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Audi has announced prices and details for its entire 2014 model year range of vehicles.
Starting with the smallest Audi sedan, the base A4 gets a power bump up to 220 hp from 211 hp. Some new looks are available with the addition of the S line package, which now comes standard on all cars equipped with the premium package. Also included standard on the premium package are Bluetooth, Homelink, Audi music interface and driver information system. Different style is also available thanks to a new black optic package that features high-gloss black exterior trim and 19-inch Titanium Rotor design wheels. The base A4 model bumps up to $33,800, while the top trimmed S4 model comes in at $55,400. The sports-tuned S4 remains the same in 2014.
The Audi Allroad also gets its power bumped up to 220 hp out of the 2.0 TFSI engine. For packaging changes, the convenience package is now standard on all models, while the Audi advanced key will now be included in the premium plus package. Lastly, Prestige models will include manual side window sunshades. Allroad pricing climbs slightly for 2014, starting at $40,700 and topping out at $49,200.
Audi’s A5 model also benefits from the 2.0 TFSI engine’s power bump, as well as the convenience package being included as standard equipment. Premium plus A5 coupes will have the optional S line competition package trim available, while Prestige Audi A5s will come with the upgraded looks standard. The black optic package is also now available on the A5. Pricing for the A5 jumps up about $1,000 to a starting price of $39,000, while top-trimmed S5 models come in at $66,650. The S5 receives minimal changes, including the comfort seat package now being available on the RS 5 Coupe, and the black optic package now being available on the Cabriolet.
All of the changes coming to A6 stay near the same as the other models, including the premium plus trim coming as standard, a new package for base models that includes Xenon plus headlights and an 18” wheel upgrade, and the availability of the black optic package. Also new for 2014 is the availability of an A6 TDI model that gets its power from a 3.0-liter diesel engine that makes 240hp and 428lb-ft of torque. Pricing kicks off at $43,100, while the top trim model can be had for $73,400.
The Audi A7 stays almost identical to the 2013 model year, except for the addition of two new variants: the RS7 and A7 TDI. The RS7 gets its power from a twin-turbo 4.0 TFSI V8 engine that makes 560 hp. The A7 TDI comes equipped with the same diesel engine that is found in the A6. The only other change that comes to the whole range is an available black optic and bicolor package that features a black optic grille with high-gloss surrounds and gloss-black window surround. Pricing for the A7 kicks off at $64,500, making it almost $4,000 more expensive than last year’s model. The top-trim S7 prices out at $80,200, with pricing for the RS7 yet to be announced.
The Audi A8 gets some new packaging for 2014 as well, with the convenience package now coming standard. The premium package A8 now comes with Audi side assist, full LED headlights, and 22-way front seats with ventilation and massage. A8 pricing starts at $75,100, about a $3,000 increase over last year, while the long wheelbase w12 model tops off the range with a price of $135,900.
Moving to sports cars, the Audi TT RS has been discontinued for 2014, while the TT and TTS now come with only one trim level. There is also a new S line competition package for the TT and TT roadster that includes grey-painted brake calipers. The TT starts at $39,900, while the top-trim version prices out at $51,700.
Audi’s range topping sports car, the R8, gets a new model variant for 2014, known as the R8 V10 plus, which makes 550 hp. It is a track-focused sports car, that also receives a revised exterior with standard full LED headlights, round dual-outlet exhaust, and a high-gloss “Singleframe” grille. R8 pricing starts at $124,000 and tops out at $179,645 for the V10 plus model.
Finally, we come to Audi’s SUVs. The Audi Q5 gets a new sport-tuned edition for 2014, known as the SQ5. It gets its power from a supercharged 3.0 TFSI V6 with 354 horsepower and 347 lb-ft of torque. The Q5 also expands its engine options to include a new oil burner; the same 3.0-liter found in the other TDI models. Other changes include the convenience package coming standard, as well as the advanced key now being included in all premium plus and prestige trim lines. The Q5 starts with an MSRP of $37,300, and tops out at $46,500 for the TDi version. Pricing for the SQ5 have not yet been announced.
The largest of Audi’s SUV family, the Q7 also receives the 3.0-liter diesel engine for 2014. The only other changes that come to the model include new Xenon plus headlights as standard, and the addition of Audi advanced key and a power steering column to premium plus models. The Q7 starts at a price of $47,700, which is about $1,000 more expensive than last year. A top-trim Q7 prices out at $64,900.
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Its hard not to daydream about diesel cars, with their great torque and excellent fuel economy, so here’s our top picks of cars that we’d love to see a diesel option for. Our criteria is simple, the automaker must have a diesel engine in use somewhere in its lineup or in an international version of the car. In other words, these are all very real possibilities.
Turbocharged direct injection, or TDI for short, has become synonymous with Volkswagen and Audi models over the recent decade. So much so that in many countries, TDI is a registered trademark of Volkswagen AG. Unfortunately that won’t be the case in their own home territory, as the European Union courts has denied Audi (and subsequently VW) the rights to claim ownership of the TDI acronym.
The judge in Luxembourg believes that the technology of turbocharged diesels with direct injection is too common among automakers for Audi to claim ownership of TDI. In the grand scheme of things this probably doesn’t affect Volkswagen or Audi, but we’re sure they would have liked to have had the TDI trademark in Europe to ensure its exclusivity to its brand. Regardless, the trademark in individual countries should be more than enough to keep other manufacturers away from trying to use TDI on the trunk lids of their cars.
Audi is launching a revised version of their 3.0 TDI in the German market that sees a slight reduction in power in exchange for improved efficiency.
New new Q7 TDI will pump out 204 horsepower and 332 lb-ft through an 8-speed transmission and return 33 mpg, comparable with some four-cylinder sedans. 0-60 will take 9.1 seconds, compared to the standard 240 horsepower Q7 TDI that only takes 7.9 seconds. With a marginal reduction in mileage, the faster TDI will likely stay on our shores as the sole Q7 TDI, with the slower, more efficient car confined to Europe.