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The New Audi R8, A Porsche 911 Rival?

Finally, I met the new Audi R8 in Mayfair, London. Whenever I see an Audi R8, I remember the first time I saw the R8 in Istanbul. It was the R8 V8, making lots of noise, but there was something unusual about it. I never liked the first generation R8’s exterior or interior design. Also, the performance figures of the first generation never impressed me. As the pricing made the first-gen R8 accessible to many people, everything was messed up for me.

However, the second-gen Audi R8 is totally different. It is as wide as a Ferrari Testarossa and sits as low as a McLaren. Regarding the interior quality, the second-gen R8 feels really luxurious. The quality of the interior is easily experienced through the switches and the buttons. They give good feedback, and the quality of the materials is really high. There is very limited resemblance inside the cabin of the second-gen R8 to any other Audi. It feels unique and offers a better experience.

I tried to find mistakes inside the R8’s cabin and its performance figures but couldn’t find anything wrong except the massive spoiler with the R8 Plus model. I just don’t like spoilers that are visible, when they are not functioning. If you don’t like it, just go for the normal R8!

The Quattro drivetrain of the second-gen R8 can split the power between the rear and front axles by up to 100%! So the grip you will experience with the second-gen R8 will be insane. While experiencing the ultimate handling, the seating position and visibility will not put you into a depression. The R8 feels really comfortable for long journeys.

The best bit about the second-gen R8 is the laser headlights! Forget the xenon or LEDs; laser light is the future, and it is available with the new R8.

In terms of price point, the second-gen Audi R8 Plus is competing with the Porsche 911 Turbo. However, compared with the entry spec Porsche 911 Turbo, when you start adding options to the 911 Turbo, the pricing reaches the top of the Everest. Regarding the performance figures, the R8 Plus is 0.5 seconds slower than the 911 Turbo. If you are heading for a full-spec 911 Carrera 4S (costs the same as the Audi R8), the R8 is faster by 0.6 seconds.

These performance figures are only numbers; for some people, the Porsche 911 is the king, and for some people, the Audi R8 is the modern world hero. Which one is better depends on your taste.

 

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New Audi TTS Coupe

The new Audi TTS Coupe. I saw it in Mayfair, London. Did I get excited? No. Did I wish to own one? No. Why did I take the photos? It is the new Audi TTS!

The Audi TT is a love/hate car. You either love it or hate it. With every new generation, Audi TT has become better and better. It features a descent rear spoiler. (The first-gen TT had a stability problem due to the lack of a rear spoiler).

So what is new with the Audi TTS Coupe? Very simply, 310 PS of power from the 2-lt petrol engine! It is as fast as a Porsche Cayman S (4.7-sec with the Sport Chrono pack) and way more affordable than a Cayman S. (0 to 100 km/h only in 4.6 seconds, with a DSG gearbox)! All that power is transferred by an all-wheel drive Quattro system.

Despite the acceleration figures, Porsche will definitely handle better than TTS thanks to its rear mid-engine structure. In addition to this, Porsche is designed purely for performance and handling. On the other hand, the Audi TTS features Quattro, which adds extra weight but increases the handling on any road surface.

It is really hard to pick which is the best. Probably, it depends on your taste.

 

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Orange Audi A3 Convertible | Orange is the New Black

An Orange Audi A3 convertible for the summer vibes! If you are living in the UK, this post will not make any sense to you at all, as in 2015 there was no summer. However, Audi is very keen on cheering you up with the orange coloured A3. Definitely orange is the new black!

Usually the German car manufacturer is not very happy painting their cars with extraordinary colours beyond black, grey, white, navy and black. Having the experience of spotting an Audi A3 with orange paint was something really exciting.

The fashionable colour of the A3 not only makes it more exciting, but also motivates buying or talking about the car! Honestly, if this was in a navy colour or dark grey, I wouldn’t be blogging it!

Where is this car? Currently present at Audi City dealer in Mayfair, London.

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Audi RS6 Facts and Photos | Mayfair, London

Audi RS6 in Mayfair London. Some of you might consider the RS6 as an ugly yet fast estate car. However, the story of the RS6 is a bit different. When it was launched years ago, it was an estate car. Audi maintained this tradition and kept the RS6 in its estate form. By the way the colour is awful as well.

Over the years, we experienced a number of sedan RS6 models, but I never appreciated them. Even though the estate cars have an ugly and utilitarian design, the Audi RS6 makes up for this ugliness with massive engine power and performance figures that can make a Ferrari owner very jealous (RS6 is not an ugly car, just the estate concept looks ugly).

Some facts!

What are the performance figures of the Audi RS6? They are mental! The RS6 is powered by a 4-lt V8 TFSI engine with 560 HP and 700 nm of torque. Unfortunately, the engine is coupled with an old-school 8-speed automatic. There is no dual clutch automatic. The acceleration is 3.9 seconds to 100 km/h and, as usual, the top speed is 250 km/h! Also there is air suspension to keep comfortable in case you need it, and it gives you more grip on the corners with a sport differential.

Why the RS6?

Basically, the RS6 offers you a performance that can take your breathe while, at the same time, not attracting any unnecessary attention from others. The RS6 is an estate car and 99% of the population will never ever think that this boxy car is more powerful than an average Porsche 911! Literally, the RS6 is a stealth car.

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Photos of Audi Kids Cars at Audi City London

Lonely, Audi kids’ car at Audi City Mayfair, London. They look so lonely! This was a temporary scenery until the cars were placed in the showroom, Audi kids’ cars filled the spaces.Audi Kids Cars | Audi City Mayfair London Audi Kids Cars | Audi City Mayfair London Audi Kids Cars | Audi City Mayfair London Audi Kids Cars | Audi City Mayfair London Audi Kids Cars | Audi City Mayfair London Audi Kids Cars | Audi City Mayfair London Audi Kids Cars | Audi City Mayfair London

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Facts and Photos of Audi RS3 from Mayfair, London

The Audi RS3. It is finally here. More precisely it is at the Audi Mayfair branch! As we all expected, the RS model of the Audi A3 arrived a bit late to compete with the Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG. But it was worth the wait, definitely a better car. You might be wondering, to what extent is the RS3 better than the A45 AMG?

I won’t be talking about how the RS3 drives better than the A45 AMG or vice-versa. Both of them are front-biased all-wheel drive cars and when you push them, both of these cars will have a tendency to under-steer. However, the difference with regard to the RS3 is in the interior build quality.

As many car manufacturers admit, Audi has the best interior production quality. Basically, Audi’s interior looks amazing, and you experience a premium feeling. And the story is the same with the RS3, in that it offers a great interior that will exceed your expectations.

In addition, the RS3 offers pre-crash systems and the other driving assistance systems that are available in other Audi models. Whilst enjoying the powerful 370 HP engine, Audi will do its best to keep you out of any trouble. Moreover, I cannot ignore the legendary all-wheel drive system Quattro. An Audi without Quattro is not a real Audi as far as I am concerned, and the RS3 offers a dynamic rear-differential to reduce the front-biased drive train.

Lastly, the RS3 looks amazing! And it is not extremely expensive to own. It is still more expensive than many other cars, but the RS3 offers 367 HP and 465 Nm from 2.5-lt 5-cylinder petrol engine, 7-speed DSG and Quattro! Also, RS3 offers LED headlight as well! Only needs 4.3 seconds to reach 100km/h and top speed is 250 km/h but you can upgrade it to 280 km/h!

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Facts and Photos of Audi R18 e-tron Quattro Le Mans

Audi R18 e-tron Quattro LeMans racer. Probably you weren’t expecting me to spot this racer in the middle of London, more precisely at Mayfair. However, Audi decided to bring this Le Mans racer to Mayfair store to show! And it is Quattro! There are some facts about Audi R18 and some photos as well;

  • Won 10 races.
  • 3.7-lt V6 petrol engine produces more than 510HP and more than 850Nm of torque (They never reveal the real power output).
  • Rear-wheel drive but during the breaking-phase 500kJ of energy is transferred to front wheels defined by FIA (I didn’t get anything!).
  • Six-speed sequential gearbox (No S-Tronic).
  • Weights 900kg (Lighter than your average car).
  • Top speed is only 352km/h (Slower than an investment banker’s Ferrari).
  • 50lt of fuel tank.

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Audi S3 Convertible Review?

Audi S3 convertible time! If you are lucky, the sun may just have started to shine in your area. That’s the case in England at the moment; the spring sun has emerged and some folks are preparing to buy convertible cars. I know this sounds uncharacteristically optimistic but the UK has the highest demand for convertibles, even though there is no sun for 95% of the year!

So, here is the cure for the common convertible – the Audi S3 convertible. I had the chance to take some photos of this car at a Mayfair dealership in London. It is now the second most powerful Audi A3 after the RS3. However, this does not change the fact that the Audi S3 is really really fast. And when you consider its size and Quattro all-wheel drive system, the S3 will be an epic ride.

Quattro

However, never forget that the Quattro always hinders the understeer effect due to its character. Based on what I’ve heard from people who have driven the S3; if you push hard, the S3 has a tendency to understeer. What’s the problem? Understeering is something that you really don’t need in a car when you push hard on the corner. What to expect? Oversteering, that’s better!

The Audi S3 is powered by a 2-lt TFSI petrol engine with 300 HP and 380 nm of torque. It only needs 5.4 seconds to reach 100 km/h with a top speed of 250 km/h. As expected, the S3 is coupled with a 7-speed DSG automatic gearbox. Just right for that sunny weekend in the country.

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What is new with The New Audi R8?

New Audi R8! The second generation of this car was revealed a few days ago. This Model has never been my favourite car in terms of technology and design. However things have changed a bit with the new one which offers an improved design (less annoying), better engine options and more technology. So what is new with the new R8?

Audi used “Audi Space Frame” (ASF) for the new R8. This means the new model is made from aluminium alloy and has managed to lose 50kg from the previous generation, reaching a very competitive level of 1.4-tonnes. That’s really good but still not as light as a Ferrari!

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Engine options are only 5.2 FSI V10 with two different levels of outputs, 540 HP (R8 V10) and 610 HP (R8 V10 Plus). Honestly, I don’t get the point of offering a lower powered R8. I assume most of the customers will go for the 610 HP; why would you buy a sports car with a lower engine output? The new R8 610 HP version accelerates to 100 km/h in 3.2 seconds with a top speed of 330 km/h.

Quattro

The Quattro system has been totally changed. It is now capable of transferring the power from rear to front axle up to 100%. And during normal driving conditions, the power is completely delivered to the rear-wheels. Also, a differential lock is present at the rear axle to increase the driving experience.

One of the most exciting features of the new model is the optional laser headlights. The standard headlights are full LED beams, however if you pay extra you will be able to get laser highlights that are capable of illuminating up to 600-metres with the daylight kelvin level (5500 Kelvin).

Lastly, we will find the same 12.3-inch digital instrument panel on the R8 that is already available with the Audi TT and VW Passat. The digital instrument panel kills the essence of analog but will provide more information and the navigation becomes easier to control.

Basically, the second generation R8 is a really good car. If you didn’t like the first generation, this car could well change your mind. However, it is still not a Porsche 911 or a McLaren!

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The New Audi Q7 (Second Generation)

I’ve finally managed to see the new (Second generation) Audi Q7 in Mayfair, London. Actually, it was the pre-production model and didn’t feature all the new gadgets. Despite being in pre-production, the new second generation looks way way better in real life than the Internet photos. The main reason for this? The press photos from Audi have been taken when the Q7’s air suspension is lowered to the bottom, thus making the Q7 look like a raised estate car. In real life, the Q7 looks like a real SUV.

What’s New!

Interestingly, it is 30mm shorter than the first generation but it does look really long. Despite its size, this model features a class-leading pre-crash and warning system. It is also capable of semi-autonomous driving up to 65 km/h. That’s a great feature, I love it! You don’t need to drive whilst the car is moving. The Q7 also features a night vision assistant. And if that isn’t enough, it can understand whether you’re sticking to your lane or not, blindspots as well!

In terms of gadget features, the second generation model features an NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor and you can even order it with two Android tablets at the rear. However, you do have to deal with the Android updates! Did I mention there is a 1,920-watt Bang Olufsen sounds system? I am not into sound systems.

The coolest features are the all-wheel steering and 1000-rpm driving mode. Rear wheels can steer up to 5-degrees depending on the situation. And the new vaporisation system enables the engine to run as low as 1000-rpm without any vibration. This reduces the fuel consumption.

The interior ergonomics are very good and it was really easy to control Audi’s MMI information system. The massive touch pad makes it so easy to access the menus and set the navigation or the radio.

Despite the unexpected external look of the second generation, the features and the quality of the interior space compensate for that non-charming exterior. For me though, it is more of a massive gadget than an SUV!

Price starts from £50,000. Technical details are;

Audi Q7 3.0 TDI (272 HP) 5-seater:
Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 6.1 – 5.7** (38.6 – 41.3 US mpg);
Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 159 – 149** (255.9 – 239.8 g/mi)
Audi Q7 3.0 TFSI (333 HP) 5-seater:
Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 8.1 – 7.7** (29.0 – 30.5 US mpg);
Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 189 – 179** (304.2 – 288.1 g/mi)

Camera: Canon 70d with 50mm f 1.8 lens.

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The New Audi Q7 (2nd Generation) SUV

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The New Audi Q7 (2nd Generation) SUV

The New Audi Q7 (2nd Generation) SUV

The New Audi Q7 (2nd Generation) SUV

The New Audi Q7 (2nd Generation) SUV

The New Audi Q7 (2nd Generation) SUV

The New Audi Q7 (2nd Generation) SUV