Author: Chris Burdick

Audi Getting Into the Bicycle Business

Who would have thought Audi would be getting into the business of making bicycles? Recently, they teamed up with the only all-hardwood bike manufacturer in the world – Renovo Hardwood Bicycles – to make a line of six bikes with the Audi brand. It makes sense, really though. The bikes are some of the best in the world, and mirror Audi’s values. The bikes are all strong, lightweight, and built on a monocoque hardwood frame. They also ride smooth as a cloud due to the wood’s ability to absorb shock better than metal. The bikes have a high-end drivetrain made from aluminum and carbon fiber components, as well as disk brakes and LED lighting. They have three primary models available, each for a different purpose: duo City A cafe/leisure bike, urban explorer and all-weather commuter; the most approachable bike for casual cyclists. Features include an upright position for short distances, comfort and traffic vigilance; wide puncture-resistant 32mm tires; LED lights; fenders; rack; The duo City drivetrain features the smooth, quiet and grease-free Gates CenterTrack belt drive coupled to the Shimano Nexus 8-speed internal hub gear, for effortless and maintenance-free shifting. duo Sport A fitness, long-distance all-weather commuter, perfect for cyclists seeking long-distance comfort and safety. The Sport drivetrain features the smooth, quiet and grease-free Gates CenterTrack belt drive coupled to the Shimano Alfine 11-speed internal gear hub, for effortless...

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Audi Prices R8 GT at $196,800

The R8 has served as a powerful symbol of Audi’s ascendance. While Audi has been highly successful with its mainstream models such as the A4, A6 and Q5 crossover, the brand has also worked to burnish its performance credentials at the same time. This emphasis has resulted in performance variants like the RS5 and TT-RS coming to the United States, as well as the R8 GT. Many questioned how far the Volkswagen Group would let the R8 go upmarket for fear of stepping on the Gallardo’s toes. With the R8 GT, the answer is pretty far. Audi has now released pricing on the most expensive Audi of them all. Be prepared to fork out a nice chunk of cash – the R8 GT checks in just under the $200,000 mark at $196,800. Just 90 R8 GT models are destined for the U.S, out of a total run of 333 units. The car has substantial performance upgrades as part of the GT badge. The R8 GT uses the same 5.2-liter V10 FSI engine as the R8 5.2 Quattro, but in this application is upgraded to produce 560 horsepower, up by 35. In addition to the increased power output, the R8 GT also sheds weight by way of an extensive use of aluminum and carbon fiber. The rear hatch, spoiler and diffuser of the R8 GT are made from carbon fiber...

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Top Five Audis of All Time

To celebrate the unveiling of the A3 concept car in Geneva, we’re taking a nostalgic look back at some of our favourite Audis from years gone by. The new A3 is said to “epitomise Audi’s latest brand language”, with its lightweight design and fuel efficiency, coupled with a remarkably fast, turbocharging engine. Over the years, Audi’s brand language has shifted somewhat but the German manufacturer has rarely failed to impress. Here are five of our favourites: 1980 Audi Quattro Like the brand new A3, the original Audi Quattro was given its unveiling at the International Geneva Motorshow. Also, like the A3, the Quattro was seen as an innovative, ground-breaking car. Few could have imagined the legacy the Quattro would leave, becoming the first all-wheel-drive car to truly gain mainstream popularity thanks to its space-saving, small, light gearbox. The Quattro excelled on the high street and also in the world of rallying, winning titles in the American TransAm and the IMSA Series. Even to this day, though the design has started to show its age, the Quattro can command high sums from Audi lovers worldwide. Audi TT DSG For years, the beautiful Audi TT was let down by its somewhat sluggish, four-cylinder 1.8T engine. Finally, in 2003, Audi placed a 3.2 litre V6 engine in the TT and fans of the coupe were at last given the car of their...

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MTM Gives the R8 V10 Two Turbos & 777 HP

Just in case the regular old R8 V10 with 525 HP isn’t quick enough for you, German tuner MTM slapped a couple turbos on the engine, added a coil over kit with adjustable suspensions, 20″ forged wheels, a big brake kit with 8-piston calipers at the front and rear, carbon fiber bits here and there, an adjustable rear spoiler, and a carbon fiber front lip. Oh, and in case you didn’t notice, they stripped the car’s paint completely and polished the hell out of it, making it the first 200 mph mirror. They’re calling the car the MTM R8...

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Audi to Unveil A3 Concept in Geneva

Just a couple weeks shy of the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, Audi slips us a peek at the A3 Concept – a prototype for the upcoming successor to the current A3 hatch. The four-seater “notchback” sedan, as they call it, is powered by a turbocharged, five-cylinder engine capable of a hefty 408 horsepower driving power to all four wheels via a seven-speed S tronic transmission. Its defining features, aside from the monstrous engine, of course, are its single-frame grille that flows into the headlights, and the low-profile, sleek roofline carried from front to back. Don’t expect to pick this up the dealer any time soon – or ever – but we should be keeping an eye out for an updated A3 within the next couple of...

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High-Security Audi A8 planned for High Contingency

For the most elite and wealthy people, there access to the greatest, exotic vehicles is available thanks to loaded bank accounts. However, as much as some well-regarded individuals would rather pilot a Lamborghini or Ferrari, the extraordinary dangers which could result in their lives demand specific transportation options. Realizing the need to protect the world’s dignitaries many luxury car makers have their own in-house divisions devoted for high-security preparations. A continuous leap for optimum safeguarding is the goal behind the upcoming Audi A8 L Security model. Starting with the Audi A8 L extended wheelbase model, every detail of this rolling fortress beckons the utmost in safety and security. Originating from the same Neckarsulm, Germany production facility that builds the conventional Audi A8 and A8 L vehicles, the A8 L Security models are given modifications up to a class VR 7 ballistic protection standard. Inside of a highly-guarded workshop where security measures have even banned the use of cell phones, every Audi A8 L Security edition undergoes a 450-hour hand assembly process. Fitted with hot-formed armoured steel, ceramics and special aluminum alloy materials, the production car’s Audi Space Frame is toughened to resist NATO hard-core ammunitions or explosive devices. Over top of the Audi A8 L Security multilayer glass windshield, side and rear windows, a polycarbonate coating acts as a barrier to prevent glass from spraying into the interior. Beefing...

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Leasing Luxury, Audi Style

Throughout the economic conditions, it is interesting to note luxury car sales have been brisk as some customers were apparently able to achieve a financial footing more quickly than others. Enjoying sales up 17.1% in 2009 and 22.9% in 2010, luxury brand Audi boasts amazing US sales thanks to a desirable portfolio of vehicles. Starting with the entry-level Audi A3 before progressing right up to the supercar Audi R8, those cars as well as the choices in between is both tempting and indulging motorists. For too many, the upfront price of these vehicles leaves the inner desires of some automotive lovers unfed despite their hard work. After taking into consideration fuel, state auto insurance, as well as your whole financial well-being, the prospect of leasing a new or previously-owned Audi vehicle could be a sound opportunity to absorb the thrill of possessing German luxury. With Audi, they have been making the goal of luxury car motoring surprisingly accommodating but does require foresight. Like most major luxury car companies employing their own financing options, Audi Financial Services operates as an internal arm to leasing. Plans between 12 months to as much as 48 months is the gateway for American motorists to seat themselves (and possible family) behind the wheel of the four-ring badged German luxury car. Offering a one year leasing term, Audi Financial Services differs from Mercedes-Benz’s lowest lease...

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New Look, New Future, New Audi A6

The mid-level luxury car market has turned into a battle royal with the BMW 5 Series, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Infiniti M and the Jaguar XF existing as some of many prestigious packages reloading for a premium sedan fight. An ultra-competitive luxury car market, the position of standing still is essentially going backwards. While a redesign of the Audi A6 occurred just two years prior, a sense of urgency set in within the Ingolstadt, Germany headquarters to freshen their important mid-sized four-door. Shaped over 20 percent aluminum coupled with high-tech steel construction, the new Audi A6 is reshaped using the persona of the newly-released Audi A7 Sportback (a unconventional wagon which shares the mid-sized sedan’s platform). New A6 sedan’s wheelbase length has grown by almost 3 inches to 113.6 inches for an improved road-holding stance. Roughly 0.7 inches wider than its 2010 counterpart, the new Audi A6 dimensions of 193.68 inches in length and 57.48 inches in height is largely consistent with the predecessor’s design. Focus on top-notch strength and low weight also included Audi engineers considering the best aerodynamic flow of the 2011 Audi A6 sedan which now runs at a drag coefficient as low as 0.26 in testing. Adhering to current European styling, the design of the new Audi A6 sedan is crafted to be athletic without involving unnecessary curves and accents. At first look, the most eye-catching detail...

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Audi RS5 Wins Sports Car 2010 Award

68,132 readers of Auto Bild SportsCars just awarded the Audi RS5 Coupe with the title “SportsCar of the Year” for 2010 in the “Production Coupes” category. 173 cars were split up amongst 17 categories, which were then divided into two “production” and “tuning” subcategories, so I guess that would be 34 categories total. In other awards, the Audi R8 GT won second place in the “Production Supercars” category, the Audi R8 Spyder 5.2 won second in “Production Convertibles,” the Audi S3 Sportback got third in the “Production Compact Cars” class and the Audi RS 6 Avant also took third in “Production Station Wagons.” Looks like those Germans are really proud of their...

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Audi R8 Owner Replaces Carbon Fiber Sideblade for Wood Panel

This guy must have been reminiscing of his old Buick Roadmaster station wagon with wood paneling when he thought this one up. Instead of keeping the stock carbon fiber or painted sideblade on the R8, which looks pretty darn good when done correctly, he decided he needed something more unique. So naturally, he took a trip to Home Depot, rounded up a jigsaw and some wood fiberboard, and made a perfect replica of his old sideblade and fitted it to the car. The result…you can see above. Ugly? Good lord yes, but at least it’s unique, right? Right? source:...

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Audi to Make First Appearance at 2010 SEMA Show

First appearances are everything, and Audi are certainly making a good impression… To mark their first official appearance at the 2010 SEMA show next month, Audi of America has confirmed it will be showcasing six stunning new models – including the Autonomous Audi TTS Pikes Peak car – at the prestigious Las Vegas show. The striking Autonomous Audi TTS Pikes Peak – also known as ‘the car that can drive itself’ – boasts a new exterior design, inspired by the rally cars of the 1980s. The revolutionary model features two computers in its trunk which enable the TTS to handle a variety of surfaces and drive under different speeds and conditions. SEMA visitors will be in for a treat when Audi rolls out the TTS Pikes Peak for a live demonstration. Let’s just hope it goes more smoothly than the commercial shoot, in which the helicopter filming the car crashed, forcing a temporary closure of the Pikes Peak summit. Ooopps! Also making an appearance alongside the TTS Pikes Peak is a modified 5.2-litre, 710-horsepower R8 Custom Spyder. The modified Audi R8 Spyder boasts a new body kit and was built by STaSIS Engineering. A new range of dealer-installed car accessories, cabin technology and “extreme sports” Audi gear will also be unveiled at the show by the German manufacturer. “Let’s just say we’ll have a few distinctive, concept items on...

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It’s Confirmed: The Audi TT RS is Coming to the States

After tons of speculation and confusion, Audi finally officially confirmed they will be bringing the high-powered TT RS to the United States. Initially, the car was set to be a model only sold overseas. What changed their minds? After putting up a poll on their Facebook page, Audi had more than 11,500 US-based people express interest in the car in the first month. Chances of 10,000 of them being wide-eyed teenagers just wanting to see one on the road? Pretty damn high, probably, but I think the car will do well over here. “With performance and agility rooted in Audi motorsports success, the TT RS is truly an emotional sports car,” explained Johan de Nysschen, President, Audi of America. “That emotion became abundantly clear as we explored interest across the country.” There will, of course, be a few changes between the model bound for the US and models across the sea, but the most important bits remain – a turbocharged 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine producing an impressive 360 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque. The standard transmission Audi claims for the car is a six-speed manual, although I’m sure they’ll fit it with an optional Rtronic gearbox as well, considering a good portion of wimpy American drivers don’t even know how to drive a stick. What a shame – I’m sure the manual tranny in this car is flawless. Zero...

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