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 email@example.com 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.”
...Published on 07-26-2011 01:51 AM
The last time there was an avant only RS4 the USA was skipped over. That was back with the B5 RS4 and some people still hold a grudge until today (we certainly do). It would appear that Audi is going to release the B8 RS4 only as a wagon and that does not bode well for its chances of making it to the USA. Additionally, it seems it will be sharing the Audi RS5 V8. Kind of boring really, as it should get the new turbocharged 4.0 liter V8. How much longer is Audi going to keep cranking out that same old 4.2 liter V8 which is already over-matched?
...Published on 07-24-2011 02:56 AM
A 12 cylinder A8 is now available. The $134,475 car is powered by a 6.3 liter W12 with 500 horsepower and 463 pound-feet of torque. The motor is naturally aspirated, unlike its V12 rivals from Mercedes and BMW. No doubt a great car that is richly appointed but it likely makes sense to get the upcoming S8 with the turbo V8 and save yourself the cash. Although, it's hard not to like a big naturally aspirated motor especially with 12 cylinders. Oh, and it is coming to the USA. ...Published on 07-23-2011 02:54 AM
We know the Audi Q6 coming. One of the reasons that Audi will be opening a USA plant is due to the Q6. The car will likely share the Cayenne platform which it will borrow heavily from. Audi simply is not content sitting around and allowing BMW to have the market all to itself with the X6 in the "coupe" style SUV segment. We will be seeing many more models like this from Audi and even possibly a Q4 as they continue their determined march toward taking the top luxury sport from BMW. ...Published on 07-22-2011 02:45 AM
EPL (European Performance Labs) in conjunction with Heffner performance has released a HPFP (high pressure fuel pump) upgrade for Audi R8 4.2 V8. As you should know, the R8 4.2 is direct injected. Direct injected cars have some difficulty upgrading their fueling but EPL has figured out a solution for the R8. EPL ECU tuning combined with two upgraded fuel pumps allow the Heffner R8 V8 twin turbo to now hit 8.5 psi no longer being fuel starved. This provided an additional 50 horsepower at the wheels. ...Published on 07-21-2011 12:13 AM
You should know by now the A5 got a facelift. It isn't coming to the USA yet (it will eventually) only to Europe first but that should not stop us from getting an idea of all the changes. This video does a good overview highlighting all the changes showing an angle of the previous model and then the same angle with the facelifted model. The new design is definitely a step up all the way around. ...Published on 07-19-2011 03:42 PM
Hopefully you remember the Audi R8 V12 TDI concept. If not, here is a quick refresher. Audi put a 6.0 liter twin turbo V12 in the R8 as a link to its R10 Le Mans race car. They never built it, but it seems someone has attempted to do the swap themselves. Or at least that is how it appeared. These pictures were posted around the web but turns out it was just a big hoax. Kind of mean to play with enthusiasts that way. Oh well, we can keep dreaming but at least this has gotten people thinking about an R8 with a big diesel again.
Published on 07-18-2011 07:02 AM
With BMW set to enter the DTM fray with their M3 Audi is responding by preparing their A5 concept race car. The car is known internally as the 'R17' race car. It will feature a high-strength carbon-fiber monocoque combined with a steel tube cage. There will be other changes for 2012 to meet new regulations such as a larger rear wing and other aerodynamics changes. The 4.0 liter V8 and 6-speed transmission will be lifted from the A4 unchanged. This car will race in the 2012 season and will be unveiled at the Frankfurt Auto Show in September. ...Published on 07-17-2011 04:31 AM
We do not know what it is as of late, but German pick-ups are all the rage. From the BMW X5 pickup renderings to the M3 pickup it seems we can not get away from this topic. Someone with a Q7 apparently liked the idea enough to add a truck bed to their Q7. We do not know where this Q7 came from and would like to get more photos and details. Details and explanation from the owner would not hurt as well. ...