We have seen the future of off-road vehicles, and it’s the four-seater Audi AI:TRAIL quattro, which aims to combine the capacity for automated driving with superb rugged terrain capabilities. For maximum visibility, the glass surrounding the cabin extends all the way to ground level, wrapping around the front of the vehicle like the cockpit of a helicopte, while its ample battery capacity ensures sufficient range even away from charging stations. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
The 2020 Toyota Supra has already shown to be a tuner’s dream since a new ECU program for the car’s turbocharged 3.0-liter straight six engine generating 340 horsepower and 369 foot-pound of torque, down to the 10s in the quarter mile, but the Tesla Model 3 Performance is no slouch either. At 3,600-pounds, the all-wheel drive, dual-motor Model 3 Performance sports a 75kWh battery producing 450 horsepower and 472 foot-pound of torque. Read more to see how both fared and more.
Set to launch next year, the Audi E-Tron Scooter merges electric skateboard and scooter into one, and can easily be transported by car, bus, or train. Weighing just 26-pounds, the electric scooter can be folded up quickly and then conveniently stored in the back of a car, or pulled like a trolley. The riding stance is similar to when surfing waves, as the rider has one hand free, making it easy to look around and give hand signals. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
The problem with most armored cars is that they just aren’t practical, nor aesthetically pleasing, that is unless…you’re talking about AddArmor’s Audi APR RS7, which is touted as the “world’s fastest armored car”. An APR Stage II system has been installed, boosting the twin-turbo 4.0 L V8 engine to 760 hp and 800 lb-ft of torque, enabling it to hit 60 mph in just 2.9 seconds and top out at 202 mph. Protection wise, it’s been equipped with a polycarbonate weave cocooning that weighs 60% less than ballistic steel but is 10 times stronger, offering European B4 levels of protection, including rounds from a .44 Magnum. Read more for additional pictures and information.
The 2020 Audi R8 LMS GT2 was unveiled today, and it’s the most powerful customer racer yet. It’s set to compete in the inaugural GT2 class of the Stéphane Ratel Organisation (SRO) and is powered by a naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V10 engine generating 630 hp, up from the factory’s 612 hp, thanks to a new beefier exhaust system. All that power is contained in a 2,976 pounds chassis, or about 220 lbs lighter than the GT4-spec variant model, giving it a weight-to-power ratio of 4.6 lbs / hp. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
Revealed at Auto Shanghai 2019, the futuristic Audi AI:ME is an all-electric hatchback that just might be the perfect city car. The vehicle is powered by a 65 kWh battery pack, paired with a synchronous electric motor located at the rear axle, generating a combined 170 hp. What makes it so good for cruising the streets is its Level 4 autonomous driving system, which enables it to drive itself without driver input. The AI system is “capable of learning and thinking, while also being proactive and personal,” said the company. However, you’ll still find a steering wheel and pedals in case of emergency. Read more for another video, additional pictures and information.
Audi’s new spin-off company, Holoride, announced at CES 2019 today that they have teamed up with The Walt Disney Company to bring the virtual reality experience into the backseat of every car. This startup uses an open platform that enables any automaker as well as content developers to create reality formats that fit their vehicles using “elastic content,” which is automatically generated for each journey. Read more for a video and additional information.
Audi‘s new e-tron GT Concept has been officially unveiled at the LA Auto Show, and is a collaboration project between Audi Sport and Porsche. It’s based on the Porsche Taycan platform, has a 248-mile range on a single charge, and can be charged to 80% of its capacity in 20 minutes via its 800-volt system. The combined power output figure of 590hp enables the GT Vision to accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in around 3.5 seconds, while topping out at an electronically limited 149 mph for EV range purposes. Read more for another video, additional pictures and information.
While most eyes are on the L.A. Auto Show, Audi demonstrated its Pop.Up.Next concept at Amsterdam Drone Week. This autonomous flying taxi was made into a ¼-scale model and consists of an autonomous, wheeled, battery-electric chassis that securely holds a detachable, two-seat pod. When flight mode is activated, a special Airbus-designed module lands, hovering over the pod. The chassis then raises the pod until it locks onto the flight module before taking off for the destination. Upon landing, the four-propeller module straddles another chassis, lowers the pod, and then departs on the road. Read more for another video, additional pictures and information.