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When looking at the best of the best, you have to think of Audi. The sports cars Audi produces are some of the best, and they constantly win races and awards all over the world. This has allowed Audi to take the auto world by storm, and you should consider one if you are a fan of luxury and sporty cars. With that being said, the RS3 is a great car over in Europe, and it’s likely heading over to our side of the pond in a sedan form. Here are five reasons to buy one once it arrives here.

First and foremost, if you want to buy a sports car, you probably still want to, at least occasionally, fill it up with family and friends. Often, this is not easy to do as not all sports cars are easy to ride in comfortably. However, with the RS3, you won’t have this problem as you can easily fit five people in the car for a trip. Not only that, with a large trunk, you can carry all your gear without worrying about leaving anything behind.  To see how large the trunk is and how nice the Audi RS3 is, you should see for yourself by going to Audi of Tucson.

Now, if you have a sports car, you obviously want it to be fast. That is the whole point of getting a sports car. You are in luck with the Audi RS3 as it packs over 350 horsepower in a 2.5-liter engine. This sporty car can get you from 0-60 mph in 4.3 seconds, which is the same time as a Porsche 911 Carrera S.

If you want a car that can handle it all, you should buy an Audi RS3 as it comes with Quattro. This allows you to use the four-wheel drive system, which can help you go off-road or get through the roughest part of any road. Simply put, with Quattro, the RS3 can take on anything.

Without a cool look, you are not going to enjoy your sports car to the fullest. Audi knows this, and the RS3 is the perfect sports car that is also fun to look at. It has a dash of premium as it comes with a honeycomb grill, 19-inch alloys, air intakes at the front, twin oval tailpipes and flared hot wins. All in all, if you have an RS3, you won’t struggle to impress your friends.

It’s also sporty on the inside too. Not only that, it’s still comfortable for you and your passengers. With the RS3, you will enjoy the flat-bottomed steering wheel and Nappa leather sports seats. When sitting in the cockpit, you will truly appreciate this high-powered and comfortable sports car with everything you want and need.

If you want a high-powered and nice looking sports car, you need to consider the Audi RS3. If you take one for a test drive, you are going to have a good time, and you are likely to fall in love with everything the RS3 can give you.

Audi S4

Audi is a great brand, and we can see that in its offerings of sports cars, sedans and SUVs. If you are looking for something that is quick, fun to drive and reliable, you are in good hands if you buy an Audi. The S4 is one such vehicle that is bound to impress anyone who gets behind the wheel and starts driving. While true, the company is improving even more, and the Audi S4 may get up to 350 horsepower, or more, in 2017.

The biggest challenge for the next Audi S4 will be to outperform its smaller and almost as exciting brother, the S3. In fact, the S3 is actually a bit faster than the S4, even though it has 41 fewer horsepower. However, don’t fret, Audi is going to do something about it, and all will be well again, and the car will be quicker. Not only that, the car will still have all the bells and whistles that you can expect from Audi.  To see all that the Audi S4 can offer, you can head on down to Audi of Tucson.

Audi will give the next car a V-6 engine – at least that is the consensus.  Power output is going to jump, though how much is not fully known yet. It should have more than 350 horses, and this will beat out the 320 horsepower BMW 340i sedan, which is something for Audi to celebrate as the BWM 340i sedan is an impressive car to take on and surpass.  Don’t fret, if you are a torque lover, Audi will not disappoint as the car should have around 340 lb-ft of torque, which is certainly an upgrade.

What’s more, if you like Audi, you are probably a fan of the Quattro all-wheel drive the company has provided for years. With the Quattro all-wheel drive, you can easily get where you want to go, and all the horsepower you get will help even more. Sadly, if you are a fan of a standard transmission, you are probably going to be left out as the S4 will likely come with an automatic. However, with the S-Tronic dual-clutch seven-speed transmission, you don’t have to worry too much as the car will still be plenty fun to drive, and fast.

If you want to see how you like the Audi S4, you should head to Audi of Tucson as the car is not only fast, but it handles well, and with the Quattro all-wheel drive, you can easily go off-roading. The great thing about Audi, in general, is the company always improves upon its brand, and if you buy the S4, you will get more horsepower, and you will still enjoy all the benefits of the S4 including great technology, along with all the power you need.

If you are on the lookout for a new car, you should check out a new Audi. However, if you have the time and want something with even more power, wait till the 2017 Audi S4 comes out. You will not be disappointed as the S4 is a great car that is only going to get better.


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Get the Wind in Your Hair

If the thought of cruising through Tucson’s foot hills with the top down on a blessedly sunny day appeals to you, it’s possible that an Audi A3 Cabriolet is the perfect car for you. The pleasure of feeling the sun on your face and the wind in your hair is a tonic for stress relief that’s bottled in this sophisticated package of technology and driving pleasure. Whether you choose to keep the car in Auto driving mode for a relaxing tour or switch the Audi Drive Select into Dynamic mode and press the pedal to the medal, the A3 Cabriolet is perfect for what ails you. The best part is that one of the most fun cars in the Audi lineup is also one of the most affordable. Check the prices out for yourself at Audi of Tucson.

Don’t Let the Rain Drops Bug You

In the chance you run into a haboob on your cruise, just drop the speed below 31 mph and hit the switch and the power roof will automatically close, keeping you and your leather seats nice and dry. Opt for the latest Audi Multi-Media Interface option and you’ll get a cluster of controls that let you operate your infotainment system by touch. It even has handwriting recognition software that does a good job deciphering chicken scratches. If you do make a mistake, it’s easy to go back in and correct it.

Winter Coming? This Convertible Doesn’t Back Down

With the legendary Audi Quattro four-wheel-drive system, the A3 Cabriolet is the perfect convertible to cut through the drifts and over icy patches. Quattro automatically sends power to the wheels that have the most traction, providing a stable and comfortable ride while others are spinning their wheels.

Choose from Two Engines

Whether you want the 1.8 liter or 2.0 liter engine depends if you like more fuel efficiency or a little more performance around those hairpin turns. The 1.8 delivers 35 mpg on the highway, compared to 32 mpg for the 2.0 liter engine. The larger engine makes up for its fuel deficiency with 50 extra horsepower and a 1.5 second faster time from 0 to 60 mph.

Plenty of Standard Features on Base Model

The A3 Cabriolet comes in three trim packages. The Premium model starts at $35,600 and includes Xenon headlights, LED taillights, Bluetooth connectivity, leather seats and automatic wipers. The Premium Plus package adds 18-inch wheels, power heated mirrors, heated front seats and keyless entry. The top-of-the-line Prestige includes LED headlights, MMI, a 625-watt sound system and Audi side assist sensors. Find the Audi A3 Cabriolet that’s right for you with a trip to Audi of Tucson.


This Time the Sequel Honors the Original

Like following up a hit movie, song or highly praised first book, creating a sequel that doesn’t get panned by critics and the public alike is almost impossible. Imagine the task facing the Audi engineering and design team when it decided to update the practically perfect 2017 Audi R8. Dubbed as the affordable supercar, the R8 took the auto world by storm when first introduced. It served as acceptable transportation for no less than Tony Stark in the Iron Man and Avenger movies. At a base price north of $100,000, it is by no means inexpensive, but its features and performance rival supercars that are more than twice the price. See the current incarnation of the R8 at Audi of Tucson.

Motor Trend Calls the New Version a Hit

As a respected source of information for consumers, Motor Trend magazine was leery of any attempts to redesign the R8. They loved everything about the original version, from the sleek styling to the interior, handling and overall performance. That said, their review of the 2017 version says that handling and comfort are both improved, but the steering was the biggest advancement of all. The new variable-ratio steering system provides touch at both ends of the spectrum, whether you are negotiating tight turns at a lower speed or have the pedal to the metal on a long stretch of lonesome road. A stiffer chassis and improved shocks provide an even more comfortable ride that suffers no body roll in the turns.

Standard V-10 Provides the Pop

The 5.2-liter engine teams up with a seven-speed transmission that provides instantaneous upshifts and downshifts for maximum performance. The car is so finely tuned that even with all that power, you get a respectable 25 mpg on the highway while still having the ability to go from 0-62 mph in just 3.1 seconds. The V10 plus is an option that delivers 70 more horsepower, taking you to 124 mph in just 9.9 seconds. The car tops out at 205 mph, which should be plenty for your morning milk run. Keep an eye on the Audi of Tucson dealership for delivery of the new R8 next spring.

All Controls Are Just a Touch Away

Take one look at the new 2017 Audi R8 steering wheel and you’ll see controls for everything, including a big red button to make the exhaust louder when you want to wake the neighbors. Audi’s virtual cockpit screen delivers all the necessary vehicle information in a line of sight that lets you keep your eyes on the road as the white lines disappear quickly behind you.

Audi A6

Audi is at it again, and the company has set a fuel economy record. While Audi owners may not care about fuel economy as much as they care about power and speed, it is one benefit that they may soon get. However, one must remember that Audi also has luxurious SUVs, and the company makes reliable and fun to drive SUVs and cars. But, they are also at the forefront of a lot of new ideas, and they company just set a fuel economy record with its Audi A6 2.0 TD, and here is a brief summary of how they did it and what Audi accomplished.

The Audi A6 2.0 TDI was not modified as the company wanted to keep everything stock and normal. That way, the company could prove that its cars can perform at a high level without having to resort to large changes. The 2.0 TDI was driven all over Western Europe, and some of Eastern Europe, at a speed of around 50 mph, and it got 63.2 mpg, which is really impressive for any car.  In fact, the official mpg on this car, according to Audi, is 55.8 mpg.

To attain this, Audi joined with the driving racing association RAC. The Audi was driven through 14 countries including Serbia, Bosnia, Croatia, Slovenia, Italy, Germany, Lichtenstein, Switzerland, France, Luxembourg, Belgium, Hungary and the Netherlands. They accomplished this by driving almost non-stop for 28 hours. Now, naturally, when planning the route, Audi planned one that avoided congestion and city streets. Not only that, the driver, Rebecca Jackson, also did not gun it or drive fast.

Now, to accomplish this amazing feat, Audi had to use a car that had a large tank, and the company decided to stick with the stock 16 gallon tank. The only minor medication that Audi decided to take on was a minor one. The company used tires that are low-rolling resistance, which added a little to the fuel economy. But, the truth is, this was a minor change that did not make a big difference.

Without a doubt, if you read this far, you probably want to get your hands on an Audi. The truth is, there are plenty of Audis that get great gas mileage, and they still have plenty of power and room. Not only that, with an Audi, you get plenty of new tech, and you can enjoy a smooth ride while on the open road. But, in the future, you may get extremely decent fuel economy, all while enjoying power and everything else Audi has to offer. If you are interested in looking at one and you want to see what Audi has to offer, you need to head to Audi of Tucson and take one out for a quick spin.


Remember, while this technology may not make its way to the showroom tomorrow, it will in the future. Simply put, Audi has a lot of great products, and you should certainly check out the new diesels or gas-powered versions.




Audi Diesel

As anyone who follows the car industry knows, Audi is on the forefront of a lot of technology. Whether we are talking about SUVs or cars, a lot of people respect Audi, and the company has gone on to do a lot of great things. In fact, it is popular on the racing circuit, and there are plenty of reasons to be excited about the future of Audi. With that in mind, one thing the company is working on is better diesel engines, and the company recently set two records in one week.

The first impressive record that was broken was done so by an Audi RS5 TDI Concept car. The Audi RS5 TDI Concept recorded the fastest-ever lap by a diesel-powered car at the Sachsenring race track in Hohenstein-Ernstthal, Germany. Last year, Audi made some changes and swapped out the engine from the normal 4.2 liter V8 to the 3.0 V6 with a twin turbo diesel engine. One innovation that the TDI features is an electric turbocharger, which works well to give the diesel engine a lot of power.

When looking at the supercharger, we can see that it spins at an impressive 120,000 rpm, and it kicks in quickly. This provides an instant boost, even at low engine speeds. Audi has been working on this TDI concept for a year, and the engine offers a very respectable 435 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque. To get the most out of the car, the engineers at Audi cut the vehicle’s weight by 531 pounds, which counts for a lot when talking about breaking records at the race track. While you may not want to break world records, if you are a fan of power and luxury, you can check out an Audi for yourself by going to Audi of Tucson.

Now, it’s one thing to check out a diesel that can win races on the track, but other people crave more out of a car. An Audi A6 TDI Ultra left from Maastricht in the Netherlands, and on the way, traveled 1,158.9 miles on one tank of diesel fuel. Race car driver Rebecca Jackson and automotive journalist Andrew Frankel passed through 14 countries and averaged speed of around 50 mph. While diesel is more popular in Europe than it is in the United States, this should get people excited about Audi and diesel in general.

In the end, diesel is still slowly going out, but if you are interested in this fuel, you will know that you can save money at the pump as they are a lot more efficient.  In fact, the plenty of Audi diesels are winning at the track, and plenty of diesels get great fuel economy. All in all, if you are a fan of innovation, you should check out Audi.

If you are looking to get diesel, you should look at your long-term wants and needs. They offer plenty of power, and you can enjoy amazing fuel economy. Audi is on top of things with diesel, and you should certainly consider investing in one in the future.







Meant to Stimulate Planning for Urban Transportation

When the Audi Urban Future Initiative was founded in 2010, it started as an extension of the Audi philosophy about where the future of transportation is headed and how an automaker can participate in shaping a policy that will reduce congestion and result in easier personal mobility. Audi is engaging everyone from urban planners, mobility experts and architects to work on the challenges of providing effective transportation in some of the largest cities of the world. The current system of individual vehicles and freeways is quickly becoming outdated, as evidenced in massive traffic congestion in all the world’s biggest urban areas.

Urban Future Award Recognizes Big Ideas

The Audi Future Urban Award is presented annually to the person or firm that comes up with the best idea that can be integrated with Audi product development to change the urban landscape. Ideas have ranged from car and even home sharing to utilizing available data and crowdsourcing to rethink the entire concept of transportation within huge cities. People from all over the world are participating with ideas that are well beyond the confines of any previous thinking. For its part, Audi continues to work on vehicles that offer autonomous driving during times of high congestion. By reading traffic lanes and other vehicles with its sensors, these vehicles will be able to manipulate through congestion while the driver reads the newspaper. Visit Audi of Tucson and see where technology is today and where it is headed for the future.

Solution to Urban Traffic Takes a Three-pronged Approach

Audi believes that only a combination of corporations, the government and the general public will be able to completely solve the dilemma of congestion in urban areas. Audi has an “Urban Agenda” to promote working together to solve some real population problems. Right now about half of all humans live in a major metropolitan area. By the year 2050, that number is expected to jump to 70 percent. Audi understands that it must continue to develop ways to let information flow between vehicles and the urban landscape to increase mobility. That cannot be done with out the cooperation of the regulatory community and the acceptance of the general public.

Car Sharing a Viable Option for Future

With ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft taking a strong toehold around the world, Audi is investigating its role in the future of car sharing. Because of the high price of vehicles, it makes sense to spread the burden across multiple parties. Obviously, the more people in a car reduces the stress on the highway infrastructure. Audi is investigating connecting its premium car customers with one another in an organized ridesharing system that provides flexible access to Audi vehicles. Although this idea is still under construction, it may involve working directly with dealerships such as Audi of Tucson.


First Permanent All Wheel Drive Option

With the continued technological advancements offered by Audi, it should be no surprise that the automaker provided the first permanent all wheel drive system way back in 1980. Almost 50 percent of worldwide Audi customers want a vehicle with the Quattro system to this day, making it an important reason for customers to choose Audi. By delivering just the right amount of power to each wheel on an as-needed basis, Quattro provides stability and constant traction needed when roads or weather conditions get rough. Learn more about the Quattro system for yourself and take a test drive at Audi of Tucson.

Quattro Had Challenges Through the Years

Originally developed to give the Audi team an advantage on the European racing circuit, early versions of Quattro added a lot of curb weight to a vehicle. Its added expense also proved to be a burden toward sales in the U.S. market, so it was pulled as an option in 1986. It was reinstated in the beginning of the 1990s and by mid-decade was promoted as an advantage in the premium car market that no one else was offering. Sales climbed in America throughout the decade as people liked the all wheel drive system that added both to performance and safety. In America, Quattro is sold in about 90 percent of all Audi vehicles, making it close to being a standard feature.

Automaker Focused on Bad Weather Markets

Starting in the late 1990s, Audi really made a push for Quattro sales in the bad weather U.S. markets. The additional focus on the locations where ice and snow were a major concern continued to push strong sales. Audi’s slogan “Advancement Through Technology,” hit a nerve with the premium car market in America. As Audi continues to advance in other areas of technology sales in the U.S. remain strong.

More than Six Million Quattro Vehicles Sold

Last November Audi produced its six millionth vehicle with Quattro installed, just a year and a half after the five millionth vehicle was produced. Quattro is available in 170 different models worldwide. Depending on the type of vehicle, there are different versions of Quattro. The A3 is really a front-wheel drive car that can push half of its power to the rear wheels when outfitted with Quattro. The R8 performance sports car is primarily rear-wheel driver, but Quattro give is the option to provide power to the front wheels when needed. Take the different Quattro systems for a drive at Audi of Tucson and see if you can feel the difference.


States Vary in Enthusiasm Over Driverless Vehicles

With technology advancing on what seems like a daily basis towards a world with driverless cars, the key hindrance could come from the regulatory and political communities. Only five states have passed bills related to automated driving. California, Nevada, Florida and Michigan all have laws on the books that define what a driverless car is, as well as the conditions where such a vehicle can be operated. Fourteen states are considering such a law, while nine states have rejected such bills. The rest of the states have not considered any laws regulating automatically piloted vehicles.

Audi Marching Forward With New Technology

Audi likes to call its approached to autonomous vehicles “piloted driving.” The automaker believes that technology should be in place to assist the driver in making it to their destination, but never taking away total control of the vehicle. Audi was built on creating an enjoyable driving experience with performance-based vehicles, but does believe automation can help in urban environments such as major traffic jams. Audi is still developing a “congestion pilot” that takes control when speeds are below 37 mph and maneuvers through traffic until congestion eases. At that point, the pilot cedes control of the vehicle back to the driver. Explore all the latest Audi technology with a visit to Audi of Tucson.

Audi Testing on California Roads

Audi was one of the first carmakers to get a permit for testing self-driving cars on the California roads in 2014. Working with the Volkswagen Group Electronic Research Lab in Silicon Valley, Audi was able to test an A7 at up to 40 miles per hour on the freeway. Audi’s racing team unveiled an impressive performance on a Grand Prix track in Europe by piloting a driverless race car around the circuit in just under two minutes. Although not record time, it was done with precision down to the centimeter.

Existing Features Paving Path for Piloted Driving

Examine all the models at Audi of Tucson and you’ll see many of them already have many safety features that are laying the groundwork for a piloted driving experience. Forward-collision warning, lane change assist and assisted parking are all utilizing sensors that are important to paving the way to more advanced technology that will take some of the stress off the urban commute. Cameras offer 360-degree views that not only help drivers avoid collisions, but provide data that helps autonomous technology take over when needed.


Predictive Efficiency Assistant Ups Mileage

Audi is taking technology to another level with the new Audi A4 sport sedan. By working with the adaptive cruise control, the Predictive Efficiency Assistant automatically varies the speed according to set speed limits, terrain and the number of curves in a road. Audi claims that this increases fuel efficiency by as much as 10 percent, helping diesel engine models achieve more than 60 miles per gallon. The new Audi A4 will be released in the U.S. next year as a 2017 edition. Mark your calendar to visit Audi of Tucson to drive the technological marvel for yourself.

Another Step Toward Driverless Car

The new A4 is just another notch in the evolution toward a vehicle that will no longer require a driver. Traffic Jam Assist is another feature available on the Audi A4 that enables the car to maneuver through clogged lanes at under 40 miles per hour. The virtual cockpit replaces the standard instrument cluster and keeps the driver informed at all times as to what mode the car is in. The speedometer, oil and temperature gauges and other vital information are also available in the virtual cockpit, which is adjustable to highlight the most important data of the moment.

U.S. Gets Choice of Diesel or Gas

Although not officially announced, it’s believed that Audi will only offer two engine choices in the A4 for the United States. A 2-liter turbocharged engine is expected to return, offering 220 horsepower and 258 foot pounds of torque. Rumor has it that Audi may also introduce a diesel option for the 2017 A4. The 2016 A4 gets 32 mpg on the highway, which should increase with the addition of the Predictive Efficiency Assistant.

Audi Pushing Technology Envelope for Past Century

The newest advancements created by the Audi engineering group shouldn’t come as any surprise if you’ve been paying attention to the company’s accomplishments. What they call “Truth in Engineering” is the core of the company’s mission to defy the odds. From the creation of the Quattro all wheel drive system that delivers exactly the right amount of power to each wheel to the TDI clean diesel that provides 15 percent more power than a gas engine and reduces CO2 emissions by 12 percent, Audi has been on the cutting edge of automotive innovation. For perhaps the greatest achievement at all, you just need to take a look at the R8 supercar that brought the performance of cars costing hundreds of thousands of dollars more down to the reach of more consumers. See the latest achievements for yourself at Audi of Tucson.