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2013 Audi RS5 by McChip-DKR

2013 Audi RS5 by McChip-DKR

The Audi RS V-8 engine is a dreamboat. But is that stock Audi RS5’s 4.2-liter V-8 engine with 450 enough to keep pace with twin-turbo BMW’s and Mercedes-Benz super-coupes?

Many auto-bahn drivers would agree that a car like this can do much better than what Audi is offering from factory.

The German tuner McChip-DKR decided the RS5 can be further improved and is offering a tuning kit for pretty much every taste out there. In fact the new kit is offered in three different stages, so you can get the RS5 to the power level you will like - or your wallet will allow.

In stage 1 the V-8’s output was increased up to 550 horsepower, but if you need more you can also opt for a stage 3 of upgrades that will take the final output to an even cooler 600 horsepower. The only problem is that the kit is a little bit expensive and you can pay up to $36,500 for it.

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2012 Audi Q3 Vail

2012 Audi Q3 Vail

In the past, Audi has dazzled the crowds in Detroit with a number of vehicles, but in 2012, they have opted to only bring a Q3 Vail Concept equipped for the winter season. The concept was named after the famous winter sports venue in the United States and has been designed for young fans of winter sports who love skiing or snowboarding.

The Audi Q3 Vail is painted in a very cool Energy Red combined with add-on body parts in a matte gray quartz-based paint and vertical struts made from aluminum. The most striking elements, however, are the flared wheel arches and running boards, which Audi will incorporate into the extensive range of Q3 accessories. The front roof-rail support integrates compact, energy-efficient, wide-angled LED lights that illuminate the area around the Audi Q3 Vail. The concept sits on 8.5 J x 20 five-arm wheels.

For the interior, Audi is offering a combination of black, gray, and red. The headlining is made from titanium gray Alcantara and large parts of the interior, including the carpet, are black and edged with narrow strips of red velvet-finish leather.

The Q3 Vail Concept is powered by a 2.5-liter five-cylinder TFSI engine with direct injection and turbocharging that generates an output of 314 HP and 295.02 lb-ft of torque. The power is transferred to the quattro permanent all-wheel drive system via a seven-speed S tronic transmission. The concept will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 5.5 seconds and can hit a top speed of 162.80 mph.

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2012 Audi RS3 Plus

2012 Audi RS3 Plus

Audi may be sending out the current generation TT-RS with one final special edition - the TT-RS Plus - but they are introducing another with that same package. At least, that is what a leaked document is suggesting.

Back in June 2011, Audi reported that all of the 2,700 units of the highly anticipated RS3 Sportback had been sold out, but if this document is to be taken seriously, then customers may have another chance to snag the sports hatch in an even cooler package. The RS3 Plus will take the turbocharged 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine - also found in the TT-RS - and jump-start it by 20 HP, leaving it with a total of 360 HP and 342 lb-ft. of torque. And just like with the TT-RS Plus, the RS3 Plus will be a few pounds lighter, thus making it a little bit faster. Expect to see different carbon fiber elements as well, most likely a specially designed wheel and a fixed rear wing.

The Audi RS3 Plus will be unveiled in May 2012, a month after the TT-RS Plus.

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2011 Audi R8 V-10 by Heffner Performance

2011 Audi R8 V-10 by Heffner Performance

By almost anyone’s standards, Audi’s R8 with the Lamborghini-derived 5.2-liter V-10 is a fast car. The engine puts out some 525 horsepower and 391 ft-lb. of torque, which is enough to get the R8 V-10 Coupe from zero to sixty in 3.7 seconds, or 3.9 seconds for the R8 V-10 Spyder. Top speed on the coupe is said to be 196 miles per hour, which is annoyingly-close-but-just-shy-of 200 miles per hour. If you’re lucky enough to own either version of Audi’s 5.2-liter equipped R8, it’s easy to understand why you’d want to make it just a little bit faster.

Enter Heffner Performance, a tuner with a significant history of making Audis, Lamborghinis, Ferraris, Ford GTs, and Dodge Vipers faster, yet still docile enough to drive on the street. Their latest bolt-on package for Audi’s V-10 R8s - the Twin Turbo "bolt on" system with twin Garrett GT35R turbochargers at 6 psi - will get you 725 horsepower at the wheels, on 93 octane pump gas. That’s an increase of 200 horsepower from stock, yet the car retains its sophisticated, grand-touring demeanor.

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2011 Audi R8 V10 by Akrapovic

2011 Audi R8 V10 by Akrapovic

Anytime you have an Audi R8 V10, then you already have a car that’s as imposing and powerful as any sports car on the streets. But once you add an Akrapovic exhaust set-up, then, well, all bets are off.

The Slovenian tuning firm and specialists in the science of exhaust systems has released a new package that not only gives the R8 V10 a new exhaust set-up, but a corresponding power increase to go with it. The new titanium Slip-On exhaust system comes with carbon tail pipes with an optional wireless kit to give the driver the option of controlling the sound of the exhaust for either street or track use. The exhaust not only reduces the R8’s overall weight by 16kg (35 lbs), but also bumps up the output of the car’s 5.2-liter V10 engine from the standard 525 horsepower and 391 lb/ft of torque to 536 horsepower at 6,800 rpm and 403 lb/ft of torque at 5,000 rpm.

The result might not be all that much given the number of tuning packages already in existence for the R8 V10, but anytime a car that already has 525 ponies under its hood get some added output, it’s still something that’s going to attract its share of customers.

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2011 Audi R8 by Evolution Motorsports

2011 Audi R8 by Evolution Motorsports

For some people, even a car that already packs a walloping 420 horsepower under its hood isn’t enough to satisfy their lust for speed. These are the very same people that look at a car like the Audi R8 and think of ways to bump up the supercar’s already impressive performance output. They might think of themselves as torque hungry fellows. We think of them as heroes.

Evolution Motorsports is a US-based tuning company that specializes on these sorts of things and their latest project involves taking an Audi R8 V8 and outfitting it with their very own EVOMS R8 Twin Turbo, a performance system that taps the R8’s true potential as one of the best supercars on the planet.

Despite its stature, Evolution Motorsports believes that the R8 lacks in true raw power. So to tap into that, they meticulously designed and engineered a twin turbo conversion system that shoots up the R8’s performance output all the way up to 800 horsepower. The best part is that the 800 horsepower upgrade is only the beginning of Evolution Motorsports’ project for the Audi R8. The folks from Arizona are also building packages for the R8 that will see its pony output rise up to 900 and even 1000+ horses under the hood.

Talk about unleashing the R8’s true potential, huh?

Full specifications of Evolution Motorsport’s R8 Twin-Turbo Conversion can be found after the jump.

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