AUDI ADDS SPORTBACK TO ITS Q5 RANGE

After a number of false starts due to Covid-19 Audi has now been able to launch a Sportback variant to its latest Q5 model range. It joins the updated wagon-style Q5 SUV that arrived here earlier this year. Sportback variants were first added to Audi’s range in 2010 on its sedan models to provide coupe styling with wagon practicality. The Sportback body style was first applied to an SUV in 2020 with the Q3 and is now been added to the Q5 and SQ5 range. The points of distinction between… Read more

AUDI A4 2008 – 2020

For too many years the Audi 4 was regarded by the public as a second division player in the prestige German market. That’s now pretty well changed and Audi is now seen as one of the big three alongside Mercedes and BMW. The Audi A4 is sold in a big variety of bodies; sedan, a two-door cabriolet and an Avant station wagon. A further variation is the A4 allroad quattro. Based on the Avant it has increased ground clearance, as well as added body and underbody protection, it’s certainly not… Read more

NEW AUDI S3 SPORTBACK AND S3 SEDAN

Audi Australia has announced pricing and specification details for the all-new Audi S3 Sportback and S3 Sedan which are due to arrive in early 2022. The new S3 comes standard with Matrix LED headlights with dynamic front and rear indicators and digital daytime running light signature. Consisting of 5 x 3 LED segments, these incorporate intelligently-controlled high beam lights and lock/unlock animations as standard. The 2.0-litre engine produces 228 kW of power and 400 Nm of torque. The latter is over a broad range of between 2,000 and 5,450 rpm…. Read more

AUDI Q2 REVIEW

The Q2 is the entry-level model into the Audi’s five-model SUV range sitting below the Q3, Q5, Q7 and Q8. Between them they account for around 80 per cent of the brand’s total Australian sales. First released in late 2017, and upgraded in February 2021, the Q2 now comes in two variants: 1.5-litre 35 TFSI and 2.0-litre quattro 40 TFSI. At the same time a new high-performance SQ2 was added and which will justify a separate review down the track. Priced at $43,600 plus on-roads, the 35 TFSI has LED… Read more

AUDI SQ2 – A LITTLE TEMPTATION GOES A LONG WAY

If the Audi R8 supercar could be called a beast, by the same token, the SQ2 small sports utility vehicle, by the German maker, surely earns the title little devil. The figures speak for themselves. The R8 quattro serves up 449 kW and 560 Nm, launching the car from rest to 100 km/h in 3.7 seconds, the SQ2 quattro 221 kW and 400 Nm, a tad over a second slower. Unremarkably, cost is $395,000 (R8) against $64,400 (SQ2), plus on-roads, but who’s counting? With a worldwide shift to SUVs, after… Read more

HOT NEW AUDI RS 3: ADVANCE INFORMATION

Audi has given us advance information on its new Audi RS 3 Sportback and sedan that are expected to arrive in Australia in the first half of 2022. Its 294 kW five-cylinder engine now delivers 500 Nm of torque and responds even faster than the previous unit. It will sprint from zero to 100 km/h in just 3.8 seconds. Top speed is limited to 250 km/h, but with the RS Dynamic package and ceramic brakes, they can even reach a top speed of 290 km/h. A seven-speed dual-clutch transmission has… Read more

AUDI Q5 SPORTBACK AND SQ5 SPORTBACK

Audi’s first-ever Q5 Sportback and SQ5 Sportback will be on sale in Australia from August. All feature S line exterior styling, including honeycomb pattern grille, trapezoidal front bumper design with matt aluminium inserts, S line rear spoiler and diffuser with selenite silver trim, as well as S line badging. Two 20-inch alloy wheel designs are standard: 5-arm design and Audi Sport 5-V-spoke design on the TDI and TFSI models respectively.Styling wise, the Audi SQ5 Sportback TDI has vertical brackets which give structure to the large side air inlets on the… Read more

AUDI TT 1999 – 2019

The very stylish Audi TT was launched in1998. It had fascinating style and created a great deal of attention, from not only the motoring press but also car lovers in general. The domed exterior lines of the body carry through to the cabin, with large circular dials and ventilation outlets. Audi TT first reached Australia in May 1999. The second-generation TT, introduced downunder in November 2006, wasn’t as striking in its shape. That changed with the launch of the third generation here in February 2015, seeing the TT go back… Read more

AN OPEN-AND-SHUT CASE FOR AUDI A5

What could be better than a panoramic sunroof? Try no roof at all. Audi seemingly has got this and has added a cabriolet – a coupe-style car with a folding top – to its latest A5 range. The result is the new Audi A5 Cabriolet 45 TFSI quattro S line. The A5 was once described by legendary Audi designer Walter de Silva as the ‘the most beautiful car I’ve ever designed’ and the new A5 Coupe, Sportback and Cabriolet build on the original’s timeless elegance, incorporating the latest Audi design… Read more

AUDI SQ5 TDI HAS MAJOR ENGINE UPGRADES

Audi’s sporty SQ5 SUV has been updated with refreshed styling, and more power thanks to major changes to the engine. In its latest version, the 3.0-litre V6 engine’s the pistons are no longer made of aluminium but of forged steel. The intercooler has been changed over from an air/air cooler in the bumper to an indirect water/air cooler in the inside of the V of the engine. The turbocharger has a smaller and lighter compressor wheel for a faster torque buildup. The exhaust manifold has improved insulation so that the… Read more