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Brit car magazine AutoExpress has run an interesting intel report on the upcoming Audi A3. The piece includes several photoshop renders of 3-door and 5-door Sportback variants. And while it doesn't really break any new news intel, the piece does summarize all that is known thus far rather succinctly. In particular detail are a listing of engines and even hybrid and electric drivetrains.
We've spoken enough good about Georg Kacher and his authority on far-reaching intel to perhaps look like a bunch of fanboys of the German/Anglo motor journalist. Fact is, Kacher's got contacts at the highest levels in the board of Audi and other German manufacturers so he usually knows what's what. And even though it may be so far out that it's subject to change,
As the Audi Q3 moves into production and distribution, Automobile Magazine's European contributor and usual suspect in our News & Rumors coverage Georg Kacher has filed an intel report on Ingolstadt's master plan toward crossover expansion. Turns out Q7, Q5 and now Q3 are only the beginning.
Here's a quick run-down.
Auto Motor und Sport has run a collection of photos of the Q5 above, caught rounding the Nurburgring Nordschleife and doing high-speed testing. We'll admit, while the crossover segment has left us cold at times, seeing this Q5 with large 20-inch wheels, lower suspension, Audi's beefier Euro-only off-road optics kit with flares and aluminum accenting makes us get it. That was
Target: Audi A9 Coupe and Cabriolet
Arrival: 2014 at earliest
Source: Michael Dick, Audi Board of Management via Georg Kacher, Automobile Magazine)
Audi has made no secret of an aggressive push to grow its model lineup and to do so, Ingolstadt is readying a dizzying mix of new models.
Regular readers of this website are undoubtedly familiar with what we mean when we use the word "intel". On this site we strive our best to not only know as much as we can about future Audi product via our many friends and contacts within Audi, but also be able to spot false rumors or identify reliable sources in the press. Knowing
Inside Line's European editor Alistair Weaver attended the first British wave of the Audi A6 launch event in Italy recently and, while there, had a chance to sit down with Audi Group design chief Wolfgang Egger. The conversation touched on several future product topics. Here's a quick rundown.
We first heard about the upcoming 4.0T FSI several years ago from a highly-placed source as a likely candidate for future S8, S6, S7 and even RS variants as Audi downsizes out of V10s. We've even written about it several times ( HERE , HERE , HERE , and HERE ). Bentley even confirmed their own intent to use the motor in their Paris press release about the