Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Video: Volkswagen Cross Coupe In Action Overview

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New Volkswagen Cross-Coupe SUV Concept Debuts

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With the very recent report of an all new cross-coupe SUV. VW made a surprise release of this concept at the Tokyo Motor Show. This is the first model to use the MQB chassis which will be used for the next Golf and Audi TT.

With it's bold front end styling and sloping roof line, executive director of Volkswagen design Klaus Bischoff said "It is the future face of all VW SUVs".

This concept which is smaller than the current Tiguan, offers a sporty SUV but is still capable of going off-road. Featuring all-wheel drive and powered by a TSI turbo-charged engine and two electric motors, this plug-in hybrid has a total of 262bhp. 0-100km/h is said to be close to 7 seconds. The cross coupe is also able of driving 25 miles in two-wheel drive on pure electric.

No details or timeline have been released if this model will see production.
The main focus is the styling as Volkswagen will create its own design language and the first to receive this look will be the new Tiguan in 2014.









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Tuesday, November 29, 2011



Video: Audi A6 - Technology In Motion

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Monday, November 28, 2011

SpyShots: 2013 Volkswagen Golf VII

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These are the latest spy photos of the next generation VW Golf Mk7. The camouflage is doing it's job well, however we can see that this new Golf has a larger step or hip to the car. Also the tails appear to protrude out and look close to the Mk5 style. The headlights look to be very Mk5 as well. It is said that this Mk7 will be more aggresive and athletic with it already known to ride lower and have more rake to the windshield than the current model.





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Video: Porsche Driving Experience - Camp 4S

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Audi working on new design individuality

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Audi will revamp their design language to allow the model range to have it's own identity. Audi design director Stefan Sielaff said the sedan/hatch, SUV, and sportscars will have individual themes for each. Called ‘AQR’ where A stands for Audi, Q for Quattro, and R for sports cars. The new design values will include a slope-back angle for the grill, headlight shape and body surfacing all unique to each of the three divisions. For example, the sedan/hatch will have a more sloped-back grill, while the SUV models will feature a more upright grill. This idea will continue with headlights and body surface.

Audi is also working on a different design for the e-Tron vehicles. They will have a styling that reflects the electric nature.

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VW working on new crossover SUV

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Volkswagen is preparing a new 3-row, 7-seat crossover/SUV for the North American market to rival the Honda Pilot and Ford Explorer.

A recent report states that VW could use the Passat platform with the 3.6L V6 with the optional 3.0L V6 Diesel. This would be built in the U.S. (Chattanooga, Tennessee) and have a price around $30,000.

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Audi A1 Sportback Allroad rendering

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Here is a nice rendering of an Audi A1 Sportback Allroad done by Theophilus Chin.
Audi will not create this Allroad model, but if someone wants to be creative for a one-off it looks great.



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Video: VW Golf GTI Reifnitz Build Overview

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Friday, November 25, 2011

Video: 2012 Porsche 911 vs. 2012 Audi R8 Track Test

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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Video: VW Signs WRC's New Driver - Sebastien Ogier

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Video: Audi A3 e-tron - Driving

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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Porsche Cayman R1 tuned by Delavilla

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French tuning house Delavilla has developed this kit for the Porsche Cayman named R1.

Exterior changes are a wide bodykit including new front and rear bumpers with fenders and side panels. Quad tail pipes out back and LED daytime running lights up front.

Interior receives a pair of bucket seats and Alcantara trim on the steering wheel and gear lever.

The power kits include three options with 340HP, 385HP and 420HP. With the highest horsepower kit for track racing use only.







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Video: Audi R18 TDI Driving Report

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Volkswagen Passat Alltrack Unveiled

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Volkswagen has revealed their version of the Audi Allroad. Originally rumored to be named the CrossPassat, this all new Passat Alltrack will have it's world premier at the Tokyo Auto Show in two weeks.

This is the same size of the current Passat avant, but with higher ground clearance, larger wheels, and fender flares. All wheel drive will be available with an optional two-wheel drive. Engines will include two turbocharged (TSI) with 160bhp and 210bhp, also two turbodiesels (TDI) with 140bhp and 170bhp. Transmission will only be the 6-speed DSG. The interior will receive Alcantara suede along the usual VW amenities.
Off-Road driving can be engaged via button on the dashboard which alters the ABS and electronic differential systems to operate more effectively on loose surfaces and assist with hill descent control.

The VW Passat Alltrack goes on sale in Spring 2012.

It will not be available in the U.S. as VW of America spokesman Mark Gillies said "Because it's based on the European Passat, we have no plans to sell it here"

Expect more details with official unveiling (Dec 3-11)





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Volkswagen R models future in Diesel

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The Volkswagen R performance models are having great success, but now it appears Diesel R models are on the way to elevate that even higher.

The head of R GmbH Ulrich Richter said "The future is diesel and all-wheel-drive". With fuel efficiency a top priority these days, it leaves little room for the gas guzzling Uber cars. Enter a Diesel R - with fuel saving numbers similar to hybrids, a sporty Diesel would have the best of both worlds. With snappy high torque numbers and light weight construction, Volkswagen feels they may open a new door. Of course for you hardcore VW fans, you already know the benefits of tuning a Turbo Diesel.
Lets hope VW will green light this and soon!

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Video: 2012 Porsche 991 Review by EVO

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2012 Porsche 911 Cabriolet Unveiled with Video

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Porsche has officially revealed the Cabriolet version of their new 991 model. The new soft top uses composite materials with a new magnesium frame in effort to reduce overall weight. Porsche also said that the design allows for the 911 roof line to be "retained in its entirety" on the Cabriolet model.

The Cabriolet has a longer wheelbase than the hard top, but other than that they have the same interior, exterior, powerplants (350-400HP), and transmission (7-speed manual or PDK).

Available in March 2012 in Germany starting at €100,532 for the Carrera and €114,931 for the Carrera S. In the U.S. Spring 2012 $97,300 for the Carrera and $108,000 for the Carrera S. In the U.K. £79,947 for the Carrera and £89,740 for the Carrera S.





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Saturday, November 19, 2011

Video: Porsche GT3 RS 4.0 reviewed by Fifth Gear

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Porsche Panamera Turbo tuned by Hamann

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Hamann has developed this kit for the Panamera Turbo named the Cyrano.
The exterior has a new wide-body kit that screams aggresive with wider bumpers, a new hood, and widened fenders. Also, a mixture of vents have been added to just about everywhere for good measure. lastly a large GT2 style rear wing has been included for top speed stability. Performance upgrades include a new exhaust system and ECU upgrade pumping the V8 turbo to 580 bhp and 820Nm of torque.


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Volkswagen dropping 2.5L I5 in U.S.

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Volkswagen has decided to replace the 2.5L Inline-5 in the U.S. with a turbocharged 1.8L Inline-4 Turbo.

The new 1.8L 16v turbo four is essentially the same engine as the GTI and GLI powerplant. With smaller dissplacement, it makes 158 hp and 185 lb-ft of torque. This is not related to the old "1.8T" VW used to have but rather a smaller version of the new 2.0T 16v.

The decision was made based on fuel economy and ease of manufacturing since it is so closly related to the 2.0T.

No word yet, as of when this change will happen but it's likely soon.

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Friday, November 18, 2011

Audi R8 LMS Ultra 2012

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Audi has released this updated racing version of the R8 LMS for 2012.

With new carbon fiber doors, new seats and a new transmission the LMS is lighter and can go longer in between maintenance intervals. The 5.2 V10 has a new exhaust system with sport catalysts, which enhances torque at low engine speeds. Cooling overall has also been modified to increase air flow. All suspension links are now on Uniball with new Bilstein shock absorbers that are adjustable. New aerodynamics have been upgraded including a larger rear wing, and new front spoiler.

The R8 LMS Ultra will be available March 2012 and priced at 329,900€



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Porsche opening a new Experience Center in Los Angeles

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Porsche announced that they will be opening a 2nd Experience Center in the US that will be in Southern California. Porsche describes the 51 acre facility to be a "center of excellence for vehicle and human performance education, from track experiences and driver training to car culture events," says Porsche.

It will include a paved racing circuit, an off-road testing area, a low-friction skidpad and other areas for dining and meetings.

Groundbreaking in Los Angeles is expected in spring 2012

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Volkswagen's new eT! electric concept

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Volkswagen AG has teamed up with Deutsche Post to create the new eT! electric delivery vehicle concept. This all electric vehicle was developed for the future of commercial vehicles.

With features like ”Follow me” and ”Come to me” it would respond on command when driverless. The electric sliding door opens facing the sidewalk for ease of access to parcels.

While this is only a concept, the future of Deutsche Post looks bright. Rumor has it this could be in production between 2015 and 2020.





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Video: Audi A1 Sportback 5-Door

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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Audi A1 Sportback 5-Door Officially Revealed

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First shown at the 2008 Paris Motor Show as a concept. Audi has now officially debuted the 5-door A1 in it's production form.

Everything including interior, styling, and engine options will remain the same. The exterior size did grow slightly, but it's very close in size to the 3-door model.

The A1 Sportback will have its world premiere at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show at the end of November.



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2013 Volkswagen CC facelift in the flesh

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Here we have the latest pictures of the facelifted 2013 Volkswagen CC. The update inludes a new front and rear end that follows the styling of the recent Volkswagen models. Bi-xenon headlamps, with new LED's come standard along with the LED tails.

The CC will be released in the first quarter of 2012



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Video: The new 2012 Panamera GTS trailer

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Porsche launches the 2012 Panamera GTS

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Porsche has world debuted the new Panamera GTS today at the Los Angeles motor show. This sporty version pumps 430bhp from the V8 engine with 0-100km time in just 4.3sec and a top speed of 179 mph.

Many features come standard including the following: All-wheel drive, seven-speed dual-clutch transmission (PDK), lowered air suspension or Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), larger Turbo brakes, Sport Chrono Plus package and Dynamic Chassis Control which includes active anti-roll bars and electronically controlled diff.

A fun new feature is the switchable Sound Symposer sound generator. This on/off switch feeds the engine noise into the cabin.

The interior gets an update of Alcantara in five color choices. While the exterior uses the same front bumper as the Turbo model, and four-stage rear spoiler along with xenon headlights.





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