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Audi Unveils New Models at NAIAS 2017

Audi started off 2017 with a bang. At the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) 2017 they showcased three new cars. For the very first time, they unveiled the Q8 concept car to the public. In addition to the Q8, the Audi SQ5 TFSI made its world premiere along with the A5/S5 Cabriolet. These three cars showed the world Audi’s vision for the future.

Audi at NAIAS 2017
2017 Audi A3 e-tron - Front - NAIAS 2017 - EuroDrift
2017 Audi A3 e-tron - Front - NAIAS 2017 - EuroDrift
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The Audi Q8 Concept Car

Imagine a car that is not quite SUV nor is it a coupe, and yet it makes you think of both. The Q8 Concept car is a hybrid with the spaciousness of a full-size sports utility vehicle, yet it has the sleek lines of a full-size luxury car.

“The Q8 concept is an Audi in peak form. It demonstrates the strengths of our brand in both technology and design while providing a glimpse at a future full-size, production SUV. With its next-generation display and control solutions, we are enabling customers to experience connectivity in a whole new way.” – Dietmar Voggenreiter, Member of the Board of Management for Sales and Marketing at AUDI AG.

Everything about this car feels futuristic. There are no less than three driving modes. “EV” mode is primarily electric, while a computer controls a “hybrid” mode that combines electric and fuel in the most efficient manner possible. A third mode is the “battery hold” mode. When this is selected, the car saves the available electric energy for a later time.

  • Engine: 3.0 V6 TFSI Plug-In Hybrid
  • 0 to 62 MPH: 5.4 seconds
  • Top Speed: 155mph

Control of the vehicle is handled through touch displays in the Audi virtual cockpit. A heads-up 3-D display changes depending on the number of passengers and inputs from the driver.

The Audi SQ5 TFSI

The SQ5 TFSI made its debut at the Detroit auto show and showed the world a sportier version of the regular Q5. This version has a more aggressive look, in part due to the new bumpers and 20-inch wheels.

The American version has a V6 and an eight-speed automatic transmission. Audi claims it can hit 62 mph in 5.4 seconds. The Audi SQ5 TFSI isn’t a slow vehicle but it is slower than the outgoing SQ5 Plus. Audi plans to sell the gas-powered SQ5 TFSI in both the US and Europe.

While the original SQ5 didn’t have much competition, the new SQ5 TFSI must square off against Mercedes-AMG’s GLC43 and BMW’s X4. Only time will tell which of the three captures the European SUV market in the US.

Audi’s A5/S5 Cabriolet

The new A5 Cabriolet convertible weighs about 88 pounds less than previous versions of the Cabriolet. The reduction in weight is mostly due to the new architecture. Even though the car is lighter, the interior of the car is larger. Drivers and passengers both find that it has more shoulder and legroom.

The Cabriolet does have rear passenger seating which can be lowered to increase trunk space. However, the 13 cubic feet of regular trunk space is adequate for most excursions.

The look of the interior is similar to the Audi A4. The gauge cluster is configurable through the optional Virtual Cockpit. An interesting feature is the microphones they have integrated into the seat belts for holding Bluetooth conversations while the top is down.

A Recap of What Audi Brought to NAIAS 2017

Audi wanted to give its fans a view of their future. The Audi Q8 Concept Car showcased the up and coming features that we should expect to see on future models. The Virtual Cockpit is something Audi seems particularly excited to offer to customers. The ability to configure your gauge display and the futuristic feel of touch pads as well as projected images makes one feel like they are years into the future.

The overall theme of the North American International Auto Show is “sporty and futuristic,” and Audi did not disappoint.

Mercedes-AMG Project One Hypercar: The $2.8 Million Collector’s Car

Mercedes-AMG Project One Hypercar: The $2.8 Million Collector’s Car

Mercedes-AMG Project One Hypercar

At the 2017 Frankfurt International Auto Show, Mercedes-AMG revealed the Project One Hypercar. At $2.8 million MSRP, the Project One is a formula-1 inspired hypercar. After long speculation of a Mercedes hypercar, Mercedes-AMG did not disappoint. With production beginning in 2019, the vehicle will be limited to 275 units which are already sold out. Surprisingly, the Mercedes-AMG Project One Hypercar may not sport the motor system you were expecting.

1.6-Liter Turbocharged V6 & Electric Motor Combination

Unlike the Bugatti Chiron that has 1500 horsepower via a 8.0-liter W16 motor, the Mercedes-AMG Project One will sport a 1.6-liter turbocharged V6 and electric motors. With the 8.0-liter W16, the Chiron can shed a 26 gallon tank of gasoline in 8 minutes flat… phew! Although the Project One has a much smaller motor, it can hit 0-60 mph in only 2.6 seconds and reach a top speed of 217 mph. The V6 motor itself producing around 700 horsepower with a 11,000 rpm limit. The three electric motors produce 500 horsepower themselves, leading to ~1,200 horsepower total.

Mercedes-AMG Project One Electric Motors

The electric motors act in a multitude of ways on the Project One. First, there is one electric motor located at each of the front wheels. The third electric motor is within the engine bay. A fourth electric motor spins the turbocharger so there is never lag when acceleration is necessary. Another benefit to this overall electrical setup is that the plugin hybrid system allows for torque vectoring. On the hybrid drive system alone, the Project One can complete 20 miles silently for those late night cruises.

The Project One was engineered with a lightweight carbon fiber body. Furthermore, Carbon wheels and carbon ceramic brakes complement the body. The front and rear spoilers are active which help with cornering. Although expected with other Mercedes models, automation is not an option on this vehicle. Another difference is that the doors open forward then up rather than directly outwards.

The Project One’s body has adequate intakes and vents to keep the motor cool and breathing well. On the interior, it looks like a F1 car with a passenger seat. The steering wheel has multicolored buttons and dials. On the dash, there are dual 10 inch hi-resolution LCD screens. The rear view mirror system is camera based rather than simply a mirror.

Mercedes-AMG Project One Hypercar: Car Collector’s Dream


Overall, the Mercedes-AMG Project One Hypercar is a brand new addition to the highly collectible cars realm. With a combination of electric and fuel, this car can compete with the best of the best. The top speed may not be as high as some competitors but for a V6 and electricity, it speaks for itself. The carbon fiber body, wheels, and brakes make for an authentic racing appearance. In the end, if you were able to pay $2.8 million for one of 275 units, you are one lucky car collector.

2019 Rolls-Royce Cullinan: Calling Out The Bentley Bentayga

In late 2018, Rolls-Royce expects to introduce their first SUV model into the worldwide market, the 2019 Rolls-Royce Cullinan.

2019 Rolls-Royce Cullinan SUV

Rolls-Royce named the Cullinan after an enormous diamond of 3106.8 karats worth an estimated $400 million U.S. dollars. With this vehicle, Rolls-Royce intends to join the recently booming market of luxury SUVs. As with most Rolls-Royce vehicles, the Cullinan will have a hefty price tag of around $420,000, similar to the Rolls-Royce Phantom. The obvious target audience for a car of this stature is the rich and wealthy. In reality, only a few percent of the world population can afford such an extravagant vehicle.

The 2019 Rolls-Royce Cullinan will be built on a new aluminum spaceframe architecture specifically designed for the vehicle. The Cullinan will sport 4×4 all-wheel drive as well as the typical Rolls-Royce V12 motor. Auto theorists suggest that the Cullinan may use the same engine as the Rolls-Royce Ghost, a 6.6-liter V12 twin-turbo with 563 horsepower and 605 lb.-ft. of torque. On top of this, the Cullinan will be offered in a Plug-In-Hybrid version to enter the electric auto market. In today’s world, providing the hybrid version makes sense as the V12 motor will obviously be a gas guzzler (although preferred).

2019 Rolls-Royce Cullinan Competition

Competition in the luxury SUV market has been very competitive in the last few years. The 2019 Rolls-Royce Cullinan will compete with a handful of other vehicles including the Bentley Bentayga, Lamborghini Urus, Mercedes-AMG G65, Porsche Cayenne Turbo, and Range Rover Supercharged. Out of those vehicles, the biggest competition will be with the Bentley Bentayga. The other SUVs are half the price of the Bentayga and definitely will not be comparable to the Cullinan’s price. Recently, Rolls-Royce punched hard at Bentley with a comment by its CEO.

While revealing the Rolls-Royce Phantom VIII in London, the Rolls-Royce CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös stated: “We are not using mass-manufactured body shells. That limits what you can do on the design side, and it undermines exclusivity massively. You don’t want a camouflaged Q7 in that segment. You want to have a true Rolls-Royce.”

Rolls-Royce called out Bentley over using the same mass-manufactured frame as the Audi Q7 on the Bentayga. For a better understanding, Volkswagen owns both Audi and Bentley. On top of that, Volkswagen owns Lamborghini and Porsche, two of the Cullinan’s market competition.

2019 Rolls-Royce Cullinan is a Masterpiece

Overall, the 2019 Rolls-Royce Cullinan will be a masterpiece of an SUV. Probably worth over $400k, this vehicle will be a rare sight for people around the world. If assumptions are correct, the Cullinan should hit the market in late 2018 with its eyes on the prize. Although the Rolls-Royce CEO attacked the Bentley Bentayga, there is sure to be competition between the two competitors. Hopefully, the public will be able to see this beautiful vehicle at the 2018 auto shows around the world.

2018 Lamborghini Urus SUV

2018 Lamborghini Urus SUV - Front - Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance - EuroDrift

2018 Lamborghini Urus SUV – Front – Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

2018 Lamborghini Urus SUV - Side - Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance - EuroDrift

2018 Lamborghini Urus SUV – Side – Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

With sport cars sales flagging, several of the European performance car companies branched out into the SUV market. At the forefront of this movement was Porsche. Since 2002, Porsche has enjoyed great success with its popular Cayenne SUV. Lamborghini took notice of the Cayenne’s success and announced plans to produce their SUV, the Lamborghini Urus starting in 2018.

 

Taking the Urus from Concept to Reality

“It’s going to change the landscape of the company,” said Alessandro Farmeschi, COO of Lamborghini during an interview with Business Insider.

Lamborghini unveiled the Urus for the first time as a concept car at the 2012 Beijing Auto Show. Since then, they have tweaked the design and made modifications to the engine. The actual production model will sport a new 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 as opposed to Lamborghini’s traditional V10, originally included in the concept vehicle.

The Urus will be thrown into a SUV market already stiff with competition. It’s true that high-performance luxury SUVs remain in high-demand in the United States. However, American car manufacturers, such as Cadillac, currently dominate the market.

In addition to the Cadillac XT5 crossover, the Urus is forced to compete with Jaguar, Maserati, Bentley, and even Rolls-Royce who has announced plans for their SUV. The lone holdout is Ferrari, who denies any plans to jump in the pool.

 

Lamborghini Markets to a New Demographic

Though late to the party, the Urus is not the first of Lamborghini’s attempts to broaden their market base. The Huracán supercar, along with the Aventador hypercar, are non-traditional Lamborghinis designed to reach a different type of driver.

The Urus is not Lamborghini’s first SUV. In the late 1980’s, the company built its first 4-wheel model, the LM002. Designed to look and function as a military vehicle, the LM002 never really received the response that the company hoped to gain. In the end, only 328 of the cars made it through production.

The difference between the Urus and the LM002 boils down to styling. Even though the Urus qualifies as an SUV, the designers kept the sleek, powerful look of a Lamborghini sports car. It is one of the most aggressive looking daily drivers on the market.

Not only does it have the lines of a sports car, but it also drives like one. The Urus concept version topped 205 mph making it the world’s fastest SUV.

 

The Urus Comes as a Hybrid

For eco-conscious consumers, Lamborghini plans to offer a version of the Urus as a hybrid. They will build the hybrid using VW Group’s MLB-Evo platform.

While the Lamborghini Urus is a step into new territory for the company, there is hope that it will take the company in a new direction. Demand is high for luxury performance SUVs and Lamborghini hopes to grab their slice of the pie with the Urus.

Audi of America New Product Open House 2015

In July of 2015, Audi of America showcased their newest vehicles to the Audi Club of North America, Northeast Sector. At the event, they unveiled the new Audi A3 Sportback e-tron, the Audi Q3, the Audi Q7, and the Audi TT Roadster.

For each model, a presentation of the vehicle was given by each of the corresponding product managers. Further, a spotlight was shown on the new and innovative technology features Audi incorporated into each of these cars. Based on the presentations, it is obvious that Audi plans to play competitively in an ever-changing market. Technology such as the new night vision system found in the Q7 was just one of the features seen at the event.

Audi Attendee Parking Lot - Audi of America New Product Open House 2015 - EuroDrift

Audi Attendee Parking Lot – Audi of America New Product Open House 2015

Audi Attendee Parking Lot - Audi of America New Product Open House 2015 - EuroDrift

Audi Attendee Parking Lot – Audi of America New Product Open House 2015

Above, the attendee parking lot contains multiple Audi vehicles, ranging from the Audi A4/S4 to the Audi A5/S5/RS5.  

 

The Audi A3 e-tron Boasts Zero Emissions

The primary selling point of the Audi A3 is that it’s a hybrid. The 1.4-liter gas engine cooperates with a water-cooled, three-phase AC electric generator for better gas efficiency. When the A3 Sportback e-tron is in hybrid mode, it can boast as much as 86 MPGe when you factor in EV driving.

Whether you prefer the slightly less expensive Audi A3 or the more sporty A3 Sporback, the e-tron promises to be a strong competitor in the hybrid market.

Below, the 2016 Audi A3 Sportback e-tron can be seen from multiple angles.

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Mod Enthusiasts Turn to the Audi S3

At the show, the Audi S3 was displayed in the sporty color combinations of green and orange. This look suits the S3, which is a sporty car that pushes about 292 HP. The 2.0 TFSI engine and frame construction make the Audi S3 both lightweight and fast. Car tuners looking for a higher end car to modify will love the S3. Although it is in the lower level of the S-model range of cars, this particular vehicle could very likely develop a cult-like following among mod enthusiasts.

Below, the 2016 Audi S3 can be seen from multiple angles.

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The Audi Q7 Undergoes a Complete Transformation

Audi completely switched up both the design and fabrication of the 2016 Audi Q7. The car is now being built on its own platform and sporting a whole new look.  On the front end, the grille is one of the biggest changes. This new grille design has been combined with the re-design of the headlights which contain both LED lights for daylight and nighttime driving. This new headlight technology is way ahead of industry standards.

The car has multiple cameras and sensors on the front and back that help with everything from cruise control to night vision and parking sensors.  One of the biggest technological features of the Q7 is the night vision sensor. When an object, such as a deer or pedestrian, is detected in front of the car, the brakes are automatically engaged. This technology could protect against life-threatening accidents at night when visibility is low.

New Technology Center

The rear of the Q7 has LED taillights and there is a new technology center inside the car. The technology center includes the new Audi computer software and a mouse pad style control. Lastly, the Q7 has third-row seating to allow up to seven passengers as well as an electronic tow hook that can be hidden away when not in use.

Below, the front of the 2016 Audi Q7 can be seen.

2016 Audi Q7 - Front - Audi of America New Product Open House - EuroDrift

2016 Audi Q7 – Front – Audi of America New Product Open House

 

The Audi TT Roadster

The design of the new Audi TT Roadster is based on the curves of the Audi R8.  Inside the vehicle, the seats have a beautiful cross-stitch pattern which adds to the overall appeal. Another big change inside the car is that the navigation screen is now behind the steering wheel with the speedometer and tachometer. This allows the driver to keep their eyes on the road while using the screen.

The new headlights and front-end replicate the R8 and take the TT to another level of sporty design. The fenders stick out on the sides providing it a sportier look. The back has the typical TT shape, but with some minor changes such as the taillights. This new TT comes with the 2.0 TFSI motor used in Audi’s newer models.

Transmission

Despite the fact that this small coupe delivers on horsepower, a standard Audi TT cannot be bought with a manual transmission. The small two-seater only comes with Quattro all-wheel drive and a six-speed, automatic transmission.

Below, tthe 2016 Audi TT Roadster can be seen from multiple angles.

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Audi continues to give competitors such as BMW and Mercedes-Benz a run for their money. Without a doubt, their German engineering is both innovative and reliable. The luxuries they offer make Audi the perfect vehicle for those purchasing in the mid-range market. As exhibited at the New Product Show, Audi hopes to draw consumers with cutting-edge technology and sportier designs.

The Audi A3 Sportback e-tron will lead Audi into the world of hybrid vehicles, while the other models will certainly appeal to both families and Sportster enthusiasts.

 

Audi A3 e-tron Brochure

http://audilibrary.audiusa.com/viewer/brochures/16/en_US.audi.Brochures.2016.etron/

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