Author: Chris Burdick

MTM’s V-Cantronic Audi RS5

You just drop 72000 Euros (~$92,000 USD) on a brand new Audi RS5 Coupe with a 4.2 liter V8 capable of nearly 450 hp. With the first 10 minutes, you find out that Audi limited the top speed to 155 mph (or 174 mph if you ask nicely.) Enough speed for most? Probably, but you want more. You want to squeeze every last drop of power out of this car you can, so you take it over to MTM’s studio in Germany (or any of their official partner shops.) Drop it off, go pick up your dry cleaning, come back, and MTM’s added their V-Cantronic device, which removes the factory speed limiter to 303 km/h (about 188 mph.) That’s more like it. The entire process? About an hour and 1499 Euros ($1925 USD or so.) Yup, it’s expensive, but you just dropped nearly $100,000 for a car – you can afford it. If you have a little more patience (and around 3000 Euros,) you can have MTM install their custom stainless steel exhaust for the RS5, adding a new sound, new look, and a little more performance. They also have an adjustable-height suspension in the works. Those wheels you see in the images above and below? Those are MTM’s 9-spoke Bimono rims, available in 19, 20, or 21-inch varieties. Cost for those? 2249 Euros, or around $2900 USD for...

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Audi A1 is Now Available!

Starting tomorrow, the all-new Audi A1 will be available in Germany for a test drive. Audi is also sending the cars to most other European countries, so if you’re in Europe, expect the car to be sitting on German showrooms within the next two weeks. Audi ensures us that the tiny A1 is no budget model, but aimed at the likes of BMW’s MINI brand. Audi says they’ve received a surprisingly high demand for the new car, and as a result, will be increasing the expected annual production run of 100,000 by 20%. In fact, they’re hoping they’ll have as many as 50,000 units roll off the assembly line by the end of 2010. The A1 initially gets three engines – a 1.2 TFSI, the 1.4 TFSI and the 1.6 TDI – all three getting turbochargers, direct injection, and Audi’s fuel-saving engine start/stop system. Check out more photos of the Audi A1 below: [album: http://www.audisite.com/wp-content/plugins/dm-albums/dm-albums.php?currdir=/wp-content/albums/Audi...

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Audi Confirms the RS5 is Coming to the States

Previously thought to only be released in Europe, Audi just confirmed that they will, in fact be bringing the RS5 supercoupe here Stateside. This also means they’ll definitely be downgrading the S5’s engine to a supercharged V6. That’s a shame. The upcoming 2012 RS5 features Audi’s fantastic 4.2-liter V8 engine producing a massive 450 hp – a big jump from the S5’s 354 hp – and it’s naturally aspirated. All that power, of course, will be put down to the road by all four wheels via Audi’s quattro AWD system. Pricing and details are yet to be...

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Audi Displays R8 e-tron at Silvretta Rally

Audi displays the e-tron concept car at the Silvretta Rally. Obviously there isn’t an electric R8 and won’t be, but Audi used the R8 as a platform for the powertrain, which is being developed and will be implemented into future cars. Check out the...

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It’s Official – The New Audi R8 Spyder 4.2 is Announced

We knew it was coming, we just didn’t know when. Audi just officially announced production of the R8 Spyder 4.2 FSI quattro – the latest in the R8 supercar lineup. We already have the R8 Spyder 5.2, featuring Audi’s 525 hp V10, but now those seeking a bit less performance can opt for the excellent 4.2-liter V8 producing 430 hp and 317 lb-ft of torque. The drop-top R8 is similar to the coupe – standard quattro (AWD) powertrain, available in 6-speed manual or R tronic gearbox, optional LED headlights and seatbelt microphone. The soft top weighs only 93 lbs, controlled with an electrohydraulic system that closes up in 19 seconds. And for those of you afraid the soft top R8 is for wieners – well, you’re probably right, but it can still scoot. 62 mph from a stop comes in only 4.8 seconds, up to a top speed of 186 mph. That’s with both the manual or R tronic gearbox. And since fuel economy is apparently a concern in a supercar nowadays, the car comes with a regenerative braking system that recoups energy normally wasted while slowing down. This helps the car get an impressive 17 mpg (16 mpg with the manual) combined highway/city miles. Germany will start seeing the R8 Spyder 4.2 on showrooms within the next few months; no word on bringing the car to the States....

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A Girls Guide to Audis

At the risk of reinforcing old school stereotypes, when it comes to cars girls do tend to be a little more interested in colour, interior and accessories, than engine, emissions and handling – with that in mind here’s our specially designed Audi guide for girls, with information on model preferences to suit mood, colour scheme and style. Soft furnishings – Detroit showcase Audi e-tron Women excel in the subject of soft furnishings; we love curtains, we love scatter cushions and we love rugs, but we also love style and expect this to extend to our cars. 2010 saw the launch of the Detroit showcase Audi e-tron car – which offers the epitome of sleek interior sophistication, all clean leather lines with a flush gear shift that emerges from the tunnel when the vehicle is started. Vintage Chic – Audi Quattro Spyder Proof that true style is timeless; the Quattro Spyder still looks current ten years after its release. Launched at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 1991, the flat sports coupé Quattro Spyder created quite a stir on the auto scene, but despite massive consumer interest only two prototypes were constructed – which means it’ll be a bit hard to get car insurance should you ever manage to get your hands on one. Kid friendly – Q5 and Q7 If there’s two of you in a relationship, women are generally...

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Audi S7 Spy Shots

WorldCarFans photographers were lucky enough to spot a prototype Audi S7 out in the wild near the Nurburgring test track in Germany. What we can deduce from the photos is fairly typical of what we’d expect – a quad-pipe exhaust, sexy S-type wheels with big brakes, a retractable rear spoiler, and what will surely be a slightly modified, more aggressive appearance. The expected powertrain, although we’ve been wrong about this before, is a 440+ hp, 4.2-liter V8. Make sure to check out WCF for more details and...

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Audi Unveils the R8 GT

Oh man, have you ever seen such a specimen of mechanical beauty? “What, the R8?” you say? Not just an R8 my friend…this is the Audi R8 GT. Hot on the heels of our report that Audi is creating a lightweight, faster R8 (the R8 GT3 we thought,) Audi proves us right. As any car enthusiast knows, the “GT” moniker denotes something special. Something just a step above your standard model. A high-performance version of your favorite car, and the R8 GT delivers. Not only did Audi manage to shave a significant 220 lbs of the factory R8 V10, but they added an extra 35 horsepower out of the 5.2-liter V10 engine. So, how did they drop the weight you ask? Well, they used polycarbonate for the rear hatch window, a lighter windshield, thinner sheet metal, a fixed rear wing, various cutouts on the front luggage hatch, carbon fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) for the rear hatch, rear bumper, and side blades, along with lightening the brake system, putting in a lighter battery, a new air intake system, lighter carpeting, and lighter seats. Whew! They really went the extra mile here, huh? Too bad they kept a bunch of useless luxury stuff like automatic climate control, power windows, navigation, and MMI. Power windows I understand, but I certainly wouldn’t want navigation and auto climate control in what’s supposed to be a...

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Audi RS3 Caught on the Road

The hottest hatch of all hot hatches, the upcoming Audi RS3, has been spotted testing on the Nurburgring in Germany, and we have pictures. It may look like an S3 on the outside, but it’s sporting the guts of the high-performance RS3 underneath. Expect it to receive the same 2.5-liter, five-cylinder turbo engine found in the TT RS, but tuned to more than 330 hp giving it a 0 to 60 time of less than 5 seconds. The engine will be paired with Audi’s S tronic transmission with the quattro system putting down power to all four wheels. Plenty of interior and exterior changes will give the RS3 a more aggressive look than the S3. We expect Audi to unveil the RS3 officially later this year. Will it make it here to the States? Probably not, unfortunately, but we can always dream. Check out more info and pictures at...

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Audi TT and TTS Get Some Tweaks for 2011

Although the Audi TT has been a winner since its introduction back in 1995, that doesn’t mean there still isn’t room for improvement. And improvement is just what Audi will be imparting on the 2011 version of their much-loved TT. There are a host of equipment changes for 2011 TT Starting with the 2.0 TFSI Quattro, you will now get chrome dual tailpipes, optional Audi magnetic ride with better differentiation between the ‘Sport’ & ‘Normal’ modes. The sport button program will modify the steering servo boost as well as the exhaust sound and there are new standard bumpers, radiator grille, fog lamp grille and fog lamps in chrome. Additionally there are interior aluminum optic accents including the steering wheel, center console, and door liner, and the accents continue on the rings, frames, and strips in high-gloss black. There is an aluminum strip above the glove box door that is now brushed grey. There are new exterior colors for America: nougat brown, titanium gray, and garnet red. Along with the new exterior colors, Audi has added optional Fine Nappa leather that is thermally resistant and reduces the temperature of the seating upholstery up to 68 degrees Fahrenheit. For the TTS, Audi has added a new grille, fog lamp grille in honeycomb optic, fog lamps and horizontal cross braces in...

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“Audi A1 Beat Driver” Game Added to iPhone App Store

Adding to the existing A4 Driving Challenge game on the iPhone that Audi released in September of 2008 to promote the then-redesigned A4, the company just released a new game called “Audi A1 Beat Driver” to promote the new small car. As with any advertisement/promo-game, it doesn’t cost anything to download and play. Audi A1 Beat Driver features nine songs to drive to the beat to, if that makes sense. In the game, you drive the A1 down a virtual road, swiping the screen to steer while trying to hit as many blocks as possible to the beat of the music. Imagine Rock Band or Guitar Hero, but with a compact car instead. As with every video game that’s ever existed, you try and collect power-ups and avoid obstacles along the way. An International list of scores is kept on the leaderboard in-game, and naturally you can share your score via Twitter or Facebook and view more information about the Audi A1 from within the app. I wouldn’t call the game a “keeper,” but it’s definitely worth a download and one...

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MTM’s New R8 GT3-2 – A Rear-Wheel-Drive Racecar

Just as we hear reports of Audi planning a race-ready but street-legal R8 GT3, MTM comes out with this – a massively fast, supercharged, lightweight, Rear-Wheel-Drive version of the V8-powered supercar called the R8 GT3-2. The “2” at the end represents its drive wheels, differentiating it from the standard AWD cars. While the performance enhancements are significant (and we will go over those in the following paragraphs,) what we really need to focus on here is that this is an Audi R8 without its quattro AWD system; it’s only driven by the rear wheels. While that may seem like a disadvantage to some, others (especially racers,) will consider this a godsend and buy one based solely on that fact. Not only does getting rid of quattro lighten up the car, but gives it an entirely new driving dynamic. RWD cars are more fun to drive, for one, but can also be driven more aggressively and can be taken around turns sideways (powersliding, drifting,) whereas AWD cars have trouble doing that. So, what else has been changed? MTM supercharged the R8, effectively giving the 4.2-liter V8 engine 560 HP – 35 more than the V10 version with significantly less weight. It’s only boosted to 8 psi, so crank up that boost and you’ll get even more power. Zero to 62 mph comes in only 3.9 seconds, up to a top...

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