates the A3 sedan from 0 to 100km/h in 7.3 seconds. The claimed fuel consumption is 5.6 liters/100km and has  Co2 emissions of 129g/km.

These three engines will be mated either to a six-speed manual transmission of the S tronic transmission.

From a ride and handling perspective the, the front suspension is a Macpherson design with A-arms and aluminum pivot bearings whilst the rear suspension consists of a four-link setup. A choice of 16 to 18-inch wheels will be available, with 19-inch wheels available from Quattro GmbH.

The interior of the A3 sedan is similar to that of the A3 three-door and Sportback and as such we will not say too much about it, that is except to mention the interior space.

Thanks to the long wheelbase, rear passengers enjoy ample space and comfortable entry. The cargo capacity of the trunk measures 425 litres. This capacity can be increased by folding down the rear seats which come with a load-through hatch as an option. The trunk lid automatically swings upward after it is unlocked.

As mentioned earlier the S3 sedan will be launched a few months after the A3 sedan. The S3 sedan will be powered by 1 2.0TFSI engine producing 221kW and 380Nm. This engine will accelerate the S3 sedan from 0 to 100km/h in 4.9 seconds when paired to the S tronic transmission and when mated to the manual transmission will take 5.3 seconds.

The suspension setup on the S3 sedan will see it sitting 25mm lower giving it a more sport driving feel.

Visually the S3 sedan is distinguished from the rest of its siblings by the bumpers, the single frame grille, air intakes, exterior mirror housing, side sills and rear spoiler.

The four oval tailpipes of the exhaust system are embedded in the diffuser with chrome trim. In the interior, the S3 Sedan offers sport seats (optional S sport seats), instruments with gray dials and trim strips in black 3D look.

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Audi A1 Quattro Driven On Alpine Road [Video]

Audi A1 Quattro Driven On Alpine Road [Video]

Watch this video of the Audi A1 Quattro being driven by DTM driver Filipe Albuquerque through an alpine road. The aim of the video, to demonstrate the ability of the Audi A1 Quattro.

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Audi RS4 Avant Now Available in South Africa

Audi RS4 Avant Now Available in South Africa

The Audi RS4 Avant is now available in South Africa and has come in priced at a whopping R8750, 000. The Audi RS4 will only be available in the guise of the Avant as Audi at the moment has not planned a sedan for production.

The Audi RS4 Avant is powered by a 4.2-litre V8 which produces 331 kW, while the seven-speed S tronic and quattro® permanent all-wheel drive transfer that power to the road.

The Audi RS4 Avant has been introduced to the South African market with the following standard specifications:

  • MMI Navigation Plus
  • S sports seats with Alcantara / leather trim
  • Bluetooth cell phone preparation
  • Electrically operated tailgate
  • Audi Drive Select
  • Load through provision
  • Flat-bottomed multi-function RS-style steering wheel with shift paddles
  • Carbon inlays
  • Audi Parking System Plus
  • Xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights
  • LED taillights
  • Aluminium matt finish on window surround, mirrors and roof rails
  • Tyre repair kit
  • 19-inch wheels

For a bit more on the Audi RS4 Avant read some our earlier article (here ).

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The Outstanding Audi RS 7 Sportback

The Outstanding Audi RS 7 Sportback

Audi will be expanding its RS model line-up with the introduction of the Audi RS 7 Sportback at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS).

Some cars deserve to be introduced starting first from the exterior styling, the interior styling followed lastly by the engine that actually propels them. However cars such as Audi’s RS models as well as Mercedes’s AMG models all deserve to start first with the engine specs whilst the interior and exterior to some extent tend to be more arbitrary. So, on that note we’ll start with the key differentiator from a standard A7 Sportbackand the RS 7 Sportback, the engine.

The five-door coupe Audi RS 7 Sportback is powered by a twin turbo 4.0 V8 TFSI engine producing 412kW available between 5700 and 6700rpm. A constant 700Nm of torque is available between 1750 and 5500rpm.

This enables the RS 7 Sportback to sprint from 0 to 100km/h in 3.9 seconds and on to a top speed of 305km/h when the speed governor is deactivated upon customer request. All of this achieved while consuming a relatively frugal 9.8 l/100km. This fuel efficiency is achieved in part due to the Cylinder On Demand (COD) system which allows the 4.0 litre V8 engine to run on 4 cylinders.

The cylinder heads have the exhaust side on the inside and the intake side on the outside. The two twin-scroll turbochargers, which produce up to 1.2 bars of relative boost pressure, are located together with the intercooler in the inside V of the cylinder banks. Consequently, the gas paths are very short and response very good. The RS-specific engine management and unthrottled intake system also contribute to the dynamic character of the twin-turbo V8. Switchable flaps in the exhaust system make the engine sound even fuller at the push of a button or under strong acceleration. Audi also offers an optional sport exhaust system.

The engine of the Audi RS 7 Sportback is coupled to an 8-speed tiptronic transmission which offers drivers the option of choosing between modes D and S or change gears themselves using the shift paddles on the steering wheel or the selector lever, which sports a unique RS design.

The Audi RS 7 Sportback comes standard with Quattro permanent all-wheel drive. At the heart of the Quattro is a centre differential with a high locking rate and separate oil cooler to regulate temperature. It distributes the power as needed within a wide range between the front and rear axles. In the standard configuration, 60% flows to the rear and 40% to the front.

Putting the power to the road are the 20-inch forged lightweight wheels in a seven twin-spoke design. An optional 21-inch cast wheel with a choice of three designs is also available.

Stopping power for the Audi RS7 Sportback comes via four internally vented discs which feature a weight-saving wave design and measure 390 mm in diameter up front. Black painted six-piston calipers – optionally available in red – grip the discs. An optional 420mm carbon fibre ceramic disc with anthracite gray calipers is also available.

The ride of the Audi RS 7 Sportback should also be well-balanced considering the adoptive air suspension and damping. An optional sport suspension is available as an alternative to the air suspension for those wanting a firmer and more dynamic setup.

Now on to the exterior styling, to compliment the menacing grunt of the 4.0 litre V8 the look of the Audi RS 7 Sportback firmly follows the Audi RS model ethos on styling.

A series of specific design details give a sporty edge to the Audi RS 7 Sportback. These include the distinctive bumpers and high-gloss black protective grille with honeycomb structure at the front of the car as well as add-on parts in matt aluminium. At the rear of the car, which features a power extending spoiler, the diffuser and the two large, elliptical tailpipe trims of the exhaust system catch the eye.

The RS 7 Sportback is available in a choice of ten exterior colours and will have two styling packages on offer for customers to choose from; matt aluminium and carbon. With these, the front center air inlet also sports a quattro badge. With the carbon styling package, the front splitter and the diffuser are somewhat more boldly shaped. Other options include the exterior mirrors with exposed carbon housings and the all-LED headlights, whose designer trims are tinted for a unique look.

The interior also sports the normal Audi RS detailing which includes a 3 D RS 7 logo in the tachometer, the flat-bottomed three-spoke leather steering wheel, illuminated door entry sills and the displays for the MMI and driver information system also sport RS badges. The driver information system includes a shift light, which indicates when the rev limit is reached. Displays for boost pressure and oil temperature plus a lap timer round out the RS 7 Sportback specific menu.

Also not to forget are the Audi RS sports seats with pronounced side bolsters and integrated heads restraints designed to keep the occupants but mostly the driver in place and in control of thi fiery beast that is the Audi RS 7 Sportback.

The Audi RS 7 Sportback comes with a generous list of standard equipment, including xenon plus headlights, a tire pressure monitoring system, the parking system plus, three-zone automatic air conditioning, cruise control and the Audi sound system in addition to features mentioned previously. High-end options include a head-up display, a comfort package, the dynamic package and the dynamic package plus.

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New Audi RS6 Avant: Improved Performance, Lighter and More Efficient

New Audi RS6 Avant: Improved Performance, Lighter and More Efficient

We saw the launch of the Audi RS4 Avant earlier this year and now the Audi RS6 Avant has officially been unveiled. The Audi RS4 has already won the hearts of Audi fans and the video we saw of Chris Harris test driving the Audi RS4 Avant just made us want one even more.

Reduction in weight on the new Audi RS6 Avant, 100Kg lighter than the predecessor, leads to an improved power-to-weight ratio as well as improved handling.

As per vehicles with the RS badge, the Audi RS6 Avant comes with RS-specific design details which give the Avant a very distinctive appearance. Most noticeable are the matte aluminium applications on the body, the high-gloss black protective grille at the front of the car, the bumpers, the fender, sill flares and the large roof spoiler. At the rear of the car, the diffuser and the two large, elliptical exhaust tailpipes make a bold statement.

Other than the standard trim owners will also be able to choose from two optional appearance packages, Matt Aluminium or Carbon, as well as choose from additional options from the exclusive range.

The sporty interior of the Audi RS6 Avant is tailored to provide an overall excellent driving experience, with detailing which seems to make one want to exact the full potential of the car, even on a simple run to the grocery store.

RS logos are splashed over the key, the three spoke multifunctional steering wheel, the illuminated entry sills, the tachometer and the displays for the MMI as well as the Driver Information System (DIS).

Keeping occupants well positioned in the car are the RS Sports seats with pronounced side bolsters, and integrated head restraints.. The rear seats of the Audi RS6 Avant come standard with two sportily molded rear seats although a more traditional three person bench seat is also available as an option.

The new Audi RS6 Avant comes endowed with the 4.0 litre TFSI engine which debuted last year. The 4.0 litre twin turbo V8 delivers 412kW between 5700rpm and 6700rpm, with a constant torque of 700Nm available from between 1750rpm and 5500rpm. All of this is done whilst maintaining a claimed fuel consumption figure of 9.8l/100km, a reduction of 40% when compared to the previous model.

The 4.0 litre TFSI delivers a sporty full-throttled below, helped in part by the switchable flaps on the exhaust system.

The Audi RS6 can sprint to 100km/h in a claimed 3.9 seconds and in standard configuration is limited to a max speed of 250km/h. With the Dynamic package the Audi RS6 Avant is limited to 280km/h and further to 305km/h when the Dynamic Plus package is chosen.

The 4.0 litre TFSI is paired to an eight-speed triptronic featuring shortened shift times. Gear changes can be executed by using the shift paddles or the gear lever selector, which sports a unique RS design.

Ride on the Audi RS6 Avant is not compromised as the RS6 Avant comes standard with a specifically tuned adaptive air suspension. The adaptive air suspension can lower the car by 20mm.

Audi also offer s the tauter sport suspension plus with Dynamic Ride Control as an alternative to the Audi RS6 Avant adaptive air suspension. This system uses steel springs and three-way adjustable shock absorbers that are interconnected diagonally by means of oil lines and a central valve for improved body roll stability.

Uncompromised braking comes from four internally vented brake discs. The front discs measure 390mm in diameter and are gripped by black, six-piston callipers. Customers can also opt for red brake callipers as well as carbon finbre-ceramic brake discs measuring 420mm in diameter.

Transferring the power to the road are high-gloss, 20” forged wheels in a seven twin-spoke design. Optional 21” cast wheels are available in three versions: high-gloss silver, polished black and polished titanium-look.

The new Audi RS6 Avant comes with a generous list of standard equipment as well as optional equipment which should keep potential owners with the potentially difficult task of deciding what to leave out.

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Audi Hands Over New Audi A4 to Champion Michael Stephen

Audi Hands Over New Audi A4 to Champion Michael Stephen

Following his extraordinary feats over the course of the 2012 Bridgestone Production Car Championship, Audi South Africa has handed over a new Audi A4 to Michael Stephen at an event held on Monday at Audi Centre Port Elizabeth.

Piloting the superb Audi S4 quattro, Michael Stephen dominated the championship for a second consecutive year and has successfully defended the title he won in 2011. In the process he has firmly established himself as one of the best drivers in South African Motorsport history.

To further highlight his dominance, Port Elizabeth native Michael Stephen came into the final race weekend having successfully defended his title with an unassailable 52 point lead in the championship over his nearest rival; having secured the championship at the penultimate race weekend of 2012.

“Michael Stephen has proven himself to be an outstanding racing driver in South Africa and as Audi; we will continue to stand behind him as he strives for even more achievements and accolades in 2013. This handover of a new Audi A4 shows our commitment to excellence and we wish Michael all the best for the 2013 season”, added Ryan Searle, Head of Audi South Africa.

Michael Stephen has long been one of South Africa’s premier drivers; with 11 Eastern Province Championships, 7 Regional Eastern Cape and Border Championships, 6 National Karting Championships, 3 National Saloon Car Championships and finished 3rd in the International World Karting Championships. In 2008, 2009 and 2010, Michael finished 3rd in the Production car Championship in Class A before winning it for the first time in 2011. Michael was awarded Provincial Motorsport Colours in 1992 and Protea Colours in 2003 (Highest award possible).

“It has been a fantastic two seasons in 2011 and 2012. We will certainly be going all out for a hat-trick of championships in 2013, and with the support of Engen, Tsogo Sun, Terry Moss Racing and Audi, this dream could become a reality. I am proud to represent the Audi brand and would like to thank them for their continued support and commitment,” says Michael Stephen.

Source: Audi

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Can the Audi A1 Quattro Keep Up With the Nissan GT-R? [Video]

Can the Audi A1 Quattro Keep Up With the Nissan GT-R? [Video]

The guys at AutoCar put the Audi A1 Quattro against the Nissan GT-R on a wet track.

Could the Audi A1 Quattro keep up with the Nissan GT-R? Watch the video to find out.

Is this a fair comparison?

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2013 Audi A3 Sportback: More Pics and Videos

2013 Audi A3 Sportback: More Pics and Videos

Earlier in the year Audi released some information on the Audi A3 Sportback, and recently released even more information on the upcoming Audi A3 Sportback which is set to be on dealer floors from February 2013 in Europe.

The use of ultra lightweight technology from Audi reduces the weight of the new Audi A3 Sportback by as much as 90 kilograms compared with the previous version. Equipped with the 1.4 TFSI engine, the five-door model has a curb weight (without driver) of just 1,205 kilograms.

The body of the new Audi A3 Sportback is long and lean. While the length (4,310 millimeters), width (1,780 millimeters) and height (1,425 millimeters) of the new model are only slightly greater than on the previous model, the wheelbase is now significantly longer at 2,636 millimeters, an increase of 58 millimeters.

The distinctive, Stone Gray single-frame grille with the angled upper corners is the distinguishing element at the front of the vehicle.

Audi rings are highlighted three-dimensionally. The flat headlights give the new Audi A3 Sportback a determined gaze. Full LED headlights will be offered at a later time.

The interior of the new Audi A3 Sportback is elegant, airy and cleanly designed. It carries over the dynamics of the exterior. The instrument panel with its curving front is slim and low. Together with the center console oriented toward the driver, it appears to float slightly.

The interior finish is what we have come to expect from Audi, the large, round air nozzles in jet design, the elegant user interface panel for the climate control system and sculpturally styled trim set the tone – with their polish they bring the quality of the full-size class into the new Audi A3 Sportback. The seats and steering wheels are new developments, and the car’s user controls are clear and intuitive – as they are in every Audi. The compact five-door model offers a generous luggage capacity of between 380 and 1,220 liters.

Customized online services, which the brand offers under Audi connect, network drivers to the Internet and rapidly supply the driver with key information – in an easy-to-comprehend format. The connection to the Internet is established via Audi connect, an extension of the MMI navigation plus system. Passengers can surf and e-mail freely with up to eight mobile devices via the integrated WLAN hotspot.

The system delivers Internet services tailored for the driver to the car – from navigation with Google Earth images and Google Maps Street View to Audi online traffic information to services such as Facebook and Twitter. Audi connect offers drivers for the first time the ability to have e-mail read aloud and to dictate text messages (SMS).

The new Audi A3 Sportback is launching with two TDI and two TFSI engines, all of which are new developments. Their engine displacements range from 1.4 to 2.0 litres and their power from 77 kW to 135 kW.

At its launch, the 1.8 TFSI is being offered with a seven-speed S tronic; in combination with the vehicle dynamics system Audi drive select, it offers a free-wheeling function that reduces fuel consumption. The 1.4 TFSI and 2.0 TDI are paired with a manual six-speed transmission. Quattro permanent all-wheel drive will follow shortly.

The new Audi A3 Sportback will begin appearing in German dealerships in February 2013, with prices starting at €23,400. The 1.2 TFSI will be available somewhat later for a base price of €22,500. Customers can choose between the trim lines Attraction, Ambition and Ambiente. There is also large number of sporty and comfortable options, such as adaptive light of the panoramic glass roof.

We have not managed to get the South African vehicle specifications or pricing for the new Audi A3 Sportback, hopefully we will soon.

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Four Generations Of the Audi Avant [Video]

Four Generations Of the Audi Avant [Video]

The Audi Avant is a well packaged vehicle offering everyday practicality however the Audi RS speaks to another side, the added need for something special on that endless and rather endless commute, Sheer Power and Excitement.

There is just something about the Audi RS models that makes one quiver and stand in awe every time you see one, perhaps its the engine sound often heard from a distance, that growl that just makes the hair on your skin stand on end.

The video shows the four generations of the Audi Avant starting from the 1994 Audi RS2 up to the new 2012 Audi RS4 Avant. All models which would be held in high esteem if they were parked in our garages, especially the RS2.

Source: IEDEI

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2013 Audi A3 Prices For South Africa

2013 Audi A3 Prices For South Africa

The Audi A3 pricing is now available and Audi South Africa have updated their website to reflect the vehicle specifications and pricing. Vehicles are said to be available from around mid-November 2012.

To read more on the Audi A3 read our previous article published earlier this year just before the 2012 geneva Motor Show.

Since then a number of drive reviews have been performed by a number of motoring publications. Have a look at the two video reviews of the Audi A3 hatchback, from both a male and female perspective.

The pricing for the Audi A3 is as follows:

1.2 TFSI 77kw Manual (S) – R267000

1.4 TSI 90kW Manual (S) – R274500

1.4 TSI 90kW S-tronic (S)- R291500

1.6 TDI 77kW S-tronic (S)-R302500

1.8 TFSI 132kW Manual (SE) – R305000

1.8 TFSI 132kW S-tronic (SE) – R322000

1.8 TFSI 132kW Quattro S-tronic (SE) – R351500

The Audi A3 faces fierce competition from the likes of the Volvo V40, the radically overhauled Mercedes A-Class, and the BMW 1 series, so only time will tell how Audi performs.

The new Mercedes A-Class AMG or A45 AMG, will have a power output of 242kW delivered from its four-cylinder 2.0L turbocharged engine whereas the Audi S3 has a power output of 221kW with the Audi RS3 most likey being way over that.

Considering the more appealing look of the Mercedes A-class which was intentionally designed to appeal to younger buyers, we think we have the making for a rather interesting premium hatchback war, in terms of price, styling, quality and performance.

Source: Audi

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