Month: July 2009

Audi R8 is the Best Reviewed Coupe

The Audi R8 is currently the best reviewed coupe on, a car review aggregation website, with an overall average of 91. Actually it’s tied with the Nissan GT-R, also an excellent vehicle, but they have the R8 listed as #1. Of course this doesn’t come as a surprise – the R8 has won multiple awards from all sorts of automotive media: 2007 Car Of The Year – Top Gear 2008 Automobile of the Year – Automobile Magazine Best Fast Car and Car of the Year 2007 – Fifth Gear 2008 Car of the Year – MSN Best Handling Car and Fastest Car In The World of 2007 – Autocar Magazine Sportscar of the year – Autobild 2008 Car of the Year – Playboy 2008 Canadian Car of the Year, Best Prestige Car, and Most Coveted Car of 2008 – AJAC 2008 World Performance Car of the Year and World Design Car of the Year – WCOTY Car of the Year – European Car Classic Car of the Future 2009 – Motor Klassik 2008 Car of the Year – Robb Report And there are more…wow. If you’ve driven one, which every gearhead should, you’ll understand why it’s won so many awards. It even had Jeremy Clarkson of Top Gear saying that he wishes he could trade in his Lamborghini Gallardo for the R8. The R8, powered by a fantastic...

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Audi Announces Details on the US R8 V10

Audi just released pricing and release information on the American version of the R8 V10. We’ve been waiting for this ever since Europe got it, and Audi said they’ll be shipping the first R8 V10s to the States starting this week! Pricing for the regular R8 (V8) stays at the same $114,200 for the 2010 model, with the V10 version coming in at $146,000 – a $32K price difference. Still not bad if you consider what you’re getting dollar-for-performance. The 5.2-liter V10 engine in the R8 5.2 is the same powerhouse found in the R8 LMS GT3 racecar. It produces 525 horsepower, 391 lb/ft of torque, and can get you from 0-60 mph in only 3.7 seconds. That’s fast. The 2010 Audi R8 V10 gets some special equipment too, of course. Some unique exterior features include wider sideblades to catch more air, a shinier front grille, full-LED headlights, new 19-inch wheels, new oval-shaped exhaust tips, new rocker panel design, a larger rear diffuser, and “V10” badges all around, including on the instrument cluster. As expected, it has Audi’s quattro AWD system, and comes standard with navigation, a 465 watt Bang & Olufen sound system, 10-way power heated sport seats, rear view camera with parking system, and a few other gadgets. “Sepang Blue Pearl” paint will be offered exclusively on the R8 V10. It looks fantastic, in case you were...

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R8 V10 Spyder Spotted on Iron Man 2 Set

The good fellows at AutoExpress spotted the Audi R8 V10 Spyder used during filming of the movie Iron Man 2. The 525 horsepower car will exclusively use the 5.2-liter V10 engine at first, but will probably get the 4.2-liter V8 down the road as well. I still think the Spyder is an abomination and should be buried far, far away. For God’s sake, it doesn’t even have the sideblade! I’ll stick with the R8 coupe, thanks Audi. Head over to AutoExpress for a few more...

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The Audi A5 Sportback Unveiled

Finally, we get some good info and images of the new A5 Sportback, set to be released this September as a 2010 model in Europe. We likely won’t be getting it here in the States, unless Audi sees some demand for such a vehicle. The A5 Sportback, which you first saw in the A5 Sportback Spy Pictures article, is made to be a combination of a coupe, sedan, and wagon. It attempts to take the benefits from each and combine it into one great car, which will compete directly with the BMW 5-Series GT. I’m still not entirely sure why they went with the A5 line with the Sportback; what makes the A5 and S5 so appealing is the 2-door coupe model. I know they want to give the Sportback a “coupe-like” image, and they did, but it would have fit much better with the A4. I guarantee that someone who didn’t know any better would mistake it for an A4 before an A5. Initially, the Audi A5 Sportback will be available with five engine choices: The two gasoline-powered engines are a 2.0T with 180 hp or 211 hp, and a 3.2-liter V6 with 265 hp. These will be equipped with a 7-speed S-tronic transmission. The diesel-powered choices include a 2.0 TDI with 170 hp, a 2.7-liter TDI with 190 hp, or a 3.0-liter TDI with 240 hp. The...

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Audi R8 Wins Triple Crown at Canadian Automobile Awards

The incredible Audi R8 is getting even more praise. This time, they won not one, but three awards from the Canadian Automobile Awards. First up is the 2008 Canadian Car of the Year award by the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada. There were 11 other “best new” cars to chose from, which the journalists drove and evaluated, finally choosing the R8 as the victor. The second award was the AJAC’s Best New Design award for 2008. This actually surprises me a little bit. While I personally love the R8’s design, it is controvertial, and I do hear many people say that it’s ugly. I say they’re crazy. Lastly, the R8 won the AJAC Most Coveted Vehicle award, which is no surprise. The R8 is pure car lust, from the looks, to driving, to the sound, the power, and overall “want it now” factor. Congrats to Audi for making such an excellent car and getting so much completely deserved...

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Chromed Audi R8 – Who Would Do Such a Thing?

This is the type of thing that just makes me cringe when I see it. Someone apparently felt the need to add some bling to their Audi R8 by making it a completely chrome finish. At least they had the subtlety to black-out the sideblade and otherwise chrome emblems. You know, they didn’t want to be that flashy. When all of you neighbors have R8s too, you have to stand out somehow, I suppose. Too bad it came to this. I pray that I never see the day where I crave that much...

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Audi Q7 Two-Door Concept

Despite the fact that this would (hopefully) never go into production, it’s an interesting thought. A two-door luxury SUV. Audi makes a lot of effort to give the Q7 options to make it sporty such as an S-line package, paddle-shifters, a body kit, big sporty wheels, and other stuff. While I do like the idea of personalizing your vehicle, I fail to see the point of giving your big SUV paddle shifters and sport modes and the like. The body kit…I get it, it’s an appearance package, and it looks cool. But no paddle shifting or sport mode is going to make me think I’m driving a sports car. Same situation here. What would be the point of making a two-door luxury SUV? First of all the doors would be huge and heavy. I’m sure it would be popular to add all the S-line stuff onto it. Great, now you have a big SUV wrapped in sports car clothing. It’s still a big SUV, and will always handle like a big SUV. Check out for high-resolution wallpapers of the Audi Q7...

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Audi A7 will Arrive in 2010

The Mercedes-Benz CLS four-door coupe will soon have another competitor – the Audi A7. This new Audi model will be for sale in Europe beginning 2010 as a 2011 model, says German magazine Auto Motor und Sport, and will likely hit US shores in 2011. US models will likely receive a 3.0-liter supercharged V6 putting out 300 hp, while the Europeans can expect a lesser 2.8-liter 204 hp engine as the low-end choice. A high-end S7 is expected, and is likely to receive a 394-horsepower V8 engine, while some rumors say an even more powerful RS7 would get a 600 hp twin-turbo V10. I’m not entirely convinced of that. While the AWD quattro system is likely to be standard on the A7 (at least in the States,) power will be routed through a 6-speed manual or 8-speed automatic gearbox, with a 7-speed dual-clutch system possible as well. In an effort to stay on track with the Mercedes CLS, Audi will be giving the A7 an air-ride suspension setup instead of the typical spring system. Audi expects annual sales of 40,000 units, but is the A7 a necessary vehicle? It will slot between the A6 and A8, but do we need another car between those models? I know Mercedes has a car for every possible segment and more, but that doesn’t necessarily mean Audi needs to follow suit. It looks...

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