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      Published on 02-12-2011 06:25 PM
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      A Russian leak of the Volkswagen group ETKA software has confirmed horsepower, dates, and cars for the new 4.0 turbo V8 motor. The A8 will get the motor by October in Europe with 420 horsepower. An Audi S8 with 518 horses is confirmed. The S7 and S6 are slated to arrive at the end of the year both with 408 horsepower. ...
      Published on 02-12-2011 05:47 AM
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      AWE Tuning has released their new Gen 2 exhaust for B8 2.0t's. The exhaust is available in a variety of configurations: single outlet, dual outlet, and dual outlet with quad tips. A resonated downpipe is also available ($296). The rear section starts at $854 and goes to over $1300 depending on configuration. Gains are only about 9 horsepower at the crank and 7 crank torque. ...
      Published on 02-10-2011 06:17 AM
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      Hot on the heels of MTM we have ABT releasing their take on the new Audi A7. ABT adds their sideskirts to give a muscular side profile. Their rear diffuser is made to house their unique quad pipe exhaust. The vehicle is lowered with the ABT lowering module on top of ABT rims that are available for the A7 in 19-21 inch sizes. For the 3.0 TFSI supercharged V6, ABT tunes it to 410 horsepower. ...
      Published on 02-09-2011 10:00 AM
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      Well... that was fast. MTM managed to already get a hold of an A7 and tweak it. The most obvious difference is a modified rear diffuser which accepts a quad exhaust. Wheel spacers and MTM rims were installed as well. A lowering module designed to work with the stock suspension is in the works. A tune for the 3.0 TDI in this A7 was added which boosts horsepower by about 40 to 285. ...
      Published on 02-09-2011 05:00 AM
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      It is logical that we should see an Audi S7. It would also be logical that it would have the new turbo direct injected V8 motor. The S7 would get it in single turbo guise putting out something in the low 400's, making it a great 550i competitor. The RS6 would then get the twin turbo version putting out 550-600 horsepower. Autolifestyle.nl put up some renderings of what the new S6 might look like and expect this model as early as the end of the year. ...
      Published on 02-08-2011 10:20 PM
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      Autoblog reports that this is the new Audi RS7. It does not look beefed up as an Audi RS model should but that is likely part of the disguise. Power comes from a twin turbo V8 (reported on earlier) shared with Bentley. The car should have between 550-600 horsepower going through a dual clutch gearbox along with what appear to be carbon ceramic brakes making for quite the ride. This car is aimed directly at the CLS63 AMG and that should be an epic battle. ...
      Published on 02-08-2011 09:04 PM
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      Autocar is reporting that Bentley will be getting two different versions of a direct injected turbo 4.0 liter V8. This powerplant will come in single turbo form putting out around ~410 horsepower as well as a twin turbo version putting out over 550 horsepower. This motor would likely power an Audi S7, RS7, S8, and a new RS6. Expect to see this motor in a Bentley by the end of the year. ...
      Published on 02-08-2011 05:35 AM
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      AWE Tuning has released their Audi Q5 3.2 exhaust. It is available in two different versions, resonated and non-resonated. The non-resonated starts at about $1700 and the resonated version goes up to about $2300 depending on options such as polished tips. Power gains are about 6 horsepower at all 4 wheels which is about what one should expect from a rear section only. Click read more for pics and videos. ...
      Published on 02-05-2011 04:40 PM
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      These tests were all performed on a MK I Audi TT with the 1.8t tsi motor. The black lines are when the car was stock. Blue line is with a GIAC tune plus an AWE turbo outlet pipe. The red line is with the GIAC tune, AWE turbo outlet pope, and the addition of the C|C|B intake. The intake provides additional gains of 21 horsepower at the wheels, very respectable and a nice addition. ...
      Published on 02-03-2011 09:12 PM

      Audi of America recently posted a compilation video showing an overview of their quattro heritage. The video includes vintage rally racing footage and is a nice homage to Audi Quattro, worth watching. ...
      Published on 02-01-2011 02:01 PM
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      Michigan based Borg Warner has acquired Haldex Traction Systems who is a leader in all wheel drive applications. Haldex Traction Systems is one division of Haldex but the most well known for producing the all wheel drive systems for the A3, S3, and Audi TT. It is interesting to note that the Audi Q7 uses a Borg Warner 4WD system so it appears Borg Warner wishes to expand their AWD offerings especially to the Audi group. The deal was completed for $205 million dollars. ...
      Published on 01-29-2011 09:41 AM
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      APR was on the pole to begin the race in their MK6 GTI setting a qualifying record for the ST class. The street tuner class is the entry level class for compacts and imports. Kia managed to finish in second with Kinetic Motorsports doing a great job with their Kia Forte. Bimmerworld rounded out the top 3 in their 328i. We will be following what develops in the Continental Series closely, results below. ...
      Published on 01-27-2011 10:30 AM

      Well, the numbers aren't all that impressive and actually pretty slow. But hey, this is an SUV after all, and a heavy one at that. The Q7 weighs about the same as an X5 at 5,256 pounds yet it puts up much worse numbers than the N55 equipped X5. It also only pulls .81 on the skidpad due to its high center of gravity. The V8 is also now gone. What you say? Yes, the 3.6 v6 and the 4.2 V8 are both gone and the 3.0tsi supercharged 6 cylinder is actually quicker by a couple tenths than the V8 it replaces. For whatever reason, the Q7 has a detuned version of the 3.0tsi putting out 272 horsepower vs. the Audi S4's 333. The S-line version has the full 333 ponies on tap but the Q7 does not seem be much of a sporty SUV to begin with. ...
      Published on 01-26-2011 01:04 PM
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      German Tuner Sport Wheels has modified the R8 V10 spyder and we like the result. They start with an engine tune which they claim bumps the power up to 600 hp. From there they modify the grille, add a lip, lower it, and change to their wheels. It is not lowered just on springs, but they offer a KW coil-over setup for about 7,400 euro. A center exit exhaust is used for a distinct look which works well. Oh, and yes, those are ceramic brakes from Mov-it that retail for about 22,000 euros. Expensive, but oh so sexy! ...
      Published on 01-26-2011 07:40 AM
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      Japanese modding is not really low key to begin with. Artis took a C6 A6 and applied a diamond patterned film over an Audi A6 and then painted on top of it with an extremely shiny black finish. There is more to the car than just the paint being lowered with a body kit. However, the paint work is what stands out and clearly was designed to do that. Well then, mission accomplished. ...

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