Audi – Tue, 13 Aug 2019 13:21:37 +0000 en-US hourly 1 AutoGuide.comAudi – This Audi RS3 is Racing to End Alzheimer’s and You Can Help Thu, 25 Jul 2019 16:50:53 +0000 This Audi RS3 is Racing to End Alzheimer’s and You Can Help This Audi RS3 is Racing to End Alzheimer’s and You Can Help
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Race cars are really fast billboards for sponsors, but Racing to End Alzheimer’s is proving that race cars can also raise awareness for a crucial cause while honoring those we love. The No. 23 FastMD/Legistics/ExpoSystems/FEL Audi RS3 is a top competitor in the TCR class of the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge Series, but the car is also a moving tribute to those who have been affected by Alzheimer’s.

The Audi, which is co-driven by series veterans Nick Galante and James Vance, has a purple livery—the color of Alzheimer’s awareness—topped with the names of people affected by Alzheimer’s or dementia. Donors pledge $250 to have the name and hometown of their loved one added to the car so that by the end of the racing season, the car will be covered in names.

Racing to End Alzheimer’s founder Phil Frengs first got involved with sports car racing in a more traditional way. His company Legistics, a U.S.-based business specializing in practice support for major legal firms, has been sponsoring an IMSA race car for years. When Phil’s wife Mimi was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease, though, he began to look at those logo-covered race cars in a different way.

“Mimi’s diagnosis made me think about a lot of things,” says Phil. “It seemed that to do nothing wasn’t an option, so, with racing as one of my passions, I felt that we could upset conventional thinking. A race car as an advertising vehicle could be the perfect way to make a statement about Alzheimer’s. It lets each one of us honor and remember a loved one affected by Alzheimer’s by putting their name and hometown on the car.”

Frengs founded Racing to End Alzheimer’s in 2017. In September of that year, the Legistics logos were removed from the Porsche the company was sponsoring at the time, and the names of 77 Alzheimer’s victims were added in their place for the final two races of the season.

Each name represented a $250 donation. Racing to End Alzheimer’s split the donations between UCLA’s Cognitive Health Clinic and the Nantz National Alzheimer Center at Houston Methodist Hospital. Because Legistics matched the donations, the total of the grant was $43,500.

For the 2018 season, Racing to End Alzheimer’s increased the number of names on the car to 126 and YouRulz stepped up as an additional matching donor. The car went on to win the Street Tuner championship while covered in names, and Racing to End Alzheimer’s was proud to have a grant that exceeded $100,000. Funds were split again between UCLA Cognitive Health Clinic, where families of Alzheimer’s victims receive social and psychological support, and Nantz National Alzheimer Center at Houston Methodist Hospital, who do cutting edge research in the field.

This season, instead of unveiling all the names for the final two races, a name goes on the car as soon as the donation is made. “We make a difference a little at a time,” says Frengs. “Giving people the opportunity to express their love and to honor their spouse, their in-law, maybe their grandfather…For each participant, it’s a chance to make a small but meaningful contribution towards helping those impacted by Alzheimer’s. And by collaborating, matching partners are helping contribute needed funds to the herculean efforts our funding partners are making in the face of this ever-challenging brain disease. Using motorsports this way was my different take on what to do. I hope you’ll join me.”

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Ten Cars That Cost $100,000 More than the Corvette but Aren’t Faster Fri, 19 Jul 2019 16:45:16 +0000 Ten Cars That Cost $100,000 More than the Corvette but Aren’t Faster Ten Cars That Cost $100,000 More than the Corvette but Aren’t Faster
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C8 Corvette

When Chevrolet unveiled the C8 Corvette last night, there were a lot of surprises, but the two biggest ones were the 0-60 MPH time and the price. Considered together, Chevrolet’s promise that the C8 will start below $60,000 and hit 60 mph in less than 3 seconds is wildly impressive.

How impressive? We decided to drive that point home by listing 10 cars that cost at least $100,000 more than the C8, but accelerate to 60 in the same amount of time, or longer —for the sake of argument, we’re saying that the C8Corvette hits 60 in 2.9 seconds and we’re using manufacturer times for the other cars. Manufacturers often lowball their acceleration estimates, but we’re trying to prove a point, not land a rocket on the moon, so we reserve the right to make a few allowances for drama.

Bentley Continental GT W12

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Despite its funky W12 engine and its 626 hp, the Bentley Continental GT W12 struggles to get to 60 mph in less than 3.6 seconds. Despite that, Bentley is charging more than $225,000 for it.

Mercedes AMG GT R Coupe

Mercedes-AMG GT R PRO

Coming in just under the wire, the AMG GT R Coupe starts at $159,350, but it hits 60 mph in a lackadaisical 3.5 seconds. It’s worth remembering that the front-engine, rear-wheel-drive setup is one of the hardest to hit fast acceleration times in, but Chevy did remember and moved their engine.

SEE ALSO: 4 Reasons the Mercedes-AMG GT Replaced the 911 on my Lottery List

Ferrari Portofino

On its face, the C8 Corvette wouldn’t seem to have a lot in common with the Ferrari, but both are V8-powered, both have a removable top, and both are made largely of aluminum. So good job, Ferrari, you’re almost catching up to Chevy. It’s just a shame that you have to charge $215,000 to make a car that takes half a second longer (3.5 seconds) to hit 60 mph.

Aston Martin DBS Superleggera

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Aston Martin has gone for cylinder count over stop-watch count with its latest creation, the DBS Superleggera. Powered by a V12, it can’t keep up with the C8 Corvette, hitting 60 mph in a measly 3.4 seconds and starting at $304,995.

SEE ALSO: 2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Review

Audi R8 V10 Coupe

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Finally, something mid-engined. Audi, too, has seen the value of the mid-engine layout. Its 562 hp R8 V10 Coupe hits 60 in 3.4 seconds, according to Audi and the price comes in at $169,900.

See Also: Audi R8 RWS Review

Lamborghini Huracan RWD

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that the Huracan RWD runs to 60 mph in as much time as an R8 (3.4 seconds), because they’re largely the same under the skin. What isn’t the same is the price, which starts at an Italian $199,800.

See Also: Lamborghini Huracan RWD Spyder Summed Up in 6 Real Questions

Mclaren GT

The brand spanking new McLaren GT and its 4.0-liter V8 hit 60 mph in a “good-for-you” 3.2 seconds. The price, meanwhile, is more impressive. Prices start at $210,000.

See Also: 2019 McLaren 720S Spider Review

Porsche 911 GT3 RS

Long thought of as the benchmark in the supercar realm, the 911 GT3 RS is one of the most hardcore, track-focused weapons on earth. And yet it hits 62 mph (100 km/h) in 3.2 seconds, according to Porsche. Still, the starting price is $188,550.

SEE ALSO: Porsche 911 GT3 RS Nurburgring Lap Time: 6:56.4

Ferrari 488 Spider

While the 488 Pista hits 60 mph in 2.85 seconds, Ferrari reports that the Spider (remember that the C8 Corvette comes with a removable top) only does it in 3.0 seconds. You won’t leave the Ferrari dealership without spending less than $256,550 on it, though.

Lamborghini Aventador S

Finally, a car that can match (we assume) the C8. Thanks to a naturally aspirated V12 making 740 hp, Lamborghini reports that the Aventador can reach 60 mph in 2.9 seconds. And how much do you have to spend to match the Stingray’s acceleration? A cool $417,650.

See Also: Lamborghini Aventador S Review

So yeah. The new mid-engine  C8Corvette. It’s pretty impressive.

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Top 10 Electric Cars with AWD Fri, 21 Jun 2019 13:09:07 +0000 Top 10 Electric Cars with AWD Top 10 Electric Cars with AWD
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There was a time when all-wheel drive was the exclusive realm of trucks: pickups and SUVs designed to venture far off the beaten path. But these days, you can get all sorts of vehicles with four-wheel traction: sports cars, convertibles, sedans, wagons, hatchbacks, and, yes, electric vehicles.

While most EVs transmit their power and torque to the road through one axle, there are a fair few on the market now (or coming soon) that offer the rare combination of electric propulsion with traction at each corner.

ALSO SEE: Top 10 Hybrids with AWD

So if our recent list of all-wheel-drive hybrids wasn’t electrified enough for your liking, here are 10 all-wheel-drive cars and trucks that run on battery power alone – no fossil fuels required – ranked from the least expensive to the most (short of exotic, multi-million-dollar supercars).

Top 10 Electric Cars with AWD

Tesla Model 3

Tesla Model 3 - Top 10 Electric Cars with AWD

  • Range: 310 miles
  • 0-60: 3.2-4.4 seconds
  • Price: $49,900-59,900

The most cost-effective and compelling options come from Tesla, whose entry-level Model 3 starts at under $40,000 in standard-range, rear-drive form. Step up to the Long Range model for just under $50k and you get dual motors – one at each axle, driving all four wheels – and its range climbs from 240 miles to 310. The top-of-the-line Performance model pushes $60k and gets that same range, but drops the 0-60 time down from to just 3.2 seconds.

Tesla Model Y

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  • Range: 280 miles
  • 0-60: 3.5-4.8 seconds
  • Price: $52,000-61,000

Dig the Tesla Model 3 but prefer the taller form of a crossover? The new Model Y could be just the ticket. The baby brother to the Model X is a little heavier than 3, so its range and performance suffer slightly – and you’ll pay a little more for it, too. The rear-drive Long Range model starts at $48,000 and delivers the best range of 300 miles. With Dual Motor All-Wheel Drive, it goes for $52k and 280 miles but drops the 0-60 time down from 5.5 seconds to 4.8. And for $61k, the top Performance model delivers the same 280-mile range but will sprint to 60 in just 3.5 seconds.

ALSO SEE: Top 10 Best Home EV Chargers

Polestar 2

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  • Range: 275 miles
  • 0-60: under 5 seconds
  • Price: $63,000

Volvo’s electrified brand is following up on the upscale Polestar 1 hybrid luxury coupe (itself soon to begin production) with the new Polestar 2. And this time it’s not only (relatively) more accessible – it’s all-electric, too. With typically Scandinavian minimalist, angular design, the five-door fastback promises a 0-60 time of under five seconds and a range of 275 miles. The launch edition is hitting the West Coast first for $63,000, but we’re expecting more affordable versions to proliferate across the country from around $45k.

Rivian R1S & R1T

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  • Range: 230-410 miles
  • 0-60: 3.0-4.9 seconds
  • Price: $69,000-72,500

A newcomer to the field, American startup Rivian is gearing up to launch its Electric Adventure Vehicle in two forms: the R1S sport-ute and the R1T pickup. Both are based on the same underpinnings and promise similar specifications in an effort to shake up the truck market dominated by conventional automakers and beat Tesla’s forthcoming pickup to the punch. At around $70k, they won’t come cheap, but they aim to deliver with range as high as 410 miles and a 0-60 time as low as three seconds flat.

Mercedes-Benz EQC

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  • Range: 279 miles (NEDC)
  • 0-60: 4.9 seconds
  • Price: est $70,000

The first dedicated electric vehicle from Mercedes’ new EQ line is a crossover. The EQC is about the size of the conventional GLC, but with batteries and electric motors in place of an internal-combustion engine, and more futuristic styling to set it apart. So far Daimler has only quoted a 279-mile range on the outmoded NEDC standard, but we’re anticipating a 0-60 time of under five seconds and a sticker price in the low $70k range. Expect final figures to be announced before it reaches showrooms next year – around the same time that BMW will introduce its own challenger in the form of the forthcoming iX3.

ALSO SEE: 2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC Review

Jaguar I-Pace

Top 10 Electric Cars with AWD - Jaguar I-Pace

  • Range: 234 miles
  • 0-60: 4.5 seconds
  • Price: $70,525

Among the first electric vehicles to come from an established luxury automaker, the I-Pace is the initial salvo in an onslaught of EVs in the pipeline at Jaguar Land Rover. Like so many on this list, the electric Jag is positioned as a crossover, even if it’s closer in form to a hatchback. But whatever you call it, it’s a pretty slick piece of kit that was quickly named World Car of the Year. It’s even yielded a racing version for an undercard support series of the Formula E championship (in which Jaguar also competes).

ALSO SEE: Jaguar I-Pace Review

Tesla Model S

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  • Range: 285-370 miles
  • 0-60: 2.4-4.0 seconds
  • Price: $75,000-116,000

The original Tesla (discounting the Lotus-based first-generation Roadster) is still one of the best electric vehicles on the market. Unlike its smaller stablemates, Dual Motor All-Wheel Drive now comes standard, starting at $75k with 285 miles of range and a four-second 0-60 time. The Long Range version will hit 60 in 3.7 seconds and go for 370 miles on a charge for $85k. The Performance model can be yours for $96k, sacrificing 25 miles of range for a three-second sprint. But splash out $116k and you get Ludicrous Mode, electrically rocketing to 60 in a mind-blowing 2.4 seconds (while maintaining the Performance model’s quoted range).

Audi E-Tron

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  • Range: 204 miles
  • 0-60: 5.5 seconds
  • Price: $75,795

Audi has entered the EV game with… you guessed it: a crossover. The debut E-Tron is larger than its rivals from Mercedes and Jaguar –  and bigger, in other terms, than the conventional Q5, but not as big as the Q7 and Q8. It consequently delivers a somewhat lackluster 204-mile range and a 5.5-second 0-60 time. But sure as our climate is changing, you can bet there’ll be more EVs to follow from the German automaker in an array of shapes and sizes.

Tesla Model X

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  • Range: 255-325 miles
  • 0-60: 2.7-4.6 seconds
  • Price: $81,000-122,000

Find the new Model Y too small for your liking, or not prepared to wait for it to start rolling off the line in Fremont next year? Tesla can hook you up with a Model X – the one with the trick “falcon-wing” rear doors – but it won’t come cheap. Pricing starts at $81k, which nets you 255 miles of range and a 4.6-second 0-60 time. Step up to the Long Range model and you get 325 miles and a 4.4-second run for $91k. The $102k Performance model goes for 305 miles and a 3.4-second sprint. Splash out an extra $20k and you can experience the Ludicrous acceleration of 2.7 seconds, if you can stomach the sticker price.

Porsche Taycan

Top 10 Electric Cars with AWD - Porsche Taycan

  • Range: 310 miles
  • 0-60: under 3.5 seconds
  • Price: est $85,000

Porsche has embraced electrification like few others, at one point offering more plug-in hybrids than any other automaker in the business. Now it’s taking the next step by introducing its first full EV. The Taycan is slated to be revealed in September, and is expected to closely follow the lead set by the Mission E concept (pictured), with a range of over 300 miles and a very Porsche-like 0-62 time in the low-three-second range. And there will be more to follow, including a more rugged version and an all-electric variant of the next-generation Macan.


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Audi TT to Be Replaced by Electric Car Tue, 28 May 2019 19:28:43 +0000 Audi TT to Be Replaced by Electric Car Audi TT to Be Replaced by Electric Car
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At Audi’s annual general meeting recently, the brand announced that it would discontinue the TT sports car and replace it with an electric car in the next few years.

“For two decades, we have had this young, emotive car in our product range: as a coupe and as a roadster,” said Bram Schot, chairman of Audi’s board of management in his speech. “In a few years, we will replace the TT with a new emotive model in the same price range: with an electric car.”

The news follows months of rumors and hints that Audi management couldn’t justify the small, slow-selling coupe. But with this announcement, along with the confirmation of a replacement in that plays in the same sandbox, the move is now confirmed.

Less clear is the fate of the TT’s big brother: the R8.

ALSO SEE: Top 10 Best Home EV Chargers

“Focusing also means leaving out,” said Schot in his speech. “For example, the R8 sports car. Do we need a successor with a combustion engine? Does this fit in with our vision? The discussion will give us an answer to that.”

While the tone and language suggest that Audi is looking to replace the R8 with an electric car, Schot, unfortunately, couched his words in the cloak of vagueness.

Unfortunately for fans of the R8, the word “focusing” was in reference to earlier comments Schot made, setting up his discussion of the two performance cars and raising the specter of no replacement at all.

“Reality shows that we as a company have been involved in too many projects,” said Schot. “There will be many things in the future that we no longer do. Or things that we do less.”

Whether or not the R8 gets a direct replacement, Audi’s electric concepts have shown that it is at least still interested in performance cars. They just might not be powered by V10s.

Audi, along with the rest of parent company Volkswagen, is pushing hard into the EV market, so expect more electric cars to join their lineup in the near future.


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Top 10 Hybrids with AWD Mon, 27 May 2019 20:14:50 +0000 Top 10 Hybrids with AWD Top 10 Hybrids with AWD
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Hybrids are gaining traction – and we don’t just mean they’re growing in popularity. There’s also an increasing number of electrically assisted automobiles on the market that also offer the benefits of all-wheel drive.

Not just crossovers and SUVs, either – of which there are many, from the humble likes of the Toyota RAV4 to the uber-luxurious Bentley Bentayga. Or supercars, for that matter, like the Acura NSX, BMW i8, and the discontinued Porsche 918 Spyder. We’re talking about standard-production passenger cars that you can buy today.

So if you want your next car to have all-wheel drive and a hybrid powertrain but don’t need (or want) the larger form of an SUV (or the performance of a six-figure sports car), here are 10 hybrids with AWD that are currently waiting for you at your local dealership, ranked by price. Stay tuned: We will have a list of SUV and crossover hybrids with AWD very soon.

Top 10 Hybrids with AWD

Toyota Prius AWD-e

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  • Hybrid
  • 121 hp / 105 lb-ft of torque
  • 50 mpg (combined)
  • $27,310 (delivered)
  • AWD: Optional

The cheapest model on our list is also the most fuel-efficient, and one of the latest to couple four-wheel traction with hybrid propulsion. Refreshed for 2019, the Toyota Prius is now available with a new AWD-e system that adds extra electric motor on the rear axle to give it extra grip. It takes a small hit in fuel economy, which Toyota estimates at 52 miles per gallon in the city, 48 on the highway, and 50 on the combined cycle – slightly down from the standard, front-drive Prius’ 58/53/56. But it’s still one of the most efficient all-wheel-drive vehicles you can buy.

The AWD system in this Prius is unique in that it only connects the rear axle from zero to 6 mph regardless of conditions for stronger and more confident launches, and at speeds at up to 43 mph if wheel slippage is detected. When slippage is not detected and at speeds over 43 mph, the electric motor is essentially disconnected and the Prius continues to operate as a front-wheel-drive car.

ALSO SEE: 2019 Toyota Prius and Prius AWD Review


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Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid

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  • Plug-In Hybrid
  • 137 hp / 134 lb-ft of torque
  • 35 mpg (combined)
  • $35,970 (delivered)
  • AWD: Standard

Though billed as an SUV (and with most of the off-road capability to back it up), the Subaru Crosstrek is essentially a jacked-up, rugged wagon version of the Impreza (much as the Outback is to the Legacy). It’s also the only electrified vehicle Subaru currently offers, packing the Japanese automaker’s signature flat-four engine and all-wheel drive, but augmented with a pair of electric motors with plug-in capability. Short of the Prius, you won’t find a more fuel-efficient all-wheel-drive passenger car (however far it may push the definition) on the market.

ALSO SEE: Top 10 Best Home EV Chargers


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Volvo S60/S90 T8 eAWD

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  • Plug-In Hybrid
  • 400 or 415 hp / 472 or 495 lb-ft of torque
  • 29-31 mpg (combined)
  • $56,040 / $64,895 (delivered)
  • AWD: Standard

Volvo’s T8 “Twin Engine” powertrain is an impressive feat of engineering, extracting upwards of 400 horsepower from a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine – thanks to the addition of a turbocharger, supercharger, and electric assist (with plug-in capability to boot). In addition to XC60 and XC90 crossovers, Volvo offers the trick powertrain here in both the S60 and S90 sedans (but not, for the time being, in the V60 and V90 wagons). They’ll deliver 31 and 29 mpg, respectively, on the combined cycle. And if you go for the performance-oriented S60 T8 Polestar Engineered, you’ll have 415 horsepower and 495 lb-ft of torque to play with, which is more twist than you’ll find anywhere here this side of a Porsche or AMG Mercedes.

ALSO SEE: 2019 Volvo S60 Review: The Best-Driving Volvo Yet


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BMW 530e xDrive iPerformance

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  • Plug-In Hybrid
  • 248 hp / 310 lb-ft of torque
  • 28 mpg (combined)
  • $56,695 (delivered)
  • AWD: Optional

BMW offers a wide array of hybrids, including sedans, crossovers, hatchbacks, and supercars – but you can’t get all of them with all-wheel drive. The 530e offers the automaker’s xDrive system as an option, and only takes a slight hit in fuel efficiency as a result: 28 mpg on the combined cycle with all-wheel traction, compared to 29 without. The 330e is slated to return next summer, based on the new 3 Series and with more muscle, but don’t expect it to offer all-wheel drive like the plug-in 5 Series.

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Audi A6/A7/A8

  • Mild Hybrid
  • 335 hp / 369 lb-ft of torque
  • 25 mpg (combined)
  • $59,895 (delivered)
  • AWD: Standard

Ever the champion of all-wheel drive, Audi has taken the bold step of equipping three of its top passenger cars with a mild hybrid assist as standard. The A6, A7, and A8 all come with the same 3.0-liter turbocharged V6, augmented by a 48-volt electrical system to channel 335 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque to all four wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. It returns the same 25 mpg (on the combined cycle) in the mid-sized A6 sedan and the svelte A7 Sportback, but just 22 in the larger A8 limousine.

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Acura RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD

  • Hybrid
  • 377 hp / 341 lb-ft of torque
  • 28 mpg (combined)
  • $62,895 (delivered)
  • AWD: Standard

Honda’s luxury division, Acura has made all-wheel drive integral to its hybrid approach in the MDX crossover, NSX supercar, and this, the RLX sedan. The 3.5-liter V6 makes 310 horsepower and 272 lb-ft of torque (as available in the standard RLX), but the Sport Hybrid with Super Handling All-Wheel Drive adds three electric motors – one up front, two in the back – to boost output up to a combined 377 hp and 341 lb-ft, all the while delivering 28 mph on the combined cycle.

ALSO SEE: Where is Acura From and Where is Acura Made?


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Mercedes-AMG E53/CLS53/GT53 4Matic+

  • Mild Hybrid
  • 450 hp / 568 lb-ft of torque
  • 24/23/21 mpg (combined)
  • $73,545 (delivered)
  • AWD: Standard

The letters AMG have long stood for Mercedes performance, but the German automaker’s in-house tuner has stepped into the electric age with its new 53 models. The powertrain mates a 3.0-liter turbocharged straight six with a 48-volt electric supercharger to a nine-speed automatic and 4Matic+ all-wheel drive (both tuned by AMG). It produces 429 hp and 384 lb-ft, but with the 21-hp/184 lb-ft EQ Boost kicking in, it’ll deliver as much as 450 hp and 568 lb-ft. And there’s no shortage of body-style choices: you can get it in the E-Class sedan, coupe, or convertible, in the CLS four-door coupe, and in the new flagship GT 4-Door Coupe (as well as the GLE crossover).

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Lexus LS500h AWD

  • Hybrid
  • 354 hp / 257 lb-ft of torque
  • 26 mpg (combined)
  • $84,055 (delivered)
  • AWD: Optional

Every iteration of the Lexus LS, stretching back 30 years now, has been powered by a V8. Not the latest version, though: this one’s available exclusively with V6 engines. But you can get it with a hybrid assist, and (unlike its LC coupe counterpart) all-wheel drive. The latest LS500h isn’t as powerful as the twin-turbocharged LS500, but it’s two to three times as potent as the other all-wheel-drive hybrid Toyota product that kicked off our list. It’s also about as plush, roomy, and laden with tech as anything else on the market, and will return a respectable 26 miles per gallon of gasoline on the combined cycle.

ALSO SEE: Top 10 Cheap AWD Cars and Crossovers


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BMW 745e xDrive iPerformance

  • Plug-In Hybrid
  • 389 hp / 442 lb-ft of torque
  • 22 mpg (combined)
  • $96,545 (delivered)
  • AWD: Standard

The electrified version of BMW’s flagship 7 Series, the new 745e is bigger, brawnier, and altogether more upscale than the aforementioned 530e. With a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six, it’s also considerably more potent than the four-cylinder 740e it replaces. But the increased output comes at the expense of fuel economy: where the previous 740e was rated at 27 mpg on the combined cycle, the new 745e returns just 22 mpg, putting it near the bottom of this list in terms of efficiency (to say nothing of its very high purchase price).

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Porsche Panamera 4/Turbo S E-Hybrid

  • Plug-In Hybrid
  • 457 or 677 hp / 516 or 626 lb-ft of torque
  • 23 / 20 mpg (combined)
  • $104,150 / $187,450 (delivered)
  • AWD: Standard

Porsche offers not one, but two plug-in hybrid versions of its four-door grand tourer. The Panamera 4 E-Hybrid packs a 2.9-liter twin-turbo V8 with an electric assist to deliver a combined 457 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque, which would already make it one of the most powerful on this list. But the Turbo S E-Hybrid goes even further, with a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 electrically boosted to a massive 677 hp and 626 lb-ft of torque. Fuel economy isn’t stellar, rated at 23 and 20 mpg, respectively, on the combined cycle, but either can be had in the standard-wheelbase four-door, stretched Executive, or Sport Turismo wagon body-styles, offering a wide array of choices.

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Where is Audi Made? Thu, 23 May 2019 13:38:41 +0000 Where is Audi Made? Where is Audi Made?
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Most people probably know that Audi is a German automaker, but do you know where in Germany the company is from, where it is based, and where it builds its cars today?

In this post, we’ll provide a short background on the history of Audi, where it is based and its various production plants are located. We’ll be focusing on the Audi plants that serve the North American market, as automakers often operate plants that serve certain markets only, such as those in South America or China.

SEE ALSO: Refreshed 2020 Audi A4 to Get Optional Mild Hybrid System

Scroll down to learn all about Audi and where Audi vehicles are made.

Where is Audi From?

Audi’s history can be traced back to German engineer and entrepreneur August Horch, who started up his own car company August Horch & Cie. Motorwagenwerke AG in 1904. He was later forced out of the company and started up his own car company. He was unable to use the Horch name for the new company due to trademark laws, however, so he called it Audi AG.

The Audi name was allegedly thought up by August Horch’s son, who suggested it as “horch” translated to “hear” in Latin, with “audi” being the singular, meaning “to listen.” Audi’s familiar four rings logo came into play in 1932, when Audi AG, Horch, DKW and Wanderer Company merged together, with each ring represented one of the four companies.

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This means the earliest you can trace the Audi brand back is when Wanderer Company was first incorporated in 1885. Wandered didn’t start making vehicles until 1903, however, whereas Horch’s first production vehicle came out in 1901. Prior to 1903, Wanderer made motorcycles and bicycles.

Where is Audi Made?

These are the manufacturing facilities that serve the North American market.

Ingolstadt, Germany

  • Audi A3 (Sportback, e-tron, RS 3)
  • Audi A4 (Sedan, Avant, S4, allroad quattro)
  • Audi A5 (Sportback, Coupé, S5 Sportback, S5 Coupé, RS 5 Coupé, RS5 Sportback)

Neckarsulm, Germany

  • Audi A4 (Sedan)
  • Audi A5 (Cabriolet, Audi S5 Cabriolet)
  • Audi A6 (Sedan, Avant, allroad quattro)
  • Audi A7 Sportback
  • Audi R8 (Coupé, Spyder)

Győr, Hungary

  • Audi A3 (Sedan, Cabriolet, S3 Sedan, S3 Cabriolet,)
  • Audi TT (Coupé, Roadster, TTS Coupé, TTS Roadster, TT RS Coupé, TT RS Roadster)
  • Audi Q3

Brussels, Belgium

  • Audi e-tron

Bratislava, Slovakia

  • Audi Q7 (Q7, SQ7, Q7 e-tron)
  • Audi Q8

San José Chiapa, Mexico

  • Audi Q5 (Q5, SQ5)

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Top 10 Best Convertibles: 2019 – The Short List Tue, 21 May 2019 15:17:04 +0000 Top 10 Best Convertibles: 2019 – The Short List Top 10 Best Convertibles: 2019 – The Short List
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After another brutal Midwestern winter, warm weather is finally upon us once more. This makes convertibles top of mind, and here’s a list of our favorite ones.

Whether you’ve got a middle-class budget or can afford six-figures, there’s a wide range of droptop cars available from manufacturers all around the world. Underscoring this point, here are 10 of our favorite convertibles, an eclectic list with a little something for everyone.

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Best Convertibles

Alfa Romeo 4C Spider

And we start in Italy with the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider. What other car offers such dramatic styling and purity of purpose for the same money? Starting at less than $70,000, it truly is a reasonably attainable exotic. Not a convertible in the traditional sense because it has a removable fabric roof section rather than a contraption that folds away like a piece of origami, it nonetheless provides an open-air driving experience, allowing you and one lucky passenger to see the sky above and listen to its 237-horsepower engine crackle and churn with every gear change.

ALSO SEE: Top 15 Best AWD Sports Cars


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Ford Mustang

Neither the fastest nor fanciest car available, the Mustang is nonetheless an icon, a four-wheeled piece of rolling Americana. Available in fastback and convertible body-styles, Ford’s fabled filly unquestionably deserves a spot on this list thanks to its heritage, affordability and, of course, performance. Droptop models can be had with a thrifty EcoBoost four-cylinder engine or the mighty 5.0L V8 endowed with 460 horses.

SEE ALSO: 9 Things to Know About the Range Rover Velar


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Aston Martin DB11 Volante

Aston Martin’s DB11 is, hands down, one of the prettiest cars available today. With a long nose, clean flanks and perky rear, it’s a stunner from just about every angle. And even the convertible Volante version is gorgeous, losing none of the coupe’s elegance when engineers chopped the top. A 503-horsepower twin-turbocharged V8 borrowed from the folks at Mercedes-AMG makes an equally compelling argument.

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Jeep Gladiator

Next up, the Jeep Gladiator. Wait, hold on, hold on. Why is a JEEP of all things on this list? Well, it turns out every version of this off-road-focused pickup is a convertible. And just like a taco you can have either a hard shell or soft – removable rigid panels or an easily folded fabric roof. Gladiator is our wild-card pick here, melding the go-anywhere capability of a Wrangler with the versatility of a midsize truck. It looks nice, drives well for what it can do, and is far more versatile than anything else presented here.

ALSO SEE: The Only 15 ‘Real’ SUVs Left on the Market


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Chevrolet Corvette

As it has been for generations, Chevrolet’s Corvette coupe is an unfathomable performance bargain, delivering near-supersonic speed at an entirely blue-collar price. For droptop aficionados, the convertible version is similarly affordable, starting at less than $62,000. Even in bargain-basement guise, it packs heat in the form of a 455-horsepower small-block V8, which enables it to hit 60 miles an hour in as little as 3.7 seconds. And if the Corvette is still out of your budget, the more affordable Camaro is also available as a droptop.

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Jaguar F-Type

What’s not to love about the Jaguar F-Type? This British performance machine comes in both coupe and convertible formats, is clothed in gorgeous styling, and offers a multitude of drivetrain configurations. You can get a base turbo-four, a potent six or even a fire-breathing supercharged V8 with up to 575 horsepower in the range-topping SVR model. No matter the model, this Jag is one of our favorite droptops.

SEE ALSO: Infotainment System Winners and Losers – The Short List


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Mercedes-AMG GT Roadster


The Mercedes-AMG GT Roadster is a Germanic take on the classic convertible formula, with more angles and hard edges than, say, Jag’s F-Type. With an almost impossibly long hood and a curt rear end, this Benz is all drama, especially when you pop the hood. A 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 is standard, delivering either 469 horsepower in “base” form or a stout 550 in the GT C model. Unfortunately, it ain’t cheap, starting north of $125,000. Mercedes also offers many other convertibles if this is out of your budget — the C-Class Cabriolet, E-Class Cabriolet, and SLC Roadster are all great options.

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Mazda MX-5 Miata/RF

But no convertible compilation would be complete without the Mazda MX-5 Miata. This car proves you don’t need 500 horsepower or a second mortgage to have a blast behind the wheel. In fact, a mere 181 ponies and about $25,000 is all that’s required. Small, lightweight and surgically precise, this droptop will absolutely dance in the hands of even less-than-perfect drivers. Maximizing the open-air fun, you can get a lid that’s either soft or hard, so take your pick.

ALSO SEE: Top 10 Best Cars for Teens – The Short List


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Porsche 911

Porsche’s 911 is one of the most hallowed automobiles in production today. Including it on this list is simply a no-brainer. The 911 is offered in a huge variety of models. Of course, there are plenty of convertible options, from the base Carrera Cabriolet to an open-air version of the 911 Turbo S, there’s plenty to choose from, especially if you count the Targa models. But no matter which one you lust after, this Porsche is guaranteed to please. In fact, we’re sure even the good doctor himself would be proud (that’s Dr. Porsche). If the 911 is a bit too rich, Porsche also offers the more affordable 718 Boxster, which is definitely one of our favorite convertibles as well.

SEE ALSO: 9 Things to Know About the Mercedes-AMG S63 – The Short List


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Audi R8 V10 Spyder

Audi R8 Spyder V10 plus

Now, unquestionably, one of our favorite convertibles available today is the Audi R8 V10 Spyder. In high-output “Plus” form this Teutonic speed-machine brandishes 602 horsepower and can hit 60 miles an hour in a breathtaking 3.5 seconds. Not quite as fast, the car’s skimpy cloth roof opens or closes in about 20 seconds at speeds up to 31 MPH. Base price for a standard model is around $180,000, grab a Plus and you’re closer to 210. YIKES! If you’re looking for something more affordable, Audi also offers the A3 and A5 Cabriolet and the TT Roadster.

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Refreshed 2020 Audi A4 to Get Optional Mild Hybrid System Fri, 17 May 2019 15:38:43 +0000 Refreshed 2020 Audi A4 to Get Optional Mild Hybrid System Refreshed 2020 Audi A4 to Get Optional Mild Hybrid System
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The 2020 Audi A4 has just been refreshed with tweaked styling cues and updated technology and powertrains.

A huge volume seller for Audi, the German brand has given its compact sport sedan some updates to keep it competitive with the newer BMW 3 Series. The 2020 Audi A4 gets a tweaked grille and new headlights that help make it looks even more high-end. LED headlights are now standard and uplevel headlines get Matrix LEDs with fully automatic highbeams.

2020 Audi A4

ALSO SEE: Where is Audi Made?

The highlight of the updates is the addition of an optional 12-volt mild hybrid system that should help reduce fuel consumption but also make the stop/start smoother and augment performance. While Europeans get to pick from a bunch diesel engines we won’t get in North America, we will likely get the Audi A4 35 TSFI and the S4, which is powered by a turbocharged 3.0L V6 that outputs 350 hp and 368 lb-ft of torque. Drivers can also upgrade to a sport suspension and two adaptive suspensions, one for better comfort and one for better performance.

ALSO SEE: Audi S6 and S7 Debut with 450-HP V6, Mild-Hybrid System

Audi A4 Interior

A new MMI system finally brings a 10.1-inch touchscreen to the Audi A4, which previously used a rotary knob to control the infotainment system. Audi says the menu structure and voice control functions have been made more intuitive. The sedan is also capable of using the internet to connect to swarm intelligence and car-to-infrastructure and car-to-car communication, which can access live traffic information and help you catch as many green lights as possible. This also means the car can act as a wi-fi hotspot. Of course, Audi’s digital cockpit and a head-up display are also available.

The 2020 Audi A4 has been released for the European market, and more information on North American models and pricing should be coming soon.

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Audi S6 and S7 Debut with 450-HP V6, Mild-Hybrid System Thu, 11 Apr 2019 18:35:02 +0000 Audi S6 and S7 Debut with 450-HP V6, Mild-Hybrid System Audi S6 and S7 Debut with 450-HP V6, Mild-Hybrid System
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Audi has taken the veil off the S6 and the S7. As predicted, they’ll both be powered by the same turbocharged 2.9-liter V6 with 450 hp and 442 lb-ft that powers the RS4 and RS5.

Both S models will be equipped with Audi’s 48-volt mild hybrid system, making the car more fuel efficient. The electrically powered compressor (EPC) will also help eliminate dreaded turbo lag. It effectively acts like a little electric supercharger that ensures forced air is always being fed into the engine. The system responds within 250 milliseconds and covers engine speeds of up to 1,650 rpm (when the traditional system can take over).

ALSO SEE: Where is Audi Made?

According to Audi, the EPC looks just like a little turbocharger and sits right on top of the engine, in the intake path behind the intercooler. Most of the time, it’s completely bypassed, but when air coming into the engine is low, the EPC kicks in and feeds compressed air into the engine.

Meanwhile, the S’s Quattro AWD systems can funnel up to 85% of the torque to the rear wheels, or up to 70% to the front ones if you need to get yourself out of trouble in a hurry.

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The S6 and S7 also come with S sport suspension, designed specifically for them. They come with damping control as standard that can lower the S6 by 20 mm and the S7 by 10 mm, ultimately giving them both the same ride height.

Audi S6 rear

For the first time, though, these S cars will also be offered with adaptive air suspension. This, says Audi, is about comfort. The reasoning being that you can get down as low as the S suspension, but you can also ride high when the situation calls for it. In auto mode, specifically, the car can rise and fall depending on the speed.

As far as the unsprung stuff is concerned, Audi has been careful with the weight down there. Both come with aluminum six-piston calipers and 400-mm discs up front and 350-mm discs in the back that can be optionally made ceramic to further lower weight.

Although Audi has said that Americans will only have access to the S6 and S7 TFSI, Europeans will have the option of fitting the cars with a diesel TDI engine making 349 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. Which, despite the torque figure, you might be fine living without. What you’ll be less excited about missing out on, though, is the S6 Avant that Audi also revealed. Although largely the same as the S6 sedan, the Avant will likely not be brought stateside.

Audi has not announced U.S. pricing yet, but in Germany, they are €76,500 for the S6 Sedan,€79,000 for the S6 Avant, and €82,750 for the S7 Sportback.

Audi S7


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Audi Q4 E-Tron Concept Gets 280 Miles of Range Tue, 05 Mar 2019 17:01:31 +0000 Audi Q4 E-Tron Concept Gets 280 Miles of Range Audi Q4 E-Tron Concept Gets 280 Miles of Range
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This time last year, Audi revealed its first series-production electric vehicle. Sort of. The e-tron was still wrapped in camouflage at the time. Now, again at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, Audi has debuted the Audi Q4 e-tron concept, the brand’s fifth electric model.

The new electric Q4 will get a pair of motors offering 301 hp. That’s enough power to move this compact crossover to 60 mph from a stop in 6.3 seconds. It’s limited to 112 mph in an effort to help ensure top speed range isn’t overly reduced.

The 82 kWh battery is fitted under the car between the axles. It offers up a range of more than 280 miles on the WLTP cycle. The Q4 e-tron is based on the new MEB Volkswagen Group electric platform.

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The concept is a look at the production car that’s expected to be introduced at the end of next year. By then, Audi will have four other electric models on sale, including the e-tron Sportback and the China-only Q2L e-tron.

Audi Q4 e-tron concept

Audi says the Q4 will be in the “upper third of the compact class.” At 181 inches long, it’s about eight inches longer than the Q3. But with no transmission tunnel, Audi says it offers more space than one would expect given the footprint.

Audi is planning the production Q4 e-tron to debut at the same time as the production e-tron GT, so we can expect to see both in the second half of next year. Audi will offer 12 all-electric models by 2025.

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Top 10 Best Concept Cars of 2018 Fri, 28 Dec 2018 15:38:28 +0000 Top 10 Best Concept Cars of 2018 Top 10 Best Concept Cars of 2018
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The New Year is quickly approaching, which means its time to count down some of the best and worst new vehicles of the year.

2018 was a decent year in the world of concept cars, with several automakers rolling out concepts that are not only stylish and forward-thinking but are also destined to become real-world vehicles.

Additionally, with electric powertrains entering the marketplace en masse, automakers were keen to draw attention to their various EV programs with radical, attention-grabbing designs.

SEE ALSO: Genesis is Actually Building the Essentia Concept

In this post, we’re going to count down our top 10 concept cars that debuted in the past 12 months. We based our picks on looks and also handed out some extra points if the brand in questions intends to actually put their design study into production. Scroll down to see our picks!

10. Jeep Sandstorm Concept

Kicking off our list is the Jeep Sandstorm concept, which debuted as part of Jeep’s annual roster of Easter Jeep Safari Concepts. We think the Sandstorm would serve as an awesome limited-run, special edition variant of the new Jeep Gladiator if it were to ever head to production. Jeep describes it as a “Baja runner built for high-speed desert blitzing,” which is exactly the kind of product Jeep needs to be making, in our opinion.

9. Toyota GR Super Sport

The Toyota GR Super Sport concept is Toyota’s preview of the brand’s forthcoming hypercar. The vehicle will be based on the automaker’s TS050 hybrid LMP1 racecar and will feature a version of the racecar’s 2.4-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine and hybrid all-wheel-drive system to deliver 1,000 hp.

8. Hyundai Le Fil En Rouge
Hyundai Le Fil Rouge Concept

The Hyundai Le Fil En Rouge debuted at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show in March. This nicely styled sedan concept previews Hyundai’s future styling direction and will serve as inspiration for the next Hyundai Sonata. We think it looks pretty good and it’s always nice to see a concept that’s not another crossover.

7. VW Atlas Tanoak Concept
Volkswagen Atlas Tanoak Concept-8

The VW Atlas Tanoak Concept is exciting as it delivers on something that a certain sect of North American VW enthusiasts have wanted for a long time: a pickup truck. While the Tanoak is only a design study for now, VW intended to gauge customer’s reactions to it to determine if its feasible for production. It’s highly unlikely, but if consumers make enough noise, VW could potentially put it into production as an Atlas-based mid-size pickup one day. Better get emailing.

6. Audi E-Tron GT Concept

The Audi E-Tron GT Concept is a great-looking design study that previews Audi’s forthcoming electric sedan, which will share a platform and other crucial bits with the Porsche Taycan. Not only does it look pretty good, but it also previews a wicked high-performance version of Audi’s electric four-door, with the concept making a claimed 590 hp from its electric all-wheel drive propulsion system.

5. VW ID Vizzion
Volkswagen I.D. Vizzion Concept-14

While we certainly prefer the Audi E-Tron GT Concept’s styling to the VW ID Vizzion’s, this electric sedan places ahead of its VW Group cousin for one simple reason: it previews an affordable EV – something the industry could certainly use. VW is hoping to price its EVs around $20k, so when it finally gets around to putting its ID vehicles into production, more consumers should be able to get themselves into an emissions-free commuter car.

4. Audi PB18 E-Tron

Not everyone agrees with us on this, but we think the Audi PB18 E-Tron is one of the most stylish concepts of the past year. We love wagons and hatchbacks and this forward-thinking, sci-fi-esque performance hatch/wagon mixup from Audi is just checking all the right boxes. From the motorsport inspire split windows to the rear light bar, we like just about everything on the PB18. We’d find probably ourselves commuting via electricity if Audi were to ever put this into production.

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3. Genesis Essentia
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The Genesis Essentia is a pretty, envelope-pushing styling exercise from Hyundai’s Genesis luxury sub-brand that’s actually heading to production. We’re not sure how many elements from this stylish concept will make it to the production car, but we hope the glass canopy roof stays, at least. The concept is an EV, too, so we expect the production car to be all electric.

2. Mission E Cross Turismo

Here’s another electric concept that’s heading to production. The Mission E Cross Turismo previews a high-riding wagon version of the brand’s new Taycan electric sedan and will probably go on sale in 2020 or 2021. This could be pretty cool – it looks like it has actually usable ground clearance, unlike the Tesla Model X and Jaguar I-Pace.

1. Peugeot E-Legend

The Peugeot E-Legend is by far and away the most stunning and on-trend styling exercise we laid eyes on this year. This gorgeous creation from the French manufacturer is an electric coupe styled by the Peugeot 504. The reaction to the E-Legend was so strong that fans started a petition calling for Peugeot to build it, which has so far racked up more than 50,000 signatures. You can click here to sign the petition if you want to see the E-Legend built.

Those were AutoGuide’s top 10 concept cars of 2018! Thanks for reading and let us know what your favorite concept cars from the past year were in the comments below!

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Top 10 Coolest Cars We Drove in 2018 Fri, 28 Dec 2018 12:50:10 +0000 Top 10 Coolest Cars We Drove in 2018 Top 10 Coolest Cars We Drove in 2018
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Another year has gone by and we’re flipping through our calendar with wistful, nostalgic memories of the cars gone by. We drove some real winners this year! Here are some of the coolest cars we drove this year:

2018 Lincoln Navigator Black Label

2018 Lincoln Navigator Black Label Review

We start this list off with a gorgeous SUV, and while some people write Lincoln off, Craig Cole reminds us that its newest, most expensive truck really seems worth the money.

“Comfortable, luxurious and even spacious in every row of seats, it offers luxury SUV buyers a lot. The muscular powertrain, abundance of features and near-silent running should make it a strong contender in its rarefied class,” he wrote.

He loved the comfy seats, the high-tech cabin, and the quiet, smooth ride.

“Even at basically six figures, the Navigator actually feels worth it, which is perhaps its most surprising attribute. When’s the last time you could say that about a Lincoln?” We’d have to flip back the calendar more than a few times to remember that.

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2019 Aston Martin Vantage

Even though this Aston Martin is powered by an AMG V8 engine, Craig Cole made sure to point out (more than a few times) just how good the powerplant is and how wonderful it sounds. That’s just one aspect of the wild new “entry-level” Aston sports car. “With a special blend of style, sound, and strength, the new Vantage is a stand out option in its exotic segment,” he said.

And while the dashboard design takes some getting used to, it’s clear that the vehicle is sporty and capable in all the right ways.

2018 Audi R8 RWS

What happens when you separate Audi’s halo V10 supercar from the brand’s all-wheel-drive system? You get a whole new kind of fun. The speedy coupe hits highway speeds in under 4 seconds but is also lighter and more fun to drive.

“Considering it is cheaper, more exclusive, and just as much fun to drive, it’s probably the R8 you want — assuming you can get your hands on one before they’re all gone,” is what I said about the limited edition model back in March, and my sentiments still stand.

2019 Jaguar I-Pace

2019 Jaguar I-Pace

When an electric car does everything right, it’ll leave you pretty much speechless, which is why Craig had to resort to some colorful language when describing the Jaguar I-Pace: “Indeed, the I-Pace is many things, not the least of which is f***ing awesome,” is what he said back in June.

It’s practically a rolling concept car, featuring a 90 kWh battery that allows for an estimated 240 miles or 386 km of range. It also features an incredible pair of electric motors that make 394 horsepower and 512 lb-ft of torque, which allow this car to hit 60 MPH in just 4.5 seconds.

It costs $88,595 including $995 for delivery to get into one of these crazy EVs, leaving us to say, “With daring design and surprising dynamics, a roomy cabin, and livable range, the 2019 Jaguar I-Pace is the real deal.”

2018 Porsche 911 Carrera T

Porsche has always had a good sports car with the 911, but they managed to make something even more engaging and interesting to drive with the Carrera T. Bringing together the purists and the speed freaks, the 911 T is a blend of a few different offerings, but ends up being more enjoyable.

“On the pavement, the car feels nimble and fun and seems to break free of the buttoned-down, all-business persona that the flagship product often felt that it had. It feels more carefree,” is how we described it back in August. “It’s fast, but not the fastest 911, and it’s fun, but not the sharpest, stiffest and most uncomfortable 911. It’s this fantastic medium ground that brings joy to the driver in a way the purists will really appreciate.”

Simply put, this is the 911 car for true enthusiasts out there, and we couldn’t be happier that Porsche is offering it.

2020 Toyota Supra

The Toyota Supra is set to make its production debut at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show, but we got our hands on the vehicle for a day to see if the Japanese automaker is on the right track. Still, it’s hard to determine who or what this car is: Although it’ll be badged a Toyota, this car is built by BMW using hardware from the German automaker. As such, the new BMW Z4 will be very similar to this Supra.

Which means it should drive very well. We spent some time on the Jarama race track outside of Madrid to test the new Supra and spent a fun time caning it in the backcountry as well. The car was fast, responsive and featured loads of grip. While Toyota has been teasing this Supra for a while, our short time with it proved that the wait will be worth it.

2019 Aston Martin DB11 AMR

For all the times that a regular Aston Martin DB11 won’t cut it, the AMR is here. It features an amazing 5.2-liter V12 engine that makes 630 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque and manages to feel extremely confident and smooth even at terrifying speeds.

Craig said that it’s “Perfectly at home on winding back-country roads or blasting down the Autobahn on a cross-country drive,” and “this latest DB11 truly puts the GRAND in grand tourer.”

It certainly gets the nod from us, but at a price tag of 244,000, we’re wondering who would buy one of these Astons over the other exotics on this list.

2018 Lamborghini Aventador S Roadster

Did someone say V12? Here’s one of the last naturally aspirated V12 engines in existence right now, found right in the middle of the Lamborghini Aventador S Roadster. A truly exotic supercar featuring fancy doors, an insane engine, killer looks and tons of fancy materials, the Aventador S Roadster is hard to top on this list.

We summed it up: “It announces your arrival and departure with a 12-cylinder symphony, it turns ordinary people into raving car-paparazzi and it does this while going fast and keeping you involved in the process. This is a true supercar and a sign that they’ve never been better.”

2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera

11 Things to Know About the 2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera

Let’s squeeze one more Aston Martin into this list because, well, I’m a James Bond fan and have spent all week watching the super-spy doing super-fly stuff. He typically does it in an Aston, but maybe nothing as eye-catching and head turning as this DBS Superleggera, which is pretty incredible, featuring over 700 ponies from its 5.2-liter twin-turbo V12.

Listen to this: the DBS Superleggera reaches 62 miles an hour (100 km/h) in just 3.4 seconds. It finds 100 miles an hour (161 km/h) in merely 6.4. Maximum velocity measures 211 mph (340 km/h). It passes with ease: going from 50 to 100 miles an hour in just 4.2 seconds.

“The 2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera is truly a Super Grand Tourer, providing more of what you love without any real compromises aside, perhaps, from cost,” Craig Cole said back in July. “But rarified cars like these are never about necessity, and for those that want one of the hottest production Aston Martins ever built, the DBS Superleggera fits the bill perfectly.”

2018 Lamborghini Huracan Performante Spyder

If it wasn’t for the new Aventador SVJ, the Lamborghini Huracan Performante would be the hottest thing with a bull logo on it. We’re talking about a car that can do sub-7-minute times on the Nurburgring, and gets non-stop attention from everyone on the street. Using a clever active aerodynamics system, the car manages to feel planted and safe too, even when you’re reaching high speeds.

There’s even a lot of funky carbon composite materials found throughout the cabin, making this car feel less like a Frankenstein of go-fast parts, and more like a true exotic. Setting buyers back over $300,000, this is a car that’s far too special to ignore.

ALSO SEE: Top 10 Cars We Said Goodbye to in 2018

2018 McLaren 720S

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OK one more review to bring up, and that’s one from our fearless leader: Jodi Lai, who drove this McLaren 720S around town, feeling like the boss that she is. Who can deny this car’s performance credentials, with over 700 horsepower on tap from a twin-turbo V8 that’s mounted behind the driver’s seat? It’s not just a powerful car, but a powerful feeling that allows you to be comfortable in your own skin.

Jodi says it perfectly: “This dramatic McLaren 720S isn’t the car I dreamt about as a kid but driving it made me realize that I shouldn’t have to apologize for who I am and what I do for a living.” Heck yes.

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