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Plenty of people want to get in an electric car and enjoy it for what it offers. But, in the past, it was hard to get an electric car that was fast or sporty. Not only that, an electric SUV was out of the question as the power was just not there. Times are changing, and they are changing very quickly as Audi, among other companies, is coming up with ideas and will start releasing amazing electric cars. For this reason, you should check out the offers Audi will have in the future as their electric SUV will be sporty and sexy.

Currently, one thing people worry about when getting an electric car is the range. In the past, this was a huge concern as a person could only go fewer than 50 miles on a single charge. This pretty much relegated a person to driving to and from work, if they were lucky. For the most people, this is not acceptable, especially if you want to enjoy your SUV and take it on long road trips. But, as mentioned, things are changing quickly, and you can soon get the Audi Q6, which will get you up to 300 miles on a single charge. If you are looking to drive all day, you will have no issues doing so with the Audi Q6. When coupled with the fact that many cities and counties are adding charging stations, you can see that an electric SUV is no only a good idea, it is a great idea. If you can’t wait and you want to get an Audi SUV now, you should head to Audi of Tucson and see what they have in stock.

It’s one thing to have an SUV with long range, but most people want more. While it will be a great SUV, it won’t be out until 2018 or 2019, which will coincide with big changes as there will be more charging stations from California to Maine.  There have been no official numbers released, but the new version should compete with current gas versions of SUVs. This is truly amazing if you want to go off-roading and do so with power under the hood.

Finally, if you want to have a luxury SUV, you will want to wait for the new Audi SUV. Of course, if you have ever driven an Audi, you know that this company always delivers when it comes to tech and luxury. The new SUV by Audi will not be any different as Audi CEO Rupert Stadler said that he plans to have the SUV compete with other top-of-the-line brands. This should make anyone happy who wants to drive an SUV and still enjoy the inside of the car. Remember, Audi has a rich history when it comes to releasing cars with the newest technologies, and the Audi electric SUV coming out in 2018 or 2019 will not be any different.

If you are willing to wait, you can get an all-electric SUV from Audi that will blow you away as it will have a great range and plenty of power, all while offering you the luxuries of gas powered cars.

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Electric Bitturbo Offers Instant Power

The engineers at Audi continue to push the envelope when combining electric and turbo power with the recent unveiling of the Audi TT Clubsport Turbo in Austria. This concept car utilizes a 600-horsepower equivalent electric engine to go from 0-62 miles per hour in a stunningly quick 3.6 seconds while delivering a breathtaking 480 foot pounds of torque. As the first automaker in the world to release this technology, Audi is taking the green concept of electric engines and creating a spontaneous sports car that delivers a true Audi driving experience that environmentalists can get behind. No word on if this car will ever actually make it to the showroom floor at Audi of Tucson, but you can bet the experimental technology will show up as the automaker continues to push the environmental and production car envelopes.

Lightweight Married to Power Equals Speed

Along with being remarkably quick, the Audi TT Clubsport Turbo also delivers at the top end. With an unregulated speed of almost 193 miles per hour, the bitturbo technology reduces typical turbocharger lag to deliver the performance most closely associated with finely-tuned gasoline engines. If the power behind the gas engine lies with a series of small explosions, this Audi TT is propelled by a finely-tuned collection of lightning bolts that make it the quickest car of its kind off the line. While the gas turbocharger suffers when the exhaust gas releases too much energy, the electric bitturbo is able to keep its energy level up and ready for the driver to call on whenever the time is right for an added boost.

As Quiet as a Thunderstorm

When the 48-volt electrical system fires up, it’s with a throaty roar reminiscent of the Formula 1 cars that dominate the European circuit. The exhaust system has low back-pressure because of a cooling side pipe positioned after the racing muffler. The glove box is the host for a lithium-ion battery that stores the power created when the TT is coasting, ready to be called upon when it’s time to play. The Audi TT Clubsport Turbo utilizes the company’s patented Quattro all-wheel drive system to distribute power to each wheel. Stabilization and traction control systems help the driver keep this beast on the road when putting it through its paces.

Protective Cage Keeps Everyone Safe

Titanium tubes protect the cockpit’s passengers in case of trouble, providing a rigid enclosure without adding too much weight. Lightweight bucket seats tell all who enter here this car was made for driving with a passion, not a leisurely cruise down a country road.

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Innovative Sportster Coming This Summer

The 2016 Audi TT features a stunning new design that is packed with innovation and features that deliver an outstanding driver experience filled with performance and creature comforts. The new TT comes in three different trim levels, starting at $42,900 for the TT Coupe. The TT Roadster pricing begins at $46,400 and the TTS Coupe, which comes with a 292 horsepower engine, starts at $51,900. Standard features include Quattro all-wheel drive, a six-speed dual clutch transmission, heated power seats and Audi’s patented infotainment system. Stay tuned with the folks at Audi of Tucson for the first deliveries coming this July.

Lighter Vehicle, More Power Equals Speed

Audi has shaved about 110 pounds from the second generation TT through the utilization of aluminum in the doors, trunk lid, hood, roof and fenders. Engineers also lightened up the engine and seat frames, as well as the brakes to provide a much leaner vehicle. The TT comes with a 230 horsepower engine that goes from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 6 seconds. The bigger engine in the TTS reduces that time to just 4.7 seconds.

Clean Interior Design Keeps Things Simple

Audi designers eliminated most of the central controls for the climate system, instead putting switches into the air vents. The simple design continues with the Audi’s virtual cockpit. Utilizing digital technology, Audi reports important vehicle information through its MMI system and a 12.3-inch video display utilizing 3D graphics. The TTS lets you monitor performance by bringing the tachometer and speedometer up to the display’s center. This also includes a lap timer and boost gauge. Audi connect® provides a seamless infotainment experience that offers social media alerts, 7,000 different web stations, RSS news feeds and audio news headlines. The 4G LTE connection turns the TT into a rolling hotspot where the driver and passengers can connect their laptops and mobile devices to the World Wide Web.

Tweak Your Own Driving Experience

The Audi patented drive select system lets drivers fine tune the suspension, Quattro system, throttle and steering to fit the road conditions and weather. The TTS even has magnetic dampers that customize the ride even further with controls labeled individual, auto, comfort and dynamic. Dynamic control tells the Quattro system to emphasize rear wheel drive as the sensors adjust the power 150 times per 10 milliseconds to provide the optimal power. See the new TT and TTS at Audi of Tucson starting this July.

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If you have an Audi, or if you are planning to buy one, you are on the right track. Whether you want to enjoy something that is luxurious, fast or just something that is reliable, you will have a great time with an Audi. However, if you want to get the most out of it, you should treat it well. With that being said, here are three tips to get the most out of your Audi.

How you drive it matters: When driving your car, you should know how to treat it with care. Think about it, if you have an Audi, you will not want to gun it from light to light. Furthermore, if you are taking a lot of short trips around town, you will put unnecessary wear and tear on your vehicle. By taking it easy and not revving it up from light to light, you are going to save gas, your brakes and your transmission. Simply put, if you treat Audi well and don’t drive recklessly, you can get more out of it, and you will save money on maintenance. To get a better idea what you can get out of an Audi, you should head to Audi Of Tucson.

Maintenance: Speaking of maintenance, if you see a car that has more than 200,000 miles on it, you can bet that the owner took it in for routine maintenance. The funny thing is, if you take your car in for maintenance, you are going to save a lot of money in the long run, so you should not avoid simple maintenance items as a way to save cash. If you can change your oil at the recommended interval and listen to your mechanic, you are going to get a lot more miles out of your car, and you are going to have an easier time getting from point A to point B as you are going to enjoy a more enjoyable Audi.

Listen to your Audi: While your Audi is a high-powered machine that will get you a lot of enjoyment, you must listen to it. If you are driving it too hard in the summer or winter, especially in extreme temperatures, you can put your car through a lot. If you start hearing noises or it starts acting differently, immediately go to a mechanic. All-too-often, an Audi owner will ignore issues thinking that he or she has nothing to worry about. While this is often the case, you should exercise caution as you will not want to deal with a serious issue down the road. Remember, if you listen to your car and treat your Audi well, you will see it last a lot longer, all with fewer issues.

If you want to own an Audi, you should buy one as it’s a great car. If you treat your Audi well and follow these three simple tips, you can get the most out of it, and you can watch as it lasts a long time, all while giving your exceptional performance  and reliability.

Audi S4 Quatto

If you are looking for a fun and luxurious car, you know you have a lot choices. But, if you want the best, you can stop looking, and you can run out and buy a 2015 Audi S4 Quattro as it is one of the most fun cars on the road. With that being said, there are a few reasons why it is one of the most fun cars on the road.

If you want to have fun on the road, you are probably not going to run out and buy a minivan or a boring sedan. Furthermore, you won’t want to buy a slow and underpowered sub-compact car. No, you will want to get more out of your car, and the Audi S4 Quattro is not going to leave any driver disappointed as it’s fun to drive. For starters, the car has a 333-hp TFSI® engine. With this, you can get where you want to go, and you can get there in no time. Though no figures have been released, buyers can expect a 0-60 time of around 5.0 seconds or fewer. Not only that, if you are a fan of a fast quarter-mile time, you get what you want with the Audi S4 Quattro as it should get around 13 seconds, which is great for a car of this size. To look at one in person, head to Audi of Tuscon.

While it’s fun to check out the specs and what is under the hood, most of us want more from a car. Luckily, if you like a car with a lot of additions and tech, you are going to love the Audi S4 Quattro. It has Xenon plus headlights and LED taillights, which allows you to drive safely as you won’t struggle to ever see the road. Inside, you get an enjoyable leather seat, Audi Drive Select, Audi side assist and Parking system plus, which comes with a rear view camera.  Finally, to complete the driving experience, you will get a Bang & Olufsen® Sound System. This setup comes with 14 speakers and 505 watts, which will make it much more fun to drive, whether you are in the city or flying up a mountain road.

There are a lot of high-end and fast cars on the road. Sadly, most of them don’t have the right technology or engineering. This leaves the average driver disappointed as they can’t fully take advantage of their high-end and fast car. But, if you are wise and you buy the Audi S4, you will get the Quattro® all-wheel drive system. When you have this, you will quickly realize that you have been missing out all these years as you get power, and control, to all of your wheels.  Without a doubt, this gives you the best handling, and you will certainly notice it once you get behind the wheel.

If you are looking for one of the most fun cars on the road, you need to check out the amazing and luxurious 2015 Audi S4 Quattro. You won’t be disappointed.

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Undoubtedly we are huge supporters of Audi S3 here at Audi of Tucson. So it goes without saying that we’d admire a faster, sportier, and more extreme RS 3 version. Though we can’t be totally certain because the five-door Sportback (the only body style currently available) has never reached the shores of America. However a new report by Automotive News could signal a change.

Scott Keogh, President of Audi America, stated to the magazine that an Audi RS 3 Sedan could reach American shores soon. He later replied, “We really, really want the RS 3. [The sedan is] going to be a great positioning car, a great halo car.”

While he failed in confirming the car outright, Keogh did let loose a pretty powerful indication. “I’m very confident we’ll see that car in the market,” he added.

If and when the RS 3 Sedan reaches the United States, it would probably come packed with the same 2.5-liter inline-five as its Sportback cousin. The turbocharged powerplant delivers a stout 367 horsepower and 343 pound-feet of torque, enabling the all-wheel drive five-door to blast past 62 mph in 4.3 seconds. Top speed is restricted to 155 mph or 174 mph, depending on your designated option package.

To boost the offer even more, the sedan will supposedly draw upon major styling points from the A3 Clubsport Quattro Concept revealed last May. Yes, please!

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Advancing through the Audi line, we have the Q8. The flagship SUV was authorized for production last year. The Audi Q8 is set to be over 16 feet long and the price is confirmed to start around $75,000. Keogh confirmed that it will indeed make its introduction to the US market.

“The Q8 looks to be a home run product for the U.S., if you look at its size and where it’s going to be positioned,” Keogh said. “That is absolutely a car that we will see in the United States.”

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Audi’s first pure electric vehicle will be the Q6 E-tron. The Audi Q6 E-tron is a sporty crossover coupe bearing a rather strong resemblance to Lamborghini’s Urus concept, though aerodynamic design may change that shape.

In an ideal world Audi would – just as the Tesla world – start its battery-electric vehicle (BEV) with a clean slate. But a bespoke architecture is very complex and rather expensive. You also have to consider homologation risks in markets like China.

So Audi’s plan is a derivative vehicle on the next Q5’s MLB platform, and built in an existing facility. Hence the new Q6 family is born, enlarging Audi’s SUV footprint. In this respect the investment is lower and the model is less vulnerable, if volume is slow to gain momentum.

Audi Q6 E-tron: A Very Rapid Kind of Crossover

Audi promises that the Q6 E-tron must eclipse the Tesla in every way shape or form through power and torque, and driving range – including draining conditions like the autobahn or Nordschleife.

These types of ambitious goals need a heavily modified architecture, vehicle concept, battery configuration, and drivetrain application. The battery pack is reportedly as large as 100kWh, which is larger than the R8 E-tron’s.

Weight on the Audi Q6 E-tron needs to be reduced as much as possible. When combined with the two electric drivetrain options – 300bhp/332lb ft and 400bhp/479lb ft – Ingolstadt sources reckon they have a Tesla Model S beater. The range of the Q6 E-tron is said to be touching 200 miles.

Uh-oh They’re Preparing RS-Spec Upgraded E-trons too

Yes, a 500bhp/553lb ft flagship Q6 E-tron is in the works. The Q6 E-tron would be available purely with electric 4wd.

The vehicle is prepared for 2018 with a price range of about £60,000. Ideally poised to challenge the new Tesla Model X, due soon in 2015.

Many question why is Audi building an all-electric crossover. The reason is that the U.S. is beginnng to require that 15% of all cars sold must be pure electric by 2025. Car makers must act accordingly in order to be prepared in time.

Interested in learning more about Audi vehicles? Visit the Audi of Tucson dealership and view our incredible new lineup.

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Audi CEO confirmed the pure-electric Q6 for 2018 with a range of 500km, however the luxury Q8 may ‘easily’ take it’s place as the top echelon Range Rovers.

Audi CEO Rupert Stadler has been forthcoming about the all-electric SUV, which is considered to be badged as the Q6. He claims the vehicle will be “sexy”, “packed with utility” and “sporty.” The Audi Q6 is set to be introduced in dealerships like Audi of Tucson, by 2018 – to coincide with huge developments in the charging infrastructure.

The A6 model, which was tagged for production, came along with an official sketch at Audi’s annual press conference last month. The vehicle will take on the Tesla Model X, delivering a range of over 300 miles between charges. “When it comes to a battery electric vehicle it was very clear for us, a range of 500km is a must,” said Stadler, talking exclusively to Auto Express at the Shanghai Motor Show.

Audi Plotting Tesla Rivals

“Some years ago SUVs were disliked and seen as not fuel efficient, but we have proved through lightweight technology and electric drive trains that they can be highly efficient,” Rupert Stadler continued. “Believe me, the premium customer is prepared to pay a little bit more to say I’m doing everything well for the environment”.

“Now with our engineers and our battery-cell suppliers, we are at a stage where we can say yes, this is feasible and we believe that with the ongoing investments in terms of infrastructure development we think that 2018-2019 is the right time to come up with such a car. It will look nice, it will have sufficient range and we think the infrastructure will be sufficient in terms of supercharging.”

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Stadler made reference to China as a model for sweeping changes to the infrastructure, which will be instrumental if the market for electric cars is to take off: “What we are seeing in China at the moment is there are some government decisions that will put superchargers every 50km on 16,000 to 17,000km of highways. If this happens and this will happen then it could be an accelerator and create some good momentum. Hopefully the Europeans will follow.”

Resting above the Audi Q6 and the Q7 in the range, Stadler made assurances too that a range-topping Q8 was in the works: “Yes there will be something above [the Q7] and it will be more expensive than the Q7.” When we utilized the new £150,000 Range Rover SVAutobigraphy as a benchmark for how upmarket the Q8 could go, he said it will “easily” take the fight to that car.

However, not all of Stadler’s plans include SUVs. As evidenced by the swooping roofline of the Prologue Allroad concept in Shanghai, a CLS Shooting Brake competitor may be on the horizon.

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Audi A6 and S6 sedans have undergone significant updates for the 2016 model year. Both vehicles have revised engines, technology and appearance to keep the line of midsize offerings relevant. The 2016 A6 and S6 are set to be available next spring at dealerships everywhere, including Audi of Tucson. However these new Audi models offer more than just facelift, as Ingolstadt has delivered several improvements underneath the surface.

Stealthy, incremental changes are the the manner in which Audi likes to update its cars. Front and rear fascias received considerable revisions, as did the side sills. The hexagonal grille was resculpted, resulting in a wider appearance that accentuates repeating horizontal lines. Designers also adjusted the chrome accents found on the grille too. Headlights were also tweaked for 2016 along with the air intakes in the front bumpers, taking on a more sinister appearance. Also subject to redesign was the rear bumper, in which the tail lights carry an even crisper appearance.

An underlying theme to the subtle changes are the horizantal lines, which arrived a generation after Audi innovated a very vertical, rectangular grille in the 2003 A8 sedan. However Audi’s ever-evolving design language now focuses on delivering a sense of speed and agility by using acute, horizontal shapes.

More meaningul alterations with more impact are the updated powerplants. Audi has tweaked 3 of the 4 engines offered in the A6 and S6, with only the 3.0-liter V6 TDI staying the same. The smallest engine in the range in terms of displacement, the 2.0-liter TFSI inline-four, receives an extra 32 hp and 15 lb-ft of torque.

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Audi has delivered several alterations to the 3.0-liter TFSI V6 too, upgrading to 23 hp for a total of 333 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque. This V6 utilizes a mechanical supercharger positioned in the V of the cylinder, which banks for intake air compression. The V6 desing also offers a new electromagnetic clutch that can deactivate the charger at low and medium engine loads and engine speeds. The 4.0-liter TFSI V8 found in the Audi S6, will receive a bump in power for 2016 as well. More specifically, V8 will recieve a boost of 30 hp for a total of 450 hp and 406 lb-ft of torque. The diesel 3.0-liter TDI will keep its 240 hp and 428 lb-ft at 1,750-2,250 rpm figures, which is considered highly remarkable. Front-wheel drive versions of the A6 will utilize a new seven-speed S tronic gearbox.

Audi has included several changes to the infotainment system too, which now offers a new super-fast Tegra 30 processor from Nvidia. The Tegra processor is expected to handle all media, navigation, and voice control sofware. For the A6 and S6, this translates into an eye-catching specialized 3D graphics program that produces three-dimensional animations for the infotainment system. Technology updates for the interior also include two card readers, a Bluetooth interface, 64 GB of flash storage, and an eight-inch monitor.

Audi has also innovated the MMI touch system to allow the driver to write letters and numbers on a special touchscreen situated on the center console. The MMI touch system is situated close to the gearshift in order to limit distraction from the road. Furthermore, the Audi connect system now delivers WiFi for up to 8 devices and utilizes the fast standard LTE for online media streaming.