Month: April 2009

Audi Releases R8 V10 Promo Video

Audi just released a new promo video for the R8 V10 (a.k.a Audi R8 5.2 quattro FSI V10.) The video is typical of the car driving around on an open road and includes a few interesting special effects. I’m sure the video will be playing in Audi showrooms around Europe, which us Americans are sitting here twiddling our thumbs waiting for the car. As I’m sure you know, the R8 V10 has a 5.2-liter FSI V10 engine producing over 520 hp. The car can run from 0 to 60 in only 3.9 seconds and reach a top speed of 196 mph. These specs make it the fastest ever road-going Audi, and comes dangerously close to knocking the Lamborghini Gallardo directly on its...

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Details on the New 2010 Audi Q7

Audi just released details on the next generation Q7 set to be a 2010 model. The new Q7 will receive a big exterior update to include new front and rear LED lighting to include the daytime running lights, turn signals, and brake lights. A new optional headlight system includes zenon bulbs with low beam, high beam, and super highway beam, and is controlled with an adaptive front lighting system. Other exterior changes include chrome accents, two-tone exterior mirrors, new wheel designs, updated front and rear bumpers, four new paint colors (one of which you see here,) and a new shape for the rear liftgate to accommodate license plates from around the world. In addition to the exterior updates, the 2010 Q7 will get new ventilated leather front seats, a redesigned instrument cluster, extra chrome and wood trim, new interior color choices, a new ambient door lighting, and the third generation MMI system, which includes cool new features like 3D navigation and voice activated controls that let you say things like “I’m hungry” to lead you to a restaurant, or “I need gas” for a gas station, instead of the roundabout way most systems require (i.e. “Navigation” > “Category” > “Restaurant” – etc.) The US version of the Q7 will be available in three different engine configs, all of which have increased fuel efficiency this year: a 3.6-liter, 280hp V6...

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MTM Makes the R8 Even Faster, Gives it Porsche Paint

German tuner MTM has taken Audi’s R8 to the next level. Not only have they added the eye-catching (or eye-bleeding) Kermit-the-Frog-green from the Porsche GT3 RS, they’ve increased engine output to an incredible 560 horsepower – higher than the 520hp 5.2-liter V10 promised in the R8 5.2 FSI Quattro coming soon. They’ve achieved this 120hp boost by adding a supercharger, a reprogrammed ECU, and a quad-exhaust for free-flowing air out of the more powerful engine. Not wanting the R8 V10 customers to feel left out, MTM has developed an ECU program to allow to achieve the same 560 horsepower from their machines. In addition to the increase in power and wild color scheme, MTM also includes a full aerodynamic body kit made completely from carbon fiber, revised carbon fiber side blades, and 20-inch forged Bimoto alloy wheels. Suspension upgrades include lowering springs with an optional lift-kit for burbs and speed bumps (Lamborghini-style.) As you can sort of see from the interior picture below, you can opt for matching green stitching and carbon fiber appointments inside the R8, which may or may not look very good. As cool as the paint job looks, I could do without the resemblance to Porsche, and stick with the excellent performance upgrade. No pricing is announced at this point, but expect to shell out a pretty penny for these pricey upgrades. More pictures below:...

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Pricing Announced for Audi Q7 TDI

We just reported on the new Q7 TDI availability, but didn’t have any pricing information at the time. Well Audi just announced pricing on the 2009 Q7 TDI, which will start at $51,725 (including the $825 destination charge.) Fairly expensive, but about the same as its main rivals, the BMW X5 35d ($52,025) and Mercedes-Benz ML 320 Bluetec ($48,125.) The Q7 TDI will also qualify for the $1,150 Alternative Motor Vehicle Tax Credit from the...

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Audi Q7 TDI Available This Month

Audi (and parent company VW) are launching their initiative to get diesel into the American mainstream again. With hybrid-level efficiency and plenty of power on tap, we Americans need to start learning from the Europeans and looking at getting a diesel-powered car on our next purchase. So here we have a large Audi SUV that runs on a 225 horsepower 3.0-liter TDI V6 which pushes out an exceptional 406 lbft of torque available at a mere 1750 RPMs – a direct side effect from diesel-powered engines. The Q7 TDI will get a 6-speed Tiptronic transmission paired to a quattro AWD drivetrain. For those who don’t know, TDI stands for “Turbocharged Direct Injection,” which is simply VW’s term for their modern turbocharged diesel engines. The benefits of driving a diesel are many, but it hasn’t really caught on in the States yet, but with our recent gas price spike, people might start thinking more about the future and buy diesel. The problem is that currently, diesel fuel is more expensive than standard petrol, which cancels out the advantage of better fuel efficiency. But now, diesel prices are falling again (although very slowly,) and hopefully people will start seeing the upsides again. Modern diesel engines are significantly better than the black smoke-spitting engines of yore. Not only do they provide better fuel economy, but it burns cleaner and emits fewer emissions,...

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Abt Sportsline Tunes Audi Q5

German Tuner Abt Sportsline’s latest project included the new Q5 Crossover SUV. While this isn’t the first vehicle I would have thought of them doing, it turned out pretty cool. On the outside, Abt modified the Q5 very tastefully, giving it a front spoiler and prominent front grill, fender extensions, and door trims. They modified many details all-around, ending at the rear with a rear wing, rear apron, and an Abt exhaust with four tailpipes. 22-inch BR alloy wheels are optional, but look particularly good with this Q5. In the interior, the extent of the additions are carbon leather inserts. Abt also gives the Q5 extra power for each trim level. The 2.0 TDI goes from 170 horsepower to 190. The 3.0 TDI engine gets 310 horsepower, and the 2.0 TSI gets 240 hp, up from 211. Abt will be upgrading the 2.0 TSI to 275 hp soon. The tuned Q5 also receives an upgraded suspension to lower center of gravity, and an upgraded braking system. More pictures...

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2011 Audi RS5 Spotted!

Some sneaky spy photographers got some great snaps of a prototype Audi RS5 going around the Nurburgring recently. The RS5’s powerplant hasn’t been confirmed yet, but some speculate it will be receiving a detuned version of the RS6’s 580 horsepower, 5.2-liter twin-turbo V10. Due to Audi’s trend towards smaller (but frequently forced induction) engines, I’d suspect it’s more likely we’ll see a super- or turbo-charged version of the R8’s 4.2-liter V8. At any rate, expect the RS5’s power to exceed 500 horsepower. As you can see from the photos, the 2011 RS5 has revised styling, but is slightly masked from the matte black wrap. The fenders are flared a bit, it has a wider track, the rear bumper is a bit beefier and has a new oval dual-exhaust, and the front fascia is flared with more angry-looking air intakes. It’s sitting on the same 20-inch wheels found on the RS6, and inside them are big drilled rotors. The aftermarket Recaro seats you see inside the car are only for the prototype, but may hint at using lighter-weight seats for the production version. Now, we’re not even sure yet if the RS5 will be making over to our shores, but we’re hoping the 2011 (or 2010) RS5 will be unveiled at the 2009 Frankfurt Auto Show in September. See more pictures below:...

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Audi Truth in 24 iPhone App Now Available

Audi just released their latest iPhone app based on the Truth in 24 movie, which is now available on iTunes for download. Truth in 24 is a racing game, pretty much just like all the other racing games available for the iPhone or iPod Touch. You tilt the device from side-to-side to turn the car, and use a “gas” and “brake” button on the sides of the screen. I downloaded the app and played it, and have to admit that it’s very obvious they didn’t put much though or time into it. It’s disappointing and badly done. The graphics are terrible, it crashed on me every time I played it, there are many other vehicles in which you keep having to pass them, but there are only 2 designs of cars. One looks like an Aston Martin, and the other like a Saleen S7, but the graphics are so bad you can’t see them clearly. There is no reason to keep playing it, as it’s all the same thing. Grass doesn’t slow you down, so you can easily miss the other cars by driving on the grass the whole time. When you go in for a pit stop, you hold the gas can to refill then drag a tire icon over to each of the 4 tires to replace those. After I did that, the sound stopped working, and...

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