Author: Chris Burdick

Extended Protection for Your Audi

As with everything, luxury cars are only new once. Increased price tags and increased devotion to engineering, there is nothing preventing the sands of time to wear on marquis vehicles. Wear and tear of components is commonplace on all motor vehicles requiring repairs at scheduled as well as indefinite periods during its lifespan. The one major difference when an imported vehicle such as Audi, BMW, Lexus or Mercedes-Benz comes when the wheels enter the repair shop. While domestic vehicles present a large network and a sizable parts network, repairs is generally presented with an advantage of lower maintenance costs. Well a Chrysler car, truck or crossover vehicle can confidently taken beyond the Chicago Dodge dealer, the maintenance of more foreign automobiles can present owners with more limited, costlier choices turning a dream car into a check book’s nightmare. While regular preventive maintenance can be an experience reminding one of the perils of import luxury car ownership, unforeseen breakdowns of electronic and mechanical items can create an unpleasant feeling not even the most comfortable messaging leather driver seat can easily cure. In the case of Audi vehicles, the German luxury brand has earned unfavourable notoriety in North America as an expensive product to repair. A new Audi vehicle is provided with a 4-year or 50,000-mile basic warranty from the dealership, an extended protection plan becomes an important consideration. Debated upon...

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Project Kahn Releases the Audi TR8

Like the looks of the uber-sexy Audi R8 but can’t afford the six figure price tag? Project Kahn may have a low cost workaround for you. Nope, you’re not going to get the blistering 525 hp acceleration or the screaming of a 5.2-liter V10 engine behind your head, but at least you’ll be the only Audi TT on the road that kind of looks like an R8. Project Kahn, the British specialty car design firm, just released their newest kit for the Audi TT. Starting with a standard TT, Kahn added new front and rear bumpers, mesh inserts and a new front grille that looks like the grille found on the R8. In addition, they’ve added a new rear spoiler, stainless steel quad exhaust system, lowered suspension, a front lower bumper lip and door mirrors in a billet steel finish to match the dark gray exterior paint of the Audi. Of course, the first thing you probably noticed is the signature colored sideblade as found on the R8. Audi connoisseurs like yourself aren’t going to be fooled into thinking that the TR8 is a real R8, but a few “commoners” might be fooled at a glance. Even if you’re not trying to convince others that you own an R8, the TR8 still looks quite a bit better than your standard TT, so it may be worth a look if...

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Audi Roadside Help in the App World

Long recognized by some motoring tastes, the Audi brand of luxury vehicles enjoys many special characteristics. The quattro all-wheel drive system, distinctive European styling and latest technical advances improving the performance as well as convenience to occupants, Audi has risen the allure of the German automaker. An Audi owner will immediately realize their special presence behind the wheel. A particular honour to possess such a vehicle, everything from finding comprehensive car policy quotes to finding the right mechanic assures a new Audi driver the peace of mind. More than ever, premium vehicles ranging from the Audi A3 to the Audi R8 need the assurance of a reliable auto plan. Much like their recent vehicle development, the German luxury car brand is launching an all-new smartphone application in cooperation with Allstate Roadside Services. Optimized for Apple iTunes devices, Android operating systems and Blackberry product, the Audi Roadside App is a free program designed to specifically aid owners of the premium vehicle. The mobile App is an expansion of a Roadside Assistance package already offered to Audi owners. Providing 24/7 coverage for Audi vehicles sold in the past four years throughout the United States, a driver stranded with Allstate Roadside Services. Tow, jumpstart, fuel delivery or many other services can be directed to Audi Roadside App equipped motorist with expedient care. The Audi Roadside App uses a smartphone’s GPS (Global Positioning...

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The Car that Rebuilt Audi

Riding in such unity, the four-rings representing the Audi brand has never been more collected and determined in the premium vehicle marketplace. Audi car sales shot up considerably in 2010 with 1,092,400 vehicles sold worldwide (a 15 percent increase over the previous year). Last year for the first time, Audi surpassed the 100,000 vehicle sold mark in the United States signifying a refreshing global acceptance that is also quickly gripping China. A brand existing on the image of cars that balances performance and luxury, high-tech drivetrains employing gasoline direct injection and quattro all-wheel drive have made the car producer a staple. Looking back just over 45 years, before the aluminum construction and quattro, the Audi fought to start this modern journey. Though the Audi automaker was established in 1909, most of its significant pre-world war two success occurred when the corporation became part of the Auto Union in the 1930s. Attached to evolutionary front-wheel drive cars between 1933 and 1940, the Audi name would go dormant during and well after the Second World War. Through the 1950s, Auto Union (owned at the time by Daimler-Benz) was struggling for survival as the company struggled to maintain profitably selling vehicles under the DKW name. DKW automobiles were far from stellar performers powered by antiquated two-stroke engines. In 1964, a monumental change came as German rival Volkswagen bought into the Auto Union...

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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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