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When Audi brought the TT to the U.S. back in the 2000 model year, it was not overly powerful or fast. Rather its 180-horsepower, turbocharged 1.8-liter engine produced adequate power combined with an agile chassis to make a complete sports coupe. As time went on, however, the TT became more powerful and firmly planted itself as one of the best sports cars on the market.

In the 2012 model year, Audi decided it was time to show exactly what the TT could do, given the right tuning. With this came the introduction of the 2012 Audi TT RS , which was a super-high-performance machine that left every other sports car in its wake – even some that were significantly more expensive.

In 2013, Audi will continue this high-performance variant of the TT and will, for the most part, carry the model over from the 2012 model year. So the question that begs to be answered is “can the TT RS continue to dominate with essentially the same setup as it had a year ago?”

Click past the jump to get the answer to that question in our full review of the 2013 Audi TT RS.

Audi has been developing the R8 E-tron in order to revolutionize the electric sports car market and now they are moving on the next phase of development by teaming up with Bosch and several institutes at the RWTH Aachen University. Together, they have developed a technology platform that is a major advance for electric mobility.

The first prototype developed on this platform is the F12 e performance - a car that looks exactly like an R8 on the outside, but is purely powered by electricity. The research car is powered by three electric motors that can be controlled separately: one located at the front axle for slow driving and two at the rear axle for higher speeds. The three electric motors develop a total of 204 HP and 405 lb-ft. of torque.

The electric motors take their power from a switchable high-voltage electrical system made from two batteries, one with 144 volts and the other with 216 volts. The voltage is provided by a DC/DC converter: 200 volts for part load and 440 volts for increased power demand.

The prototype offers four basic drive functions – Park, Reverse, Neutral and Drive - all of which can be controlled via a tablet computer that can be removed from the center console.

Audi is focused on revolutionizing the electric segment and we wouldn’t doubt if their hard work eventually pays off with a solid R8 featuring the best of electric mobility technology. As of right now, the F12 is just a research vehicle, but Audi’s electric future is a definite highlight in the industry.

In 1992, the S4 was both luxurious and rather powerful, considering its 2.2-liter 5-cylinder engine pumped out a stout 227 horsepower. By today’s standards, those numbers are pretty much average for a 5-cylinder engine – the handful, or so, out there. So the last thing you would classify this aging Audi is supercar fast. Well, that is until you have a look at Jeff Garner’s heavily modded S4.

This beast’s 2.2-liter 5-banger has had more work done than an aging actress trying to make a comeback. It now pumps out a mind-blowing 1,100 horsepower to all four wheels via the Audi’s classic Quattro system. Jeff uses this massive powerplant to run the S4 at the Bonneville Salt Flats each year and last year he managed to hot 242 mph – an impressive number itself.

This year, however, Jeff was aiming for the stars and got pretty close; as he hit an astounding 260 mph. Soak that up for a second… That’s faster than a Bugatti Veyron and pretty much every other factory car on the market today. In fact, reports are pointing that this may be the fastest sedan on record.

Even better, there is now a two-part video of this awesome run. You can see part one above and part two is after the jump.

Simply awesome!

German tuner MTM actually built this TT-RS program for the Audi TT-RS back in 2010, but what we didn’t know was that their Taiwan division, aptly called MTM Taiwan, also worked on their own program.

The comprehensive list of modifications done on the German sports car is pretty impressive, especially the performance upgrade that includes a plethora of new components and tune-ups.

The objective for this project was to give the TT-RS a significant uptick in power and MTM Taiwan achieved that by installing a new turbocharger, tweaking the ECU unit, and adding spark plugs, air catalysts, and a competition air filter. In addition, MTM also installed a Haldex ECU (Generation 4) controller that enables the sports car to transfer torque faster to the rear wheels while also allowing the driver to select drive modes (race, street, and sport).

With all these upgrades in tow, MTM Taiwan was successful in giving the TT-RS’ turbocharged 2.5-liter engine a sick output of 472 horsepower at 6,600 rpm and 63.7 kgm (461 lb-ft) of torque at 4,100 rpm, up from 340 HP and 330 lb.-ft. of torque. The new output also nets a 0-62 mph time of just 3.4 seconds, which is a full 1.2 seconds faster than the standard model.

With the added power on the car, MTM took the steps to improve the TT-RS’ braking system with four-piston calipers with 376mm cross-drilled rotors. Aerodynamically, the project includes a new diffuser, an MTM carbon rear spoiler, and a new set of 20" MTM bimoto-forged alloy wheels.

Our spy photographers have just sent us the most interesting spy shots. We say interesting because they reveal a strangely looking Audi R8 GT . Why strange you will ask? Well, the answer is quite simple: because at a first look it looks like a normal GT, but at a second look you will notice some special features.

These special features include an air outlet on the hood similar to the one on the GT3 racecar, the winglets on the front spoiler are bigger when compared to the GT and the rear wing is also clearly bigger.

So, what are we looking at: an updated version of the R8 GT or just another special edition? It could be an update considering the entire R8 line-up has been recently updated, but we can not say that for sure. So, until Audi decides to offer us some more clues we will just have to wait. Stay tuned!

For 30 years now, Autodynamica has been taking some of the hottest supercars on the market and turning them into some of the most awesome cars on the road. The latest monster to come rumbling out of Autodynamica’s shop is an impressively modified Audi R8.

Now, the R8 4.2 is already a wonderful piece of German engineering, so not much can be done to make it even better. Straight from the factory, it features a 4.2-liter V-8 engine that punches out 420 horsepower at 7,800 rpm and 317 pound-feet of torque at 4,500 rpm. With all of that power and torque, Audi ’s famed Quattro system, and a 3,605 curb weight, the R8 can not 60 mph in an impressive 4.5 seconds.

So how exactly does Autodynamica plan on making this awesome coupe better than it already is?

Click past the jump to read our full review and find out if and how Autodynamica made this already sweet machine a little sweeter.

ABT Sportsline is known for tuning a variety of Audi models, providing excellent upgrades and aesthetic modifications to the already luxurious models. Their latest AS3 package gives the new generation Audi A3 its time to shine with an aerodynamic package and a considerable engine upgrade.

The most impressive upgrade offered for the engines of the A3 is the 2.0 TFSI engine which now delivers a total of 280 HP, up from the standard 220 HP. The 1.4 liter turbo engine’s output has also been increased, taking it to 170 HP from 140 HP, as was the 2.0 liter diesel engine’s output which can be taken to 210 HP or 180 HP from the standard 150 HP.

The aerodynamic package includes a new front grille and front spoiler, new side skirts, a new rear skirt insert, a striking double two-pipe exhaust, and a new rear spoiler. The final pieces of the exterior package are the wheels: customers can choose between CR and DR series, in 18 or 19" sizes.

Audi Quattro Concept

We were pretty psyched about the possibility of seeing a production version of the Audi Quattro Concept unveiled at the 2010 Paris Auto Show, but now, all of that joy has vanished because Audi has officially confirmed that a production Quattro never happen. At least, not like the sports car seen at the show. Instead, the company will be working on a two-door SUV equipped with a Quattro system.

Don’t worry, we don’t understand it either.

According to Audi, there is no market for such a model. We find it hard to believe that a limited edition sports coupe, with an RS5 engine and a design inspired by the Quattro Concept wouldn’t steal the hearts of many customers, but they didn’t ask our opinion. Audi announced that today’s market is ripe for crossovers and SUVs, and this is what they plan to offer.

The next Audi Q Coupe will follow in the steps of the Range Rover Evoque and will be inspired by the CrossLane Coupe Concept seen at the 2012 Paris Auto Show. The model will be offered with a five-cylinder turbo motor combined with an all-wheel drive system and a seven-speed dual-clutch S-tronic transmission.

The new Audi Q Coupe will be unveiled sometime in 2015.

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Audi has unveiled the new Crosslane Coupe Concept at the start of the 2012 Paris Auto Show. This concept offers a glimpse into the design language that will be found in the Q2 and all future Q models. It was built on a new Multimaterial Space Frame and features one of the most innovative and efficient plug-in hybrid drive systems. It also comes with a removable roof, but we highly doubt this feature will make it to production.

The new Crosslane Coupe Concept features some of the design elements already seen in the e-tron concepts , but with a more aggressive interpretation to make them suitable for a crossover model. These elements include a single-frame grille and trapezoidal headlights using Audi Matrix LED headlight technology, as well as large air intakes that ensure the best cooling for the hybrid system.

The concept is powered by a 1.5-liter three-cylinder TFSI combined with two electric motors for a total output of 177 HP. This power is enough to sprint the car from 0 to 60 mph in just 8.6 seconds and up to a top speed of 113 mph. These are not the best performance numbers out there, but the best part about the setup is that it delivers a money-saving fuel economy of 213.81 US mpg.

Hit the jump to read more about the 2012 Audi Crosslane Coupe Concept.

This isn’t Prior Design ’s first go-around with the Audi R8 , but their tuning packages for the beautiful sports car just keep getting better and better. Their latest package can be applied to both V8 and V10 versions and adds a noticeable look and spectacular driving performance to the already stunning sports car.

The PD-GT850 tuning kit transforms the standard R8 into a brutal racing style car with an entirely revised front end. There’s a new front apron and an integrated carbon spoiler, as well as two air inlet covers with two carbon struts each and an integrated air outlet with four plates for better engine cooling.

The most noticeable thing about the PD-GT850 kit is that it transforms the R8 into a much wider car with the use of new front mudguards and wide, carbon fiber alternative side covers. The side of the car has also received aerodynamically formed side sills with four LED lamps. The package ends with a massive rear spoiler and a new rear apron with an integrated carbon diffuser and lateral air inlets. These changes will set customers back a total of 24,900 euro, or about $32,200 at the current exchange rates. For an additional 9,900 euro (about $12,800 at the current rates), the tuner will also add a new set of 3-part, 20" ADV1 Concave-wheels with Continental tires (265/30R20 for the front and 325/25R20 for the rear).

Engine modifications can also be had with the PD GT850 program, including a special sports exhaust system with flap control for an extra 2,699 euro (about $3,500 at current rates) and an increased power output to 475 HP from 420 HP for 5,900 euro (about $7,600 at current rates). Customers can get more power by opting for the compressor conversion which will net them an even more impressive 565 HP. Pricing for that conversion has not been released.

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