Saturday, January 17, 2009

Audi at Detroit Auto Show 2009

Audi R8

We’re continuing the same type of auto show coverage that we started and provided during the L.A Auto Show. Since we’re still a BMW blog, we won’t be posting photos of all the cars displayed at shows, but rather BMW’s competitors or any exotic and interesting concepts.

So today, we will start with Audi. A couple of days ago, we posted what I believe to be an amazing concept, the Sportback or the future A7 design. Of course, it received mixed reviews, some people totally digging their design trend, while others not having much faith in the Ingolstadt based carmaker.

Beside all the usual A4, A5 or Q7 models displayed at the previous auto shows, this time, we have the opportunity to see a couple of premiers: the already mentioned Sportback Concept and the new Audi R8 5.2 FSI V10.

Audi R8 V10

The new 525 hp engine has been highly expected by all the Audi fans who are looking for a speed thrill. A top speed of 196 mph and 0-62 mph in 3.9 seconds, should give them all the adrenaline needed.

Not many changes in design when compared to the previous V8 model, just dual exhaust outlets, wider side air intakes and unique LED headlights and rear diffuser.

Price and availability? Next year and $180,000.

It’s a shame that us, the BMW fans, don’t have a similar choice of a high-end supercar. CS Concept anyone?

Photo Gallery: Audi S4,

Sportback Concept, R8

Audi R8 V10

Audi R8 V10

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With most sports documentaries, you know how the story's going to end before you even sit down. That knowledge doesn't make Truth in 24 any less fascinating, dramatic, or exciting. The story of Audi's 2008 effort at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Truth in 24 provides a very rare glimpse behind the scenes as Audi Motorsport prepares for, competes in, and ultimately wins the world's most famous endurance race. Audi went to NFL Films to make the movie, and director Keith Crossrow has applied that outfit's uniquely compelling storytelling ability to motor racing -- a sport he was largely unfamiliar with by his own admission. The results, fortunately, make for one Hell of a watch.

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