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Bang & Olufsen Sound System with Symphoria in the new Audi TT

The new Audi TT also demonstrates its innovativeness in the Hi-Fi arena. The Bang & Olufsen Sound System in the coupe uses innovative Symphoria technology for a fascinating audio experience.

Bang & Olufsen Sound System with Symphoria in the Audi TT. Operated via the Audi virtual cockpit

The Bang & Olufsen Sound System with Symphoria is used in the top-of-the-line version of the new Audi TT. A processor analyzes intrusive cabin noise detected by a microphone to optimize the sound image. When combined with MMI navigation plus, sound is also output in 5.1 surround format. With 680 watts of power, the amplifier controls twelve speakers, including two center speakers and two encapsulated bass boxes in the doors. The sound system is visually accentuated by the strip of anodized aluminum bearing the logo of the Danish Hi‑Fi specialists that runs along the edge of the woofer. White LED light emanates from a narrow LED light guide.

With this system, Audi has once again substantially enhanced the premium audio experience. In collaboration with the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits in Erlangen, the automaker developed the Symphoria software for the post-processing and rendering of audio signals. In the first step, the program separates the individual sound components within the audio signal with the help of a semantic analysis process. It then distributes the separated audio objects inside the interior of the car. The sound image becomes wider and deeper, conveying an entirely new spatial impression. Each passenger enjoys a top-quality, extremely precise audio experience.

Audi has already been setting benchmarks for automotive sound systems for years now. High‑end audio with the Bang & Olufsen Advanced Sound System premiered in the Audi A8 in 2005. In 2012, premium sound from the Danish hi‑fi specialists found its into way to the compact class in the third-generation Audi A3. With Symphoria, the brand with the four rings is now taking a large step in the direction of 3D sound, a technology that Audi first presented at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas in early 2013. 3D sound enables the listener to also experience the spatial height as a third dimension – the next development step on the way to the audio experience of the future.

AWE Tuning Announces Quad Tip Option for Audi A7 Touring Edition Exhaust System

AWE Tuning Announces Quad Tip Option for Audi A7 Touring Edition Exhaust System. The AWE Tuning A7 Touring Edition Exhaust System is hand-crafted from T304 Stainless Steel, guarantees no Check Engine Light and alters no emissions equipment.  The system features adjustable 4” slash-cut tips available in Diamond Black and Chrome Silver finish, and Dual or Quad Tip configurations.

AWE TUNING AUDI A7 TOURING EDITION EXHAUST AND DOWNPIPE SYSTEMS

“The A7 Touring Edition Exhaust has been a very popular product, but after the release of Audi’s S7 we saw how much the A7 could benefit from a more aggressive set up,” said Jesse Kramer, Vice President of Marketing at AWE Tuning, “So we made it.”

AWE Tuning Audi A7 Touring Edition Exhaust highlights:-

  • +12hp max, 11tq max at the crank on stock software
  • Crafted from mandrel bent 2.5″ T304 Stainless Steel
  • Full system replaces factory downpipes and exhaust
  • Available in Dual and Quad Tip configurations
  • Developed, tested, and manufactured in-house at AWE Tuning
  • Frequency tuned Helmholtz resonators to eliminate unwanted low RPM frequencies  
  • Available with Chrome Silver or Diamond Black 4 inch adjustable slash cut tips
  • No CEL or modifications to emission control systems
  • Lifetime warranty

“The AWE Tuning A7 Touring Edition Exhaust System’s new Quad Tip option gives this car an aggressive look, while maintaining the signature exotic tone and part throttle civility that you expect from AWE Tuning exhaust systems.”

Audi sales up 10 percent in September 2013

New sales record for Audi in September: Around 150,300 customers chose to buy Audi last month, a year-on-year increase of 10 percent. The company continued to benefit from growing sales in the United States (+6.2 percent) and double-digit growth rates in China (+28.2 percent). Also in Europe, Audi concluded the month of September with a positive comparison to last year (+3.0 percent). Altogether, AUDI AG’s worldwide sales increased from January to September by 7.6 percent to around 1,180,750 cars.

Audi AG

“Despite significantly more difficult conditions in many key markets, we closed the first three quarters again with stronger sales than in the same period last year. We thus continue to perform better in every region around the world than the respective overall automobile market,” says Luca de Meo, Member of the Board of Management for Sales at AUDI AG. “In particular, the Q3, Q5 and A3 Sportback were driving our sales.”

Since the beginning of the year, about 150,400 units of the entire A3 family have already been delivered. Furthermore, the most recent addition to this successful model series, the A3 Sedan, was launched at dealers in Europe two weeks ago.

In China, the A3 Sedan will arrive on the market next spring. In September, in particular the SUVs drew customers to Audi dealers and contributed to Audi once again achieving strong double-digit growth: up 28.2 percent to 45,530 cars in China. The Q3 and Q5, both produced in Changchun, accounted for around 72 per-cent of this sales growth. And also the A4 L, which is produced locally too, drove sales with a growth of 41.1 percent. In total, deliveries in China have climbed across all models by 20.6 percent to 358,213 units since January.

In the United States, Audi continued its successful run with another sales increase in September. Last month, 13,065 deliveries equated to an increase of 6.2 percent. Once again, the Q5 performed particularly well. The demand of US customers for the popular compact SUV climbed 44.9 percent to 3,268 cars. The Q5 has also been available as TDI clean diesel since July, and the high-performance top model of the series, the SQ5 TFSI, was just launched in August. Altogether, 114,411 customers in the United States received the keys to their Audi in the first three quarters of the year, an increase of 13.6 percent.

In the first nine months of the year, AUDI AG further strengthened its business in the other markets on the American continent, too. In Mexico, the brand with the four rings grew by 31.5 percent from January to September. In Brazil, sales were up 29.1 percent. In the future, the company will strengthen its position in South America considerably. Beginning in 2015, Audi will start local production in Brazil, manufacturing the A3 Sedan and the Q3 in the southern city of São José dos Pinhais.

In Europe, Audi also completed the month of September with an increase in sales. Sales climbed by 3.0 percent to around 74,350 units on the carmaker’s home continent. Available at European dealerships since February, the new A3 Sportback played a very important part in this sales increase.

Sales for
AUDI AG

In September

   

Cumulative

   

 

2013

2012

Change from 2012

2013

2012

Change from 2012

World

150,300

136,571

+10.0%

1,180,750

1,097,507

+7.6%

Europe

74,350

72,182

+3.0%

564,800

574, 098

-1.6%

  – Germany

21,227

20,712

+2.5%

190,607

198,777

-4.1%

  – UK

26,070

22,389

+16.4%

115,137

101,593

+13.3%

  – France

4,653

5,020

-7.3%

43,323

47,012

-7.8%

  – Italy

4,240

4,802

-11.7%

35,556

38,901

-8.6%

  – Spain

2,263

2,295

-1.4%

28,560

29,427

-2.9%

  – Russia

3, 080

3,150

-2.2%

26,982

25,442

+6.1%

USA

13,065

12,302

+6.2%

114,411

100,694

+13.6%

Mexico

950

903

+5.2%

8,483

6,450

+31.5%

Asia-Pacific

53,850

43,007

+25.2%

422,600

351,420

+20.2%

  – China
  (incl. Hong Kong)

45,530

35,512

+28.2%

358,213

297,060

+20.6%

  – India

965

1,011

-4.5%

7,391

6,417

+15.2%

 

Audi R8 V10 in Pure Engine, Exhaust Orchestra

2014 Audi R8 V10 Engine Exhaust

If you are one of the petrol head that wind down your car window when a sports car cruise by to feed your eyes with some V10,V12 or boxer engine orchestra, this is for you. Audi just release a video of a stripped down Audi R8 V10 Plus strapped to the dyno machine to record the purest and clearest engine and exhaust sound of the vehicle. The sound, or rather engine,exhaust orchestra in our term is produces by a 5.2L V10 engine tuned to push 550hp with 398 ft of torque in the latest Audi R8 V10 revision. So put on your headset for better Audi audio experience and hit play on the video below.

2014 Audi RS6 Avant with 560hp Officially Revealed

A couple days ago, the lighter, more powerful and efficient new Audi RS6 Avant was unveiled officially. The new RS6 Avant sprint from 0-100km/h in 3.9 seconds, and top speed is 305 km/h with the dynamic plus package. The improved 4.0 TFSI engine develops 560hp (412kW) and consume an average fuel consumption of just 9.8 litres/100km.

 

 

The new Audi RS 6 Avant is a high-performance sports car for everyday use. Its character and uncompromisingly sporty tuning is the work of quattro GmbH, a wholly-owned subsidiary of AUDI AG. The company’s RS models with their powerful engines form the dynamic spearhead of the model program. The abbreviation “RS” stands for the most powerful version of a model series, for quattro permanent all-wheel drive, for extreme handling, for an understated appearance and for full everyday utility.

 

The 4.0 TFSI, which debuted last year, is a perfect example of Audi’s downsizing strategy in the high-performance category. In the new Audi RS 6 Avant, the twin-turbo V8 delivers confidence-inspiring power in every driving situation from its displacement of 3,993 cc. Peak output of 560 hp is reached between 5,700 and 6,700 rpm, with a constant 700 Nm of torque available between 1,750 and 5,500 rpm.

 

Pulling power develops quickly due in large part to the two large twin-scroll turbochargers. They are mounted together with the intercooler in the inside V of the cylinder banks. The exhaust side of the cylinder heads is also on the inside, the intake side outside. This concept allows for a compact design and short gas paths with minimal flow losses.

 

The RS-specific engine management and unthrottled intake system also contribute to the 8-cylinder engine’s spontaneous response. The 4.0 TFSI delivers a sporty, full-throated sound. Switchable flaps in the exhaust system make the sound even fuller, if desired. Audi also offers an optional sport exhaust system.

 

 

In the standard configuration, top speed is electronically limited to 250km/h. This is increased to 280km/h with the optional Dynamic package. With the Dynamic plus package, Audi reigns in the engine only upon reaching 305km/h. Among the factors contributing to the improved fuel efficiency are the new, standard start-stop system and innovative thermal management. Fuel consumption has been reduced by roughly 40% compared to the previous model.

 

One pioneering efficiency technology in the new Audi RS 6 Avant is the cylinder on demand (COD) system. At low to intermediate loads and engine speeds, it shuts down the intake and exhaust valves of cylinders 2, 3, 5 and 8. The 4.0 TFSI then runs as a 4-cylinder engine until the driver accelerates more strongly again. Efficiency in the active cylinders is increased because the operating points are displaced toward higher loads.

 

 

The 4.0 TFSI is paired with an 8-speed tiptronic featuring shortened shift times. The automatic transmission offers D and S modes. Drivers who wish to shift for themselves can use the shift paddles on the steering wheel or the selector lever, which sports a unique RS design. The lower gears of the tiptronic are tightly spaced for sporty performance, while a tall eighth gear reduces fuel consumption.

 

At the heart of the quattro permanent all-wheel drive system with torque vectoring is a self-locking center differential with an elevated locking value. An oil cooler regulates its temperature. If desired, the sport differential distributes the power steplessly between the rear wheels to further increase agility and stability.

 

The new Audi RS 6 Avant comes standard with 20-inch forged wheels in a 7 twin-spoke design. Three versions of 21-inch cash wheels are also available as optional.

 

The body plays a major role in the handling. It is roughly 20% aluminum and includes numerous components made of high-strength steel. The new Audi RS 6 Avant weighs roughly 100kg lighter than its predecessor. The improved power-to-weight ratio contributes to even better handling with improved performance coupled with reduced fuel consumption.

 

Numerous RS-specific design details underscore the distinctive appearance of the high-performance Avant. Most noticeable are the matte aluminum applications on the body, the high-gloss black protective grille at the front of the car, the bumpers, the fender, sill flares and the large roof spoiler. At the rear of the car, the diffuser and the two large, elliptical exhaust tailpipes make a bold statement.

 

The new Audi RS 6 Avant comes with a generous list of standard equipment, including xenon plus headlights, LED rear lights, a tire-pressure control system, illuminated entry sills and the custom driver-information system. Also on board are the parking system plus, cruise control, three-zone automatic air conditioning, MMI navigation plus with MMI touch and the 10-speaker Audi sound system.