Audi Car Reviews

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The relaunch of the Mini brand in 2000 has proven that premium feel and quality can be replicated in a compact city car or a supermini. Almost two million Minis have rolled out of the Oxford plant and found homes worldwide since 2000. With the success BMW has had with the Mini brand, it was just a matter of time before premium competitors like Audi zooms in to have a slice of the Mini’s premium compact car pie, hence the introduction of the A1.

We’ve already discovered how convincing the A1 is when we first tested the base 122bhp model a few months back. The A1 line-up was recently joined by a more powerful 185bhp twincharged model, well, if you discard the A1’s glitzy clothes, basically makes the range topping A1 a VW Polo GTI in drag....

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Story and photos by Raymond Lai posted 6 Aug 2011
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Introduction, styling

Although Abu Dhabi is the capital of the UAE, it is only the second largest city in the Emirates after Dubai. In past decades though, the richer in oil reserves Abu Dhabi has been behind Dubai when it comes to joining the likes of New York and London in becoming one of the world's most outstanding cities. After all, Dubai has icons like the Burj Al Arab Hotel, the Palm and World Islands as well as the world's tallest building in its landscape. In recent times though, Abu Dhabi has upped its ante to take the limelight away from Dubai. There's now fierce competition between Abu Dhabi and Dubai to be the UAE's top dog city.

The battle in the executive car sector here in Singapore is pretty much akin to the fierce competition between Dubai ...

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Story by Raymond Lai in Abu Dhabi Photos by Audi posted 16 Jul 2011
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Introduction, styling

Back in the early seventies and early eighties, British cars were pretty much a common sight on our roads. Among the Cortinas, Allegros and Granadas was an exceptional looking car. The car I'm talking about here is the Rover SD1. The SD1 was an iconic design even though its front end styling was a copy of the brilliant Ferrari Daytona.

The silhouette or profile of Audi's new stylish number, the A7 Sportback, somehow manages to look the same as the Rover SD1's but there's where the similarities end though. Look into the styling details and the A7 is just pure Audi - the upward kink on the rear quarter window for example, is an obvious homage to the iconic 100S Coupe while the tornado line running along the flanks and the two thirds sheet...

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Story by Raymond Lai Photos by William Whey and Raymond Lai posted 7 Jul 2011
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Introduction, styling

The automatic or dual clutch gearbox seems to be increasingly popular among the performance car posse here. Take Porsches as an example. The majority of the Porsches here don't have a third pedal. So it's no surprise that car manufacturers are introducing two pedal versions of their sports models here.


The latest of which is the Audi TT RS. The manual transmission TT RS is a pretty quick piece of kit but it seems that the six-speed manual gearbox couldn't hit it off with the epic motor - the shift throws were too long and vague while the clutch felt like it could do with better progressiveness in the way it engages and disengages.

It was a matter of time before Audi introduced a TT RS in two pedal guise and the brand with the Four Ring...

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Story and photos by Raymond Lai posted 19 Jun 2011
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Introduction, styling

There's a popular Hokkien saying that aptly describes the original Audi TT. Translated to English, the saying roughly translates to ‘ good to see but not nice to eat'. Yes, the original TT was a stunning car to look at but to drive, well, it was just a bit to ordinary, especially for keener drivers and enthusiasts.

It was a different story when the second generation TT came along in 2006 though. Audi finally eradicated the original car's dynamic shortfalls with the new model. Right from the moment you get behind its wheel, the second generation TT feels special. The controls feel solid and well-weighted and you'll immediately sense that this car has the ability to entertain, something that can't be said of its predecessor. Almost five y...

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Story and photos by Raymond L posted 5 May 2011
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Introduction, styling

These days, premium brands like Audi, BMW and Porsche among others are entering or even creating all sorts of new niche markets to increase their sales volume. In the case of Audi, models like the A4 and A6 might make up the core of the brand's worldwide sales but surely, the brand can only shift that much A4 and A6 models before the executive saloon market reaches saturation and hence the need to explore new niches to expand its product portfolio and eventually, sales volume.

The head honchos at Ingolstadt have obviously noticed BMW's success with the Mini brand since the latter's relaunch a decade ago. The Mini's success came as it managed to fill a gap in the market that was never exploited previously - the premium compact city car. ...

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Small Wonder posted 24 Mar 2011
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The Audi A8 has somewhat been often ignored by luxury saloon buyers here in Singapore. Most who are looking at a full sized luxury limo will usually make their main choices the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and the BMW 7 Series, with models like the A8 and the Jaguar XJ among others not getting as much attention or credit.

It is not the same case in European markets like Germany though where the A8 has proved to be a major success for the Four Rings since the last generation model was introduced back in 2002.

If you scrutinize things, there's actually a lot to like about the A8. Quite why local towkays shun it is pretty hard for me to understand. Audi hopes to change things with the new A8 though.

The new model codenamed the D4, is the third ...

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Story and Photos by Raymond Lai posted 16 Mar 2011
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When it comes to premium sporty and small roadster/coupe models, one of the first models to come to mind has to be the Porsche Boxster and its fixed head Cayman cousin. Then there's the Cayman's VW Group compatriot, the Audi TT.

The TT has always been considered to be a small coupe that is in a class lower than the Porsche Cayman but with the introduction of the range topping TT RS last year, can the Audi finally be on par with the Cayman or more specifically, the Cayman S?

To see off its newer German rivals, Porsche updated the Boxster/Cayman pair a couple of years back with a raft of changes. The base model gets a new 2.9-litre engine with more poke while the Tiptronic S auto box is superseded by a new PDK dual-clutch transmission to...

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Story by Raymond Lai Photos by Yang posted 28 Feb 2011
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