THE NEW AUDI A6 : THE UPGRADET BUSINESS CLASS

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The new A6, the eighth generation of its successful full-size Sedan brings numerous innovations to the segment. Whether in terms of digitalization, comfort or sportiness – the elegantly sculptured Audi A6 is the multitalent in the luxury class. The all-digital MMI touch response system provides intuitive operation. The extensive connectivity and assistance solutions demonstrate networked intelligence.

The interior systematically adopts digitalization and is groundbreaking in its segment. The suspension combines smooth ride comfort and high stability with enhanced sportiness. All engines have a mild-hybrid system as standard equipment for convenience and efficiency.

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The MMI touch response system of the new Audi A6 sets new standards in terms of intuitive operation and personalization. The MMI touch response operating system with haptic and acoustic feedback provides rapid, intuitive operation: Users hear and feel a click as confirmation as soon as their finger triggers a function.

The new Audi A6 offers an extensive range of connectivity solutions for superb safety, convenience and personalization. The standard specification includes MMI navigation, with MMI navigation plus – a media hub with a new design – available as an option.

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Even more comfort, poise and safety on long and short journeys – the new A6 with new and refined driver assistance systems sets new standards in the luxury class. These include the parking pilot and the garage pilot, which are set to extend the range of equipment during the course of the year: They autonomously maneuver the Sedan into and out of a parking space or garage. The driver can get out of the car before activating and monitoring the process using the myAudi app on their smartphone. To do so, the driver must continuously hold down the relevant function key.

All engines in the new A6 come with Audi’s new mild-hybrid technology. Here a belt alternator starter (BAS) works together with a lithium-ion battery. The Audi A6 can coast between 55 and 160 km/h. Audi offers the new A6 with two powerful, smooth engines – one diesel and one gasoline unit.

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The 3.0 TFSI V6 turbocharged engine accelerates the business sedan from 0 to 100 km/h (0 – 62.1 mph) in 5.1 seconds with 250 kW (340 hp) and 500 Nm.The 3.0 TDI with 210 kW (286 hp) produces similar performance and delivers 620 Nm of torque to the crankshaft. While the 3.0 TDI is paired with an eight-speed tiptronic, the 3.0 TFSI is coupled as standard with a seven-speed S tronic.

The new Audi A6 is due to roll off the assembly line at the Neckarsulm site and will launch on the German market in June 2018. The basic price as the Audi A6 Sedan 50 TDI quattro is 58,050 euros.

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FIRST CUSTOMERS TAKE OVER NEW AUDI R8 LMS GT4

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Audi Sport customer racing has acquired the first customers for the Audi R8 LMS GT4. The racers from America, Australia, China and Europe took over the first twelve sports cars of the most recent model range in Neuburg an der Donau. The Audi R8 LMS GT4 is Audi Sport customer racing’s third model.

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Stephan Winkelmann, CEO of Audi Sport GmbH, and Chris Reinke, Head of Audi Sport customer racing, personally welcomed the customers at Audi’s Neuburg location. Five race cars went to customers from the USA and two each to customers from Asia, to Team Bourguignon from the Netherlands, to Phoenix Racing from Germany and one to an Australian customer.

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Audi has successfully tested the R8 LMS GT4 this year on several occasions, including the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring and in the VLN Endurance Championship. Now the first purely private racing commitments of the Audi R8 LMS GT4 are coming up when Phoenix Racing contests the Dubai 24 Hours with two cars from January 12 to 13, 2018. Two weeks later, the season of the North American IMSA series will kick off at Daytona. On the first weekend in February, customers are going to contest the Bathurst 12 Hour before the Audi R8 LMS Cup starts its seventh season in March.

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In addition to the Audi R8 LMS GT3 for top-flight racing and the Audi RS 3 LMS entry-level touring car, the Audi R8 LMS GT4 is Audi Sport customer racing’s third model.

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The new Audi RS 5 Coupé – Gran Turismo Among the RS Models

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The new Audi RS 5 Coupé is the first Audi Sport model in the new RS design idiom. Sporty accents are provided by the RS-specific diffuser insert, the oval tailpipes of the RS exhaust system and surface-mounted spoiler lip. The RS 5 Coupé rolls standard on 19-inch wheels, with 20-inch wheels available as an option. The appearance packages – gloss black, carbon and matt aluminum – provide even more customization options.

With a length of 4,723 millimeters, the new Audi RS 5 Coupé is 74 millimeters longer than the previous model. The 2.9 TFSI V6 biturbo engine, which Audi developed from the ground up, offers sharp increases in power and efficiency as well as an incomparably full-bodied RS sound. It produces 331 kW (450 hp). Its peak torque of 600 Nm – up 170 Nm from the previous model – is available across a wide band from 1,900 to 5,000 rpm.

The top model in the A5 family sprints from 0 to 100 km/h  in 3.9 seconds and with the optional dynamic package reaches a top speed of 280 km/h. The biturbo’s power flows through a sportily-tuned, eight-speed tiptronic with optimized shift times to the quattro permanent all-wheel drive. The drive forces are distributed asymmetrically to the axles (40:60) to guarantee dynamic handling with optimal traction and the greatest possible safety. Audi Sport also offers an optional rear sport differential.

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A comprehensive range of infotainment choices is sure to keep everyone on board entertained. The optional MMI navigation plus with MMI touch includes the hardware module Audi connect, which connects the new RS 5 Coupé to the internet via LTE. Thanks to the Audi connect SIM, which is permanently installed in the car, the flat rate data package for the connect services including Europe-wide roaming is free of charge for three years. Passengers can go online with their mobile devices via the Wi-Fi hotspot option.

The Audi smartphone interface uses Apple Car Play and Android Auto to make selected apps available in a separate MMI menu. Control is easy and intuitive, thanks to natural language voice control, free text search and the multifunction steering wheel. The touchpad in the center console is used to zoom, scroll and enter characters. Further high-end technologies, such as the head-up display and as many as 30 driver assistance systems enhance safety, comfort and efficiency. The intelligent interplay between these systems represents another step on the road to piloted driving.

Over 13,000 units of the first-generation Audi RS 5 Coupé have been delivered to customers since 2010. The new high-performance coupé is coming to dealerships in Germany and other European countries in June 2017. The price is EUR 80,900.

 

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The “Audi Sport” Edition of the Audi R8 Coupé

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Audi is unveiling the exclusive, high-performance sports car for the first time, at the New York International Auto Show. The car is being built in a limited run of 200 and can be ordered from May onward. Silver, red and black are the colors of Audi Sport. The colors heighten the car’s motorsport feeling.

Regardless of what body color the customer chooses, the sideblades and exterior mirrors in brilliant red produce a striking contrast and are just one of the visual highlights. Accenting the sophisticated exterior are the front spoiler, Singleframe grille and diffuser insert, all in titanium black – yet another facet of the car’s distinctive character. At the rear, trapezoidal tailpipe trims in gloss black enhance the dynamic effect of the car’s design.Audi Sport GmbH has equipped the special edition with 20-inch wheels of forged aluminum, with 245/30 front tires and 305/30 rear tires.

The interior welcomes driver and passenger with illuminated door sill trims. Their aluminum inlays bear the Audi Sport label complete with the red rhombus, and the model’s exclusiveness is indicated by the inscription “1/200”. The color palette of the interior harmonizes perfectly with the car’s exterior. The door trims and sport seats are in fine Nappa leather, with a color combination of black and express red. The seat backrests are embossed with the R8 emblem – an exclusive design element for the special edition model. Contrasting stitching in dark silver accents the steering wheel, door trims and seats.

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The car’s sporty character is underscored by decorative inlays in a gloss carbon finish. The inlays are used at places including the surrounding frame of the Audi virtual cockpit, on the air vents and on the center console. The flat-bottomed, leather-covered performance steering wheel in three-spoke design is standard on the special edition model. It is emblazoned with an R8 emblem, and the black leather-covered rim of the wheel has an express red stripe at the 12 o’clock position, in keeping with the car’s motorsport heritage. The marker is a visual aid to help drivers keep the steering wheel centered when challenging their driving skills.

The famously powerful V10 mid-engine starts up by means of one satellite control button, and the driver uses a second button to adjust the settings of Audi drive select, the dynamic handling system. Two additional buttons and a rotary switch are used to control the exhaust flaps and the performance mode, which includes three more driving programs – dry, wet and snow. They adapt the handling even more precisely to the respective road conditions.

The Audi Sport Edition of the R8 Coupé will be built in a limited production run of 200 cars, and orders can be placed worldwide beginning in May 2017. In Germany prices of the model powered by the V10 variant with 397 kW (540 hp) start at EUR 181,900. And prices of the car with the V10 plus variant, which delivers 449 kW (610 hp) of power, start at EUR 205,800. Deliveries will begin in late summer of 2017.

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The New Audi Q5 Awarded Five Stars EuroNCAP

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The new Audi Q5* was awarded five stars in the Euro NCAP, the organization’s highest rating. The top score means the bestseller from Ingolstadt is among the safest automobiles in its class.

The Audi Q5 showed off its strengths in every type of test. The new generation of the strong-selling Audi model scored points for occupant protection, child safety and pedestrian protection. Also contributing to the SUV’s rating were the driver assistance systems that are standard equipment – including pre sense city, the emergency braking system that reacts to vehicles up ahead of the car and to pedestrians.

The Q5 achieved excellent values for crash safety, even though its overall weight has been reduced by up to 90 kg (198.4 lb). The outstanding NCAP test results underscore the high standards the brand with the four rings upholds in the areas of active and passive safety, and in lightweight construction. Euro NCAP has been conducting comparative testing of new cars for crash safety since 1997.

The testing organization’s membership comprises a number of European transport ministries and automobile clubs, insurance companies and consumer protection groups. Its comprehensive range of test requirements are considerably more demanding than the specifications set by European legislators.

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Audi Best Car Brand in Consumer Reports

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The influential American Consumer Reports magazine has ranked Audi the “best car brand” in 2017 in an extensive survey. This is the second consecutive year that Audi has captured first place. Dietmar Voggenreiter, Board Member for Marketing and Sales at AUDI AG: “2016 was a record year for Audi in the United States, our third largest global market. We are extremely honored by this distinction and we view it as incentive to keep delighting our customers in the US with sporty, efficient and increasingly connected cars.”

The online edition of Consumer Reports announced the results of the “Which brands make the best vehicles?” survey in advance: Audi is the overall winner, followed by Porsche in second place and BMW in third. The survey includes the categories road test, reliability, owner satisfaction and safety.

Consumer Reports additionally selects its “10 Top Picks of 2017: Best Cars of the Year.” In this list, Audi topped the luxury SUV category with the Audi Q7. Consumer Reports is an independent American organization that tests, rates and compares everyday products and presents the results in a monthly magazine.

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The New Audi A5 and S5 Cabriolet – Adding a Touch of Sporty Elegance to Spring

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The new Audi A5 Cabriolet completes the second generation of the A5 family. Up to four people can enjoy intense driving pleasure on board the open-top mid-sized model. In the Audi S5 Cabriolet a new six-cylinder turbocharged engine developing 354 hp and 500 Nm (368.8 lb-ft) of torque ensures top performance. The designers went with the precise, elegant lines of the Coupé for the shape of the new Audi A5 Cabriolet.

The rear window is now flatter and emphasizes the sporty looks, as do the short overhangs and the long wraparound hood with power dome. With a length of 4,673 millimeters (184.0 in), the new A5 Cabriolet is 47 millimeters (1.9 in) longer than the predecessor model.

Together with the wheelbase is now more space for the driver and passengers. Shoulder room in the front row of seats has been increased by 26 millimeters and knee room in the rear by 18 millimeters. The classic soft top fits perfectly into the athletic design and delivers outstanding aeroacoustics thanks to effective insulation. The new one-touch opening function makes operating the standard acoustic hood much easier: A quick pull of the switch is all it takes to open the soft top fully automatically in 15 seconds or close it in 18 seconds – even while driving up to 50 km/h.

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The engineers increased the already high torsional stiffness of the previous model by a good 40 percent. The body is now the stiffest in its class. The total weight of the new generation has been reduced by up to 40 kilograms. Adaptive dampers are available as an option. They are incorporated into the standard Audi drive select dynamic handling system.The newly developed electromechanical power steering offers good feedback from the road and greater steering precision. Optionally available is dynamic steering.

The engine lineup initially comprises three units – a 2.0 TFSI with 185 kW (252 hp), a 2.0 TDI with 140 kW (190 hp) and a 3.0 TDI with 160 kW (218 hp). Following the market introduction, a 2.0 TFSI with 140 kW (190 hp) and a 3.0 TDI with 210 kW (286 hp) will join the lineup. Compared with the predecessor model, engine output has increased by up to 17 percent while fuel consumption has been reduced. Front-wheel drive is standard; quattro with ultra technology and permanent all-wheel drive are available as options.

The latter is standard with the 3.0 TDI with 210 kW (286 hp) and in the S5 Cabriolet. The sporty top model is equipped with a turbocharged, 2995 cc, six-cylinder engine producing a whopping 260 kW (354 hp) – 15 kW (21 hp) more than with the predecessor. The sprint from zero to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) takes 5.1 seconds. Audi limits top speed to 250 km/h (155.3 mph). A comprehensive range of infotainment awaits the driver on board the new A5/S5 Cabriolet.

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Audi connect uses the fast LTE standard to deliver the brand’s Internet services to the car, including navigation with Google Earth and Google Street View, traffic, travel and parking information and also access to Twitter. Passengers can surf the World Wide Web with their mobile devices using the Wi-Fi hotspot. With the Audi MMI connect app, the driver can access the status and parking location of the vehicle remotely as well as lock and unlock the car. Selected smartphone content, such as navigation, telephone and music are integrated into the vehicle’s MMI system via Apple Car Play and Android Auto.

As many as 30 driver assistance systems – top in the segment – enhance safety, comfort and efficiency. The A5/S5 Cabriolet is also equipped with the first Car-to-X technologies. As part of a swarm, it uses the cellular phone network to report detected speed limits or hazards such as a broken-down vehicle or a slippery road surface to a server in the cloud. Many other high-end technologies are available, including the head-up display, the Bang & Olufsen Sound System with 3D sound, seats with a massage function and Matrix LED headlights with dynamic turn signals front and rear.

The new Audi A5 and S5 Cabriolet will be in dealerships in Germany and other European countries in March 2017. The generous standard equipment includes Xenon headlights, LED rear lights, leather seats, MMI radio plus with 7-inch color display, seat belt microphones and Audi pre sense city. The A5 Cabriolet starts at EUR 49,350. The price for the S5 Cabriolet is EUR 67,800.

 

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