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Audi TT Sportback Revealed

Sep 25, 2014 - 4:51 PM - by AutoGuide.com


Sketches for an upcoming Audi concept car have leaked ahead of its debut.

It appears that the German automaker will unveil yet another concept based on its new TT model, this time around opting with a four-door coupe design called the Audi TT Sportback concept. Drawing inspiration from the Teutonic design of Audiís next-generation sports car, the TT Sportback concept is a five-door liftback model with seating for four while sporting a size similar to the Audi A3 sedan.

Audi has been adamant that it plans to expand the TT family of vehicles and recently confirmed that a third variant is in the works. Earlier this year, the company previewed a possible crossover based on the TT and now itís gauging interest to see how enthusiasts feel about a four-door coupe.

In concept form the TT Sportback will be built on the companyís MQB platform and will be powered by a 2.0-liter TFSI turbocharged engine sporting around 400 hp to all four wheels.
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2014 Audi S4 Review

Sep 02, 2014 - 5:18 AM - by AutoGuide.com

The perfect all-around car?

Are you in the market for a luxurious four-door family car with a usable trunk and decent fuel mileage but are unwilling to sacrifice sporty driving dynamics at the altar of practicality? Audi may have the ideal vehicle for you with its entertaining yet functional S4.

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As you might imagine this sedan is a performance-enhanced version of the brandís A4 model, an impressive car on its own that I was surprisingly effusive about in a review that posted not long ago. It wowed me with its refined interior, beautiful body work and precision construction. The carís downsides were few and centered on steering feel and tepid acceleration. With a list of virtues like this itís easy to understand why the A4 is the best-selling nameplate in Audiís lineup.

But the S4 builds on this solid foundation and offers drivers more of everything, more power, more grip and lots more smiles. Accordingly itís designed to compete with other fun-focused sedans like the BMW 335i, Infiniti Q50 and Cadillac ATS.

The S4ís list of standard features is long and appealing. It includes things
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2015 Volkswagen e-Golf Review

Aug 29, 2014 - 12:02 PM - by AutoGuide.com


Volkswagen is climbing aboard the EV (electric vehicle) train with the introduction of the 2015 e-Golf. On sale for several months now in Europe, America will get its first taste of the production version of the all-electric Golf this November when it hits dealers in a few select EV friendly markets.

As the name implies, the e-Golf ditches the regular Golfís assortment of gasoline and diesel engines for an electric motor. Developing 115 HP and 199 lb-ft of torque, the e-Golf is the least powerful version of the Volkswagen hatchback, but does make the second most amount of torque. Power is still fed to the front wheels, but now through a single-speed, direct-drive automatic transmission.

Volkswagen claims the electric Golf can achieve a 0-60 MPH sprint in just over 10 seconds, with a top speed of 87 mph. That is slower than the 1.8T or 2.0 TDI Golf, but still plenty quick for an EV or dedicated Hybrid. Like a lot of EVs, the Golf feels much quicker than it is thanks to all that instant torque. Step on the throttle hard and there is a noticeable kick as all 199 lb-ft of torque suddenly thrust the car forward. Power does taper off as the motorís rpms build, but
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