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Audi continues to amaze. The company has taken two good cars and made them even better. Audi recently revealed that the 2018 Audi A5 will be available with a manual transmission and now boasts 369 lb-ft of torque. These enhancements will help the driver have an even more fun experience when driving down the highway. Long known for elegant lines, technological advances and smooth handling, these automobiles now give owners more options when ordering the vehicle of their dreams. And the Audi A5 and S5 are indeed the car many people worldwide dream about driving.To test drive an Audi or just look behind the wheel, head on over to Audi of Tucson.

The 2018 Audi A5 and S5 Coupes answer all question about what type of drivetrains and transmissions these European gems would offer the American market. The A5 has a 252-horsepower, turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 273 lb-ft of torque. Buyers in the American market will have the choice of either a classic six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission to pair with the engine they get. When combined in any order, these allow the 2018 A5 to go from zero to 60 mph in between 5.6 and 5.7 seconds. There is also an A4 sedan that’ll be released soon.

The 2018 S5 comes with a 354 horsepower 4-cylinder engine and 369 lb-ft of torque. This allows the 2018 A5 to go from zero to 60 in a brisk 4.4 seconds. It comes with either a manual or automatic transmission. The turbo-charged V6 S5 has an impressive 8-speed transmission. Skilled drivers know how to use the additional torque to get even more out of the automobile. It’s sleek, aerodynamic body is a combination of art advanced engineering designed to reduce drag and look good doing it.

Underpinning all A5 and S5 models is the Quattro all-wheel-drive system, which now includes torque vectoring. A vast array of shocks, springs and sway bars lets the driver decide when and whether they employ a standard or sport suspension. The use of comfort adaptive damping suspension aids in the process. This system employs constantly adjusting electronic shocks. This helps improve the ride. On the 2018 Audi S5, the available sports adaptive suspension plays the same role. Plus Audi also offers a dynamic steering option on the S5 with the power to alter steering ratios.

Audi has long been known for the latest technical advancements, and these new vehicles do not disappoint. The A5 and S5 have an extensive list of safety and lifestyle features, many of them standard. That includes a panoramic sunroof and LED interior lighting. Some of the options include the transformative Virtual Cockpit LCD instrument cluster and the Lane Keeping Assist. The 2018 A5 now also features the MMI touch system. This system enables drivers to use their fingers to draw characters.

Audi has signaled much more information is forthcoming. At that time, Audi plans to give more details about pricing and availability of the A5 and S5. It’s an exciting time to be an Audi lover with so many quality, technologically advanced, fun automobiles from which to choose. If you can’t wait and want a current model, you can still get your hands on a current Audi A5.


If you liked the 1.8-liter A3 but longed for a bit more power, Audi has good news for you. The German automaker is releasing a front-drive 2017 A3 that features a more powerful 2.0-liter engine. That’s right, Audi has ditched the 1.8 liter engine on the A3, and now whether you choose the front or all-wheel drive model, it comes with a 2.0-liter unit that produces 186 horsepower, up from 170, and combines it with 221 pound-feet of torque. Plus no matter which drivetrain you choose, the new A3 looks even better than it did before. That makes 2017 model year a great one for A3 enthusiasts.

More Changes Equals Faster Starts

Along with the upgrade in horsepower and torque, the 2017 Audi A3 has several other welcome changes. The company has also replaced the A3’s old six-speed transmission with a brand new seven-speed dual-dual clutch transmission. Now when you put the pedal to the metal in your front-wheel drive 2017 Audi A3, it will not take a pedestrian 7.2 seconds to go from zero to sixty. The combination of the new transmission and more powerful 2.0 liter engine will get you to sixty miles per hour in an impressive 6.6 seconds. While you won’t be able to push the limits as much as you may want to, a test drive at Audi of Tucson would be wise.

Improved Fuel-Efficiency

Another plus – the upgrade to the new 2.0-liter I4 is that it not only provides the A3 with more power, it also makes it more fuel-efficient than the 1.8 liter version. EPA estimates show the vehicles gets better mileage in both city and highway driving. The new front-wheel drive A3 now gets 26 miles per gallon in city driving. That’s an increase of three miles per gallon. In highway driving, the 2017 Audi A3 now gets a two mile per gallon increase to 35 MPG. Although the upgraded all-wheel drive version will keep its six-speed dual clutch transmission in the short-term, it will soon be replaced by the seven-speed version.

More Changes, Aesthetic Improvements And Value

The new engine is a further upgrade after the 2017 A3 had been refreshed mid-cycle. The fascia in the front as well as the rear have been updated with new headlights plus a grille that’s wider. The new Virtual Cockpit uses a large configurable screen to replace the gauge cluster traditionally used.

When the front-wheel-drive 2017 Audi A3 goes on sale this fall, the sedan will cost $31,200, and about $37,600 gets you the Cabriolet. The sedan version of the top-trim four-wheel drive Prestige costs $40,150, and the drop-top is available for $46,550.

The Future Of Driving

The upgrades to the new 2017 Audi A3 are just the beginning. While A3 lovers worldwide are sure to enjoy the changes, there are several more coming to the iconic brand’s vehicles. Audi is long known for introducing groundbreaking automotive innovations, and the company shows no sign of slowing down. The new A3 is faster, more powerful, more fun to drive, and with its Virtual Cockpit technology, the company is leading the way into the future of driving.