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The Audi TT RS Is The Perfect Entry Point To The 400HP Club, If You Can Afford It 14
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in audi, Audi TT-RS, Audi Videos, Film, video on 01 14th, 2018

Harnessing 400hp on the road requires some skill, but the 2018 Audi TT RS makes it seem easier than you might think.

The combination of the Quattro all-wheel drive with the seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission means that grip is always there and shifting a gear is just a pull of a paddle away.

Add to that the multi-awarded five-cylinder 2.5-liter turbo engine that makes 400hp and 354lb-ft and one of the most characterful soundtracks on the segment, and the TT RS suddenly becomes a more appealing package than what its style-heavy approach might suggest.

Straight-line performance is easily comparable with much more expensive metal, as the German coupe can hit 60mph from a standstill in just 3.6 seconds and it won’t stop accelerating until it hits 174mph if you tick the optional Dynamic Plus package.

Despite the impressive numbers, the TT RS remains a friendly car to drive fast, presenting easy-to-control understeer close to the limit. It might not be the most fascinating sports car out there, but it makes really fast progress with the least amount of effort from the driver.

As Carlos Lago from Edmunds explains, the TT RS is an impressive car, but at its price range, the competition is really stiff.


Is The Mercedes-AMG A45 A Match For Audi’s RS3 Sedan? 13
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in AMG, audi, audi rs3, Audi Videos, Drag-Racing, Film, mercedes, Mercedes A45 AMG, Mercedes AMG, Mercedes Videos, video on 01 13th, 2018

Two of the hottest compact cars on sale today, the Mercedes-AMG A45 and Audi RS3 Sedan, were taken to the track to settle their differences.

The setting is the Rock Raceway circuit in South Africa, with its 300m (984ft) long straight being more than enough to prove which of the two is faster.

Mercedes-AMG’s A45 hot hatch is slightly less powerful than its Audi rival. It has a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine that delivers 381PS (376hp) and 475Nm (350lb-ft) of torque, taking 4.2sec to sprint from rest to 100km/h (62mph), and toping out at 250km/h (155mph).

On the other hand, the Audi RS3 Sedan makes use of a 2.5-liter five-cylinder rated at 400PS (394hp) and 480Nm (354lb-ft) of torque. Naught to 100km/h (62mph) takes 4.1sec, and top speed is electronically limited to 250km/h (155mph).

There’s another aspect worth mentioning, and that’s the A45’s weight advantage, but is this enough to make up for the power deficit compared to the RS3? Just click on the video below and find out.


2019 Audi A7 Designers Believe Their Brainchild Is The Bomb 12
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in audi, Audi A7, Audi Videos, Film, video on 01 12th, 2018

We guess that all car designers are, understandably, proud of their work, no matter what the public thinks of it. However, the two people responsible for the looks of the all-new A7 Sportback feel they have created something truly special.

According to exterior designers Andreas Koglin and Sebastian Russo, some of the lines on the all-new A7, such as the low shoulder line or how it all comes together over the rear wheel arch, are new for Audi.

Moreover, they are especially happy with the horizontal light strip at the rear, which, Russo thinks, makes the A7 look like a UFO when viewed from behind, at a certain distance.

Another interesting design trait of the A7 is its fuel cap, which is actually cutting through one of the main design lines of the car, thus requiring some extra work from the engineering department due to its positioning.

From the get-go, Audi wanted to make sure that the new A7 Sportback would be more beautiful than its predecessor, as well as considerably sportier than the A8. Now, thanks to the sleek styling, not to mention the wide grille that’s also positioned lower than on the A8 for a more aggressive look, both goals appear to have been achieved.


David Vs. Goliath: Audi RS3 Sedan Dares To Take On The R8 V10 Spyder 10
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in audi, Audi R8, audi rs3, Audi Videos, Drag-Racing, Film, video on 01 10th, 2018

The Audi RS3 Sedan, no matter how competent it might be, couldn’t possibly stand a chance against a genuine supercar like the R8 V10 Spyder in a drag race, right?

On paper, the R8 has a huge advantage, thanks to its 5.2-liter naturally aspirated V10 that delivers 540hp and 398lb-ft (540Nm) of torque to the ground.

The official 0-60mph (96km/h) sprint time is just 3.5 seconds, which is very impressive for the open-top version of Audi’s supercar, and flat out it will eventually reach 198mph (319km/h).

The brand’s challenger to the likes of the Mercedes-AMG CLA45 and BMW M2, the RS3 Sedan, uses a 2.5-liter TFSI engine that makes 394hp and 354lb-ft (480Nm) of torque. That’s enough to propel it from zero to 60mph (96km/h) in 3.9sec and up to a top speed of 174mph (280km/h) with the optional Dynamic Plus package.

Of course, there’s also a huge price gap between the two, as the RS3 Sedan can be had from $54,900 in the US, the R8 Spyder comes at a cool $177,100.

Specs and price lists aside, the question is: does the RS3 have a fighting chance against the R8? Scroll down and watch the video to find out.


Old Audi S6 Challenges Lada Niva In A Tug Of War 8
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in audi, Audi S6, Audi Videos, Film, Lada, Lada Niva, Lada Videos, Offbeat News, video on 01 8th, 2018

In the snow, choosing between an old performance-oriented saloon and a high ground-clearance, off-roader should be pretty straight forward.

Then again, you need to factor in weight, tires and performance, and so the second-generation Audi S6 (C5) kind of has the Lada Niva out-gunned when it comes to power and torque.

Powering the S6 C5 is a 4.2-liter V8 engine, pushing down 340 PS (335 HP) and 420 Nm (310 lb-ft) of torque to all four wheels. With a kerb weight of just over 1,800 kg (roughly 4,000 lbs), it can also dig in pretty well during a tug of war.

Now, while this Niva seems to be packing a few after market modification, it would have to be something truly special in order to match the Audi in any way.

When stock, the Niva 4×4 only puts down a little over 80 HP, so right off the bat, it doesn’t look like much of a fair fight.


2018 Audi S3 Is Probably The Ideal All-Weather Hot Hatch 7
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in audi, audi s3, Audi Videos, Film, UK, video on 01 7th, 2018

If you like hot hatches but don’t want to look like a boy racer, Audi’s latest S3 might just be the car for you.

The latest version of the S3 is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 310hp. If you choose the five-door Sportback bodystyle, the only transmission option is the seven-speed dual-clutch DSG automatic transmission.

When equipped with the effortless and quick-changing DSG, and thanks to the Quattro all-wheel drive system, it is capable of a 0-62mph (100kmh) in just 4.6 seconds.

It might not be the sharpest tool to take around the bends, but the S3 has proven to be an excellent daily driver, especially when fitted with the adaptive dampers that give it that extra layer when it comes to ride quality.

Carwow reviews the 2018 Audi S3 to find out if the German hot hatch is still one of the best all-weather sleepers out there.


Watch A Mercedes E63 AMG Estate Race A Porsche 911 And Audi R8 6
Posted by Joel V. Patel in Audi R8, Audi Videos, Drag-Racing, Film, Mercedes E63 AMG, Mercedes Videos, Porsche Videos, Porsche-911, video on 01 6th, 2018

Last August, Doug DeMuro purchased a 2012 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG for $44,000. The YouTuber claimed that the 520-horsepower (525 PS) wagon would become his daily driver and promised to do all sorts of fun things with the machine.

Well, he’s taken a break from reviewing cars, like the Tesla Model 3, which he called the coolest vehicle of 2017, to take his E63 AMG wagon to a drag strip.

DeMuro’s wagon was joined by an Audi R8 and a Porsche 911 at Atco Dragway in Atco, N.J. to see if the E63 AMG could keep up with them. While it certainly isn’t a sports car like the other two, the E63 AMG can get to 62 mph in 4.4 seconds, so it had more than a fighting chance against them.

On the other hand, the wagon may have more power than the R8 and the 911, but it’s heavier and compared to the R8’s all-wheel-drive layout and the 911’s rear-engine setup, is down on traction, as well. So, it wasn’t really surprising when (spoiler alert) the Merc lost a quarter-mile drag race against the R8. The times were pretty close though, with the E63 AMG wagon setting a time of 13.293 at 109.12 mph. The R8 was a little quicker, with 13.120 110.23 mph respectively.

DeMuro claimed that the Mercedes was in Eco Mode and in its comfort settings. The second time around, he chose the proper go-fast settings and things turned out better.

We won’t get into too much details, as that’s what the video’s for, so if you want to find out whether a super-estate can outrun bona-fide sports cars in a drag race, just click the play button.


New Audi RS4 Avant Is All The Performance Car You’ll Ever Need 6
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in audi, Audi RS4, Audi Videos, Film, video on 01 6th, 2018

Audi’s RS5 has not been very well received by the press, which found it able, yet too anodyne for something wearing an RS badge, so what are the chances the RS4 Avant will fare any better?

Henry Catchpole’s perspective on the new RS4 Avant does it great justice, as the super-fast all-weather RS wagon was always considered as one of the best one-car-to-do-it-all performance models out there and the latest generation shows up improved on every area.

The new twin-turbo 2.9-liter V6 may offer the same 444hp (450PS) with its naturally aspirated predecessor, but it’s also lighter by 30kg (66lbs), and offers a massive improvement in torque, which sits at 443lb-ft (600Nm).

For the 0-62mph (0-100 km/h) sprint it needs just 4.1 seconds, while the traditional 250 km/h (155 mph) top speed limiter can be lifted up to 174mph (280km/h) if you tick the right box on the options list.

The Quattro all-wheel drive system has a rear-biased torque-split of 60/40 further helping the dynamics of the new generation RS4, while the longer wheelbase compared to the RS5 Coupe makes the whole car feel more entertaining and accomplished.

You can watch Carfection review the latest RS4 Avant on the beautiful roads of Spain in the video linked below.


1,350 HP Audi S2 Turbo Is Faster Than A Twin-Turbo Aventador 2
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in audi, Audi Videos, Classics, Drag-Racing, Film, tuning, video on 01 2nd, 2018

While one would expect an old Audi to go by unnoticed, this heavily-modded Audi S2 Coupe will certainly make heads turn.

For starters, you can tell it means business from the lowered ride height, the body kit, dual-tone exterior and, of course, the sound coming from its tuned R32 engine.

In a straight line, it’s capable of hitting 328 km/h (204 mph) from a standstill in just 14.8 seconds, and it will go from 200 km/h (124 mph) to 250 km/h (155 mph) in an incredible 1.6 seconds.

The problem is that it might struggle for grip before it gets up to speed. During this recent 1/2 mile (0.8 km) run, it managed to cover the distance in 15.1 seconds at 317 km/h (197 mph). However, it didn’t exactly get off to a good start.

Even so, it was quicker than this twin turbo Lamborghini Aventador packing 1,300 HP. For the sake of comparison, a stock supercar like a Ferrari 488 GTB, needs almost 18 seconds in order to do the half mile run.


Ford Focus RS vs Audi SQ7: Is There A Real-Life Lesson Somewhere In There? 2
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in audi, Audi SQ7, Audi Videos, Drag-Racing, Ford, Ford Focus RS, Ford Videos, Top Gear, video on 01 2nd, 2018

Suppose you’re driving your new Ford Focus RS when an Audi SQ7 pulls up next to you on the traffic lights. This is going to be interesting.

Sure the two cars are not by any measure comparable but still it’s interesting to see which one is the fastest. Will it be the big diesel-powered SUV or is the grade-A hot hatch too tough for the traffic light grand prix?

The Audi SQ7 is powered by a 4.0-liter V8 TDI engine that makes use of an electric-powered compressor in order to eliminate the traditional turbo lag. Despite the big footprint, the fastest of the Q7s is capable of a 0-62mph in 4.8 seconds which sounds competitive enough for the Focus RS.

The Ford Focus RS is powered by a smaller 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine that makes 345hp channeled also to all four wheels. Ford says it’ll do a 0-62mph sprint in 4.7 seconds, making things more intriguing.

Top Gear magazine brought the two together in their latest drag race video, so let’s see if the manual hot hatch will beat the big automatic diesel SUV. Ladies and gentlemen, place your bets.


All-New Audi A8 Is A Technological Tour de Force But Lacks The ‘Wow’ Factor 31
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in audi, Audi A8, Audi Videos, Film, reviews, video on 12 31st, 2017

While the 2018 Audi A8 might very well be the most technologically advanced car in its segment, this doesn’t necessarily make it the best.

According to Carbuyer’s review, the all-new A8 is a technological tour de force, and you certainly won’t be disappointed with its interior quality or overall comfort, both on the road as well as inside. However, while it does rival the S-Class when it comes to offering a remarkably smooth ride, you could argue that the Audi doesn’t actually look as distinctive as the Mercedes.

Surprisingly, this issue doesn’t go away once you’ve sat behind the wheel, and it’s because of all the tech – which, for example, can force you to take your eyes off the road since there’s no rotary dial anymore for the infotainment system.

The review adds that technology doesn’t equal luxury, and that while you can’t really fault the A8 for anything else, its clinical interior and unassuming exterior get in the way of it nailing the top spot in the executive saloon segment.


Porsche Macan Turbo Vs Audi SQ5 Rev Battle Is Tough To Call 31
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in audi, Audi SQ5, Audi Videos, Film, porsche, Porsche Macan, Porsche Videos, video on 12 31st, 2017

When it comes to straight line performance, the Porsche Macan Turbo definitely holds all the bragging rights in the face of its Audi SQ5 rival. But which one makes more of a racket?

Their engines aren’t all that different. Both of these fast compact premium SUVs have petrol-powered V6 units, although the 3.6-liter twin turbo one in the Macan is good for 400 PS (394 HP), whereas the SQ5’s 3.0-liter TFSI is rated at 354 PS (350 HP).

At idle, both cars produce a nice low rumble, though nothing spectacular – just enough to let you know you’re not listening to the base models.

Get more lively with the throttle and the Macan Turbo will growl a little more heavily than the SQ5, letting off a few crackles, but otherwise the soundtracks can be described as comparable.

They even sound alike on the move, although if this was a performance comparison, the Porsche would clearly ace it thanks to its faster acceleration and higher top speed.


Manhart Claims To Have Unlocked The Audi RS5’s Potential With Its RS500 28
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in audi, Audi RS5, Audi Videos, Film, Manhart, reviews, tuning, video on 12 28th, 2017

While the Audi RS5 is by no means slow, it’s obvious that more performance can be squeezed from its 2.9-liter bi-turbo V6.

One tuner who has done just that is Manhart, who upgraded the RS5 to the tune of 500 PS (493 HP) and 700 Nm (516 lb-ft) of torque, an increase of 50 PS (49 HP) and 100 Nm (74 lb-ft) compared to the stock car.

The tuner also offers gold accents for the exterior, 21″ matte black wheels, KW coilover suspension kit and a custom exhaust system with catless downpipes.

According to the following review, the Manhart RS500 sounds the way the RS5 should have sounded all along. It’s not particularly loud if you compare it to a supercar, but you definitely get that lower-end rumble that is missing in the stock vehicle.

Another plus is, of course, the increased oomph. Even though the improvement looks modest on paper, it seems like Manhart managed to unleash the RS5’s wild side. Which, given that Audi’s high-performance coupe has received lots of flak for being too anodyne, is definitely a good thing.


Is The New Audi RS5 Too Friendly For Its Own Good? 26
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in audi, Audi RS5, Audi Videos, Film, video on 12 26th, 2017

Since its launch, the latest Audi RS5 has been criticized about its lack of an engaging character, with reviewers saying that it feels more like a faster S5 than a proper RS model.

The thing is though that Audi RS models were never praised about their handling, leaving that bit to models like the BMW M3 and Mercedes-AMG C63. Instead, fast Audis focused more on making that supercar-like performance more accessible and easier to experience, of course with the kind help of the Quattro all-wheel drive system.

Even Audi calls the new RS5 “the gran turismo model in the RS lineup”, which is the biggest indicator of what to expect of the two-door sports coupe.

That’s doesn’t mean though that the Audi RS5 isn’t capable enough; quite the opposite. The Quattro all-wheel drive features a rear-biased torque split and also comes with a torque-vectoring sport differential for the rear axle. There’s also an optional RS Sport suspension with Dynamic Ride Control, ceramic brakes and a variable steering rack.

Henry Catchpole from Carfection reviews the Audi RS5 in the video linked below.


Giving A Foot Massage Is One Way To Promote The New Audi A8 24
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in audi, Audi A8, Audi Videos, new cars, video on 12 24th, 2017

Design features, high-tech equipment, and its marketed Level 3 autonomous driving system have all been left aside by Audi in their latest A8 commercial, which focuses on something a bit more enjoyable.

But what could be better than having your flagship saloon drive you around in autonomous mode as you enjoy the scenery behind the wheel? Why, of course, the A8’s  foot rubbing function if you hop back at the rear and which can be combined with other types of massage, including for your back, with three levels of intensity to choose from.

To put this feature to the ultimate test, Audi offered six random people the opportunity to get inside the new generation A8 and enjoy 10 minutes of massage, at the Munich airport, in Germany, comparing its rear seat to “a wellness area”.

“Whether ‘wave’, ‘stretch’, ‘relaxation’ or ‘vitalization’ – in every mode, the seat massages for ten minutes”, says Audi. “The comfort seat in the rear is especially cozy: it offers an additional comfy footrest that can both massage and warm up feet.”

There’s no happy-ending to this video, because that would be the unveiling the new S8 for most Audi enthusiasts out there. The performance version of Audi’s luxury limo should debut next year, likely powered by the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine of the Porsche Panamera, delivering around 680hp.