Friday, May 31, 2013

2015 Audi A5 Rendering

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A new restyled A5 from Walter de'Silva is expected in mid to late 2015, and here we have one of the earliest renderings from Automobile Magazine.

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Porsche 918 Spyder Not Sold Out

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For those lucky ones who can afford the new 918, there's good news. A report has come out that Porsche has not sold all units of the new Hypercar. Porsche will build just 918 units over a course of 2-3 years, and each buyer must put down a $200,000 (U.S.) deposit. Germany will get the car first, but a Porsche spokesman said th U.S. will be their top market. Each dealership in the U.S. will receive at least one car, which means around 200 units are pre-destined for North America.

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Video: 2013 Audi R8 e-Tron - Exterior

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Video: 2013 Audi RS4 Avant vs Vauxhall VXR8 Tourer

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Hydrogen Powered Audi's Coming in the Near Future?

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Audi's head of R&D Wolfgang Dürheimer confirmed they are developing fuel cell powered Audi's. The current model underway for testing will be the A7. Fuel cells produce electricity from an electro-chemical reaction between hydrogen and oxygen, while only emitting water/steam out the back. The electricity generated is sent to a battery or electric motor(s) for propulsion. This is vastly more useful than an electric-only vehicle since there are no lengthy delays for charging, and earth friendly with minimal cost.
This will be Audi's second time (publicly) that they have developed fuel cell technology. They first showed it with a concept Q5 in 2009.
If this reaches production it can be a game changer, but not without sacrifice. Hydrogen fuel stations would need to be built all-over, which can takes years to be effective.

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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Video: Celebrating 50 years of Porsche 911 in Moscow

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Video: Audi A1 Quattro Drive Review

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

2014 Porsche Macan Latest Intel

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Sources are reporting that leaked information suggests the new Macan will be priced around 42,100€ ($54,500 US) when it goes on sale in Spring 2014.
Based on the Audi Q5 platform, the Macan will use far more aluminium reducing the weight by 130kg (287lbs). It's likely four-wheel drive will be standard across all variants, since it will be offered at launch. No official word on powerplants, but we expect both the six-cylinder and four-cylinder engines in standard and diesel form. Horsepower should range from 250 - 400 depending on model type. A Hybrid, S, and GTS version are thought to come one year after launch. There are even rumors of a two-door model for a true sports version. Styling will be very sporty, and obviously Porsche with a strong stance. Also, the rear is rumored to be more like the 911 with its sloping rear and wide slim taillights. The interior will be very similar to the current 911, Panamera, and Boxster/Cayman.
It will debut this November at the 2013 Los Angeles Motor Show.

Renderings from artist Larson at AutoBild

Interior images from the Panamera GTS (which match closely with spy photos)

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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Audi R8 e-Tron Officially Cancelled

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It has been confirmed by Audi that the highly anticipated R8 e-Tron will not make production.
The main cause is that the battery technology did not develop as fast as expected. Also, costs to build the batteries didn't decrease in price as Audi had hoped.
Audi built 10 cars in total that will never be sold. They will now be evaluated and studied for charging times and range of pure electric cars with existing battery technology.
Currently, the vehicle weighs 3,924 pounds, and with twin electric motors they produce 376hp together making a 0-62mph time of 4.2 seconds. Using a household socket, full charge only takes 12 hours with a driving range of 134 miles.
Audi said that for the price they would have to charge for the R8 e-Tron, they didn't see it with big enough impact across a broad market.

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Video: Audi R8 e-Tron Driving Scenes

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Saturday, May 25, 2013

Go on-board for the first lap with Connor de Phillippi piloting the FÖRCH Racing by Lukas Motorsport in the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland series. He started 15th and finished 9th out of 32.

Friday, May 24, 2013

2013 Volkswagen Golf GTD tuned by ABT

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Here is the latest kit from ABT for the new Golf GTD. It features a new front spoiler, grille, headlight eyebrows, side skirts, rear diffuser, and mirror covers. Power from the 2.0L TDI has been bumped from 184 hp to 210 hp, and the torque now has 317 lb-ft over the factory 280 lb-ft. Rounding out the performance is a new sport exhaust system with quad tailpipes. No word on price or availability at this time.

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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Video: Porsche Project 50 (Anniversary)

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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Video: Porsche Cayman - The Code of the Curve

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Click HERE to view the Cayman Code site.

Monday, May 20, 2013

SpyVideo: VW Mk7 Golf R testing on the Nordschleife

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Friday, May 17, 2013

2014 Audi R8 V10 Tuned by ABT

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This latest kit from ABT Sportsline bumps the R8's 5.2L V10 horsepower from 525 to 600hp. 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) is also increased to 3.5 seconds with a top speed of 200mph. New sport springs and coilovers provide great stability for handling, while a custom sport exhaust system rounds out the performance modifications. The exterior get a makeover with new carbon fiber body parts including the grille, front lip, side skirts, rear wing, and rear lower diffuser.

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Video: 2013 Wörthersee - VW Highlights

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Thursday, May 16, 2013

Body:
Carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP) monocoque

Power:
Engine 4.6L V8 = 608 hp (9,150 rpm Max)
Electric Motors = 281 hp (154 hp rear axle / 127 hp front axle)
Total Horsepower = 889 hp

Transmission:
7-speed Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) with R gear for all electric power driving.

Driving Modes:
E-Power (purely electric power)
Hybrid (V8 and electric motors work alternately for best efficiency and fuel consumption)
Sport Hybrid (continuously V8 power with boosting from the electric motors)
Race Hybrid (maximum performance from the V8, with boosting from the electric motors)
Hot Lap (all available energy from the electric batteries)

Chassis & Suspension:
Double-wishbone front axle
Multilink rear axle with rear wheel steering
Front and rear with Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM)

Brake system:
High-performance hybrid brakes with Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS)
Front ceramic brake discs (16 in.)
Rear ceramic brake discs (15.4 in.)

Wheels and tires: (Magnesium wheels)
front 9.5 x 20 (265/35 ZR 20)
rear 12.5 x 21 (325/30 ZR 21)

Weights:
Curb weight 3,715 lbs.
Curb weight 3,616 lbs. (Weissach package)

Dimensions:
Length 182.8 in.
Width 76.4 in.
Height 45.9 in.
Wheelbase 107.5 in.
Track width front 65.5 in.
Track width rear 63.5 in.

Fuel tank capacity:
18.5 gallons

Energy supply:
Lithium-ion battery with 6.8 kWh capacity

Performance:
Top speed = 211 mph
Purely electric = 93 mph

Acceleration:
0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) 2.8 s
0-100 km/h (electric mode) 7.0 s
0-200 km/h (0-124 mph) 7.9 s
0-300 km/h (0-186 mph) 23.0 s

Range:
18 miles in purely electric mode

Charging times:
AC household socket (110 V, 10 A): less than 7 hours
AC industrial socket (240 V, 30 A): less than 2 hours
DC industrial socket (400 V, 32 A): 25 minutes (Optional Porsche Speed Charging Station)

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Video: 2013 Wörthersee - Vossen World Tour

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Video: 2013 Wörthersee - Audi Highlights

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Video: 2014 Porsche 911 GT3 - Technical Highlights

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Video: Driving & Understanding the Porsche 918 Spyder

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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Is VW Bringing a New VR6 Engine?

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With the recent 'Design Vision' GTI debut in Wörthersee, Volkswagen showed us a new VR6. This 3.0L 24v six-cylinder could possibly replace the current 3.6L seen in such models like the Passat CC. It has been rumored that a new VR6 is expected for more future models. It may also hint the possible VR6 return to the Golf GTI and future Golf R model.
The concept 3.0L VR6 produces 503hp with the help of Twin-Turbos, but with the turbos removed we could be looking at a factory engine producing just over 300hp. When Volkswagen's Head of R&D Ulrich Hackenberg was asked about this 3.0L VR6 turbo or non-turbo engine being produced, he smiled and said "nothing has been decided at this time".
The 3.0L VR6 was developed for the Chinese market (since any engine over 3.0L has a much higher tax), but after appearing in the concept GTI it does open the idea for the VR6 return.
The distinct growl, and low-end torque of that narrow angle six-cylinder is what made sporty VW's so popular from 1991-2003. With the nearly 10 year absence, let's hope Volkswagen is ready to bring that back into the Golf (maybe even Scirocco) platform. It may be nose heavy and create plenty of understeer, but driving a VR6 VW is a guilty pleasure for any car enthusiast.
Side note, it was confirmed by a Senior Porsche engineer that this VR6 is not in any way related to new engines being developed for the Porsche Macan.

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Video: Audi's Quattro Success Story

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2015 Audi TT Intel & Renderings

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The 3rd generation TT is still under secrecy, but Audi claims it will reclaim the spirit of the original TT. Built on the MQB chassis, it will be lighter in weight, have a simplified interior with digital instrument gauges, and an exterior that demands attention. The 2.0L turbo four-cylinder will return as the standard engine with 220 - 240hp, while the TTS will have around 300hp. The TT RS is expected to return with a pumped up five-cylinder turbo producing around 380hp.
It is set to debut in late 2014 as a 2015 model.


Images are renderings from quattroruote

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Monday, May 13, 2013

2014 Porsche GT2 Intel & Rendering

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New details are starting to emerge around the next (991) GT2. It's being reported that it will use the same 3.8L engine from the Turbo S producing 560hp. Unlike the Turbo S, this GT2 will only be rear wheel drive and focus on lightweight technology. With an updated PDK, 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) will take just under 3 seconds. It is expected to debut next March at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show.
The more extreme GT2 RS version will continue for the 991 one year later for its reveal in 2015. It's rumored to have anywhere from 620-650hp.

Image is a rendering from AuotCar

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Martini Racer Designed Motorcycle

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Martini and Porsche have a long history together, with proven winning tradition. Taking a nod from these two powerful partners, Andre Costa of Portugal designed the DP Racer.
Arizona company DP Custom Cycles and Local Motors held a contest to build the best motorcycle ever. They received 200 submissions from ten countries with a wide range of designs. The winning design was this Martini themed bike. They will unveil the built model live on July 13, 2013
Watch the video below see why they chose the Martini Porsche styled design.


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Modern Version - Auto Union Type C Concept Rendering

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The 1936 Auto Union Type C racer dominated the racing world. Designed by Ferdinand Porsche, the mid engine 6.0L Supercharged V16 produced 520hp and was driven by Hans Stuck who was one of Germany's most successful racing drivers.
Romanian artist Mircea Raiescu created a modern version of the supercar from the 1930's. This rendering is so great that we had to share it with everyone. We can only imagine how amazing a new 'Type C' Audi could build if a new version was commissioned.

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Audi TT Ultra Quattro Concept from Wörthersee

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The TT Ultra Quattro Concept showed its face last week in Wörthersee with plenty more photos. This carbon fiber and aluminum concept weighs only 1,111 kg (2,449 lbs) which is 300 kg (661 lbs) lighter than a standard TT. The 2.0 TFSI produces 310hp and can go from 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.2 seconds. Other upgrades include R8 GT bucket seats, sport suspension, carbon-ceramic brakes, modified bumpers, and camera replaced mirrors, along with a new digital instrument panel.

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Sunday, May 12, 2013

2015 Audi RS3 Hatchback & Sedan Rendering

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These images give us our first glimpse of a possible RS3 sedan, as well as the hatchback version. There is no official word if an RS3 sedan version will be produced, but it appears likely and this rendering gives us just that. It is reported that Audi will roll out the new RS3 with the turbo 5-Cylinder engine.

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