Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Audi's New Q8 SUV Confirmed

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Audi's head of R&D Wolfgang Dürheimer confirmed that a new SUV model called the 'Q8' is coming. As previously thought from rumors, the car will have a coupe-like roofline and follow the A8 but in SUV form. The platform will be shared with the next Q7, Cayenne, and Touareg. Whether or not the Q8 will grow in size compared to the Q7 remains to be seen. However, Dürheimer did say "We can go bigger than we have with the Q7, and we can all see that this sector is growing."
Audi's target will be to challenge the Range Rover Sport and BMW X6, and is expected to hit the market from mid 2016 to 2017.

Image is a rendering by George Achorn

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VW Taigun Patent Images Leaked?

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We were first introduced to the Volkswagen Taigun Concept last autumn in 2012. It's a CUV (crossover utility vehicle) based on the Up! platform. Offering great cargo space and fuel economy with a turbocharged 1.0L three-cylinder engine producing 110hp.
These images were leaked from a Chinese patent office, and look like a production version Taigun with only slight changes from the concept. The official debut is expected later this year with a possible 2014 launch year.

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Monday, April 29, 2013

Video: 2013 Audi S3 Driving Scenes & Interior/Exterior

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Video: 2013 Audi R18 e-Tron Quattro testing for Le mans

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Audi was testing the long-tail version R18 e-Tron reaching speeds up to and around 330 km/h (205 mph). This is the same model they will use this June at 24 hours of Le Mans.

Audi version of VW e-Up! coming in 2015?

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Audi is reportedly working on a small luxurious electric vehicle based on Volkswagen's e-Up! Rumored to be due in 2015, it will feature a distinct Audi interior/exterior styling and travel 200km (125 miles) before recharging which is 50km (32 miles) better than the e-Up!

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Friday, April 26, 2013

Video: 2014 Audi R8 - Iron Man Approved

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VW Building 10-speed DSG & High-Performance TDI

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Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn revealed that a 10-speed DSG and Super TDI are coming. He stated that while both are being developed, there is no release date yet. The 10-speed DSG is being developed to meet strict lower CO2 emission by 2020. The new performance TDI will have around 135hp per liter, which could mean a 2.0L TDI producing 270bhp. It will feature variable valve-train assembly, high-pressure injection system, and an electric turbocharger.

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2013 Porsche Cayman tuned by TechArt

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TechArt has released their latest kit for the new redesigned Cayman. The exterior package includes a new front spoiler, rear diffuser, rear spoiler, and modified side air intake louvers. The interior has colored accents and mating stitching. Also, the accent color is continued with the brake calipers and wheel stripes. Performance upgrades are 21-inch forged wheels, sport springs, and sport exhaust system.

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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Audi TT Ultra Quattro Concept

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Wörthersee is fast approaching and one of the treats from Audi will be is this Ultra Quattro TT concept. With a lot of carbon fiber and aluminum, this TT weighs a total of 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, (this is only 0.1 seconds slower than TT RS Plus). The exterior showcases the carbon fiber along with modified bumpers, side skirts, and spoiler. Interior has more carbon fiber, race seats, roll cage, and all digital camera mirrors.

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Video: 2014 Audi S3 Sedan Promo

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VW Mk7 Golf R-Line Released

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Volkswagen has released the R-Line for the new Golf. Available to order, the kit includes new front bumper, rear diffuser, cloth sports seats with interior accents, sports suspension, and 17 or 18 inch wheels. Prices vary depending on options with the ranging from €430 ($560 US) to €2,115 ($2,760 US).

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Video: 2014 Porsche 918 Spyder in Monaco

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Porsche's new Hybrid Supercar, the 918 Spyder was spotted in Monaco recently. Gaining more attention than likely anticipated, the 918 was hard pressed to find open road that didn't have a camera in the way. Luckily, here is some of that footage. The German 4.6L V8 producing 875hp sounds amazing as it should, but one of the best parts is when it switches to electric and continues to part the crowd. Enjoy!

Video: VW CrossBlue Coupé Concept Overview

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While the debate and rumors continue on exterior styling for the next Golf R, we now have a better idea what it will sound like. It has been said that VW engineers have been working on the exhaust note to make the 2.0T sound more aggressive. This video captures the Mk7 Golf R testing on the Nürburgring. What do you think of the sound?

Video: 2014 Volkswagen Golf GTI - Technology

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Also enjoy some static shots below.

Video: Porsche 911 RSR - Testing

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

2014 Porsche Macan Latest Renderings

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The 2014 Macan will be important for Porsche and the sportiest SUV to date. Styling is guarded with high clearance, but famed AutoBild artist 'Larson" brings the latest rendering. Appearing very similar to the Cayenne, this proposed Macan shows the sloped rear (C pillar/glass) and front that stay true to spy photos and the sketch from Porsche. Until its Autumn 2013 debut, this is the best interpretation.

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Video: 2013 Volkswagen Golf GTI Mk7 Review

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Porsche announced a new addition recently with its first global endorser. In effort to attract more female buyers, they named tennis superstar Maria Sharapova to be the face of its company for the next three years. Porsche CEO Matthias Mueller was quoted saying "Maria is the perfect choice." "Her profile and charisma are an ideal fit for Porsche."

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Volkswagen - Adding more emotion to the brand?

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Volkswagen's Head of Development Dr Ulrich Hackenberg wants to boost VW's brand image. While commuter vehicles sell in great numbers and serve a useful purpose across the board, he believes enthusiasts are what make VW great.
He has been pushing for more 'fun' and 'emotion' driven models for the last five years, with a roadster at the top of that list. First shown in 2009, the BlueSport roadster concept was a mid-engine soft top similar to a small scale Boxster. Dr Hackenberg is still fighting for this to become a reality and has not given up hope. He recently said “It would be great for a brand like Volkswagen, because what VW needs is some emotion.” He does acknowledge there is little business justification, but believes the buyers of vehicles like the roadster are what make VW so great. He also said "Our customers want to be proud of the brand and see that the brand makes fantastic things."
Sounds like Volkswagen is finally starting to hear the cries from every loyal and enthusiast owner. Fingers crossed that the Dr can make it happen, and soon!...... While we're on the subject, can you please bring the Corrado back, a proper Scirocco R (with AWD), and (rumored) Golf RS just to name a few.

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Video: 2013 VW GTI Promo & Driving Footage

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Monday, April 22, 2013

2015 VW Tiguan Intel

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The next generation Tiguan is rumored to be coming as both a 3-door and 5-door model. The coupe version will target the Range Rover Evoque and be very sporty in both styling and performance.
Engine options are still unconfirmed, but a hybrid is rumored along with both petrol and diesel engines.
The 5-door Tiguan is expected to hit the market in late 2014, with the 3-door coupe version following late 2015. These renderings provide a good idea of what is expected.

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Video: 2013 Volkswagen Golf GTI Review

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Saturday, April 20, 2013

Audi Q8 Latest Intel

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News about a new and bigger SUV from Audi broke about a year ago when they trademarked the name 'Q8'. Recently, Audi's head of R&D Wolfgang Durheimer revealed that work on the Q8 is still underway but heading towards a more luxurious SUV than previously thought. Think of the new Q8 as the A8. It will showcase all of Audi's top technology and flagship for the Q series.
Styling is planned for a longer and flatter than usual SUV with a coupe-like exterior. It will compete with the likes of the new Range Rover, BMW X6, Bentley, and soon to be Lamborghini's SUV.
It's rumored to hit the market from mid 2016 to 2017.

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Video: The new Panamera - a Porsche for everyday

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Check in with Volkswagen Motorsport and Highlights from the 4th round of the 2013 World Rally Championship. With about one third of the season underway, VW is leading the series in a commanding way.

VW CrossBlue Coupé Concept in the flesh from Shanghai

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