September 14, 2010

AUDI R8

In 2005, Audi announced that the name of the successful Audi R8 race car would be used for a new road car in 2007, the Audi R8, based on the Audi Le Mans quattro concept car, appearing at the 2003 International Geneva Motor Show, and 2003 Frankfurt International Motor Show. The R8 road car was officially launched at the Paris Auto Show on 30 September 2006. There was some confusion with the name, which the car shares with the 24 Hours of Le Mans winning R8 Le Mans Prototype (LMP). 6-time 24 Hours of Le Mans winner Jacky Ickx described the R8 as “the best handling road car today”.[9]
The car was exclusively designed, developed, and manufactured by Audi AG’s high performance private subsidiary company, quattro GmbH, and is similar to the Lamborghini Gallardo.[8] The fundamental construction of the R8 is based on the Audi Space Frame,[3] and uses an aluminium monocoque which is built around space frame principles. The car is built by quattro GmbH in a newly renovated factory at Audi’s ‘aluminium site’ at Neckarsulm in Germany.[3]
The Audi R8[3] (Typ 42)[5] is a sports car with a longitudinally mounted mid-engine,[3][6] and uses Audi’s trademark quattro permanent four-wheel drive system.[3][7] It was introduced by the German automaker Audi AG in 2006.
The Audi R8 is used as a safety car in Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters and British Superbike Championship racing series.
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The Audi R8 was initially equipped with a 4.2 litre V8 engine. Specifically, it is an all-aluminium alloy 32-valve (four valves per cylinder) petrol engine,[3] utilising Fuel Stratified Injection (FSI),[3] and has a displacement of 4,163 cubic centimetres (254.0 cu in).[3] It develops a motive power output of 420 metric horsepower (309 kW; 414 bhp) (Directive 80/1269/EEC),[3] and generates 430 newton metres (317 ft·lbf) of torque,[3] on 98 RON ‘Super Unleaded’ petrol. It is basically the same engine used in the Audi B7 RS4, but is modified to use dry sump lubrication system. This V8 is a highly reworked, high-revving variant of the existing 4.2 litre V8, but includes cylinder-direct fuel injection (Fuel Stratified Injection), and four valves per cylinder, instead of five (as used on the previous non-FSI variants). It also uses two chain-driven double overhead camshafts (DOHC) per cylinder bank, and utilises variable valve timing for both inlet and exhaust camshafts.The transmission options are either a Lamborghini sourced six-speed manual gearbox with metal gate for the shift lever, or an Audi-developed R tronic[3] gearbox – which is a semi-automatic, without a traditional clutch pedal with automatic gears shifting mode.[13][6] These options are the same as those available on the Lamborghini Gallardo. A double clutch Direct-Shift Gearbox (DSG), now badged by Audi as S tronic, is not available (as of April 2010[update]).


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September 14, 2010

AUDI A4

The Audi A4 is a compact executive car produced by the German car manufacturer Audi AG since late 1994. The initial generation A4 succeeded the four previous generations of the Audi 80. And just like its Audi 80 predecessor, the Audi A4 automobile layout consists of a longitudinally oriented engine at the front, with transaxle-type transmissions mounted immediately to the rear of the engine, again, oriented longitudinally. Drive output is transmitted to either the front wheels, or on some models, utilising Audi’s ‘trademark’ quattro permanent four-wheel drive system via a Torsen centre differential.

Since its inception, the Audi A4 has been available in four generations, based on the Volkswagen Group ‘B’ series of automobile platforms. Audi’s internal numbering convention therefore treats the A4 as a logical continuation of the Audi 80 lineage, hence the initial A4 was designated as the B5-series, followed by the subsequent B6 and B7, and the current B8.

Of the main body styles, it is (and always has been) available as a saloon/sedan variant, and an “Avant”, which is Audi’s name for an estate/wagon. The second (B6) and third generations (B7) of the A4 also had a Cabriolet version, but the Cabriolet was not retained for the current fourth generation (B8), Audi now having Cabriolet versions of the related Audi A5 and S5 coupés — and also the smaller Audi A3.

Additionally, higher performance versions directly related to the A4 include the Audi S4, and the limited availability quattro GmbH-developed very high performance Audi RS4.

Audi A4 sedan (B6)

September 13, 2010

AUDI R8

The Audi A8 can be considered the flagship of the range, as a luxury executive car it sets out to compete with other executive cars in its class. Such cars include the BMW 7 Series and the Mercedes S Class, Audi have managed to compete effectively with these models as well as others in this packed class awash with prestige vehicles. The price may well scare some away however, to buy new they are costly, increasingly, a used A8 has become an affordable option for business executives

The Quattro four wheel drive system means road holding is sheer quality and confident handling is present at every corner. The steering however can be described as a little distant, especially considering the brilliant driving experience present in the BMW 7 Series, that has been described as exemplary. This however is a minor complaint in a car that sets out not to thrill the driver but to create a driving experience that is as effortless and comfortable as possible. Engine choices are extensive and vary greatly in power and efficiency. The diesels are probably the best option as the TDi system delivers performance combined with fuel efficiency. Although the A8 is clearly missing the sheer power of the engine options in the Mercedes S Class

Rear seat comfort makes the Audi A8 a car that makes a perfect limousine for the discerning businessman. It will comfortably fit five adults with those in the back enjoying a large degree of legroom, especially in the longer wheel based models. Although most who want to be chauffeured are more likely to look at the Maybach of Rolls for their luxurious interioirs and sense of space. In terms of reliability, the quality of finish shines through in the A8, the car will literally go for miles and miles with breakdowns being a rarity.

Downsides to this premier car do however exist, some owners have reported that the central armrest can break if leaned on too hard and the transmission in the earlier models from 1997 through to 1999 has been an issue for some, although not all. One thing that may be a worry for some is the high price of replacement parts and servicing, remember this is not a Honda, and parts will be expensive. If you have the money for the initial outlay however, maintenance costs should not be of great importance

Overall the Audi A8 is a sublime piece of technology, it may be pricy but when compared to other cars in its class the price is relatively affordable. As a luxury car it is almost unsurpassable, the quality of this German car manufacturer is clear throughout the design and construction process and while the car may be expensive, it is good value for money. For those who travel extensively on business and want to impress, the A8 is a serious vehicular option.

September 13, 2010

Go Audi!

Often seen as the little brother in the German motor industry Audi was dwarfed by the behemoths of Volkswagen, BMW and Mercedes. Today it produces cars that match these giants in quality as well as performance. As a consumer it is clear that these cars represent value for money without compromise on luxury and great design. Who however, is foolish enough to buy a car brand new when there are so many approved used Audi dealerships out there? With vehicle depreciation as it is, is makes no financial sense to buy cars straight off the production line.

Advisably when purchasing; approved used Audi dealerships should be utilised, their system of checking cars ensures that used cars are as close to new as possible and most importantly approved Audi dealers give peace of mind in terms of safety. The multi point check system contains 110 different criteria and delivers a written inspection report for your perusal before you buy. Any issues that arise from this checking system are remedied by approved Audi technicians, making sure your used car is of the highest quality possible.

The Audi range covers all needs and aspects; whether it is a sporty model or a family estate, approved Audi dealers can provide a car to suit all appetites. In the smaller end of the market the A2 offers a practical vehicle that will suit small families. The Audi A3 on the other hand offers a hatchback with a racier engine and gives an awesome driving experience whilst retaining practicality.

For those looking for a larger car, approved used Audis are perfect; with the A 4, 5, 6, and 8 the Audi range presents great saloon options. All these models are beautifully styled and contain technology that would not look out of place in an aircraft cockpit. Many of the models are available in cabriolet versions ensuring that the wind will rush through your hair whilst sitting in comfort.

If you are looking for a sporty used car however the TT is the car for you coming in both hardtop and cabriolet its Quattro system puts the power down on the road and gives superb handling attributes. Its drop dead gorgeous looks ensure that the car will turn heads and create the right impression.

Approved Audi dealerships also offer other sporty models, known as the ‘S’ models. These are essentially the models from the normal range with tightened suspension and bigger engines. The fact they make S versions of their estate cars should be a bonus to dads who want to push it a little on the school run.

Two cars that will not be available in approved used Audi dealerships yet are the A5 and sumptuous R8. The A5 offers a beautifully designed saloon that represents Audi’s forward thinking attitude. The R8 however is a mid engine supercar in its own right, the striking styling twinned with a rip roaring V8 engine is sure to bring an unrivalled driving experience. This car is full of technology that has filtered down Audi’s racing division; if you are lucky enough to find a used one in a couple of years, snap it up.

Audi have been making cars for more than 100 years and the knowledge is visible in the quality of their models. Their endurance is renowned and are perfect for buying second hand. When visiting an approved used Audi dealership the guarantees come thick and fast whilst the after care lives up to these guarantees. If buying a used car a visit to your local Audi dealership is strongly advisable