Audi unveiled the sound of its new electric car, listen to it!

It will be the first 100% electric of the brand that is not an SUV (Photo: Audi).

It is known: electric motors they do not emit sound. However, in places like Europe it is mandatory that they do so for a safety issue, and Audi unveiled what its next electric car, the e-tron GT, will sound like.

It will be the first 100% electric model of the German firm that it won’t be an SUV. It will enter the assembly line at the end of the year at the German plant in Neckarsulm, where the brand produces the R8 super sports car.

In the video below you can hear how it will sound. Can you imagine a future where cities only hear these types of sounds?

For the German automaker they achieved “a unique sound. The Gran Turismo sounds powerful and progressive, exactly the way an Audi should. ”

The reality is that so far the sounds of electric cars are all quite similar, with a futuristic tinge that many do not hesitate to call “UFO”.

The sound was developed through a computer.
The sound was developed through a computer.

To develop the e-tron GT, the brand went to the acoustics laboratory and made it by computer. They also carried out studies with customers and took into account, logically, how it is heard from inside the vehicle.

Sound is output from a speaker located on the front of vehicle, and the intensity of it depends on variables such as speed and the position of the accelerator.

In addition, customers can choose whether they want the interior the sound is also heard or only limited to the outside.

It has a front speaker and can optionally carry another one at the back.
It has a front speaker and can optionally carry another one at the back.


Ferrari Omologato, a Ferrari like no other

NEW – A name evoking the GTO, a rear hatch covered with louvers: Maranello’s latest bespoke creation offers a journey of nostalgia.


Even in the choice of appellation, the shadow of the famous Ferrari 250 GTO (O for Omologato) seems to have hovered over the design of the latest bespoke creation from the House of Maranello. From the 812 Superfast from which it borrows the platform and the V12, the Ferrari Omologato has kept only the windshield and headlamps. Everything else is new. This is what the informed European collector, at the origin of the order, wanted.


From the first sketches to the delivery of this unique berlinetta, two years have passed. The 250 GTO clearly inspired this unique berlinetta. The sloping and smooth front hood adopts two gills and a flattened oval grille that refer to those of the GTO of 1962. ‘a light car. The rear scrambles the cards. The louvers covering the large bezel suggest that the engine is installed at the rear. The two double lights of the 812 Superfast are replaced by a single equipment.


The interior treatment takes a trip back to the 1960s. Like those in racing cars and the 250 GTO, the leather and jeans fabric seats are electric blue, while the metal parts of the dashboard and the The arch housing the gearbox knobs mimic the crackle paintwork of sixties GTs.

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Test drive Mercedes-Benz EQV

Mercedes-Benz has so far been cautious on the market for all-electric cars. Only the SUV EQC is on offer, which they could only sell a good 1,000 times in 2020, while the direct competitor Audi E-Tron can look back on almost 4,700 new registrations up to and including August. For the EQV, which is now on the market and is still eligible for funding with net prices of 59,990 euros or 60,790 euros for the longer version, different starting conditions apply, because a purely electric large-capacity van is currently not available from any other manufacturer. Not in vain sees Daimler Hotels and shuttle services as possible customers, but also large families and athletes who need lots of space.

Because the batteries all disappear into the floor of the car, no usable space is lost, six to eight seats are available depending on the configuration, the luggage compartment swallows a maximum of 4630 or 5010 liters, or 1030 and 1410 liters without removing the seats. That is not by accident. At 5.14 meters or even 5.37 meters, the EQV is one of the long ones on the streets. The “compact” version, which is the third option among the diesel models, measures 4.90 meters. It is initially not on offer, the batteries would also have to be accommodated here.

The electric motor has an output of 150 kW or a nice 204 hp that are sent to the front wheels. The maximum torque of 362 Newton meters ensures confident, silent progress despite an empty weight of around 2.6 tons. Since the batteries store 90 kWh of usable energy, the standard range is just under 420 kilometers, the power consumption is specified as a good 26 kWh per 100 kilometers. To preserve the range, has Mercedes the top speed is limited to 140 km / h, but the customer can have 160 km / h activated. Fast charging works with up to 110 kW, then the batteries fill up from 10 to 80 percent in around 45 minutes.

On the negative side, it is noticeable that a head-up display cannot be implemented at a reasonable cost, since the V-Class has been on the market as such since 2014. And there is the new MBUX communication, but not the beautiful digital landscape such as in the A-Class. The EQV is built on the same line as the V-Class in Vitoria, Spain.


24H Nürburgring – Red flag at the Nürburgring

Enough is enough. The rain and the lack of visibility sounded the death knell for the first part of the 24 Hours of the Nürburgring race. The red flag went out at 10:40 p.m., shortly after the seven-hour race.

He intervened shortly after the abandonment of Raffaele Marciello. Leader with GetSpeed’s Mercedes, the Italian spun around before hitting the wall.

The No. 9 Mercedes also driven by Maxi Götz, Maxi Buhk and Fabian Schiller took the lead on the first lap in the rain. She handed it over to Haupt Racing’s # 4 Mercedes after four hours of pitstop play, when it was time to put on the slicks.

Not for long since the rain came back and the leader made a mistake. His race stopped in the wall. This was the second major twist. Previously, the Konrad Motorsport Lamborghini, driven by Frenchman Franck Perera in third position, had stopped on the edge of the track leaving a huge trace of oil. The engine had failed.

These two favorites on the mat, GetSpeed ​​regained its good in front of an army of Audi. Like the 2019 race, the brand with the rings played placed while biding its time. The official car number 1 of Dirk Müller, Dries Vanthoor, Frédéric Vervisch and Franck Stippler is second while the number 29 of Mattia Drudi, Christopher Mies, René Rast and Kelvin van der Linde is third. They took over after Marciello left. The n ° 3 of Mirko Bortolotti, Christopher Haase, Robin Frijns and Markus Winkelhock completes the podium.

Porsches and BMWs are a little further but still in the game. The Lamborghini eliminated and the Ferrari of Octane 216 in difficulty, it is inevitably a German car which will prevail this year, once again.

The race will not resume until half past midnight.

The complete classification.


Audi Q5 Sportback: design, engines, trim, pack and Adas of the Suv coupé

Great stylistic personality and top-level technology for the new Audi model. First engine: 2.0 Tdi mild-hybrid with 204 HP of power. Here is all the information available

Maurizio Bertera

It’s time for SUV coupes: Audi intends to consolidate its position with the fourth model in the range. The new Q5 Sportback – built in Mexico and expected in Italy in the first half of 2021 – follows the e-Tron Sportback, the Q3 Sportback e the flagship Q8. No surprises about the design: powerful, muscular and sporty was expected. It certainly is, starting from the large front air intakes, located on the sides of the octagonal single frame, while the floodlights are the full LEDs of the Q5 in the standard configuration and on request with technology Audi Matrix Led. The continuous shoulder line enhances the wheel arches and the quattro blisters, while the tapered shape of the roof flows into the strongly inclined rear pillars and culminates in the sporty spoiler. The bumper and extractor design aligns perfectly with the whole. The rear light clusters are Oled technology, derived from the Audi A8, particularly efficient, since they generate exceptionally wide and homogeneous lighting. In addition, they guarantee innovative proximity signaling: when the car is stationary, if a road user approaches within two meters of the Q5 Sportback, all segments light up. As soon as the car is moving again, the original characteristic lighting is restored.

Audi Q5 sportback, Pack interni

The horizontality characterizes the passenger compartment where in the center of the dashboard, oriented to the driver, stands the large Mmi touch display with acoustic feedback. Interior packages Design selection e S-line interior respectively enhance the elegance or sportiness of the Q5 Sportback. The ambient lighting package, with its targeted lighting effects, underlines the interior design. The trunk guarantees a capacity of 510 liters, which become 1,480 liters by knocking down the rear seats. As an option, Audi can supply the rear plus seats with longitude adjustment and backrest angle adjustment. It is thus possible to increase the maximum load capacity with five people on board by 60 liters. The electric tailgate is standard: in combination with the optional comfort key, it can be managed by means of sensors, with the simple movement of the foot.

Audo Q5 Sportback, Trim

The sporty one is standard. Alternatively, the sports variant with adjustable electro-hydraulic shock absorbers or, at the top of the range, the adaptive air suspension are available, which allow you to vary the height of the car from the ground with a maximum travel of 60 mm. In off-road driving, they allow the ground clearance to be increased by up to 45 mm compared to the standard, while at motorway speeds and in dynamic mode they lower the car body by 15 mm to the advantage of aerodynamic penetration and, consequently, efficiency. In addition, via a special button in the trunk, the rear axle can be lowered by 55 mm to facilitate loading operations. Dynamic steering, on request, adjusts the gear ratio according to the steering angle and adjusts the power assistance according to the speed, favoring maneuvering comfort, stability at high speed and responsiveness in tight mixed conditions. The rim range includes wheels with 21 different designs and sizes from 18 to 21 inches.

Audi Q5 Sportback, engines

The Q5 Sportback will debut in Europe in the 2.0 (40) Tdi quattro S tronic configuration with 204 hp and 400 Nm of torque. The 12 Volt mild hybrid technology maximizes the car’s efficiency: when the driver releases the accelerator pedal in a wide range of speeds, the car can coast (soar) with the engine running or off. The range of action of the start / stop system is extended up to 22 km / h and the engine is restarted particularly quickly and almost imperceptibly. The diesel engine is not only efficient, but also falls within the limit values ​​set by the Wltp 3.0 Euro6 cycle. Q5 Sportback 2.0 Tdi adopts the seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission and quattro all-wheel drive with ultra technology. The kinematic chain operates in a particularly efficient way, activating the torque distribution at the rear only when necessary and following both a reactive and predictive intervention logic. In terms of motility and dynamic behavior, no differences are detected compared to permanent systems. Following the launch, the range will expand thanks to the debut of a further power step of the 4-cylinder Tdi engine, a mighty V6 Tdi Mhev 48V and two 2.0 Tfsi Mhev 12V engines. Similarly to the Q5, the Q5 Sportback will also be offered with a Tfsi plug-in hybrid powertrain offered with two power levels and in the SQ5 sport variant.

Audi q5 sportback, infotainment

The Mmi system, shared with the Q5, makes use of the third generation modular infotainment platform Mib 3. On top of the instrumentation stands out theAudi virtual cockpit plus fully digital. The driver can choose between three views and manages the options shown on the 12.3-inch Full HD display thanks to the multifunction steering wheel controls. L’head-up displayupon request, it projects information directly into the driver’s field of vision. Thanks to the refined network connection made possible by the Mmi, the Q5 Sportback replicates the intuitiveness of smartphones in the cockpit. The standard 10.1-inch high-resolution touch display has clear and essential graphics, while the menu structure simplifies navigation. The Mmi search is based on the entry of free text: the results are provided in extremely short times. Voice control recognizes commonly used expressions and, opting for the package Audi connect navigation & infotainment plus, answers questions not only based on the information on board, but also by leveraging the knowledge present in the cloud. Finally, the portfolio Audi connect e Audi connect plus includes multiple online services, including Car-to-X connectivity that leverages the collective intelligence of the Audi fleet.

Audi Q5 Sportback, Safety

Discounted the breadth of driving assistance systems. L’Audi pre sense city it is standard: it prevents collisions with other road users by activating acoustic, tactile and visual warnings and then automatic braking. Among the technologies on request, the turn assistant, the exit notice and the Collision avoid assist which assists the driver in avoiding an obstacle by identifying an alternative trajectory as a function of the distance, the dimensions and the transversal deviation of the vehicle in front. In this case, a targeted braking is accompanied by a reduced steering torque to facilitate the avoidance. Adaptive Driving Assistance combines the functions ofAdaptive cruise control, of the Traffic jam assist andActive lane assist: supports the driver by automatically adjusting the distance from the vehicle in front and helping to maintain directionality and centrality within the lane through slight corrective interventions to the steering. The PMredictive efficiency assistantlastly, it provides indications for an efficient driving style aimed at limiting consumption. Muscular, high-performance, but the Q5 Sportback will be more sparing than you think.


Win in style and dynamism

Until now, the Sportback surname was only present in the Audi e-tron Y Q3, but that just changed as the brand with the four rings has a new crossover. Its about Audi Q5 Sportback, a SUV coupe that boasts a more striking aesthetics, great versatility for daily use and an important technological endowment, without forgetting a varied range of propellants that does not forget a sports version. All this with a body that is 7 mm longer than the Q5.


More striking

The new representative of the Q family stands out for a singleframe grill flanked by large air inlets, optical clusters with LED technology as standard (Matrix LED as an option), marked wheel arches and a roof line that is losing height as it gets closer to behind. Here, the steeply sloping rear window and rear bumper design contribute to the dynamic appearance of the SUV. The tires range from the 18 to 21 inches, while the external lines available are called advanced y S line.

audi q5 sportback


Inside, meanwhile, the digital screens stand out, with the third generation of the infotainment system MIB 3 making an appearance and a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster that is complemented by the head-up display. The MMI Navigation plus includes a 10.1 ”touch display and it can make use of the data provided by the Audi connected fleet, that is, it is capable of receiving local alerts of damaged vehicles on the road, accidents, traffic jams, situations of low grip or the presence of fog.

audi q5 sportback


He trunk It has a capacity of 510 liters, which increases to 1,480 with the rear seats folded down, taking advantage of the space up to the ceiling. However, Audi offers the rear bench with longitudinal adjustment and tilt-adjustable backrests, so the capacity can be increased up to 570 liters.

Customers can opt for a digital OLED taillight with three different light signatures.

audi q5 sportback


Improved dynamism

Unlike its brother Q5, the Sportback equips the sports suspension, with specific settings for the springs and shock absorbers, so that the SUV offers a more direct touch. On the other hand, Audi makes available to the customer the dynamic steering optional, which modifies the ratio, angle and assistance depending on speed. When driving at low speeds, it uses a more direct relationship with fewer turns between stops, as well as high assistance, which improves comfort. At higher speeds, the lower gear ratio provides greater directional stability.

audi q5 sportback


However, the adaptive air suspension, which adjusts the height of the body in a range of 60 millimeters. When driving on tracks or roads, ground clearance can be increased by up to 45mm, while on highways, at high speeds, the body automatically lowers 15mm to improve efficiency and stability. In addition, another feature of this suspension is the possibility of reduce the height of the rear by 55 mm by means of a button located in the boot, which facilitates loading.

Diesel and gasoline engines

When the Audi Q5 Sportback lands in dealerships, it will do so with a single p2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharger, which develops 204 horsepower and a maximum torque of 400 Nm. This block is associated with a seven-speed dual-clutch S tronic automatic transmission that sends all the energy to all four wheels with the help of the quattro drive system. Also, thanks to the mild-hybrid technology, the engine can run in ‘sail’ mode under certain circumstances, which helps to reduce fuel consumption.

audi q5 sportback


The Q5 Sportback with the 150 kW 40 TDI engine is capable of towing 2.4 tonnes.

A few months later, the rest of the mechanical options will arrive: another TDI four-cylinder and two gasoline alternatives based on the 2.0-liter TFSI block. Audi will also introduce a plug-in hybrid version with two power levels and a high-performance variant that we will all know as SQ5 Sportback.

Ready in 2021

Regarding the safety assistants and driving aids, Audi has chosen to offer the Q5 Sportback with two packages, called City y Tour. The first of them is focused on urban use and short routes, while the second is aimed at longer trips or journeys, in which it is circulated at a higher speed. Regardless of which is chosen, the SUV is equipped as standard with the Audi pre sense city, which helps avoid frontal collisions with other road users, while turn and exit assistants or rear cross traffic are available as standard. optional.

audi q5 sportback


The all-new German crossover will hit the market in the first half of 2021 and its manufacture will take place at the San José Chiapa factory in Mexico. However, the Audi Q5 Sportback will also be built on the CKD production line at the Changchun plant, although in this case the units will be aimed at the Chinese market.

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The Audi Q5 Sportback is coming: Another SUV coupe wants to be practical

The expected SUV coupe based on the popular Audi Q5 will be sold exclusively as a diesel mildhybrid. Gradually, however, its offer will expand.

When the BMW X6 was launched in 2007, it may have been a ridiculous car, but customers liked the SUV coupe’s body, making the X6 a pioneer in this type of vehicle. The SUV coupe offer was gradually expanded not only by BMW itself (by the X4), but also by competing Mercedes-Benz and Audi. And just four circles now represent the newest representative of this segment.

It’s called the Audi Q5 Sportback and the logic of the matter is pre-announced SUV coupe based on the Q5 series, which underwent modernization this year. The brand offers the third SUV with the nickname Sportback in the name – after the compact Q3 Sportback and electric e-tron Sportback. However, the model has a similar style Q8.

The design of the car is based on the modernized model Q5, the most significant change is logically shaping the back. The side glazing soon begins to fall backwards, making it a typical segment. The result is a dynamic stern decorated with taillights made of organic diodes. As with the default car, the OLED lights allow customers to choose a distinctive rear light signature. However, the primary advantage of this solution is higher economy and homogeneous light area.

Despite the different silhouette, the Q5 Sportback is as high as the default version. However, with a length of 4.69 meters, it is seven millimeters longer. The wheelbase is 2.82 meters.

In addition, the sporty style is complemented by a sports chassis. The standard is a sports suspension with a stiffer tuning than in the default Q5. However, you can also pay extra for an adaptive chassis with electrically adjustable shock absorbers, or straight air suspension. This allows you to adjust the ground clearance to a level of up to 60 mm, the chassis can either be reduced by 15 mm to improve driving characteristics at high speeds, or increased by 45 mm to improve off-road capabilities. The stern can then be lowered by 55 mm to facilitate access to the luggage compartment.

It is the luggage compartment hiding under the standard electrically operated lid that offers a volume of 510 liters. However, there will be a sliding rear bench, which will increase the suitcase by 60 liters, to the resulting 570 liters. After folding the seats, a space of 1,480 liters will be created.

The cab then takes over the concept from the upgraded Q5 with the third generation of the modular MIB3 infotainment system. In top form, you get a 12.3 “digital display in the instrument cluster, a 10.1” touch screen on the center panel and a head-up display.

The car will go on sale with a single engine, in the form of a two-liter turbodiesel with an output of 150 kW paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch and all-wheel drive. It will be a mildhybrid enabling driving with the combustion engine completely switched off. To reduce emissions, there is also a double injection of AdBlue in front of each of the SCR catalysts.

After the introduction, however, the offer of aggregates will gradually expand. Audi has already confirmed the arrival of another version of the two-liter turbodiesel, as well as two variants of the two-liter petrol and six-cylinder diesel forks. A sharp variant of the SQ5 Sportback is also planned.

The Audi Q5 Sportback will go on sale in the first half of 2021. It will be imported to Europe from the Mexican San José Chiapa plant, where the Sportback will be produced alongside the original Q5.


The collection of André Lurton dispersed

The Artcurial house is auctioning off, on September 27 in Gironde, the civilian and military vehicles of this great Bordeaux figure.

A Fisson 8HP 3 liters “Tonneau” from 1898 estimated between 120,000 and 200,000 euros.
A Fisson 8HP 3 liters “Tonneau” from 1898 estimated between 120,000 and 200,000 euros. Peter Singhof

Sales follow each other but do not resemble each other. Fifteen days after the dispersal of André Trigano’s automobiles, the Motorcars department of Artcurial sells the André Lurton collection. Deceased last year at age 94, this great Bordeaux figure, long president of the Syndicat viticole AOC Entre-Deux-Mers and administrator of the Interprofessional Bordeaux Wine Council (CIVB), owner of Château Bonnet, in the heart of Entre-deux-Mers, had built a collection vehicles which certainly had neither the prestige nor the richness of that of Trigano but which recounted his personal journey.

Passionate about mechanics from a young age, André Lurton had for many years assembled vehicles revealing his story, that of his family and that of his wife, Elisabeth Garros. The Simca 6 reminded him of the car from his honeymoon in Chamonix. On the way back, the breakage of a shock absorber had forced them to wait two days on the banks of the Loire for the arrival of

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The first ride with the Audi SQ7 and SQ8 petrol: The refined strongman was pleasantly surprised

From diesel to gasoline

Until recently, you could only buy the Qudi SQ7’s top SUV and derived SQ8 sportier SUV couples with a diesel 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged eight-cylinder engine that offered a maximum output of 320 kW (435 hp) and an impressive 900 Nm of torque. nose, but in practice everything worked practically without reservations and moreover with very solid consumption. After all, even in our tests, we often moved around the limit of 10 l / 100 km, which is a very decent value for a dynamically tuned SUV with an unladen weight attacking 2400 kilograms.

In mid-July, however, Audi issued a press release announcing the end of diesel engines under the hood of the SQ7 and SQ8 models. Their position was newly replaced by the twice-supercharged 4.0-liter petrol V8 TFSI, which promises even better dynamics thanks to higher performance. And why has something changed that still works more than well (even from the point of view of sales)? As a reason, the carmaker mentions the reaction to the global trend of customers who increasingly prefer petrol engines in the segment of high-performance SUVs. So she served them exactly what they wanted.

Higher power, lower weight

A 4.0-liter V8 TFSI petrol engine, supercharged by a pair of Twinscroll turbochargers, moved under the hood of the Audi SQ7 and SQ8. These are placed between the rows of cylinders up to V (90 °), which shortens the gas flow paths and ensures better reactions from the lowest speeds. The eight-cylinder petrol engine will offer a maximum output of 373 kW (507 hp) and a maximum torque of 770 Nm, which means an increase in maximum output of 53 kW (approx. 72 hp) compared to the older diesel eight-cylinder. At the same time, however, the highest torque decreased – by a total of a significant 130 Nm

But the increase in performance goes hand in hand with weight loss. The petrol SQ7 is 130 kilograms lighter than the diesel one (2265 vs. 2395 kg), while the petrol SQ8 lost 170 kilograms compared to the diesel one (2270 vs. 2440 kg). The pair of top SUVs with petrol engine will offer acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h in the same time of 4.1 seconds, flexible acceleration from 80 to 120 km / h can be managed by both SUVs in 3.8 seconds and the maximum speed is electronically limited in both cases. at 250 km / h.

Growing consumption

Consumption is often a figure in sports-tuned premium SUVs that potential owners are unlikely to address much. However, the SQ7 / SQ8 diesel models were able to impress not only with their dynamics, space and comfort, but also with their surprising paper consumption of less than 8 l / 100 kilometers.

Of course, the powerful eight-cylinder petrol engine can’t compete, but the results shouldn’t be as terrible as you might expect. The engine is equipped with the Cylinder on Demand system, which deactivates half of the cylinders during a smooth ride and thus contributes to reducing consumption. Petrol SQ7 and SQ8 thus promise, depending on the equipment, an average in the range of 12.0 to 12.1 l / 100 km and emissions of 276-278 g CO2/km (SQ7), respektive 275-276 g CO2/ km (SQ8).

Wheel turning as standard and supercapacitor

The chassis technology of the Audi SQ7 and SQ8 petrol stations remains essentially the same. The standard equipment includes the Adaptive Air Suspension Sport, which complements the all-wheel drive system. The rear wheels rotate up to 5 degrees against the front wheels when driving slowly, improving maneuverability. From 60 km / h, then turn in the same direction, which underlines the stability of the car.

On request, it is possible to order the Advanced chassis package, which offers, among other things, electromechanical tilt stabilization eAWS. The stabilizers on the front and rear axles are equipped with special electric motors, which reduce body inclinations in corners and guarantee a high level of suspension.

These electric motors work with a 48V on-board network and are powered by a supercapacitor, which replaces the previously used lithium-ion battery with a capacity of 0.5 kWh. Maneuverability is further improved by the rear sports differential, the function of which is complemented by the function of braking the wheels on the front axle.

Finally behind the wheel

For the Audi SQ7 and SQ8 petrol models, we went to the German city of Neuburg on the Danube, near which the high-tech Audi Driving Experience Cnetrum complex with its own circuit was opened in 2014. However, we did not get to the circuit – instead we had a choice of several routes around the area, which included intercity roads, a few steep twisted climbs and there was also a piece of highway without speed limits.

I was the first to get behind the wheel of the Audi SQ7, which welcomed me with its modern interior with a flood of displays and the absence of buttons. In short, no big surprise, so after choosing the route, I was really looking forward to the first start of the engine. However, the large eight-cylinder jumped with absolute ease, silence and did not manifest itself significantly.

His exemplary sophistication lasted until the moment when I got used to the dimensions of the car and sent the accelerator pedal to the floor for the first time. At that moment, the eight-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission shifted a few gears and the engine sped forward with a beautifully muffled booming echo of the eight-cylinder. At the same time, I did not notice a loss of 130 Nm when fully pressed into the seat.

In the comfortable driving mode, however, the SQ7 did not really tempt you to drive dynamically. The almost inaudible running of the engine in combination with the premium soundproofed cabin completely isolated a person from the worries of an ordinary motorist and encouraged a leisurely ride. Despite its comfortable setting, the sporty suspension did not swing unnecessarily and still maintained a high degree of safety, which can probably be attributed to the eAWS electronic stabilizer.

However, its benefits were most pronounced in dynamic mode, when the flaps in the exhaust system sharpened the sound, the steering stiffened, the accelerator pedal became more sensitive and the transmission held a lower gear for longer to ensure enough power each time the pedal was depressed.

Despite its weight and size, the SQ7 began to tempt it to drive faster, during which it showed impressive stability. The electromechanical stabilizer, which prevented unnecessary rocking in the comfort mode, began to stabilize the body, which did not begin to tilt significantly, even in uncomfortably fast corners. The tires used to whistle.

The biggest driving surprise, however, came on a long climb along a forest road with many turns, where the Audi SQ7 behaved absolutely brilliantly. Regardless of the weight and width, which could be uncomfortable with the delivery in the opposite direction, the SQ7 offered fantastic safety, fast reactions to paddle shifting, a pleasant soundstage and a sufficiently fast onset of the brakes.

The wilderness in the districts was, of course, affected by consumption, which was somewhere at the limit of 16 l / 100 km. During the following kilometers, however, I came across stronger traffic, which there was nowhere to overtake. However, the slowdown to the normal district pace helped to significantly reduce consumption, which at one time was below 14 l / 100 km.

But the raid on the Autobahn was approaching, which was literally talking about the full ventilation of all 504 horses. Due to increasing traffic, the speed did not climb over 220 km / h, but the maximum is still limited to 250 km / h. It was much more interesting to watch the flexible acceleration, when even at a speed of 180 km / h the transmission shifted sharply and the onset of power was still able to lean the driver into the seat.


But the famous motorway is no longer a headache. In many sections, the speed is limited, which gave me the opportunity to notice that in the tachometer 130 km / h, the engine runs at about 1900 rpm. But with each ending constraint, the same scenario followed: stepping on the gas and burning as much as possible.

At the same time, the Audi SQ7 maintained its position on the motorway as a comfortable long-distance cruiser. It held and changed direction perfectly, did not make unnecessary noise into the interior and pampered the driver and front passenger with comfortable seats with ventilation, heating and massage functions.

After exiting the highway, however, I got back to the column, which dragged at a stable speed of about 70 km / h. It was here that a message from the Cylinder on Demand system began to appear on the digital instrument panel, informing about the deactivation of half of the cylinders. Without a graphic warning, I would not have noticed it at all. With each depressing of the accelerator pedal, the warning disappeared, the engine agilely gathered all its forces and could overtake.

The planned test circuit measured slightly over 100 kilometers and about 45% of it was motorways, 45% fell on districts and the remaining 10 percent led to towns and villages. At the end of the journey, the on-board computer showed an average combined consumption of 14 l / 100 kilometers, which did not seem bad to me at all. Especially at the highway pace.

But I managed to achieve even better consumption behind the wheel of a sportier SQ8, with which I set out on a similarly long journey – but this time without the highway. Instead, I got a larger portion of pleasantly curved roads, where I quickly understood why the diesel SQ8 had already earned a comparative test compared to a sharp hatchback.

The sporty cut suits the car, which in combination with the red paint of the tested piece was doubly true. Even after starting, I was greeted by the slightly sharper sound of the exhaust system, which only underlines the dynamics of the car and literally calls for more frequent sending of the tachometer hand to higher places. Especially in sports mode, the car showed a really great show, where the petrol engine shared attention with a perfectly tuned chassis.

However, the brisk sections were redeemed by a more frequent slow ride in convoys, which, given the overall width of the car, could not be overtaken very well in the twisted Bavarian districts. But whenever an open space with a sufficiently wide road and a good view opened up, overtaking was a matter of moments. The onset of performance is truly impressive. However, consumption was even more impressive at the end of the journey. Despite the more dynamic driving style in the districts, I returned the car with an average combined consumption of 13.8 l / 100 km.


The transition of the flagship SUVs Audi SQ7 and SQ8 to petrol engines brought higher performance, lower weight and the expansion of standard equipment with rear axle steering, which is undoubtedly great news. Taxes are lower torque and, of course, higher consumption, which will probably not bother potential owners so much. We are still talking about SUVs, whose prices start at CZK 2,602,900 (SQ7) and CZK 2,803,900 (SQ8), respectively.

For those interested in similar cars, the fact that they will definitely not have to spend as much time at petrol stations as, for example, owners of Ford Mustangs, where high consumption is seconded by a small tank, will probably be more important. However, the Audi SQ7 and SQ8 will offer a tank with a volume of 85 liters, which with an average consumption of approx. 14 l / 100 km will suffice for more than 600 kilometers per tank. However, with regard to driving style, it can of course be more or less.

If the diesel engines would not suit you, you still have a chance to buy an SQ7 / SQ8 in diesel. Receipt of new orders is already stopped, but production will be terminated by the end of the year. Dealers will be able to offer new stock models for some time to come.


For the first time behind the wheel of the Audi S3 Sportback: A sharp premium built into corners

The Audi brand entered the segment of premium sports compact cars as early as 1999, when it introduced the first generation of the S3 model. It offered an output of 154 kW (210 hp), which, however, increased to 165 kW (225 hp) after two years of production. The second generation was introduced in 2006 and the third followed in 2013, with production not being completed until this year.

This year, however, its successor was introduced, ie the fourth generation of the S3 model, which should again offer a technologically sophisticated machine with above-standard driving characteristics in a premium package. After all, we wouldn’t expect anything else from the Audi brand.

Modern stylish

The classic dominant of the S3 model, as well as other sharp Audi models, is the Singelframe mask with distinctive air intakes. However, the headlights themselves are also worth noting, available with LED Matrix technology consisting of 15 segments, from which a line runs along the side of the car to the rear lights. At the rear, the sporty look of the car is enhanced by four oval tailpipes in combination with a diffuser.

After sitting behind the wheel, the driver will be greeted by the traditional interior concept of the Audi S3, which was described in the first driving impressions by my colleague David Bureš. A 10.25-inch digital instrument panel is standard under the alarm hood, which is lined with ventilation vents, but can be replaced by the Audi Virtual Cockpit system (including the more sophisticated Plus version) with a diagonal of up to 12.3 inches. Thanks to the transparent display, however, important information is also projected directly onto the glass – into the driver’s field of vision.

The 10.1-inch infotainment screen, integrated into the center of the dashboard, which, like the group siblings, is based on the third generation of the modular MIB3 platform, also deserves mention. At Audi, however, they used a system and graphics known from higher models, added a clear climate control panel with buttons, and a small touch wheel was installed in the center console for quick control of the media being played. Personally, this solution came to me very nice and definitely better than what Golf, Octavia or Leon offers.

However, the inspiration of the group siblings is not denied by the tiny selector of the S Tronic automatic dual-clutch transmission, located in the center console. Otherwise, the interior design of the Audi S3 looks much more valuable and sophisticated compared to its group siblings. Whether we are talking about ventilation vents in the center plate in front of the passenger, or with handles imitating the shapes of headlights, the emphasis on detail is simply not to be overlooked.

Sporty shaped seats with integrated headrest, adjustable seat length and contrast stitching are upholstered in a material that has been largely made from recycled PET bottles. Much more important, however, is the fact that it offers a very pleasant position behind the wheel, the possibility of adjustment in virtually every conceivable direction and sufficient support in corners. Behind the driver’s seat, set to my height of 183 cm, I didn’t have much leg room left, but I wouldn’t have a problem spending more time here. Apart from the slightly limited space in front of the knees, there was nothing to complain about. And the same goes for the luggage compartment and its variability.


Powerful and economical

The most important thing, of course, is the combination of engine, chassis and overall tuning of the car. So let’s start with the power unit, which is a supercharged four-cylinder 2.0 TFSI with a maximum output of 228 kW (310 hp) in the range of 5450 to 6500 rpm with a maximum torque of 400 Nm in a wide range of 2000 to 5450 rpm.

The engine is equipped with an injection system operating at a pressure of up to 350 bar and a variable valve timing system AVS (Audi Valvelift), thanks to which it should offer a combination of high performance and economy. The engine works exclusively with the seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission, offering the option of manual paddle shifting under the steering wheel, which is able to save fuel by disconnecting the engine from the transmission and sailing the moment the driver takes his foot off the accelerator pedal.

Emphasis on the chassis and ATV

Like the other S models, the new Audi S3 offers a quattro permanent all-wheel drive system. It works with a new-generation electro-hydraulic electronically controlled multi-plate clutch, which is about a kilogram lighter than its predecessor and promises even better efficiency thanks to minor changes in the field of bearings and lubrication. The clutch is located at the end of the cardan shaft, just in front of the rear axle, and variably distributes the force between the front and rear wheels.

The clutch can be both completely open, when there is almost no power sent to the rear axle, and fully closed, when theoretically up to 100% of the torque can flow to the rear axle. When the internal hydraulic pump is activated, a pressure of up to 40 bar is created inside the coupling. However, the new S3 can also distribute torque between the individual wheels, for which it uses the option of braking the individual wheels.

The all-wheel drive system works with a modular driving dynamics system that connects the quattro drive with an electronically controlled stabilization system and optional adaptive dampers. These reduce the ground clearance of the S3 by 15 mm (compared to the standard Audi A3) and, thanks to the regulation of the oil flow by the individual dampers, offer a choice between comfortably soft and sporty rigid tuning. As standard, the Audi S3 sits on a sporty chassis with conventional shock absorbers, also reducing headroom by 15 millimeters, which, in combination with a four-link rear axle and a standard progressive steering transmission, should offer a more intense driving and driving experience.

The underbody comes standard with 18 ”wheels with five double V-arms, which are fitted with 225/40 tires. Optionally, however, Audi Sport can also supply 18 “and 19” wheels with 235/35 tires. From behind the cast wheels we can see standard black painted brakes (on request they can also be red), which bite into four brake discs with internal cooling. In addition, the brakes have been given a new electronic booster, which should offer even better responses while almost eliminating possible friction losses due to slight contact between the brake pads and the disc while driving.

Up on the road

And what is the ride like? It depends on the selected setting. During the first few tens of kilometers, I was very pleasantly surprised by how the car’s behavior changes depending on the choice of Audi Drive Select modes. In the comfortable setting, you still feel greater rigidity of the sporty chassis in combination with relatively low tires, but the car still tries to filter out maximum unevenness and thus provide the crew with very solid comfort. The combination of a refined engine and a well-soundproofed cabin made almost no unnecessary noise into the interior.

The Audi S3 thus acted as a very pleasant companion, with which one would not suffer even on a longer trip to vacation. But after switching to dynamic mode, the whole car solidified and came to life. There is certainly no need to mention a harder chassis, stiffer steering or a sharper-tuned transmission, which left the engine longer at higher speeds and with each sharp depression of the accelerator pedal did not hesitate to downshift and drive the tachometer hand to the red field. In addition, with the dynamic mode, the car finally got a sportier sound, although I’m afraid I only enjoyed it in the cab.

In manual mode, the transmission responded quickly to commands and left control fully in the driver’s hands. It did not fall into automatic mode even when pressed hard. In a short forest passage with a few sharper turns, the beauty of the progressive steering system became fully apparent, thanks to which the transmission becomes steeper in sharp turns. So if you don’t hold the steering wheel like a pig’s bone, you still have room for further tightening without gripping. In combination with all-wheel drive and torque vectoring, one feels tremendous confidence in the behavior of the car and the chassis.

But I was a little sorry that we couldn’t test the sharp hatchback on the circuit that Audi had built near Neuburg. Its sharp turns in combination with spacious escape zones would allow you to fully see what the all-wheel drive system actually likes. However, we were unlucky due to noise restrictions that would definitely break the whistling wheels.

See you soon

At the end of the test wheel, I had a great feeling with the Audi S3, mainly thanks to the luxurious cab, fantastic acceleration and impressive steering. However, I am a little sorry that there was no greater opportunity to test the behavior of the chassis and especially the quattro all-wheel drive more thoroughly. Most of the route led on roads with long turns, where speed and stability excelled. However, in the area of ​​agility and agility in sharp and tight corners, the S3 will still have something to surprise during the classic test.

And we can only hope that we will not have to wait too long for him. The first cars should start appearing on European markets, including the Czech one, as early as the beginning of October. The Czech prices should start from CZK 1,268,900 for the tested Sportback and CZK 1,296,900 for the Limousine.