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Times are certainly changing in the auto industry. Not too long ago, if you wanted to tear down the street in a sports car, you would sacrifice a lot. Not only would you not have a comfortable ride, but you would get horrible gas mileage. However, now, all the major manufacturers are looking to provide environmentally friendly options to buyers, and Audi is certainly on the forefront of this. That is apparent when looking at the Audi R8. With the Audi R8 sports car, you can enjoy a strong performance, all while foregoing gasoline.

While it’s obviously easy to be skeptical, you should not worry once you check it out for yourself. For starters, if you read up on it, you will see that the Audi R8 electric version gets you a lot of performance. The V10 Plus Quattro Coupe gas version gets an eye-popping 0-60 time of 3.2 seconds. The electric version gets a still impressive 3.9 seconds, which is still better than almost every car on the road. If you want to merge on the freeway or show off to your friends, you can easily do it with this electric car, and you can do it while not burning fossil fuels.

While an electric car that goes down the block is one thing, it is quite another thing to offer a car that will go out on a long trip and not leave you stranded. That is the worry with electric versions, and buyers should understand that they will need to read up on the model they want to check out and buy. Luckily, Audi did not leave buyers hanging, as the company has nearly doubled the energy storage in their latest battery. Now, you can get 92kWh, all without giving up any extra space. This probably does not mean much to the average person, but it should. The claimed range that Audi gives is a very impressive 279 miles, which is better than most other available models.

Since the solid majority of people don’t drive more than 25 miles each way to work, this is a great option for someone who wants a commuter car. But, if you buy the R8 electric version, you can still take long trips as 279 miles is enough to get most people where they want to go. All over the country, cities, counties and states are adding charging stations quickly, and this bodes well for anyone who wants to buy a plug-in electric vehicle.

Since gas prices fluctuate, it’s hard to see how much money you will save on an electric version. But, if you ponder the future, you will realize that gas prices will go back up.  Not only that, if you buy an electric hybrid, especially one from Audi, you will do you part to protect the planet a non-gas car contributes less to global warming than its gas-powered counterparts.

If you want to check out an Audi, you should consider an electric version. Gone are the days of short ranges and unreliable batteries. Now, you can enjoy a sporty version, all while getting where you want to go safely and without any worry.

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When thinking about a company offering top of the line products, it’s hard to forget about Audi. Not only does this manufacturer make reliable, quick and fun to drive cars, but it is now starting to get into the electric game, which is important to a lot of people who want to save money on gas and help the planet. In fact, Audi wants to produce an electric model in every series. While a lofty goal, the company should have no trouble meeting expectations.

Now, a lot of people may not know what constitutes a plug-in hybrid as they are still relatively rare, but that will change as companies like Audi, among others, start to build plug-in models. This is part of Audis push to sustainability, which is only becoming more popular. It’s a wise move as Audi can reel in plenty of people who want to live a green life.

Car buyers, in the past, have been leery of all-electric models, and for good reason. The first prototypes offered short ranges, unreliable batteries and a host of other issues. Times have changed, and potential buyers should know this. In fact, the Audi R8 e-tron is currently in testing, and it gets an extremely impressive range of 208 miles, which is perfect for the daily commuter. If you have an interest in any models, you should head to Audi of Tucson and see what Audi can do for you.

Recent comments from Hackenberg, who is on the board of directors at Audi, show that the company is working hard to please consumers. In fact, in a recent speech, he mentioned that Audi will have a new electric model that will be launched in 2018, if things go well. The range for this car should be about 310 miles, which is extremely impressive, especially when considering how far the technology has come.

The great thing about Audi is that the company does not sacrifice quality, reliability or horsepower. This should bode well for any buyer who wants to hop into an Audi and enjoy the benefits of having an electric model. Yes, in the future, whether you want a sporty Audi or a crossover SUV, you can get what you want, and you can drive a few hundred miles without any range anxiety.

If you don’t know anything about plug-in technology, you should read up on it. And, if you know about plug-in tech but you have not read up on the subject lately, you should spend some time learning about how it works. If you are in a relatively large city, you will have no problem plugging your car in and getting free or very cheap, miles out of your car. But, don’t worry, if you don’t have a lot of plugin stations near your home, you can wait a few years as they are popping up all over the place. Remember, Audi is a great name, and buyers should get excited once the plug-in versions start coming out in droves.

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It’s not unheard of for a carmaker to turn an already decent performer into a superb piece of automotive engineering by adding one simple feature. We’ve witnessed it many times-­––such as when Volkswagen implemented the diesel TDI engine, which turned the rather humble Jetta into a legitimate rock star.

Among the best sports cars to ever tear up the freeway is the incredible Audi R8. Now improved with a Lamborghini-based V10, the R8 is poised to render other supercars irrelevant.

The combination of tricky exhaust and intake plumbing can make any engine fire up like the soundtrack to a classic movie. Some may consider it cheating or out of bounds. However, it’s a lot like working on a school project with a classmate doing all the work while you sit back and enjoy the ride.

However when an engine is situated right behind the passenger compartment, there’s a good chance that the engine’s mechanical noises will overpower the attempts a car maker might have implemented to make an exhaust snap and burble at the correct instances.

And that’s exactly how the Audi R8 V10 Spyder at Audi of Tucson leads the pack. Introduced back in 2009 at the Frankfurt Motor show, the roadster R8 has finally made it to American shores. Offered exclusively with Audi’s race-proven V10, $9,100 Tronic single clutch semi auto transmission or traditional 6-speed manual, the R8 V10 Spyder transcends to the stars.

Audi anticipates that the most of the R8 sales (below 1000 per year in the US) will be Spyders. The supercar market has prided itself on looks as much as drivability. If judged by looks alone, then you can confidently cast your vote for the R8 Spyder.

The R8 Spyder appears similar to the hardtop from various angles. Its front fascia, rump and much of its exterior side profile are hardly different from the v10 coupe. However the v10 coupe does offer a few stylish nuances to distinguish itself from the regular R8 V8.

Loyal fans of the R8 will immediately recognize that the hardtop’s unique side blade has disappeared, as well as the metal roof. The redesigned R8 hardtop helps overcome some awkward angles and further gains an advantage by utilizing its long rear shelf at the back of the passenger compartment. You will also notice design mimicked from the Porsche Carrera GT towards the rear of the R8 Spyder’s side profile. Nicely balanced, the R8 Spyder is an eye-catcher, whether the top is up or down.

The R8 Spyder’s interior is similar in design compared to the exterior with just a few minor differences. Near the area where the hardtop offers storage behind the front seats, sits the Spyder’s fast-folding (19 sec at up to 31 mph) insulated soft-top. Other factors that make the interior standout is the special coating on the leather seats, which is used maintain a lower ambient temperature during extreme sun exposure.

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The 4th and last variation of the new Audi R8 made its first appearance at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. It is the new R8 LMS endurance racer that’s prepared to race from the 2016 motorsport season.

The new R8 LMS is less heavy and more secure than previous editions. It provides much more race car technological innovation, obviously enhanced aerodynamics and, because of this, gives teams an even more remarkable package.

Power originates from a V-10 engine that’s almost identical to the engine attached to the road-going R8. The powerplant displaces 5.2 liters and delivers roughly 585 hp (430 kW). It is attached to a newly developed 6-speed transmission with paddle shifters. The R8 LMS can do the 0 to 62 miles per hour in a blazing 3.0 seconds and will hit a top speed of 186 miles per hour.

The R8 LMS is rear wheel driven via a sequential gearbox and its body is constructed mostly of carbon fiber. And as such, is 25 kg (55 lbs) lighter than its previous model. It has been redesigned to conform to the new GT3 rules that are going to be introduced next year, which mostly deal with safety issues like more demanding crash test requirements. Also new on the Audi LMS is the Audi Protection Series PS1 seat, which is directly attached to the chassis of the car to provide improved stiffness. For the very first time on a GT3 race car, Audi added a rescue opening hatch has been added to the roof.

Other improvements include the addition of a foot lever system with a quick-adjustable mechanism and safety steering column that is both length, and height adjustable.

You will get a glimpse of the LMS this year at Nürburgring (May 16/17) and Spa (July 25/26) as part of Audi’s extended testing program.

Yet another advancement for the brand new R8 LMS is the first-time application of a fully lined underfloor together with built-in rear diffusor. Because of this, the measurements of the rear wing can be decreased without a related increase of aerodynamic drag. The wheel wells, which have been opened up rearwards through a bigger cross-section, trigger enhanced air movement. The new innovative radiator at the front grill also enables increased air movement.

Racing teams will be able to place their orders in the second half of 2015 and can expect delivery by the end of the year. Expected cost is $250,000.

To learn more about the new Audi R8 and other impressive Audi models, visit Audi of Tucson.

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J.D. Power Survey Shows Audi Customers Pleased

By scoring first in both important categories of customer satisfaction and fixing the vehicle correctly the first time its in the shop, the nation’s Audi service centers show that an emphasis on doing the job right is paying off. The company was 19th in overall service satisfaction as recently as 2008, but a steady effort by employees resulted in a third place overall score this year, just behind Jaguar and Lexus. Audi service centers use state-of-the-art equipment to diagnose and fix problems so your investment provides years of trouble-free service. Audi technicians are constantly undergoing training to keep up as automobile technology continues to evolve.

Fairness, Thoughtfulness Score High in Power Survey

Audi customers showed in their survey results that they thought repair costs were fair and that they were impressed by the thoughtfulness of the service staff. Customers were also impressed with the knowledge of the service advisor and the overall thoroughness with which all repairs were accomplished. The survey indicated that Audi is also scoring big in the youth demographic and the important “pre-baby boomer” generation that has disposable income with which to buy luxury automobiles.

Audi Warranty Longer Than National Average

With many U.S. car companies offering a 3-year, 36-month bumper to bumper-to-bumper warranty, Audi decided to provide a longer period for worry-free repairs. All new Audis come with a 4-year or 50,000 mile warranty, including the first 5,000-mile service at no extra charge. Audi includes full roadside service for the entire 4 years, providing limited towing, repair and fuel assistance. Certified Pre-Owned Audis come with an additional two years of coverage or 50,000 miles from the time of purchase. Take a drive to Audi of Tucson to check out the new and used inventory and discover why Audi owners rank so high in total satisfaction.

Audi Care and Vehicle Protection Plans Extend Coverage

By purchasing an Audi Care plan, you can save almost 40 percent off the cost of scheduled maintenance for the first 45,000 miles of a new vehicle’s life. There are never any additional charges for the service provided under the plan, even if the cost of labor rises. Vehicle protection plans provide peace-of-mind for your new car up to 100,000 miles, offering many different coverage levels at different price points. Visit the Audi service center at Audi of Tucson for more information on scheduled maintenance and the Audi Care package.

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Audi R8 represents an inspired project due to the dedicated effort put in over a tough six years. The R8 is tough in the sense of its on-again, off-again dilemma. But as they say to persevere through challenge, this Audi vehicle certainly earns top honors. Audi has officially released its fully electrified version of the new second-generation R8, internally known as the R8 e-tron 2.0.

One can only imagine the dynamics behind the scenes in the evolution of the R8 e-tron given its history of development. Those who experienced a test drive back at the 2009 Frankfurt auto show raved about the style and finish of the prototype model on show. In 2010 as a side show to the 24 Hours of Le Mans, then Audi R&D chief Michael Dick test-drove several laps on the course, barely finishing because of the charging state. However, the organization remained steadfast in its long-term commitment and devotion to the project. Audi aimed to fast track production into small-volume production however, circumstances dictated otherwise. Wolfgang Dürheimer succeeded R&D chief Michael Dick and a new direction was born. In an uncompromising, characteristic and no-nonsense approach the successor placed the project on hold. It took yet another change to get things back on track. Ulrich Hackenberg succeeded Dürheimer and reinstated the project. Unfortunately it had become too late to introduce the car on its platform for the upcoming first-generation R8.

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The R8 e-tron 2.0 is equipped with a T-shaped lithium-ion battery that is shoehorned into the center tunnel at the rear of the passenger cell. Rear-wheel-driven vehicle at its core, it can travel approximately 280 miles on a full electric charge. The rear-mounted electric motors produces about an estimated 456 horsepower and 679 lb-ft of torque, all channeled via a single-speed transmission which is highly impressive indeed. It’s no slouch either, from complete standstill and acceleration to 62 mph requires solely 3.9 seconds and its top speed is calculated at 155 mph. When you apply other factors, the speed dips to 130 mph when low-rolling-resistance tires are added for maximum efficiency and effectiveness on the road. To further enhance the car’s innate dynamic tools, there are torque-vectoring capabilities powered by the two rear motors.

For the sake of comparison that we all love and to exhibit noticeable progression, the first e-tron concept—an all-wheel drive car with four motors—was rated at approx. 313 horsepower and 502 lb-ft of torque. It would have accelerated to 62 mph in an estimated 5.2 seconds, and perhaps topped out in the region of an unimpressive 125 mph with a range below 150 miles. Therefore, the improvement was substantial.

Now taking a look at the visuals, the R8 e-tron is distinctively different from the regular R8 by its slimmer tires in immediate appearance. Nicely designed aero-focused wheels with a good-looking, fixed and small rear lip spoiler with impactful horizontal silver garnishes on both ends. The front air intake is partially covered with a carbon-fiber insert. It offers a rather futuristic look that will make you stop and take notice.

Looking for an Audi R8 in Arizona? Come view our large lineup today. Learn more about the new Audi R8 and other Audi models at the Audi of Tucson dealership.

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Kelley Blue Book Selects Top 10 Under $35,000

One of the nation’s most relied upon automotive industry and consumer guides has named the 2015 Audi A3 and Q3 to its 10 Best Luxury Cars under $35,000 list. Because of the Audis’ outstanding performance, great fuel economy and long list of standard features, the two vehicles prove that luxury can come in a relatively inexpensive package. Kelley Blue Book has a dedicated staff whose sole task is to drive and review almost all new cars every year. The website KBB.com is valued by consumers for its expertise and ability to accurately price both new and used cars. Both the Audi A3 and Audi Q3 are available to test drive at Audi of Tucson.

Q3 Provides Nice Mix of Functionality and Performance

With standard features like a panoramic sunroof, heated power seats and a leather interior, the Audi Q3 proves you can have all the versatility of a mid-size SUV with the appointments of a luxury sedan. Audi’s iconic Quattro all-wheel drive helps keep you out of trouble in bad weather by automatically sending power to the wheels with the most traction. Powered by a turbo-charged engine that delivers 200 horsepower, the Q3 has plenty of pep to take on the nastiest mountain roads or make that hair-raising freeway merge during rush hour traffic. The Audi Q3 also receives high marks for a very quiet and comfortable ride. Its upscale interior is made with quality materials, which you’d expect from Audi. Fun options include a power lift gate and a 14-speaker audio system that delivers concert hall quality sound to ease the stress of the day.

A3 Provides Technology on a Budget

With Audi’s Multi Media Interface (MMI) system controlled by just a touch you have a world of entertainment and information at your fingertips. The available navigation system utilizes Google Earth satellite pictures and acts as an Internet hot spot for up to eight electronic devices. Side assist sensors and cruise control with a stop and go setting help you avoid collisions and get your precious cargo to your destination safely. The inclusion on KBB’s best luxury car list is not the first award for the popular A3. In 2014, it was named the “World Car of the Year,” beating out other finalists that included the BMW 4 Series and Mazda 3. Judges were impressed with the car’s chiseled contours and superior interior design and materials. Power, handling and a quiet ride were other factors in the award. See the new Audi A3 at Audi of Tucson.

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Audi entered the crossover market in 2003. Since then, the company has gradually incorporated features from other product lines into the popular performance-crossover category. With the price tag that marks them as exclusive, Audi has stiff competition in this niche from BMW, Bentley, and Mercedes-Benz. In their Porsche brand, the Volkswagen Group offers the Cayenne, and now a new Audi Q has emerged that will once again establish Audi as a leading source of high-end sport-class vehicles. The plans for a new Audi RS Q7 diesel have sparked the imaginations of automotive fans everywhere. For when Audi does a high-powered performance vehicle, it makes an impression. The image of an advanced Audi crossover is delightful to those who value an SUV form with race car performance. Whether checking out a sports car or not, you should head to Audi of Tucson if you want to buy your next Audi.

The U.S. market is not favorable to diesel vehicles. Manufacturers accept as gospel that US consumers resist the world’s best diesel offerings. The solution is to introduce a gas-powered version of the vehicle as a companion release. Aficionados of performance and economy gravitate to the diesel models, and those more accustomed to using gasoline take that option. Audi has already introduced an electric hybrid this year, and a growing trend in the industry is to use electric power innovation for high-powered vehicles. The addition of electric engineering provides relatively remarkable increases in fuel economy, which are often not present in performance vehicles.

The sport-class badge is a mark of distinction among Audi vehicles; it tells the consumer that Audi has engineered the vehicle for outstanding speed and power. The RS label, or RennSport signifies a race car level of performance. It is the highest performance level for Audi production cars. RS vehicles emphasize high cruising speeds, high-speed handling, and a favorable ratio of torque to weight for outstanding acceleration.

The RS Q7 diesel will appeal to those who do not mind high price tags for an overwhelming amount of speed and power in a vehicle with race car handling and cornering characteristics. This vehicle provides race car traits with the size and convenience of a vehicle that can pack groceries, take a family of four on a road trip, or haul antique finds. The trend of sports racing class vehicles that look like SUV’s is a globally popular niche. The add-ons and accessories will also reflect the Audi style. The braking, Matrix lights, and interior luxuries add novelty and creature comforts. If you want to see the Audi Q7, you have options, and you should  check it out now.

The engineering advances include increased use of lightweight materials in the chassis and drivetrain. Advances in lighter materials in the front and rear suspension play a major role in lightening the load and increasing the power to weight ratio. Technical specifications are not available, but the early reports suggest details. The power plant will be a 4.2L V-8 diesel engine; it provides 380 HP and an outstanding 850 Nm of torque. Audi has not yet set the power options, but reports include guess-work about an electric turbocharger. The RS badge suggests top levels of acceleration and top speeds in the range of 140 mph.

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The new Audi R8 second-generation mid-engine supercar made its public debut at the recent Geneva Motor Show. It is the next evolutionary step in the R8 line that has been on sale since 2006.

Ulrich Hackenberg, Audi’s technical development boss said that the new R8 is a result of Audi’s extensive track experience being infused into a road car and no other Audi is closer to being a racecar than the new R8.

Visually the new R8 will be similar to its predecessor with minor changes to the signature R8 single-frame grille, side-blade treatment, distinctive LED headlamps that use dynamic turn signals at the front and rear along with laser-guided spot lamp for the high beams.

Initially the R8 will come with V10 powered engines. The standard 5.2 litre V10 engine will produce 540bhp and 398 lb-ft of torque and will do a 0 to 62mph sprint in 3.5s and reach a top speed of 201mph.

While still being made of mostly aluminium, carbon fibre reinforced plastic components have been added to the V10 plus, making its kerb weight 145 lbs lighter. The R8 V10 Plus will belt out an impressive 601bhp and 413 lb-ft of torque that will rocket the V10 plus from 0 to 62 mph in a mere 3.2 seconds and will reach a top speed of 205 mph. These are almost identical number to the Lamborghini Huracan. In fact, with those numbers, the R8 is now Audi’s fastest production car ever! In addition, the constantly variable four-wheel-drive gives the R8 outstanding traction at high speeds.

In terms of fuel efficiency, the R8 V10 23.9mpg and 275g/km and for the R8 V10 Plus 22.8mpg and 289g/km.

The interior is pretty much a digital cockpit with a similar layout to the TT, but will be cleaner and neater. The steering wheel has all the buttons to control whatever you need. The interior will offer more head room than the Huracan and is very easy to get into and out of.

Audi also revealed the new electric version of the R8, the R8 e-tron that will reportedly produce 56bhp and 679lb ft of torque and reach 62mph from a stop in 3.9 seconds. The R8 e-tron will have a range of about 280 miles. The new all electric drive train model will be released soon in limited numbers in select markets.

The Audi R8 will be on sale in the UK later this year starting at £119,500. The V10 plus will begin at £137,500

The new R8 will be assembled near Audi’s German site in Neckarsulm on their new showcase production line.

At Audi of Tucson, we love the new Audi R8 so much we want you to test-drive it yourself! Visit our dealership to learn more about this amazing supercar.

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Lower, Wider Design Creates Lightning Quick Profile

Recently unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show, the 2016 Audi R8 cuts a sharper stance with a wider and longer profile that delivers both visually and functionally. The design provides a more aggressive look to Audi’s premier sports car, while the wider weight distribution helps reduce body roll around corners. Front air intakes are coupled with rear heat release vents to keep the V10 engines cooler.

New V-10 Delivers 610 Horses to Lighter Vehicle

For the 2016 redesign, Audi engineers cut 110 pounds from the previous model R8. That weight loss, coupled with a pair of V-10 engines rated to deliver either 540 or 610 horsepower, means the new Audi R8 is even faster than before. The larger engine propels the car to 60 miles per hour in just 3.0 seconds on its way to a top speed of 205 miles per hour. Audi’s innovative all-wheel drive system and traction control electronics means the power is distributed to all wheels as needed for maximum driving control.

Drivers, Prepare for Takeoff

The cockpit of the new Audi R8 resembles something out of a jet fighter with steering wheel-centric controls that allow you to select the driving mode along with typical audio and cruise controls. The driver can also control Audi’s virtual cockpit from the steering wheel, flipping through information on performance, navigation and entertainment at the push of a button. Information is displayed on a large 12.3-inch screen just above the steering wheel, allowing you to keep your eyes on the road as you adjust your driving experience. New bucket seats are sportier than in years past, delivering both comfort and swaddling security that keeps driver and passenger from flinging about the cabin during quick runs through tight corners. The new Audi R8 will be available at Audi of Tucson later this year.

New R8 is Fast and Easy on the Gas

Both the standard V-10 and larger V-10 plus models register at or close to 20 miles per gallon in combined city and highway mileage. Your mileage will, of course, vary, depending on how often you try and challenge the vehicle’s top speed estimates. Audi also revamped its R8 e-tron package with an electric motor that delivers an amazing 456 horsepower. The cruising range for the e-tron is about 280 miles, but the vehicles will be in limited supply. Check with a representative from Audi of Tucson if you are interested in buying an R8 e-tron.