August Horch is a legend in the annuals of automobile history. Like many legends, he had a rocky start to his career; a rocky start that led to the founding of Audi Automobilwerke GmbH Zwickau.
Horch’s first automotive company was August Horch & Cie. Motorwagenwerke AG. Like many early automobile builders, Horch liked to drive his cars. He just elected to do so at top speed and during races. That is an innocent enough undertaking, but his partners thought it was too dangerous and set the wrong public image; so they removed him from the company. He was also legally barred from using the Horch name in future business ventures. Which leads us to this: in German, Horch means hear (loosely). In Latin, audire means listen. Audire was shortened to Audi, and a company name was born.
The four rings of Audi came into being in 1928 when the owner of Dampf-Kraft-Wagen (DKW), Jorgen Rasmussen, acquired a majority stake in Horch’s company, then went on to buy American automobile manufacturer Rickenbacker and the Wanderer automobile company. He merged the four companies (Rickenbacker, Horch, DKW, and Wanderer), to form Auto Union AG; thus, giving rise to the four rings logo.
Well, enough of the history lesson. You came here to read about five Audi’s that will spice up your daily drive, so it is time we deliver on that promise.
Audi A3 Sportback
The Audi A3 is a compact family car. It is a three-door hatchback that combines the prestige and function of an Audi with excellent fuel economy. Its small stature makes it a great urban commuter, as well. Now in its second generation, the A3 can be powered by a variety of petrol and diesel engines. The standard gearbox is a five-speed automatic, but a five-speed manual and a dual-clutch seven-speed automatic are available on the newest models.
The base A3 is a respectable car, but you can really spice up your daily drive with an Audi A3 Sportback. The Sportback is five-door hothatch with a 1,980 cc petrol I4 that pushes 150 bhp to the front wheels. The powerplant is mated to a six-speed automatic gearbox that is tuned for quick shifts. The Audi A3 Sportback offered here at BE FORWARD offers the added bonus of having low mileage.
The is classified as a compact executive car. Despite its compact classification, the A4 is more than roomy enough to seat four adults comfortably; five if need be. The A4 can be powered by a variety of petrol and diesel I4 engines. The gearbox selection is either a six-speed manual or a dual-clutch automatic.
The 2012 Audi A4 pictured above is equipped with a 1,980 cc TFSI powerplant that is capable of 178 bhp and 320 N-m of torque. The engine is mated to a multitronic gearbox. It does not feature the quattro drive system, but it does offer reasonable mileage and a great low price.
The Audi A6 is classified as an executive car. Unlike some of the cars in this class, the Audi A6 is not a stodgy box on wheels that places comfort above fun. The 2015 Audi A6 pictured above is powered by a 2,800 cc FSI engine that provides 208 bhp. It is mated to an exciting automatic multitronic gearbox. It also has extremely low mileage and is reasonably priced.
If you want a little more sport in your A6, you might want to consider this 2016 Audi R S6. It features a 3,993 cc twin turbo petrol powerhouse that thrusts 414 bhp to all four wheels through Audi’s quattro system. This is an amazing executive car to say the least!
The is a two-door sport coupe. It is commonly sold as a hardtop, but can be ordered as a two-seat roadster as well. The TT is powered by a variety of I4 petrol engines that can be paired to either a six-speed manual or a six-speed S-tronic automatic gearbox.
The 2015 Audi TT Quattro pictured above is powered by a 2,000 cc FSI engine that is rated for 230 bhp and 370 N-m of torque. If you should need to transport a group, it can seat four. Luckily, the back seat has next to zero legroom; quickly discouraging a group from asking you for a ride! The mileage on this sleek, sexy machine is under 350.
We always have a few dozen Audi offerings available. Please look over and feel free to contact us with any questions that you may have.