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      Published on 07-31-2012 01:34 AM
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      The Audi R8 LMS Ultra showed impressively yet again taking the victory at the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps and finishing 1-2. The two leading cars were less than a lap apart from each other for the entire race up until the last hour. The cars had to work their way up trailing early on trailing BMW Z4 GT3's but were able to sort things out racing very well in the rain. Remember, the R8 LMS Ultra does not have the all wheel drive of the street car. BMW managed to get on the podium in third place. ...
      Published on 07-27-2012 09:42 AM
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      Now it is important to point out the Stage III upgrade from APR is still in the Beta stage but we expect a release fairly soon. APR has hit 517 horsepower to the wheels with the upgraded turbo and full exhaust on the stock fuel system, stock internals, and the stock intercooler. For anyone thinking they may have trouble putting that power down APR just demonstrated 0-60 in 2.8 seconds on a VBOX. ...
      Published on 07-26-2012 11:11 PM
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      Here is the new APR RSC Audi TT-RS exhaust system. The system is modular and consists of several pieces. One can get just the full turbo back exhaust, the downpipe, or just the catback. The full turbo back exhaust including downpipe will obviously offer the largest power gains. APR says the exhaust plus Stage II software on 93 octane will provides gains of 99 horsepower and 113 pound-feet of torque at the crank. ...
      Published on 07-26-2012 02:56 AM
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      AWE-Tuning released their full exhaust for the 3.0 TFSI equipped Audi A7 which replaces the factory downpipes and exhaust. The exhaust is available with either polished silver tips for $2,299 or diamond black tips for $2,399. Gains are fairly modest for a full system with AWE-Tuning claiming 12 horses max and 10 at peak to the crank and not the wheels on 93 octane. We would expect a little more out of it but the gains will likely be maximized with a tune and pulley for the supercharger. ...
      Published on 07-24-2012 11:41 PM
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      As seen testing earlier the R8 facelift is now officially here. The V8 and V10 models both get dual clutch 7 Speed S-Tronic transmissions. The front and rear lights are also updated with new LED units. There is also a new model added called the V10 Plus which has 542 horses from the 5.2 V10. It is only offered as a coupe. We'd advise members in the market to skip this model and just get the standard V10 with an aftermarket tune. ...
      Published on 07-24-2012 07:00 AM
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      Audi announced US pricing for the upcoming 2013 RS5 starting at $68,900. Much higher base price than an M3 but honestly not terrible considering with options out the door it will be similar and also that the UK pricing is 58,750 British Pounds which works out to $91,044 at current exchange rates. The RS5 will be worth the price considering it will be far more rare than the M3. It will also offer much fresher styling as well as a high revving V8, a dual clutch transmission, and all wheel drive. Check out the order guide and pictures below. ...
      Published on 07-24-2012 02:57 AM
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      The Audi Q2 will arrive as a 2016 model based on the A1 platform. It will be the smallest crossover in the Audi lineup likely available as a front wheel drive which will compete with the BMW X1. This car will arrive at the perfect time to challenge the new BMW X1 which will also be front wheel drive and set to be smaller as it will be based on the next generation Mini Countryman. ...
      Published on 07-19-2012 08:31 AM
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      Here are dyno resutls for the Fabspeed R8 5.2 FSI exhaust. The exhaust itself provides 10 wheel horsepower at peak and 16 wheel horsepower in the mid range. The baseline was 464 wheel horsepower and after the exhaust the car hit 473 to the wheels at peak. The exhaust retails for $3,195 and saves 41.8 pounds from the back of the car. Combined with an ECU tune the car hits 505 wheel horsepower for a respectable gain of 41 all wheel horsepower. A tune an exhaust are definitely worthy upgrades for any R8 5.2 owner to look into. ...
      Published on 07-19-2012 02:57 AM
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      There has been talk of a premium model about the A8 that would be sort of Audi's super coupe to rival the Mercedes CL. Whether that car will be built or not we do not know but a Russian student Moscow State Technical University came up with this interesting R9 design study. The concept is very well executed and clearly the student is gifted. The design incorporates elements from the Quattro concept. Who knows, maybe Audi designers will pick something up from this. ...
      Published on 07-16-2012 05:40 AM
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      Congratulations to Audi driver Mattias Ekstrom for beating the entire DTM field and taking the victory in the individual DTM stadium event. The stadium event is a unique aspect of DTM racing taking place inside a stadium instead of on a typical road course. This allows fans to see more of the action although the speeds are much lower. Basically, two parallel tracks are set up and the faster driver advances and the slower one is knocked out until only one is left. Mattias Ekstrom ended up being the last man standing beating out Mercedes driver Jamie Green in the final. ...
      Published on 07-13-2012 03:50 AM
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      Here is a very cool comparison of some of the various R8's available including even the Grand-Am race car. It should surprise nobody that the Grand-Am car is the fastest and best handling out of the group of R8's. What is surprising however is how close the R8 GT is. It only gives up 2/10's and 3 miles per hour through the 1/4 mile making the GT very close acceleration wise to the race car despite having a weight penalty of over 500 pounds. Impressive. ...
      Published on 07-10-2012 12:11 AM
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      The Audi R8 is currently getting a facelift but it will eventually see a brand new model to replace it in 2015. Road and Track rendered what the replacement may look like and shared a few details. A twin turbo six cylinder is likely as it will likely be the 3.0 TFSI motor once it drops the supercharger for a pair of turbos. Additionally, a hybrid is in the works which is no surprise with how hard Audi is pushing hybrid performance after the recent victory of their R18 Hybrid at Le Mans. For now, treat this all as speculation but it sure seems to be the direction the R8 is headed. ...
      Published on 07-07-2012 10:59 PM
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      The Audi R8 5.2 V10 in stock form shares the exact same motor as the Lamborghini Gallardo. Both cars do not have the same horsepower rating however with the Gallardo LP-560 rated at 552 horsepower. The R8 on the other hand is limited by the factory software to not step on the Gallardo's toes to 518 horses. This means there is plenty of power to unlock with a tune to bring the car up to Gallardo specs and then some. ...
      Published on 06-29-2012 08:42 AM
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      Congratulations to Audi for running their electric car where the big boys play, on the Nurburgring. The R8 E-tron laid down a very impressive 8:09.099 laptime. The lithium-ion battery in the R8 stores enough energy for a distance of about 134 miles. On paper this should allow for about 10 laps of the 12.92 mile Nurburgring although that distance number likely shrinks with use of full power. The battery also pushes the curb weight to 3,924 pounds making the laptime even more impressive. ...
      Published on 06-27-2012 11:36 PM
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      Wow, simply wow. Here is the first 8 second Audi we know of. This 3.2 turbo six cylinder S3 ran a 8.84@161 1/4 mile in Greece. The car is built and raced by the owner of 0-400 Tune 2 Race which from what we gathered with Google translate offers all kinds of services for performance tuning in Greece. Building the world's fastest Audi sure is a great way to get the name out there. Info on the car is scarce but it has a large turbo pushing 33 psi into the motor and the stock manual gearbox with modified 3rd and 4th gears. ...

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