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2018 Audi Q5 2.0 TFSI Prestige Quattro SUV

2018 Audi Q5 2.0 TFSI Prestige Quattro SUV

For the 2018 model year, Audi is producing the second generation Q5. The 2018 Audi Q5 2.0 TFSI Prestige Quattro starts at a MSRP of $42,475. The 2018 Q5 is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. The 2.0-liter engine produces 252 horsepower and 273 lb.-ft. of torque. The engine is complemented by a 7-speed automatic transmission. Efficiency wise, the Q5 gets 23 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway.

2018 Audi Q5 Motor Capabilities

In depth, the 2018 Audi Q5 sports a 2.0-liter inter-cooled turbo premium unleaded inline 4-cylinder engine. A gasoline direct injection fuel system benefits the efficiency of the motor. The overall power produced is 252 net horsepower at 5,000 rpm and 275 lb.-ft. net torque at 1600 rpm. The steering system is a rack-pinion setup with a 38.4 ft turning diameter from curb to curb. The motor is also complemented by a 7-speed S-tropic dual-clutch transmission with manual shifting mode.

2018 Audi Q5 Technological Advancements

Technological wise, the 2018 Audi Q5 2.0 TFSI Prestige Quattro has a navigation package. This package includes Audi Connect PRIME & PLUS with a 6 month trial to online services. There is also the Audi Virtual Cockpit layout on the dashboard with a 12.3” LCD fully digital instrument cluster. Amazingly, this system has a resolution of 1440 x 540 pixels. There is also the option of choosing between three visual mode options such as classic and infotainment.

2018 Audi Q5 is a Great SUV Option in it’s Class

Overall, the 2018 Audi Q5 2.0 TFSI Prestige Quattro is a great SUV option in its class. From its newer styling to its upgraded technology, the Q5 is the Q7’s little brother. With 252 horsepower, the Q5 may not the fastest SUV but it does the job. The engine is complemented by a great transmission, the S-tropic system. In the end, the 2018 Audi Q5 is a great option for anyone considering a luxury European SUV.

 

2017 Audi RS3 Quattro: Fast Enough to Beat a Supercar?

The 2017 Audi RS3 Quattro is a new testament to the future of small sports hatches and sedans. The real question is, is the 2017 Audi RS3 Quattro fast enough to beat a supercar?

2017 Audi RS3 Quattro: Fast Enough to Beat a Supercar?

The 2017 Audi RS3 Quattro can be considered a fantastic beast (Get it? Yes, I did pull that right there). At a starting MSRP of $54,500, the RS3 is a leap forward in the hot hatch and small sedan markets. With a turbocharged 2.5-liter 5-cylinder engine, the RS4 pushes 400 horsepower and 354 lb.-ft. of torque. Due to this, the 2017 Audi RS3 can do 0-60 in 3.9 seconds. At this speed, the RS3 can compete with some high end sports cars including the Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale. As usual, the RS3 is a heavy vehicle at 3,593 lbs or roughly 1.8 tons.

In reality, the 2017 Audi RS3 Quattro can’t compete with most high end sports cars such as the Ferrari 488 GTB. On the other hand, it can compete with the more sluggish models on the road. The more “sluggish” sports cars include the Bentley Continental GT and Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale. With a tune and stage 2 or 3 level mods, the RS3 could unleash 100+ horsepower to truly let the motor put forward its true potential. Usually, Audi restricts the motor to a more durable, efficient, and friendly power range. This means that each supercharged or turbocharged car has the potential to unlock roughly 50-100 horsepower.

Overall, the 2017 Audi RS3 Quattro is a small beast of a sports car. With an odd 5-cylinder engine, the car competes with the slower end of the sports car realm. For less than half the price, the RS3 is a more affordable vehicle that allows the driver to hit 60 in under 4 seconds.

Warning: Modding a vehicle most likely will void the warranty. It is best to conduct research before buying mods as well as consult with a dealership and/or the manufacturer.

Looking Rich for Cheap: 2005 Maserati Quattroporte Worth It?

2005 Maserati Quattroporte

Are you currently looking on the auto market for a luxury vehicle that will impress? If not, have you ever considered buying a used high-end vehicle? Looking rich for cheap may be possible with the availability of older luxury vehicles. An example of an older vehicle within a reasonable price range is the 2005 Maserati Quattroporte.

The 2005 Maserati Quattroporte is 12 years old at this point. Although, that doesn’t make the prestige of the Maserati brand completely undesirable. On today’s market in 2017, the 2005 Maserati Quattroporte is for sale used for between $20,000 to $25,000. This price is a major discount compared to its original MSRP of $106,000 before options in 2005. There are many positive and negative aspects to consider if you’re considering purchasing this vehicle.

First, the 2005 Maserati Quattroporte withholds a 4.2-liter V8 engine producing 394 horsepower and 333 lb.-ft. of torque. Of course, that V8 comes with the luscious Maserati exhaust notes. The downside of the V8 is that it averages 12 mpg in the city and 15 mpg on the highway. That makes the 2005 Maserati Quattroporte define the true meaning of a gas guzzler. At 4,375 pounds, or 2.2 tons, the Quattroporte is quite a heavy vehicle, which is probably part of the gas guzzling problem. Also, keep in mind that a vehicle this old will not have a warranty, so anything that happens is on you.

Second, the 2005 Maserati Quattroporte has positive and negative reviews. On a positive note, Kelly Blue Book rates the vehicle at a 9.5/10. On the other hand, some people relay negative comments. Some of the negative reviews include the design not aging well, it being unreliable, and a terrible transmission. There’s also the dreadful sound of the car beeping internally while in reverse. And, the Manual/Automatic button on the dashboard to activate the paddle shifters. On the other side, the car is still a Maserati and prominently states so.

Looking Rich for Cheap in the 2005 Maserati Quattroporte

Overall, the 2005 Maserati Quattroporte is a vehicle that makes looking rich for cheap a possibility. In 2005, this car was worth over $100,000 which symbolizes wealth. Today, the car may be worth $80,000 less but it still displays its prestige proudly. In the end, it is truly up to the buyer if the 2005 Maserati Quattroporte is a worth investment.

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