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What is Horsepower and How Does It Work in Your Vehicle?

If you're looking for a car, one of the first things you'll probably look for is how much horsepower the car has. Most people will look for the car with the most horsepower because they know it equates to how much strength a car has. However, have you ever wondered what horsepower is and what it's meant to do?

James Watt was an inventor in the 18th century. During that time, he coined the term horsepower to sell his steam engines to consumers by watching ponies work at a coal mine. 

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Audi Q5 Is All-New for 2018: Still the Standard-Setter for Luxury Compact Crossovers Says

Audi has finally refreshed its Q5 model for 2018, the first big redesign since the acclaimed luxury compact crossover debuted in 2009. But given that the Q5 has emerged as the German automaker's top-selling model in recent years, the update is a careful one - more evolutionary in nature. editor Dan Frio recently had the opportunity to spend some time behind the wheel of the new Q5.

The 2018 Audi Q5 features a very capable 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 252 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque; it's paired with a very efficient seven-speed...

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MotorWeek Marvels at 2017 Audi S3

If you're seeking a compact luxury sedan with a panache for high-flying performance, we here at Audi Des Moines suggest you have a good, long look at the 2017 S3.


... Just don't be surprised when you can't stop staring.


Here now with more on the S3 are the industry experts over at MotorWeek:

Exquisitely appointed from hood to trunk, the S3's entry-level model -- the Premium Plus -- most certainly delivers the goods in a major way.


Standard equipment on this trim includes 18-inch wheels, summer performance tires, keyless ignition and entry, automatic LED headlamps, a panoramic sunroof…

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Audi Pulls Out All the Stops for Fresh-Faced 2017 Q7

If you're shopping the full-size luxury crossover class for your next daily driver, please allow your pals here at Audi Des Moines to offer a word of advice:


Ours -- the fully redesigned 2017 Q7 -- is one that should absolutely hold a spot on your short list.


Why, though?


That answer, conveniently enough, can be found in the clip below. Team up with Kelley Blue Book Managing Video Editor Micah Muzio to learn of some of the Q7's choicest qualities:

Would you like to enjoy the very best that the Q7 has to offer? Well, in that case, the…

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2017 Audi A4 Wins Praise from Pundits

Has your new-car search brought you to the midsize luxury sedan segment? Well, if so, we here at Audi Des Moines think you may well meet your match in ours, the 2017 A4.


Think we're alone in that opinion?


Guess again.


As it turns out, Editorial Director Jonathan Yarkony is quite fond of the A4, as well. Find out why by watching the video below:

Much like Mr. Yarkony, one of our favorite features of the A4 is its engine. This is true even of the base version, a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder.


The default drivetrain across…

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A fan favorite among shoppers and staffers alike, we here at Audi Des Moines have nothing but love for our esteemed German automaker's high-flying luxury sports coupe, the 2017 R8.


And, evidently, such an opinion is one that resonates with critic Joe Wiesenfelder, too. Check out his assessment of the R8 in the clip below:

Motivated by a 5.2-liter V10 engine, the base R8 is rated at a robust 540 horsepower and 398 pound-feet of torque. The engine, in turn, teams with a seven-speed automated-manual transmission and standard quattro® all-wheel drive.


The ten-cylinder engine of the…

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