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If last week Drive’s Inside quattro GmbH series too a look at the development process of the R8 V10 Plus. This time around, Drive took trip behind the scenes at Audi ’s home and spent some time at the Audi Sport Customer Racing program at Quattro GmbH — the home of the R8 LMS Ultra race car.

This video will teach you about how the R8 LMS Ultra race car is built, plus you get to watch various testing sessions and you will hear different opinions on how good or bad it is.

As a reminder, the R8 LMS Ultra is powered by a 5.2-liter, V-10 engine that delivers a total of 570 horsepower and 368 pound-feet of torque. This power is transferred to the rear wheels through a a sequential, pneumatically activated, six-speed gearbox. The car is priced at €350,000 — about $475,000 at the current exchange rates.

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Remember the Doberhuahua teaser video that Audi released a few days ago? Well, after just three days, Audi decided to release the full commercial and explain what that strange-looking dog — the Doberhuahua — was all about.

Apparently this Doberhuahua is a never-before-seen creature that reveals the frightening consequences of bringing compromise and try to mix two dogs: a doberman and a chihuahua.

Of course, the reasoning behind showing us this was that Audi wanted to highlight its new A3 Sedan and celebrate the uncompromised spirit that led to the A3’s unrivaled technology and performance.

Watch the spot to see why the most exceptionally engineered vehicles never come from compromise and to get another look at that odd-looking Doberhuahua that Audi made up.

Shortly after the Super Bowl, the new A3 sedan will be put on sale at a starting price of $29,900.

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Until the new, lighter Audi Q7 hits showrooms, the British market gets to enjoy a new special-edition version of the current Q7. The new Q7 S Line Style Edition is built on the S line Plus trim and, despite tons of updates, it only includes a £1,500 ($2,500) price hike.

The new S Line Style Edition is offered with 21-inch wheels in a five-arm rotor design and painted a matte-titanium color. The model is further distinguished by stainless-steel underbody protectors and extended wheel arches, special bumpers with modified lower sections.

Customers can choose between seven exterior colors: Night black, Teak brown, Lava grey, Orca black, Graphite grey, Daytona grey or Scuba blue.

The new Audi Q7 S Line Style Edition is priced from £52,975 (about $88,000 at the current exchange rates) for the 245-horsepower model and up to £62,600 ($104,000) for the 340-horsepower version.

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

Quite frankly, we can’t wait to see what the new and lighter Audi Q7 is going to look like. But until then, we’re going to have to settle with these special-edition models that the German company has just released for the UK market.

In addition to the Q7 S Line Style Edition, the other "unique" model is the Q7 S Line Sport Edition, which comes with its own unique set of upgrades that standard Q7s don’t offer. Among the modifications you’ll see in the S Line Sport Edition include body-colored wheel arch extensions, which adds more width to the full-sized SUV.

Enlarged front air intakes with high gloss slats, lower bumper spoilers, a stainless steel underbody protection, and dual oval exhaust tailpipes integrated into the rear bumper are also part of the package, all of which add character and performance enhancements to the SUV . The changes may not be all that evident at first glance, but they’re there, and Audi put them in there for a reason.

A full slate of paint finishes are also offered for the Q7 S Line Sport Edition. There are 13 choices in all with varying paint effects, including solid, metallic and pearl.

Both S Line models come with "standard equipment" that are unique to both of ’em, if that even makes sense. Privacy glass from the B-pillar rearward, xenon headlamps with LED daytime running lamps, fancy Verano leather upholstery and stainless-steel side running boards are among the features list, as is a powered tailgate operation, an HDD satellite navigation, the Audi parking system advanced with visual and acoustic guidance, the Audi Music Interface, Audi connect, adaptive air suspension, and double glazing.

That’s a lot of features, fellas, and maybe a big reason why Audi is touting both these full-sized models to its customers.

Anybody interested in the Q7 S Line Sport Edition will have to spend anywhere from £52,975 ($72,462) to £64,100 ($87,,679).

Click past the jump to read about the Audi Q7

Super Bowl commercials always brings out the best, the worst, and sometimes the weird from all these companies looking to make a presence during the game with their commercials.

This year, the winner for the weirdest ad belongs to Audi .

No, it’s not because of the decision to bring in Sarah McLachlan that’s weird. On the contrary, we’re huge fans of Ms. McLachlan dating back to her years of releasing one chilling song after another. What really raised our eyebrows about Audi’s Super Bowl commercial is its star, a deformed-looking dog that apparently is a cross-breed between a doberman and a chihuahua, and the obvious play on her SPCA public service announcements.

Really, can it get stranger than that?

Don’t get us wrong, we love dogs of all breeds and sizes, but a doberhuahua? Really? Couldn’t Audi have throught of two dog breeds that fit in the same body type? Maybe a "GermanWeiller"? Or a "Spitzhuahua"?

Instead, it chose Doberhuahua and its planning to introduce it to the world during the Super Bowl on February. Seems even stranger that Audi posted an entire commercial of the "doberhuahua" without even mentioning any of its cars.

Strange times over there in Ingolstadt, eh?

Click past the jump to watch the other Super Bowl-bound Audi commercials

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Audi S3 Sedan

The latest Plus models Audi added to its lineup — the TT-RS Plus and RS3 Plus — have both enjoyed some success, so the German automaker decided to treat another model to the Plus package.

The next model to receive this treatment is the S3 . Initial rumors about the model suggest it will be offered with a new four-cylinder turbo engine currently under development by Volkswagen Group. This new engine is rumored to deliver about 375 horsepower and 368 pound-feet of torque, and will put the upcoming S3 Plus between the standard S3 and the upcoming RS3 .

Audi officials said that this new engine comes as a response to the 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine offered by small Mercedes models. like the A45 AMG and CLA45 AMG. Of course, do not expect this new engine to be used only in the S3 Plus, as rumors suggest Volkswagen will also place this engine in the upcoming Scirocco and a new Golf R Evo, which is rumored to be unveiled in April at the Beijing Motor Show.

The rumblings in the industry lead us to believe that the new Audi S3 Plus will be unveiled by the end of the year.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Audi S3 Plus.

*Image Note: The above image is of the current S3, not the S3 Plus.

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The second season of DRIVE’s Inside quattro GmbH started big with a very cool video shot at the assembly line of R8, which is situated in Neckarsulm, Germany. In this episode you will learn how the most powerful R8 — the V10 Plus — is built.

The video was filmed by Leo Parente, the man who toured the special assembly shop where the R8 comes together. Of course, the assembly line if equipped with all the latest technologies, but many of the car’s elements are hand-built.

The R8 V10 Plus is powered by a 5.2-liter, V-10 engine that delivers a total 550 horsepower and a peak torque of 398 pound-feet at 6,500 rpm. When equipped with the S tronic transmission, the R8 V10 Plus sprints from 0 to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds and up to a top speed of 196 mph, and when mated to a manual gearbox, R8 Plus goes from 0 to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds, up to a top speed of 198 mph.

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Audi A7

After about four years of production, the Audi A7 is about to receive its first revision. This news is no surprise, considering that in the past few months Aud has revised nearly its entire lineup. Our spy photographers manged to spy the new A7 out doing some test runs in the cold of Sweden.

As you can see in these spy shots this A7 prototype wears lots of camouflage, but we basically know what to expect from Audi. We expect to see the same treatment that we saw applied to the recently launched A8 , including the new Matrix LED headlights, a modified front and rear bumper, and new graphics on the LED taillights.

Under the hood, the A7 will get more powerful and efficient engines combined with new assistance systems that will make the revised A7 even more attractive.

Expect to see the revised Audi A7 revealed by the end of the year, with sales to begin right in time for the 2015 model year.

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

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Now this is the the type of video we expect to see from Chris Harris, as he went to the Nurburgring Grand Prix Circuit where he put the Audi R8 LMS Ultra GT3 race car and its road-going brother, the R8 V10 head to head.

When compared to a standard R8 , the LMS GT3 version is equipped with an aggressive aero package with a newly designed rear diffuser, a new exhaust system with the tailpipes relocated to exit upwards. The model also gets new wheels, new suspension system and braking software. Of course, that all these changes raised the price to a total of $440,000, which is quite a lot, even for a race car. But then again, the R8 LMS already scored 18 championship titles, so it’s likely well worth it.

Check out the video to see if Harris finds the R8 LMS Ultra as cool as the street version.

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Since its official launch, the Audi Q5 has had its fair share of success, and for some very good reasons: it’s about $10k cheaper than its bigger brother — the Q7 — it’s compact size make it perfect for today’s crowded cities, and, as any other Audi model it looks great and delivers lots of luxury feature.

This successful recipe also makes the Q5 a hit among tuners and design firms. Kahn Design, for example, has developed quite an impressive amount of kits for it, and just like with every other one, this latest kit focuses on updating the look of the SUV.

For this, Kahn started by painting the car in a very cool brilliant black and installed a new aerodynamic kit complements its sleek lines. The kit includes a new front bumper, front and rear wheel arches, rear hatch blend, stainless-steel door-sill plates, and a new rear diffuser. The designer also installed a new quad exhaust system in stainless steel.

Click past the jump to read more about the Audi Q5 Brilliant Black by Kahn Design.


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