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Audi TT Coupe Independent Car Review

If I was to ask 50 people on the street what word sums up the Germans, I think over 50% would say ‘efficient’. It is the type of country that builds things that are extremely efficient! Nobody really thinks of the Germans as stylish. I know that there are the odd exceptions with say Heidi Klum or Claudia Schiffer…..but how can you say a country has style when 99% of the population aspire to be David Hasselhoff?

A few years after the war (Sorry, I had to mention it!) and the ‘denazification’ Germany went in to efficiency overdrive to prove to the world that they had done away with the mad Austrians with silly little Moustaches who craved world domination and that they just wanted to be loved!

How did they do this? By giving us one of the most stylish and beautiful cars ever made, the 300SL Gullwing! This car isn’t just beautiful but also efficient! So efficient in fact that when it was raced for the first time in the world famous Mille Miglia, it finished 2nd and 4th place and over the coming years would win the Le-Mans 24 hour race as well! But this unfortunately apart from the pre current SL or the Porsche 356 roadster they haven’t really given us a lot since!

Take the Audi TT for example. Anyone who knows me will know that I hated the TT when it was originally released. To me it looked like the love child of the original Vw Beetle and Albert Einstein. Yes it was stylish but in the same way I looked at people who wear leather trousers, unless you are homosexual or a biker, why would you?

For me it didn’t get much better when I drove the 180bhp version about 8 years ago!
It just felt slow on the straights and as it didn’t have the Quattro option the steering was lifeless and under-steered worse than a dog with 2 legs. It felt so heavy and cumbersome through the bends that it was a chore rather than a pleasure to drive. Also, when I got out of it I had terrible back pain. So at this point I just put it in the box the marked ‘great hairdressers cars’ and moved on to something a bit more manly, say a cute kitten or a Louis Vuitton man purse!

Since the new one has been released I have deliberately not driven it through fear of upsetting Audi with what is bound to be a terrible review! But a friend of mine, who is currently on his 3rd TT and as far as I am aware is not homosexual nor owns a pair of leather trousers, suggested I try his new TT S. It was a pleasant surprised since I normally hate TT’s as well as white cars but this combination looks very stylish, so I jumped in, put my man purse in the passenger foot well and had a good 10 minute drive. I have to say that I was very impressed, so impressed that the next day I put a call in to the Audi Demo team and booked myself a standard TT for a week, which arrived on Friday. Read the rest of this entry »

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2012 Audi A8 Review

The Audi A8 series has not disappointed when it comes to offering stylish cars into the market. In fact, the brand is best known for offering luxurious and stylish vehicles into the market while also adding comfort and performance into the mix. This is a significant reason behind the success of the brand and the performance of previous model releases will become a reference as to how the new 2012 Audi A8 will be like. Shall we get started into looking at the details of this new car model?

The best way to describe the new Audi A8 2012, according to critics, is that it is a perfect blend of luxury and efficiency. The body specifications of the A8 2012 are largely similar to that of the 2011 model, although new features were integrated into the brand new model to add more efficiency to your ride. The actual measurement of the body’s length is at 17.29 inches, while it features new LED headlights that deliver a new sense of style with its striking expression that complements the vehicle’s body style. Meanwhile, it is also an added safety function, along with several other features that were incorporated into this new 2012 A8, such as the in-trunk emergency release and the tire pressure monitoring capability.

The 2012 Audi A8 also comes equipped with many features that improve driving efficiency such as front and rear heated seats, navigation system, and parking sensors. The 2011 model got negative feedback from consumers with its use of a 17-inch tire wheels, hence the manufacturer made all the necessary adjustment with this new release and the 2012 model now comes with an 18-inch wheel.

The performance of the 2012 Audi A8 is one of the brightest features of this model. The use of a turbocharged 4.0 liter V8 engine can deliver up to a maximum of 310 horsepower to ensure optimum power and efficiency on the road. This type of engine is indeed capable of delivering excellent driving ability. Meanwhile, the hybrid models that are also due for release feature the Audi Valve lift system and a 4-cylinder unit that takes your driving performance up another notch.

Another excellent thing about the 2012 Audi A8 is the acceleration capacity, which is unlike any other in the market. Within only 7 seconds or less, it can go from a complete standstill to as much as 100 km/h in speed. In fact, its top speed capacity can reach up to 210 km/h. The excellent driving performance and speed is impressive for a model that is known to be fuel-efficient. The engine for this model is determined to consume 13.5 liters of fuel within a 100-km distance run. It is therefore one of the most fuel-efficient models around, especially when compared against other similar vehicles in the market today. Read the rest of this entry »

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