Audi Hosts 24-Hour Forza Motorsports Endurance Event

 

Endurance races are the absolute pinnacle of motorsport, requiring nearly inhuman amounts of stamina and focus while piloting the most advanced motorcars on the planet. Forza Motorsports and Audi plan to bring the world of true endurance racing to the layman by presenting the world’s first 24-hour online race simulation.

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Hosted on the famed live stream host “Twitch,” which gains over 100 million monthly views, Audi plans on hosting the largest online race of all-time. Twelve teams will be a part of the 24-hour virtual race, which has been dubbed “Audi 24 Hours of Le Forza” in homage to the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans. Competitors will be dressed in full racing regalia and work the same real-life shifts as the contestants of the grueling 24 Hours of Le Mans. By using both the Forza Motorsports racing simulator and the Twitch livestream platform, Audi continues to prove that they are one of the foremost innovators in the luxury and performance automobile market.

While Audi of Hoffman Estates does not offer the same 13-time 24 Hours of Le Mans winning Audi LMP1 endurance cars on our lot, we do offer a wide variety of performance models from the SQ5 crossover to the R8 supercar. If you have any questions or concerns, please call us at (847) 843-9900 or use our online contact form to get in touch with one of our team members.

2017 Audi Q2 Revealed

 

With other luxury brand manufacturers adding to their crossover and SUV lineups, it was only a matter of time before Audi developed its own compact crossover model. New for the 2017 model year and currently only available to the European market, the Audi Q2 is primed to add to the successful Audi SUV lineup.

Available with quattroⓇ all-wheel drive, the 2017 Audi Q2 comes married to either a 1.0L turbocharged three-cylinder engine, a 1.4L turbocharged four-cylinder, or a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine. All three drivetrains will come with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission with several selectable drive modes available. Designed to maximize efficiency without sacrificing drivability or cargo space, the new Audi Q2 is ideal for adding luxury to a daily drive.

The design of the 2017 Audi Q2 is also a bit of a departure from the current lineup of SUVs from the German luxury brand. Featuring accents added to the front grille, along with an alternate-colored rear pillar and sharper lines highlighting the wheel arches and lower fascia, the 2017 Audi Q2 certainly stands out from its larger siblings in the Audi lineup.

While it will be a while before the 2017 Audi Q2 will arrive at our dealership in Hoffman Estates, IL, we do have an extensive inventory of crossovers and SUVs, including the 2016 Audi Q3, 2017 Audi Q5, and 2017 Audi SQ5. Browse through the our current inventory to find your next German-engineered, luxury SUV at Audi of Hoffman Estates, and then get in touch with a product specialist through our contact form or by phone at (888) 698-1441 to schedule an appointment for a test drive.

2018 Audi A5 First Drive Review | Hoffman Estates, IL

In July of 2016, the all-new 2018 Audi A5 was given a true test of its mettle with a road test designed to see what it can do. Though similar to the 2017 Audi A4, the 2018 Audi A5 is home to a plethora of features engineered to provide Hoffman Estates, IL drivers with the perfect luxury sedan.

Featuring a 252 horsepower, 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine, the 2018 Audi A5 is one of the more powerful coupes in the Audi lineup. When the seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission, the brand-new Audi A5 provides seamless shifting and an all-new level of driving confidence.

Despite its two-door style, the 2018 Audi A5 still offers a lot of cargo space. The rear seat backs, though impractical for passengers, fold to expand the 16 cu.-ft. cargo area, so you can easily transport your luggage with room to spare.

Can’t wait for the 2018 Audi A5 to roll off the production line? At Audi of Hoffman Estates, we have plenty of Audi A5 models to choose from. For more information on our inventory of Audi A5 sedans, or how to schedule a test drive at our Audi dealership in Hoffman Estates, IL, please don’t hesitate to contact us through our website or by calling us at (847) 843-9900.

2017 Audi S5 Coupe First Drive Review

 

Audi fans are already eagerly awaiting the 2017 model year of the S5 coupe, available later this year. Until you can take one for a test drive yourself, we’ve provided some details on what you can expect.

The 2017 Audi S5 is a sportier take on the luxurious A5 coupe. From the outside, its understated elegance gives a hint to its exceptional performance capabilities. A 3D wave line creases down from the front to the tail of the S5 coupe, while subtle air channels and flared wheel arches emphasize its speed.

Inside, a flat-bottomed steering wheel highlights that this a cockpit and not a cabin. The Audi Virtual Cockpit replaces the traditional gauge cluster with a high-definition 12.3-in. digital display that puts important vehicle information, including navigation, in the driver’s direct line of sight.

The dashboard is uncluttered, and the driver can choose to access the infotainment system through the same layout as on their smartphone with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.

The team at DigitalTrends.com took the 2017 Audi S5 coupe for a test drive along the narrow twisting roads of Porto, Portugal. There, the drive mode selection system and continually adapting suspension ensured the driver was comfortable and the trip was smooth. The 354 HP V6 engine and eight-speed Tiptronic® transmission keep the Audi coupe’s handling spirited and robust. Overall, they concluded that the combination of sophistication, controlled cornering, and advanced tech make the 2017 Audi S5 a mature but fun option that easily allows drivers to find a healthy middle ground between professional authority and weekend thrills.

For our full lineup of new Audi models, visit our new vehicle inventory.

Audi Sets Another United States Sales Record

 

For the 66th month in a row, Audi has surpassed its previous monthly sales record. The German luxury auto manufacturer sold 96,934 vehicles as of June 2016, raising their second-quarter sales by 3.5 percent from last year.

SUVs and Crossovers Dominating The Market

Audi Q3, Q5, and Q7 models are clearly offering exactly what consumers demand, because the German luxury marque is reporting an overall 29 percent sales increase of utility models. Sales of the smaller Q3 models are growing exponentially, with sales up as much as 98% since June of 2015.

Unprecedented Growth Rate

Not only does Audi carry its 66th month of sales growth under its belt, but the luxury marque has been selling vehicles at an unbelievable rate. For example, Audi has sold more vehicles in the first half of 2016 than it has in any full year since 2010.

Luxury car consumers don’t just pick a car on a whim—they choose only the best of the best for their daily commute. Audi of Hoffman Estates strives to provide a car buying experience just as pleasurable as a journey in a brand-new German-engineered coupe, sedan, or SUV.

If you’ve got your eye on a specific 2016 Audi model, then take a look at the online inventory Audi of Hoffman Estates has to offer. If you have any questions about your future Audi model, contact us at (847) 843-9900 or use our online email form to get in touch with one of our team members. Once you find the Audi that perfectly fits your lifestyle, come give our dealership in Hoffman Estates, IL a visit to get behind the wheel today.

Audi TTS Interior Named Ward’s Auto 10 Best Interior of 2016

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Since 1924, Ward’s has been a well-respected authority on all things automotive. Known best for its extensively researched 10 Best Lists, Ward’s named the Audi TTS their first place winner in their “10 Best Interiors” award for the third time in five years. The Audi A8 won in 2011, followed by the A7 in 2012, and now the TTS in 2016. Here’s a small portion of the praise Ward’s gives the 2016 Audi TTS that won this year’s crown for best interior design.

Making Best Use Of Space

Evaluators at Ward’s were especially impressed with how much space there was for a sports coupe. They called the TTS a “significant achievement in ergonomics” and even mentioned the rear seats as “cozy”—a very honorable achievement for a sports car.

A Tough Decision Between Audi Models

According to Ward’s, when “the A4 sedan, TTS coupe, and Q7 CUV rolled in our parking deck for Wards 10 Best interiors evaluations in March […] it wasn’t easy deciding which one was most deserving of a trophy.”

The Delight of the Virtual Cockpit

If the luxurious materials, impeccable sound system, and intelligent ambient lighting weren’t enough for the evaluators, the Audi Virtual Cockpit truly represented the “ ‘wow’ factor” for the team at Ward’s.

At Ward’s, experience reveals production vehicles that are simply the best. At Audi Hoffman Estates, we represent the best of the best. Come check out our lineup of previous award winning Audi models and our stock of current 2016 and 2017 Audi model years. For any further inquiries, feel free to call our team at (888) 698-1441.

Audi Releases 2017 Model Year Improvements

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More Connected Than Ever

Audi now offers Apple CarPlayTM and GoogleTM Android Auto on more models than ever before. Apple CarPlay shows up on the A4 and Q7, and Google Android Audio making appearances on the Q7, A3, A4, A6, and A7 models. Previously, Google Android Audio was only offered on 2016 Q7’s.

New Exterior Options

Audi is now offering a Sport Package for the Q3 and A6 model line, consisting of 19-in. ten-spoke titanium matte wheels, black grille, and black roof rails. The A6 will also offer 20-in. five-double-spoke titanium wheels with red brake calipers on all four corners.

Upgraded and Updated Interior

Audi decided to take their already intelligently appointed and luxurious A5, S5, A6, and A7 models to the next level by making their 2016 S-Line interior standard on 2017 editions. This now standard package includes a flat-bottom, three-spoke steering wheel with paddle shifters, supple perforated leather, and brushed aluminum accents, and adjustable lumbar support. Similar features now come standard on Q5 Prestige models, as well.

Audi Hoffman Estates customers demand only the best from their vehicles, and Audi is delivering. Browse through our Audi online inventory of 2017 models or feel free to check them out in-person at our dealership in Hoffman Estates, IL. If you have any questions about 2017 models and pricing, contact our sales team at (888) 698-1441 today.

Audi “Virtual Cockpit” Available on 2016 and 2017 TT Models

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Billed as the “Instrument cluster of the future,” the advanced Virtual Cockpit is available right now at Audi Hoffman Estates. Here’s a short preview of what you can expect from this extremely advanced system.

Several Different Functions and Features

The Virtual Cockpit offers several unique functions as selected by the driver. While in “classic view” mode, the 12.3-inch LCD display emulates the familiar rev counter and speedometer cluster. However, when in “infotainment mode,” the driver is able to put the tachometer and speedometer into the corners, allowing the display to show navigation system, reverse camera, telephone, and Audi connect more prominently. The system is even able to display video and Internet media while the vehicle is stationary.

An Intelligent Interface

With an all-new Multi Media Interface (MMI) rotor is touch sensitive and is able to recognize multi-touch gestures, such as pinching in or out to zoom on the navigation display, for example. Instead of over-complicating the amount of MMI functions, Audi has reduced the total amount from four to two total functions. Instead, Audi has moved them to their new multifaceted steering wheel. This, combined with the more interactive MMI rotor, means the driver never has to take their hands off of the wheel or eyes off the road.

Hoffman Estates drivers can easily see the benefits of the Audi Virtual Cockpit with constant road construction and infamous Chicagoland traffic, staying alert and informed is essential. Come visit our website and see our inventory of brand new Audi models or feel free to call us at (888) 698-1441.

New A/C Filter From Audi Arrives Just in Time for Allergy Season

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Midwest summers—while warm and beautiful—often represent a time of crisis for allergy sufferers. Future Audi owners, however, shouldn’t worry about their allergies impacting their daily commute—new Audi models will feature an allergy neutralizing air conditioning filter.

How It Works

This new filter uses a tri-layer system instead of their previous two-layer system. Audi adds a brand new layer coated in an active substance to protect passengers against fine particulates, gaseous impurities, and reduce allergens. The coating comes in two options: a plant-derived version, and a “modification” of the plant-derivative. Both coatings trap allergens by attaching to their receptors and preventing them from being inhaled by those inside. Independent testing by allergenic and filtration institutes concede that the new A/C filters are highly effective in trapping allergens.

Where Can I Find The New Filters?

You can find these allergy reducing will be available on the A3, Q3, and TT models starting this very month. When the Q2 comes to Audi Hoffman Estates, it will also be equipped with the new A/C filtration system.

What About The Older Filtration System?

Audi is quick to assure owners that their old two-layer system makes a “significant contribution to the high air quality in the interior.” The filters in existing systems are made of microfibers to trap minute particles and an activated carbon layer gaseous impurities.

Drivers in Hoffman Estates, IL can find these new Audi models and many more at Audi Hoffman Estates. A breath of fresh, clean, allergy-reduced air is just a test drive away. Feel free to give us a call at (847) 843-9900.

Is the 2019 Audi R6 On Its Way to Hoffman Estates?

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Audi R8 fans and luxury performance car enthusiasts alike can rejoice: Audi has announced its plans to develop a ‘little brother’ to the larger Audi R8. The R6 will need a few years to begin development with eyes toward a 2018 release for the 2019 model year.

The R6 is believed to come with a platform identical to the next-gen Porsche 718 Boxster and Cayman. The concept of a shared platform isn’t rare in the case of in performance models, and should serve to limit production costs of the 2019 Audi R6, making it more likely that a fully-developed model will be available at our dealership in the future.

Exact specs aren’t known yet, but the 2019 Audi R6 will likely feature a sub-4.00 second 0-60 MPH acceleration and a top speed around 175 MPH. The price tag hasn’t been announced either, but it’s likely to be in the neighborhood of $80,000 as a starting price.

The engine will likely be much smaller than the 5.2L V10 available with Audi R8. The rumors are that either a 3.0L V6 or 2.0L 4-cylinder will be included with the 2019 Audi R6, but there could also be a 2.5L 5-cylinder option available. However, until the manufacturer releases actual specs and trim packages, it’s impossible to know exactly which engine the 2019 Audi R6 will be paired with.

Can’t wait for 2018? No problem. Our Audi dealership in Hoffman Estates has several R-Line and RS-Line models available for drivers to consider. Browse through our inventory of Audi performance models and contact the product specialists at our Audi dealership through our website or by phone at (888) 698-1441 to schedule a test-drive appointment.