2015 Audi R8

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With a listed MSRP starting at $117,150, the 2015 Audi R8 blurs the lines between style and performance. Available in two basic body styles: Coupe and Spyder, the Audi R8 ranges from stylish-classic to sporty-aggressive. Both the 2015 coupe and roadster models remain available with the 430-hp V-8 or the 525-hp V-10 engines paired to either a gated six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. Both V-8 and V-10 are about a tenth of a second quicker to reach 60 mph than the previous R8, reaching 60 mph in 4.3 and 3.6 seconds. Top speed is rated at 201 mph or 205 mph, depending on the model. The 4.2-liter V-8 and dual-clutch transmission is rated 14/23 mpg city/highway and the 5.2-liter V-10 and manual transmission is rated as 12/19 mpg.

All 2015 R8s share updated appearance and interior features, mostly minor changes, however together, a noticeable refinement of design. The trademark 4 rings are not in their usual position on the grille, but located above it on the hood, giving the front end an even more road hugging look. The two broad side air inlets flank the sporty, slender Audi single-frame radiator grille, ensuring that sufficient cool air is supplied to the high-performance engine and the brakes. The taut lines of the front end curve and swell to the wide, sculpted fenders, the characteristic side blades, and the downward slope of the roof line converge at the rear.

The Audi R8 is geared toward the driver with the cockpit’s perfected ergonomics. Audi’s full design and specification of a modern safety suite to reduce the effects of an impact.include: dual-stage airbags, knee airbags, head and thorax airbags, stability control, rear-view camera, and more. Controls, displays, and instruments are all clearly marked and simple to use. The Audi R8’s steering wheel both tilts and telescopes, helping a wider range of body types to achieve a proper driving position. In the cabin, the seats and space are designed with sufficient room for comfort. Its cargo space, though limited, make it one of the most practical supercars.

Crafted from inspiring design of the Lamborghini Gallardo, the Audi R8 is beautiful and exciting to drive. The developers and designers have created a fastcar that embody automotive perfection and extraordinary design. Because of its German precision and Italian powerplant, the Audi R8 is a supercar suited for daily driving.

2015 Audi Q7

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At a base price of $$47,700, the 2015 Audi Q7 elevates power, performance, and luxury to a whole new new level. The Audi Q7 is available in Premium, Premium Plus and Prestige trim levels. The base Audi Q7 features a 280 horsepower, 295 lb-ft of torque supercharged 3.0-liter V6. The 6-cylinder engine is equipped with a recuperation system, converting kinetic energy into electrical energy resulting in enhanced efficiency and a fuel saving of up to 3 percent. An 8-speed automatic transmission transmits power to all four wheels in all Q7 models. This powerful engine will take the Q7 from a stop to 60 mph in 7.7 seconds. Its top speed is limited to 130 mph. The Fuel Economy Est is Hwy 22 MPG and City 16 MPG. ABS and EBD-enhanced four-wheel ventilated disc brakes are also standard, although the Prestige trim is equipped upgraded brakes for maximum braking power.

The 2015 Audi Q7 combines robustness with sporty, elegant lines, and its flowing design, large trim strips, and high-grade chrome-look trim, creates the foundation for an entirely distinctive generation of high-end luxury SUVs. The 2015 Audi Q7 features a dynamic roofline and high shoulder section, and its powerful front features the striking Audi single-frame grille with chrome surround and vertical chrome bars. The sharp v-shaped tapering of the hood, bumpers in a contrasting paint finish, and pulled-back headlights with daytime running lights, makes this high performance fast car appear to thrust forward even when at a standstill. The 2015 Audi Q7 offers seating for seven passengers.

The 2015 Q7 offers all the options you’d expect on a premium sports utility vehicle. Notable features of the Audi Q7 include: dashboard design features a dash-top mounted multimedia interface with a large touchpad controller located on the centre console, leather seating surfaces, front and rear seat heating, parking system with rear acoustic parking sensors, and Xenon plus headlights with LED daytime running lights and LED taillights.

“The 2015 Audi Q7 is a handsome, poised and polished 7-passenger luxury SUV. It not only delivers when it comes to pampering passengers and impressing the neighbors, its lineup of three engines gives everyone an option, coupled with a taut and adjustable suspension that makes this big SUV fun to drive.” — Keith Buglewicz, Kelley Blue Book

2011 Audi S4

The 2011 Audi S4 is the performance version of the A4, but unlike the more sedate model, it’s only available as a sedan (no Avant wagon option). Designed as a direct competitor of vehicles like the Mercedes C63 AMG and Lexus IS-F, it has a base MSRP of $47,000.

2011 Audi S4

In all honesty, the 2011 S4 isn’t that different from previous year’s models. This year’s car comes with an optional navigational system that also supports HD radio, and the Prestige trim level comes with rear parking sensors and a backup camera as standard features, while Side Assist is offered as its own option now.

Exterior features are in line with other S4 models – variations on the same year’s A4 styling, but with no tell-tale design elements that scream “I’m a performance car!” It does have a spoiler integrated into the lid of the trunk, aluminum mirrors, LED taillights and 18 wheels sporting performance tires. There are metallic “aluminum optic” design accents on both the front and rear diffuser blades as well as the side mirrors (which are heated and auto-dim), and a whopping four tailpipes. Also, the S4 logo has been stamped on the brake calipers. If you upgrade to the Prestige trim you’ll get 19-inch wheels.

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Inside the 2011 Audi S4, things are much more promising. Think brushed aluminum trim a black headliner. Think about a choice of carbon fiber, wood or stainless steel for interior features. The steering wheel bears the S4 badge, as do the doorsills, gauge cluster, and remote transmitter.

Other interior features of the S4 include Bluetooth connectivity for hands-free phone use, keyless entry and ignition, and options for leather upholstery, the afore-mentioned navigational system, and a swank stereo system by Bang & Olefsen.

2011 Audi S4 Interior

Of course, with a performance car it’s all about the powertrain, and the 2011 Audi S4 is no slouch. It’s powered by a supercharged 3.0-liter 333-horsepower V-6 engine that provides 325 pounds-feet of torque. There’s a choice of a six-speed manual or seven speed automated manual transmission, which latter comes with dual clutches for the fastest possible gear shifting. While it does have an automatic mode, gears can be changed by using the steering-wheel mounted paddle-shifters.

Audi’s Quattro all-wheel drive comes as a standard feature on the S4. Torque distribution is split 40/60 percent front/rear. Available as an optional upgrade is Audi’s QuattroSport mechanical rear differential.
Safety features haven’t been ignored in the 2011 Audi S4, either. It’s got the full complement of required airbags (frontal, side-curtain, etc.), but the front seats also have torso airbags, which can be added to the back seats as an optional upgrades. Other standard features are an electronic stability system with traction control, and four-wheel-disc antilock brakes.

While fuel efficiency isn’t really something most of us pay attention to when purchasing a fast car, it’s worth knowing that the 2011 Audi S4 does a respectable 18 mpg on city streets, and 27-28 mpg (depending on powertrain specifics), when on the open highway.

2008 Audi R8

 

At a retail price of about $ 139,000, the 2008 Audi R8 has been named World Performance Car and World Car Design of the Year by an international jury at the 2008 New York Auto Show. This sport coupe has exceptional performance with an acceleration of about 0-60 mph in 4.6 seconds and a top speed of 187-mph.

This 2-passenger, 2-door coupe, all wheel drive super car has excellent balance and handling. With its mid-mounted 420-horsepower 4.2L V8 DOHC 32-valve engine direct fuel injection and 6-speed manual transmission, the 2008 Audi R8 has a fuel economy range of 13 MPG City and 18 MPG Hwy.  Audi’s six-speed R tronic allows shifting using the lever or steering wheel-mounted paddles. R tronic offers a fully automatic method as well.

With plenty of space, the interior is a mold of ergonomic rationality that includes supportive and comfortable seats for average-size passengers. Audi claims there’s adequate room behind the seats to accommodate two golf bags.

Standard equipment includes: 19-inch wheels, a retractable rear spoiler (operates automatically or manually), xenon headlights, LED brake lights and turn signals, leather-and-Alcantara suede power-adjustable sport seats, aluminum trim, automatic climate control and a seven-speaker CD stereo

“With its advanced suspension technology and all-wheel-drive, the 2008 Audi R8 sticks to the road around corners. The car’s looks make it a real head-turner.” CNET Reviews.

 

2008 Audi R8
2008 Audi R8