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Audi has finally let us in on its big secret regarding the 2014 R8. Audi had to tread very carefully with the redesign of the R8, as to not disturb the water too much and scare away the easily spooked sports car lovers. Many auto manufacturers have made the mistake of fully revamping a lineup, only to have traditionalists hate it (see: Toyota MR2 Spyder , Mazda RX-8 , and Ford Mustang II ).

Audi’s approach in this changeover seems more like a refresh than a complete redesign, as all of the changes to the R8 V10 coupe are minor nips and tucks here and there. Then again, we all know that a nip here and a tuck there can eventually turn into on gigantic facelift nightmare, so we need to really pull apart this refreshed R8 and see what’s doing and whether it can still hang with the likes of Porsche or if it will go the route of the Ford Mustang Pinto and be forever loathed, except by a few enthusiasts.

Updated 08/30/2012: Audi has unveiled today a new set of images for the facelift version of the R8 V10 sports car. Check the picture gallery to see them!

Updates 9/27/2013: Audi has released a new video of the R8 V10 showing off its new seven-speed S tronic transmission. You can see it above.

Click past the jump to have a look at the new Audi R8 V10 and see if it still stacks up to the competition.

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Back when Audi was planning the RS5 , they promised us a convertible model. Now that the RS5 is alive, well, and leading the British cops on its fastest chase ever, we are anxiously awaiting the RS5 Cabriolet. While there is some time to wait, Audi is at least gracing us with all of the RS5 Cabriolet’s ins and outs.

As you can expect, the Cabriolet takes most of its queues from the hardtop model, but is does have its own little styling differences – besides the rag top, of course. With fierce competition coming from BMW and Mercedes , how well can this newcomer in the performance convertible realm really do? We’re going to into all of the specifications and features that Audi has graced us with and give you a full review of what to expect from this new model.

UPDATE 06/05/2013: Audi unveiled a new video showing the RS5 Cabriolet in action through the impressive landscape of Mallorca. Enjoy!

Click past the jump to read the full review and see how it stacks up to the competition.

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It looks like this week Kahn Design decided to take a break from all the Land Rover kits we are used to seeing from it and turned its attention on a German SUV: the Audi Q7 with a 3.0-liter diesel engine. As usual, all the tuner did was upgrade the exterior and the interior, but it was more than enough to completely update its overall look.

For the exterior, Kahn prepared an aerodynamic kit that helps optimize the SUV’s efficiency, and make it look significantly better. On the inside, Kahn focused on improving the car’s luxury level.

As expected, Kahn Design will offer its customers the possibility to opt for any imaginable color on both the exterior and the interior of the Q7, but we think the carbon black color that Kahn chose for the example vehicle fits it just fine.

Click past the jump to read more about the Audi Q7 Quattro Wide Track by Kahn Design.

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The Audi R8 proved its supremacy once again, as an R8 tuned by MTM was the fastest car around the Motordrome Short Course during the 2013 Tuner Grand Prix. With Florian Gruber, MTM ’s chief racer and test driver, the MTM R8 proved to be the fastest car around the 2.6 km (1.6-mile) track.

There were 66 entries in the challenge, but none of them managed to beat MTM R8’s time of 1:06.695. The R8 was equipped with a height-adjustable chassis, three-part BBS rims with center-mount locks and a set of Michelin Pilot Sport Cup tires.

At the same event, Florian Gruber recorded a best time of 1:14.0 at the wheel of the MTM A1 quattro. The next challenge for MTM will be at the Slovakia Ring, near the capital Bratislava, on June 8th theought 9th, 2013. We’ll see if it has equally awesome results.

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

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Audi A7 Sportback

It looks like Audi is about to make the first step into its new ’tron’ range of sustainable technologies. British magazine, AutoCar, is reporting that the company will start testing a fuel-cell-powered A7 at the end of August. It looks like the announcement was made by Audi’s technical chief, Wolfgang Dürheimer, who denied offering any other details on the model.

A fuel-cell-powered auto uses hydrogen as fuel and oxygen from the ambient air to create the energy needed to charge the battery or to drive the electric motors. If you do the molecular math, Hydrogen plus Oxygen equals water. Yup, no tailpipe emissions; just water.

In fact, for Audi this is not its first attempt in developing a fuel-cell vehicle. Back in 2009, the maker tested the Q5 HFC - an SUV that used two high-pressure cylinders of hydrogen to supply a fuel cell that powered a pair of electric motors.

Whether Audi builds a fuel-cell powered A7 or not is still a big question, considering the lack of an established hydrogen infrastructure. Even so, testing is always a good exercise.

Click past the jump to read more about the standard Audi A7.

Source: AutoCar
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Audi R8 E-Tron

In the past few months, the fate of theAudi R8 e-tron was up and down, having been delayed so many times we’ve already lost count. Today, British magazine AutoCar reports that the R8 E-tron will be built after all, but only for internal testing and development. Audi will build a total of ten units, but none of these units will be offered to customers.

It looks like this decision was made because the battery technology hasn’t advanced as fast as Audi has anticipated. Plus, production costs are still ridiculously expensive making the car out-of-reach as a production model.

While this isn’t an official statement coming from the company, other rumors seem to suggest that Audi is not also very happy with the limited range and long charging times offered by the current battery technology.

Even so, Audi has declared many times in the past that it has "acquired extensive expertise that will benefit its electrified production models." So even with this latest bout of speculation, we’re still keeping our eyes and ears open on any further developments surrounding a production version of the R8 E-tron.

Click past the jump to read more about the Audi R8 E-tron.

Source: AutoCar
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If you are tired of the seemingly endless hot summer days, Audi is inviting you to Scandinavia where you can enjoy its new Ice Experience driving session. This means that the Scandinavian frozen lakes will easily become the perfect racetracks for drifting, braking and accelerating. Sounds like an enticing proposition, huh?

The whole shindig is part of Audi’s winter driving school wherein participants will have the possibility to push their cars to the limits because the track is covered in snow that had fallen on the frozen lake. During the course, Audi will offer you professional guidance so you will be able to improve your driving skills.

In order to promote its new Audi Ice Experience, the company launched an official video that presents a series of quattro models being drifted around.

Of course, we would have appreciated if the video was a little bit longer, but even so, Audi really makes us want to take a quick trip to Scandinavia.

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Audi A8

Last month, the2014 Audi A8 was caught testing for the first time on the public roads in Germany. Today, the car changed landscapes and went for high-altitude testing in the Alps.

Just like in the previous testing session, Audi chose to heavily camouflage this A8 prototype ; but even so, we expect to see the same updates that we have seen in all of the recently launched Audi models.

These updates will include: new headlight units; new grille; and small changes to the bumper. On the rear, the revisions include: new taillights and a revised bumper. The interior will also receive some small updates, plus an updated infotainment system.

Under the hood, Audi will focus on reducing fuel consumption and lowering CO2 emissions.

We expect the revised Audi A8 to be unveiled in September at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show .

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

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You shouldn’t be too surprised to hear that the Audi R8 V10 has just received a new upgrade package. After all, ever since it was launched on the market, it received lots of attention from tuners. Today’s package comes courtesy of Pfaff Tuning and Heffner Performance.

The two tuners teamed up for one of the most amazing upgrades offered for theR8 V10 . The car received a new twin-turbocharger system from Heffner that includes a pair of Garrett GT35R units running 6 psi of boost.

As a result, the 5.2 liter V-10 engine delivers a total of 725 wheel horsepower (about 850 horsepower at the crank) - quite an increase over the car’s standard 525 horsepower. We’re just wondering how these upgrades will improve the car’s performance figures. Pfaff promised that it will let us know soon.

Click past the jump for a video of the tuning kit and more details on the standard Audi R8 V10.

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To review a century of history in just 1 minute can be pretty difficult, especially if you want to highlight those special moments that made you famous. Somehow, however, Audi did it with the release of a video that tells the story of over 100 years of Audi innovation in just 60 ticks of a the second hand.

According to Audi, the video tells the story of "doing things that have never been done before. And doing them until they’re perfect." It starts with the first Audi built, then continues with the Audi 100 and all the way up to the quattro all-wheel drive, ASF space frame technology, the iconic TT, motorsports and all the great things Audi has offered and continues to offer.

In developing the story behind the video, Audi was inspired by the words from the poem, "It Couldn’t be Done" written by the late poet Edgar Albert Guest: "He started to sing as he tackled the thing that couldn’t be done, and he did it.”

Check out the above video to see all Audi’s 100-year summary.


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