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2016 Audi RS3 R by MTM

2016 Audi RS3 R by MTM

German hot hatch gets more power under its hood

Remember when MTM released a multi-stage tuning kit for the Audi RS3 back in November 2015? Well, the German tuner’s back at it again with a new and improved program that adds more power to the hot hatch’s 2.5-liter turbocharged five-cylinder engine.

As if its past works on the RS3 weren’t impressive enough, this new kit promises more power and performance for the model. Kind of appropriate that we get this program not only in time for the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, but also in a climate where the high-performance hatchback segment has become as competitive as ever.

Having said that, this kit isn’t entirely new. Some of its elements were brought over from the previous program. The only difference is that this version is bigger, better, and as fans of the RS3 will surely love, more powerful than anything MTM has built for the hot hatch model.

The only downside to the kit is that it costs a lot of money. Some might be able to afford it, but with a price tag that breaks six figures, others might just opt for something in that price range. Either way, MTM isn’t sweating about this perceived complication. In it’s own mind, it has a new program for the RS3 that’s going to turn the pocket rocket into a bonafide sports car with the numbers to match its new status.

Does MTM’s new kit for the RS3 enough to persuade customers to give it a serious look? Fortunately, we won’t have to wait too long for an answer to that question. The Audi RS3 by MTM will make its debut in Geneva before the German tuner opens up shop to take orders and/or inquiries about it.

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Audi Sport Quattro is CAR Magazine’s "Most Wanted Car of 2014"

With 2013 wrapped up, our eyes are all set on the months to follow. In 2014, car makers will congregate for the Detroit Auto Show amidst chilly winter weather. One car that could steal the limelight is the 2015 Audi Quattro.

CAR Magazine has voted it as the "Most Wanted Car of 2014." The publication has high hopes from Audi, which is set to revive an iconic car that had ruled the world rally circuit for years.

The Audi Quattro Concept was unveiled at the 2010 Frankfurt motor show. and soon after word spread about the Quattro being considered for production. Audi officials went on record saying that the public had appreciated the concept shown at Frankfurt and a limited-production run could be possible.

The Audi Sport Quattro Concept is the modern interpretation of the famous, championship winning machine from 30 years ago. We could see the first production prototypes at the Detroit show with sales beginning in 2015.

Click past the jump to read more about the Audi Sport Quattro Concept

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International Engine of the Year Awards are in and BMW Cleaned House

International Engine of the Year Awards are in and BMW Cleaned House

TV buffs get the Emmys, movie buffs get the Oscars, and music lovers get the Grammys; so, where does that leave us gearheads? Well, the International Engine of the Year Awards, of course, and the 2012 results are hot off the press!

Ford took home the top prize of International Engine of the Year, with its 999 cc engine found in the European Focus. This engine, despite its petite size, cranks out 125 PS (123 horsepower) and manages to squeeze out 56.5 mpg. The 1.0-liter engine didn’t win a close battle either, it took home top honors by a full 113 points. Points are accumulated based on fuel economy, smoothness, performance, noise and drivability and each engine can only receive 15 of each voter’s total 25 points to give. Needless to say, that was quite a landslide victory.

That’s not the biggest news though, as BMW brought home top honors in four different categories. Bimmer took home the 1.4- to 1.8-liter prize with its 181-horsepower, 1.6-liter engine found in the MINI Cooper S. In the 1.8- to 2.0-liter class, BMW took first prize with its 241-horsepower, 2.0-liter twin-turbocharged four-pot. In the 2.5-liter to 3.0-liter class, BMW wrapped up top honors with its bi-turbo 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine and its 335 horsepower. Last, but certainly not least, BMW took home 1st place in the 3.0- to 4.0-liter class with its 414-horsepower, 4.0-liter V-8 engine.

Despite all of the accolades, the highest mark that BMW achieved in the Engine of the Year award was 5th place, with its 2.0-liter twin-turbo four-banger.

Click past the jump to see all of the results of each class.

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TopSpeed's Best of 2011: Coupe of the Year

TopSpeed’s Best of 2011: Coupe of the Year

Last year’s picks for the coupe of the year raged a war between the Chevrolet Camaro and the Ford Mustang, but this year things are a bit different. In fact, neither one of these muscle cars made the list, simply because the new Camaro ZL1 isn’t available for purchase just yet.

With the two major muscle cars out of the running, we were still left with a ton of vehicles worthy of some time in the spotlight. Our choices for the top coupes of 2011 are kind of all over the place. From the Audi TT-RS’ return to the States to the Lotus Exige S and its road-going capabilities on the other side of the pond, there’s pretty much a flavor for anybody.

In fact, if we’ve missed one of your favorites, make sure to hit us up.

Hit the jump for our picks for the 2011 Coupe of the Year, in alphabetical order.

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Audi A3 TDI - 2010 Green Car of the Year

Audi A3 TDI - 2010 Green Car of the Year

Even if the diesel burning Audi A3 just arrived in U.S. last month, the alternatively fueled hatchback already has a huge following around the world. And it hasn’t taken long for the other A3 to find success being named the 2010 Green Car of the Year by the Green Car Journal and the GreenCar.com website at the 2009 LA Auto Show. The 2.0 Liter TDI four cylinder engine delivers a maximum output of 140 HP and because it is a diesel, significantly more torque, 236 lb-ft to be exact. Yet despite the excessive amount of thrust, the green A3 is able to get an EPA estimated 42 MPG on the highway.

According to the President of Audi of America, Johan de Nysschen, "We consider the Green Car of the Year® title one of the most important industry accolades. It is of paramount importance for us to develop vehicles that achieve the very touchstones this award stands for fuel efficiency and environmental impact. Rather than novelty features, we consider these attributes imperative to the future of automobile design. We are honored with this recognition for the Audi A3 TDI." With a shift towards premium compacts and fuel efficient car shopping, Audi look like they are on the right track towards selling these green A3s like hot cakes.

Press release after the jump.

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Audi R8 is MSN Cars Car of the Year

The Audi R8 has bagged the MSN Cars Car of the Year award defeating rivals Ferrari 430 Scuderia and BMW M3 by a huge margin. The online poll was conducted on MSN’s U.K website and the R8 grabbed 42 percent of the casted 15,000 votes.

The contest is into its fourth year now with the BMW 3-Series Coupé, Bugatti Veyron and Aston Martin DB9 emerging winners on previous occasions. There were some surprises this year like the Merc C-Class which won the Wheels magazine car of the year award, came only 7th and the Fiat 500 which earlier won the European car of the year award, came at a disappointing 6th. TheJaguar XF saloon couldn’t contest and if it had, the R8 would have faced tough competition given the Brits love for Jags.

“When I first drove it(Audi R8) a couple of months ago I was blown away by its exhilarating, sure-footed handling, the grunt of its performance, and the fact that every second person on the road gave it a long hard stare as we hurtled by. A brilliant car that fully deserves to follow in the steps of cars like the DB9 and Veyron to be an ‘MSN Cars Car of the Year’,” said MSN Cars content manager Tom Evans.

The Audi R8 is aggressive, elegant and a remarkable feat of automotive engineering. It adds another element to Audi’s sprawling portfolio and adds another dimension to the supercar world.

Here are the entire results of the poll:

1. Audi R8 42%

2. Ferrari 430 Scuderia 13%

3. BMW M3 11%

4. Ford Mondeo 9%

5. Rolls-Royce Phantom DHC 7%

6. Fiat 500 6%

7. Mercedes-Benz C-Class 6%

8. Mini Clubman 2%

9. Mitsubishi i-car 2%

10. Mazda 2 1%

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Audi A3, A4, A6 and R8 top their classes

Audi A3, A4, A6 and R8 top their classes

Auto Motor Und Sport voted four Audi models as best in their class. The Audi R8 won the title of thw best sports car, the A4 was voted best in the sedan class, the A3 compact model came top of its class for the fourth time and Audi A6 was the winner once again among midsize luxury cars.

"The reader poll is an important indicator for us. And Audi’s success with ams readers shows us that we’ve got the right products,” said Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG, upon being presented with the commendation. “At the same time, the great results are an incentive for the entire team."

Press release after the jump.

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Audi awarded for best image

Audi awarded for best image

Audi has taken first place in the AutoMarxX image and brand study by Germany’s ADAC automobile club. Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management at Audi, accepted the coveted “Yellow Angel” prize today in Munich.

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Audi wins two "red dot design awards"

Audi wins two "red dot design awards"

This year, AUDI AG has won two prestigious “red dot awards: communication design” in the category of dialog marketing. Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen in Essen paid tribute yesterday to Audi’s creative agency gingco.net for the outstanding design of the Audi mailings.

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Audi R8 - "SportsCar 2007"

Audi R8 - "SportsCar 2007"

Only pure-bred sports cars are crowned “SportsCar” of the year by a panel of experts in the Autobild SportsCars monthly magazine. Following its victory in the March 2007 issue, the Audi R8 has now been awarded top place overall, and has thus secured the title of “SportsCar 2007”, one of the German car industry’s most sought-after awards.

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Audi picks up five "Auto Trophy" awards

Audi picks up five "Auto Trophy" awards

Four Audi models have taken first place in their classes in the "Auto Trophy 2007" awards. This was the verdict of the readers of the motoring magazine "Auto Zeitung". They voted to give the Audi A3, A4, A6 and R8 four of the year’s most prized awards. Another Auto Trophy went to the current A5 advertisement as Print Advertisement of the Year. The models Audi Q7, TT Roadster, A8 and S5 were runners-up in their classes.

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Audi A3 gets highest rating of "Top Safety Pick"

Audi A3 gets highest rating of "Top Safety Pick"

The well-known Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in the USA has now also awarded the sporty, compact Audi A3 its highest rating of “Top Safety Pick”. This makes Audi the only German manufacturer to have three award-winning models in its ranks: the Audi A4 and A6 have already been honored with this top safety rating in the past.

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Audi A4 wins "Golden Steering Wheel" award

Audi A4 wins "Golden Steering Wheel" award

Not in the showrooms yet, but already an award-winner: the German newspaper “Bild am Sonntag” has voted the new midsize saloon with the four-ring badge the best vehicle in its class and presented it with its “Golden Steering Wheel”. The Audi A4 won through against strong competition in the midsize class.

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Audi produces most safest cars on the market

Audi produces most safest cars on the market

Audi has been awarded as the manufacturer with the widest range of cars offering five star security protection. The award, known as the BICSA (British Insurance Car Security Awards) goes to the manufacturer producing the widest range of models that satisfy stringent criteria laid down by Thatcham, including the achievement of a five star rating for ‘theft of’ security and a rating of at least four stars for ‘theft from’ security.

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Five success for Audi models at Fleet Awards 2007.

Five success for Audi models at Fleet Awards 2007.

The brand with the four rings has recorded a five-fold success at the presentation of the Fleet Awards 2007. The Audi A3, Audi A6, Audi A8 and Audi Q7 gained first place in their respective categories. The Audi A4 rounded off the results with a highly respectable second place. Armin Villinger, Head of Sales to Key Accounts for Germany at AUDI AG, commented: "These outstanding results demonstrate that our model range puts us in a position from which we can continue to satisfy the needs (...)

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Audi A4 and A6 - 2007 Four-wheel-drive Car of the Year

Audi A4 and A6 - 2007 Four-wheel-drive Car of the Year

The readers’ poll of the “AUTO BILD alles allrad” trade journal saw two Audi models beating all the competition to claim the “2007 Four-wheel-drive Car of the Year” title. First place went to the Audi A4 quattro in the “mid-size passenger car” category, while the Audi A6 quattro was voted the best “luxury-class four-wheel-drive passenger car”.
The double victory in the luxury-class category was rounded off by last year’s winner, the Audi A8 quattro, which took second place behind the A6, meaning (...)

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Audi TT - the most popular German car

Audi TT - the most popular German car

The Audi TT is Germany’s most popular car. For the eighth time, more than 100 regional weekly newspapers invited their readers to vote for “Our car”. The 56 car models launched during the past year were eligible to take part. Over 100,000 responses were received, and the Audi TT topped the poll.
The TT, which received the “Yellow Angel” award from readers of the ADAC publication Motorwelt at the beginning of this year, continues Audi’s success story in the “Our car” poll. In 2005 the Audi A6 was (...)

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2006 Car Design Awards

2006 Car Design Awards

Alfa 8C Competizione received the 2006 Production Car Design of the Year award in Car Design News magazine’s annual awards contest. Over 73 per cent of their readers voted the new Italian sports car as one of the first contenders. First debuted in full production format at the Paris International Motor Show last autumn the Alfa 8C Competizione was the first Alfa Romeo built supercar to arrive on the market for several decades
The car is inspired from several classic Alfa sports racing (...)

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Audi is the market leader for four-wheel drive

Audi is the market leader for four-wheel drive

One in three Audi models is fitted with quattro four-wheel drive: in 2006 Audi recorded an all-time highest quattro installation rate of 33.1 percent. Having produced a total of 306,318 quattro vehicles in 2006 (2005: 219,288), the Ingolstadt-based car manufacturer has now risen to become the market leader for four-wheel drive in the premium segment.
According to Audi boss Rupert Stadler: “quattro means more than traction – the word represents emotion, driving safety and performance, it (...)

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A3, A6 and Audi Q7 winners in Auto Motor Und Sport

A3, A6 and Audi Q7 winners in Auto Motor Und Sport

Audi has recorded a triple success in the “auto motor und sport” readers’ poll: readers of the popular car magazine voted the A3, A6 and Audi Q7 into first place in their respective classes, crowning them with “Best Cars” titles for 2007. This continues Audi’s history of success in one of the most important readers’ polls in the automotive industry.
This was the first time that the Audi Q7 has taken part in the poll, and despite fierce competition it was awarded the most votes. It represents a (...)

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