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Peer into the future, without the crystal ball

CES 2012: Our Favorite Booths

We kicked off 2012 by visiting not-so-beautiful Las Vegas to attend CES, with the hope of getting a head start on the exciting new products that will launch over the coming year. While we’ll continue to highlight gadgets revealed there on a regular basis, one of the best parts about being on the ground at…

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All Right

2013 Audi allroad Quattro

If the resident car nuts here at Gear Patrol can agree on one thing (which doesn’t happen very often) it’s that we consider ourselves “wagon-ites”, for lack of a better term. Practically no one does it better than Audi, or Subaru, and specifically the all new 2013 Audi allroad Quattro. First introduced in 1999 in…

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Mechanical Synfonica

“What happens if we mix the sound of a classical orchestra with the modern tones of a powerful motorsound? What’s the outcome if we try to use the momentum of a melody and blend it to the deep sound of a V8 or the high tone of a biturbo engine?” These are the questions the…

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How mid-size got its groove back

Behind the Wheel | Six Sigma: 2012 Audi A6

I fondly remember my father’s 1988 Audi 5000, both of them. After the first one he owned had run its course, he went about purchasing the exact same one again. Same color, same interior, same everything. It was then, despite its infamous foibles, that I was introduced to German engineering, a course on how to…

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Sexy Back

2012 Audi A7 Sportback 3.0 TFSI

Well, folks, it looks like the “four door coupe” is one oxymoron that is here to stay. The term is a weird one, but for Audi, the result is positively stunning in the 2012 Audi A7 Sportback 3.0 TFSI, an exercise in what can be done with automotive sheetmetal when the beancounters don’t get a…

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Woodn't you?

2011 Audi duoCity by Renovo

Sometimes aesthetics play second fiddle to environmental sustainability. Some automobiles come to mind. In the case of the 2011 Audi duoCity, design reigns alongside being green. Audi has partnered with Portland, OR based Renovo, maker of custom hardwood bikes. With impressive lightness, stiffness (hold back on the wood jokes) and shock absorbency, the duoCity boasts…

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What a luxury sedan feels like. Period.

Behind the Wheel: 2011 Audi A8

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Gets you where Quattro won't

Audi Carbon Ski Concept

In case Hublot’s sledge doesn’t strike your winter sport fancy, consider Audi’s Carbon Ski Concept a potential alternative. Created in collaboration with Head, Audi’s Munich based concept design team has developed a pair of skis built around a wood core sandwiched between aluminum and titanium and coated in carbon fiber. The result is a more…

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I crush your Big Wheel

Audi C e-tron

When is a toy car not a toy car? When Audi builds one out of carbon-fiber, throws in an electric motor and makes it so exclusive, you can’t actually buy it (yet). Case in point, the Audi C e-tron, built by the German automaker and modeled after the Auto Union Type C Grand Prix car…

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2010 Paris Motor Show | 20 Cars that Matter

The 2010 Paris Motor Show had landed and it wouldn’t be unreasonable to for a man to assume an amplitude of impossibly sexy cars, leggy models, and enough bespoke suits to make the men of Positano blush. Well, if this year’s display of supercar prowess is anything more than a declaration that the recession is…

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Only True Audi Fans Need Invest

Audi Foosball Table

If you’re an Audi fan and aren’t saving your paychecks for an S5, then Audi’s design arm, Audi Design, has provided you another opportunity to keep your money “in the family” with the Audi Foosball Table ($16,000). Having taken a year in development and designed to meet strict foosball tournament standards (whatever the hell that…

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Lighter, Faster, Tremendous(er)

2011 Audi R8 GT

Move aside Lamborghini Gallardo LP560, Audi’s in town with the bigger, badder 2011 Audi R8 GT ($250,000). 560 hp and 398 lb-ft torque (yes, the same Lambo), ensure the R8 GT will bully with the best (though we’ll settle for our Audi S5). Ingolstadt’s scientists/artists have coaxed and wooed the 5.2 FSI V10 to the…

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2009 Audi Q5 Review

By Michael Curwood | The Truth About Cars Audi is pitching its late-to-the-party Q5 against Lexus’ recently refreshed RX350. Audi’s ad men would have you believe that the Q5 buyer is making a forceful statement of individuality and taste—in contrast to the RX buyer’s safe, boring, follow-the-herd mentality. It’s a strange play during these times…

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2009 Audi A4 3.2 Quattro Review

By: Megan Benoit | The Truth About Cars Over the last few years, the last generation Audi A4 was growing increasingly stale. Updated offerings from BMW, Lexus, Infiniti, everyone but Volvo have overtaken Ingolstadt’s brot und butter model. To keep the faith– or at least the faithful– Audi’s engineers initiated a massive redesign of the…

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2009 Audi RS6

What Zeus Would Drive To Work. Looks fast, even standing still. Next week Audi will officially unveil the 2009 Audi RS6 at the Paris Motor Show. Audi’s teased the uber-sedan with a bevy of new shots and we’ve got a few here to share. We know little other than the fact that the RS6 will…

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2008 BMW M3 vs. 2008 Audi RS4 Review

By Mike SolowiowThe Truth About Cars The fact that we’re even having this discussion tells you how far Audi’s come in the uber-sports sedan sweepstakes. Normally, this comparo would write itself. BMW M3 = driver’s car with super smooth, vicious punch. Audi RS4 = sure-footed supersonic GT with numb tiller. BMW fun. Audi fast. BMW…

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2009 Audi S3 Sportback

[click on image to enlarge] You’re looking at the oh-nine Audi S3 Sportback, a personal favorite. Slightly larger than the outgoing model, the S3 (and A3) now carry the new front-end that has made it’s way through the Audi line-up since the inception of the R8, including the love-it or hate-it LED bi-xenon headlights. The…

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2009 Audi Q5

[click on image to enlarge] The plethora of crossover utility vehicles hitting the streets is somewhat concerting to me. There seems to be a lack of vehicles that singularly excel at one purpose. Take the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon or Lotus Elise as examples. One can tromp trails and one can scorch streets. Call me old…

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2009 Audi A4 Avant

[click on image to enlarge] Audi makes fine automobiles – granted they share platforms with their siblings at Volkswagen, but if there’s anyone that melds the terms “graceful” and “teutonic” it’s Audi. The 2009 Audi A4 Avant will be unveiled Geneva next month and by the looks of Audi has put together a gorgeous automobile….

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2008 Audi TT-S

[click on image to enlarge] The 2008 Audi TT-S will be revealed next week at the Detroit Auto Show and we’re anticipating seeing it in person, as should you. Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you can’t gaze into the driving future with glorious top down envy. The Audi TT-S will be reportedly available as…

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2008 Audi S5

Are coupes back in vogue? Audi would have you think so. The all-new performance-oriented S5 and its layman twin, the A5, are aimed straight for their fellow two-door heartthrobs: the BMW 3 Series coupe and Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class. The S5 gets a 354-horsepower V-8, all the better to compete with BMW’s forthcoming M3 coupe. What this…