Hello everyone, it is your favorite day of the week, TopSpeed Podcast day!
Join us for today’s show where we have lots of crazy cars to talk about from topless and one-off Ferraris to a 567 horsepower Jag and Audi’s newest superwagon. We have lots Subaru and Toyota news involving the future of the GT86 twins, and we will probably spend some time arguing about a few other things.
To start the show, you get to hear Justin’s impressions of the new Mitsubishi Outlander Sport in Weekly Wheels, and I plan on discussing the strange experience that was driving the Mercedes Sprinter van in Gumball. We don’t have a Mark this week, he is off with Hyundai checking out some new cars for you fine people to read about later.
Of course we have a few viewer questions to answer, and we are also going to be Own, Drive, Burn. Tune in to catch all the crazy action, and as always we have an audio version up on the site and on iTunes for those of you who prefer to do without video. Although this week’s video is pretty entertaining to see.
Thanks for watching!
TopSpeed Podcast Episode 017 LIVE originally appeared on topspeed.com on Thursday, 26 June 2014 15:30 EST.
Audi is pioneering a new method of vehicle repair and service with the ART Robot, a human-sized device that allows local Audi technicians to directly communicate with Audi of America engineers located back at HQ – in real time, just as if the two were standing side by side.
The new robot, whose full name is Audi Robotic Telepresence, is capable of moving around a vehicle and inspecting items with a borescope and hand-held camera system. A video monitor allows both people to see each other and the issues related to the vehicle repair.
The ART Robot is designed to give local technicians technical support with difficult repairs or unusual problems that may occur. Audi is initially rolling out 100 of the ART Robots at dealerships across the U.S. in hopes of streamlining the repair process and cutting service times for intricate repairs.
Click past the jump to read more about the Audi Robotic Telepresence.
Audi Announces ART Robot to Help With Car Repairs and Service originally appeared on topspeed.com on Wednesday, 18 June 2014 17:00 EST.
Hold your horses: It’s just a sketch but this rendered RS3 Cabrio may get 400hp if it reaches production!
The new Audi RS3 will be aimed squarely at its two other key German rivals; the BMW M135i and Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG. Building on the success of the Audi S3, the yet-to-be-developed RS3 will get an uprated suspension system, more power and a lower kerb weight. Rumour has it that the RS3 will use the…
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Audi is preparing to make a big step into the electrification of the drivetrain, with the unveiling of a very cool A3 e-tron plug-in hybrid at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. The model can be driven in in three different modes: combustion engine, electric drive or in hybrid mode.
The new A3 e-tron combines a 1.4 TFSI engine with an output of 150 horsepower, with an electric motor that generates a total of 75 kW (100 horsepower). With a total output of 204 horsepower and a peak torque of 258 pound-feet, the A3 e-tron will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 7.6 seconds and will be capable to hit a top speed of 137 mph.
In electric mode the A3 e-tron has a driving range of 50 kilometers (31 miles) and can hit a top speed of 80 mph. In plug-in version it delivers a fuel economy of 156.81 US mpg and emits only 35 grams of C)2 per km (56.33 grams per mile). The hybrid drivetrain is combined with a six-speed e-S tronic, which transfers the power to the front wheels.
More details will likely be revealed at the Geneva Auto show, and we’ll update you as soon as Audi releases these details.
Audi A3 e-tron originally appeared on topspeed.com on Thursday, 21 February 2013 09:00 EST.
Even though this Audi R8 V10 is currently up for sale for, it’s certainly worthy enough to be given a mention.
The car rolls on P47SC wheels courtesy of HRE measuring 20-inch front and rear. This clean, five-spoke design is not too dramatic and over-the-top to detract from the clean lines of the car, nor to subtle to not overshadow the stock wheels.
For any Audi R8-owning readers out there, these wheels are currently up for sale for just $5,500 having travelled less than 1,000 miles as this R8 V10 is about to be put up for sale.
For more details contact Wheels Boutique!
TTS Performance is currently in the development stages of creating a unique twin-supercharger kit for the Audi R8 V10 which reportedly will lift power to over 700hp and 700Nm of torque when completed.
With the exception of the Koenigsegg Agera and its predecessors, very few production cars utilise twin-supercharged kits and even fewer high-end tuning companies opt for such a set-up as twin-turbos are significantly more popular in the supercar tuning scene.
Although details of TTS Performance’s supercharger kit are scarce, the company did release a video on Facebook courtesy of MRC Tuning who are co-developing the engine. It looks at the new set-up through detailed 3D drawings of the kit and confirms that it’ll utilise two Rotrex C38-61 superchargers.
Additionally, the video gives us or first look into a dyno run of the car, suggesting that the kit is in its final stages of development meaning a public release is imminent!
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VF Engineering is really into breaking the mold when it comes to developing programs for some of the world’s finest supercars. The American aftermarket company definitely knows a power upgrade when they see one and their latest offering for the mighty German beast, the Audi R8 V10, is no different.
With some help from fellow Audi aftermarket wizard Stassis Engineering, VF Engineering took the R8 V10’s massive 5.2-liter engine and made serious work out of it, highlighted by the addition of a bolt on roots style supercharger system and an Eaton/Magnuson TVS2300 four-lobe roots blower with an air/water aftercooling system that boosts up the R8 V10’s output from the standard 520 horsepower and 390 pounds-per-feet of torque figures all the way up to 720 horsepower and 590 pounds-per-feet of torque. That impressive bump in output is particularly jacked up because of the resulting lag-free instant punch of 5psi from as little as 2,000rpm, with the boost gradually climbing all the way up to 6.5psi at redline.
And should the R8 V10 be using a 91 or 93 octane, the stock engine programming is then recalibrated by VF courtesy of an OBD2 port electronic flash.
For all of the program’s downright awesomeness, there is one bit of bad news out there for anybody interested in getting this package. It’s not compliant with the California Air Resourse Board and cannot be used on public roads in California.
Audi R8 V10 Stassis by VF Engineering originally appeared on topspeed.com on Thursday, 20 December 2012 20:00 EST.
In the latest episode of “The Downshift” the crew over MotorTrend took a trip to Quattro GmbH, the birthplace of the the RS3, RS4, RS5, RS6 and R8. Since 1983, Audi’s go-fast factory has been taking Audi sedans to the extreme and in 2006 it unveiled the R8, which has quickly become one of the worlds most sought after supercars.
The factory was founded in October 1983 and it is located on a 3,500-square-meter site in Neckarsulm, near Stuttgart, Germany. The factory specializes in producing high-performance Audi cars and components, and its name pays homage to Audi’s original four-wheel-drive, rally-inspired road car: the Audi Quattro.
Take a look at this video; you will be amazed by the dedication and heart these folks put into each and every Audi that passes through. Let us know what do you think!
Video: A Short Trip to the Audi R8 Factory originally appeared on topspeed.com on Saturday, 24 November 2012 06:00 EST.
At this point, all we can say is that Audi must enjoy messing with our heads. In the Spring, our spy photographers caught the R8 e-tron testing around the Nurburgring a number of times. Then, in June, the same car became the fastest electric vehicle around the Nurburgring.
Surely, this is a vehicle that is on its way to becoming a prized possession of many environmentally friendly people who still enjoy to cruise around at high speeds, right? Negative. Audi has decided that it will be putting this project on hold and could even be axing it in the future.
The decision to put the car on hold was made by Audi’s new R&D chief Wolfgang D rheimer who thinks that the high price of the batteries could still be a problem. He also fears that there aren’t enough customers interested in an electric car of this caliber.
This seems to be a reasonable explanation for putting a vehicle on the back-burner, but we’re still a little bummed that we will not be seeing the R8 e-tron in all of its glory. Then again, we can take comfort in the fact that the Audi F12 E Performance Prototype is still out there, chugging along with the R8 e-tron’s technology, so not all is lost.
The 2012 Geneva Motor Show gave way to the new generation Audi A3, and Audi is following up that release with the debut of the five-door Sportback version at the 2012 Paris Auto Show. The new model will go on sale in February 2013, with prices in Germany starting from 22,500, or $29,144 at the current rates.
When compared to the standard three-door version, the new Sportback is 73 mm longer and has a 35 mm longer wheelbase. It is also 58 mm longer compared to the outgoing A3 Sportback. This allows the new Sportback an additional 380 liters of boot space, or about 15 liters more than the three-door model.
At its launch, the Audi A3 Sportback will be offered with a choice of one TDI and two TFSI engines, with two diesel engines and one gasoline unit arriving at a later date. All engines will be offered with a standard 6-speed manual gearbox, as well as an optional S tronic transmission.
Hit the jump to read more about the 2013 Audi A3 Sportback.
Audi A3 Sportback originally appeared on topspeed.com on Thursday, 20 September 2012 15:00 EST.
The Audi R8 has been in existence for quite some time at this time, since ’06 to be far more precise, however , despite the fact that the very first street release is almost 7 years old, the manufacturer managed to maintain R8 fresh simply by improving it again with almost any passing twelve months. Now the most up-to-date, Audi R8 2013 may be officially made available and by the particular looks of the usb ports, it can bring a serious directory changes if compared to the ongoing type.First of all the latest R8 comes with a A number of.2 actu V8 engine developing 430 horsepower that may go from 8 to 62 mph with 4.A few seconds.On the other hand a brand new R8 V10 Furthermore model shall be available in the future featuring a 4.2 actu V10 engine inside of the hood that is certainly able to produce 550 power and 398 lb-ft associated with torque. That may be an increase for 25 horse power and Eight lb-ft of torque when compared to the typical V10. Furthermore all the V10 Plus are going to share various carbon fiber components with the R8 GT.Nevertheless, most likely the biggest alteration of all is comprised in the new seven-speed S Tronic gear box that seems to push all of the V10 from 6 to 62 mph in a mere 3.7 seconds, even when delivering a number one speed connected with 197 mph. This unique gearbox can make use of multi-plate clutches resting behind one other, a feature which has never ended up seen around the R8. The new gear box is able to improve gears nearly without any blackout and that will don’t merely make details smoother, nevertheless it will also strengthen overall performance.Your chassis has additionally tampered utilizing and borrows more engineering usually observed in racing motors including twice wishbones to all 5 wheels and also specially updated springs not to mention shock absorbers for the R8 V10 Plus.In relation to aesthetics the popular R8 stays in keeping with its forerunners but is able to brings a new elements in to the table, like redrawn LED car headlights and taillights, a good reshaped entry grille and even bumper, whereas at the back we’re able to see a completely new set of circular tailpipes and a much bigger diffuser.In the interior the new model really is as generous as ever and comes with diamond-stitched Nappa leather, quilted furniture on the chairs and house trim along with a wide range of choices options that are included in piano dark colored finishes, carbon fibre elements and a lot of different shades. A Bang& Olufsen subwoofer comes as basic and the option list may include things like high-beam aide, cell phone planning, parking technique with slowing down camera, seatbelt microphone in addition to voice control buttons.The Audi R8 is anticipated to hit the European market right at the end of this yr with the basic price of EUR 113,Five hundred for the V8 Coupe, EUR 154,600 for the V10 Coupe together with EUR 124,800 Versus EUR 165,700 for the V8 and also V10 Spyder respectively. Vital competitors remain the same as in advance of so we’re looking at the Aston Martin V12 Vantage (or V8 Outlook depending on the vehicle in the Audi), all of the Ferrari 458 England or the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 only to name a few.
Rushing A single, German motor sports service agency as well as event coordinator through Rhineland, helps a good Audi R8 V10 attaining a total around 610 horse power by way of very discreet changes in components as well as methodical correction on the motor
maps.The particular going equipment provides you with two-way MDS dampers by Bilstein Motorsport. As opposed, you’ll find foot brake parts by simply Performance Chaffing Braking system constantly in place, while the in-house braking mechanism cooling could be termed as funding from the sporting outlet. A titanium, naturally flip-controlled wear out program created by Akrapovic takes on a position involving communication together with the outside world.