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Audi RS4 Avant and RWD R8 GT are expected to debut at 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show

A lot of us are very excited for the upcoming 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show scheduled to take place in a few weeks. We’re all psyched up to see what cars will debut, which concepts we will see, and what surprises will be in store for us. Here is one thing though, reports suggest that Audi may have something very exciting for the IAA. It’s perfectly timed too as this show is organized to happen only once every two years, alternating with the Paris Motor Show.

There have been earlier news which said that Audi will finally be introducing the production version of the RS4 Avant as a replacement for the RS5 Coupe. Both models come with the same biturbocharged 2.9 liter V6 engine, giving out as much as 450 horsepower and 443 pound feet (600 Newton metres) of torque, paired with an eight speed automatic that gives power to the Quattro all-wheel-drive setup - just like the first ever RS5 Sportback.

Since they will be carrying the same engine, expect the RS4 Avant to perform just like its two-door sibling, except it might take a little longer when doing the 0 to 62 mile per hour sprint) 100 kilometers per hour because of its weight. The RS5 Coupe does the sprint in 3.9 seconds, so the RS4 Avant may hit 62 mph in 4 or 4.1 seconds, before hitting a top speed of 155 miles per hour (250 kilometers per hour). This can be pushed even further to a maximum of 174 mph (280 kph) with the dynamic package.

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2018 Audi RS4 Avant and RS5 Coupe get Carbon Edition bodywork

Were you ever a fan of the Audi RS4 Avant or the RS5 Coupe? If you were, we have something even flashier for you - that is if you are the kind of person who likes to stand out of the crowd. It is the all new Carbon Edition for both high-performance models. Instantly, you would think of a massive weight loss, but that is not all because the vehicles will also come with an RS sport exhaust and matrix LED headlights.

Given that name, we would expect the models to have a body that has been given carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP) components. True enough, certain parts including the front splitter, side sills, rear diffuser insert and mirror caps have all been swapped with carbon fiber. There is also some noticeable carbon fiber trim on the interior and the engine cover. The RS5’s roof has been replaced by this, saving it a total of 6 pounds 10 ounces (3 kilograms).

Other than the carbon fiber bits, the Carbon Edition also includes a few other accents to add some style to the car. The radiator grille on the front fascia now has a matte aluminum finish, and matte titanium materials can be found on the Quattro logo as well as the window surrounds. To finish this off, the windows had been given a darker tint as well.

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Audi unwraps 4th-gen Audi RS 4 Avant at 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show

Audi signaled the official return of the Audi RS 4 Avant by unveiling the fourth generation of the high-performance sedan at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. With a starting price of EUR79,800, the new 2018 Audi RS 4 Avant fuses dynamic high performance with everyday usability.

Audi will open the order book for the new RS 4 Avant in the fall, with the first units set to arrive at dealers in Germany and Europe in the first months of 2018.

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The rear-wheel drive 2018 Audi R8 V10 RWS is finally here, with less weight too

Finally, Audi Sport takes the cover off the R8 V10 RWS at the dawn of 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. The long awaited rear-wheel drive R8 is here, and as the newest addition to the supercar's range, the automaker decided to only produce 999 units of the Coupe and the Spyder trims.

For the R8 V10 RWS, Audi had to get rid of the Quattro system to give way to the RWD layout, though the naturally aspirated V10 remains intact. Now, without the Quattro, the R8 loses as much as 50 kilograms (110 pounds) for the fixed roof model, while the droptop only loses 40 kilos (88 pounds). The 5.2 FSI V10 engine is mounted on the middle, where it produces the same 540 horsepower (397 kilowatts) and 540 Newton-metres (398 pound-feet) of torque as the all-wheel drive version of the R8. This is why the RWD version lacks the rear wing of the more powerful Plus model. The R8 is better known for an extreme track day more than just cruising around Beverly Hills.

In terms of performance, the Coupe version can accelerate from a standstill to 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) in only 3.7 seconds - that makes it two tenths of a second faster than the R8 with the Quattro system. The Spyder, on the other hand, can finish the task in 3.8 seconds, considering that it is slightly heavier. It is still 0.2 seconds faster than its AWD sibling. The R8 Coupe version can still go off to a maximum of 198.8 miles per hour (320 kilometers per hour), while the Spyder does it in 197.6 miles per hour (318 kph), same as its Quattro counterpart.

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ABT Sportline’s latest project is aimed at the base Audi R8 model, specifically at its 5.2 liter V10 engine that produces 540 horsepower. The aftermarket company’s new power package enables the V10 engine to give out an extra 70 horsepower to its current output. With ABT’s power package, the R8 will be almost as powerful at the Plus trim, but will cost much less.

Though the tuner does not give specific details on how they gave the R8 an additional 70 horsepower apart from “optimizing the motor management”. What we can see is that the ABT Sportline gave the R8 a new set of forged black 19-inch alloy ER-F wheels, which are probably even lighter than the original set. But customers can choose even larger wheels, the 20-inch GR rims as an option.

If the new 610 horsepower engine is good enough for you to handle, you can bring your new R8 home with that. But ABT Sportline is glad to give your R8 more upgrades including a pair of body kits that are named “Street” and “Race”. These body kits come with a range of aero tweaks from the front skirt, the new rear panel and the rear skirt. For an extra powerful ride, ABT Sportline can give you a new stainless steel exhaust system that adds 20 horsepower. If you’re curious, this power upgrade costs €7,386, without installation. But there are a lot more than can be done.

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Following the premiere of the Q8 Concept in January, Audi has finally registered the Q8 at the EUIPO. The automaker from Ingolstadt has recently also filed a trademark application for an RS model. Registered under vehicles and means of transport, Audi appears to be focused on increasing its SUV portfolio even after the Q2’s recent launch. EUIPO (European Union Intellectual Property Office) officials are now examining the RS Q8 application.

To those who still could not believe that a new RS badged-SUV is already brewing, it can be recalled that Stephan Winkelmann, Audi Sport’s chief has previously confirmed that more SUVs will be receiving the RS badge in the coming years. Concerning the future of Audi Sport, Winkelmann had also said that the SUVs should have other important aspects as well such as safety, quality and comfort.

Due to the growing market for high performance SUVs, Audi it seems is only doing what is reasonable and that is by fulfilling the demands of their consumers, regardless if the R8 Supercar is more in demand according to their own studies.

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How would an Audi R8 look like when it is transformed into an extreme off-road vehicle? Essentially, that would mean fitting the Audi R8 with a number of off-road features and equipment, including massive wheels, frontal protection, fog lights and wider fenders. But imagining an off-road version of the Audi R8 isn’t the easiest thing to do; it’s good that a visual designer named Mo Aoun saved us the trouble.

Transforming the Audi R8 into an off-road specialist may seem far-fetched. However, such an idea isn’t really new as there were already a number of renderings that transformed sports cars and luxury coupes into off-road vehicles. Likewise, the idea of rendering an Audi R8 into something else isn’t entirely new for Mo Aoun, as this visual designer already has a wide portfolio of renderings. In fact, MoAoun could be remembered for rendering a Mercedes G-Class, a Tesla Model X and Rolls-Royce Ghost.

As for the off-road rendering of Audi R8, it looks like a confident unit ready to take part in the Baja 1000 race. The Audi R8 off-roader – wrapped in a scarlet-like color finish -- boasts of having twice the overall height of a typical R8, thanks to its giant tires and its suspension system – all attributes of an off-road vehicle. This suspension system – as well as the massive tires -- was also responsible for giving this Audi R8 off-roader a huge ground clearance.

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After teasing the public for months with photos and videos of its new flagship model, Audi has finally unveiled the fourth generation of the brand’s flagship model -- the 2018 Audi A8 (D5). As introduced, the A8 is a luxury sedan. Nonetheless, it would not hurt to imagine other versions of the A8 sedan, namely as A8 Coupe, A8 Avant, S8 and RS8.

Definitely, it is a struggle to imagine how the new generation of the Audi A8 Sedan would look like when interpreted in other forms. However, thanks to a certain visual designer who goes by the name of X-Tomi Design, fans and enthusiasts don’t need to use their imagination so hard. After all, X-Tomi has made it much easier to visualize how good-looking the A8 would be if created as other vehicle types by rendering the sedan as a coupe, a full-size wagon (Avant) or as high-performance sporty models.

In its coupe form, the Audi A8 – using X-Tomi’s render -- would definitely look spectacular. Interestingly, the A8 Coupe by X-Tomi looks familiar; its styling was similar to the Audi Prologue concept that was unveiled at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. This was all expected, as after all, the new design language that made its debut on the new Audi A8 sedan was actually born out of the Audi Prologue concept, a design study in the form of a coupe. While a coupe version of the A8 really looks impressive, there have been indications that the Audi Prologue Concept is a preview of the upcoming A9 flagship. Nevertheless, an A8 coupe is also a welcomed proposition, if there would be one.

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June 11 is an important date for Audi and its enthusiasts. You have all probably heard something about the 2018 Audi A8 (D5) that people have been anticipating for the longest time. Though the A8 took the spotlight that day, the company also announced some pretty exciting things for other models in their lineup.

Audi Sport will be adding a number of Performance Parts the current TT and the R8 models. These upgrades range from exterior and interior design, to the suspension and exhaust system. The great thing about this is that you can just hand over your current ride, and they’ll do the work for you; there is no need to buy a new car.

One of the few upgrades would be the new sport brake linings that are of better quality compared to the original ones, they take longer to fade and can work with both the steel and ceramic brakes. These linings will be paired with titanium carrying plates, which will reduce about 2.2 pounds (1 kilogram). For the TT RS, the company can fit in steel front brake discs with your choice of cooling kits - all of them are compatible with the standard trim, and the higher TTS and TT RS trims.

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The second-gen Audi R8 V10 Spyder first made its debut at last year's New York Auto Show, where it was offered with a 540hp V10, not the 610hp version found in the R8 V10 Plus coupe. Now, what better way to experience summer driving season than enjoying it with the newly revealed fastest series production convertible ever coming from Audi, the R8 Spyder V10 Plus.

Akin to its fixed metal roof predecessor, the soft-top Spyder Plus is armed with Ingolstadt's most potent series-production engine, a naturally aspirated 5.2 L V10 that produces 610hp (449 kW) and 413 lb-ft (560 Newton-meters) of torque. Made possible due to a boost in power compared to the non-Plus model, the German marque's range topping convertible can zoom from 0-62 mph (0-100 kph), needing only 3.3 seconds, thus it is three tenths of a second faster compared to the non-Plus model. The Spyder R8 Convertible's top speed increased by 6 mph (10 kph) to a superb 204 mph (328 kph).

The upgraded performance not only was made possible by its improved engine, but also due to decreased weight as Audi decided to cut back 55 lbs (25 kg) off the convertible compared to its "lesser" model, producing a dry weight of around 3,498 lbs (1,587 kg). Built at Audi's Bollinger Hofe factory, the super cars are largely handmade so customization choices are likely limitless. The German marque offers an array of 11 colors, but interested consumers are free to choose any color in the visible spectrum, and matte or gloss finishes can also be opted.

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Audi’s high-tech laser headlights are coming to the United States. Moreover, they won’t be just an available option, but rather, these are a standard lighting unit on the 2018 Audi R8 V10 Plus, the premium carmaker’s ultimate flagship for its sports car range. This means the US-bound 2018 Audi R8 V10 Plus won’t be just the fastest and most powerful production model that Audi has, but it will also be the most advanced in terms of lighting technology.

Audi’s laser light technology was first seen on its R8 exclusive edition models, of which only 25 exclusive examples were made. These laser lights – complemented by dynamic front turn signals – features a characteristic blue light signature in the headlight housing. This means that if an R8 has a blue light emanating from the headlights, it is equipped with laser lights.

Of course, light emitting diode (LED) units are still the technology behind the low and high beams for the R8 V10 plus. However, Audi wanted to boost the visibility for the driver when moving at higher speeds. Thus, when the Audi R8 V10 plus reaches speed of 40 mph and above – as situations permit, the laser lights are activated and then projects low and wide beam of light on the road on front, thereby supplementing the high beam projected by the LED units. Interestingly, the R8 was also the first Audi model to feature all-LED headlights (2008). The new laser lights as well as full LED headlights are also available as an option for the Audi R8 V10.

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Be prepared to meet the ABT Sportsline RS6+, Audi’s hot and sexy wagon with insane characteristics and high performance capability. ABT, as a brand, has always kept us fascinated all these years. Because of this, it seems to have every right to go crazy. In fact, ABT Sportsline is set to bring a horde of insanely hot cars at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. One of which is the flaming hot Audi RS6 Avant with a show-stopping 695 horsepower underneath.

ABT Sportsline has yet to release the acceleration numbers on the RS6+ at this time. All the same, the stock version already boasts quite an impressive acceleration. In this case, the RS6 Avant can go from zero to 62 mph (100 km/h) in just 3.7 seconds and from nil to 124mph (200 km/h in 12.1 seconds).

As the event is now ongoing, the German auto tuning company has finally unleashed the ABT RS6+, which will only be limited to 50 examples. Because of the boosted performance that comes from ABT’s control unit, all 50 examples will be featuring a highly impressive 695hp (705 PS) and 649 (880 Nm) lb-ft of powerful torque.

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The Audi R8 V10 may have been inspired by the Lamborghini Gallardo but one common observation among people is that it does not offer much when it comes to style. As a way of addressing this and to offer something more to those who want a more athletic look, ABT Sportsline is offering a specific package just for that.

Known around the world for tuning models from Audi, the company is coming out with the ABT R8 V10 Plus. The package is not just about appearance as ABT also put in some upgrades to the suspension, lowered some of the weight, and even modified some features of the interior.

Both the skirts in the front and the rear are now closer to the road. The front lip is complemented by the blades on the front, rear, and sides, and this helps enhance the aerodynamics. There are also wheel arch vents which not only add to the design but contribute an important function as well. To match the sportier look, ABT is offering the customers the option to choose between two wheels.

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There is no doubt that Audi R8 coupe is already a stylish and dynamically elegant supercar, even without any of the available optional features offered by the German premium carmaker. While customers could really make their second generation Audi R8 coupe look more stylish and more dynamic, they could also opt for a newly created aero program from German tuner Vorsteiner.

Dubbed by the Germany firm as the Vorsteiner Gen 2 Audi R8 VRS Aero Program, this set virtually changes how you may perceive your new Audi R8 – it makes the coupe appear more prepared to take on any challengers on the road.

Interestingly, Vorsteiner’s Aero Program for the Audi R8 includes only three new pieces -- a sleek front spoiler, a dynamic rear diffuser and a massive rear wing -- but they are enough to allow the coupe to convey a more imposing presence. All of these aero elements are made in carbon fiber; all three of them are created to fit perfectly into the new Audi R8. Likewise, it is fairly easy to install each of these aero elements since they are all created to be fitted using the factory mounting points.

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Audi’s S4 Avant isn’t the premium luxury car you’re used to hearing about. While it may have an understated look, the Audi S4 Avant does feature a powerful engine that is complemented by an array of advanced technologies. But if you want more, you could go and visit ABT Sportsline, which is offering a unique package that breaks the current dynamic limits of the present S4 Avant.

The current Audi S4 Avant is powered by a new turbocharged V6 TFSI engine, replacing the supercharged unit of its predecessors. Serving as the core of the S4 Avant is a recently developed turbocharged V6 engine with petrol direct injection. This 3.0 TFSI V6 powerplant is tuned to deliver 354 PS (349 hp) of max output and 500 Nm (368.8 lb.-ft.) of peak torque available in broad range of engine speeds ranging from 1,300 rpm to 4,500 rpm. Compared to its predecessor, the new turbocharged V6 TFSI engine is more powerful while being lighter and more fuel-efficient. This allows the Audi S4 to dash from zero to 62 mph (100 km/h) in just 4.7 seconds and to reach a top speed that’s electronically limited at 155 mph (250 km/h).

ABT Sportsline, however, thinks that the Audi S4 Avant isn’t powerful and quick enough with its 354 PS of output, 550 Nm of torque and 4.7 seconds of zero-to-62 mph sprint time. This is why the tuner from Germany is kind enough to create a new package that would bump up the performance level of the Audi S4 Avant’s 3.0-liter TFSI V6 petrol engine. This new performance package is designed to increase the max output level of the Audi S4 Avant 354 PS (349 hp) to 425 PS (419 hp). In addition, ABT Sportsline’s new performance package is able to hike the amount of peak torque that the V6 engine could produce from 500 Nm (368.8 lb.-ft.) to 550 Nm (406 lb.-ft.).

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If you are living in the United States and you’re raring to own a 2017 Audi R8 V10 Spyder, then you should prepare at least $176,350 ($175,100 in retail price plus tax, title, and registration) to have a piece of this splendid roadster from the German premium carmaker.

At this pricing, the 2017 Audi R8 V10 Spyder would be between $20,000 and $30,000 more expensive than a comparable rival -- the upcoming Mercedes-AMG GT -- in terms of power. It is also around $10,000 more expensive than the base version of the 2017 Audi R8 V10 coupe. Compared to the previous model, the 2017 Audi R8 Spyder -- at 4,426 mm (14.5 feet) in length and 1,940 mm (6.4 feet) in width -- is around 14 mm (0.6 in) shorter and around 36 mm (1.4 inches) wider than its predecessor. Its height and wheelbase, however, are still the same at 1,244 mm (4.1 feet) and 2,650 mm (8.7 feet), respectively.

The front end of the 2017 Audi R8 V10 Spyder is distinguished by a large yet low-height Audi Singleframe. Its honeycomb radiator grille is connected to the wedge-shaped headlights through sculptural surfaces. As standard, the headlights feature 37 LED units, although laser lighting – as marked by a blue anodized strip -- is offered as an option.

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We really couldn’t deny that quite a number of Audi customers and would-be-buyers are intently waiting for higher performance RS versions of the Audi A4 and A5. Of course, these customers are also intently waiting for juicier details about the next RS models from Audi Sport.

Now, we just received some juicy information regarding the Audi RS4 Avant, RS5 Coupe, and RS5 Sportback. The information came in the form of an image as well as a slideshow from a presentation conducted by an Audi dealer in Norway. These aren’t complete information, but will be enough to quench our craving while we wait for the official details.

Thanks to the leak from the presentation this particular dealer, we now know the power ratings for the new Audi RS4 Avant and the RS5 Coupe, as well as the RS5 Sportback. Back in September 2016, Stephan Reil -- head of engineering Audi's Quattro GmbH division – disclosed that the new Audi RS4 Avant and the RS5 Coupe would be powered by the same engine that serves as the core of the Porsche Panamera 4S.

Read the entire article Leak reveals Audi RS4 Avant and RS5 Coupe have even more power than Porsche Panamera 4S

In a surprising move, the Japanese unit of German premium carmaker Audi AG has produced a real-life version of the so-called “Star of Lucis” from the latest installment of the Final Fantasy gaming franchise.

Gamers from around world are currently waiting for the upcoming release of Final Fantasy XV – a long-awaited JRPG once known as Final Fantasy Versus XIII – on November 29, 2016 on PS4 and Xbox One. In the run-up to the official release of the game, Japanese video game developer, publisher, and distribution company Square Enix released an anime series – Brotherhood: Final Fantasy XV – in late March this year.

It was followed in July by a limitedly released CG movie Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy, which features the voices of Lena Headey and Sean Bean of Games of Thrones and Aaron Paul of Breaking Bad. It was in this film that the Audi R8 Star of Lucis – a bespoke personal transport for the Lucis Royal Family – was featured.

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Audi of America disclosed that at the upcoming 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show, the U.S. production laser light will be making its first appearance on the 2017 Audi R8 V10 plus exclusive edition. While the exclusive edition already comes with headlights making full use of LED, each headlight will now be supported with a laser high beam module.

This laser light is just the latest innovation to come out from the same brand that started the practice of utilizing LED technology for the daytime running lights. The use of LED technology was first presented in 2004 with the Audi A8 L W12 and later in 2008 with the R8 having headlights made entirely of LED.

For the 2017 R8 exclusive edition, each laser module placed in each of the headlight will operate a total of four high-intensity laser diodes. What each module does is to bundle the diodes and allow a 450-nanometer wavelength blue laser beam to be produced. This blue laser beam then passes to a phosphor converter that turns it into a pure white and bright light. One identifying quality of the laser headlights is that the headlight housing will have a blue light signature.

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Too pricey even for an electric supercar? Or did Audi just give up too soon? Dreadful sales perhaps? Whatever the reason is, the fact is that Audi has officially stopped production of its all-electric R8 e-tron rear-wheel-drive coupe, just around a year since it launched this eco-friendly supercar to the market.

Audi first unveiled the production version of pure-electric R8 e-tron at the 2015 Geneva Auto Show. It was intended to be a showcase of Audi’s advanced battery technology and expertise in electrical system before it launches more practical electric vehicles, including a production version of the Audi e-tron quattro concept in 2018. It is underpinned by the same platform that underpins the conventionally powered R8, but employs pure electric power as propulsion.

The 532 bhp 5.2-liter V10 engine in the R8 has been replaced by an electric powertrain that includes a 92 kWh lithium ion battery that sends power to two electric motors that generate a combined 456bhp of max output and 679 lb ft of peak torque.

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