Month: February 2010

750 HP Supercar Based on Audi R8 at Geneva Motor Show

Ever heard of the brand Hispano? Me neither, until now. Turns out they’re a luxury car maker whose made a crap-load of cars that we’ve never heard about. But based on what they’re creating now, I have a feeling the name will get more well known in the supercar community. Based on an Audi R8 V10, Hispano created a monster of a car. Called the Suiza, the supercar carries a twin-supercharged version of the R8’s 5.2-liter V10. It creates around 750 horsepower and 516 lb-ft – plenty enough to get you around. Want even more? Hispano is proposing a hybrid version of the car (based on the Audi e-tron,) which will output an estimated 900 hp! Ridiculous? Yes. Awesome? Hell yes. They’re also considering a convertible version of the Suiza, surely based off of the R8 Spyder. The slightly less insane 750 hp version of the car will propel you from 0 to 60 mph in only 3.4 seconds, up to a top speed of 205 mph. The driver has to have deep pockets to own the Suiza – estimated cost is around $943,000. Expect to see the Hispano Suiza at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show in a few days. Check out a couple more images below: source:...

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ENCO Audi Q7 3.0 TDI Looks Like a V12

Embarrassed you only have the measly 3.0 TDI Audi Q7 SUV? The tuner ENCO has your answer. They’ve taken the original front and back-end from a high-end Q7 V12 model and stuck it on the 3.0 TDI, making it look more aggressive and expensive. The ENCO press release for this SUV says “The giant radiator grill looks like a mouth ripped wide open from the inside mirror, which seems to want to ‘absorb’ small cars in front of it.” Nice. The wheel arches have been widened, giving the SUV a wider stance. ENCO added their own GT bonnet (hood, for us Westerners,) made from lightweight carbon fiber and covered in a matte black finish. ENCO also added their own 23-inch wheels painted black chrome, and wrapped them in Dunlop SP Sport Maxx tires for higher performance. ENCO snagged the ceramic brakes from a Porsche Cayenne SUV and threw them on as well, ensuring the Q7 stops on a dime. Inside, they’ve finished the Q7 in a bronze carbon look on the dashboard, center console, door trim, and steering wheel. I’ve never seen orange carbon fiber, and it actually looks pretty cool. ENCO’s Q7 also comes standard with a multimedia system including satellite TV, DVD player, video game console, and head rest LCD monitor. Price? Don’t expect it to be cheap. For the whole shebang, ENCO will charge you €38000,...

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Audi Gives Details on the RS5

Just as we got our hands on the leaked sales brochure for the upcoming RS5, Audi trickles in some details about the car to keep our mouths watering until the Geneva show in March. So what does the RS5 have to offer? Just as we expected, the super-coupe will feature Audi’s fantastic 4.2-liter V8, though it will be naturally-aspirated and not turbo or supercharged. Output is a healthy 450 hp with 317 lb-ft of torque. 0 to 60 mph comes in 4.6 seconds with Audi’s typical electronic governor kicking in at 155 mph. If you ask nicely though, Audi will bump up the top speed to 174 mph. Power is transmitted to all four wheels by the seven-speed dual-clutch S tronic gearbox, and nothing was mentioned of a manual transmission. The RS5, which will be available in spring for MY 2011, has some unique details on the interior as well. Standard sport seats are power-adjustable and are clad in a leather and Alcantara combination. If you’re looking for something sportier, lighter and manually-adjustable bucket seats are available. On the other end of the spectrum, climate-controlled and heavily upholstered comfort seats are an option. Carbon fiber accents adorn the interior, along with aluminum and aluminum-look accents here and there. Other trim options are available, including “decorative inlays with a dark, stainless-steel mesh look, a black piano finish or brushed aluminum.”...

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Audi RS5 Brochure Leaked Before Geneva

One of the sexiest cars on the road, the Audi S5, just got even sexier. somehow got their hands on a sales brochure for the 2011 Audi RS5 before it was unveiled at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show in March. No detailed information about the upcoming high-performance coupe were given, but we think it will get a super- or turbo-charged version of the magnificent 4.2-liter V8 engine found in the R8 and other high-performance Audis. Expect a lot of horsepower here – this thing is going to rip up the road. Sadly it seems no manual transmission is available, but I’m hoping Audi will make that an option shortly after launch. Notice the RS 5 badges on the front, back, and brake calipers, as well as on the door sills, seats, shifter knob, and standard-shaped steering wheel (not flat-bottomed as on the R8.) According to the pictures, a unique red/black interior color scheme is available, which looks very cool. Carbon fiber and brushed aluminum interior trim is ultra-modern and sexy. Three seating options and four wheels appear to be available as options. Please Audi, let this come to the States! Update: Details on the 2011 Audi RS5 Check out the images of the RS5 below, and thanks again to for the...

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Audi RS6 Gets Two Special Edition Packages

Audi just announced that they will be offering two new limited edition packages for the RS 6 sedan. Called the “RS 6 Plus Sport” or “RS 6 Plus Audi Exclusive”, only 500 packages will be produced. Both will feature a Carbon design package for the engine compartment, a sports suspension, 5-spoke 20-inch wheels, and a numbered badge in the interior so you can brag to your passengers about your sweet ride. The RS6 Plus Sport package adds a leather-covered instrument panel hood and center console, along with floor mats wearing the RS6 logo. Opting for the Audi Exclusive package bags you a custom paint job and leather-covered seat upholstery, controls, door trim inserts, front center armrest, and armrests. Otherwise, it’s a fairly typical RS6, with carbon fiber, aluminum, leather, and Alcantara lining the interior, and a 580 hp V10 engine that propels the car from 0 to 62 mph in only 4.5 seconds. Both packages are only available in Europe. The RS 6 Sport will run 3,250 euros (about $4,400 USD) and the Audi Exclusive will cost 8,310 euros ($11,300.) Believe it or not, that’s about 50% less expensive than buying the options...

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Audi at the 2010 Chicago Auto Show

Well, we just got back from the 2010 Chicago Auto Show. While it isn’t quite as big or flashy as it used to be, there are still plenty of great cars, concepts, and exhibits to check out. Audi didn’t have any big news so they didn’t hold a press conference, but they have a large display full of their line-up. Interestingly, almost every Audi vehicle present is white, except for the R8, R8 Spyder, and S5 Cabriolet, which are a special dark gold color unavailable in the production models, and the 2011 Audi A8, which is silver. Check out the photos below for a look at the Audi display at the 2010 Chicago Auto...

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Audi Shows Green Police Super Bowl Commercial Before the Game

Audi is giving their Facebook fans the Green Police Super Bowl ad a bit early. The ad, which will be shown during Sunday’s game, features the Audi A3 TDI being praised by the Green Police during a “green crackdown.” The 60 second spot is actually a compilation of many of the other Green Police videos already shown. The fact that Audi is advertising the A3 TDI really speaks to the current economic climate, and I hope will help get diesel technology out to the masses. Here’s the video: Check out Audi’s Facebook fan page for some other Green Police videos and...

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Audi Q5 Wins 2010 Off Road Award

The readers of Off Road Magazine just voted the new Audi Q5 as best off-road SUV of the year. 25,000 readers of the magazine voted the Q5 in for the SUV category. Kind of surprising actually, I never considered the Q5 to be much of an off-roader. Off Road also voted the Audi Q7 into third place in the Luxury SUV category. “The Audi Q5 combines dynamics and sportiness with a highly variable interior. It’s an all-round talent for recreation and family. And in the long run, that’s what customers in this segment want,” noted Hans-Joachim Radde, Head of Marketing Germany at AUDI AG. And about the Q7, Mr. Radde? “Sports, recreation and business – that’s what the Audi Q7 stands for. And with the 3.0 TDI clean diesel, it already meets the strict Euro 6 limits that will come into effect in...

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