Short Stories – 2016 Audi USA Models

This post is a part of a series we recently started, to give you quick but informative summaries of every model available from a vehicle manufacturer in the USA. These posts should give you enough information to decide whether a particular model fits your needs as an owner and driver. Once you have read these summaries, you can choose to explore each model further using the vehicle manufacturer’s site or other sources. You can see our previous posts 2015 BMW Models HERE2016 Porsche Models HERE, and 2016 Mazda Models HERE.

This week we are highlighting a brand that has quickly risen to the top of the luxury market – Audi. Here are summaries of all 2016 Audi USA models, as well as a couple of game-changing 2017 models that will arrive in US showrooms in early 2016. Enjoy!

Audi A3

Audi A3The first step for motorists wanting to experience the emerging appeal of Germany’s Audi brand, the A3 is a premium compact vehicle fueled by even more possibilities for 2016. Returning as a sedan and cabriolet variant, the 2016 Audi A3 comes standard-equipped with a ten-speaker audio system, automatic climate control and Xenon plus headlights with LED daytime running lights. Comfortably configured as a four-passenger vehicle, the 2016 A3 Cabriolet models feature a retractable soft top is electro-hydraulically operated. Both the sedan and cabriolet body style 2016 Audi A3 cars are available with the choice of a front-wheel driven 1.8-liter or a 2.0-liter TFSI gasoline engine matched with quattro all-wheel drive. TDI diesel power 2.0-liter powerplant can also be paired with the A3 sedan providing up to 43 miles per gallon highway fuel mileage. A first for Audi, the 2016 model year will introduce a plug-in hybrid powertrain to the A3 line-up  capable of travelling up to 31 miles on electricity alone. Marking the return of the vehicle in hatchback form, the A3 Sportback e-tron combines a liquid-cooled electric motor/generator with a 1.4-liter TFSI gasoline range extender. For all models of the 2016 Audi A3, heated mirrors and washer nozzles are now standard exterior items while the cabin adds the aluminum interior package. Rear view camera and parking system plus becomes standard safety equipment across the 2016 A3 line-up. Optional with the MMI navigation plus package, Audi connect provides occupants of the A3 4G LTE connectivity.

Audi A4

Audi A4The Audi A4 has solidly remained the German premium auto company’s most popular car. Capturing the essence of Audi’s bigger sedans, the 2016 A4 is priced comfortably within reach of upscale vehicle buyers. The instantly identifiable exterior styling of the A4 four-door sedan is offered in Premium and Premium Plus trim levels. On the Premium model A4, Xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights and a sunroof come as standard equipment on the outside. Three-zone climate controls, eight-way power adjustable front seats and a 10-speaker sound system with Audi concert radio are included inside the Audi A4 Premium variant. Upgrades performed on the Premium Plus version of the 2016 Audi A4 rewards owners with heated front seats and Audi advanced key. An optional MMI Navigation plus system package now includes a 4G LTE wireless connection through Audi connect. Standard equipped as front-wheel drive with a continuously variable transmission, the 2016 Audi A4 is also offered with popular quattro all-wheel drive. With quattro all-wheel drive, the A4 operates with either a six-speed manual transmission or a seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch gearbox. Powerplant choices for the 2016 Audi A6 consist of a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine producing 220 horsepower.

Audi A5

Audi A5As either a coupe and cabriolet convertible, the 2016 Audi A5 pampers the driver with distinguishing modern personal luxury. The A5 Coupe and A5 Cabriolet feature handsome styling that is now enhanced by the standard inclusion of the S line exterior appearance group for 2016. An exquisite four-passenger interior for the 2016 A5 models features ten-way power adjustable front seats, three-zone automatic climate control and a ten-speaker sound system. Providing Premium and Premium Plus trim levels, the A5 Premium Plus model adds Audi advanced key, heated front seats and a 12-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system. For 2016, the Audi A5’s character can be augmented to a further degree through an optional appearance package. The S line competition plus package is affixes 19-inch gloss black painted wheels and rear lip spoiler to the exterior of the 2016 A5. The interior of S line competition package models gains a 3-spoke flat bottom steering wheel, piano black inlays and front sport seats finished in a leather/Alcantara fabric. For convertible models of the 2016 A5, buyers can now choose a Red Acoustic top. Powering the 2016 A5, a 2.0-liter TFSI engine generates 220 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. On the coupe, a six-speed manual transmission is standard equipment while an eight-speed Tiptronic automatic is optional. The Tiptronic comes standard on the 2016 A5 Cabriolet. On the entire A5 model line, a quattro all-wheel drive system assures the vehicle’s handler is provided with optimized traction.

Audi A6

Audi A6Redressed to impress, the Audi A6 sedan enters the 2016 model year edgier than ever before. Initial changes noted for 2016 is a redesigned front and rear portion projecting a sportier intent. Besides tweaks to the design, the biggest change for the 2016 Audi A6 comes with a refined selection of gasoline engines. A new 2.0-liter TFSI four-cylinder base engine produces 252 horsepower (a 32-horsepower improvement over its 2015 counterpart). Front-wheel drive models of the 2016 Audi A6 receive a 7-speed S tronic double-clutch transmission while quattro all-wheel drive models operate with an eight-speed Tiptronic gearbox. The 3.0-liter powerplant’s output also increases for 2016 from 310 to 333 horsepower. Under the influence of the larger supercharged gasoline powerplant, the A6 sedan can accelerate from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 5.1 seconds. A 3.0-liter TDI diesel engine is also offered on the Audi A6 for 2016 producing 240 horsepower and 428 pound-feet of torque. Trim levels for the 2016 A6 consist of a Premium, Premium Plus and Prestige choice. Only offered with the 2.0-liter engine, the A6 Premium model comes standard with Xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights and a 10-speaker audio system. The Premium Plus trim gains power-adjustable mirrors while A6 models with the 3.0-liter and TDI engines receive MMI Navigation plus as standard. For 2016, an upgraded Audi MMI system for the A6 sedan provides 4G LTE data as well as in-car Wi-Fi connections. LED headlights and a Bose 14-speaker stereo system are attached to the top-trimmed 2016 Audi A6 Prestige. 

Audi A7 Sportback

Audi A7Fulfilling the role of performance and practicality in its sharp, five-door appearance, the Audi A7 Sportback has definitely been a standout in the German premium brand’s line-up. Conforming to a 0.30 drag coefficient, the Audi A7 Sportback features a most athletically-gifted design. Sportier for 2016, the Audi A7 Sportback features enhanced styling and livelier engine power. The refreshed front end of the A7 Sportback project a modernized version of Audi’s Singleframe grille while the rear incorporates trapezoidal tailpipes. Standard full LED headlights and taillights are found on all A7 Sportback models for 2016. Offered in Premium Plus and Prestige trim levels, the 2016 Audi A7 Sportback comes standard equipped with five-passenger seating. Premium Plus trim A7 Sportback includes the MMI navigation plus system. For 2016, the Audi A7 Sportback will continue to offer both a gasoline or diesel powerplant choice. A supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 produces 333 horsepower while the TDI version of the 2016 A7 Sportback generates a brawny 428 pound-feet of torque.

Audi A8

Audi A8Built on the flagship sedan platform for the Audi line-up, the A8 is designed to provide a luxurious driving and/or riding experience when chauffeured. A full-sized vehicle, European styling and German engineering translates in a sedan that achieves a drag coefficient up to 0.26. The 2016 Audi A8 is offered in a regular 117.8-inch wheelbase model as well as a 122.9-inch longer wheelbase version delivering greater rear passenger space. The highest-placed sedan in the 2016 Audi line-up, the A8 comes standard equipped with many top-tier technology items. Full LED headlights, MMI navigation plus with touch screen and voice controls, 14-speaker Bose Surround Sound System as well as Audi connect in-car Wi-Fi are included for no extra cost. Safety-related technology has been upgraded on the 2016 A8 with available features including Audi active lane assist, night vision assistant and adaptive cruise control with stop & Go. Audi’s quattro all-wheel drive is also standard on the 2016 A8 presented with four engine options. The base engine for the 2016 Audi A8 is a supercharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder powerplant. An eight-cylinder 4.0-liter TFSI power unit producing up to 435 horsepower provides additional momentum for A8 buyers. New for 2016, the 4.0-liter TFSI engine is accompanied by a Sport trim package adding performance-tailored exterior components such as a rear diffuser. For executives with a serious need to make a meeting, a 500-horsepower W-12 engine is offered. TDI and W12 versions of the Audi A8 are only sold as long wheelbase models. All Audi A8 models combine engine power with an eight-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission.

Audi Allroad

Audi allroadFor drivers who appreciate utility from a luxury car brand but are not attracted to the familiar fare of crossover vehicles, the 2016 Audi Allroad boasts sophistication and all-weather driving capability. Based on the A4 platform, the Audi Allroad is a wagon sourced from Europe. Enriched by Audi’s classy car styling, terrain conquering features such as stainless steel underbody protection and a 7.1-inch ground clearance establishes the Allroad as more than a comfort-oriented hauler. A specially calibrated suspension system is fitted to the 2016 Allroad along with 18-inch wheels. Audi’s quattro all-wheel drive is standard on the Allroad providing adaptive power distribution for optimized handling. Engine power for the 2015 Audi Allroad is delivered from a 2.0-liter TFSI engine that produces 220 horsepower. The powerplant is paired with an eight-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission. With all five passengers seated inside, the Allroad’s cargo capacity is rated at 27.6 cubic feet. A maximum cargo space of 50.5 cubic feet is obtainable when the rear seating row is folded down. The Audi Allroad is offered in Premium and Premium Plus trim for 2016. Xenon plus headlights with LED daytime running lights, power tailgate, eight-way power front seats and a panoramic sunroof is standard on the Allroad through the Premium trim level. Allroad Premium Plus models add heated front seats and Audi advanced key.

Audi Q3

Audi Q3Introduced last year, the long-awaited Audi Q3 is an affordable gateway to premium crossover vehicle ownership. Sharing a platform with the successful, new A3, the 2016 Audi Q3 employs the charm of the Q5 in more compact proportions. After just one year in the United States vehicle market, the Q3 is the recipient of a noticeable redesign. A new front fascia incorporate, sportier-looking larger side grilles, a reshaped Singleframe grille and new Xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights. Bumpers panels have been redesigned for the front and rear of the 2016 Q3. Also new for 2016, the Audi Q3 features a standard panoramic sunroof. The interior of the Q3 crossover is also reformatted for 2016 with a redesigned climate control display and standard conveniences such as Audi advanced key and an electronic parking brake. In addition to the base Premium Plus trim, the 2016 Q3 can also be ordered in a Prestige trim level. The Audi Q3 Prestige models include standard full LED headlights, Audi side assist, MMI navigation plus and a 14-speaker Bose Surround Sound System. Power for the 2016 Audi is sourced from a 2.0-liter TFSI engine mated with a six-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission. With the choice of quattro all-wheel drive or a front-wheel drive, the 2016 Q3 is the only Audi crossover vehicle offered with a two-wheel drive option.

Audi Q5

Audi Q5The 2016 Audi Q5 is a five-passenger crossover that smartly fits between the Q3 and Q7 model. In the middle of the Audi premium utility vehicle line-up, the Q5 excels in becoming the center of attention. Gasoline-powered, turbocharged diesel and a hybrid model of the Audi Q5 are offered for 2016. Conventional gasoline engine propulsion for the Q5 comes from a 220-horsepower 2.0 TFSI or a 272-horsepower 3.0-liter TFSI powerplant. Capable of achieving 31-mile per gallon fuel economy on the highway, the Q5 TDI diesel operates in the form of a 3.0-liter engine generating 428 pound-feet of torque. Delivering fuel economy almost comparably equal to the Q5 TDI, the Audi Q5 Hybrid combines a 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engine with an electric motor. Total power output of the 2016 Audi Q5 Hybrid is 245 horsepower. All engine choices offered with the 2016 Audi Q5 arrive with an eight-speed Tiptronic transmission linked to quattro all-wheel drive. The Premium trim level comes standard with the 2.0-liter TFSI equipped models of the 2016 Audi Q5 consisting of Xenon plus headlights with LED daytime running lights, leather seating and a panoramic sunroof. Available with the 2.0-liter engined Q5 but standard with the 3.0-liter TFSI and 3.0-liter TDI models, the Premium Plus trim includes heated seats, stainless steel door and trunk sill inlays and power-adjustable, heated mirrors. The 3.0-liter gasoline and diesel powerplant of the 2016 Q5 can also be paired with the Prestige trim. Audi side assist, Parking system plus with a rear view camera, MMI navigation plus and a 14-speaker Bang & Olufsen Sound System is standard with the Q5 Prestige. The three-spoke multifunction steering wheel is now standard on all models of the Audi Q5.

Audi Q7 (2015)

Audi Q7Audi’s first crossover vehicle brand that originally demonstrated the merger of quattro all-wheel drive with abundant utility, the Q7 presents maturity and luxury comfort for up to seven passengers. The 2015 model year Audi Q7 is offered in three distinct power trims. The entry-level Q7 features a 3.0-liter supercharged engine generating 280 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. Prepared with the same engine but operating with higher boost pressure from the supercharger, the 2015 Audi Q7 S Line model is propelled through 333 horsepower. 20-inch wheels and unique body components are also included on the S Line version of the Audi crossover vehicle. For luxury buyers seeking fuel economy measured at an average of 22 miles per gallon, the Q7 TDI diesel model delivers premium performance. The 3.0-liter TDI generates 240 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque. The 2015 Audi Q7 engine line-up is married to an eight-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission. Offered in Premium, Premium Plus and Prestige trim levels, standard equipment on the Q7 includes Xenon plus headlights with LED daytime running lights, power tailgate, leather seating and heated front seats. Opting for the Q7 Premium Plus model, MMI navigation plus unit, 14-speaker Bose Surround Sound System and panoramic sunroof is added as high-end equipment. Standard with the Audi Q7 S Line, the Prestige trim provides four-zone climate control and a corner view camera system. For 2015, the Audi Q7 adds two available exterior appearance packages (Offroad Style Plus and the Sport Style Plus package). With a new Q7 on the horizon for 2017, the 2015 model year version of Audi’s seven-passenger will be available for a little bit longer.

Audi Q7 (2017)

2017 Audi Q7Leading by example since 2006, the Audi Q7 premium crossover’s second decade of sales is driven by a completely redesigned vehicle. The all-new 2017 model year Q7’s position as the flagship for the Audi crossover utility line-up exhibits some of the German luxury car company’s cutting-edge engineering and technology. Adhering to a 0.32 drag coefficient, the new exterior shape of the Audi Q7 is prominently detailed by a bold Singleframe grille with metallic accents. Headlights with LED daytime running lights merge into the shape of the Q7’s grille. Masculine body lines are integrated along the side and arrive at a bold rear tailgate. Through extensive design and adaptation of lightweight materials, the next-generation Audi Q7 drops an incredible 716.5 pounds. The body structure itself is 156.5 pounds lighter than the previous model. Despite being 1.5 inches shorter than the model it replaces, cabin dimensions have grown for the new Audi Q7. Seven-passenger comfort is provided in a spacious, sophisticated interior. The standard deluxe air conditioning and an all-new Audi MMI system are components of a new layout featuring a decreased the number of buttons for a sleeker, cleaner look. Optional MMI navigation plus system on the new Audi Q7 is also offered with Audi’s 12.3-inch virtual cockpit with customized views. American-bound 2017 Q7s will immediately present the choice of turbocharged gasoline power or the momentum of Audi’s TDI clean diesel propulsion. A 3.0-liter TFSI six-cylinder engine produces 333 horsepower paired with quattro all-wheel drive. Providing greater driving range, the new Audi Q7’s 3.0-liter TDI engine gains output with the new-generation crossover. For 2017, the TDI powerplant provides 272 horsepower and more than 442 pound-feet of torque. Audi also plans to offer a smaller gasoline-propelled model of the 2017 Q7 as a fuel efficient option. The 2.0-liter TFSI produces 252 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. The 2.0-liter TFSI engine is slated for later introduction in the United States. Standard quattro all-wheel drive and an eight-speed Tiptronic transmission have been redesigned to operate more cooperatively. A high-tech adaptive cruise control, Audi active lane assist, air suspension and all-wheel steering are available high-tech driving pleasures with the new Q7.

Audi R8 (2017)

2017 Audi R8An instant hit when first introduced in 2007, an all-new, second-generation Audi R8 fills some lofty tire tracks for the 2017 model year. Expected to go on sale during spring of 2016, the new R8 After a first-generation model that propelled Audi quickly to the zenith of high-performance supercars, the German auto company’s latest iteration preserves a great deal of original vehicle’s allure. A hexagonal Singleframe grille and a split to the R8’s ‘side blades’ behind the cabin doors are among two major changes. Increased use of lightweight materials such as carbon fiber and aluminum results in a lighter yet stronger new-generation Audi R8. For the introductory year of the R8, ten-cylinder engine power will be the source of standard performance. Base trim Audi R8s equipped with the new 5.2-liter V-10 pumps out 540 horsepower that also includes cylinder-on-demand technology that will automatically turn off cylinders in order to save fuel under certain driving conditions. An R8 Plus model will be powered by a similar V-10 engine has been tuned to erupt with 610 horsepower. The Audi R8 Plus’ top speed is rated at 205 miles per hour while 0 to 60-mile per hour acceleration is accessed to take just 3.2 seconds. The interior of the new Audi R8 will employ performance-oriented two-passenger comfort with a strong emphasis placed around the driver. The 2016 R8 is the latest recipient of Audi’s innovative virtual cockpit multifunction display. The 12.3-inch virtual cockpit is a customizable instrument panel that configures vital driving information based on the motorist’s preference. Gaining a new kind of attention for the Audi R8 is the slated arrival of a long-awaited e-tron version of the supercar. Estimated to produce more than 450 horsepower, the all-electric Audi R8 e-tron will be a rear-wheel drive vehicle is said to up to 280 miles on a charge.

Audi RS7 Sportback

When the RS7 Sportback was introduced in 2013, the high-performance vehicle was rated as the most powerful production cars Audi built. While the Audi R8 has since produced more potent models, The Audi RS7 Sportback still provides better practicality and pricing than the supercar. Propelled by a 560 horsepower, twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 engine, the 2016 RS7 Sportback produces some stunning performance figures with the aid of an eight-speed Tiptronic transmission and a quattro all-wheel drive system with sport differential, the Audi RS7 Sportback records 0 to 60-mile per hour acceleration times in 3.7 seconds. Top speed for the RS7 Sportback is electronically-limited at 174 miles per hour. Thanks to a sport-tuned air suspension system, large brakes and a dynamic steering system the 2016 Audi RS7 Sportback can pride itself for being just as accomplished in corners as it is in a straight line. Standard 20-inch forged alloy wheels complete the striking outer aesthetics for the vehicle. In addition to the standard exterior appearance, the RS7 Sportback’s look can be altered with option aluminum and carbon styling packages. Full LED headlights and taillights, adaptive rear spoiler and unique oval exhaust outlets characterize the high-powered Audi’s exterior. Inside the four-passenger cabin area featuring Valcona leather seating and four-zone automatic climate control, the 2016 Audi RS7 Sportback’s interior includes carbon fiber inlays for a high-end performance touch. The driver of the RS7 Sportback grips a three-spoke multifunction flat-bottom steering wheel with shifter paddles. Audi’s MMI navigation plus system, Audi connect and a 14-speaker Bose Surround Sound System with AudioPilot noise compensation is also found standard on the 2016 RS7 Sportback.

Audi S3

Adding some performance flavor to the A3 sedan, the 2016 Audi S3 presents itself as a stunning sport compact. The 2016 Audi S3 is powered by a highly-potent inline four-cylinder that uses turbocharging and gasoline direct injection. The 2.0-liter TFSI generates a stout 292 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. Standard quattro all-wheel drive and a six-speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission efficiently transfers engine power to the ground in a manner resulting in 0 to 60-mile per hour acceleration times of 4.7 seconds. A sport suspension and high-performance braking is included on the 2016 Audi S3. New options for the 2016 S3 include a black optic performance package and red-colored brake calipers. Providing customizable adjustment for comfort or performance is an optional Audi magnetic ride sport suspension. Exterior styling for the four-door sedan features S-model items such as front and rear diffuser blades, Platinum Gray matte front grille as well as a trunk lip spoiler. Summer tires on 18-inch wheels are standard with the Audi S3. Inside, motorists of the S3 receive information from an eight-color driver information system. Offered in Premium Plus and Prestige trim, the high-rated version of the 2016 Audi S3 adds LED headlights as well as adaptive cruise control.

Audi S4

The performance model of Audi’s popular A4 sedan, the 2016 S4 provides a fast way for German luxury car fans without a hug price tag. The Audi S exterior appearance package for the S4 adds a Platinum Gray Singleframe grille and aluminum trim pieces. Standard 18-inch parallel-spoke wheels companioned with summer performance tires conceal enlarged braking discs for the 2016 Audi S4. A sport-tuned suspension system combined with electromechanical power steering provides the S4 with steady handling and cornering deserving of a sport sedan. With an output of 333 horsepower, a supercharged FSI 3.0-liter six-cylinder powerplant delivers bountiful performance. Engine power for the Audi S4’s powerplant is channelled through either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch gearbox. Receiving a 113-horsepower engine output boost over the 2016 Audi A4, the S4 quattro all-wheel drive launches the sedan from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 4.9 seconds. Top speed for the 2016 Audi S4 is electronically-limited at 155 miles per hour. Offered in Premium Plus and Prestige trim levels, the Audi S4 comes included with a treasure trove of conveniences. Xenon plus headlights, 12-way power front seats and Audi advanced key is included on the Premium Plus model. The Audi S4 Prestige model adds MMI navigation plus, 14-speaker Bang & Olufsen Sound System and Audi connect in-car Wi-Fi with a six-month trial subscription.

Audi S5

No RS5 for the 2016 model year means the S5 is the highest performance level available for Audi’s personal luxury coupe range. Offered with both the coupe and drop-top cabriolet, the 2016 Audi S5 is powered by a supercharged FSI 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine. Generating 333 horsepower, the S5 presents a considerable power boost over the A5 resulting in quicker acceleration. Offered with either a six-speed manual gearbox or a seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission combined with Audi’s quattro all-wheel drive, the 2016 S5 Coupe storms from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 4.9 seconds (1.2 seconds faster than possible with the A5 Coupe). Large diameter disc brakes and a sport suspension are standard on the 2016 Audi S5. A sport differential is optional on the S5 providing the possibility for even better power distribution for performance driving. Styled with a Platinum Gray Singleframe grille and an integrated rear spoiler, the S5 is identified by unique 18-inch wheels wearing summer performance tires. With the 2016 Audi S5 Cabriolet, a retractable soft top can be fully deployed in just 17 seconds. Offered in Premium Plus and Prestige trim levels, the 2016 S5 arrives with standard Xenon plus headlights with LED daytime running lights, Audi advanced key and a 14-speaker Bang & Olufsen Sound System. The top-trimmed Prestige model includes MMI navigation plus, parking system with rear view camera, Audi side assist and Audi connect. A Black Optic Plus appearance package is all-new for the Audi S5 adding 20-inch 5-double spoke wheels and black-colored exterior mirror housings.

Audi S6

Balancing luxury and performance, the Audi S6 is a sleek sport sedan delivering even more quattro all-wheel drive power to the ground for the 2016 model year. The S6’s twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 engine arrives re-energized for 2016. With 30 extra horsepower, the now 450-horsepower powerplant also generates 406 pound-feet of torque. The TFSI engine of the 2016 Audi S6 is matched with a seven-speed S tronic transmission that channels propulsion through the performance-oriented all-wheel drive system. Acceleration from 0 to 60 miles per hour is accomplished in a time of just 4.4 seconds. The S6’s ride is furnished through a sport-calibrated suspension that also includes Audi’s adaptive air suspension. Optional on the Audi S6 is a sport differential that gains improved responsiveness thanks to revised software for 2016. Illuminating a path with LED headlamps, the 2016 S6 exterior improves on the A6 sedan’s smart, aerodynamic look with a body-color rear spoiler and a mirror housing finished in aluminum. Special 19-inch wheels are mounted to standard summer tires for optimized road grip under warm, dry driving. For 2016, the cockpit of the Audi S6 features a flat-bottom, three-spoke steering wheel, aluminum pedals and a revised ‘quattro’ badge. An eight-color driver information system as well as a high-tech MMI Navigation plus is also standard on the Audi S6.

Audi S7 Sportback

Combining Audi’s revolutionary sport fastback with eight-cylinder engine power, the 2016 S7 Sportback can effectively blow the doors off competing conventional sport sedans. Unique front and rear fascia panels as well as side sills allow buyers to quickly identify the S7 Sportback from the A7 model. Larger disc brakes as well as a sport-tuned air suspension standard on the Audi S7 Sportback delivers a lively performance feel. Dynamic steering system and a sport differential are optional equipment. The Audi S7 Sportback’s interior differs greatly from A7 thanks to second row seating configured strictly for two passengers. Therefore, total seating capacity for the S7 Sportback is rated at four passengers. Valcona leather upholstery with a contrast diamond pattern stitching details the interior with a high-end touch for the S7 Sportback. For 2016, the performance of the Audi S7 Sportback has more reasons to challenge other premium vehicles in a straight line. An improved twin-turbocharged V-8 engine is the power source for the S7 Sportback for 2016. Gaining 30 horsepower over its 2015 predecessor, the 2016 Audi S7 Sportback’s TFSI powerplant generates 450 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque. Paired with a seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission and quattro all-wheel drive, the S7 Sportback’s engine can send the vehicle from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 4.5 seconds. Standard features included on the 2016 Audi S7 Sportback include full LED headlights, power tailgate, four-zone automatic climate control, 14-speaker Bose Surround Sound System, Audi side assist with pre sense rear safety program.

Audi S8

Powerful in the delivery of performance and luxury, the 2016 Audi S8 is purposeful as a large, high-end sedan. Projecting an extra level of sport brawn compared to the A8, the Audi S8’s exterior features unique front and rear fascias along with striking side sills. The 2016 S8 is also distinguished by summer performance tires mounted to 21-inch wheels. Unlike the Audi A8 line, the S8 is only offered in a regular wheelbase model. Sport-tuned suspension and a quattro all-wheel drive combined with a sport differential allow the large Audi sedan to skillfully react to the road surface. Fitted with a 4.0-liter TFSI V-8 engine with an output of 520 horsepower, the 2016 Audi S8 roars from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 3.9 seconds. Coordinating with the character of a luxury flagship sedan as well as a four-door sport vehicle, the interior of the 2016 Audi S8 is equipped with Valcona leather upholstery, decorative inlays and an Alcantara headliner. Four-zone automatic climate control, 22-way power-adjustable front seats and dual-pane acoustic glass provide a high level of comfort for up to five occupants. For luxury premium infotainment, Audi’s MMI Navigation plus unit is presented inside the S8 alongside a 14-speaker Bose Surround Sound System. Bluetooth and Audi connect in-car Wi-Fi is also included inside the 2016 Audi S8 sedan.

Audi SQ5

Bringing Audi’s RS-rated brand performance to the Q5 crossover for the first time in 2014, the SQ5 shows the full potential of quattro all-wheel drive paired with a utility-themed vehicle. The 2016 Audi SQ5 sports a unique front fascia, specially-tuned suspension, 15-inch front brake discs, 20-inch wheels wearing summer performance tires as well as S model quad exhaust outlets. Xenon plus headlights with LED daytime running lights is included standard on the SQ5 crossover. North American versions of the SQ5 differ from the European model on the basis of using a gasoline engine rather than a TDI diesel powerplant. Resulting in a 3.0-liter supercharged engine for the 2016 Audi SQ5, the powerplant produces 354 horsepower and 346 pound-feet of torque. Fitted with an eight-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission, the 2016 SQ5 soars from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 5.1 seconds. Through Audi drive select, handling can be tailored to road conditions or the driver’s mood. Accompanying the performance, the five-passenger interior of the 2016 Audi SQ5 delivers impressive space. When the second-row seating is folded down, the SQ5’s cargo volume is rated at 57.3 cubic feet. The Audi SQ5 is provided as a Premium Plus and Prestige trim level for 2016. Panoramic sunroof and Audi advanced key is standard on the Premium Plus model. The Prestige trim version of the SQ5 adds Audi side assist, Bang & Olufsen Sound System, MMI Navigation plus system and Audi connect.                  

Audi TT

Audi TTThe Audi TT enters the 2016 model year debuting the third-generation iteration of the eye-catching sports car. Gaining sharper exterior lines, the 2016 Audi TT projects a clean and focused performance stance. A bold, front end with hexagonal Singleframe grille, full LED headlights are now standard on the TT. Offered in TT Coupe or the open-top TT Roadster, the Audi sports car boasts a lighter, stiffer structure for its third-generation in the marketplace. Propelled through quattro permanent all-wheel drive, the TT’s handling can be augmented through the Audi drive select mode. For 2016, the performance level of the sports car is defined by TT and the more powerful TTS model offered only as a coupe. Powered by a 2.0-liter TFSI engine generating 220 horsepower, the TT manages power to the all-wheel drive system through a six-speed dual-clutch transmission. Featuring 19-inch wheels, standard magnetic ride control and two exclusive exterior colors, one of the most notable enhancements with the TTS Coupe is a powerplant upgrade. The 2.0-liter TFSI engine included with the 2016 Audi TTS produces 292 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. In coupe form, the TT accelerates from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 5.3 seconds while the TTS accomplishes the same feat in 4.6 seconds. The Audi TT Roadster is rated as a pure two-seater while the TT Coupe is configured as a 2+2 passenger. A central component to the driving experience inside the 2016 Audi TT is the 12.3-inch virtual cockpit display. Another interior design feature of note is the integrated HVAC controls. A nine-speaker and 12-way power front sport seats are included on the TT model. A special Launch Edition version of the Audi TTS Coupe will commemorate the debut of the third-generation sports car with a strict run of 75 cars.

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Last Updated: August 17, 2015

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