Month: March 2011

Audi Getting Into the Bicycle Business

Who would have thought Audi would be getting into the business of making bicycles? Recently, they teamed up with the only all-hardwood bike manufacturer in the world – Renovo Hardwood Bicycles – to make a line of six bikes with the Audi brand. It makes sense, really though. The bikes are some of the best in the world, and mirror Audi’s values. The bikes are all strong, lightweight, and built on a monocoque hardwood frame. They also ride smooth as a cloud due to the wood’s ability to absorb shock better than metal. The bikes have a high-end drivetrain made from aluminum and carbon fiber components, as well as disk brakes and LED lighting. They have three primary models available, each for a different purpose: duo City A cafe/leisure bike, urban explorer and all-weather commuter; the most approachable bike for casual cyclists. Features include an upright position for short distances, comfort and traffic vigilance; wide puncture-resistant 32mm tires; LED lights; fenders; rack; The duo City drivetrain features the smooth, quiet and grease-free Gates CenterTrack belt drive coupled to the Shimano Nexus 8-speed internal hub gear, for effortless and maintenance-free shifting. duo Sport A fitness, long-distance all-weather commuter, perfect for cyclists seeking long-distance comfort and safety. The Sport drivetrain features the smooth, quiet and grease-free Gates CenterTrack belt drive coupled to the Shimano Alfine 11-speed internal gear hub, for effortless...

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Audi Prices R8 GT at $196,800

The R8 has served as a powerful symbol of Audi’s ascendance. While Audi has been highly successful with its mainstream models such as the A4, A6 and Q5 crossover, the brand has also worked to burnish its performance credentials at the same time. This emphasis has resulted in performance variants like the RS5 and TT-RS coming to the United States, as well as the R8 GT. Many questioned how far the Volkswagen Group would let the R8 go upmarket for fear of stepping on the Gallardo’s toes. With the R8 GT, the answer is pretty far. Audi has now released pricing on the most expensive Audi of them all. Be prepared to fork out a nice chunk of cash – the R8 GT checks in just under the $200,000 mark at $196,800. Just 90 R8 GT models are destined for the U.S, out of a total run of 333 units. The car has substantial performance upgrades as part of the GT badge. The R8 GT uses the same 5.2-liter V10 FSI engine as the R8 5.2 Quattro, but in this application is upgraded to produce 560 horsepower, up by 35. In addition to the increased power output, the R8 GT also sheds weight by way of an extensive use of aluminum and carbon fiber. The rear hatch, spoiler and diffuser of the R8 GT are made from carbon fiber...

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Top Five Audis of All Time

To celebrate the unveiling of the A3 concept car in Geneva, we’re taking a nostalgic look back at some of our favourite Audis from years gone by. The new A3 is said to “epitomise Audi’s latest brand language”, with its lightweight design and fuel efficiency, coupled with a remarkably fast, turbocharging engine. Over the years, Audi’s brand language has shifted somewhat but the German manufacturer has rarely failed to impress. Here are five of our favourites: 1980 Audi Quattro Like the brand new A3, the original Audi Quattro was given its unveiling at the International Geneva Motorshow. Also, like the A3, the Quattro was seen as an innovative, ground-breaking car. Few could have imagined the legacy the Quattro would leave, becoming the first all-wheel-drive car to truly gain mainstream popularity thanks to its space-saving, small, light gearbox. The Quattro excelled on the high street and also in the world of rallying, winning titles in the American TransAm and the IMSA Series. Even to this day, though the design has started to show its age, the Quattro can command high sums from Audi lovers worldwide. Audi TT DSG For years, the beautiful Audi TT was let down by its somewhat sluggish, four-cylinder 1.8T engine. Finally, in 2003, Audi placed a 3.2 litre V6 engine in the TT and fans of the coupe were at last given the car of their...

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