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The Audi R8 has found itself in yet another blockbuster movie. At this point, we should just give it an Oscar and call it a day, right?

The R8 has been in so many movies over the past couple of years we’re surprised we couldn’t find an IMDB page for it. But in all seriousness, the German sports car is a real action star and recently, it was revealed that Audi has once again collaborated with Marvel Studios to include a fleet of its cars, including the R8 Spyder , in another superhero movie.

This time, the R8 is trading in Iron Man for Wolverine, a not too surprising turn of events given the car’s proclivity for living life on the fast lane. But the R8 Spyder isn’t the only Audi that made an appearance in The Wolverine. Joining it - and making their respective cinematic debuts - are the Audi A8 L and the Ducati Diavel, which is now owned by Audi, by the way.

As far as the respective scenes where the R8 Spyder is in front of the cameras, well, that’s something that we’ll save for the actual movie. The Wolverine opens in the U.S. later this month on July 26th. Be sure to check it out because you never know, the R8 Spyder just might have its own mutant powers by movie’s end.

Click past the jump to read about the standard - and non-mutant - Audi R8 Spyder

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Everyone knows that once an updated version was revealed, a model is preparing to enter a new generation. This is exactly what it will happen with the Audi R8 : it entered the market back in 2008 (2006 in Europe), then received an updated for 2014 (2013 for Europe) and now, Audi is preparing to unveil a new-generation R8.

The new R8 will continue to share its platform with the next-gen Lamborghini Gallardo , but Audi will focus on making it lighter and more powerful. Also, while remaining faithful to its roots, the next R8 will adopt a radical new look with lots of design elements inspired by the R8 E-tron concept car, including the single-frame grille and the matrix-beam LED lights.

Audi will also install many new elements made in carbon fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP), most likely the bonnet and roof. These new elements, combined with the new Multimaterial Spaceframe body used in the R8 e-tron, will make the next R8 lighter than the current model.

As is typical for the R8, the new generation will be offered in both V-8 and V-10 versions, with both receiving power and fuel economy boosts. Rumors point toward the V-8 version will delivering up to 450 horsepower and the the V-10 version delivering up to 570 horsepower — a gain of 20 and 50 horsepower, respectively. Both engines will feature cylinder deactivation and stop-start technology to help boost fuel economy by about 10%.

Expect to see the new Audi R8 sometime in the 2016 model year (2015 in Europe), with a roadster version to follow late in the same model year.

Updated 06/19/2013: British magazine AutoExpress is offering a series of new details on the next generation Audi R8.

Updated 07/15/2013: We have created an all-new rendering and added a few extra details on the upcoming 2016 R8.

Click past the jump to read more about the Audi R8.

Source: AutoCar
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British magazine AutoCar had the crazy idea of putting face to face a Nissan GT-R and an Audi RS6 Avant . While it may sound like a crazy idea, the two cars actually perform pretty closely with one another: they both have all-wheel drive, deliver more than 500 horsepower and in the UK are priced at £80,000 - around $120,000 at the current exchange rates.

Despite the on-paper similarities between the two, AutoCar took them on the road to see if the big, practical Audi RS6 can really outpace, or at least hang with, the breathtaking Nissan GT-R. Steve Sutcliffe had the pleasure of hosting the battle and this video will show you the result of the test.

Check it out to see if the RS6 Avant is really as cool as Audi claims and if it can stand in front of the powerful GT-R. Let us know which of the two models is your favorite!

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Overall, the A4 is easier than ever to buy and still brings one of the finest interiors in the entry luxury sport sedan segment. This year’s Premium Plus and Prestige models come standard with S-line body kits and a slightly revised front bumper that includes a darker shade for the single-frame grille and a reshaped diffuser piece out back.

Despite the 2012 model year refresh to the headlights and taillights, the A4 is looking quite mature next to the brand new Mercedes-Benz CLA250 , BMW 328i and Lexus IS250 .

The Audi A4 must also fend off a few credible domestic competitors for the first time, including the Cadillac ATS and the Buick Regal GS .

Rumors are swirling about a refresh in 2014 or 2015. Even so, the current A4 is charged with defending Audi market share in this hyper-competitive luxury compact segment.

Click past the review for the full review of the 2014 Audi A4 with info on the new features and options.

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When Audi announced that it would offer the TT RS to the North American market, we were stoked about it. Though the TT RS is mighty impressive, we were a little bit disappointed that this awesome sports coupe only delivered 360 horsepower. Lucky for us, ABT Sportsline seems to agree with us that the TT RS can much better.

To help satisfy our power hunger, ABT Sportsline developed an upgrade kit for both the TT RS and the TT RS Plus models that pushes it to extreme levels. The tuner installed a self-developed ABT air-to-air intercooler and an ABT turbocharger.

The end result is an increase in output up to a total of 470 horsepower and 464 pound-feet – up from 343 pound-feet in the stock model. With the extra power under the hood, the ABT TT RS sprints from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.9 seconds and up to a top speed of 177 mph – this equals a 0.2-second faster 0-to-60 mph time and a 3 mph increase in top speed.

Click past the jump to read more about the Audi TT RS by ABT Sportsline.

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The 2014 A7 risks being overshadowed by the high-powered S7, as well as the track-ready RS7 for the first time in the United States. Buyers may quickly discover that the relatively simple and affordable A7 is the pick of the range. With all the luxury and exterior drama, via a 2014 Black Optics package and S-line trim, the A7 is no wallflower. It can also haul serious mass its huge trunk on its way to 60 mph in under 6 seconds.

The A7 is a mutant of a car in the ultra-conservative luxury sedan world. Style it all you want, but do not add a hatchback or call it a coupe. Where it starts to make sense is in the decadent fastback proportions and more than a little Lamborghini Estoque about the rear end.

The Audi seals the deal with a huge tailgate that opens to a wagon-large cargo area and rear seats that can fold down for loading antiques.

The A7 has a low roofline that is a significant 3-inch drop from the A8 above it. And while the A7 looks enormous, it is about half a foot shorter than the A8, as well.

The A7 does not have this fashion coupe space all to itself. It is nearly $20,000 cheaper than the Porsche Panamera that packs the same freaky hatchback luxury charm. The A7 also takes aim at the Mercedes-Benz CLS550 Shooting Brake and the BMW 650i Gran Coupe , making this one big German party.

None of these over-styled cars ever age very gracefully but the A7 is in the unenviable spot of being the oldest among this group of brand-new competitors. Don’t count out the $65,000 A7, as this battle has only just begun.

Click past the jump for the full review of the 2014 Audi A7 3.0T with highlights on the new equipment and performance options.

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Even though the summer is slowing reaching the end, you should still prepare your convertible for maximum enjoyment of what is left of the sunshine and warm weather. Senner Tuning is offering you the perfect solution to make those summer days even more enjoyable in your Audi S5 Convertible .

Senner Tuning did tons of work under the hood where the 3.0 liter V-6 engine was upgraded to deliver a total of 435 horsepower and a peak torque of 369 pound-feet. That’s a huge jump over the stock 333 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque. In order to obtain this upgrade, Senner tweaked the ECU and installed a new exhaust system.

The all-new valve controlled exhaust system features four tailpipes that provide plenty of throaty noise. This system features a cleverly-devised control system that allows for a regulation of the exhaust sound intensity and tone. The active exhaust system even shows the mode it is in on the S5’s dashboard display.

Senner also removed the speed limiter to allow the S5 to top out well above the usual 155 mph.

Click past the jump to read more about the Audi S5 Convertible by Senner Tuning.

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There’s a distinct thematic change when moving up Audi’s performance ranks from A to S to RS models. This four-door super-limo sticks to the script by offering the controlled but comfortable ride of the A8 paired with extreme power and sprint performance.

How quick is the S8? What do you have to drag race it against? It’s beaten everything from the R8 to the BMW Alpina B7 . Only a select few cars on earth can beat this beast for sheer effortless pace. Just floor it and hang on tight.

The S8 is then a luxury barge with the performance potential to pass an R8 without really trying. It is one of those cars you can imagine Audi executives designing for themselves first and offering for sale second.

The S8 comes in atop the other A8 variants, including a TDI for 2014, but below the range-topping A8 L W12. After the BMW ’s shaming at the drag strip, only the upcoming Bentley Flying Spur and the brand-new 2014 S63 AMG 4Matic can keep up with this level of AWD pace. Oh, and don’t forget the crushing prowess of the Porsche Panamera Turbo .

The A8 /S8 pair is unique within the Volkswagen Group because the costly aluminum space frame and panels are not sharable assets for Bentley or Porsche at the moment. The addition of a world-beating 520 horsepower twin-turbo V-8 engine and eight-speed automatic mean the S8 is one of the most desirable super sedans available at any price.

The major downsides for the A8 – old man styling, slowness – virtually disappear when the car is packing the S8 engine and body kit. Is it enough to earn sales from the extremely capable competition?

Click past the jump for the full review of the 2014 Audi S8 with highlights on cool performance features and equipment.

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There was a time when the S4 was the most exciting Audi offered in the United States. What a difference 10 years can make. The S4 is now joined by the S5 , RS5 , S6 and R8 sports models with more appearing on the horizon every year. In the face of the new lineup, the S4 looks pretty tame by comparison.

The looks are deceiving, however. The S4 may have lost its shouty atmospheric V-8 engine for this generation, but replaces it with a supercharged V-6 that weights nearly 200 pounds less and delivers acceleration sprints in the mid 4’s all day long. The $50,000 S4 offers a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic or a rare six-speed manual.

The 2014 S4 faces a mild identity crisis in the face of the increasingly expensive BMW M3 that has long been its arch nemesis. Audi makes sure that even the speedy 335Xi model cannot keep up with the S4 in a straight line. Otherwise, S4 the package stays pretty similar to the core A4 style and value proposition. In fact, the S4 is basically just an engine and handling package over the base A4 that is only offered in 2.0-liter form.

How does it stack up versus the 335Xi and the 2014 Cadillac CTS Vsport ? All three sedans are offered with AWD and run extra-powerful V-6 engines that use forced induction to increase power while maintaining decent efficiency stats.

Click past the jump for the full review of the S4 with highlights on the new features and equipment for 2014.

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Audi added the A5 Coupe to its lineup back in 2007 as a direct response to models like BMW 3 Series Coupe. Two years later, the lineup was further expanded with the addition of a convertible version. The only update the A5 received was back in 2011, when Audi offered a revised exterior and interior look.

For the 2014 model year, the A5 remains basically unchanged and American customers can choose between the usual Premium, Premium Plus and Prestige trim levels. For the 2014 model year, the Premium Plus and Prestige models will be offered with an S-line competition package. Additionally, all the A5 models get an optional Black Optic package and new 19-inch Titanium Rotor wheels.

Also, for the 2014 model year, the only engine offered on the U.S. market - the 2.0 TFSI engine - was tricked to deliver extra power. To help it better compete with the C-Class and 4 Series .

Click past the jump to read more about the Audi A5 Convertible.


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