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

A HAPPY RETURN FOR AN AUDI ICON

The Audi RS 3 went AWOL more than 18 months ago due to delays that Audi said were brought about by the implementation of new WLTP homologation rules in Europe. Now the Audi icon, truly a thing of worship to some enthusiasts, is back with its 2.5-litre turbocharged five-cylinder engine fired up and ready to go. With a heritage that dates back to the legendary Sport quattro S1 Group B rally car of the early 1980s, the RS 3 makes a return as a Sedan and Sportback, the latter, Audi’s… Read more

AUDI Q2 UPDATED

Audi’s Q2 SUV been heavily revised with biggest news being an advanced new 1.5-litre TFSI engine. It also has technical upgrades and a modified appearance. The headlights now have a more distinctive shape and the octagonal Singleframe grille is slightly lower than before to make the front appear wider. To further enhance the aesthetics of the Q2, dynamic 18-inch alloy wheels are now standard across the range. The Audi 35 TFSI has an all-new 1.5-litre TFSI turbo-petrol with outputs of 110kW, and 250Nm between 1500 and 3000rpm. Its Cylinder-on-Demand (CoD)… Read more

AUDI RS Q8 REVIEW

Audi RS Q8 says it’s a masterpiece of engineering that can be used on racetracks as well as in off-road conditions. Hopefully the off-road feature is restricted to exploring the great Australian outback and doesn’t refer to off-road on racetracks… We have just spent an enjoyable week behind the wheel of the hottest, biggest Audi of them all, the RS Q8.STYLINGThere’s nothing shy and retiring about the Audi RS Q8. It has wider guards by 10mm at the front and 5mm at the rear. This not only makes space for… Read more

2020 AUDI R8 REVIEW

Audi has reintroduced its R8 sportscar after an absence of several years. Though the company won’t say so in answer to our questions it’s probably come back to take on recently introduced sports models from its German, British and Japanese competitors. We’ve just spent an enjoyable week road testing one, though sadly we didn’t have a chance to test it to its limits at a race track – perhaps later… STYLINGThe first thing that you look at in the Audi R8 is the back window because there’s a gloriously looking… Read more

EXTRA SHOVE IN THE AUDI SUV PACK

Audi has called up a strapping diesel derivative to pack down with its petrol powered Q8 teammate in its flagship luxury sports utility vehicle squad. The Q8 50 TDI quattro comes to market with power-packed performance and looks to match. Powered by a 3.0-litre TDI V6 engine producing 210 kW of power and 600 Nm of torque (the Q8 55 TFSI 3.0-litre turbo petrol V6 puts out 250 kW and 500 Nm), the Q8 50 TDI can hit 100 km/h from rest in an impressive 6.3 seconds. Mated with an… Read more