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      Published on 04-26-2012 05:27 AM
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      Fabspeed has released their R8 V10 5.2 exhaust. For whatever reason, it is not up on their website making pricing and ordering it a bit of a pain. Also, they did not include any dyno graphs which is very much unlike Fabspeed. We expect the gains to be similar to the Gallardo LP-560 system with minimal power increases up top but the curve down low and through the mid range being fattened up considerably. This is a direct replacement for the OEM system and offers weight savings of 42 pounds. A video of the exhaust sound is below. ...
      Published on 04-26-2012 12:30 AM
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      The Audi R8 5.2 liter V10 is detuned from the factory compared to its Lamborghini Gallardo counterpart despite having an identical motor. This is to protect the Gallardo image but R8 V10 owners have nothing to sweat as this just means they have room to tune. The GIAC software will bump a 6 speed manual R8 up from a baseline of 474 to the wheels (with a GMG racing exhaust) on a Mustang dyno to 506. Gains of 32 horsepower at all four wheels on 91 octane, not too shabby. ...
      Published on 04-25-2012 02:02 AM
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      The facelifted pictures of the 2013 Audi Q5 were leaked a bit early. Nothing major here, minor changes to the styling including the front and rear lights. The front grille and bumpers are also slightly reworked. The big news is that the 3.0 TFSI supercharged V6 from the S4 goes under the hood although in detuned form with only 268 horsepower. We are guessing upgrades to bring that powerplant up to the S4's level are going to be popular. It also seems that a tuned version of this motor will find its way into an SQ5 model to come at a later date. ...
      Published on 04-19-2012 08:54 PM
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      Audi released a new video and pictures of its 4.0 TFSI twin turbo V8 direct injected motor. This engine is going to be an important part of the Audi lineup to come (and for Audi tuners!) as it it is going in many models including the S6, S7, S8, and the Bentley Continental GT. In the S6 and S7 it is in a tune range of 420 horsepower. Bore and stroke are 84.5 x 89.0 respectively with a cylinder angle of 90 degrees. ...
      Published on 04-18-2012 11:58 PM
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      We reported last week this deal was done and now we have the final selling price: $1.1 billion. That is a big chunk of change to spend on a niche. However, let's put this acquisition in perspective with other VW group brands. Ducati generated just under half a billion Euros in revenue last year. This actually exceeds some of the other 11 brands in the VW group. So, Audi has their rival for BMW Motorrad. However, both of these entities are a respective drop in the bucket of the total revenue each company generates meaning the motorcycle brands are essentially luxuries and not being counted on as major sources of revenue. ...
      Published on 04-18-2012 12:50 AM
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      We had high hopes Audi would do an RS version of the Q3 and with this concept it seems there is a chance of it becoming reality. The Q3 is the perfect performance SUV platform for several reasons the most obvious of which is its comparatively low curb weight. In the 3500 pound range this would literally run circles around the 5300 pound X5 M and ML63 AMG. The engine is the same potent 2.5 liter inline-5 out of the TT-RS with 360 horsepower. We have already seen that motor putting out over 500 horsepower to the wheels with some tuning work. ...
      Published on 04-12-2012 12:24 AM
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      It looks like Audi will be announcing its acquisition of Ducati shortly. AMG was reported to be in the mix but either their interest was overblown or they never had any intention of purchasing Ducati. Regardless, Reuters reports the acquisition may be announced next week as inside sources have revealed that the deal was indeed completed. No information on the purchased price released yet. This means that now Audi will have motorcycle division to compete with BMW Motorrad heating up the competition considerably. ...
      Published on 04-11-2012 01:30 AM
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      The all electric Audi R8 E-Tron is on the way but the drivetrain poses a problem in the sound department. The electric powertrain is simply too quiet and that poses a problem for pedestrians. So, Audi is having "sound engineers" compose engine sounds. Yes, they are composing gasoline engine sounds for the car. At least in the E-Tron R8 it is understandable due to being all electric so is better than what BMW did with the new M5. This synthetic engine sound trend is very disturbing however. ...
      Published on 04-09-2012 10:46 PM
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      GIAC has released their software for USA Audi TT-RS vehicles. Depending on the octane gains range from 30 horsepower at the wheels on 91 octane up to 69 horses at all four wheels on race gas. Maps suited to your octane are available and can be switched using a hand held flash loader. The vehicle shown in the dyno graph below is a 6 speed manual as all USA TT-RS' are. In addition to the horsepower gains throttle maps are changed, the low speed torque limiter is removed, and the speed limiter is removed. Stage II software from GIAC is coming up next. ...
      Published on 04-05-2012 11:31 PM
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      With rapper Tyga sporting an R8 and now Lady Gaga we have to wonder if the R8 is becoming far too mainstream. The main difference though between Gaga's R8 and Tyga's is that Lady Gaga had the balls to get the V10. Let that comment sink in. This is one of those times where we appreciate stick only cars that stay out of celebrities hands like the Porsche GT3 or Porsche GT2. You won't be seeing a rapper or Britney Spears driving one of those any time soon as you actually have to drive the car rather than be driven. ...
      Published on 03-28-2012 02:05 AM
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      Audi has enjoyed sales to the Chinese government for some time now being the preferred brand. Audi and the Chinese government have become so ubiquitous that many younger people have started avoiding the Audi brand in China as it somewhat represents the old and stodgy. New regulations propose that government agencies be forced to buy only Chinese cars to help the struggling Chinese domestic auto industry. ...
      Published on 03-22-2012 06:18 AM
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      It isn't necessarily the Gold wrap that is bad here. Some cars have pulled off gold wraps quite well like this X5M. This car doesn't do it as well though. Tyga considers himself "creative" but we've seen gold wraps before, a while ago, so it isn't quite as creative as he seems to be telling people it is. The Cashmere interior may be something nobody is doing with a Gold wrap but that is likely for a reason. He ties the black rims in well, we'll give him that. ...
      Published on 03-21-2012 11:14 PM
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      Now, we are not sure if this Jeep is actually putting out 1000 horses but that is the claim being made. With the way it rips this R8 V10, itself a very fast car, and holds it off through the mile it clearly is making a lot of power. It also traps higher at 167.7 MPH versus the 163.78 for the R8 V10. The R8 was asleep at the light with a poor reaction time and just does not have the power to run this Jeep down through the mile especially when the Jeep is pulling harder despite its comparatively poor aerodynamics and weight. A very impressive SUV. ...
      Published on 03-20-2012 12:36 AM
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      The Audi R18's are picking up where they left off last year winning just about wherever they race. This is the first 1-2 victory for Audi at Sebring since 2005. The winning R18 did so comfortably winning by four laps. Audi may have won 1-2-3 if it was not for gearbox problems in the number 1 R18. The new E-Tron Quattro and Ultra R18's did not participate in this race as they will make their racing debut at Spa (Belgium) on May 5. ...
      Published on 03-13-2012 02:13 AM
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      Last month we reported that the Mercedes AMG brand was a likely buyer for Italian motorcycle produce Ducati. AMG is a logical choice as they would like to have competition for BMW Motorrad. In an interesting twist, Audi is entering the Ducati sweestakes. Why Audi and not VW? Well, technically the brand would be under the VW halo but Audi has a motorcycle history. Also, clearly Audi wants to compete with BMW's bikes as well. Is this simply a move to drive the price up beyond what AMG is willing to pay for it? The price is now rumored to be over the billion dollar range. We'll see who wins or blinks first. ...

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