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Audi First Drives

Audi is a German luxury brand that has been a wholly owned subsidiary of the Volkswagen Group since 1964. Based in Ingolstadt, Germany, the marque is well known for its best-selling model, the A4, as well as the R8 sports car and the company's dominating presence in Le Mans racing both in North America and Europe. Vorsprung durch Technik is the brand's slogan, which means "Innovation through Technology."

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    Second Drive: 2015 Audi A3 E-Tron [w/video]
    The Four-Ring Brand's First Production E-Tron Has Us Pretty Amped 1405439820

    Over the years, we've had a chance to test a lot of Audi E-Tron vehicles, from very early all-electric prototypes (back then we only got to sit in the passenger seat) to the A6 L E-Tron PHEV and the A1 E-Tron plug-in hybrid. All of them were concepts and promises, merely whispers of what was possible, even as the Nissan Leaf, Chevrolet Volt and two Tesla ...

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    First Drive: 2015 Audi A3
    Sings To An Enthusiast Crowd, But Misses A Few Key Notes 1394467200

    The five-door Audi A3 hatchback, on sale in the States since the 2006 model year, never earned the respect it deserved. Despite possessing the automaker's well-regarded build quality and a range of strong powerplants (including an excellent diesel option), the entry-level model always played second fiddle to the rest of the Audi lineup, suffering from ...

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    First Drive: 2013 Audi RS Q3
    Practicality Packing Some RS Heat 1387472220

    The year 1994 was a really good year for German performance fans, because it was that year when Audi released its very first official RS model (for "RennSport," or racing sport), the RS2 Avant. Recently, I was invited to participate in a three-day leg of the Audi Land of Quattro Alpen Tour, a blatant flaunting over hill and dale of the company's current ...

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    First Drive: 2015 Audi S3 Sedan
    Like The B5 S4, Only Revisited And Remastered 1384275420

    For the last few years, Audi has been publicly toying with building a successor to its Ur-Quattro, a model still glowing in a gritty patina of motorsports glory decades after it left the scene. If anything, the rally car's halo has burned brighter as Audi has matured into a world luxury superpower. Since 2010, the German automaker has shown two different ...

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    First Drive: 2014 Audi SQ5
    No Diesel? No Problem 1380815820

    With the exception of a handful of markets (including the US), the Audi SQ5 was a pioneer for the company's S/RS performance line as it was the first model to wear the badge and also get diesel power. Our general "everything is better with a diesel" mentality was put to the test when we first heard we would be getting a non-diesel SQ5 in the US (despite ...

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    First Drive: 2014 Audi RS7 [w/video]
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    Stunning Sportback Gets The Performance To Match Saying the 2014 Audi RS7 Sportback is not as good as the not-for-North-America Audi RS6 Avant we recently tested is a bit like saying one more strip of crispy bacon would make our Waffle House All-Star Special breakfast even more special. The RS7 goes to ten while the RS6 goes to eleven, maybe, but they ...

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    First Drive: 2013 Audi S3
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    Coming Soon To Our Shores With Two More Doors And A Trunk The Audi S3 is not exactly a sales juggernaut, despite it being a bit of a legend for passionate fans of the small German premium genre. In most markets outside of Europe, people may consider such setups as the S3 three-door tested here, look at the price, and then think maybe they should just get ...

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    First Drive: 2013 Audi RS6 Avant [w/video]
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    Latest, Greatest Autobahn Bomber Will Not Be Denied – Except To Us Back in 2008, I was fortunate enough to test the second-generation Audi RS6 Avant in southern France on the supremely well-sorted circuit at Le Castellet, a.k.a. Paul Ricard. I was thrown out there with the 572-horsepower bi-turbo 5.0-liter V10-equipped behemoth behind one of Audi's ...

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    First Drive: 2014 Audi RS5 Cabriolet [w/video]
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    Brash Bruiser Loses Top, Gains Weight, Still Makes Friends Everything we said after driving the RS5 coupe still rings true, even after Audi has gone and ripped off its metal roof, replaced it with a big cloth version, and tossed us the keys. The 2014 Audi RS5 Cabriolet is another bold, big-boned airmobile to make open-top lovers swoon. There is ...

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    First Drive: 2014 Audi A3 Sportback
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    Just When It Gets Really Good, We May Not Get It The (final) final decision on whether or not we will get the second-generation Audi A3 Sportback in the US has yet to be handed down by the juries in Ingolstadt and Herndon (Virginia, corporate seat for Audi USA). But that doesn't mean we can't head to the roads of the Monte Carlo Rally in this car's most ...

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    First Drive: 2014 Audi R8 V10 Plus
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    Refreshed Icon Is An Alpine Star When it comes to something as inherently outrageous as the supercar segment, you might think that it would never really need shaking up. But that's not the case – every once in a while, you have to have something that reorders the breed – a goalpost mover like the McLaren F1 or a Bugatti Veyron. Or you need to ...

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    First Drive: Audi A3 E-Tron
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    Unique Feature Makes This A Very Special EV The most innovative part of the Audi A3 E-Tron prototype isn't found under the hood or in its battery compartment. Instead, one must sit in the driver's seat and move slightly to the side, then peer at the two smallish steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters. On traditional internal combustion engine (ICE) ...

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    First Drive: 2012 Audi RS4 Avant [w/video]
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    The Only RS4 We Need (And Won't Get) This is the B8 generation of the Audi A4 and, as with any A4 generation, there's no small wagon quite as scintillating as an RS4 Avant. The U.S. has never been gifted with this heavy hauler, and that is just one of life's many injustices. Even with the previous B7 generation that Audi pushed hard to popularize ...

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    First Drive: 2012 Audi A8 Hybrid
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    Diesel Versus Electrons Debate Continues When it comes to the hybrid market, we assume – as most of you probably do as well – that the United States is at the top of the list to get whatever hybrid models an automaker builds. That vision is apparently altering for the Germans, though, as Audi is not bringing this A8 Hybrid to the States, ...

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    First Drive: 2013 Audi A3
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    An Old Vanguard Gets Ready For a New War In 1996, the first Audi A3 essentially established the premium compact segment, but that distinction really only carried significance in Europe. Gradually, and especially in its two most recent generations, its corporate sibling, the Volkswagen Golf, has become something of a true premium hatch without the badge, ...

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    First Drive: 2013 Audi S6
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    Proof That Less Of Some Things Can Equal More. It's been fascinating to sample Audi's new greener edition of the EA824 V8 in all of its various incarnations. Our first crack at the new TFSI powerplant with cylinder-on-demand was in Audi's own 513-horsepower S8, and we then went on to try it out in the new 500-hp Bentley Continental GT and GTC V8 models. ...

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    First Drive: 2013 Audi S7
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    First Drive: 2013 Audi RS5
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    Tweaked RS5 On Ice Is More Thirst Quenching Than Before We've admittedly had our share of issues with the approach Audi takes with its RS cars. In theory, "RS" represents the German tradition of heavy-breathing RennSport driving – essentially for cars that can really race. What we have found most often, however, is that the RS more readily ...

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    First Drive: 2012 Audi A1 Sportback [w/video]
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    Do We Really Want Audi To Think This Small In America? Perhaps... It is perhaps with all the speed of a mighty iceberg, but increasingly, more and more North American buyers appear willing to think smaller when pondering their next auto purchase. The other shoe, which still has largely yet to drop, is for automakers to convince consumers of the merits of ...

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    First Drive: 2013 Audi S4
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    A Standalone Sleeper Sport Sedan That Still Keeps Us Awake At Night The always-bustling Audi stand at next month's Detroit Auto Show figures to be cluttered with a full range of eighth-generation A4 models, all of which arrive in the States sometime between June and July. The line's real marquee model is, of course, the RS4, but that Rennsport ingredient ...

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