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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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    First Drive: 2012 Audi A4 Allroad Quattro
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    Audi Gives Us Its Warrior Wagon For The Holidays Despite recent sad decisions by Ingolstadt and the company's regional bosses in Herndon, Virginia not to include either the stunning new A6 Avant or the handsomely reworked A4 Avant in its U.S. lineup, Audi has crunched the numbers on another niche's business case and decided to throw us one hell of a ...

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    First Drive: 2012 Audi S8
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    The Surgical Scalpel Of Super Sports Sedans This is less a story about a car than the tale of a 520-horsepower Turbocharged Fuel Stratified Injection (TFSI) V8 engine and the vehicle Audi reengineered to surround it. That's not even our idea: Sven Stockmar, Audi's Global Head of Product Marketing, made a point of standing behind a model of the engine ...

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    First Drive: 2012 Audi TT RS
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    Planting The RS Flag On American Soil Audi has made it clear that it's only a matter of time before we finally get the chance to enjoy a wider slice of the company's RS offerings in the United States. The German automaker has already confirmed that next year will see the arrival of the RS5, and additional models are presently being discussed for U.S. ...

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    First Drive: 2012 Audi R8 GT [w/video]
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    A Supercar Without The Bad Attitude Regardless of the frequency, our pulse still races every time we fire up a ten-cylinder engine. It's not just the unique sound or the warbled vibration that gets the blood flowing – it's the anticipation. Whether the badge says Gallardo, Viper or M5, a V10 under the hood promises intoxicating power and frenzied ...

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    First Drive: 2012 Audi A6
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    A Smaller, Livelier, Less-Expensive A8 Audi is on a roll. Need proof? Who doesn't overtly or secretly lust after an R8 Spyder? Would any of us kick anything with an RS badge out of our garage? Didn't think so. Audi's sales are growing because of its products. The German automaker recently broke the 100,000 unit sales mark in the States, with 2010 ...

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    First Drive: 2012 Audi A7 Sportback
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    Carrying Off the Five-Door Form in Style We don't normally think of Germans as being shrinking violets, but apparently the country's national pride has been enduring a long winter of sorts – a decades-old funk from which it's only now beginning to emerge. So says The New York Times, which notes that the nation's resurgent patriotism is taking many ...

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    First Drive: 2011 Audi R8 V10 Spyder
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    The Idiot's Guide To Driving Gorgeously Quick Chas Murphy, until recently the U.S. product manager for Audi's TT, R8 and RS sports cars, said of the R8 V10 Spyder: "You have to drive the car. It can't be put into words." Well, we drove it over the hills and through the woods of the Cleveland (Cali, not Ohio) National Forest, and we can put it into ...

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    First Drive: 2011 Audi Q7 downsizes with an upside
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    If there's to be a singular automotive theme guiding us into this second decade of the 21st century, it's downsizing. If not in dimensions, then in displacement. Automakers, forced to adhere to higher government-mandated fuel economy standards and lower CO2 emissions, are beginning to collectively reduce engine size while attempting to maintain the ...

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    First Drive: The torque-tastic 2011 Audi TT
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    This is the 2011 Audi TT. It looks the same, it steers the same and it sticks the same. But there's one major difference: torque. Audi has managed to coax an additional 51 pound-feet of twist from its ever-evolving 2.0-liter TFSI four cylinder. The result? The standard TT isn't just the Bauhaus design icon that propelled Audi into the luxury limelight at ...

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    First Drive: 2011 Audi A8, the Grand Andalusian
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    There was no sign of Sol on the Costa as I nosed the quartz-gray Audi A8 past the guard house and onto the rain-slicked traffic roundabout before heading out on the road. The long, smooth roadway that connected the estate to the autoroute was the perfect place to get better acquainted with the A8's 372-horsepower, 4.2-liter V-8 and its 328 pound-feet of ...

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    First Drive: 2010 Audi R8 V10 answers our power prayers
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    On a gravel-strewn, dead-end road 20 miles north of Sonoma, California's Infineon Raceway, the opportunity finally presents itself. We slot the R8's gated shifter into first, rev the engine to 3,500 RPM and drop the clutch. No wheel spin, no screeching tires, just an immediate and seamless conversion of potential energy into vision-warping thrust. Our ...

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    First Drive: Sailing in Stuttgart with Porsche's Cayenne S Hybrid
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    While charging along at 85 mph with a particularly poker-faced Porsche engineer riding shotgun, traffic begins to cluster on the horizon. Not willing to risk our seven-figure prototype, I gently roll off the accelerator, at which point a funny thing happens: Without warning, the tachometer needle dies, unceremoniously plunging to zero RPM. The ...

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    First Drive: 2009 Audi A4 on the Autobahn and in Ibiza
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    Click the A4 Avant for a high-res galleryThe A4 is Audi's bread-and-butter, representing half of the brand's volume in the US market. So, when the premium brand from the Volkswagen group introduces a new version of its volume leader, it's a big deal. That's why Audi invited a contingent of American media over to Europe this week to play with the new A4 -- ...

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