Fond Farewell

Audi says auf wiedersehen to the R8 V10 quattro with 30 limited edition models

The car rides on silver wheels, which haven't been available to U.S. customers.

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It's been a good run for the Audi R8 V10 quattro. The powertrain-drivetrain combination of Audi's top all-wheel drive sports car will be discontinued following a limited edition run. The R8 V10 performance quattro lives on for 2021.

Just 30 of the limited edition models will be available. Options for buyers include a Mugello Blue, Avus Silver, or Sonoma Green paint job on the coupe version or a Mugello Blue exterior on the Spyder model. Each color will be available in limited quantities. Fifteen Mugello Blue models with a pastel silver interior will be constructed. Additionally, five Avus Silver/black, five Sonoma Green/black Audis will be made. The Spyder comes exclusively with the pastel silver interior.

Photo courtesy of Audi AG Audi is offering the coupe in three different paint jobs.Photo courtesy of Audi AG

It features side blades, lower trim, and an engine compartment that are finished in carbo fiber, red painted brake calipers, and alu-optic mirror caps. The car rides on 20-inch milled wheels in silver - a first for U.S. customers.

Its naturally aspirated engine is paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. It achieves 562 horsepower road 406 pound-feet of torque, which move the coupe from zero to 60 mph in as little as 3.4 seconds. Spyder models hit that mark in 3.5 seconds. The coupe version has a top track speed of 201 mph but the Spyder is rated one mph slower.

Audi is equipping the limited edition models with a carbon fiber front sway bar, Audi magnetic ride, and Audi dynamic steering. The carbon fiber sway bar saves 4.4 pounds of weight while the magnetic ride adjusts the vehicle's firmness. Using dynamic steering technology, the R8 is more stable at low speeds and easier to maneuver, making it a more practical daily driver.

Photo courtesy of Audi AG The model is available in coupe and Spyder variants.Photo courtesy of Audi AG

The car's sport exhaust system was previously only available on R8 performance models. The amount of sound the comes out the tailpipe is dictated by a button on the steering wheel or via the driver's choice of Audi drive select setting.

Drivers steer the car via a flat-bottom three-spoke multifunction steering wheel with paddle shifters. Audi virtual cockpit and the MMI navigation plus come standard. The interior also features carbon fiber high-gloss surrounds. Coupe models have a diamond stitched Alcantara headliner.

The limited edition R8 V10 quattro is scheduled go on sale this summer with an MSRP of $186,000 for the Coupe and $195,900 for the Spyder.

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The 2022 Audi Q4 e-tron and Q4 Sportback e-tron mark the fourth and fifth EVs Audi is bringing to the U.S.

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Audi isn't just adding two new E-Tron models to its U.S. portfolio. It's expanding its SUV lineup. The 2022 Audi Q4 E-Tron and Q4 Sportback E-Tron at the latest electric vehicles from the automaker.

The two new Q4s have all the muscle proportions and signature styling that has been made a hallmark of the Audi SUV stable in the past few years. The Q4 Sportback features a coupe-like roof style, which traditionally allows for less second-row headroom and cargo space, but an increase in fuel economy. The Q4 e-tron achieves a drag coefficient of 0.28, and the Q4 Sportback e-tron gets to an even lower figure, with a drag coefficient of 0.26, which is good when considered against the competition.

There's matrix design headlights with customizable daytime running light signatures. The driver can switch between their choice of four lighting options to put their favorite face forward. At the rear, animated functionality illuminates the taillamp when a driver approaches or leaves the vehicle.

2022 Audi Q4 E-Tron

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Audi is offering the Q4 models in four exterior color options with S line and black optic exterior elements as available add-ons.

The Q4 has similar dimensions to the Q5 inside and out, according to the automaker, but has the advantage of having a flatter floor due to the lack of transmission tunnel. Audi brags that this allows for generous legroom for rear-seat passengers.

The interior of the SUVs features recycled materials and a number of small item storage solutions including water bottle holders and a customizable cargo area load floor.

Audi has designed the new vehicles to have driver-oriented cockpits with the 10.1-inch infotainment touch screen facing the driver. There's a freshly designed flat-top and bottom steering wheel with capacitive hands-on detection. A 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster sits in front of the driver.

Surround view cameras, a head up display that features augmented reality, and a Sonos premium sound system are available. Sonos is a new partnership for the automaker.

2022 Audi Q4 Sportback E-Tron

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Audi estimates that the car has an output of 201 horsepower in its base model. The line-topping Q5 50 E-Tron Quattro and Q4 Sportback 50 E-Tron Quattro will offer two electric motors and all-wheel drive, delivering a maximum 295 horsepower.

As with on-demand four- or all-wheel drive, the two-motor system only uses the front motor when high power or a strong grip is needed. The rear motor is permanently excited.

Three-stage braking regeneration is selectable via the car's steering wheel paddles. Separately, drivers can choose between four different drive modes: Efficiency, Comfort, Dynamic, and Individual.

Each Q4 comes with a 77-kilowatt-hour battery (net; 82 kilowatt-hour gross). The battery can charge at up to 125 kilowatts on a fast-charger. Preliminary manufacturer's estimated range based on approximation of EPA test cycles for a full charge is approximately 250 miles on the Q4 40 E-Tron.

Adaptive cruise control, forward collision alert, side and lane assist, automatic high beams, and traffic jam assist are offered on the vehicle.

Audi plans to have more fully electric models on sale in the U.S. than any other luxury brand by the end of 2021. The Q4 E-Tron is set to start at under $45,000. More pricing details are expected to be announced ahead of the car's on-sale date later this year.

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The newest Bentley Continental GT has broken cover.

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The recipe for the 2022 Bentley Continental ST Speed Convertible is pretty simple on its face. Take a Continental GT, make is a Speed, cut the roof off. Thanks to technological innovations, it's actually not that simple.

The third-generation Continental GT Speed Convertible features Bentley's 6.0-liter W12 engine that delivers 650 brake horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque that work to haul the car from zero to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds. Bentley has installed an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission in the car. The luxury car is capable of reaching a top speed of 208 mph.

Bentley has given the model standard all-wheel steering, carbon ceramic brakes, Speed sport sills, dark tint grilles, Dark Tint radiator matrix, a Jewel fuel and oil filler cap, and Speed badging. There are three 22-inch wheel options (Dark Tint, Black Gloss, or Bright Silver) and seven roof colors available, including tweed. Eight interior roof finishers are available.

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The Z-fold convertible roof system has been improved so that less noise permeates it in this generation than in the last. The new drophead car is as quiet as the previous generation Continental GT Coupe. The roof can be deployed in 19 seconds and with the car traveling at speeds of up to 30 mph.

The cabin of the car also gets Speed badging, as well as an Alcantara steering wheel and a color split trim in Hide and Alcantara. Customers can further choose from 15 main and 11 secondary hide choices.

Piano Black veneer is standard in the Speed, with Crown Cut, Dark Stain Burr Walnut, and Dark Fiddleback Eucalyptus offered as no-cost options. Open-pore Dark Stain Burr Walnut veneer, Crown Cut Walnut and Koa are also available. A new technical finish for the center console is available: Dark Tint Engine Turned Aluminum.

A neck warmer (which is both warmer and quieter than in the previous generation model), is integrated into the heated and vented Comfort Seats.

"The new Speed is the most driver-focused Continental GT Convertible available and unique in its ability to offer extremely refined, all-season open-top Grand Touring with the added edge of astonishing performance and dynamism," said Chris Craft, Member of the Board for Sales and Marketing at Bentley Motors. "Combined with exquisite, handcrafted interior details, the Continental GT Speed Convertible exemplifies all Bentley knows about creating the world's most stylish and elegant cars for roof-down motoring."

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