Muscle Cars Top Most Stolen Sporty-Car List


A trio of nameplates synonymous with American muscle — the Chevrolet Camaro, Ford Mustang and Dodge Challenger — are also the strongest candidates to be swiped by auto thieves. According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau's new list of most stolen "sporty" vehicles, the iconic Detroit coupes raced to the front of the pack. The report is based on theft records from the National Crime Information Center and covers model-year 2010, 2011 and 2012 vehicles stolen between Jan. 1, 2009, and Dec. 31, 2012.

The report breaks the cars into three classes: midsize, premium and compact. Sporty-vehicle thefts during the counting period numbered 3,780, with the midsize class dominating that total with 3,271, or 87 percent. Within the midsize class, the Camaro led with 1,509 thefts, followed by the Mustang (980) and the Challenger (782). Rounding out the top five was a mix of premium and compact models, including the Porsche Panamera, a premium car with 103 thefts; Audi A5/S5 (compact, 101); Chevrolet Corvette (premium, 69); Nissan 370Z (compact, 47); BMW 6 Series (premium, 45); Porsche 911 (premium, 24); and Volkswagen Eos (compact, 23).

By Matt Schmitz | October 30, 2013 | Comments (0)

2013 Audi RS 5: Photo Gallery

Audi-rs-5's test cars are parked amid a vast sea of vehicles in a multistory parking tower; Audi's RS 5 was easy to spot with its unmistakable LED headlights, aggressive grille, carbon fiber accents and Sepang Blue pearl paint. Likewise, its throaty exhaust note is hard to miss.

The performance-oriented RS 5 slots above the already amped up S5 and regular A5 in price and power. It's equipped with a 4.2-liter V-8 good for 450 horsepower and 317 pounds-feet of torque.

Our test RS 5 coupe Quattro started at $68,900 but had an as-tested price of $77,320, including destination, thanks to goodies like the pearly paint, MMI Navigation Package, Titanium Package and sport exhaust system. Even without the options, it commands a hefty premium over the S5's $51,795 starting price and makes the A5, which bases at, $38,745, look like a bargain.

Check out photographer Evan Sears' photos below.

By Jennifer Geiger | May 17, 2013 | Comments (0)

Audi Latest Automaker to Introduce Gas-Price App


Joining automakers such as GM and Ford, whose respective infotainment systems — Chevrolet MyLink and MyFord Touch — offer drivers the ability to find the nearest station with the cheapest gas, Audi has added an app to its lineup helping folks find where to fill 'er up frugally. The German automaker announced this week that, beginning in May, members of its A3 family of hatchbacks equipped with Audi connect will have access to Refuelling Stop, a new online service that provides information about where to find the cheapest gas.

According to Audi, the service consults an online database of gas stations and prices and matches the list to the driver's current location or destination. The driver can sort search results by price or distance, and simply click on the station and set it as the navigation destination. The system will even consider the type of fuel required by the A3, which can be premium or diesel depending on the engine.

By Matt Schmitz | April 17, 2013 | Comments (0) Family Reviews the 2013 Audi A5


There are plenty of people who say a coupe isn't a family car, but it can be if the kids are older, like Family reviewer Sara Lacey's two school-aged children. Sara found that the 2013 Audi A5 coupe worked well for her family, but her kids had to be patient when it came to clambering in and out of the backseat. Sara enjoyed the A5's turbocharged four-cylinder engine and refined interior — and her kids did too.

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By Jennifer Newman | April 3, 2013 | Comments (0)

2013 Audi RS 5 at Roebling Road Raceway Video

If the 2013 Audi RS 5 didn't quite have reviewer Joe Wiesenfelder at "hello," it had him saying "You complete me" within a few turns around the track at Roebling Road Raceway in Georgia. Wiesenfelder was initially enticed by the exterior styling, which is more imposing than the A5 with its "giant" grilles, lower profile and aggressive diffuser. But the S5-besting 450 horsepower courtesy of the RS 5's 4.2-liter V-8, along with the cohesion of the powertrain, brakes, all-wheel-drive system and overall driving dynamics, was what really made this a case of love at first drive. For more of this Roebling romance, watch the video above.

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By Matt Schmitz | March 7, 2013 | Comments (0)

Audi Teases 2012 S5 4.2 Special Edition on Facebook

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For 2013, Audi's S5 is trading its V-8 powertrain for a supercharged 3.0-liter V-6. Before the model changeover, the automaker is offering V-8 S5 loyalists one last version of the coupe.

The new 2012 Audi S5 4.2 Special Edition was first unveiled on the automaker's Facebook page, an increasingly popular place for carmakers to leak news. (Buick Facebook fans saw teaser shots of its new Encore compact SUV before the official reveal at the 2012 Detroit auto show.)

By Jennifer Geiger | January 20, 2012 | Comments (0)

2013 Audi RS 5: Photo Gallery

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The 2013 Audi RS 5 will be the most powerful A5 in the lineup when it goes on sale this summer.

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Its naturally aspirated V-8 forks out a whopping 450 horsepower, netting a sub-5-second zero-to-60-mph time.

By Colin Bird | January 10, 2012 | Comments (6)

2013 Audi RS 5: Up Close

As high-performance sports cars go, the RS 5's styling is pretty restrained, with only a few cues hinting at the 450-horsepower V-8 under the hood. One of those cues is the grille; it looks like Audi designers drew inspiration from medieval chainmail when fashioning the mesh insert, upon which floats the Audi rings.

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RS-style oval exhaust outlets finish the rear of the car but the design as a whole skews more toward sleeper.

By Mike Hanley | January 9, 2012 | Comments (2)

2013 Audi A5, S5: First Look


  • Competes with: BMW 3 Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Infiniti G37
  • Looks like: A current A5 with the A7’s nose
  • Drivetrain: 211-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, six-speed manual or CVT transmission with front or all-wheel drive (A5); 333-hp, supercharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder with all-wheel drive(S5)
  • Hits dealerships: Midyear 2012

The Audi A5 and higher-performance S5 are getting a slightly new look for the 2013 model with mostly exterior updates, though the S5 loses one of its defining characteristics, but perhaps that’s not a bad thing.

Up front, the A5’s new headlights, bumper and fog lights are more chiseled and closely match its 2012 A6 and A7 siblings. The rear lights have been redesigned, too, but it’s harder to differentiate those compared with the more dramatic changes up front.

The S5 gains similar aesthetic alterations but loses the 4.2-liter V-8 that’s been available since its launch as a 2008 model. We’ll miss the burly sounds of the 354-horsepower V-8, but we are quite fond of the S5’s new engine: a 3.0-liter supercharged V-6 making 333 hp. It also powers the A6 and A7.

By Joe Bruzek | July 13, 2011 | Comments (2)

Audi Sales Held Back by Slim Inventory


You would think setting sales records month after month would be a good thing, but it’s also had a negative side effect for luxury brand Audi. There aren't enough cars on lots for all the shoppers walking in the door to buy.

Audi’s 227 dealerships collectively have about 10,000 cars on their lots, which is equivalent to a 27-day supply for the entire lineup. A 60-day supply is considered healthy, according to Ward’s Auto.

That situation is somewhat of a mixed-blessing, said Johan de Nysschen, president of Audi America. At least people want Audi vehicles, but the situation is causing some shoppers to desert the brand. Audi cannot satisfy demand for its A4, A5, Q5 and Q7 crossovers, or the redesigned A8 flagship; all these models have less than a 20-day supply.

Such short supply means the desired vehicle — right trim, powertrain and color — often aren’t available without custom ordering it from the factory and waiting for delivery. Audi says preorders make up 31% of sales currently. That’s not a good thing because many car shoppers don’t like purchasing a vehicle in this manner. “[It’s] unsustainable because we’re losing business … and some of our dealers are unprofitable,” de Nysschen told Wards Auto. He also added that his company could be selling twice as many diesel Q7 crossovers if they were available.

Audi hopes the rollout of the 2012 Audi A6 and A7 will take pressure on some off of its more constrained models. The 2012 Audi A7 went on sale earlier this month, and the A6 goes on sale later this summer. However, we don't see how that will please Q5 fans who might be prefer to buy a new BMW X3 or Volvo XC60 rather than waiting for a Q5.

Audi Constrained by Vehicle Supply (Wards Auto)

By Colin Bird | April 29, 2011 | Comments (8)

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