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      Published on 07-24-2012 11:41 PM
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      As seen testing earlier the R8 facelift is now officially here. The V8 and V10 models both get dual clutch 7 Speed S-Tronic transmissions. The front and rear lights are also updated with new LED units. There is also a new model added called the V10 Plus which has 542 horses from the 5.2 V10. It is only offered as a coupe. We'd advise members in the market to skip this model and just get the standard V10 with an aftermarket tune. ...
      Published on 07-24-2012 07:00 AM
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      Audi announced US pricing for the upcoming 2013 RS5 starting at $68,900. Much higher base price than an M3 but honestly not terrible considering with options out the door it will be similar and also that the UK pricing is 58,750 British Pounds which works out to $91,044 at current exchange rates. The RS5 will be worth the price considering it will be far more rare than the M3. It will also offer much fresher styling as well as a high revving V8, a dual clutch transmission, and all wheel drive. Check out the order guide and pictures below. ...
      Published on 07-24-2012 02:57 AM
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      The Audi Q2 will arrive as a 2016 model based on the A1 platform. It will be the smallest crossover in the Audi lineup likely available as a front wheel drive which will compete with the BMW X1. This car will arrive at the perfect time to challenge the new BMW X1 which will also be front wheel drive and set to be smaller as it will be based on the next generation Mini Countryman. ...
      Published on 07-19-2012 08:31 AM
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      Here are dyno resutls for the Fabspeed R8 5.2 FSI exhaust. The exhaust itself provides 10 wheel horsepower at peak and 16 wheel horsepower in the mid range. The baseline was 464 wheel horsepower and after the exhaust the car hit 473 to the wheels at peak. The exhaust retails for $3,195 and saves 41.8 pounds from the back of the car. Combined with an ECU tune the car hits 505 wheel horsepower for a respectable gain of 41 all wheel horsepower. A tune an exhaust are definitely worthy upgrades for any R8 5.2 owner to look into. ...
      Published on 07-19-2012 02:57 AM
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      There has been talk of a premium model about the A8 that would be sort of Audi's super coupe to rival the Mercedes CL. Whether that car will be built or not we do not know but a Russian student Moscow State Technical University came up with this interesting R9 design study. The concept is very well executed and clearly the student is gifted. The design incorporates elements from the Quattro concept. Who knows, maybe Audi designers will pick something up from this. ...
      Published on 07-16-2012 05:40 AM
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      Congratulations to Audi driver Mattias Ekstrom for beating the entire DTM field and taking the victory in the individual DTM stadium event. The stadium event is a unique aspect of DTM racing taking place inside a stadium instead of on a typical road course. This allows fans to see more of the action although the speeds are much lower. Basically, two parallel tracks are set up and the faster driver advances and the slower one is knocked out until only one is left. Mattias Ekstrom ended up being the last man standing beating out Mercedes driver Jamie Green in the final. ...
      Published on 07-13-2012 03:50 AM
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      Here is a very cool comparison of some of the various R8's available including even the Grand-Am race car. It should surprise nobody that the Grand-Am car is the fastest and best handling out of the group of R8's. What is surprising however is how close the R8 GT is. It only gives up 2/10's and 3 miles per hour through the 1/4 mile making the GT very close acceleration wise to the race car despite having a weight penalty of over 500 pounds. Impressive. ...
      Published on 07-10-2012 12:11 AM
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      The Audi R8 is currently getting a facelift but it will eventually see a brand new model to replace it in 2015. Road and Track rendered what the replacement may look like and shared a few details. A twin turbo six cylinder is likely as it will likely be the 3.0 TFSI motor once it drops the supercharger for a pair of turbos. Additionally, a hybrid is in the works which is no surprise with how hard Audi is pushing hybrid performance after the recent victory of their R18 Hybrid at Le Mans. For now, treat this all as speculation but it sure seems to be the direction the R8 is headed. ...
      Published on 07-07-2012 10:59 PM
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      The Audi R8 5.2 V10 in stock form shares the exact same motor as the Lamborghini Gallardo. Both cars do not have the same horsepower rating however with the Gallardo LP-560 rated at 552 horsepower. The R8 on the other hand is limited by the factory software to not step on the Gallardo's toes to 518 horses. This means there is plenty of power to unlock with a tune to bring the car up to Gallardo specs and then some. ...
      Published on 06-29-2012 08:42 AM
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      Congratulations to Audi for running their electric car where the big boys play, on the Nurburgring. The R8 E-tron laid down a very impressive 8:09.099 laptime. The lithium-ion battery in the R8 stores enough energy for a distance of about 134 miles. On paper this should allow for about 10 laps of the 12.92 mile Nurburgring although that distance number likely shrinks with use of full power. The battery also pushes the curb weight to 3,924 pounds making the laptime even more impressive. ...
      Published on 06-27-2012 11:36 PM
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      Wow, simply wow. Here is the first 8 second Audi we know of. This 3.2 turbo six cylinder S3 ran a 8.84@161 1/4 mile in Greece. The car is built and raced by the owner of 0-400 Tune 2 Race which from what we gathered with Google translate offers all kinds of services for performance tuning in Greece. Building the world's fastest Audi sure is a great way to get the name out there. Info on the car is scarce but it has a large turbo pushing 33 psi into the motor and the stock manual gearbox with modified 3rd and 4th gears. ...
      Published on 06-22-2012 09:03 PM
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      As previously reported the Audi R8 is getting a facelift for the next model year. The V8 model in particular is going to benefit with a power boost up to the 450 horsepower range. The V8 R8 is lagging behind competition such as the Carrera S performance wise which interestingly enough seems to be the model targeted as a 991 Carrera S was spotted testing with the updated R8. The V10 will be bumped up somewhere to Gallardo LP560 specs which requires only a software change. The main question remains if the cars will get dual clutch transmission (DSG) options. ...
      Published on 06-21-2012 07:23 PM
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      Wheelsboutique usually shows off some very get looking wheel setups. This one is definitely not our cup of tea. We understand wanting to stand out and be different but there is a point where something just becomes to ostentatious and tacky. The R8 is a beautiful and refined luxury sports car. Taking an example in white with black sideblades and completely destroying the color scheme it has going for it with bright orange wheels is not the best way to compliment it. We would expect to see this on a Honda or at some import show featuring cheap JDM cars before we would ever expect it on an R8. ...
      Published on 06-18-2012 04:29 PM
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      Congratulations to Audi who became the first manufacturer to ever win the 24 Hours of Le Mans with a Hybrid. With the absence of Peugeot in the race the only real for challenge for Audi was Toyota and Toyota sure did challenge. Toyota's hybrid TS030 race car passed the R18 E-tron at one point to take the overall lead. Unfortunately both Toyota cars were involved in accidents (see video below) meaning Audi ended up cruising to victory. Toyota deserves respect for providing such worthy competition capable of taking the win however. ...
      Published on 06-16-2012 02:52 PM
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      We knew a hotter version of the Q5 was coming but everyone expected it to have a tweaked version of the supercharged 3.0 TFSI motor in the S4. Audi pulled a surprising move giving the car a 3.0 liter twin turbo six cylinder diesel with 313 horses and 479 pound-feet of torque. This gives the car great gas mileage at about 32 MPG and excellent torque down low. Power is sent to all four (20 inch) wheels through an 8-speed automatic transmission. ...

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