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Audi R8 V10 Plus with performance parts is built to impress

Audi R8 is definitely a much loved car by the market, and we really are dreading the day it will retire. To be honest, we think that the second generation model might not have the same impact as the older 2006 model, but this model is actually even more desirable with all the right boxes ticked, and its remarkable list of extra trinkets.

The said model is currently on display at Audi Forum Neckarsulm, and is dressed in an Ara Blue shade, while fitted with an assortment of optional goodies added from the Performance Parts catalog that was launched by Audi Sport in summer 2017, particularly for the R8 as well as its baby, the TT RS. In fact, after all the added features of this model, you might think that it has already lost its road legal statues. That’s because physically, it looks similar to the track-ready R8 LMS GT4 launched towards the end of last year.

Aside from its aerodynamic body kit and the front bumper canards, customers can opt to add two or three way coilover suspension. As seen in the photos, the 20 inch black milled wheels pictures here cut down some of its weight by 17.6 pounds (8 kilos). There wheels are then wrapped in 245/30 R20 front and 305/30 R20 rear tires.

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Audi reveals 2019 A6 Avant (C8) with a more spacious and digitalized interior

Just a month ago, Audi unveiled the all-new A6 Sedan (C8), and it seems more comfortable, sportily elegant and digitalized than its predecessor. The German premium carmaker didn’t wait long to reveal the more practical version of the new A6 Sedan – the new 2019 Audi A6 Avant (C8) – featuring the same stunning design and spacious interior.

As a twin of the new Audi A6 Sedan, the A6 Avant features a striking and dynamic design, especially at the front half. The A6 Avant looks very much the same as the A6 Sedan, except for the rear half that has designed to deliver a more spacious cabin that is more practical for both passengers and cargo. In terms of dimensions, the new Audi A6 Avant measures 4.94 meters (16.2 ft) in length, 1.89 meters (6.2 ft) in width and 1.47 meters (4.8 ft) in height. With these dimensions, the interior of the new A6 Avant is larger than on its predecessor. It also offers larger front and rear elbow rooms as well as larger rear knee room.

In terms of luggage space, the new A6 Avant is as spacious as its predecessor, with a loading width of 1,050 mm (3.5 ft) and a capacity 565 liters (20.0 cu. ft.). When the backrests are folded down, the cargo capacity surges to 1,680 liters (59.3 cu. ft.). As standard, the tailgate and the luggage compartment cover of the A6 Avant open electrically. However, the tailgate could be availed with an optional sensor control.

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Audi R8 V10 RWS is coming to the US at starting price of $139,950

Audi opened the order books for the Audi R8 V10 RWS ((Rear Wheel Series) in fall 2017 in Europe, with the model already arriving in dealership earlier this year. At the time it was unveiled, it was still unsure whether Audi is bring the new R8 V10 RWS to the United States. Now, the premium carmaker is indeed bringing the R8 V10 RWS, at a hefty starting price of $139,950 each, Motor Trend says citing its own source.

At this pricing, the Audi R8 V10 RWS – the carmaker’s first-ever production and street-legal rear-wheel-drive R8 model – is around $26,000 cheaper than the Quattro model. However, those who are interested in acquiring this edition of the R8 should remain always alert as to when it would arrive in the US, because only 320 examples are allocated for this market. While Audi didn’t give an official date for the arrival of the R8 V10 RWS in the US, it is expected that this would occur in the last quarter of the year.

The German carmaker only needed to get rid of the Quattro all-wheel-drive system to pave way to the RWD layout, thereby giving birth to the R8 V10 RWS. However, its powerful naturally aspirated V10 remains the same. The removal of the Quattro allowed the R8 V10 RWS to trim its weight by as much as 50 kg (110 pounds) for the Coupe model, and around 40 kg (88 lbs.) for the Spyder variant.

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Audi e-tron Vision Gran Turismo jumps from virtual game to Formula E as race taxi

Audi’s e-tron Vision Gran Turismo is an all-electric concept car that resides in the world of virtual reality. More specifically, it is one of the cars that could be played in the popular PlayStation game “Gran Turismo.” Now, it is possible to see the Audi e-tron Vision Gran Turismo concept car in real life, when you watch Formula E races.

A result of the collaboration between Audi and Gran Turismo creators Sony and Polyphony Digital, the Audi e-tron Vision Gran Turismo was created by talented Audi designers exclusively for the “Vision Gran Turismo” contest that was part of the 15th anniversary celebrations of the Gran Turismo. Other carmakers also took part in the contest and had their designers develop virtual race cars.

Interestingly, several of the Vision Gran Turismo cars – including the Audi e-tron Vision Gran Turismo -- were consequently built as full-scale models and presented at a number of shows. However, the Audi e-tron Vision Gran Turismo is the first to be deployed to real-world race tracks as a fully functional car. It will be making its race track debut in Rome on April 14, to be deployed as a race taxi for the Formula E event. From there, the Audi e-tron Vision Gran Turismo will be making its appearance in other Formula E’s city circuits in 2018.

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It has been quite a long wait for the 2019 Audi RS5 Sportback. For a time, all we’ve had to look at was its placeholder, the RS5 Coupe, which is now available throughout dealerships in the United States. Now, we have finally seen the larger and more sophisticated version of the said model, and it is stunning.

Physically, the RS5 Sportback model stretches out a little more compared to the standard coupe. The hips have been made wider by over half an inch (15 millimeters) on each side, and it has also been made lower by .28 inches (7 millimeters) making it sit closer to the ground. What finishes off the look would be the bigger wheels (of either the standard 19 inches, or the 20 inch wheels that come as an option) and larger air intakes.

Overall, the RS5 Hatchback looks a bit more aggressive than the average coupe. Customers could get the Sportback in any of the Gloss Black, Carbon, and Matte Aluminum optic packages.

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It has been less than a month since we saw the new 2019 Audi A6 at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. And already, people have been starting rumours about the upcoming S6 and RS6 versions. Today, the reports have focused more on the latter. A new report suggests that this model could have a sedan variant, and it could be offered with an engine that will enable it to produce 650 horsepower (484 kilowatts) on tap - that is, when it debuts in 2019.

We first heard about this news from Autobild, as they suggest that markets like United States and China could be the main candidates for a four door version of Audi’s most potent A6.

Competitors of this model including the BMW M5 and Mercedes-AMG E63 are currently being offered in a four door trim, while the E63 is also available as a wagon. Therefore, Audi could actually be following a similar strategy.

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For many years, the internet has been making noise about a new Audi R8, and recent reports said that Audi will finally introduce an entry level R8 that will be equipped with a biturbo 2.9 liter V6 engine at the upcoming 2018 New York Auto Show. But apparently, all that was just a false alarm. In an interview between Road and Track and an Audi spokesperson, it was revealed that the R8 is not getting a V6 engine.

For quite some time now, the automaker did mention that the company is planning on installing a new V6 like that of the RS5 Coupe and RS4 Avant, in a cheaper R8 version, just below the V10 version. To further support that statement, there was a roadmap that was revealed around two years ago showing that the V6 powered R8 will be launched in 2018.

We do think that the automaker really planned on building one, but they had probably changed their mind and decided that they would instead keep the V10 model that produces 540 horsepower as the base version of the mid-engined supercar.

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Audi’s first all-electric model is on the way, and the German premium carmaker is brandishing a new model -- the Audi e-tron prototype SUV – at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. This new prototype serves as a precursor of an upcoming all-electric sporty SUV from the brand with the four rings.

The Audi e-tron prototype is wrapped in camouflage, but this isn’t the traditional prototype disguise. Whereas traditional camouflage is intended to conceal the true appearance of a certain new model before they are officially revealed to the public, the one worn by the vehicle simply reveals the status of this study as a prototype that will be used for various tests.

The camouflage worn by the e-tron prototype is a specially developed design film that expresses the vehicle’s designation as an e-tron model. The camouflage is basically a distorted e-tron lettering that spans from the front end, through the flanks, over the roof and to the rear end.

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Audi has officially released images of its new A6 sedan. While this eight-generation sedan was scheduled to make an appearance at this year's 2018 Geneva Motor Show, the brand was forced to release photos and information after images were leaked to the internet. This makes the new A6 (C8) official as it prepares to join the A7 and the A8.

Under the hood, the new A6 shows that it has the same maneuverability as a compact while also having the handling of a sports car. The redesigned suspensions means the use of aluminum in a number of areas and aids in ride quality even when getting the optional 21-inch wheels fitted with the low-profile tires. For many owners, this mix is rarely seen as something that offers comfort.

While the new version and the previous one may appear to be similar, a closer look reveals some differences. In terms of dimensions, the changes are really minute. The new A6 is longer by 0.3 inches, wider by 0.5 inches, and taller by 0.1 inch. However the front fascia is now more pronounced and combined with the wide singleframe grille, giving it a look much like that of the A7.

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Since the Audi SQ5 first came out, Bavarian tuner did nothing but think up different scenarios for this hot crossover. ABT Sportsline has been offering various upgrade packages for the latest generation. The aftermarket tuners are also revising the temporary top dog in the Q5 family with a wide array of upgrades for customers who cannot wait any longer for the Audi Sport to come out with the RS Q5.

When looking at it from the exterior, ABT gave the Audi SQ5 a new and more aggressive body kit that is wider than the original. They say that the SQ5 looks even more dominant in the rearview mirror after this upgrade. In fact, we would say that it is quite a comprehensive package with those wide hips granted by the fender extensions, together with a new front skirt and muscular side skirts that will definitely catch your attention.

Moving on to the rear, the ABT then gave the SQ5 a newly developed exhaust system with real tips covered in carbon that’s now in place of the decorative chrome housings of the standard model. The quad tips then have a pseudo diffuser that helps the crossover send out a sportier vibe that is enhanced by the prominent spoiler that’s attached to the roof.

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It was back in October 2015 when we first saw the Performance version. It served as the ultimate expression of the RS6 Avant that produced as much as 597 horsepower (445 kilowatts) that it got from its biturbo 4.0 liter V8. Now, it is 2018 and there is a new king, thanks to the collaboration between Audi and ABT Sportsline - the Nogaro Edition. There are only 150 examples of this special edition high performance wagon by Ingolstadt.

This special edition model pays tribute to the iconic RS2 model, which was launched in 1994. It is actually considered as the automaker’s first ever RS model. Now, the RS6 Avant Nogaro Edition is finished in Nogaro blue paint (and that is actually where it got its name). To give the body a little bit of a contrast, it also gets some black accents all over its body.

This is finished off with a new set of 21 inch wheels with thick 285/30 tires and of course, we can’t forget the RS titanium exhaust system it has been equipped with to make the most out of the V8 powerhouse.

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Scott Keogh, President of Audi of America, said in his interview with Roadshow that the United States market will again be able to get their hands on a RS5 Sportback that will soon join the RS5 Coupe. It took a while for the automaker to mention the existence of a range-topping variant of the stylish four door. Information on its availability in different regions has also not been divulged yet.

But that is not all. In fact, Keogh mentioned that they have another surprise that they are working on, though he stopped himself from saying further and did not reveal what it was. Instead, he teased us by saying that there is a cool European model that they have not brought in to the United States just yet, and that he considers it to be his number one car, and they perhaps they will get it. But to date, he did not confirm any of these reports.

If you analyze what Keogh said even further, there are a number of possibilities for this. Keogh could be referring to an RS4 Avant, depending on the timeframe he has in mind. That is because the said model is already ready right now and that it only needs an executive to sign off so it could already be added to the US lineup. The only problem here is that it might take 25 more years for this model to become eligible for US import.

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For many years, tuners have been turbocharging vehicles to give them more power. It has become exceedingly popular among car enthusiasts to boost the performance of their city cars, turning them into supercars. It is this setting that has prompted German tuner ABT Sportsline to take an Audi RS5 and turn it into a powerhouse.

ABT recently confirmed that they will be attending the upcoming 2018 Geneva Motor Show, and what they will be showcasing would be the limited edition Audi RS5 Coupe, which is limited to only 50 examples.

What ABT did to the premium compact car was that it gave its 2.9 liter biturbo V6 engine a little boost, and now it is able to produce 530 PS (523 horsepower) and 690 Newton metres (509 pound feet) of torque.

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Audi has got a new plan for their future vehicles, and that is to make them look distinct from one another, veering away from its cookie-cutter design philosophy. We think that this an awesome way to kick off the year, plus customers will not have to deal with just one design when choosing an Audi.

It’s difficult not to notice that the German automaker has released a number of vehicles in the past few years that all have similar looks. In fact, some of them look very identical to one another. If you’re not an expert and if you don’t look closely, you’d easily mistake one model for another. And because of that, Audi said that it is will begin making vehicles that look quite different from the rest of the cars in the lineup, giving them their own distinct character.

However, to defend the reason why they had a unifying design for many years, Rupert Stadler said that it was so that Audis would be more recognizable in newer and emerging markets like China. And because they are already recognized in China, they can already change their philosophy and start something new.

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The Audi Q3, also known as the smallest crossover option in the United States, is getting a new upgrade, with an overall sportier look. This is because the automaker will introduce a new Sport trim to the lineup next year. Though it is a “Sport” trim, do not expect it to perform better because the sporty upgrades are only limited to the exterior. Having said that, it focuses more on convenience features and styling.

For those who are interested, the 2018 Audi Q3 Sport Premium can be had for $34,875 (including $975 destination fee). That makes it $1,000 more expensive than the standard Q3. You are probably wondering what upgrades you will get with the additional $1000. Well, this trim includes new exterior treatments like 19-inch 10-spoke wheels and brushed matte aluminum inlays. This goes with a power tailgate, mirrors that automatically dim, and proximity key with the $1,350 Convenience Package equipped.

The higher trim, which is the Sport Premium Plus, on the other hand, costs a little more at $36,775 for 2018. If you will include the optional technology package, that will cost you an extra $1,200. This trim features a Bose audio system and other fancy things. And for those who would like to go for the sporty luxury option, there is the range-topping S Line Competition Package that comes loaded with features as well as blacked out design touches. But naturally, this costs a little more too.

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Audi has not been silent about its plans to offer full electric vehicles starting 2020. Earlier, this year, Audi chief executive Rupert Stadler revealed plans to release an electric SUV, a compact EV and electric sports car. Now, a recent report revealed that this new electric sports car already has a name – the Audi E-Tron GT.

This was announced by Peter Mertens, a member of the Audi management board, during an interview with Auto Motor Und Sport. The new electric sports car will be a battery-powered all-electric unit that will be underpinned by the same platform that would underpin the upcoming Porsche Mission E, which is also an electric sports car in the making. This architecture is the so-called Premium Platform Electric (PPE), which is to some extent the luxury version of the MEB platform of the VW Group. Around 60 percent of the vehicles underpinned by PPE would be Audi models, while the rest would be Porsche units.

Porsche has promised to deliver its first all-electric sports car by 2019, while Mertens indicated that Audi will release the E-Tron GT in 2022. Of course, the final production version of the Mission E would contain design elements that would make it easily recognizable as a Porsche. The same would be true for Audi’s upcoming electric sports car; the E-Tron GT would don distinctive design and styling elements that would make it effortlessly identifiable as an Audi. The E-Tron GT is expected to borrow a number design cues from Audi’s newer concept cars like the Q8 as well as from Audi’s other EVs like the outgoing R8 E-Tron.

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Good news for current and future Audi owners, as taking your car to the dealership for its regular maintenance won’t mean that you have to take a day off from work anymore. The automaker has just launched a new 24/7 digital service station that they named the Audi Service Station. You are probably wondering how this works. Basically, customers will simply have to drop off their cars for service and pick them up anytime they are free.

Okay, that may not sound new to you as some automakers already provide after-hours drop off box for keys. Simultaneously, they accept payment over the phone and lock keys in the car when the service is done. So you can pick up your car as long as you have an extra key fob.

But with Audi’s Service Station, it is much more convenient. That is because the service station is not just about servicing the cars. It’s also perfect when you require a loaner car, or when you drop by the service station which has a long queue on your lunch break. How does it work? The new service center is like a huge vending machine or an ATM that acts like a computerized service advisor.

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Audi Sport, a division of Audi, has long made it known that it will be expanding its lineup in the coming years. The main focus though would be on releasing new SUVs with the RS Q5 leading the way and revealed to be already in the pipeline.

Those who are familiar with this luxurious crossover know that the first generation was never given the entire RS treatment. The company disclosed that the latest model will likely be different with the RS Q5 expected to be released sometime in 2018. The problem however is that some customers, even loyal ones, may not be willing to wait that long. This is where ABT enters the picture.

Utilizing the latest version of the Audi SQ5, ABT Sportsline gave this crossover a wider and aggressive body.

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The Audi RS5 Coupe is a real stunner with its athletic looks and sporty performance. Regarded as a Gran Turismo among RS models by Audi Sport’s chief executive, the Audi RS5 Coupe offers 450 hp (336 kW) of max output and a 442 lb.-ft. (600 Nm) of peak torque, as derived from a 2.9 liter bi-turbo V6 engine. Getting a top-down version of the Audi RS5 Coupe is out of the question for now, but the good guys at ABT Sportsline are willing to offer a beefed up variant of the Audi S5 Cabriolet.

It is not exactly the RS5 Cabriolet, but ABT Sportsline’s creation is close – the ABT S5 Cabriolet. The most fundamental change made for the S5 Cabriolet is its power rating. As standard, a typical Audi S5 Cabriolet is powered by a 3.0-liter V6 turbo engine that could deliver 354 hp (260 kW) of max output and 500 Nm of peak torque.

That’s nowhere close to the power rating of the dynamic mill inside the RS5 Cabriolet. However, the German tuner’s ABT Engine Control (AEC) made this already powerful engine become more dynamic, with the output and torque levels surging to 425 hp (313 kW) and 550 Nm, respectively. ABT Sportsline is also making this power tweak available for other body variants of the Audi S5.

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Last week, Audi’s luxury sportback, the 2019 Audi A7 made its debut. It isn’t only sleeker than its predecessor, but it is overall more refined too. After making its first public appearance, A7 fans quickly got to work and began rendering the said model, giving it even more performance cues. One of the renderings we noticed was that of a German artist named Tobias Büttner. Digitally, he gave the new A7 added RS performance pieces and it looks pretty mean.

Beginning with the front fascia, the new angular grille has been upgraded into an RS performance part. The standard base model comes with vertical slats, which have been changed into a honeycomb-style plastic mesh, the same with the side vents too. The front fender now gets a “Quattro” logo that’s displayed on the front fender, while the RS badge can be found on the grille.

As you can see in the photos, the 2019 Audi A7 rides on a new set of wheels that has been borrowed from the RS5 Sportback. The rear now has a more aggressive diffuser that has been given massive dual exhaust tips. To cap off the exterior look, the car has been lowered, and has also been finished in Audi’s signature Nogaro Blue paint job - making it look sportier than the standard model. The package may not look very dramatic overall, but it looks like it is ready for production.

Read the entire article Artist renders this 2019 Audi RS7, and it looks so powerful