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K.MAN – Turbo Power Under the Banner of The Scorpion

K MAN Audi R8 2014 Front Angle K.MAN – Turbo Power Under the Banner of The ScorpionChiptrick is stepping it up: About one year ago after the turbo specialists from Wuppertal presented their performance treatment of the “small” Audi R8 with 4.2 liter V8 driving gear, the aspiring Chiptrick crew is now taking off under the new label K.MAN, with its own brand that is now assuming all variations of the sports car from Ingolstadt with the scorpion identity. It is therefore no coincidence that K.MAN – which is a playful short form of the family name of the brothers René and Jean-Pierre Kassmann – also uses the armored arthropod with the impressive scissors as a “heraldic animal”. Read the rest of this entry »


Audi to Show That Piloted Driving Will Soon Be Ready for The Road With Florida Demonstration [VIDEO]

Audi A7 Piloted Drive Tampa 2014 Front Angle Audi to Show That Piloted Driving Will Soon Be Ready for The Road With Florida Demonstration [VIDEO]Audi will be the first automated driving pioneer to test its technology on the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway in Tampa, which was recently designated as an automated driving and connected car test bed.

Audi will be demonstrating its highly automated Piloted driving technology in an Audi A7 equipped to handle driving functions on freeway conditions up to 40 mph.

Audi believes this initial version of Piloted driving – called Traffic Jam Pilot – could be available to consumers within five years. The ability to conduct research in the real-world conditions offered by Florida and the Expressway Authority is crucial to pre-production development. Read the rest of this entry »


Sound Taken to New Dimensions in Audi TT

Audi TT 2015 interior Sound Taken to New Dimensions in Audi TTThe new Audi TT also demonstrates its innovativeness in the hi-fi arena. The Bang & Olufsen Sound System in the coupe uses innovative Symphoria technology for a fascinating audio experience.

The Bang & Olufsen Sound System with Symphoria is used in the top-of-the-line version of the new Audi TT. A processor analyzes intrusive cabin noise detected by a microphone to optimize the sound image. When combined with MMI navigation plus, sound is also output in 5.1 surround format. With 680 watts of power, the amplifier controls twelve speakers, including two center speakers and two encapsulated bass boxes in the doors. The sound system is visually accentuated by the strip of anodized aluminum bearing the logo of the Danish hi‑fi specialists that runs along the edge of the woofer. White LED light emanates from a narrow LED light guide. Read the rest of this entry »


Audi R8 with mbDESIGN KV1

mbDESIGN Audi R8 2014 Front Angle Audi R8 with mbDESIGN KV1Car wrapping is definitely THE discovery of the past years that accounts for a true revolution in the tuning scene. No more expensive painting but a mere endless array of colors, samples, surfaces and design options to choose from. It’s all a freaky affair with this Audi R8 at mbDESIGN because it was here that the agency “raum22” performed a full wrapping in the design of the F16 Arctic Aggressor fighter jet.

To match the aggressive looks, exclusive mbDESIGN KV1 rims in dull gray with camouflage rim bed rotate in the wheelhouses of the sports car from Ingolstadt; in the format 9×20 inches ET34 with 235/30ZR20 in front and 12×20 inches ET42 with 305/25ZR20 Dunlop Sport Maxx GT tires in the rear. Practical: There is a TÜV parts expertise for this wheel/tire combination to facilitate smooth registration in the vehicle documents. While the “normal” concave version of the KV1 is used on the front axle, the “deep concave“ variation provides an impressive disposition on the rear axle with its particularly distinctive concavity. In any case, the KV1 perfectly matches the exterior wrapping of the sports car. The chassis is lowered through a GT coil-over kit which finally beams a perfect light on the wheelhouses. Read the rest of this entry »


A Sporty 410-Horse Carriage – The ABT RS Q3

ABT Audi RS Q3 2014 Front A Sporty 410 Horse Carriage – The ABT RS Q3In fairy tales, princes ride on greys. In Bavaria, one rides a white “carriage” and 410 horses. Because once upon a time there was a solid Audi RS Q3, uprated by 100hp and an exciting look by ABT Sportsline. In sum, we now have no less than 410 hp / 301 kW. Maximum torque is 530, instead of 420 Nm, and so the SUV is accelerated almost as if Rumpelstiltskin were chasing it. Read the rest of this entry »


Audi Ranks Third Among Nameplates in 2014 J.D. Power APEAL Study

Audi A8 Front Audi Ranks Third Among Nameplates in 2014 J.D. Power APEAL StudyAudi ranked third among nameplates in the annual J.D. Power APEAL (Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout) Study, achieving two segment awards and multiple top-three finishes among all luxury competitors*. With a total score of 858, Audi also ranked 64 points above the industry standard.

The APEAL Study examines how gratifying a new vehicle is to own and drive (after 90 days of ownership). New-vehicle owners evaluate their vehicle across 77 attributes, which combine into an overall APEAL score.

“Audi momentum is building year in and year out with cars and technologies that strike emotional chords with premium car buyers,” said Scott Keogh, President, Audi of America. “This latest strong showing in the APEAL Study confirms our strategy is working.” Read the rest of this entry »


Audi Teams Aim to Mount Winners Podium Again

audi teams aim to mount winners podium againa Front1 Audi Teams Aim to Mount Winners Podium AgainAudi has clinched two 24-hour race victories so far this year: the iconic sports car race at Le Mans (June 14/15) with the R18 e-tron quattro of Audi Sport Team Joest and, a week later, the endurance race at the Nürburgring with the R8 LMS ultra of Phoenix Racing. At Spa, on July 26/27, the brand will have the opportunity to win a third 24-hour race within the space of just six weeks. In the world’s biggest GT3 race featuring a field of 60 entrants, four teams will be relying on the Audi R8 LMS ultra.

The sports cars of eleven marques will be pitted against each other at Spa. Audi will be meeting with Aston Martin, Bentley, BMW, Ferrari, Jaguar, Lamborghini, Nissan, McLaren, Mercedes and Porsche. All of the race cars are entered in the same technical category – the GT3 class. Consequently, a victory on the challenging Grand Prix circuit in Belgium numbers among the most important single wins a GT race team can achieve anywhere in the world. In 2011, the Audi R8 LMS celebrated its first overall win in the Ardennes and topped it by a one-two in 2012. Last year, André Lotterer/Christopher Mies/Frank Stippler drove an impeccable race but, with a six-lap gap, finished only in third place. The ‘balance of performance’ rating of their R8 according to the regulations, which is typical in GT3 racing, did not permit them to achieve more competitive lap times. Read the rest of this entry »


Audi A7 3.0 TDI 272 HP Ultra – Test Drive [VIDEO]

The 3.0 TDI represents the very latest technology. The Audi bestseller in the large model series is now even cleaner and satisfies the requirements of the Euro 6 emissions standard. Performance has also increased. Output is 200 kW (272 hp), the maximum torque of 580 Nm (427.8 lb-ft) is available between 1,250 and 3,250 rpm.

The updated Audi A7 Sportback, in which the new V6 diesel is being used for the first time, accelerates with quattro all-wheel drive from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 5.7 seconds on its way to an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h (155.3 mph). Fuel consumption is just 5.2 liters of fuel per 100 km (45.2 US mpg) on average, which corresponds to 136 grams of CO2 per km (218.9 g/mile). The new 3.0 TDI is thus 13 percent more efficient than the previous model. Read the rest of this entry »