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German auto design house PPI launched its new company name and a new Audi R8 -based Razor Spyder GTR model this weekend at Pebble Beach Concours week. PPI is now called PPI Speed Design , and to go with the new name is this hot open-air conversion kit for both the V-8 and V-10 R8 supercars.

Marked out by freer breathing for the induction and exhaust, the most notable element of the Razor Spyder is the open-air door cutouts that make every day a breezy California summer.

Cut from aluminum and reinforced with carbon fiber, the door cutouts promise a spectacular view of the road and create a cockpit that feels open and free like a track day special or the Aston Martin CC100 speedster. Lacking weatherproofing (or side windows) to provide these interesting cockpit vents, the PPI “Spyder Doors” take the R8 V-10 Spyder ’s drama level and performance level - then cranks it up to "11."

The full complement of PPI Speed Design carbon-fiber styling and aerodynamic tweaks are included on the prototype seen above, which also features a custom satin matte blue paint and contrast black features for the side air ducts and a giant dual intake scoop behind the passenger headrests.

The result is certainly dramatic in a way that most modified R8’s are not, with giant virgin gold painted brake calipers and a GT3-inspired front air dam looking amazing with the latest LED headlights from the latest R8 Audi design.

Click past the jump for the full review of the 2013 PPI Speed Design Razor Spyder GTR, a complete package or individual components from this German supercar enhancer.

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Audi is celebrating the half-a-million mark in the production of the TT with the unveiling of a special edition TTS . Called the TTS Competition, Audi will limit the new special edition to only 500 units and it will put the model into production in October. In Europe, the new TTS Competition will add only €1,900 ($2,500) over the base TTS, which is priced from €46,700 ($62,000).

The first-generation Audi TT was unveiled in 1998 in the coupe version and one year later the roadster version debuted. The first TT remained in production until 2006 and one year later, Audi released the second generation. The first TTS version was unveiled at the 2008 Detroit Auto Show as the first S model in the TT range, then the TT-RS arrived a year later at the 2009 Geneva Auto Show.

Since its initial launch in 1998, Audi has sold a total of 500,000 TT models, which is proof that the model is a force to be reckoned with in the compact sports car market.

Click past the jump to read more about the Audi TTS Competition.

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Audi Q7

We have known for a quite some time now that Audi has been hard at work on the second-generation Q7 SUV . To date, all we have seen testing were just mules of the next model. However, now an actual Q7 prototype was caught testing somewhere on the roads of Germany.

The next Q7 will move to a new platform that it will share with the next-generation Volkswagen Touareg , Porsche Cayenne and of course the upcoming Bentley SUV . Thanks to this new platform and to the intense use of lightweight materials like aluminum, the next Q7 will be about 880 pounds lighter than the current model. Despite this huge weight loss, rumors point to the next Q7 being larger than both the Touareg and Cayenne.

Under the hood, Audi will work on offering smaller engines, with its focus being on improving fuel economy and on reducing CO2 emissions. A hybrid version was also rumored.

Expect the next Audi Q7 to be unveiled in September 2014 at the Frankfurt Motor Show and to hit the market in late 2014.

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At the end of July, Audi dropped the first teaser video for a new model that will make its world debut in September at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show.

Today, Audi unveiled a new teaser video that comes with the promise that the first details on the new model will be unveiled on August 21, 2013.

In both teaser videos, Audi said nothing about what model is hiding under the covers. The only thing that Audi let us know is that these are two "new" models. Despite the relative lack of information, we are pretty certain that this is the revised A8 .

What make us assume that this is the A8? Well, the model hiding under the silk cloth seems to be a sedan and the only sedan that Audi has tested in the past few months is, of course, the updated A8.

But we will see if we were right in just a few days. Stay tuned!

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The all-new Audi RS6 sedan is great and we already know pretty much everything there is to know about it. The new RS6 Avant, on the other hand, remained a relative mystery since details of it first leaked. As time went on, our patience wore thin and we managed to dig up some information on it to wet our hot-hatch whistle a little.

Now that we have pretty much found out all of the important details and even found some rather official-looking leaked images , Audi has lifted the veil and released the RS6 Avant’s details. We didn’t expect to see the RS6 Avant’s information until the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, so we are wondering if Audi released this information willingly or if its hand was pushed by the automotive industry’s prying eyes.

Sure, we’ll go ahead and take some credit for this early information release.

Updated 12/11/2012: Audi has released a trailer video for its new RS6 Avant. The video shows the new sports wagon in action on the road and offers an idea on how the engine under the hood sounds like. Enjoy! Oh, and what a glorious sound it is. Enjoy!

Updated 08/09/2013: Audi unveiled a new commercial video for its RS6 Avant. The idea behind the commercial is that with every RS6 Avant you will also have parts from the R18 Le Mans Prototype racecar.

Click past the jump to read all of the intimate details on the 2013 Audi RS6.

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In the latest episode of Drive, Chris Harris tested two of the most amazing sports station wagons out there: the Audi RS6 Avant and the Mercedes CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake . Both cars deliver an impressive amount of luxury, are quite powerful and are very (very) expensive. Upon first look, these two wagons appear to be identical, but when it comes down to on-road behavior, Chris finds them to be quite different. Check out the video to see what Harris thinks on the two models!

The RS6 Avant is far and away one of our favorite wagons ever to grace the pavement. It is powered by a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter TFSI V-8 engine that delivers a total of 560 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque, which afford it a 0-to-60 mph sprint of just 3.9 seconds and an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph (174 mph with the Dynamic Package and 189 mph with the Dynamic Package plus).

The CLS 63 AMG, on the other hand, is a model that we are still unsure of. It’s styling is a little over the top and it is powered by less powerful 5.5-liter V8 biturbo engine that delivers a total of 557 horsepower and 531 pound-feet of twist. This nets the Mercedes wagon a 0-to-60 mph sprint of 4.3 seconds and up to a top speed of 155 mph (electronically limited).

Given these two cars are so close to one another on paper, one may assume that they are nearly identical on the track. Well, you will find out, just as Harris did, that things become significantly skewed in one wagon ’s favor when you put the rubber to the road. See the video to find out which model runs away with the competition.

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Last year, Prior Design announced the PD-GT850 tuning kit for the Audi R8 sports car for the first time. We were very impressed by it and its potential to transform a "simple" R8 into a brutal racing-style car. Now the tuner revisited the kit and came up with a new limited-edition version painted in "Pearl matte white".

This time the kit was designed in cooperation with the guys over Famous Parts which took care of the proper installation of all parts of the body kit and did the rest of the conversion.

Thanks to the new wide-body kit, the PD GT850 is now 6 cm (2.36 inches) broader on the front section and 8 cm (3.14 inches) at the rear one. Combine all this wideness with the new limited serial color "Pearl matte white" and you will get the hell of a sports car.

Click past the jump to read more about the Audi R8 PD-GT850 White Phoenix by Prior Design.

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The Audi R8 was the star in the recent "Iron Man 3" movie and now the company is preparing a new, futuristic car for the upcoming "Ender’s Game" movie. Called "Virtual Vision" the concept was designed by Audi Design Team in collaboration with with director Gavin Hood and the production team and combines futuristic design with groundbreaking technology - a must for the movie it will be featured in.

Audi will build the Virtual Vision using its quattro technology and it will appear in "key scenes that have a lasting impact on the life of the protagonist." The remainder of the car’s construction is relatively unknown, but we’re pretty sure this model will go no further than its 15 minutes of fame on the silver screen.

The "Ender’s Game" movie was inspired by the best-selling, award-winning novel written by American author Orson Scott Card. The movie will star celebrities like Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld, Ben Kingsley, Viola Davis, Abigail Breslin and Harrison Ford.

Click past the jump to read about Audi’s last movie star: the R8 in "Iron Man 3."

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Audi Q7

Audi is already developing the next-generation Q7 SUV , but it looks like the company is preparing one more surprise before that in the form of an e-tron version for the large SUV. Audi Australia managing director, Andrew Doyle, confirmed to Car Advice that the "e-tron will be rolled out across all the models now."

This news comes as a huge surprise, considering the company just recently dropped the R8 e-tron. Doyle said that the R8 e-tron wasn’t a major thing for the Australian market, but that the e-tron line will launch "down under" with the A3 and Q7 models. He also confirmed that the Q7 e-tron will be offered for this generation, not the upcoming one set to arrive in 2015.

One thing he refused to comment about was what hybrid powertrain will the Q7 e-tron use. We know the A3 e-tron will combine a 147-horsepower 1.4-liter turbocharged gasoline engine with a 75kW electric motor. We can almost guarantee that drivetrain will not make its way into the Q7, as it is way too underpowered to drive the large SUV.

There was also no confirmation on just how far the Q7 e-tron will make it around the world, particularly to the U.S.

Click past the jump to read more about the standard Audi Q7.

Source: CarAdvice

The Audi A6 Avant isn’t necessarily the most awesome model that the German automaker offers, but it is one of just a handful of luxury wagons available on the market. However, when Audi introduced the new 3.0 Biturbo engine with 313 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque, which affords it a 5.3-second 0-to-100 km/h (62 mph) sprint and a 155 mph top speed, we couldn’t help but take notice.

Apparently, Senner Tuning took notice too, as it just introduced a tuning package for the A6 Avant 3.0 TDI Biturbo that takes the A6 Avant to a new level. The tuner installed its Stage 2 tuning kit for the 3.0 TDI Biturbo engine, a sport air filter and a power convertor for the drive-by-wire system to help boost its output to 374 horsepower and 572 pound-feet of torque. Though Senner did not disclose the performance numbers of this retuned A6 Avant, we estimate it at 5 seconds to 100 km/h (62 mph) and a top speed of 180 mph.

With this boost in power, Senner also chose to increase its adhesion to the road. It started off by installing a KW Street Comfort coil-over kit that drops the A6’s ride height by 30 to 55 mm (1.18 to 2.16 inches). Senner also gives buyers the choice of two 9.5-by-20-inch wheels — Varianza T1S or Sword SC1 — with high-gloss black on the faces and high-gloss anodized beads. The rims are wrapped in 255/35R20 Vredestein Ultrac Sessanta rubber.

Other than the custom wheels and the lowering kit, the A6 ’s exterior remains unchanged, making this the perfect sleeper kit for any owner.


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