The new Q7 is a big leap for Audi


I liked the old Audi Q7 because it was big and comfortable, but I never loved the styling. It looked too feminine with its soft lines and bubbly shape. As a guy, I could never see myself driving it as my own personal vehicle. I know I am being bias, but what you drive says a lot about your personality. With that being said, the old Q7 was one of my favorite “mom cars.”

Everything has changed with the new Audi Q7. It is now one of my favorite “dad cars.” It is masculine, it is aggressive, and it is modern. Audi has given us a wider stance with a big large grill in the front. We have a more modern design with sharper lines going from front to back. The led headlights and the directional tail lights remind me of a futuristic car from the movie Tron.

It has also got some power… Under the hood of my test vehicle is 3.0L turbocharged V6 that produces 333 horsepower and can tow 7,700 pounds. It will also get you from 0 to 60 in less than 6 seconds. If you are more interested in fuel economy than performance, the base engine is a 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder that is good for 252 horsepower and 25 mpg on the highway. I am begging for Audi to bring back their diesel engines to the United States. The old Q7 diesel was good for over 400 pounds of torque and got suburb fuel economy.

When comparing the Audi Q7 to it’s competition, such as Porsche, BMW, Lexus or Mercedes, they have been focused on making evolutionary minor changes to their vehicles. Yes the cars keep getting better year after year, but I feel like Audi is progressing forward at a much more rapid pace. If is refreshing to see an automotive manufacture take this big of a leap forward with exterior and interior design.

Contact your local dealer to get a look inside the all-new Audi Q7 or click here to visit Audi’s website.

Soak up the sun in the Audi S5 Cabriolet.

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The 2015 Audi S5 Cabriolet is the ideal convertible: it is super fun to drive, sexy, sophisticated, sumptuous, and sporty.

The S5 is an A5 on steroids. It comes equipped with a 333 horsepower super-charged V6 engine, a 7-speed dual clutch transmission, and a sports-tuned suspension. The extra 113 horsepower and quicker shifting gearbox make a huge difference. The optional sports differential greatly improves its agility… This car was built for increased performance.

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The rear of the 2015 Audi S5 Cabriolet is seductive; with a quad-exhaust system that unleashes a powerful roar when you press the gas pedal. The S5’s beautiful exhaust note enhances the driving experience and breathes new life into the meaning “fun in the sun.” I could drive around all day with the top down listening to it.

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Behind the wheel of the 2015 Audi S5 Cabriolet, you are surround by an ultra-sporty and lavish interior. The seats, doors, and steering wheel are wrapped in red and black Napa leather; complete with red stitching on the seats, doors, steering wheel, and gears shifter. The aluminum & black wood inlays on the vehicle I tested created a really unique appearance (see the photos above).

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Just incase you get too much sun, the 2015 Audi S5 Cabriolet provides a really enjoyable experience with the top up. It is very quiet for a traditional soft-top convertible and it looks good too! The Audi A5 and S5 are one of the few convertibles (in my opinion) that look just as good with the top up as they do with the top down. The canvas top fits seamlessly and flows beautifully to the trunk of the car. Speaking of trunks; the Audi S5 Cabriolet offers plenty of trunk space both with the top up and down.

audi-logo Visit your local Audi dealer for more information on the 2015 Audi S5 Cabriolet or click here to visit Audi’s website.

It is the perfect time of year for an Audi A3 Convertible

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New to the Audi North America line up is the A3 series, complete with the A3 sedan and A3 Cabriolet. This is Audi’s new A segment – replacing the A4 as the brand’s entry level vehicle.

Even though the 2015 A3 Cabriolet is an entry level convertible, it is still packed with goodies. 

Under the hood is a fuel efficient 1.8L 4-cylinder engine that offers 170 horsepower and 200 Ib-ft of torque. You can expect to get 35 miles per gallon from the A3 convertible.

For those looking for an extra punch, an optional 2.0L 4-cylinder engine brings the total horsepower up to 220 and the torque to 258 ib-ft. Personally I would opt for the bigger motor because the smaller one seemed under powered for a performance minded car. The bigger engine also adds all-wheel-drive for improved handling and safety on wet roads.

Standard on both models is a six speed S tropic dual-clutch automatic transmission. It is magnificent gearbox, because it shifts faster than a manual transmission and it offers the convenience of an automatic.

The car drives beautifully! It handles well and feels solid on the highway. If you are use to driving big cars, it feels small, but not cramped.

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The interior of the 2015 Audi A3 is sleek and modern. You will noticed a newly designed dash, complete with circular chrome air vents and aluminum trim.

Leather seats are standard on all models – you won’t find that entry level models from Mercedes or BMW.

Personally, I find Audi to have amongst the most comfortable seats on the road. The shape of the seats work well with my back. I drove an Audi A6 round trip from Saint Louis to Ft Lauderdale a few years ago and no back pain. So, I am really glad to see that the A3 features a similar seat design.

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Technology helps set the 2015 Audi A3 apart from the competition. Featured (with the navigation package) is a large multifunctional display that pops out of the dash. Using an LTE data connection, you can access Google Earth to get turn by turn directions, weather, traffic, and restaurant recommendations. Audi is the only manufacturer to feature this type of integration with Google. The pros of a system that uses a wireless data connection are that you always have the most up-to-date maps and traffic data. The downside of a system that use a wireless data connection is that you have to purchase a monthly data plan for your car.

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As with most convertibles, you get a lot of wind noise with the top down. An available wind deflector helps reduce the noise, but then you loose the use of the two rear seats.

Driving with the top up is almost like diving a coupe. The rear glass window is easy to see out of and the top is well insulated.

Whether you have the top up or down, the Audi A3 Cabriolet is a great car! Nothing beats the feeling of a cool breeze blowing through your hair. With temperatures cooling off in South Florida, now is the perfect time to buy a convertible.

The Audi Q7 TDI is Clean, Efficient, and Powerful

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Audi has been perfecting Diesel engine technology in cars since the 1970s. Their latest generation can be seen in the turbo diesel lineup (TDI). Vehicles include the A6, A7, A8, Q5, and Q7. I had the pleasure of testing the 2014 Audi Q7 TDI for a week. 

Diesel Engines Vs Gasoline Engines

audi-v6-3-0-tdiA majority of cars in the United States are gasoline engines. Diesel engines have primarily been reserved for commercial and construction vehicles because they have a reputation of being noisy, but offer increased fuel efficiency and the engines produce a lot of torque. You will see them in semi-trucks, busses, and tractors in the US – Over in Europe you will see them everywhere, from family sedans to sports cars.

Performance Minded Diesel Engines

Modern Diesel engines are breaking the stereotype. By adding turbo chargers, these engines are powerful both at low and high RPMs. They have also been engineered to be quieter and have less vibration than previous generations. In 2006, Audi added a diesel engine to their Le Mans race car, the Audi R10 TDI, and won the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

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Behind the wheel of the Audi Q7 TDI Quattro Tiptronic

The Q7 TDI is Audi’s largest and most powerful SUV. My friend Kyle describes it is a beast! With it’s aggressive styling and high torque engine, I couldn’t agree more. The Xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights are really cool too! Under the hood, you will find a 3.0L 6-cylinder turbo diesel engine that produces 240hp and 406 pounds of torque. The high torque and 8-speed Tiptronic transmission attribute to the car’s quick acceleration (quick for a large SUV).

The model I was driving included some high-tech premium accessories, such as adaptive cruise control, corner view camera system, a navigation system with Google Maps, and a Bang & Olufsen Sound System. The adaptive cruise control is one of my favorite accessories – it adjusts your speed based on the car in front of you. Audi’s navigation system is the best in the world, because it uses Google’s Mapping software to always give current route information. The only downside is that you have to pay for a monthly data plan to use it.

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Inside the car, you will find premium leather seats, aluminum trim finishings, and an Alcantara headliner. The Alcantara headliner added an ultra-luxury feel to the car; The last car I drove with a suede like headliner was the $322,000 Aston Martin Vanquish Volante. You will also find a panoramic sunroof and four zone climate control, both which benefit the rear passengers. The car has three sets of seating, so it can easily fit a family of 7 or carry all of your best buds to a Miami Dolphins game. The power tailgate, rear power outlets, and Bang & Olufsen Sound System will make you the king of the parking lot for tailgating!

The Bang & Olufsen Sound System adds another layer of cool, because the speakers pop out of the dash. B&O also makes the best sound systems in the world. But in order to take full advantaged of the high-definition speakers, you need to be using CDs, an HD radio or satellite radio. Regular FM radio, internet radio, and MP3’s used compressed audio and won’t take full advantage of the sound system.

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The Q7 is also a great car for off-roading and winter weather driving. The all-wheel drive system and electronic stability control will help you grip the road/trail. If you are truly off roading and need extra ground clearance you can raise the car using air suspension. Once you get back on the highway, the car will automatically lower itself to reduce wind resistance and improve fuel economy.

The Audi Q7 TDI is a versatile vehicle. From taking a family road trip, to exploring in the wilderness, the Audi Q7 TDI has you covered. It has got power, great fuel economy, loads of tech, plenty of room, and it can go anywhere.