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503 hp Audi A1 clubsport quattro revealed

31 May

By Matt McCarron

It’s often said big things come in small packages, and in this case it’s very true. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Wörtherseetour, an annual even that attracts Audi, Seat, Skoda and Volkswagen enthusiasts Audi has created a no-holds-barred version of their A1.

Audi A1 clubsport quattro: Courtesy Audi USA

The one-off Audi A1 clubsport quattro is sure to be the envy of Audi drivers everywhere.

The 503 hp and 486.79 lb-ft of torque emanating from under the hood come courtesy of a highly-modified version of Audi’s 2.5-liter 5-cylinder engine, with turbocharging and direct injection. All of this horsepower and torque is made more evident because of the car’s reduced weight. Weighing only 3,064 lbs, the A1 clubsport quattro can accelerate from 0-60 mph in 3.7 seconds, from 0-125 mph in 10.9 seconds, and 50-75 mph in fourth gear in only 2.4 seconds.

All of this horsepower and torque is transferred to the wheels via a six-speed manual transmission and quattro permanent all-wheel drive. Speaking of wheels and tires the special A1 rolls down the road on 255/30 low profile tires with 19-inch alloy wheels, and comes to a stop via six-piston calipers and perforated carbon fiber-ceramic discs on the front, and steel discs on the rear.

In order to save weight many luxury items have been removed including the rear seats, infotainment system, MMI monitor and loudspeaker, making the vehicle more suitable for the racetrack. To round out the weight savings the A1 clubsport quattro has lightweight bucket seats taken from the Audi R8 GT and feature a chassis made of carbon fiber-reinforced polymer.

Interior: Audi A1 clubsport quattro: Courtesy Audi USA

The interior and exterior of the A1 clubsport quattro have also been tweaked. The exterior is finished in matte white with many accents to separate it from everything else on the road. Included in these accents are a high-gloss roof arch with carbon fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP) roof underneath. The aerodynamics are highlighted by large, split air intakes with carbon struts, integrated into a modified front skirt. The front fenders, doors and rear side panels have been widened by a total of 60 millimeters and air outlets are integrated into the rear ends of the fenders.

The interior is also race-inspired with exposed, matt-finished CFRP throughout. Additional instruments let the driver keep track of the oil pressure, boost pressure and electrical system voltage and red loops have replaced the handles on the doors, the glove box and the covers of the storage compartments.

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Audi A8 L Security: Everyday citizens need not apply

15 Feb

By Matt McCarron

Bulletproof glass, fire extinguishing system, fresh-air system and wheels with steel with synthetic run-flat rings. If this sounds like something you need then you’re in luck. Audi announced it will be producing a high-security version of the their largest and most specious sedan, the A8 L. The A8 L Security is the epitome of over-the-top protection for those individuals who need added piece-of-mind when traveling from place to place.

The A8 L Security’s list of defensive technology as long as the Great Wall of China and includes all aspects and sections of the vehicle, from the suspension, body structure, drivetrain and interior.

The A8 L Security is powered by a W12. The 6.3-liter, 12-cylinder pushes out 500 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque. In addition to the W12, Audi says it will unveil a second engine for the A8 L Security. Audi has stated this second engine will be very fuel efficient. Audi has estimated it will average between 21-23 mpg.

Audi A8 L Security: Courtesy Audi USA

The body structure and interior cabin is reinforced and armored to protect the occupants inside. The vehicle utilizes many high-tech and advanced materials including: hot-formed armored steel, aramide fabric, ceramics, special alloyed aluminum and multilayer glass. The joints and seams features overlapping armor to prevent any projectiles from entering the cabin. The interior also has added communication systems that would allow the passengers to stay in contact even in the event of a attack. The nerve center of all this communication is located in the “communication box,” which is heavily armored and is located in the luggage compartment.

Some of the most outrageous options on the A8 L Security is the fire extinguishing system, emergency fresh-air system and smoke extractor. The fire extinguishing system is operated by heat sensors or via a button. Upon activation, the fire extinguishing system sprays a fire retarding agent into wheel arches, underfloor of the passenger cabin, the area surrounding the gas tank and the engine compartment. The smoke extractor removes contaminated air from the cabin, while the emergency air-system allows the driver and passengers to breathe safely while exiting the danger zone.

The Audi A8 L Security is a true purpose-driven vehicle. If a head of state, Italian mob boss or controversial figure needs to get from point A to point B safely, not to mention in style, the A8 L Security will probably fit the bill. The A8 L Security will go on sale in late summer 2011.

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Audi wins three awards in as many days

12 Feb

By Matt McCarron

Audi has won many awards since the “four rings” was established in 1932. However this week Audi took home three more awards to add to its trophy case. On Feb. 10, Audi’s supercar, the R8 Spyder won the MotorWeek 2011 Drivers’ Choice Award for Best Dream Machine. The R8, which is powered by a 5.2-liter FSI V-10 engine, producing 525 horsepower at 8,000 rpm and 391-lb-ft of torque at 6,500 rpm.

Audi R8 Spyder 5.2 FSI V10: Courtesy of Audi USA

In addition to the R8’s Motorweek award for best dream machine, the Audi A7 Sportback won the “Auto Bild” Design Summit. The recent “four-rings” creation won in a unanimous decision, with all three judges deciding in favor of the five-door coupe. The A7 is unique in that it combines the agility of a sports coupe, versatility of a sedan and versatility of a station wagon. The A7 is powered by a 3.0-liter supercharged V6 engine, producing 310 horsepower from 5500-6500 rpm and 235 lb-ft of torque from 2900-4500 rpm.

The third and final award went to the Audi A6 allroad quattro. The current European-only variant of the Audi A6 Wagon won the OFF ROAD magazine best model in the “crossover” category. The allroad has added design features allowing it to adapt well to both on and off road conditions.

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