A little over two decades have passed since the groundbreaking Audi A8 was first introduced, and Audi UK is celebrating the enduring appeal of its luxury saloon with a bespoke model – the Edition 21. Incorporating a choice blend of the latest developments in design, technology and luxury from the recently revised A8 range, many of which are fitted as standard exclusively to this version, the A8 Edition 21 will be available in standard and Long Wheelbase formats priced at £72,525 OTR and £76,490 OTR. A limited run of just 121 cars is now available to order, and customers can expect first deliveries to begin in November.
Audi RS6 beats the S6? This former wisdom is now almost rendered obsolete by ABT Sportsline, which launches a performance package putting the sporty S6 near the same level as its supersporty cousin. “With ABT Power New Generation we much raise the pulse and the Avant or limo’s performance, too,” says a pleased CEO Hans Jürgen Abt. Instead of 450 hp (331 kW) and 550 Nm, we now have 550 hp (404 kW) and 680 Nm. Fun? Almost unlimited! And now wonder, as the Vmax was raised to 290 kph. Incidentally,
Audi has developed the world’s sportiest piloted driving car. At the German Touring Car Masters (DTM) season finale, the Audi RS 7 piloted driving concept car will demonstrate its dynamic potential and driving capabilities for the first time on the Hockenheimring – at racing speed, without a driver.
A new range of Audi A7 Sportback models, including a 60mpg V6 TDI ultra, becomes available in the UK this week, further enriching the blend of grand tourer elegance and executive car versatility already offered by the acclaimed ‘five-door coupe’. Priced from £45,875 OTR, the latest, simplified A7 Sportback line-up combines enhanced EU6-compliant engines with styling revisions, new LED headlights and tail lights including ‘sweeping’ indicators, further improved interior decor and upgraded infotainment. The first examples are set to arrive with UK customers in the last quarter of 2014.
Even though its more conventional brothers with the “even” type designations, the A4, A6 and A8, are much more popular, the Audi A7, a rather exotic car for road use, is without doubt the most elegant model in the Ingolstadt car builders’ portfolio at the moment. The most noticeable, and visually most dominant, feature of the Bavarian top-class model is its slightly slanted Sportback tail, which gives the A7 a coupé-like silhouette in spite of its four doors, quoting the shapes of its ancestor, the Audi 100 Coupé S, which was built between 1970 and 1976.
The styling experts from MR Racing in Eschweiler, near Aachen, recognised the A7 Sportback as the ideal basis for developing an elegant but extroverted project vehicle.
Car wrapping is definitely THE discovery of the past years that accounts for a true revolution in the tuning scene. No more expensive painting but a mere endless array of colors, samples, surfaces and design options to choose from. It’s all a freaky affair with this Audi R8 at mbDESIGN because it was here that the agency “raum22” performed a full wrapping in the design of the F16 Arctic Aggressor fighter jet.
To match the aggressive looks, exclusive mbDESIGN KV1 rims in dull gray with camouflage rim bed rotate in the wheelhouses of the sports car from Ingolstadt; in the format 9×20 inches ET34 with 235/30ZR20 in front and 12×20 inches ET42 with 305/25ZR20 Dunlop Sport Maxx GT tires in the rear. Practical: There is a TÜV parts expertise for this wheel/tire combination to facilitate smooth registration in the vehicle documents. While the “normal” concave version of the KV1 is used on the front axle, the “deep concave“ variation provides an impressive disposition on the rear axle with its particularly distinctive concavity. In any case, the KV1 perfectly matches the exterior wrapping of the sports car. The chassis is lowered through a GT coil-over kit which finally beams a perfect light on the wheelhouses.
Originally the Audi Q3 wasn’t the sort of car that took to the streets to dislocate people’s necks. It tended to be sober, was a good family friend and endowed with all the ingredients which mobile man does not wish to be without when travelling by car. Then the Q3 caught the attention of interested parties who don’t like to do without performance as a matter of principle. It was for this clientèle that Audi created the RS Q3 2.5 TFSI quattro. The powerful five-cylinder engine generates 310 hp, and that was the end of the steady old friend, guardian of hearth and home. Its image is now more akin to the road-going go-getter than the mother-in-law’s blue-eyed boy.
Toyota FT-1 concept car, 2014
It’s fascinating, if you’re interested in cars, to look back at concept cars from days gone by. Though they never make it to market in exactly the same form as the concept itself, they’ve often been important pointers towards what consumers can expect in the next few years. The real beauty of them is that they allow the minds of the designers to run wild, unfettered by considerations of cost, marketability, and in some cases, sanity.
Today’s concept cars, while still leaning towards futuristic fantasy, have to have an eye on the fact that the internet is changing the way people interact with their cars. Instant access to GPS based maps is now a given, and the future of in-car entertainment is going to be one in which cars are built with superfast broadband connections and WLAN hotspots. The development cycle for cars is much longer than that for electronics (simply because they’re more expensive), so a degree of future-proofing is necessary.