Modern endurance racing is a tough, tough game, especially if you're Toyota. Leading Le Mans with just over three minutes remaining, the #5 TS050 Hybrid looked certain to make Toyota just the second Japanese brand to win at Circuit de la Sarthe, only to suffer a catastrophic power failure. The #2 Porsche 919 streaked past the stranded Toyota, in what was a heartbreaking finish to a heart-stopping race.Read More
Over the years, Audi's piloted driving fleet has pushed autonomous driving forward with such feats as a Pikes Peak ascent and a Hockenheim lap. Audi's latest piloted driving accomplishment isn't quite so flashy, but it promises to be more important for everyday driving. A piloted A7 research car nicknamed "Jack" has become a smart, courteous defensive driver that should be a pleasure to drive beside, whether you're handling the wheel or rolling in an autonomous car of your own. Audi calls it a "research car with social competence."Read More
Audi is gearing up for this year's Nürburgring 24 Hours by celebrating its 2015 victory and the close relationship between its R8 race cars and R8 production sports cars. The R8 LMS GT3 debuted to rule the day (and night) at Nürburgring last year, besting BMW by 40 seconds after the race saw 35 lead changes. The all-new R8 V10 plus "selection 24h" limited edition celebrates this victory with upgraded standard equipment and a race-inspired aesthetics package.
In a world dominated by downsized, four-cylinder engines, Audi has staunchly stood by its five-cylinder turbo. The new TT RS joins the RS3 in offering the unique motor, but ramps up the power and torque for a supercar-rivaling sprint to 100 km/h (62 mph) of 3.9 seconds for the RS Convertible, or 3.7 seconds for the Coupe, which makes it just 0.1 seconds slower to 100 km/h than the Lamborghini-derived R8 V10 Spyder.Read More
Audi has one of the more fun new concepts at this year's Beijing Auto Show. Building on the theme of dual mode transportation that we noticed at the Beijing show four years ago, its Q3-based connected mobility concept packs a multifunctional longboard in its bumper, providing an integrated last-mile solution. Software bridges the gap between first and last mileage, helping you commute into the city by car and navigate the dense grid via e-board.
Measuring up at 5.27 m (17.28 ft) long, most wouldn't consider the regular Audi A8 L too short. But one particularly wealthy European buyer isn't most people, and has commissioned an even longer, six-door A8. Measuring 6.36 m (20.9 ft) from nose to tail, the A8 L extended is almost a meter longer than the 5.45 m (17.9 ft) Mercedes-Maybach S600, and makes BMW's 5.24 m (17.72 ft) long wheelbase 7 Series look like a Ford Fiesta.
In the competitive world of premium compact cars, Audi's A3 was beginning to look a bit long in the tooth. The German automaker has now brought its midsize hatch up to date with more efficient downsized engines, a suite of active safety features and bright new LED Matrix lights. Read More
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