The Right Stuff: Just What Does It Take To Be A Top Audi Test Driver?

[gallery link="none" columns="1" size="full" ids="48879"] source: Audi Australia Magazine A dream job certainly, but one that requires extraordinary skill behind the wheel and an ‘automotive mind set’ – meet Frank Stippler, Audi Sport test driver extraordinaire.  When Audi Sport goes testing, it spends an inordinate amount of time at the track they call The Green Hell – the famed Nürburgring Nordschleife. To be an Audi Sport test driver then, amongst a raft of other skills and qualit...

Lumma Design Makes The RS Q8 Bolder

[gallery link="none" columns="1" size="full" ids="48611"] words: Bill, photos: Lumma Design The arrival of the RS Q8 is exciting enough and when tuners turn their attention to it, that excitement multiplies. MANHART and Wheelsandmore revealed their version of a hot RS Q8 and now it's Lumma Design's turn. [gallery link="none" columns="1" size="full" ids="48615"] This southern German company has fitted the RS Q8 with this rather handsome bodykit. Lumma manufactures carbon component in-house and t...

Video of the Day: AMG GT 63S vs Audi RS 7

[gallery link="none" columns="1" size="full" ids="48571"] words: Bill, video: carwow You know the drill by now with carwow...drag race, rolling drag, and brake test from 70mph. The AMG has more power, more torque, and it sounds pretty darn good. The RS 7 is down in hp, torque, is slightly lighter, and sounds muted but it's also £50,000 less than the AMG. Plus I think it looks a lot better, in my humble opinion. [gallery link="none" columns="1" size="full" ids="48572"] How will our h...

The First of Many: Audi Celebrates 20 Years Since Its Victory at Le Mans

[gallery link="none" columns="1" size="full" ids="48535"] source: Audi Australia, photos:Audi Sport Two decades ago this month, Audi celebrated the first of what would become the most dominant performance in endurance racing in the modern era. It was the start of one of the most extraordinary chapters in motorsport. A story of dominance that  has rarely been seen and will perhaps never be seen again. In only its second attempt at the race acknowledged as the most gruelling endurance race on...

Video of the Day: Audi RS 6 Avant vs Lamborghini Urus Drag Race

[gallery link="none" columns="1" size="full" ids="48135"] words: Bill, photos: Archie Hamilton Racing In today's video, Archie climbs into an Audi RS 6 Avant while his mate gets the Lamborghini Urus. Easy peasy win right? While both are powered by the twin-turbo 4L V8, the Lambo has 641hp/626lb-ft while the RS 6 makes do with 591hp/591lb-ft. However, the Urus weighs in at 4,844lbs; the RS 6 weighs 4,575lb...and sits lower. [gallery link="none" columns="1" size="full" ids="48136"] The...

Wheelsandmore Turns Their Eye to the RS Q8

[gallery link="none" columns="1" size="full" ids="48120"] words: Bill, photos: Wheelsandmore  Not content with just tuning the RS 6 Avant, Wheelsandmore have turned to the RS Q8. Much like the RS 6 Avant, they offer upgrades for wheels, exhaust, and engine and air suspension software. And just like the Avant, Wheelsandmore claims 1010hp through these upgrades. [gallery link="none" columns="1" size="full" ids="48116"] Aside from the color, the wheels grab the eye and they should since they're a ...

In Virtual Worlds in Virtuosic Style: Audi Communicates in New Digital Formats

[gallery link="none" columns="1" size="full" ids="48103"] source: Audi AG At close range even from a distance: exclusive product and technology experiences in digital worlds New formats like “TechTalk” and “LiveOnDrive” successfully launched Digital technologies enable more intensive exchange with media representatives Audi is opening up a new chapter in its communications via digital channels. Journalists from all over the world are able to familiarize themselves with new products,...

quattro Magazine Q2_2020 Feature: Pacific German’s Remixed R8

[gallery link="none" columns="1" size="full" ids="48058"] words: George Achorn, photos: Denis Podmarkov Believe it or not, you’ve seen this car before. Well, if you’re a longtime reader of quattro Magazine, then you may recall that we featured a modified R8 back in 2018 (“Red is Right”, pp. 36-38, quattro quarterly Summer 2018). While that may not qualify as a long time by most measures, it is a considerable amount in Pacific German years. For that well-known SoCal shop, life moves prett...

Video of the Day: Audi RS 4 Avant vs RS Q8 vs RS Q3

[gallery link="none" columns="1" size="full" ids="47940"] words: Bill, photo: carwow It's been awhile since we've seen Mat Watson but he's come back with a winner. Last time, he raced an Audi RS 6 Avant against an AMG E63, a BMW M5 Competition, and a Porsche Panamera. This time, he's in an RS 4 and he's challenging an RS Q8 and an RS Q3 in a drag. I know which one I would want no matter where it ends up. Watch all the fun below. [embed]https://youtu.be/AEKgLM8ZudQ[/embed]

Daniel Abt: My Statement About The Formula E Scandal

[gallery link="none" columns="1" size="full" ids="47886"] words: Bill, photo: Audi Sport, video: Daniel Abt News came out this week that Daniel Abt was dropped by Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler for using a professional e-sport driver in his place during a Formula E Race at Home Challenge. On Tuesday, he released a statement on his YouTube channel explaining his side of the story. Basically, he said he and some other drivers were doing e-racing for the fans and raising money for UNICEF. He said t...

quattro Magazine Q2_2020 Feature: Dune Dancers

[gallery link="none" columns="1" size="full" ids="47777"] words: Ola Lereim of ableitet.no, Photo: Getty Images, José Lourseau of dakardantan.com Editor’s Note: This article originally ran in the Q2_2020 issue of quattro Magazine. If you would like to subscribe to quattro Magazine, please join Audi Club here. Amongst endurance rallies, the original iteration of the Paris-Dakar Rally holds maybe the most enduring, where the contestants started off the new year in Paris, travelled across t...

Find of the Day: 2014 Audi exclusive Nogaro Blue RS 7

[gallery link="none" columns="1" size="full" ids="47762"] words: Bill, photos: Cars.com and German Cars for Sale This car may look familiar...it was one of the cars featured on our Find of the Day: Throwdown Edition livestream last week. What was astonishing to me was that this Audi exclusive Nogaro Blue over Crimson Red was in the Daily Driver segment where the price is capped at $50,000. That's right...you can get this RS 7 for under $50,000. I was astounded. I didn't even look at these for ...

Making of RS: How Audi Sport GMBH Shapes the Character of Its RS Models

[gallery link="none" columns="1" size="full" ids="47741"] source: Audi Sport The RS models from Audi Sport GmbH are the dynamic spearheads of their respective product lines. They have a strong character that consists of distinct design differentiation, full everyday usability, effortless top performance, and a thrilling driving experience. This results from a relentless focus on minute details by the designers and development and test engineers, and it is perfected over numerous test drives a...

DTM Confirms Official Test Ahead of New 2020 Season

[gallery link="none" columns="1" size="full" ids="47628"] source: DTM Four-day test at the Nürburgring confirmed for beginning of June Run along strict health and safety rules; no public allowed on-site Managing Director ITR, Mohaupt: “Extremely confident we’ll host exciting races in 2020” Ahead of the start of its rescheduled 2020 season, DTM organisers ITR have arranged an official test for all teams – which takes place at the Nürburgring between June 8 and 11. It’s the signal th...

Audi e-tron GT Spy Photos: Round 3

[gallery link="none" columns="1" size="full" ids="47531"] The Audi e-tron has been spied again…this time leaving a Porsche testing facility. We’ve featured other spy photos (HERE, HERE, and a video HERE) but this is the first time we are seeing on the road that doesn’t involve snow. [gallery link="none" columns="1" size="full" ids="47535"] The Audi e-tron GT is based on the same platform as the Porsche Taycan and will most likely also share the same battery capacity. When the concept was...

Want To Add 400 Horses and More Style To Your Audi RS 6 Avant?

[gallery link="none" columns="1" size="full" ids="47357"] words: Bill, photos: Wheelsandmore As we anxiously await the arrival of the Audi RS 6 Avant to our shore, those mad lads in Europe are already playing with theirs. German tuner, Wheelsandmore, revealed their vision of what the perfect RS 6 Avant should be. [gallery link="none" columns="1" size="full" ids="47348"] Through software, upgrades to the turbochargers and exhaust, an air filter kit with changed air filter box, and modified intake...

The Interactive Audi RS 5 Test Drive with Daniel Abt

[gallery link="none" columns="1" size="full" ids="47343"] Daniel Abt and Misha Charoudin will host the first ever digital drive experience – live! Tune in Thursday, May 14th, 2020 to be part of the excitement and have a chance to ask your questions about the Audi RS 5. It will be live on Audi Deutschland's Facebook page at 11AM EST. [embed]https://youtu.be/rpSDCNAlPHw[/embed]

MANHART Adds Style and Power to the RS Q8

[gallery link="none" columns="1" size="full" ids="47267"] words: Bill, photos: MANHART Performance "We turn good cars into very special cars." This is what Christoph Erfurt, founder of MANHART Performance, says about his creations. Though known for their work on BMWs, they've turned to the Audi RS Q8 for their latest stunner. The RS Q8 has been the talk of the circuit after it recorded an official time of 7:42.2 around the Nurburgring, claiming fastest SUV around the 'Ring. MANHART massages the...

Q1_2020 quattro Magazine Feature: Nemesis Autosport Audi RS 5 performance at a Crossroads

[gallery link="none" columns="1" size="full" ids="46821"] word/photos: George Achorn Though it may seem obvious, it’s actually quite rare that the serious performance aftermarket crosses paths with Audi corporate. There are the typical shortcomings: either the brand’s reluctance over modifying its products or the aftermarket’s aesthetic being rarely on the same wavelength as the brand design. When the paths do cross, as they did recently with Audi Sport performance parts, it is something t...

Audi Realigns Its Commitment in Motorsport

[gallery link="none" columns="1" size="full" ids="46747"] source: Audi Sport, DTM Editor's note: DTM has released a statement on Audi's withdrawal. The statement is at the bottom of the post. Mercedes-Benz had previously pulled out in 2018 leaving only BMW and Aston Martin. Will the series survive? Involvement in DTM touring car racing series not to be extended after 2020 season Audi CEO Markus Duesmann: “Also focusing our efforts on the race track and systematically competing for tomo...