Month: January 2010

Abt Gives the Audi Q7 a Facelift

After a couple years, it’s easy to get bored with a car you drive every day, especially if it’s not a particularly exciting car in the first place. Take the Audi Q7 for example. It’s not a bad vehicle in any way, but just like every other SUV on the road, it’s a bit…mundane. That doesn’t mean you have to go out and buy a new car every couple of years though. Bored with your Q7? Hand it over to ABT for an energizing facelift and overall upgrade. Not only will it make you love your SUV again, but you’ll stand out from all the other standard Q7s on the road. Once you hand the keys over to German tuner ABT, they’ll make enough changes to convince you it’s a different vehicle altogether. First on the list, ABT will tune the Q7’s engine for a beefier output. If your Q7 is equipped with the 240 hp 3.0 TDI, choose the upgrade for 282 hp or have them add a turbocharger for 310 hp. Owners of the 326 hp Q7 4.2 TDI can get an increase to 365 hp. Audi’s 3.0 TDI clean diesel also has an upgrade available taking the total power output from 240 hp to 278. In addition to the increased power, ABT will add a complete aerodynamics kit for the AS7, including side skirts, rear skirt,...

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Audi A1 Gets a Wasabi Green Interior

Wasabi Green isn’t the first color that pops into my mind when thinking of what color I’d like my new interior, but Audi is offering it as an option in the new A1. They promise it won’t be over-the-top, however, and will be used “selectively to create accent, such as in details like seams.” Might look pretty good after all. Special colors, both on the interior and exterior, really help with the uniqueness and personality of a car and even help the owner feel more connected to their ride. Wasabi, in case you aren’t aware, is a Japanese type of horseradish that is extremely spicy. I’m not one for overly spicy foods, so I try to stay away from the stuff. As an interior accent color though, I could see it looking pretty cool on certain exterior...

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Do People Want to Kill You? Buy This $80 Million Audi

The Audi A8 “Security” shown here features a full-cage outer body armor certified by the German Federal Police, run-flat tires, gas tank and battery armoring, double mirror interior, emergency door, power-adjustable leather seats, refrigerator, retractable rear-seat tables, heated wind screen, multi-zone climate controls, and other comfort features as standard. If you need all that protection in a car, perhaps you should rethink your profession, even if you can afford the $80 million price tag. Despite that exorbitant price, however, Audi brand and sales manager at Issa Transport Group (ITG) Deborah Stewart says that “Given its features, the A8 Security is reasonably priced.” Hardly. ITG is the Kingston representative for Audi, and has the Audi A8 Security available via special order for $80 million. If you aren’t a well-hated Sultan and the $80 mill is a bit out of your price range, also consider the following ridiculously priced armored cars: * The Mercedes Benz S500 – $24 million * BMW 761i and Audi Q7 4.2 V8 SUV – $23 million * BMW M3 – $16 million * Land Rover HSE V8 – $15-$17 million * Audi A8 sedan Q7 – $14 million. * Cadillac Escalade – $14 million * Hummer H2 – $14 million * Audi Q7 3.0 V6 – $11 million * Range Rover Sport V6 – $9-$11 million * Chevy Tahoe (Hybrid) – $5.7 million * Chevy Avalanche...

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Audi A8 and e-tron Win Awards at Detroit Auto Show

At the 2010 Detroit Auto Show earlier this week, Audi won two separate awards for two models on display. The Detroit showcar Audi e-tron was given the prestigious “Best in Show” award, which was described by Autoweek editor Wes Raynal as being “almost a unanimous decision” with the Autoweek editors. The “Award for Design Excellence” went to the Audi A8, which is the second consecutive year Audi won the award (last year it went to the A5 Sportback.) Congrats to Audi for the awards, they’ve been innovating non-stop for the last few years, and I can’t think of another car maker that deserves the recognition as much as...

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Heffner Audi R8 Twin Turbo

Heffner Performance has finally finished their R8 Twin-Turbo package, which manages a nice 536 HP at the rear wheels (check out the dyno sheet below.) This is while running on only 6 psi of boost. Heffner promises they are working on an R8 V10 version of the twin-turbo package as well, which should be coming soon. Take a look at the pictures and video below, and contact Heffner Performance for more...

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Audi to Advertise on Super Bowl XLIV

For the third year in a row, Audi will be advertising on the Super Bowl. For the first year, Audi premiered a clever Godfather-style ad for the R8. Last year, they made a short action film based around the A6. This year Audi will feature the A3 TDI – awarded “Green Car of the Year” by Green Car Journal. Can you tell the direction the auto industry is heading here? Featuring the A3 TDI is a very smart move on Audi’s part, and will likely bring in a lot of buyers. This will also help out the diesel market in general, which will be a positive step, especially in the US market. The Super Bowl ad will feature 70’s rock band Cheap Trick reinterpreting one of their old songs for the ad. Interesting. The Audi A3 TDI gets an incredible 42 MPG on the highway, which is into hybrid-level territory without the hybrid price premium. The A3 TDI accounts for 53% of the United States’ A3 sales, showing positive movement towards diesel returning to the...

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