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With 550 horsepower and 398 pound-feet of torque under its hood, the R8 V10 Plus is currently the most powerful model in the R8 lineup. That said, there is always room for improvement, and German tuner, B&B, prepared a nasty tuning kit that adds a few more horses to the potent V-10.

The tuner offers three stages of upgrades, each taking the V-10’s output to a new level. In Stage 1, the output jumps to 595 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque; Stage 2 takes it up to 610 horsepower and 420 horsepower; and the third stage, dubbed the BB R8 M20/3, pushes the V-10 to 628 horsepower and 431 pound-feet.

B&B did not reveal what is included in the first two stages, but the BB R8 M20/3 upgrade includes modification to the ignition and injection systems, and the intake channels and air ducts. There is also a new racing exhaust system made of stainless steel, a remapped the ECU and new air filters.

With the extra power. the R8 Plus goes from 0 to 62 mph in just 3.2 seconds, from 0 to 124 mph in 9.6 seconds and up to a top speed of 203 mph.

Click past the jump to read more about the Audi R8 V10 Plus by B&B.

German tuner MTM has always been one of the most successful Audi tuners in the world, so when news comes out that it is hard at work on another program, we all stand up and wait for the project to finish.

Well, the latest one is done and its got a pretty intense engine upgrade, to say the least. This is the Audi RS6 Avant and, while it doesn’t inspire the kind of break-neck power and fancy aesthetics that seemingly all station wagons carry with them, MTM made sure that this RS6 Avant packs a wallop of an engine upgrade.

The engine remains the same, which is to say that the RS6 Avant is still powered by a 4.0-liter, twin-turbo V-8 engine, but MTM went to work on tuning it. This tune resulted in an increased output of 722 horsepower and 652 pound-feet of torque — a dramatic increase from the RS6 Avant’s standard output of 560 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. With this significant upgrade in tow, the RS6 Avant is now capable of hitting 62 mph in 3.3 seconds, 124 mph in 11.3 seconds and a top speed of 211 mph.

At the corners, the RS6 carries MTM 20-inch bimoto wheels wrapped in 285/35ZR20 Michelin Pilot Supersport rubber. Up front, this hopped up wagon features an MTM-exclusive Brembo monobloc six-piston braking system with 405-by-36 mm (15.9-by-1.4-inch) discs.

This massive engine modification program does come at a cost with MTM charging €13,751.80 ($18,504.42) for the treat of getting the RS6 Avant’s output up to the 700-horsepower range.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2013 Audi RS6 Avant by MTM

You would think that the Audi S3 , the company’s performance-oriented version of the A3, already has enough power under its hood to satisfy some customers.

While that may be true for some, others would want some extra juice, or in this case 70 horsepower’s worth.

That’s where ABT Sportsline comes into the picture. The German tuning firm has become one of the foremost Audi tuners in the world, and its latest take on the S3 just goes to show that the possibilities are endless if you know what you’re doing.

There aren’t a lot of aerodynamic changes done to the S3, as far as this program is concerned, but there’s always room for improvement on the performance front. ABT did so by installing its own ECU unit, jumping the power of the S3 Coupe to an impressive 370 horsepower and 339 pound-feet of torque. That’s a serious improvement from the standard 300-horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque output of the standard S3 Coupe.

With this, ABT slashed five-tenths of a second off of the S3’s 0-to-60 mph time, now hitting it at 4.6 seconds to go with a top speed of 165 mph.

With all the attention paid on the engine upgrade, it’s important to note that ABT also offering a new set of wheels for the S3 , with sizes ranging from 18 to 20 inches, as well as new fender inserts that ABT says underscores the car’s dynamic character.

With ABT, who are we to disagree.

Click past the jump to read more about the Audi S3 Coupe by ABT Sportsline

The Audi RS6 Avant has been in the tuning headlines recently. So much so, that we are starting to wonder if so many owners think it is subpar or if tuners are just starting to recognize that it is ripe for tuning.

We’d like to believe its the latter because the RS6 really is a masterful piece of work. Aftermarket companies are right to be interested in the vehicle, and no more so than one of the biggest Audi tuners in the world: ABT Sportsline.

A day after it introduced a new program for the S3 Coupe, ABT is following it up with its own take of the high-powered German wagon . Unlike the S3 Coupe program, this RS6 Avant was given its share of distinguishable aesthetic upgrades, specifically the addition of new carbon-fiber mirror caps. A stainless steel exhaust silencer system was also installed, as well as new suspension springs, and a new set of either 20- or 22-inch wheels.

Those are some nice additions, but we all know that ABT Sportsline prides itself on its impressive performance programs, and this RS6 received quite a load. From the standard 560 horsepower and 519 pound-feet of torque numbers of the RS6’s 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine, ABT was able to drive it all the way up to a staggering 700 horsepower and 652 pound-feet of torque, allowing the sports wagon to now hit 62 mph in just 3.4 seconds to go with a top speed of 199 mph.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2013 Audi RS6 Avant by ABT Sportsline

Ever long to own a serious sports car like and Audi R8 or Porsche 911 , but can’t seem to find one at the right price? Perhaps the $106,700 price tag on a new Mercedes SL550 is outside your budget. Well, the television network CBS plans to give contestants a chance to win one of five dream cars, but only if the price is right.

Drew Carey and his long-stemmed microphone will be giving game show contestants on The Price Is Right the chance to drive home an Audi R8 , Jaguar XK touring convertible , BMW 640i convertible , Mercedes-Benz SL550 , or a Porsche 911 Carrera , plus a chance at winning more than 1 million dollars in cash and other prizes.

The cars are center stage in The Price Is Right’s first ever “Dream Car Week” that begins Monday, November 18th and runs through the following Friday. Each day will feature a different car and will be presented by a cast member from CBS’s soap opera The Young And The Restless.

Tickets to be a contestant on The Price Is Right are free, so head on over to the CBS studios if you live in Hollywood or gamble on a one-way plane ticket to LAX. Either way, there’s never been a better incentive to be on a game show.

Click past the jump for more info on the five dream cars

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Don’t let the name fool you, this is not a real A8 concept car, but a limited-edition model that the German automaker developed in cooperation with Italian designer-furniture maker Poltrona Frau. Once Audi releases the new A8 Exclusive Concept in March 2014, it will be limited to only 50 units. .

This limited edition is based on the A8 L W12 model and as you probably guessed, it features an exclusive interior. Audi decided to use a special Agatha cognac-colored aniline leather from Poltrona Frau. Another cool feature is the diamond quilting on the center section of the seats and the inlays made of fine-grain olive ash natural silver brown.

Those two elegant features are combined with granite-gray stitching, piping and central pleat on the seats. this granite grey also gets use on the steering wheel, the door top shoulders and the upper section of the instrument panel.

The model also received a white Alcantara headliner and cognac brown Alcantara on the rear package shelf.

Updated 11/18/2013: Audi finally unveiled the official images of the new Audi A8 Exclusive. Check the picture gallery to see them all!

Click past the jump to read more about the Audi A8.

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The new Audi RS6 Avant is powered by a twin-turbocharged, 4.0-liter, V-8 engine that delivers a total of 560 horsepower, making it one of the most powerful sports wagons out there. Even the best can be better sometime, so the German tuner O.CT Tuning found a solution to improve this output even further.

The tuner is offering two stages of upgrades for the RS6 . In Stage 1, the engine electronics are heavily modified, pushing the V-8 engine to a blistering 670 horsepower and a peak torque of 649 pound-feet.

With the extra 110 horsepower under the hood, the RS6 awakens to a tune of 0 to 60 in 3.4 second. Top speed is increased to 190 mph, but an optional set of tires allow O.CT to unharness the RS6 to a top speed of 200 mph.

A Stage 2 upgrade is also available, and it includes an additional sports exhaust system that adds another 10 horsepower to the output level delivered by stage 1.

Click past the jump to read more about the Audi RS6.

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A few months ago, Audi announced the Virtual Vision — a concept car specially designed for the upcoming "The Ender’s Game" movie. Today, Audi unveiled a new video explaining how the concept came to life and its development process.

Of course, there is no chance for the Virtual Vision Concept to have a life off of the silver screen, but it is nice to see it as a design exercise. It was built using Audi’s quattro technology and it will appear in "key scenes that have a lasting impact on the life of the protagonist."

As a reminder, the "Ender’s Game" movie was inspired by the best-selling, award-winning novel written by American author Orson Scott Card. The movie tells the story of Ender Wiggin, a brilliant young mind recruited and trained to lead his fellow soldiers into a battle that will determine the future of Earth. It will arrive on theaters on November 1st, 2013.

Check out the video to see how the future of transportation will look like in 2088.

So what if a lot of people have neglected the Audi TT line ever since the R8 came into the picture. Those who did are missing out on something pretty cool because the TT, especially the top-line TT RS , is still a pocket Hercules in its own right.

Recently, PP-Performance, together with Cam Shaft, unveiled a ridiculous new program for the high-powered TT RS. The whole project features a comprehensive upgrade on the aerodynamics and performance of the car, enough to make you really consider just how fast and powerful the TT RS can become when treated with some affection.

The first thing you’ll notice is the Matte Pearl White finish given to the car with matching black "PP Performance" decals on the side. One look and you immediately know which aftermarket company worked on this bad boy. Far more than just its pretty white face, the TT RS also received a bevy of new carbon-fiber components, including a new front lip, a new hood, new exterior mirrors, a modified diffuser, and a new rear wing. Add all of those to the gloss-black, powder-coated alloy wheels and you have a TT RS with an outward appearance that’s just begging to be teen for a spin.

Speaking of spins, once you step inside the cabin of this little pocket rocket, you’ll immediately understand why this car received such a hellacious performance upgrade. Thanks to a new intercooler, a 200-cell catalytic convertor, a high-flow fuel pump, and a new clutch, the TT RS’ standard 340 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque numbers are child’s play compared to the new output of 470 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque. This new-found power allows the little German sports car to presumably hit 60 mph in just under four seconds to go with a top speed of around 180 mph.

Click past the jump to read more about the Audi TT RS by PP Performance and Cam Shaft

Normally, European tuners don’t pay too much attention to an aftermarket show like SEMA , but every so often, some do make the trip across the pond. This year, one of Germany’s biggest tuning firms will be in attendance at SEMA, and it’s not only bringing a program to the event, it’s actually announcing its plans to expand its business into the U.S.

That’s right: ABT Sportsline is coming to America!

But before ABT officially sets shop in Los Angeles beginning next year, the German tuner will be at SEMA to introduce its new program for the Audi A6 .

Billed as the Audi AS6, ABT Sportsline’s programs for Audis have become legendary. The same can be said for this new AS6 program, which comes with a plethora of new aero components, including an ABT front spoiler, fender inserts, side skirts, carbon-look mirror covers and a rear spoiler that was installed in combination with a rear skirt kit.

As far as power upgrades are concerned, the AS6 also boasts an upgrade that turned the output of the A6’s 3.0-liter, TDI engine to an impressive 286 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque. That’s an impressive spike from the sedan’s original 240 horsepower and 428 pound-feet of torque.

As far as ABT Sportsline’s invasion of America, the company will be looking to put its stamp on Audis in America the same way it’s been able to do in Europe, where it’s considered one of the best Audi tuners.

“We look forward to being part of the SEMA’s 50th anniversary party," Hans-Jürgen Abt, CEO of ABT Sportsline, said in a press release. "With the ABT AS6, the more than 100,000 trade visitors at one of the globally most successful automotive fairs can see a perfect, detailed and dynamic total package."

Click past the jump to read about the 2014 Audi A6


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