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New for 2018: Audi

New for 2018: Audi

By Christian Wardlaw, August 09, 2017
For the 2018 model year, Audi redesigns the A5 and Q5 models, adds a more powerful S4 sedan to the A4 lineup, and expands the Audi Sport lineup with the 400-horsepower TT RS. A new supercharged, 3.0-liter V-6 engine appears in the A6 and A7 models, and most Audis benefit from increased standard equipment. This is the last year for the flagship A8 sedan before a complete redesign arrives for 2019.

Detailed changes for each Audi car and SUV model are shown on the pages that follow.

2018 Audi A3/S3/RS 3

  • Heated front seats and Audi Music Interface with dual USB ports are standard for Premium trim
  • Premium Plus trim adds a standard blind-spot warning system
  • Optional Technology package for Premium Plus trim adds Bang & Olufsen premium sound, Audi Virtual Cockpit digital instrumentation, and a navigation system
  • Sport package for Sportback E-tron offers a new 18-in. aluminum wheel design
  • New S Sport package for S3 model, combining magnetic ride control suspension with red-painted brake calipers
  • Following a brief 2017 model-year run, the performance-tuned RS 3 returns with a turbocharged 5-cylinder engine cranking out 400 horsepower and 354 lb.-ft. of torque

2018 Audi A4/A4 Allroad/S4

  • New sport-tuned Audi S4 debuts with turbocharged, 3.0-liter V-6 engine making 354 horsepower and 369 lb.-ft. of torque
  • Premium trim adds standard S-line exterior styling and heated front seats
  • A blind-spot warning system and a rear-impact collision preparation system are now standard for Premium Plus trim
  • Prestige trim equipped with standard dual-pane front side window glass, adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go capability, active lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist system, automatic high-beam headlights, and traffic sign recognition
  • New Black Optic Plus package with gloss black wheels and exterior trim, lip spoiler, red-painted brake calipers, red contrast interior stitching, and a flat-bottom steering wheel
  • For A4 Allroad, the Warm Weather package for the Premium Plus trim includes ventilated sport seats

2018 Audi A5/S5

  • Redesigned and available in coupe, convertible, and 5-door “sportback” body styles
  • Choice between a turbocharged 4-cylinder (A5) and a turbocharged 6-cylinder engine (S5), and between manual and dual-clutch automatic transmissions
  • Standard Quattro all-wheel drive
  • Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige trim levels

2018 Audi A6/S6

  • A new supercharged, 3.0-liter V-6 engine generates 340 horsepower from 5,300 rpm to 6,500 rpm, and 325 lb.-ft. of torque between 2,900 rpm and 5,300 rpm
  • Standard equipment for Premium trim includes keyless entry and engine starting, and a navigation system
  • LED headlights and interior lighting is now standard for Premium Plus trim
  • Prestige trim gains a standard 360-degree surround-view camera system
  • Last year’s 3.0T Competition trim becomes the Competition package for Premium Plus and Prestige trim

2018 Audi A7/S7/RS 7

  • A7 shares the A6 model’s new supercharged 3.0-liter V-6
  • Premium Plus trim gains standard full-LED interior ambient lighting
  • Prestige trim adds standard corner-view camera system
  • Previous 3.0T Competition trim is now the Competition package
  • Expanded wheel/tire selections for the S7
  • RS 7 now comes standard with 21-in. wheels and a sport exhaust system

2018 Audi A8/S8

  • Final year before a complete redesign
  • Continues in A8 L and S8 Plus model series
  • New Executive and Executive Plus option packages for A8 L
  • New Black Optic package with 20- or 21-in. wheels and blacked-out trim

2018 Audi Q3

  • Sporty S-line appearance details are standard
  • New Convenience package for Premium trim
  • Premium Plus trim gains standard LED headlights, LED taillights with dynamic turn signals, and blind-spot warning system
  • Sport Plus package for Premium Plus trim adds Black Optic exterior trim, Titanium-color 19-in. aluminum wheels, flat-bottom steering wheel with paddle shifters

2018 Audi Q5/SQ5

  • Audi’s popular 5-passenger SUV is completely redesigned
  • Turbocharged 4-cylinder engine for Q5, turbocharged V-6 engine for SQ5
  • Standard 7-speed dual-clutch transmission and Quattro all-wheel drive
  • Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige trim levels

2018 Audi Q7

  • Keyless entry and engine starting is standard for Premium trim
  • A premium Bose audio system is standard for Premium Plus trim
  • Prestige trim gains standard power door closers

2018 Audi R8

  • Audi Smartphone Interface technology, Audi Sport grille badge, Audi Sport puddle lights are now standard
  • New Black Optic package installs blacked-out trim and 20-in. forged aluminum wheels in high-gloss Anthracite (dark gray)
  • V10 and V10 Plus model series receive new interior trim
  • LED headlights with laser light element available for V10 model, standard for V10 Plus

2018 Audi TT/TTS/TT RS

  • New performance-tuned TT RS model debuts with turbocharged 5-cylinder engine developing 400 horsepower between 5,850 rpm and 7,000 rpm, and 354 lb.-ft. of torque between 1,700 rpm and 5,850 rpm
  • Park-assist sensors are standard for Audi TT
  • The TT model’s optional Technology package adds a Bang & Olufsen premium sound system
  • New S-line Competition package for TT includes exterior styling enhancements, sport suspension, sport-bolstered front seats, and a flat-bottom steering wheel
  • New S Sport Seat package for TTS adds premium Nappa leather and an extended leather treatment for the interior

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