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    by Published on 04-07-2019 02:33 PM
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    Latest Audi performance flagship combines bi-turbo eight-cylinder TFSI with advanced wheel-specific active suspension

    • V8 high-performance engine with 571PS and 800 Nm (590 lb-ft) of torque
    • Unique combination of innovative standard fit suspension systems ensures outstanding vehicle dynamics
    • Available to order in the UK in the autumn exclusively in standard wheelbase form, first deliveries in late 2019

    Devotees of luxury travel who don’t always want to take a back seat will welcome the return of the Audi S8, which in its latest iteration combines the rarefied comfort and refinement of the flagship Audi A8 saloon with a bi-turbo V8 petrol engine channelling an impressive 571PS and 800Nm of torque to the road via predictive active suspension, dynamic-all-wheel steering and quattro drive supplemented by a rear sport differential. These advanced systems ensure the plentiful power is as gainfully employed as possible during more challenging driving, and the latest cylinder-on-demand and mild hybrid drivetrain technologies also manage it responsibly when the car is in relaxed, trans-continental cruising mode.

    Impressive performance: the engine

    As a V8 engine with mild hybrid technology, the high-performance unit in the Audi S8 offers not only maximum smoothness, but with an output of 571PS, 800 Nm (590.0 lb-ft) of torque and two turbochargers also the certainty that ample power is available for any situation.

    Iron-lined cylinder barrels in the aluminium crankcase reduce friction for exceptionally smooth running, and for moments when power takes precedence automatically actuated flaps in the exhaust system accentuate the already impressive V8 sound. For
    by Published on 04-07-2019 02:25 PM
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    Audi Tradition once again attends the Mecca of historic motorsport

    • Stig Blomqvist behind the wheel of the Audi Rallye quattro A2
    • Frank Biela will pilot the Audi 90 quattro IMSA-GTO
    • Audi 200 quattro TransAm will be driven by Benoit Tréluyer

    At this year's Goodwood Festival of Speed (taking place from 4th to 7th of July), Audi Tradition will be sending the Audi Rallye quattro A2, the Audi 90 quattro IMSA-GTO and the Audi 200 quattro TransAm to take on the world famous hill climb. The Audi Motorsport icons will be driven by outstanding names from Audi's history. World rally champion Stig Blomqvist will drive the car with which he became world champion in 1984. Five-time Le Mans winner Frank Biela will be behind the wheel of the Audi 200 quattro TransAm, while three-time Le Mans winner Benoit Tréluyer will be giving it his all in the Audi 90 quattro IMSA-GTO.

    Rally fans can expect to see the 1984 Audi Rallye quattro A2 at full throttle. The long wheelbase version was a further development of the previous year's car with which Hannu Mikkola became world champion. Audi opened the 1984 season with a bang when the team with the four rings landed a triple victory at the Monte Carlo Rally. Walter Röhrl, who had just joined Audi Sport, triumphed in his first appearance – but the season was to be shaped by someone else.

    The Swede Stig Blomqvist already won the next world championship race in Sweden and finished the season as the world champion driver. Audi also became the brand world champion. At Goodwood, Blomqvist will drive ...
    by Published on 28-06-2019 07:08 PM
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    Range-topping Audi SUV achieves ‘S’ model status through a V8 TDI with 900Nm and advanced chassis technology including active roll stabilisation

    • Most-powerful diesel engine on the European market – biturbo V8 with 435 metric horsepower and 900Nm of torque
    • Touch response operation, extensive connection, many assist systems
    • Available in the UK from July in SQ8 TDI and SQ8 TDI Vorsprung forms
    • Active roll stabilisation, all-wheel steering and sport differential for Vorsprung versions

    The top tier Audi luxury SUV is about to show a harder-edged side to its character as a brawny V8 TDI with 435PS and 900Nm of torque thrusts its performance squarely into ‘S’ model territory – the new SQ8 TDI becomes available to order in the UK next month in ‘standard’ or exhaustively equipped Vorsprung forms, the latter marshalling the copious power with the help of all-wheel-steering, the quattro sport rear axle differential and active roll stabilisation made possible by the car’s advanced 48-volt circuitry.

    Power and efficiency: 4.0 TDI with electric powered compressor

    The 4.0-litre biturbo V8 in the Audi SQ8 TDI will be notable as the most powerful diesel engine available on the European market. It combines its potency with a high level of economy and integrates a whole package of high-tech solutions. The engine delivers 435PS and a mammoth 900 Nm (663.8 lb-ft) of torque between 1,250 and 3,250 rpm, credentials that enable it to propel the SQ8 like a sports car: acceleration from rest to 62mph requires just 4.8 seconds, soon after which the electronic propulsion limit kicks in at 155mph. The power of the V8 engine is emphasised by an engine cover specific to the S model series. Red applications flank the striking contours of the cylinder and visualise the air ducting.

    In the eight cylinder ...
    by Published on 28-06-2019 07:03 PM
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    • Fresh design, updated interior and more technology for ŠKODA flagship
    • New LED headlights and Predictive Cruise Control available for the first time
    • Six engine options, plus DSG and 4x4 availability
    • Six trim grades; S, SE, SE Technology, SE L, SportLine Plus and Laurin & Klement
    • Prices from Ł24,655 OTR

    ŠKODA has announced prices and final specifications for its revised flagship Superb model – and is set to raise standards in the sector once more. Featuring an updated interior and a host of new technologies, the facelifted Superb is available to order now with prices ranging from just Ł24,655 to Ł40,695.

    As part of the new package, full LED Matrix headlights are available for the first time in a ŠKODA production model. A number of new assistance systems are also making their debut, including Predictive Cruise Control. The Superb also features updated Blind Spot Detection, which now works at a distance of up to 70m.

    The Suberb’s dynamic and elegant design has been subtly refined with a remodelled radiator grille and a chrome trim between the LED tail lights. Thanks to a new front bumper, the Superb has grown in length by 8mm to 4,869mm (Estate by 6mm to 4,862mm.)

    The wheelbase, width and height remain the same.

    In terms of drivetrains, the revised Superb is available with two petrol and two diesel options from launch; power outputs range from 120PS for the 1.6 TDI to 272PS for the range-topping 2.0 TSI. Seven-speed DSG gearboxes and four-wheel-drive are available on selected models.

    Inside the updated Superb, chrome highlights,
    by Published on 28-06-2019 06:55 PM
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    • The ŠKODA Kodiaq vRS modified for the police force
    • Biturbo 2.0 TDI diesel delivers 240PS – 0-62mph in 7.0 seconds
    • Power and performance attributes make it an ideal police pursuit vehicle

    The ŠKODA Kodiaq vRS, the most powerful SUV ever built by ŠKODA, has been expertly converted to a pursuit car for UK police forces. Powered by a twin turbo charged 2.0-litre TDI engine and equipped with a four-wheel-drive system and seven-speed DSG gearbox, the Kodiaq vRS can sprint from 0-62mph in just 7.0 seconds and has a top speed of 136mph.

    The Kodiaq vRS offers police forces more than just power. Based on the Kodiaq’s original seven-seat layout the SUV has been converted to offer excellent levels of space and payload capabilities.

    The pursuit vehicle conversion includes 360-degree visibility thanks to powerful LED signal lights built into the front screen, grille, tailgate and number plate – all complemented by a 100-amp three tone siren.

    Police Officers travel with bulky, heavy kit and so a comfortable drive is essential. The vRS has them covered with electrically adjustable Alcantara-trimmed sports seats with memory function. The SUV also features Dynamic Chassis Control and progressive steering as standard for a smooth drive. Whilst the fully-connected interior features the 10.25” digital Virtual Cockpit display and SmartLink+ for seamless smartphone integration.

    Aligning with the brand’s ‘Simply Clever’ philosophy, planning is underway to include control of the blue light and emergency services communications system via ...
    by Published on 28-06-2019 06:49 PM
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    Latest seven-seat Audi SUV combines styling enhancements with the drivetrain and infotainment advances introduced by its Q8 counterpart

    • More distinctive: new design with more defined lines and latest Audi Q model hallmarks
    • More cutting edge: touch operating concept, lighting featuring Matrix LED and HD Matrix LED with laser light, 48-volt mild hybrid technology
    • More cosseting: seven seats and air suspension now standard for all UK launch models
    • Available to order in the UK from September – first UK deliveries in October

    The Audi Q7 makes a technological leap this month to fall into line with its Q8 counterpart, taking on board the latest engine updates, mild hybrid drivetrain developments and cabin digitalisation innovations first seen in the coupé-inspired flagship of the Q range.

    Its exterior hardware also benefits from a reboot, and now combines crisper detailing with the latest design hallmarks characterising the Audi Q model line. Seven seats, adaptive air suspension and Matrix LED headlights are among the headline standard features for all models in the UK launch line-up, which is equipped to either Sport, S line, Black Edition or top tier Vorsprung specification.

    Robust look: the exterior design

    The Audi Q7 demonstrates the hallmark SUV elements of the current design language. It adopts the large octagon-shaped Singleframe with its six upright slats which creates an even more powerful impression from the outset, and its two-part side air inlets have a much more expressive line, as does the sill area that draws attention to the large SUV’s considerable
    by Published on 28-06-2019 06:43 PM
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    • All new Flying Spur revealed alongside its predecessor the S1 Continental Flying Spur from 1958
    • Manufacturers Village displaying historic and current line-up of Bentley models marking centenary year celebrations
    • Bentley represented in three classes in the Concours d’Etat

    Bentley Motors will celebrate its centenary year at the Chantilly Arts & Elegance on the 29th and 30th June by revealing its latest model, the all new Flying Spur alongside the iconic S1 Continental Flying Spur.

    The event, which revives the French tradition of Concours d’Elegance harking back to the 1920’s, draws a distinguished crowd from all around the globe which all come together to celebrate the history and the future of extraordinary automobiles.

    Bentley will display the all new Flying Spur together with the current model range and the historic cars which have paved the way in Bentley’s 100 year history.

    Bentley’s latest luxury four-door Grand Tourer will be on show in the Manufacturers Village, located on the famous grounds of Chateau Chantilly beside the R-Type Continental from 1953 and the S1 Continental Flying Spur from 1958. In addition to the historic line-up, the Bentayga V8, Continental GT and the Continental GT Convertible will be on display.

    Parallel to the unique exhibition at the Manufacturers Village, three classes in the Concours d’Etat will be devoted to the marque from Crewe, UK. They comprise 17 cars from 1928 to 1963 – racing and road-going, open and closed models – including the amazing Bentley Blue Train.

    The greatest collectors in the world flock to the 4th Chantilly Arts & Elegance Richard Mille Concours d’Etat. One hundred exceptional cars representing the most beautiful creations in the history of the automobile come
    by Published on 28-06-2019 06:38 PM
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    • ŠKODA AUTO has been supporting Tour de France since 2004
    • Tour Director Christian Prudhomme uses ŠKODA SUPERB as mobile control centre
    • Czech automaker once again sponsors Green Jersey for leader of the points classification
    • New campaign ‘To the Greatest Family of all: Cyclists’ aims to inspire international cycling community

    ŠKODA is supporting the Tour de France for the 16th time this year as the official main sponsor and vehicle partner. The car manufacturer will be providing 250 vehicles to the organisers and race management. Leading the peloton will be a ŠKODA SUPERB serving as the ‘Red Car’ to Tour Director Christian Prudhomme. ŠKODA is also sponsoring the Green Jersey; for the fifth consecutive time, the car manufacturer’s logo will be featured on the jersey of the leader in the points classification in the Tour de France. Cycling fans can stay up-to-date with all the racing action by downloading the official Tour de France app ‘powered by ŠKODA’.

    Alain Favey, ŠKODA AUTO Board Member for Sales and Marketing, emphasises: “As the official main partner of the Tour de France, we are presenting our brand to millions of cycling fans and sports enthusiasts during one of the most emotional sporting events in the world. In March, we extended our long-term partnership with Tour de France organiser A.S.O. for another five years to 2023. In doing so, we have laid the foundation for our continued mutual success and underline once again the central importance of cycling and the Tour de France to our sports sponsorship.”

    ŠKODA is represented as the official main ...
    by Published on 28-06-2019 06:33 PM
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    • In Bentley’s centenary year, this new Limited Edition model pays homage to legendary No. 1 Bentley Blower of 1929
    • Modern interpretation of the iconic 1929 racing car limited to just 100 examples worldwide
    • Each Limited Edition features a unique piece of Bentley history set in the innovative Bentley Rotating Display
    • Bespoke specification includes 18 carat gold-plated fender badging and painted Number 1 front grille
    • The final Limited Edition in Bentley’s Centenary trilogy
    • Number 1 Edition based on 6.0-litre W12 Continental GT Convertible, the ultimate Grand Tourer

    Bentley has created a unique, Limited Edition model that pays homage to the legendary No. 1 Bentley Blower of 1929. The Continental GT Convertible Number 1 Edition by Mulliner is a modern interpretation of a truly iconic racing car, and features 18 carat gold plated fender badging and a remarkable piece of history, cast from a piston from the original No.1, set within the innovative Bentley Rotating Display.

    Based on the Bentley Continental GT Convertible, the world’s definitive open-top Grand Tourer, the Number 1 Edition is restricted to just 100 bespoke examples. Handcrafted in England during Bentley’s centenary year, the exhilarating open-top model contains exquisite design elements that celebrate some of the pioneering individuals from the marque’s first 100 years.

    The Number 1 Edition showcases a range of bespoke features that encapsulate the spirit of a golden era of motorsport. Available in either Dragon Red II or Beluga, and with a Claret or Beluga folding hood, the Limited Edition is equipped with a Centenary Pack, Bentley Black Line Specification and Carbon Body Kit, rounded off by
    by Published on 08-06-2019 11:17 AM
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    • Pickup concept based on the KODIAQ combines great usability and impressive design
    • Innovative design, lighting effects and new Simply Clever features are the highlights of the sixth Student Car
    • The project has been showcasing the high quality of the training at the ŠKODA Vocational School in Mladá Boleslav since 2014

    35 apprentices from the ŠKODA Vocational School have reached the pinnacle of their training year: following eight months of intense work, they presented a spectacular pickup based on the ŠKODA KODIAQ in the shape of the ŠKODA MOUNTIAQ.
    Sporting a specially designed Sunset Orange paint finish, this concept car impresses with numerous visual highlights such as a light bar on the roof and a distinctive front featuring a winch, bullbar and special lighting effects. For the sixth consecutive time, the project acts as a showcase for the apprentices’ technical skills.

    A total of 35 ŠKODA apprentices from seven different career paths, among them six women, were involved in the development and production of the ŠKODA MOUNTIAQ. The sixth consecutive Student Car is a one-off and the remarkable result of months of work.

    During the course of the project, the apprentices were supported by their instructors as well as ŠKODA experts from the Design, Production and Technical Development departments.

    As Carsten Brandes, Head of the ŠKODA Academy, points out, “Like its predecessor models, the ŠKODA MOUNTIAQ highlights the exceptional technical competence and craftsmanship of our students. Year after year, their work demonstrates the superior quality of the professional training at our vocational school.”

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