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Audi R8 Spyder Makes Global Debut at NY Auto Show

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Today, Audi showed off the roofless version of the R8, the Audi R8 Spyder at the New York International Auto Show. There really isn’t much to say other than the obvious lack of a roof on the Spyder. The soft top takes about 20 seconds to retract and can be operated up to about 50 km/h. With the R8 already designed and built with the Spyder model in mind, there were minimal changes made to accomodate the soft top resulting in minimal weight gains and loss of rigidity.

“For Audi of America, the R8 started a revolution,” said Scott Keogh, President, Audi of America. “It didn’t just win at the racetrack and become the car of super heroes, it truly added Audi to the luxury conversation in the U.S.”

Under the hood there is the same 5.2L V10 mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. Pricing for the R8 Spyder was not available at the time this was written, but we’ll be sure to update it as soon as we get it. The R8 Spyder will be built at the R8 production facility outside Neckarsulm, Germany.

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Audi H-Tron Quattro Shows Off Hydrogen Fuel Cell Technology Study

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Battery powered electric vehicles are dominating the topic of conversation when it comes to green vehicle technologies, but several manufacturers are still toying with the idea of a hydrogen fuel cell based power source to solve some of the complex problems with battery EVs. Chemical batteries have a lot of drawbacks, such as large weight and long recharge times, which hydrogen fuel cells solve quite easily.

Audi revealed their version of the fuel cell vehicle here at the Detroit NAIAS with the H-Tron Quattro Concept, which is a hydrogen fuel cell version of their E-Tron Quattro concept. By using a fuel cell coupled to an electric drivetrain, it completely eliminates range anxiety by delivering 600km of range in a 4-minute hydrogen refill. The fuel cell is rated at 110kW, and a smaller battery provides short boosts of 100kW, essentially doubling the available power of the H-Tron Quattro.

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All-new 2016 A4 (B9) Makes US Debut at NAIAS

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If you’ve already read about the B9 Audi A4, you may be cringing at my choice of a title as the B9 hardly deserves to be referred to as “all-new”. It looks like a mid model refresh of the B8 with updated styling cues taken from the A3. Audi’s new Head of Design, Marc Lichte likely didn’t want to make too many big changes to one of Audi’s best selling vehicles. As the adage goes, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!

Up front the headlights receive a small adjustment with them flaring upwards a bit more towards the side giving the front end a bit of a meaner look. Oh, and before you ask, no the matrix LED headlights found on the European A4 will not be available for North American bound A4s. The hood looks more edgy for lack of a better word and the lower front fascia has a sharper design to it than than on the B8. Running down the sides you’d be hard pressed to notice any differences aside from the wider bevel. Out back, the new wider angled taillights suit the A4 much better than the ones found on the outgoing model and instantly make the B8 taillights look dated. It looks especially good on the estate models, but we’ll have to see if that carries over to North America in the Allroad as the estate model likely won’t make it here.

What the new A4 lacks in terms of radical restyling on the exterior however, is made up by the modernization of the interior. The Audi Virtual Cockpit, which made it’s debut in the new Audi TT makes its way into the B9 A4, and will surely be the most talked about feature in the B9 A4. It is a 12.3″ screen that replaces the conventional cluster, configurable by the driver to display the info they want to see. An 8″ screen sits near the top of the dash above the vents and central stack. Other notable features include support for Apple CarPlay as well as Android Auto and an optional Bang and Olufsen sound system featuring 3DSound, a 19-speaker setup to rattle your eardrums.

Under the hood there will only be a single engine option, the 2.0L TFSI also found in the A6 and A7. No word yet on whether or not there will be TDI options in future model years, but it won’t be available at launch, which will be in just a few months.

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Audi S8 Plus, RS7 Performance and New R8 in LA

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Audi opened up their LA Auto Show press conference by tackling the TDIGate scandal by reaffirming their commitment to investigate and resolve any TDI issues found as part of multiple investigations going on right now regarding the cheat software found in TDI vehicles. There was no mention of the misstated CO2 emissions numbers on their gasoline powered vehicles.

Audi quickly segued on a brief introduction of some new vehicles including the S8 Plus and RS7 Performance as well as the new R8 making its North American auto show debut before wrapping up with a summary of Audi’s plans for an electrified future.

Audi’s main stage was occupied by an A3 e-tron and the e-tron Quattro Concept vehicle that we’ve seen before at past shows. Audi is aiming to have 25% of their vehicle sales to be electric vehicles in 10 years time and a part of that lofty goal is Audi’s plans to launch a country-wide electrical charging network. The charging network will provide about a 320km range in just 30 minutes. Audi’s confidence in electric vehicles also comes at a time where battery costs have dropped dramatically and are now only about 10% of what a battery cost just years ago.

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We go racing against Audi’s autonomous RS7

It’s Man Versus Machine As Host Jonathon Buckley Races Against Audi’s Autonomous RS7

Translogic host Jonathon Buckley heads back to the Ascari Race Resort in Spain for an encounter with a track rival unlike any other. Watch as “Bucko” challenges “Bobby,” Audi’s autonomous Audi RS7 racecar to s…


Audi reveals virtual reality ‘dealership in a briefcase’

Virtual reality still seems like technology that should be lumped in with the flying car and colonizing the moon as the sort of perennially “almost-here” Next Big Thing that never quite arrives. However, devices like gaming’s Oculus Rift suggests that it’s too soon to write off VR just yet, and …


Audi rumoured to ditch Le Mans, DTM for F1

If you’ve been scratching your head wondering how – between Audi and Porsche – the Volkswagen Group could possibly support two rival top-tier LMP1 programs at Le Mans and the FIA World Endurance Championship, but stay out of Formula One entirely, you’re not alone. In fact, Porsche wa…


Audi introduces leaner, fitter second-generation Q7

After a long run on the market, Audi has finally signaled the end of the first-generation Q7 with the introduction of the long-awaited second-gen version of the brand’s first crossover.

The 2016 Q7 is a far lighter machine than the vehicle it replaces, thanks to ample use of hot-shaped steel …


Meet The All-New 2016 Audi Q7

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Today, Audi showed off its all-new 2016 Q7. The largest SUV in their line-up (until the arrival of the Q8 anyway) was long overdue for a redesign as the now decade old first generation was looking a little outdated, even with the minor facelifts over the past several years giving the Q7 updated headlights, taillights, wheels and updated electronics and infotainment options. The new Q7 is the first to utilize the new MLB platform. The new platform along with increased use of aluminum allowed Audi to shed over 700 pounds off the current generation Q7.

The new 2016 Audi Q7 is loaded with the latest tech, the most obvious being the 12.3″ virtual cockpit first unveiled on the TT at CES. Replacing traditional gauges, the virtual cockpit can be customized to show the driver any information front and center. For example, during navigation the speedometer is shrunk down and pushed to the side while the map takes over the main portion of the display. During normal driving, the display can mimic traditional speedometer and tachometers. If you’re someone that wants big gauges AND navigation to be equally dominant on the screen, that’s possible too.

Of course, there is still the other screen, you know, the one that looks like Audi ran out of time designing the virtual cockpit that they decided to just slap a tablet onto the dash. I really hope this trend stops as it looks terrible. This screen is where you’ll be primarily interacting with your entertainment options. Both Apple CarPlay as well as Android Auto are available on the Q7, so if your household has both iOS and Android devices the Q7 will play nice with both. Now if you think the dash tablet is the end of the tablet talk in the Q7, well of course you’d be wrong. Audi designed a custom tablet to be included with the Q7 allowing passengers to not only control music, media and navigation but also tap into the vehicle’s diagnostic systems to see if maintenance has been kept up to date or if oil and washer fluid levels are OK. This is going to elevate back seat drivers to all-new heights.

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Audi Prologue concept drives itself to CES with updated powertrain

What’s the point in crafting a one-off concept car if it only gets to stand in the spotlight at one show? That’s what automakers have been asking themselves recently, and the answer has, generally speaking, been to repaint their show cars, give them a bit of new tech and put them back on center …


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