Published on 09-06-2011 05:50 AM
Well, the back and forth fight between Audi and Mercedes continues although Audi's dominant 1-2-3 finish this past weekend vaulted them into first place in the standings. Martin Tomczyk helped Audi get back in the drivers seat with his third win of the season. Mattias Ekstrom and Edoardo Mortara were the two other Audi drivers who helped complete Audi's first 1-2-3 sweep of the season. The Audi drivers seemed to do much better in the wet conditions than the Mercedes drivers.
...Published on 09-01-2011 06:21 PM
Audi released official details on three new models. We wish they did it one at a time instead of all at once but here they are, the new S6, S7, and S8. No surprises here, they have the specs and motors we have been reporting about for some time. The S8 gets a twin turbo V8 with 513 horsepower, very nice. Who needs a W12 A8 now? The S6 and S7 both get the same 414 twin turbo V8, not a single turbo as previously thought. It is also paired to a DSG dual clutch gearbox which is very nice to hear. Expect the RS6 and RS7 to get the S8's motor. We do not know if the S6 and S7 have the same turbos but if they do it should make for some interesting tuning.
...Published on 08-30-2011 04:42 AM
The photo posted below has the Audi world all abuzz. Someone at Fourtitude seemingly stumbled upon it. Is it legitimate? We do not know, but we do know the R8 will be getting some changes under the hood including increased horsepower and a dual clutch transmission. It stands to reason that the exterior will get a facelift as well to go with the changes underneath the skin. Especially considering Audi has given other models a facelift including the S5. Check out the photo and judge for yourself.
...Published on 08-24-2011 08:09 PM
This was quite interesting to see. BimmerBoost members BoostAddict ran a stock B8 S4 in his modified E90 335i with a 6 speed manual. His mod list is as follows: JB4 Map 1, DCI, and VK downpipes. He also had a 230 pound passenger. The 2011 S4 is a 6 speed manual that is completely stock. The runs were certainly closer than BoostAddict expected and the S4 performs well and clearly is a strong car. Looks like the 335 needs some race gas or meth, especially if the S4 owner decides to mod his ride.
...Published on 08-15-2011 06:25 PM
Emanuel Pirro is a 5 times Le Mans champion. Impressive? Yes. So the guy knows a thing or two about performance cars and how they should behave. These videos from Audi have Emanuel detail the Audi R8 GT and why it's great, wait, spectacular being a more apt description. 0-60 in 3.6 seconds and a 560 horsepower tweaked 5.2 liter direct injected V10 paired to the excellent Audi chassis no doubt makes for a hell of a track car. Especially considering the weight was also dropped. Check it out, worth watching.
...Published on 08-10-2011 08:21 AM
The BMW i3 electric city car was officially unveiled last month. Audi has now decided to potentially enter the fray with their own city car, the Audi Urban. Audi's approach is a little different with a 1+1 seating configuration and aiming to be ultra light. The roof of the car slides to the rear to allow access to the inside. The concept also features 21 inch free standing wheels which we are not sure why something aiming to be super light and efficient needs large 21 inch rims. Exact specifications have not yet been provided for the motor but it is fully electric with lithium-ion power. Expect an official reveal sometime soon, maybe Frankfurt.
...Published on 08-04-2011 08:12 AM
We knew the Audi S8 was coming and that it would be using a twin turbo V8 from a leaked report in February of this year. That report states the car will get 518 horsepower. This will mean the car will have slightly more power and torque as well than the 12 cylinder W12 version, making it almost redundant. The S8 should not only be sportier than the W12, but lighter and cheaper. If it was up to us, we would take the twin turbo V8, thanks.
...Published on 08-03-2011 07:14 AM
Ok, so a quick recap for you. Audi put out a commercial that was basically a blatant rip-off of the Eminem/Chrysler imported from Detroit commercial. The music publisher threatened to take Audi to court. Audi responded by saying the commercial was not actually a commercial (yes, idiotic). Now, they have both reached an agreement. Translation: Money changed hands, and everyone is happy. “Eight Mile is very pleased that this dispute could be settled quickly and amicably. Eight Mile is very impressed by Audi’s openness to discuss and reach consensus on the issues involved…”
...Published on 08-02-2011 07:39 AM
The mid-size luxury sport sedan market was one BMW dominated. Some can argue they really invented it and set the standard. The E39 5 series was really were people saw just how much better BMW was at building these cars for all around performance than anyone else. Something has happened along the way and the F10 5 series is no longer as dominating in this sector. Has Audi gotten better or has BMW slipped? Maybe the answer is both.
...Published on 08-01-2011 11:02 PM
This is some pretty good news if it turns out to be true. CAR is reporting that the R8 will be getting an HP bump. The R8 V8 will get a horsepower boost to match the RS5. It will go to about 444 horsepower up from the current 414 which resembled the B7 RS4. The V10 will also be getting a bump since it was detuned vs. the Gallardo. It will go up to 533 up from the current 518. The real big news though is that both might be getting a 7-speed DSG gearbox. That would take the R8 into some elite (458 Italia) territory. For those of you who just bought your R8 GT versions, bummer, but new versions of the GT should be coming as well.
...Published on 08-01-2011 01:54 AM
A major congratulations to Audi on this victory in the face of competition from 13 other manufacturers including Mercedes and BMW. Audi DTM drivers Mattias Ekström and Timo Scheider were two of the three drivers in the Audi Sport Team WRT R8 LMS. The field had never been so packed with 62 cars 57 of which were in the GT3 category. The Audi R8 cars led for 22 out of the 24 hours and were running 1-2-3 at one point, well done.
...Published on 07-30-2011 07:46 AM
This is a bit of a surprising result. The Audi R8 V10 is a fast car, we all know that. This example features an ABT tune and Milltek exhaust which the combo is said to be good for 600 horsepower. The G-power SK-II supercharger kit is said to produce 570 horsepower at around 6 psi using an ASA T1-522 supercharger. It sure does not look like 570 horsepower on the M3 as with that much power and a dual clutch transmission it should put up a much better fight. The Audi walks it, easily.
...Published on 07-30-2011 02:35 AM
This is the Stage III APR B8 S4 supercharger system. On 100 octane it is capable of hitting 428 horsepower at all four wheels. On 91 octane it is capable of an impressive 412 AWHP. Very nice compared to the stock 275 AWHP. The best performance numbers hit so far are firstname.lastname@example.org mph in the 1/4 mile. Definitely a large improvement and likely the best option available for those who want more out of their S5.
...Published on 07-28-2011 02:31 AM
The first Audi TT-RS has been officially delivered in the USA. Fort Worth Audi had the honor of delivering the first car and it went to a veteran race car driver named Don Istook. It's nice to see that Audi did not overlook the United States with yet another RS model. They also announced that the RS5 will be coming the United States as well. That is all fine and dandy, but we were still short changed on the last RS6 and it looks like the same might happen with the B8 RS4. This is a step in the right direction but until Audi can roll out all of their models worldwide we still can not take them as seriously from an enthusiast's standpoint as we do Porsche and to a lesser extent Mercedes who manage to come through on almost all of their performance models.
...Published on 07-27-2011 02:41 AM
The Australian International Design Awards are apparently a pretty big deal. Over 232 Australian and International products are assessed on their physical attributes. In the Automotive category, the Audi A7 was picked was the best design for 2011. The car is pretty hot, but the best design? The judges seemed to think so. Audi Australia Director Uwe Hagen stated, “Good design and aesthetic excellence is a core pillar of Audi’s brand ethos, and this award confirms the outstanding position of the A7 Sportback within the field of automotive design, and the excellent response from our customers confirms the appeal of this car.”