The RS version of the new Audi A5 is one car that definitely needs no upgrades, but German tuner, ABT Sportsline, chose to do it anyways. The tuner will unveil its RS5-R tuning kit, which will upgrade both the look and the engine output of the RS5, at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show.
For the exterior, ABT prepared an aerodynamic kit that includes a new front apron, front splitter, side skirts and rear wing - all made in carbon fiber. The car sits on a set of 20-inch alloy wheels combined with high-performance tires. For the interior, ABT combined the highest quality black and red Alcantara with carbon-fiber insertions on the door panels. The bucket seats received racing stripes and for increased safety a stainless-steel roll cage and four-point seat belts.
The best upgrades were made under the hood where the tuner combined the V-8 engine with a new exhaust system with lateral dual pipes. As a result, the standard 450 horsepower output has been increased by 20 horsepower and the 0-to-60 mph sprint is now made in 4.6 seconds - 0.3 seconds quicker than standard version.
Audi is preparing to make a big step into the electrification of the drivetrain, with the unveiling of a very cool A3 e-tron plug-in hybrid at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. The model can be driven in in three different modes: combustion engine, electric drive or in hybrid mode.
The new A3 e-tron combines a 1.4 TFSI engine with an output of 150 horsepower, with an electric motor that generates a total of 75 kW (100 horsepower). With a total output of 204 horsepower and a peak torque of 258 pound-feet, the A3 e-tron will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 7.6 seconds and will be capable to hit a top speed of 137 mph.
In electric mode the A3 e-tron has a driving range of 50 kilometers (31 miles) and can hit a top speed of 80 mph. In plug-in version it delivers a fuel economy of 156.81 US mpg and emits only 35 grams of C)2 per km (56.33 grams per mile). The hybrid drivetrain is combined with a six-speed e-S tronic, which transfers the power to the front wheels.
More details will likely be revealed at the Geneva Auto show, and we’ll update you as soon as Audi releases these details.
Do you remember the Audi R8 V10 Biturbo unveiled by MTM back in 2011? For the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, the tuner revised this package and came up with a new R8 V10 Biturbo GT package, that unlike the previous package which delivered a total of 777 horsepower, the new GT package delivers a total of 802 horsepower at 6,980 rpm and 892 Nm (657 pound-feet) of torque between 2,750 and 6,280 rpm.
This extra horsepower pushes the R8 to a top speed in excess of 360 km/h (223 mph). In terms of acceleration, the R8 V10 Biturbo GT hits 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3 seconds, 200 km/h (124 mph) in just 10.6 seconds and 300 km/h (186 mph) in only 26 seconds.
While the exterior remains pretty much unchanged, the new GT package also received a three-way adjustable special chassis and a new set of wheels measuring 9-by-20 inches up front and 12.5-by-20 inches out back. These 20-inch BIMOTO wheels are wrapped up in Michelin Pilot Sport Cup rubber.
Dragging the R8 V10 Biturbo GT to a halt are 380-by-34 mm (14.96-by-1.33-inch) dimpled rotors squeezed by eight-piston calipers. Getting this monster through the twist is a set of MTM coilovers by KW with adjustable damping.
Still, if you are interested in acquiring this package, you will have to pay an impressive €450,000 - about $600,000 at the current exchange rates.
Audi has reported for quite some time that once the RS7 Sportback was unveiled, the RS Q3 would also arrive. And it will really happen, as the new sporty SUV will make its world debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. Just today, Audi released the official information and images of the new RS Q3.
The model will be distinguished by the same bold and aggressive exterior look seen in all the recently announced RS models. The RS Q3 gets a unique front bumper with large air intakes, honeycomb mesh grille inserts, matte-aluminum trim, a tailgate-mounted spoiler and a prominent rear diffuser. The interior will have diamond-quilted leather seats featuring contrasting white stitching and lots of aluminum insertions.
In Germany the new RS Q3 will go on sale in fall 2013 at a price of €54,600 - about $75,500 at the current exchange rates.
Hit the jump to read more about the new Audi RS Q3.
UPDATE 02/20/13: The first promo video for the Audi RS Q3 has just been released by the German automaker. Check it out by clicking on the photo above!
Audi Gebrauchtwagen, in cooperation with Zentrum München, has developed a cool promotional video for the A1 quattro sports hatch. The video was developed in Gymkhana style with multiple-time DTM championm Timo Scheiderm behind the wheel. He managed to put this limited-edition machine through its paces around the streets and construction sites of Germany.
The A1 quattro is powered by a 2.0 TFSI engine that produces 256 horsepower at 2,500 to 4,500 rpm and 258 pound-feet of torque at 6,000 rpm. The car will go from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.7 seconds and up to a top speed of 152 mph.
The message of this video is: "If it isn’t dirty, you’re not doing it right." Still we will advise you not to try this at home and you have to remember that a professional driver was used to shot this video.
We know that for Valentine’s Day – yes, guys, today is the big “V-day” – you usually give your loved one candy or flowers, but what if your loved one is a real Audi fanatic? You can easily imagine that for someone like this, candy or flowers won’t do the trick, so, what’s the solution then?
Well, Audi has offered up its own gift for its Valentines and we have to admit, it looks a little bit creepy, but for some people this might be the perfect gift. We are talking about a very cool artwork: the Audi Heart concept. It is the heart of an Audi RS5 that has been reorganized to create ventricles, valves, pumps and an aorta.
In the Audi RS5, the V8 engine develops a total of 450 horsepower and a peak torque of 317 pound-feet. We hope that all of you Audiphiles receive this wonderful Valentine in your Valentine’s Day box today!
Just yesterday we learned the official details on the next-generation Audi S3 Sportback and today the German tuner, ABT Sportsline, has unveiled a neat tuning package based on the standard A3 version. The tuner worked on improving the exterior and the interior of the A3 and a series of stout updates under the hood.
The aerodynamic package starts with a large front lip spoiler, a new ABT grille, plus new fender inserts and side skirts. The rear receives a new skirt set and a new spoiler that houses an all-new exhaust system with four tailpipes.
The car sits on a set of light-alloy wheels sized 18 or 19 inches, depending on the customer’s wishes. The tuner also offers new springs lower the car’s ride height by 35 mm (1.37 inches), plus a new brake system with large discs: 345 mm (13.58 inches) in diameter.
Our favorite update, however, is under the hood. Every available A3 engine can be tricked to deliver more power. The 1.4-liter four-cylinder TSFI engine goes from 122 to 160 horsepower and peak torque goes from 147 to 184 pound-feet of torque. The 2.0-liter diesel version goes from 150 to 170 horsepower and peak torque goes from 236 to 265 pound-feet. ABT is also working on the 1.6-liter TDI and the 1.8-liter TSFI, and we will get that information to you as soon as the kits are complete.
Full pricing list will be announced at a later date.
The Audi A1 is all set to get a much needed facelift for the 2014 model year, but that’s not all that will be happening with Audi at that time. According to a report from “sources within Audi,” the A1 facelift will also bring about the introduction of the S1 – a higher-performance variant of the compact hatch.
We expect this hot hatchback to come equipped with a 2.0-liter TSFI engine that is tuned to pump out 220 to 240 horsepower, but nothing is confirmed just yet. We also assume that the S1 will feature Audi’s famed quattro all-wheel-drive system. This would likely translate out to a 5-second run to 60 mph and a top speed nearing 155 mph.
Now it’s time for the bad news. Also reported by these supposed “insiders” is that the Audi RS1 is officially off the table. This 300-plus-horsepower hatchback is said to be a no go because officials think it would be too expensive to market in the compact hatchback realm. We can certainly see where this could be an issue with the Focus ST dominating the class at just over $20K, but there is definitely a market for a $30K-plus high-performance hatchback in our opinion. We’re willing to bet that the S1 will test the market and if it performs well, the RS1 will launch.
In an attempt to keep us busy until the convertible version will finally join the S3 lineup, Audi has unveiled the initial details on the Sportback version - a model set to make its world debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. What’s the difference between this and the standard S3? Well, the number of doors of course: the new Sportback has four doors and offers increased space for families while maintaining its sporty nature.
Except for the extra doors, the new Sportback version will pretty much remain identical to its three-door brother, meaning that customers will continue to enjoy the same performance numbers. You’ll have to consider that as the new Sportback is a little bit heavier, the 0 to 60 mph sprint will take 0.1 seconds longer.
Talking about weight, Audi managed to shave an impressive 154 pounds from the car total weight - when compared to previous generation. This result has been achieved by using weight-saving materials like an ultra-high-strength steel passenger cell and light aluminum wings and bonnet.
Hit the jump to learn full details on the new Audi S3 Sportback.
In May 2012, Audi trademarked the “RS8” nameplate, confirming that the Audi A8 will indeed get a more powerful version. Still, until now our spy photographers have yet to catch this car testing, so it is time to start speculating a little bit about this future sports luxury sedan.
The trademark was not the only confirmation coming from Audi about its plans to expand the RS lineup. At the beginning of this year Audi confirmed that in the upcoming months, we are going to see more RS models launched onto the market with the RS7 being the first one and the Q3 RS to follow.
The question racing through everyone’s mind is how powerful does Audi want to make the RS8, considering the new S8 already received an amazing 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 engine with an output of 520 horsepower.
Updated 02/11/2013: Today we have created a rendering of the upcoming Audi RS8 — you can see it above. We hope you like it!
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Image Note: The above image is not an official image of the Audi RS8; it is a TopSpeed rendering.