Friday, February 6, 2009

2009 ABT Sportsline Audi Q5 SUV

Making its way through the Volkswagen Group SUV line-up with the Touareg, Q7 and Tiguan Sportsline models, ABT has now turned its focus on the new Q5 crossover.

2009 ABT Sportsline Audi Q5 SUV

The 2.0 and 3.0 TDI models along with the 2.0 TFSI have all received the ABT Sportsline treatment, evoking the ‘five wows’ in the words of Hans-Jurgen, managing director of ABT Sportsline - fast, beefy, extravagant and extremely versatile.

The two 2.0-litre options have greatly benefited from their ABT tune-up, with the 2.0 TDI delivering 140kW - up from 125kW, and the 2.0 TFSI boosted by 22kW to 177kW.

2009 ABT Sportsline Audi Q5 SUV

The modified 3.0 TDI represents the most powerful model in the ABT Sportsline Q5 range with 220kW (up from 176kW) and an enormous 610Nm.

2009 ABT Sportsline Audi Q5 SUV

Suspension and brake components have been upgraded to match the increased power, offering lowered suspension or ABT Level Control, an electronic lowering system for the air suspension together with larger 380mm brake rotors.

2009 ABT Sportsline Audi Q5 SUV

The exterior of the ABT Sportsline Q5 has been differentiated with a new front and rear apron, front grille, fender extensions, rear wing, quad exhaust pipes and huge 20-inch wheels.

2009 ABT Sportsline Audi Q5 SUV

The ABT Sportsline Q5 will be available in Australia from RamSpeed by the end of March 2009.

Audi Q5 to headline Melbourne International Motor Show

Audi will headline its all-new Q5 amid an impressive array of new models at this year’s Melbourne International Motor Show.


As the only major motor show to be staged in Australia this year, Audi is pleased to maintain its status as one of the major exhibitors at the Show, and is very proud the Q5 will debut to an Australian audience, an audience it says will be well suited to the Q5’s combination of dynamism and versatility.

Featuring Audi’s renowned quattro all-wheel-drive and innovative chassis architecture, it offers a superior technology package for both on-and off-road driving. The latest version of the quattro system is rear-biased and distributes drive power asymmetrically and dynamically between all four wheels, redistributing the power as necessary if one wheel loses grip.


The front end is dominated by expressive headlights on both sides of Audi’s signature single-frame grille, while prominent features in profile are the large wheels and rising edges.

Q5 is expected to make a significant contribution to Audi’s rapidly growing market presence in Australia, which has seen four consecutive years of record growth and a doubling of its local market share since 2004.

The Melbourne International Motor Show runs from February 27th until March 9th at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre.

2010 Audi R8 5.2 V10 FSI Quattro - First Drive Review

Building the R8 has been one of the best decisions Audi has ever made. As launched, Audi did almost everything right. Indeed, avant-garde styling, light weight from an all-aluminum body and structure, and near-perfect handling with a standard all-wheel-drive system all contribute to the car’s special nature. Alas, one thing was missing from the package: Brute force.

It’s true that tuners such as MTM in Wettstetten, Germany, have squeezed extra power out of the R8’s standard 420-hp, 4.2-liter V-8, bringing it into supercar territory. But it has been a poorly kept secret for some time that Audi was planning its own, more-powerful version of the R8, with a V-10 installed behind the driver’s head. And now it’s arrived.

Keep Reading: 2010 Audi R8 5.2 V10 FSI Quattro - First Drive Review

Audi spends more than $6 million on not so great Super Bowl Ad featuring Jason Statham

Audi Super Bowl Ad Jason Statham

Last week we were very delighted to hear that, after last year’s great Super Bowl ad, Audi will once again air a commercial during one of the world’s most watched sports events. Not the mention that the news about Jason Statham, one of our favorite actors, will star in the ad made us even more excited about it. However, yesterday we got the chance to see a 30-seconds cut of the video, with Jason running away in a Mercedes, a BMW and a Lexus before finding the perfect getaway car, a supercharged Audi A6. Let’s hope that the full 60-seconds spot will make us change our minds, because from what we’ve seen so far, we’re really dissapointed. I mean, it’s not a bad commercial, but we were expecting something a little more exciting or funny. And considering the spot cost at least $6 million (NBC is charging $100,000 a second for Super Bowl ads this year, plus production costs and Jason’s payment), they’d better show

O.CT Boehler Concept BS3 based on the Audi S3

Audi S3 Tuning O.CT

German tuning company O.CT Tuning released the first details and photos of another package for the Audi S3. Called Boehler concept BS3, the car is based on the quattro version of the S3, powered by an upgraded engine that delivers 328 hp (241 kW) and a maximum torque of 425 Nm. The power upgrade was made by fitting a a specially developed Engine control unit, deep thorated Sportexhaust with integrated Controlfolds and improved Air Intake System. According to O.CT, the BS3 has a top speed of 265 km/h (165 mph) and it goes from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) “almost a full second quicker than the Stock S3″ (which does the sprint in 5.5 seconds).

Other upgrades include a fully adjustable O.CT Coilover Suspension, 8-piston braking system with 372 mm discs/rotors and O.CT Carbon Fiber Add-ons for the engine, battery and air intake. Last, but not least, the body kit looks very good, with widened fenders and redesigned rear bumper, finished in white and black paint, plus a set of 20 inch MÖZ alloy wheels.

The only downside of this package is its pricing, around 67,000 Euros, but the fact that the car will only be built in a limited run of 100 units, O.CT hopes to find customers for it.

Check out more photos after the jump.

Photo Gallery: Audi S3 tuning by O.CT

Audi S3 Tuning O.CT

Audi S3 Tuning O.CT

Audi S3 Tuning O.CT

Audi S3 Tuning O.CT

Audi Q5 Hybrid Coming Next Year

The hybrid bandwagon is filling up fast as just about every car maker has plans to release a new hybrid model in the next year or two. Audi is one of them where they plan on introducing a small SUV dubbed the Audi Q5 Hybrid. It is slated to be ready for the showroom in 2010.

Previously Automotive News reported that Audi axed the Q7 hybrid along with the Q5 but now they have confirmed through head of the powertrain development for the Volkswagen Group,, Wolfgan Hatz, that they will be offering the Audi Q5 hybrid in the USA in late 2010. In addition to this good news the Audi Q5 Hybrid will be first introduced in the USA first and then a possibility of it being sold in Europe depending on the success in the States.

[source: Automotive News]

Audi Superbowl Commercial With Jason Statham - Video - Full Version



Okay, who wants to wait for the Audi Superbowl commercial? Hmm… oh you don’t? If you want to see the new Audi Superbowl Commercial then you should NOT look below, you should wait until Superbowl Sunday! DO NOT scroll down and watch this video before Superbowl Sunday… if you do then your computer may explode!

The new Supercharged Audi A6 is showcased in the Audi Superbowl commercial. The actual slot for the commercial is supposed to be 60 seconds (1 minute) while this clip is only 30 seconds. Maybe we are missing something here.

Super Bowl Update:Full video included below from the Super Bowl XLIII.


[source: YouTube]

2007 Audi S8 - Long-Term Road Test

If you accept the idea that cars can suffer a midlife crisis, then we think you’ll agree that the one experienced by our long-term Audi S8 test car was pretty severe.

Here’s the story: With 23,288 miles on the odo, the S8 found itself closely involved in a noisypas de deux with an elderly minivan, a dance from which neither vehicle emerged in running order. It was a classic offset collision. We must mark this down to a judgment error on the part of our pilot, who darted for a left-turn opening that was suddenly occupied by the minivan, which had been screened by a string of large SUVs.

The cops helped us sort out who was at fault. Though our driver lamely suggested that the minivan was moving quite briskly, the investigating officer pointed out that whatever its speed, the minivan had right of way, and he issued a citation for failure to yield. His conclusion was hard to contradict.

Keep Reading: 2007 Audi S8 - Long-Term Road Test

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