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Audi S1

It’s been a while since we last caught the upcoming Audi S1 out and about testing, but today our spy photographers managed to spot it somewhere in on public roads in Germany and inside an Audi facility. Unlike the previous prototypes, this one dropped some of the camouflage and is getting closer to the final product.

The prototype caught testing today by our spy photographers is powered by a gasoline engine, most likely the 2.0-liter TFSI engine with somewhere in the 220- to 250-horsepower area. The power will be sent to all four wheels via Audi’s quattro system.

The new S1 will be offered to those customers interested in a sport hatchback, but whom haven’t had the chance to buy one of the 333 A1 Quattro units. The S1 will offer similar performance figures, but a milder and less extreme body kit.

The new Audi S1 is expected to be unveiled in early 2014 in both three- and five-door configurations.

Click past the jump to read more about the Audi S1.

Audi R8

Considering that the current Audi R8 already uses a lightweight aluminum structure, news that the German automaker plans to drop as much as 130 pounds on the second-generation R8 caught a lot of people by surprise.

So why is this important news? Well, for one, it could usher in a new era of how the company will construct the bodies of its cars moving forward. And another thing: don’t sleep on what 130 pounds less can do to the performance characteristics of a car, let alone one that’s as fast and powerful as the R8.

That’s exactly what we could be in store for if recent comments by Audi R&D chief Ulrich Hackenberg have any weight to them. At the LA Auto Show , Hackenberg told Motor Trend of the company’s plan to offer a lighter Audi R8, which could very well mean that the automaker will be improving upon its current lightweight aluminum structure technology.

Hackenberg stopped short of diving into specifics, but he did indicate that the company will use what it calls a ‘multi-material’ strategy where some elements of aluminum on the current car will be replaced with lighter carbon fiber and more of the latter material will be used in the floor structure and center tunnel.

The second generation Audi R8 is scheduled to be released in the next few years so there’s still enough time to dissect what the company has in store for its resident supercar.

Click past the jump to read about the 2016 Audi R8

Source: Motor Trend
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With the Audi official reveal of the revised A8 in the books, the next Audi model on the "to-revise" the list is the A7 . So our spy photographers went out on a mission to catch one, and they accompli9shed said task today, and as you can see, only some minor parts of the car will be updated.

Just like on the revised A8, we expect the new A7 to be offered with more powerful and efficient engines, new assistance systems and likely a new set of Matrix LED headlights — the sexiest part of the new A8.

Unfortunately, our photographers couldn’t confirm the inclusion of these new lights, as they never got the chance to see the car from the front. Other front-end changes we expect include a revised Singleframe grille and bumper. Around back, we expect to see new taillight graphics and and some new LED lights, while the new bumper will get integrated exhaust tips.

As for the engine lineup, we expect both the gasoline and the diesel engines to receive a handful of updates that help them deliver more power and use less fuel.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Audi A7.

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Audi unveiled a new promotional video that puts head to head classic and modern technology: the current S3 sports sedan versus the 1983 Audi Sport quattro . The two models were driven by Stig Blomqvist in the Audi Sport quattro and Hermann Müller in the Audi S3, and the test took place on the old rally track in San Remo.

As a reminder, the 2013 S3 is powered by a 2.0-liter TFSI four-cylinder engine that develops 300 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. It goes from 0 to 60 mph in 5.1 seconds and up to a top speed of 155 mph. The Sport Quattro used a 2.1-liter engine rated at 306 horsepower in the road-going version and 444 horsepower in the race version.

Check out the video to see these cars duke it out. Can you guess which car won?

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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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