Month: February 2011

MTM Gives the R8 V10 Two Turbos & 777 HP

Just in case the regular old R8 V10 with 525 HP isn’t quick enough for you, German tuner MTM slapped a couple turbos on the engine, added a coil over kit with adjustable suspensions, 20″ forged wheels, a big brake kit with 8-piston calipers at the front and rear, carbon fiber bits here and there, an adjustable rear spoiler, and a carbon fiber front lip. Oh, and in case you didn’t notice, they stripped the car’s paint completely and polished the hell out of it, making it the first 200 mph mirror. They’re calling the car the MTM R8...

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Audi to Unveil A3 Concept in Geneva

Just a couple weeks shy of the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, Audi slips us a peek at the A3 Concept – a prototype for the upcoming successor to the current A3 hatch. The four-seater “notchback” sedan, as they call it, is powered by a turbocharged, five-cylinder engine capable of a hefty 408 horsepower driving power to all four wheels via a seven-speed S tronic transmission. Its defining features, aside from the monstrous engine, of course, are its single-frame grille that flows into the headlights, and the low-profile, sleek roofline carried from front to back. Don’t expect to pick this up the dealer any time soon – or ever – but we should be keeping an eye out for an updated A3 within the next couple of...

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High-Security Audi A8 planned for High Contingency

For the most elite and wealthy people, there access to the greatest, exotic vehicles is available thanks to loaded bank accounts. However, as much as some well-regarded individuals would rather pilot a Lamborghini or Ferrari, the extraordinary dangers which could result in their lives demand specific transportation options. Realizing the need to protect the world’s dignitaries many luxury car makers have their own in-house divisions devoted for high-security preparations. A continuous leap for optimum safeguarding is the goal behind the upcoming Audi A8 L Security model. Starting with the Audi A8 L extended wheelbase model, every detail of this rolling fortress beckons the utmost in safety and security. Originating from the same Neckarsulm, Germany production facility that builds the conventional Audi A8 and A8 L vehicles, the A8 L Security models are given modifications up to a class VR 7 ballistic protection standard. Inside of a highly-guarded workshop where security measures have even banned the use of cell phones, every Audi A8 L Security edition undergoes a 450-hour hand assembly process. Fitted with hot-formed armoured steel, ceramics and special aluminum alloy materials, the production car’s Audi Space Frame is toughened to resist NATO hard-core ammunitions or explosive devices. Over top of the Audi A8 L Security multilayer glass windshield, side and rear windows, a polycarbonate coating acts as a barrier to prevent glass from spraying into the interior. Beefing...

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Leasing Luxury, Audi Style

Throughout the economic conditions, it is interesting to note luxury car sales have been brisk as some customers were apparently able to achieve a financial footing more quickly than others. Enjoying sales up 17.1% in 2009 and 22.9% in 2010, luxury brand Audi boasts amazing US sales thanks to a desirable portfolio of vehicles. Starting with the entry-level Audi A3 before progressing right up to the supercar Audi R8, those cars as well as the choices in between is both tempting and indulging motorists. For too many, the upfront price of these vehicles leaves the inner desires of some automotive lovers unfed despite their hard work. After taking into consideration fuel, state auto insurance, as well as your whole financial well-being, the prospect of leasing a new or previously-owned Audi vehicle could be a sound opportunity to absorb the thrill of possessing German luxury. With Audi, they have been making the goal of luxury car motoring surprisingly accommodating but does require foresight. Like most major luxury car companies employing their own financing options, Audi Financial Services operates as an internal arm to leasing. Plans between 12 months to as much as 48 months is the gateway for American motorists to seat themselves (and possible family) behind the wheel of the four-ring badged German luxury car. Offering a one year leasing term, Audi Financial Services differs from Mercedes-Benz’s lowest lease...

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