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      Published on 08-20-2012 02:40 AM
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      The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb rally is a legendary rally event which has taken place since 1916. That makes it the second oldest motorsport event in the history of the United States. 034 Motorsport built a time attack A4 for the hill climb based on the B5 A4 with a 2.0T motor. The video gives you an idea of what the rally is like and features a run during their third test day of the middle section of Pikes Peak. ...
      Published on 08-16-2012 09:11 PM
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      The 4.0 TFSI tuning market should really get going fairly soon. ABT is already showing us what the motor is capable of taking the Audi S8 from the stock 512 horsepower up to 612 horses for a gain of 100 horses. ABT does not state exactly what goes into this performance upgrade but we expect a tune, exhaust, and intake modifications. There is no dynograph and there are no performance comparison numbers to support the claimed power increase. Since it is ABT we do not doubt the claim but would like to see real support. Some European tuners just seem to expect us to take their word for it. ...
      Published on 08-13-2012 08:51 PM
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      We do not really see why Audi is offering this Exclusive Selection R8 for the US market. We already had the R8 GT's which were much better offerings providing lower weight and more power for higher performance. These Exclusive Selection cars don't get lightweight parts or more power, just a matte grey paint job (grey for the V8, Ibis white for the V10) and some black accents. Oh, there also is some nice interior stitching with carbon pieces and wheels are borrowed from the E-Tron. Yawn. ...
      Published on 08-07-2012 01:13 AM
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      034 Motorsport announced a very interesting development earlier this year with their intention to offer a competitively priced single turbo offering for the factory bi-turbo B5 S4. This kit consists of a single turbo manifold, single turbo 3.5 inch downpipe top and bottom section, a precision 6262CEA, Tial 44mm V-Band wastegate, harnesses, and lines. With the Precision 6262 they were able to hit 570 wheel horsepower on a slipping clutch with a race gas tune. ...
      Published on 08-03-2012 11:18 PM
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      Autocar reports the new C7 Audi RS6 will get a 572 horsepower version of the 4.0 TFSI Twin Turbo V8 currently putting out 520 horses in the Audi S8. The V8 needs the boost to be able to compete with the BMW F10 M5 as well as the Mercedes E63 AMG. Audi will need to put out more at the crank than the M5 or E63 in order to compete as that power will be routed to all four wheels making for greater drivetrain loss. One advantage for the RS6 versus the E63 will be that the RS6 will get a dual clutch transmission just like the M5. ...
      Published on 08-02-2012 10:25 AM
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      The Lamborghini Murcielago may be a model no longer in production and replaced by the new Aventador but it is still a car that gets enthusiasts mouths watering. On paper this is actually a pretty even match both cars having all wheel drive and trapping in the 122 range. The cars do not really get any clean runs as they are messing around in traffic (which we do not endorse). It seems whomever gets the jump is able to hold it although the Murci seems to edge slightly as speeds rise. ...
      Published on 08-01-2012 07:31 AM
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      When it comes to Volkswagen and Audi tuning, APR really is the big dog. The way they go about their business, racing, community support, product releases, they set the standard. Drive visited APR which is located in Alabama. They also sampled APR's Stage III TT-RS which we recently reported hit 0-60 in 2.8 seconds and that it dyno'd in the 517 all wheel horsepower range. That TT-RS is supposedly up to the 560 wheel horsepower range according to Drive. ...
      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. ...

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