Me showing the self parking of our new Audi Q3, the car is really nice especially with the high end motor generating 210hp which will take you up to speed in no time. When you are inside the car you do feel that you are in an SUV as you are higher off the ground than in an A4 Avant but you have to remember that it is both not as long nor as wide as the A4.
2014 BMW i8 Review
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What's New for 2014
The 2014 BMW i8 is an all-new model.
Based on the BMW Vision EfficientDynamics concept car shown a few years
ago, the 2014 BMW i8 represents the German automaker's vision of a
high-performance plug-in hybrid. If this is what the future looks like,
sign us up. Zero to 62 mph in 4.4 seconds? A full charge in three hours
from a regular garage outlet? Approximately 95 mpg? Yes, please.
For the i8, BMW chops its classic 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine
formula in half. The i8 uses a turbocharged 1.5-liter inline three-cylinder
paired with an electric motor and lithium-ion battery pack. The
three-cylinder drives the rear wheels through a six-speed automatic
transmission, while the electric motor powers the front wheels through a
The engine and electric motor combine for 362 horsepower, 420 pound-feet
of torque and all-wheel-drive performance, all integrated into a chassis
that is 10 pounds lighter and 1.5 inches longer than the 3 Series. The i8
also delivers stellar handling thanks to 50/50 weight distribution and a
low, centrally mounted battery pack, although standard 20-inch wheels seem
like a suspect choice for maximizing corner-to-corner performance.
BMW says the i8 can also travel 22 miles and reach a top speed of 75 mph on
electrons alone. Uncorked with the gasoline engine in the lead, it will
reach a top speed of 155 mph. Sounds like a pretty good future to us.
Lightweight construction helps bring lofty performance within reach,
notably an aluminum chassis, chemically hardened glass (similar to that
used in smartphones) and extensive use of carbon-fiber-reinforced panels
within the 2+2 passenger cabin. Those plus-2 rear seats are small, however,
smaller than even a Porsche 911's, and are best considered auxiliary
luggage space. Even settling into the front seats requires some practice
given its unique scissor-lift-style doors.
We drove a recent i8 prototype and found the i8's easy thrust in
all-electric mode a close match for the Tesla Model S. In its Sport mode
(there are also Comfort and Eco Pro settings), the i8 further awakens,
feeling light, agile and averse to body roll. The hybrid never quite
overwhelms with acceleration, but it also never feels winded, the electric
motor's torque nicely covering for the small turbo as the latter winds up to deliver its power
Whatever the i8 lacks in competitive performance, it won't lack for style.
Its low-slung profile is punctuated by standard U-shaped LED headlights.
You can even order the i8 with laser headlights where regulations allow
(sorry, U.S. shoppers). Inside, a multitiered and layered cockpit design
uses recycled materials and naturally treated leather for upholstery and
panel surfaces Like the smaller i3 electric car, the i8 will offer three
trim levels -- Mega, Giga and Tera -- all with varying degrees of sport and
The 2014 BMW i8 arrives in the spring and starts around $136,000. That's
well above its most obvious target, the Tesla Model S, and that kind of
money also buys a lot of Porsche 911. Performance aficionados won't likely
be swayed and may even look across the BMW lineup to the "M" cars. But for
the hybrid buyer seeking power, performance and efficiency through a lower
profile, the 2014 BMW i8 presents a unique choice.
Check back for more information on the 2014 BMW i8, including specs,
driving impressions and buying advice as it becomes available.
Audi Q3 Test Drive OffRoad Experience
Autocentri Balduina presenta il Test Drive della nuova Audi Q3 2.0 TDI 177
Cv S-Tronic Quattro in Off-Road sul circuito ACI Vallelunga.
Audi Q3 quattro
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Audi Q3 quattro
► Audi's automatic driving in traffic jams
From Audi adaptive cruise control with Stop & Go function to traffic sign
recognition -- right across its model range, Audi offers a broad assortment
of assistance systems that make driving even more relaxed and under
control. The assistance systems are closely integrated, providing them with
a high degree of intelligence and outstanding capabilities.
Adaptive cruise control (ACC) with Stop & Go function acts as the core
component of the Audi driver assistance systems. The system regulates the
speed and the distance from the vehicle in front over a range of zero to
250 km/h (zero to 155.34 mph).
The ACC Stop & Go function employs one or two rear-mounted radar sensors
depending on the configuration. The sensors transmit radar waves in order
to detect objects up to 250 meters (820.21 ft) ahead of the vehicle. The
driver can vary the distance to the vehicle ahead and the control dynamics
in multiple levels - from sporty to comfortable. In stop & go traffic the
system slows down the car to a standstill. After a brief stop, such as at a
traffic light, it automatically drives off and follows the vehicle ahead;
after a longer stop, the driver must tap the accelerator pedal or briefly
activate the control stalk. Audi adaptive cruise control with Stop & Go
function interacts closely with other driver assistance systems; it
utilizes the data from almost 30 control units to analyze all of the
vehicle's surroundings. The system uses this broad knowledge base to
recognize complex scenarios and offer anticipatory support to the driver.
Because it works in conjunction with the MMI Navigation plus, it knows
which route lies ahead and can use this information to control the
Audi offers a number of versions of adaptive cruise control for different
model series -- including without the Stop & Go function. The individual
versions differ slightly in their mode of operation due to the different
degrees of networking and configurations.
► Audi's automatic driving for parking
Audi's automatic parking systems operate by means of either ultrasound or
cameras, which display images via the onboard monitor. One particularly
convenient solution is park assist. When backing into a parking space, it
performs all the necessary steering movements; it can handle both parallel
parking and parking perpendicular to the street. The system finds a parking
space with ultrasound sensors that scan the roadside in two dimensions
while driving at moderate speed. The system notifies the driver via a
message in the display once the sensors have found a space which is large
If the driver wishes to park in the space, he or she shifts into reverse
and the park assist system takes over the steering. The driver must
accelerate, shift gears, and brake. When parallel parking, the detected
space is large enough if it is about 80 centimeters (2.62 ft) longer than
the vehicle itself. Park assist can perform multi-point parking maneuvers
and also offers support in leaving parallel parking spaces.
Another technology from Audi is the parking system plus with surround view
cameras. Four small cameras -- in the single-frame grille, at the rear and
in the side mirror housings -- record the vehicle's immediate surroundings.
The driver can call up a variety of views on the large onboard monitor,
including a top-down virtual view. On corners or junctions with an
obstructed view, the system can analyze cross-traffic otherwise invisible
to the driver in front of or behind the vehicle.
Audi Q3 off road test
Audi Q3 TDI 2.0 quattro in mud.
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Audi Self Driving Auto Parking
Audi Self Parking Car New Generat
Audi recently demonstrated a car that can park itself without the need for
a driver.For Audi, one technology with which it hopes to leap ahead is a
local Wi-Fi hotspot and integrated 3G/4G for internet access for passengers
while on the road.
But the most impressive technology-led iniative for the company is still a
way off: a self-parking car, or, as Audi calls it, Piloted Parking.
The idea behind it is rather simple: you exit your vehicle, pull out your
smartphone, click a button and the car drives itself off to a parking spot
at a nearby garage.
The car uses an array of internal and external sensors to get its position:
Audi claims they can be as accurate up to 10cm, but only if they have
access to special laser sensors inside the parking structure (four of those
scanners had been set up in the parking structure to support the demo).
These might be redundant in the future, as the car maker is working on a
laser sensor that will be integrated in the car itself (think the sensor
tower on top of Google's self-driving car, but completely integrated in the
The self-parking system also needs access to the car park's management
system, in order to find and allocate a free parking space and transmit the
route to the car. Since most modern car parks have more than one level or
are underground, GPS-based positioning is not really an option, so instead
the management system uses Wi-Fi to transmit the route.
The technologies that Audi is developing for its future piloted driving
system have been highly acclaimed by US experts. The "Popular Science"
magazine has named the Audi system for piloted parking in parking garages
"Product Of The Future." The editorial team is thus recognizing the most
significant developments presented by Audi at the Consumer Electronics Show
2013 (CES) in Las Vegas.
The new Audi system was also commended as "Best Automotive Technology" at
this year's CES by specialized media network "The Verge." Ricky Hudi, Head
of Electrics/Electronics Development at Audi: "The awards acknowledge our
development work and show that we are on the right track."
Audi Q3 Testbericht - AutoScout24
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