Audi of America Announces Full 2020 Model Year Updates

[gallery link="none" columns="1" size="full" ids="32937"] source: Audi of America Increased standard equipment and full model line improvements in 2020 Additional personalization offered through interior and exterior design updates, more package and trim options Driver assistance systems including side assist, cross traffic assist and high-beam assist, now available on more models Audi of America announced today its lineup for the 2020 model year, including full-line pricing, ve...

Video of the Day: CarWow – 2008 Audi R8 V8 vs 2019 TTS in a Drag Race…Who Will Win?

[gallery link="none" columns="1" size="full" ids="32586"] words: Bill, video: CarWow The ur-R8 will always be a legend while the  TT will always be called a 'hairdresser' car...an unfair adjective in my opinion. So what would happen if you pitted the OG R8 against the newest TTS? You don't have to wonder any more because our friends at CarWow did just that. [gallery link="none" columns="1" size="full" ids="32583"] As per their usual MO, CarWow did a drag race, a rolling race, and a brake test. ...

Last Chance Opportunity for European R8 Tour

[gallery link="none" columns="1" size="full" ids="15517"] Last Chance Opportunity for European R8 Tour  Four places to join the Audi Club La Dolce Vita R8 tour in October just opened up. A medical problem forced 2 couples to cancel their R8 adventure. There are 2 R8 Spyders available - 2 participants per car. Call Sally at the Audi Club office (262)567-5476 now to reserve your spot. Please see the email below for full details. This Audi Club North America exclusive event starts in...

Premiere of the Audi R8 LMS GT2 at Goodwood Festival of Speed

source: Audi Sport Fourth model from Audi Sport customer racing unveiled in front of large audience Most powerful customer racing car with 470 kW (640 hp) Audi Sport customer racing delivers fascination galore with the Audi R8 LMS GT2 at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Oliver Hoffmann, CEO of Audi Sport GmbH, Chris Reinke, Head of Audi Sport customer racing and nine-time Le Mans winner Tom Kristensen together with the Duke of Richmond – the organizer of the Goodwood Festival of Speed –...

New ‘Charlie’s Angels’ Movie Is Audi’s Latest Product Placement

Audi and product placement on the silver screen go hand-in-hand,  particularly this summer with multiple Marvel superhero movies featuring new and future e-tron models. Seemingly out of left field though is participation in the upcoming Charlie's Angels re-boot due out November 15. Sony pictures dropped the trailer yesterday, and from that we've been able to confirm at least two Audi models in the movie. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RSUq4VfWfjE For children of the 1970s, ...

PistonHeads: Audi Sport Mulls GT3 Styling Cues for ‘Extreme’ R8

  source: PistonHeads, photos: Audi AG N24 winner set to inspire a sharper, more driver focussed - and RWD - V10 supercar Anyone fancy a rear-drive R8 that takes its cue from Audi Sport's GT3 race car? Because fingers crossed that's exactly what the manufacturer's performance division boss, Oliver Hoffman, is cooking up. Buoyed by the success of the rear-drive RWS and acknowledging that Audi Sport lacks an equivalent to Porsche's GT models and AMG's soon-to-return Black Series, Hoffman sai...

Unfair Advantage Podcast: We Have A Podcast! Episodes 4-6

words: Bill   It's been awhile since I've posted that yes...we actually have a podcast. The following episodes are pretty darn good if I say so myself. George and I went to the New York International Auto Show back in April to interview Matthew Mostafaei and Anthony Garbis, both Audi of America. A couple of weekends ago, we traveled to the Great White North for Eurokracy and interviewed Audi Club National board member and Canadian Tasmanian Devil, Gordon Varney. These are their stories (dun du...

Find of the Day: 2009 Audi 4.2L Supercharged R8

words: Bill, photos: Streetside Classics In a former life, I was fortunate enough to drive a 2012 R8 V8 6sp manual on the fabled track at Sebring. For the next several months, that car came in and out of my life and let me tell you...it was heaven (humble brag shot of me at Sebring following). My fondness for the OG R8 grew and grew and I decided that if I could ever be in the position to own an R8, it would be a MK1 V8 R8 6sp manual in Brilliant Red. So imagine my delight when I stumbled acr...

Video of the Day: CarWow- R8 vs R8 vs R8 vs R8…No Losers Here

words: Bill, video: CarWow Oh to be Mat Watson from CarWow. We've featured him on several of our Video of the Day like this one, this one, and this one. Mat follows a familiar format to these videos: drag race, rolling drag race, and brake test. Most of the time, we feature the ones involving Audi versus the world. Today, it's different...a sibling brawl. What Mat has assembled here a lineup of R8s - MKI V8, MkI V10 GT Spyder, MKI V10 LMX, and a MKII V10. He and his cohorts pit them agains...

Rain Prisk: Fantasy Audi Model Renders

words: Bill, renders: Rain Prisk While others may be familiar with Rain Prisk, I just stumbled across him (?) her (?) the other day with the above R8 render. Rain is a talented concept artist who makes renderings of vehicles that OEMs can visualize but will never put into production. Can you imagine if Audi decided to build a pickup truck? Rain did with this Q7 pickup. Finally a competitor to the Lincoln Mark LT! Like I said, fantasy builds. How about the electrification future of Audi? While ...

How Do You Celebrate 10 Years of the V10? By Disintegrating an R8 V10

words: Bill, video stills: Audi of America Audi is celebrating 10 years of the V10 with the limited edition Audi R8 V10 Decennium. Only 222 individually numbered units will be produced. Audi is also celebrating this event by...blowing up an R8 V10. Audi and artist Fabian Oefner takes you on an intimate tour of the R8 by taking it completely apart. Watching the time-lapse video of an R8 as it is disassembled is mesmerizing. Although the video is only a couple of minutes long, Fabian describes ...

e-tron connect: Rumor: Audi Plans R8 Replacement Dubbed e-tron GTR

source: e-tron connect In case you are unaware, we have a sister site devoted to Audi e-tron vehicles and news: e-tron connect. Today, we posted about a R8 replacement dubbed the e-tron GTR. Here's an excerpt: Audi didn’t exactly make a secret of its considerations to replace its livable supercar R8 offering with something electric over the past year or so, but new rumors suggest a final decision may have been made. CAR Magazine’s Georg Kacher laid out what intel he’s heard in or...

Runnin’ With The Devil: Eddie Van Halen’s Supercharged 2009 R8 (Find of the Day)

words: Bill, photos: Performance Auto Gallery via Bring A Trailer First, I promise that I won't put too many Van Halen song titles in this article or else at least I'll try not to. Second, the MK1 R8 V8 is my favorite modern Audi and I ain't talkin' bout love...it's lust. This particular R8 has an interesting history. It's an early build that was spec'd by someone at Audi of America for a very talented person. The person in question? None other than Eddie Van Halen. I always felt that ...

Homage To Ten Years Of The V10 Engine: The Audi R8 V10 Decennium

source: Audi AG Limited series of 222 units, individually numbered Coupé with exclusive design highlights Edition model coincides with sales launch of the new Audi R8 A 456 kW (620 hp) V10 engine, bronze-colored highlights inside and out, and strictly limited: Audi is celebrating the success story of the V10 engine with the Audi R8 V10 Decennium (combined fuel consumption l/100 km: 13,1 [18.0 US mpg]; combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 297 [478 g/mi]*). The edition model wit...

Find of the Day: 2017 Audi exclusive Avocado Green R8 V10

words: Bill, photos: StresslessAuto.com It's not easy bein' greenIt seems you blend inWith so many other ordinary thingsAnd people tend to pass you overCause you're not standing outLike flashy sparkles in the waterOr stars in the sky... As the wise Kermit The Frog once sang, it's not easy being green...unless of course, you just happen to be an Audi exclusive Avocado Green R8 V10. Our friend, Will, sent me a link yesterday that blew my mind. I've never seen an Avocado Green...well...anything. ...

Audi Puts Partial Matting Into Volume Production

source: Audi AG Innovative technology enables pixel-precise images on painted surfaces First large-series application with the #2 special edition of the Audi Q2 Audi customers will be able to drive even more individualized cars in the future – thanks to partial matting. With the #2 special edition of the Audi Q2, the brand is now using this innovative painting process for the first time in volume production. A fine beam minimally roughens the top layer of paint and crea...

Fastest Model Is Now Even Hotter: Extensive Update For Audi R8

source: Audi Sport Editor's Note: No sooner had I published the R8 teaser from Audi Sport, an email from Audi Media came through. Lo and behold, it's the refreshed 2020 R8. - Bill Powerful V10 naturally aspirated engines in two output ratings Modified suspension components for even more dynamic handling Striking exterior design, sales launch in early 2019 “Born on the track, built for the road.” The volume-production model now follows after the world premiere of...

Did Audi Sport Just Show Us The Refreshed R8?

words: Bill Cho, photo: Audi Sport Twitter Yesterday, Audi Sport's Twitter account posted a photo. That's not uncommon as they post photos every day but the sharp eyed Audi aficionados spotted something...different. [embed]https://twitter.com/audisport/status/1054402005408583680[/embed] What do you see different? Well since we only see a small portion of the front, not much. A widened grill, bigger air intakes, redesigned headlights? Now compared that with a current model R8 belo...

Elaphe Propulsion’s R8 Is Not Mid-Engined – In Fact It Has No Engine

words: Bill Cho, photos/video: Elaphe Propulsion Nor does it have a transmission or gearbox. So how can it go from 0-60 in 3.5 seconds? Elaphe Propulsion builds motors into the wheels. The wheels on this R8 produce a combined 4,425 ft-lb of torque and 590hp. How well does this technology work? Well watch the video below and decide for yourself and read all about Elaphe Propulsion here.   [embed]https://youtu.be/NNM9LPgZWME[/embed] [gallery size="large" ids="19471,19...