Audi launches All-New 2013 S6, S7, S8 Models

AJAX, ON, Sept. 12, 2012 /CNW/ – For the 2013 model year the Audi line-up will grow with a number of new additions to the portfolio. Few models will have more presence than the new S6, S7 and S8 which will make their Canadian debut today at the all new Audi Lauzon Terminal.

Audi S6

Audi S6

All three models will be beneficiaries of the new 4.0 TFSI V8, producing 420hp in the S6 and S7, while the S8 will have an output of 520hp. The engine of each of these 3 models will feature cylinder on demand technology, allowing it to reduce the number of utilized cylinders from eight to four. The transition from eight to four happens in less than four hundred thousandths of a second, and helps reduce CO2 emissions as well as improve fuel economy. The S6 and S7 come equipped with a seven speed S tronic transmission, while the S8 utilizes an eight speed tiptronic. Continue reading

2008 Audi TT 3.2 Quattro Roadster – Road Test

Road Test: 2008 Audi TT 3.2 Quattro Roadster
Text: Iain Shankland / Images: Gail & Iain Shankland

If you’ve already read my review on the 2008 TT coupe, you’ll know how much I LOVE that car -it’s unbelievable. I strongly advise you to read that review before proceeding any further, because the Roadster is not as spectacular as the coupe. Naturally you’d think that a convertible would be more desirable than a coupe any day, and in most cases I’d agree – but I’d be remiss if I didn’t explain the one major fault with the Roadster at this point. It’s down to one thing -the 3.2 litre V-6 engine. It’s a dog. Let me elaborate.

Having fallen in love with the coupe, I was excited about driving the Roadster the very next week. If the 4-cylinder engine was spectacular, then logic dictates that a larger and more powerful V-6 would be icing on the cake. Pulling into the parking lot, I spot the Roadster right away -it’s a silver/gold colour with a hint of beige or green -depending on the sunlight, quite unique looking. As with the coupe, the Roadster is a great looking car. Pictures certainly don’t do it justice.

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2008 Audi A4 Cabriolet – Road Test

Road Test: 2008 Audi A4 Cabriolet
Text: Iain Shankland / Images: Iain Shankland/Audi

When I saw the Audi A4 Cabriolet I liked it a lot and I couldn’t wait to drive it. If you’ve read any of my other road tests, you’ll how much I love the Audi TT – both the Coupe and the Roadster. The A3 is a very nice car, but the 3.2 litre engine just isn’t my cup of tea.

Well I finally got my hands on the A4 Cabriolet – it’s now been replaced by the A5 Cabriolet and not a moment too soon!! To say I was deeply disappointed with the A4 would be an understatement.

How bad was it?  Imagine if you will this scenario… you see a pretty girl across the street – she’s pretty close to your dream girl (let’s call her.. oh I don’t know.. Jennifer Aniston). You get her phone number from a friend of hers, you give her a call and goodness me! She agrees to a date! You shave, shower and put on your best duds, ring the doorbell and who answers the door? Ugly Betty!!!

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2008 Audi TT Coupe 2.0 – Road Test

Road Test: 2008 Audi TT Coupe 2.0
Text & Images: Iain Shankland

It had to happen sooner or later! After more than two years at the top of my “I’d buy it, money-no-object list – my beloved Mazda RX8 has been unceremoniously shoved aside. I didn’t see this one coming, it completely blind-sided me. I knew one day it would happen – I just didn’t think it would come from Audi.

I liked the previous model of the TT, but when Audi re-designed it for 2007 I took more than a passing interest in it. It looked more grown up, and less of a “Girlie Car.” Early reports were positive that yes indeed it was manlier – so I HAD to get my mitts on one. It took a while to coordinate my schedule with Audi’s, but it was well worth the wait.

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2007 Audi A3 S Line – Road Test

Road Test: 2007 Audi A3 S Line
Text & Images: Iain Shankland

In Europe the hatchback still rules supreme, but for some reason North Americans just don’t have the same love for them – or is it the manufacturers who tell us we ain’t gettin’ them?! The premium compact class of vehicles is another area that is thriving in Europe, but something we’ve never really taken to over here. For example – do you remember a few years ago BMW came out with the 316 – a little bare-bones hatchback that was reasonably cheap but no one bought them? Acura has abandoned the RSX hatchback last year, while Mercedes has had a bit of success with the C230 coupe. However, things are changing in this segment. First BMW brought us the MINI and then Audi launched the A3 and Volvo is coming out with the new S30 hatchback (it may even be on dealer lots as you read this). BMW are probably going to launch the 1 series over here soon, and there are probably more compact luxury hatchbacks on the way.

The Audi A3 2.0T (turbo) was first introduced to North America in May 2005, and has now been joined by a new A3 3.2 Litre V6 with quattro® all-wheel-drive. According to Audi, the A3 offers “TT-like performance and sophistication with the versatility of its four-door design and cargo area.” In other words: a more usable Audi with room for five, all neatly packaged in a hatchback. If you’ve read any of my previous articles you know how much I favor hatchbacks over sedans, so this A3 should be the perfect car for me, right? Let’s find out.
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