The Audi RS7 Sportback remains one of our favorite sport-luxury sedans. It not only looks fantastic in almost any color, but its 4.4-liter V8 engine is a masterpiece. However, German tuning house Mansory has always had a different perspective in the style and performance department. But its latest creation, the Mansory RS7, is both surprisingly subtle and expectedly ultra-powerful.
Audi has been putting its RS Q e-tron rally car through grueling testing in Morocco under some of the most extreme desert conditions in the world. The hard-core testing is part of Audi's preparations to participate in the Dakar Rally next January. Recently, Audi spent two weeks testing the RS Q e-tron under some of the most extreme conditions available in Morocco.
An automobile with an automated driving mode that turns the vehicle into a "spacious sphere of experience." That's what Audi envisioned for their grandsphere concept shown this week at IAA 2021. With Level 4 automated driving in this concept car, the interior removes displays, pedals, and the steering wheel from the ride. This vehicle turns itself into a lounge while it transports you from one place to another.
German automaker Audi has something unique for your e-tron GT EV. It is offering an optional car cover inspired by the groovy camouflage of the e-tron GT concept car. What this means is added indoor protection against dust and dirt while giving your e-tron GT a dose of style while sitting in your garage. If you ask us, this unique car cover is worth the $785 that Audi is asking to protect your six-figure, high-performance electric vehicle.
Audi's more potent EVs are headed to the US, with the 2022 e-tron S and e-tron S Sportback finally getting a launch date. Announced back in early 2020, though so far only available in Europe, the S variants of the e-tron SUV and e-tron Sportback throw in a third electric motor for a big uptick in torque.
Audi is no stranger to bedazzling concept cars, but few stretch the imagination quite like the new Audi skysphere. More ambitious than the the e-tron GT Concept - which, three years ago, was a production-ready prototype - or the A6 e-tron Concept which itself looks almost ready for the showroom, it's a vision of a Level 4 autonomous future that intersects with the recent grandsphere concept, formerly known as the Artemis Concept, but at the same time takes pains not to leave keen drivers out of the game.
It seems a long time since I was lucky enough to get a first crack of the Audi e-tron GT about three years ago. At that point the sleek four-door EV was still a prototype, though even then its focus was fairly clear. While Audi's high-performance electric grand tourer may be the mechanical twin of the Porsche Taycan, here that all drives to a different tune. Porsche touts the Taycan as a four-door all-electric sportscar, as close right now to a four-seater electric 911 that you can get. Audi's e-tron GT, meanwhile, is a genuine grand tourer, albeit one with the same propensity for speed as the Taycan.
Audi teased us with the idea of a beastly electric Dakar Rally car last year, and now that Audi RS Q e-tron has been revealed. Set to race in January 2022, the tri-motor hybrid is like nothing else in Audi's line-up. While it's built specifically for the unique challenges of the desert, however, that won't stop us from hoping key elements get cherry-picked for future production models.
Audi recently unveiled the 2022 RS3 sedan and Sportback in Europe. And while we won’t be getting the hatchback version, the RS3 sedan is poised to enter the U.S. market later this year. As expected, it arrives with more power from its turbocharged five-cylinder engine along with a torque-vectoring Quattro all-wheel-drive system.
If you had to define the Audi Artemis project in just a few words, you could say it's upending, well, everything. How a car is designed, how it's driven - or, more accurately, how it drives itself - and how the occupants interact with the technology as a result. Today, as Audi pulls back the curtain on just what its Artemis team has been working on, I caught up with Marc Lichte, Head of Design, to hear about big changes and even bigger promises.
German startup E-Legend has created a performance electric car that draws inspiration from the glorious days of rallying – notably Audi’s all-conquering Quattro S1, the first all-wheel-drive rally car to compete in the World Rally Championship (WRC).