Audi Got Horny for Halloween and Gave the Q3 an Epic Mythical Erection
Audi posted some fun renderings of an Audi Q3 with a unicorn horn on social media, and it got so much attention that the German company decided to bring the “Qnicorn” to life and cruise around the streets of Washington DC. It’s certainly an interesting take on Halloween costumes, and at least the company didn’t get burned like BMW did when it tried to troll Mercedes.
BMW and Audi are Once Again Trolling Each Other
BMW and Audi have always enjoyed a healthy and respectful relationship. But that hasn’t stopped both companies from throwing pot shots at each other. Remember the billboard wars the two companies engaged in about a decade ago? Apparently, old habits die hard because the German automakers are at it again with another billboard battle royal, this time in the North African country of Tunisia.
Audi Execs Tried to Bill Volkswagen for an Absurd Amount of Beer
With Volkswagen pulling out of what could have been a company-wide apocalypse after the whole Dieselgate scandal, the company has learned to keep a good eye on certain things. For reasons that I don’t need to state here, VW was doing some internal financial auditing when it ran across a gem of a bill for a beer-fueled showdown between about 30 different Audi executives. As reported by Bild Am Sonntag out of Germany, Rupert Stadler – Audi’s CEO – organized what had to be one hell of a party that ran up charges in excess of €12,500 or about $14,000 at current exchange rates.
Apparently, the party went down at a hotel called the Rothehof in Wolfsburg and involved what Bild is calling a “beer contest” that pitted managers from Rheinland against those from Bavaria. We’re assuming the contest was to see who could drink the most beer. To go along with this wild party, executives also ordered in a Bavarian brass band and a separate band from Cologne – that’s right these guys seriously had two bands at the same party. Making matters even worse, the party also reportedly included the appearances of two well-known comedians who, of course, kept the laughs coming.
To be clear, the $14,000 bill I mentioned earlier is what Stadler reportedly has to pony up. Chances are other execs also had to pony up, however, extensive researching has yet to yield any other significant numbers. Surely, a $14,000 bill is practically nothing for a company like VW if you forget about the Dieselgate scandal, but with Volkswagen hemorrhaging money to the tune of millions of dollars, Audi execs should have known better than to even try passing this bill off to the parental company.
Photo credit: Audi AG
Keep reading for the rest of the story
Leave it to Audi to take advantage of an opportunity to get some digs on a rival automaker.
With the unexpected Super Bowl power outage taking well over 30 minutes to get resolved, the German automaker decided to throw a grenade Mercedes’ way. In case you didn’t know, the Superdome is officially titled as the Mercedes SuperBowl by way of Merc’s sponsorship of the dome.
So with the lights out, Audi went to Twitter to send a hilarious tweet Mercedes’ way. Here’s what it said:
"Sending some LEDs to the @MBUSA Superdome right now..."
Shots fired! Shots fired!
To be fair, the lights did come back on, but it was still another ingenious dig by an automaker that’s fast becoming one of the must-follow Twitter accounts in the industry. Remember their previous shots at Acura and its NSX Concept for "spiking" the design of the 1991 Quattro Spyder?
This Mercedes zing, though, is a lot funnier than that one.
We firmly believe that the vast majority of cars only look good from certain angles, rather than every angle. In a similar vein, we believe that many cars look far better from the front than they do the rear and vice versa. Two of those cars just happen to be many previous generation Audi A4’s as well as the recently retired BMW 520.
Whether you prefer the front of either to the rear, it doesn’t really matter, but what does matter is the question of joining the two best angles of each together to create a superior looking car.
Well, we recently stumbled upon an interesting sale on eBay UK where a used 1993 Subaru Impreza WRX is being sold with an Impreza interior and custom wheels but most importantly, it’s borrowed the rear-end from the BMW 520 and the front fascia from the Audi A4.
Interestingly enough, the end result is nowhere near as horrible as one may assume. The owner has managed to combine the two ends in such a way that this interesting Impreza actually looks quite impressive.
With 110,124 miles on the clock, the car has received four bids thus far with the highest bid currently being £4,000.00 (at the time of writing). Also included in the package is a “performance exhaust” and “Predator brakes” and the unnamed owner has promised that it’s been “maintained to [a] high standard.”
With just over five days left of the sale, any prospecting buyers better get a hurry-on as this truly is a unique one-off piece of machinery.
Safety and parenting issues notwithstanding, this video is about as cute as it gets. We all remember Cris Ostberg as the dude who once put his then 18-month old daughter in the front passenger seat of his Audi R8 V10 Spyder while she gleefully shouted "turbo!" every chance she got.
Fast forward to 2012 and the little sweetheart is now three years old. But while she’s gotten bigger, her love for the Audi R8 V10 Spyder doesn’t appear to have waned in the least. In this new video, Ostberg was careful to follow all the safety precautions to ensure that his daughter wouldn’t be hurt, including switching off the passenger airbags.
Understandably, some folks might have a problem with Ostberg’s rather loose interpretation of responsible parenting, but if you can put that aside, the sight of his daughter continuing in her "turbo!!!" exaltation is just too cute to ignore.
Let’s just hope that dear old Cris doesn’t get any genius ideas and let his daughter drive the R8 V10 Spyder on her 4th birthday.
There are a lot of new car scams in the world and most of them are initiated by the new car dealer, not the buyer. A group of buyers flipped the script on several Los Angeles dealerships, by using fake identities to purchase 20 cars and were shipping them to Hong Kong and Vietnam to sell them for two to three times their U.S. value.
It was a laundry list of luxury vehicles, such as a $280,000 2010 Ferrari 458 Italia, an Audi Quattro, 2012 Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4, along with several Mercedes, Lexus, Infiniti, and BMW SUVs among others. For some reason, the thieves even threw in a Toyota Tundra.
The one that got these fraudsters busted was the Ferrari 458 Italia, as Ferrari fitted the supercar with a GPS system as standard, which Ferrari used to track the car once they found out they were defrauded. This led U.S. Customs and the California highway Patrol to conduct a full investigation and find the cars on a ship that had already pulled away from the port.
Needless to say, that ship was forced to come back and all but four of the cars were recovered. The four non-recovered cars are due to be shipped back by Vietnamese Customs.
According to the report, had the fraudsters not gone after the Ferrari, chances are they would have gotten away with this scam and made a ton of money in the process. The total amount of the vehicles seized by U.S. customs is estimated at $1.5 million, which would have pulled in around $3 million in Hong Kong and Vietnam.
We are still trying to figure out what in the world a Toyota Tundra was doing in the mix with all of these high-end luxury cars. We also wonder which thief drew the short straw and was stuck going to the Toyota dealership to pick this thing up?
Following the debacle of a first episode for Top Gear USA, The Car Show comes at us again with hilarity and automotive variety in their third episode of the season.
In this episode, Adam Corolla (comedian and car enthusiast), Dan Neil (automotive columnist for The Wall Street Journal), John Salley (4-time NBA Champion and actor), and Matt Farah (SmokingTire.com) take part in a number of segments that made us laugh at loud, literally. Mixed in with the good times and "Lambo-quality comedy," the guys take part in a test comparing the automated driving versus actual driving in a 2007 BMW 328i sedan, a comparison of the Audi R8 and the Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport, and an interview with racing legend, Pete Brock.
The fun doesn’t stop there as the boys go through their 0-60 and Adam’s America segments, as well as a trip to North Carolina for some dirt track racing.
Hit the jump for details on The Car Show: Season 1 Episode Three.
We guess that there’s no doubt which team this Audi R8 owner has been rooting for during the FIFA World Cup. And even if the Oracle of Oberhausen (an octopus by the way) predicted that Spain will win the Cup and Spain has already beaten Germany in the semifinals, this guy seems to be keeping his fanaticism rooted in Germany. The car even displays 2010 as a winning year for Germany along with their previous wins in 1954, 1974, and 1990. This guy has to live with his incorrect assumptions until his next trip to the shop!
However, leaving that aside, you have to admit the car looks quite impressive! The black, red, and yellow combination look quite good and the black rims complete the package in a sleek, finished way! Passion is a strange thing; it can lead to some pretty unique and cool designs.
Thanks to reader "common sense" for correcting our FIFA finalists!
The Audi A1 was at the center of a pretty embarrassing incident in Belgium a week ago after a marketing stunt to promote the premium hatchback’s versatile maneuverability ended up with the A1 flipped over on its side.
How exactly did the A1 get in such a precarious position? Turns out, the car was doing a public demonstration at Cinqunanteaire Park in Brusells where it was giving free rides up-and-down a halfpipe to show the car’s versatility. Everything was going great for the first three days of the demonstration. On the fourth day, however, things went horribly wrong as the stunt driver nosed into the wall, causing the car to flip on its side.
Audi tried to suppress evidence of A1’s hilarious episode, but as is the case with the Internet these days, somehow it’s going to find itself online for the entire world to laugh at. In fairness to Audi, this incident isn’t anywhere close to being as embarrassing as the one Volvo endured when it was showing off the new S60 sedan in front of hundreds of auto journalists. That one literally had throngs of media snapping photos and recording the whole spectacle. Doesn’t mean we are not going to show off this spectacle any less though.
And we thought the turf wars between Audi and BMW only covered the US and Europe. Now, it looks like the rivalry has gone global after BMW re-popped Audi with a resoundingly emphatic billboard.
The billboard can be found in Hong Kong and while there weren’t any witty tag lines on it, it was about as clear a shot as BMW has taken on their rivals. You probably wouldn’t even notice anything wrong with the billboard, that is until you look at the building’s ground floor occupants and only then will you realize that it’s actually an Audi showroom.
Don’t tell us this is just a coincidence because between these two German car brands, there are no such things as coincidences.
Photo credit to Chris Junker
The German automaker Audi is making a move before the Frankfurt Motor Show with a series of viral videos and the website Electricity Untamed. The site is not much more than a counter that will zero out on September 15th and a series of facts that come in and out of view. Informing you that lightning is 5 times hotter than the sun and that 1 bolt creates 1 billion volts of electricity and can cook 30000 microwave dinners. However the most tantalizing of those factoids is that electricity travels at over 670 Million MPH, especially because the automaker has denied that the electrified R8 would make it to the show.
The only thing that we have to go on, aside from the electricity theme, is that the new car should look something like an R8 or even a TT depending on how you squint at the rendering below. If Audi is planning on brining a battery powered sports car to Frankfurt, they may have to share the stage at their 100th Anniversary at their home show with that pesky electric SLS super car from AMG. We are sure that if the German automaker did decide to prepare something special for their home show shouldn’t disappoint, as the last of those quotes stated, a shock you can feel delivers 250 volts of electricity, so if the jolt that sent the kid in the video clear across his living room, the electric Audi should be packing quite a punch as well.
More video after the jump.
The BMW 8 Series was an excellent grand touring car that combined the upmost in luxury, style and performance throughout the 1990s. The only thing wrong with the car is that the German automaker stopped producing the high performance coupe in 1999 and despite renderings and speculation and one very angry Russian Audi R8 owner.
That is because the owner of this four ringed super car has not only dropped the olympic style linked rings in favor of a spinning propellor not only once, but three times in an attempt to erase any link between the car’s engine and chassis with its original manufacturer, visually at least. The owner even went as far as attaching 850 i badging to the rear deck lid. Now it would be hard to mistake the 420 HP mid engine 4.2 Liter FSI V8 for something from the Bavarian automaker, perhaps if the owner had chosen to go with M badges instead of the round emblem on the engine cover he might have been able to get away with it. While the BMW 850 was a great car the R8 is as well. Perhaps if the disgruntled Audi owner had tried to pass the R8 off as BMW’s mid engine super car the M1 it might have been a bit more believable.
Laughter is sometimes the best remedy, even for a speeding ticket. Although the car in the speed camera shot is from Britain, the road is in Germany. So this was just a right-side driver having fun with the left-handed Germany. The owner of this Audi A4 Avant must know the German system, because although the authorities have the license number, they also need a clear picture of the driver. According to the current "driver" pictures, the offender is about four foot tall, long pink hair and possibly on drugs.
Audi has been getting a little aggressive with its advertising for the new A4. First it went directly for Mercedes in a national advertising campaign, and now it continues while it takes aim at BMW and Lexus as well in a new "Meet the Beckers" web series.
Enjoy the first episode. Maybe you can pick up on what Audi’s trying to say (unfortunately for Audi, in real life, idiots drive its cars too.)
This is one of the funniest commercials I have ever seen: the Audi ad about multitronic (CVT) transmission. So, what will you say what is so funny about this? I agree, nothing. But when the main character is Elvis Presley look-a-like is something totally different.
Advice: never give "Elvis" a lift. Why? Just take a look!
A few weeks ago, I show you some images of an Audi Crash.
Well, you saw it, it was an incredible crash, but now i discover that the owner of the car is selling it in eBay.
He is asking 6.716 Euro for ir... Now, i wonder, who could want to buy this????
Well, if u want to buy it, go to this page and make an offer
Audi will launch the TT Roadster in Amsterdam in March, and until then, they decided to put few of them around the city. But what can you do if you simply can’t fit the Roadster into the showroom? Don’t try any equation involving car dimensions and door dimesnsions. Is not that hard!
The answer is quite simple: remove the show window. This is what the Dutch guys did when they saw that they can’t fit the car to the (...)
When Audi’s new grill was first launched, everyone was suspicious about its succes. "It’s not facial enough." "It’s gaudy." "It’s not shaped right for American plates."
But what did the Detroit Auto Show brought to the market? What do the Mitsubishi Lancer, Cadillac CTS and the Chevrolet Malibu have in comun? It seems that grills with shapes similar to (...)
This is not quite a news. Just something I found this days while surfing the net. It’s about a very rich sheik and his unique car, a silver car. And no, it’s not about the colour. Simply the car it’s made out of silver.
The weight was almost tripled and it required special tires to support the load as well as all of the "Shock Absorber System". How long do you think this would last in the 5th ward of Houston, Texas to avoid a "Car Jacking"?
Amazing what 2.75$ a gallon gas can buy, isn’t (...)