Audi’s A3

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The Audi A3 Cabriolet is the drop-top version of the A3 saloon with its main rivals being the BMW 2 Series Convertible and the VW Golf Cabriolet.

The new Audi A3 Cabriolet is a four-seater with excellent space for those in the front, but the rear seats offer limited space for passengers.

The interior fitments and interior finish are impeccable and more luxurious than those in a VW Golf Cabriolet. The Audi A3 Cabriolet is fitted with fabric roof and has larger boot space. The folding fabric roof can be lowered in just 18 seconds at speeds of up to 50 kmh.

Another benefit of the Audi A3 is the great range of engines it brings. One has a choice of a very frugal 1.6-litre diesel to an impressively fast 2.0-litre petrol in the S3 Cabriolet.

Being a premium convertible, the Audi gets plenty of equipment as standard. Entry-level cars come with a leather-wrapped steering wheel, DAB digital radio for the eight-speaker stereo and air-conditioning. All A3 Cabriolets come with a 5.8-inch display screen, alloy wheels, and Bluetooth phone connectivity

The Audi A3 Cabriolet is a competent performer and has great interior features.

The Audi A3 is rated highly by owners and safety in the cabriolet has been bolstered to make up for the lack of a metal roof

What some international motoring websites say:

1.         Auto Express

“The Audi A3 Cabriolet is bigger than ever and better to drive, but it’s expensive.”

2.         Evo

“The Audi A3 Cabriolet. It’s the second iteration of the littlest drop-top Audi, and compared to its slightly humpbacked predecessor, it’s a more elegant-looking proposition”

 

 

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Audi A4

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The Audi A4 is fitted with a 2.0 litre turbo-charged 4-cylinder engine and is front-wheel driven with Audi’s Quattro-All-Wheel-Drive system, and is available in a six-speed manual transmission as well as an eight-speed automatic.

Audi’s mid-size A4 is available as a luxury sedan, a wagon (the Allroad) and the much sportier S4. The current A4 has been on the market since 2009 but a 2016-revamp helps it compete even better with the likes of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Cadillac ATS, BMW 3-Series and the Infiniti Q50.

The Audi A4 family of vehicles is more than just the A4 sedan; it also includes the hotter S4 edition; the Allroad wagon, which is spun off from the formerly available A4 Avant wagon; and the A5, S5, and RS 5 coupes and convertibles, which share some running gear. It also counts the Q5 compact crossover as a distant relative.

Comments from International Motoring Websites

1.    “The Audi A4 is a small sedan tasked with being all things to all people. For those seeking luxury, it has a plush interior and a comfortable ride; for tech-focused customers, it offers the latest connectivity and safety technologies; and for enthusiasts, it boasts well-tuned steering and tight handling, though the truly performance-minded will want to check out the more powerful S4 model.” — Left Lane News

2.    “Whether you’re looking for a modestly priced luxury sedan or a not-so-modestly priced performance machine, the 2016 Audi A4 and S4 sedans offer a wide range of models and pricing. Audi’s interior designs will take your breath away, as will the dizzying array of high-tech options.” — Kelley Blue Book

3.    “There are plenty of choices for small luxury sedans, but the 2015 Audi A4’s sophisticated blend of attributes makes it hard to beat.” — Edmunds (2015)

4.    “The seats are comfortable, the performance is exhilarating and all of the technology really does come into play and make you feel like you could drive on and on.” — Road and Track (2013)

Audi RS4 Avant

 

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The new Audi RS4 Avant is super performance estate in the Audi range, and is fitted with a 4.2-litre V8 engine, Audi’s famous Quattro 4-Wheel-system as well as a seven-speed twin-clutch gearbox.

The RS4 Avant is considered as the ‘flagship model’ of the Audi range

The 4.2-litre V8 produces 443bhp and is the fastest as well as being the most powerful Audi RS4 available and is capable sprinting form 0-100 kmh in 4.7 seconds achieving a top speed of 280 kmh.

The Avant’s ‘launch control’ system provides superior traction and a quicker getaway.

Under the skin, the RS4 Avant shares much of its components with the RS5.

The 4.2-litre V8 engine proves that Audi can most definitely duel with BMW’s M division when it comes to high-revving engines, an objective rendered futile by M’s embracing of turbo-charged engines.

Throttle response is extremely quick even at low rpm, and the power develops in an absolutely linear manner and the sound of the engine is intoxicating, silky, and there’s a brief and vicious bark on downshifts.

Incorporated into the RS4 design are ‘flared arches’ and with strategically placed air intakes, with a twin-oval exhaust pipe and roof spoiler for the rear. The sporty design continues internally with padded/supportive sports seats and a flat-bottomed steering wheel.

The RS4 Avant’s only direct rival is the new generation BMW M3 sedan and the RS4’s 4.2 litre engine is mated to either a standard six-speed manual transmission or a seven-speed M Double Clutch transmission and is capable of sprinting to 0-100 kmh just 3.9 seconds with the seven-speed transmission or 4.1 seconds with the manual version.

Driving the RS4 Avant is most impressive and its ride quality is impressionable even on the hardest setting.

It’s is low but comfortable with room for five at a pinch and a large load space down the back.

The auto tailgate is as handy as the featured radar cruise control and convenience key that unlocks the car at a touch of the door handle. You can start the car using the dash button while keeping the key in your pocket.

Inside, the Audi RS4 Avant is nicely equipped, with a flat-bottom steering wheel and one of the industry’s better navigation and telematics systems.

The exterior treatment clearly conveys that the RS4 is the most powerful and assertive A4 variant—the RS adds huge air intakes up front, plus widened fenders.

 

 

 

Audi RS7

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The RS7 is equipped with twin turbo eight-cylinder petrol engine that produces a respectable 560 hp and 516 lb-ft torque with an eight-speed tiptronic automatic transmission.

The RS7’s twin-turbo V8 gains an extra 37 hp to 595 hp and 36 lb-ft of extra torque on over-boost, enough to send it from 0-100 kmh in just 3.7 seconds.

This acceleration is 0.2 seconds faster than the regular RS models they’re based on, and is faster than several supercars.

Audi claims RS Performance cars can reach 200 kmh in just 12.1 seconds. Top speed is 305 kmh for the sleek RS7.

Fuel consumption remains unchanged at 9.48 litres/100 kms travelled.

Engine

The new RS performance model is equipped with the most powerful version of the free-revving V8 bi-turbo power unit with a displacement of 3,993 cc.

Power output has been increased by 37 hp (597 hp), which is available between 6,100 and 6,800 rpm. The maximum rpm has thus also been increased by 200 revs. A constant 516.3 lb-ft of torque is available between 1,750 and 6,000 rpm.

On top of this the engine has an over-boost function allowing the driver to temporarily draw on up to 553.2 lb-ft between 2,500 and 5,500 rpm. Overboost is activated automatically under full load if the engine/transmission setting is set to “dynamic” mode. The boost pressure indicator in the RS menu turns red when over-boost is active.

Audi uses a cylinder on demand (COD) system so at low to moderate load and engine speed, this de-activates cylinders two, three, five and eight by closing their valves and shutting off fuel injection.

The high-performance power unit then runs as a four-cylinder engine until the driver presses firmly down on the gas pedal again. The only thing the driver notices is significantly reduced fuel consumption.

Drivetrain

The standard eight-speed tiptronic has been designed for maximum sportiness in the new RS 7 Sportback performance. All gear changes are superfast and flexible. The driver can choose between the modes D and S or change gears manually either by tapping the selector lever or by using the shift paddles on the RS multifunction sport leather steering wheel.

In manual mode, a shift indicator in the driver information system (DIS) or optional head-up display indicates the rev limit. While the lower gears of the tiptronic are closely spaced for sporty response, eighth gear is tall to reduce fuel consumption.

“Quattro” permanent all-wheel drive delivers the power to the road and distributes torque as needed via the center differential. In the standard configuration, 40 percent flows to the front axle and 60 percent to the rear axle. The wheel-selective torque control intervenes as necessary.

On request, Audi will combine quattro all-wheel drive with the optional sport differential on the rear axle: It uses two superposition gears to steplessly vary the distribution of the power at the rear axle between the wheels. In fast curves, it literally pushes the RS performance model into the radius.

The new RS performance model come standard with 21-inch cast aluminum wheels. Wheels with a 5-double-arm design are reserved exclusively for the RS 7 Sportback performance. These are also in matt titanium look with a gloss turned finish. Both wheels are optionally available in silver or gloss anthracite black, gloss turned finish.

The four internally ventilated brake rotors have a weight-saving wave design, shaving nearly three 6.6 lb compared with a brake system with conventional rotors. The front rotors measure 15.4 in diameter and are gripped by six-piston calipers.

Audi also offers optional carbon fibre-ceramic brake discs, which all together reduce weight by an additional 22 lb. Electronic Stabilization Control (ESC) has a Sport mode that can be de-activated altogether if need be.

Interior and Equipment

The RS 7 Sportback performance come standard with RS sport seats with pronounced side bolsters and integrated head restraints.

Audi offers the seats in the colour combination black and blue with the optional RS performance design package. This includes new seat upholstery in an Alcantara/leather combination with a honeycomb pattern and matching contrasting stitching on the armrests, control elements and floor mats. Rounding out this interior combination are knee pads in Alcantara and Carbon twill blue inlays. This sophisticated and exclusive carbon material is interwoven with a blue thread.

The RS performance model feature a generous list of standard equipment, which includes four-zone automatic air conditioning, MMI navigation plus with touchpad control (MMI touch) and the Audi sound system. Optional high-end features range from a head-up display and the Bang & Olufsen Advanced Sound System to the driver assistance systems, including adaptive cruise control with Stop&Go function and the night vision assistant. Audi connect brings tailored online services on board.

 

Audi A3 Cabriolet

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The Audi A3 Cabriolet is the drop-top version of the A3 saloon with its main rivals being the BMW 2 Series Convertible and the VW Golf Cabriolet.

The A3 Cabriolet is a four-seater with excellent space for those in the front, but the rear seats offer limited space for passengers.

The interior fitments and interior finish are impeccable and more luxurious than those in a VW Golf Cabriolet. The Audi A3 Cabriolet is fitted with fabric roof and has larger boot space. The folding fabric roof can be lowered in just 18 seconds at speeds of up to 50 kmh.

Another benefit of the Audi A3 is the great range of engines it brings. One has a choice of a very frugal 1.6-litre diesel to an impressively fast 2.0-litre petrol in the S3 Cabriolet.

Being a premium convertible, the Audi gets plenty of equipment as standard. Entry-level cars come with a leather-wrapped steering wheel, DAB digital radio for the eight-speaker stereo and air-conditioning. All A3 Cabriolets come with a 5.8-inch display screen, alloy wheels, and Bluetooth phone connectivity

The Audi A3 Cabriolet is a competent performer and has great interior features.

The Audi A3 is rated highly by owners and safety in the cabriolet has been bolstered to make up for the lack of a metal roof

What some international motoring websites say:

1.         Auto Express

“The Audi A3 Cabriolet is bigger than ever and better to drive, but it’s expensive.”

2.         Evo

“The Audi A3 Cabriolet. It’s the second iteration of the littlest drop-top Audi, and compared to its slightly humpbacked predecessor, it’s a more elegant-looking proposition”

 

Audi S6

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What is the difference between S6 and the A6?

The A6 is equipped with either a four or a six-cylinder engines, and the S6 has a twin-turbo-charged 4.0-litre V8 engine which can accelerate from 0-100 kmh in4.4 seconds and reaching a top speed of 250 kmh.

The S6 is equipped with a seven-speed S-tronic dual-clutch automatic gearbox, providing smooth, quick shifts that can also be controlled manually using steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters. The S6 also is equipped with Audi’s famous quattro all-wheel-drive system that provides improved handling in bad weather conditions.

The S6 is equipped with the ‘cylinder de-activation system’ that effectively turns the engine into a 4 cylinder low-throttle driving mode.

The S6 is also equipped with a ’full air suspension with adaptive dampers’, which adjusts to suit the driver’s preferences. In addition a ‘Drive Select’ system controls both throttle response and steering effort including shift calibration.

The cabin features rich soft-touch materials with fine wood and metal trim as well as sports seats wrapped in cross-stitched leather, with a three-sport multi-function steering wheel and a S-line instrument cluster.

The S6 is equipped with MMI which includes an eight-inch pop-up display, a five-inch information LCD display and an optional heads-up display for the windshield.

The S6 comes standard with Audi connect.

The S6 is offered in two trim levels called Premium Plus and Prestige, respectively.

In summary, this sport-focused S6 is about classy understatement, with an interior dressed in supple leather and fine wood, but with a 450-horsepower V8 that’s ready to deliver performance at a moment’s notice and is aimed at the traditionally-styled, luxury-oriented Mercedes-Benz E550, the V8-powered Infiniti Q70 and the BMW 550i, which offers enthusiasts the class-exclusive option of a true manual gearbox.

 

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Audi RS7

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The Audi RS7 is equipped with twin turbo eight-cylinder petrol engine that produces a respectable 560 hp and 516 lb-ft torque with an eight-speed tiptronic automatic transmission.

The RS7’s twin-turbo V8 gains an extra 37 hp to 595 hp and 36 lb-ft of extra torque on over-boost, enough to send it from 0-100 kmh in just 3.7 seconds.

This acceleration is 0.2 seconds faster than the regular RS models they’re based on, and is faster than several supercars.

Audi claims RS Performance cars can reach 200 kmh in just 12.1 seconds. Top speed is 305 kmh for the sleek RS7.

Fuel consumption remains unchanged at 9.48 litres/100 kms travelled.

Engine

The new RS performance model is equipped with the most powerful version of the free-revving V8 bi-turbo power unit with a displacement of 3,993 cc.

Power output has been increased by 37 hp (597 hp), which is available between 6,100 and 6,800 rpm. The maximum rpm has thus also been increased by 200 revs. A constant 516.3 lb-ft of torque is available between 1,750 and 6,000 rpm.

On top of this the engine has an over-boost function allowing the driver to temporarily draw on up to 553.2 lb-ft between 2,500 and 5,500 rpm. Overboost is activated automatically under full load if the engine/transmission setting is set to “dynamic” mode. The boost pressure indicator in the RS menu turns red when over-boost is active.

Audi uses a cylinder on demand (COD) system so at low to moderate load and engine speed, this de-activates cylinders two, three, five and eight by closing their valves and shutting off fuel injection.

The high-performance power unit then runs as a four-cylinder engine until the driver presses firmly down on the gas pedal again. The only thing the driver notices is significantly reduced fuel consumption.

Drivetrain

The standard eight-speed tiptronic has been designed for maximum sportiness in the new RS 7 Sportback performance. All gear changes are superfast and flexible. The driver can choose between the modes D and S or change gears manually either by tapping the selector lever or by using the shift paddles on the RS multifunction sport leather steering wheel.

In manual mode, a shift indicator in the driver information system (DIS) or optional head-up display indicates the rev limit. While the lower gears of the tiptronic are closely spaced for sporty response, eighth gear is tall to reduce fuel consumption.

“Quattro” permanent all-wheel drive delivers the power to the road and distributes torque as needed via the center differential. In the standard configuration, 40 percent flows to the front axle and 60 percent to the rear axle. The wheel-selective torque control intervenes as necessary.

On request, Audi will combine quattro all-wheel drive with the optional sport differential on the rear axle: It uses two superposition gears to steplessly vary the distribution of the power at the rear axle between the wheels. In fast curves, it literally pushes the RS performance model into the radius.

The new RS performance model come standard with 21-inch cast aluminum wheels. Wheels with a 5-double-arm design are reserved exclusively for the RS 7 Sportback performance. These are also in matt titanium look with a gloss turned finish. Both wheels are optionally available in silver or gloss anthracite black, gloss turned finish.

The four internally ventilated brake rotors have a weight-saving wave design, shaving nearly three 6.6 lb compared with a brake system with conventional rotors. The front rotors measure 15.4 in diameter and are gripped by six-piston calipers.

Audi also offers optional carbon fibre-ceramic brake discs, which all together reduce weight by an additional 22 lb. Electronic Stabilization Control (ESC) has a Sport mode that can be de-activated altogether if need be.

Interior and Equipment

The RS 7 Sportback performance come standard with RS sport seats with pronounced side bolsters and integrated head restraints.

Audi offers the seats in the colour combination black and blue with the optional RS performance design package. This includes new seat upholstery in an Alcantara/leather combination with a honeycomb pattern and matching contrasting stitching on the armrests, control elements and floor mats. Rounding out this interior combination are knee pads in Alcantara and Carbon twill blue inlays. This sophisticated and exclusive carbon material is interwoven with a blue thread.

The RS performance model feature a generous list of standard equipment, which includes four-zone automatic air conditioning, MMI navigation plus with touchpad control (MMI touch) and the Audi sound system. Optional high-end features range from a head-up display and the Bang & Olufsen Advanced Sound System to the driver assistance systems, including adaptive cruise control with Stop&Go function and the night vision assistant. Audi connect brings tailored online services on board.