Along Came a Spyder : Audi R8 GT Spyder [Release}

New convertible version of most extreme R8 to date offers wind-in-hair access to 560PS and 197mph (316km/h)

- Limited edition ultra-high performance R8 spawns new soft-top Spyder variant
- 333 examples to be produced worldwide, 66 in UK specification
- 85kg lighter than already light R8 V10 Spyder - additional carbonfibre reinforced polymer (CFRP) body parts
- V10 FSI with 560PS, 0-100km/h in 3.8 seconds, 197mph (>315km/h) top speed

The extreme Audi R8 GT quite literally gets its second wind this week as a new open-air Spyder version of the even more focused 560PS super car makes its debut. Distilling the celebrated R8 V10 formula into an even more concentrated form, the more intensively weight optimized GT soft-top will deliver its breathtaking pace and handling poise to just 66 customers in the UK, and a total of 333 worldwide.

They will have the opportunity to formally register their interest in right-hand-drive versions of the new 197mph drop-head via Audi Centres or the web site from today. Ordering will begin later this summer ahead of first customer deliveries in early 2012.

Watch Audi's promotional video-clip of the GT Spyder in action HERE

TT RS range available with S tronic in Singapore

The Audi TT RS, the top-of-the-range TT model, is now also available with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. This enables the purist driving machine, which was developed by quattro GmbH, to make lightning-fast gear changes and a level of efficiency that is pioneering in its class. The TT RS Coupé for example, consumes an average of 8.5L/100 km and emits just 197 g/km of CO2.

As an addition to the six-speed manual transmission version, Audi has introduced the acclaimed S tronic seven-speed dual-clutch transmission to the local TT RS line-up.

Audi A3 Notchback Concept with 400PS [2011 Geneva Motor Show]

A new take on the Audi A3 is hatched this week at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, where for the first time in its history the ultra-successful premium compact car not only adopts a striking ‘notchback’ saloon body shell, but also uniquely combines it with a power output of over 400PS for epic performance. Known simply as the A3 concept, the fastest ever factory-produced A3 is the latest in a long line of one-off Audi design studies, and is characteristically laden with technological advances in everything from construction to infotainment.

Apart from the tautly contoured new body shell, the most immediately obvious highlight of the A3 concept is its five-cylinder Turbo FSI petrol engine, whose 408PS output outnumbers its closest series production relative, the potent RS 3 Sportback, by 68PS. Peak torque of 500Nm is also 50Nm up, and is available over a broad rev range between 1,600 and 5,300 rpm, making an explosive 4.1-second 0-62mph time a reality. Top speed is electronically limited to 155mph.

The Bare Facts : Audi R8 Spyder 5.2 FSI [review]

Motor Prime drives the Audi R8 Spyder 5.2 FSI

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As driving purists, we tend to look down on open-top sports cars (versus fixed roof variants) as they seem to be the “softer” of the two when compared to the coupe from which these rag-top variants are typically derived.

So when we got the chance to drive the R8 Spyder it was grudgingly at first but the car quickly began to impress. Of course, we've heard the loudest criticisms about the test car's custom Ipanema Brown shade (matched to a Cognac brown cabin), but these elements, together with the special alloy rim finish, are intended to showcase the possibilities available to an owner who intends to fully individualise his car.

The other thing was, the more we drove it around, the more it grew on us. Like it or not, it grabs a lot of eye-balls and that's kind of the point of such a car (not to mention the balls needed to spec the car in this colour)... the added bonus is, it actually drives very nicely too!

Audi's Stocking-Fillers

Car enthusiasts wishing they could scythe through the snow this Christmas like Stig Blomqvist in an Audi quattro may appreciate having their dreams fuelled by this beautifully detailed 1:43 scale model of the Eighties original in its road-going form. This ideal last minute stocking filler will set you back a mere £26.99 – an impressive saving on a pristine example of the life-size equivalent.

The life-size Ur quattro with its turbocharged five-cylinder, 200PS engine and uncannily capable four-wheel-drive system made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show in 1980, and quickly became an icon.

Thirty years later, quattro all-wheel drive features on virtually every model in the Audi range, including the stunning new quattro Concept, a 186mph lightweight design study crafted from carbon fibre and aluminium that reinterprets the original quattro formula for the 21st Century.

Audi TT GT4 for Club Sport Racing

On the occasion of the DTM race in Shanghai, Audi presented the concept of a GT4 car based on the Audi TT. The TT, developed by the Technical Development and the Production divisions plus quattro GmbH, is intended to extend Audi’s new modular customer sport program from 2012 forward.

With the production-based TT GT4, Audi wants to offer potential customers a base option for affordable motorsport. The vehicle’s platform is a motorsport body with a roll-over cage, a safety-optimized fuel tank box and further modifications which will be identical for all future customer sport versions.

Chilli Padi : Audi RS 3

Blazing performance, compact size. Audi has added a new model to its dynamic RS series: the RS 3 Sportback. In the great tradition of the brand, its engine boasts five cylinders and turbocharging technology. From a displacement of 2.5L comes 250kW (340 hp) of power and 450Nm of torque, with an average fuel consumption of just 9.1L/100km.

Power is transmitted to the road via a seven-speed S tronic and quattro permanent all-wheel drive. 19-inch wheels and fenders made of carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) underscore the Audi RS 3 Sportback’s position of distinction.

Red Mist : Audi RS 5 [Driven]

Motor Prime puts the RS 5 through its paces... along the way, we hook up with its grand-daddy, the Ur-quattro!

Read Motor Prime's driving impressions of the Ur-quattro HERE
Read about our first drive experience in the RS 5 at the Ascari Race Circuit HERE
Read the original RS 5 Press Release

Invariably, the BMW M3 (Competition Package) is the car to beat in the sports coupe segment, so it's probably with some relief that avid Audi-philes can finally welcome their challenger to the crown, the RS 5.

Unveiled with some fanfare mid-2010 at the Sepang F1 Circuit prior to its official appearance in Singapore, the RS 5 was part of a stable of Audi sportscars that the brand had available for customers and the media to sample in its natural element - the race track.

In our opinion, the Bimmer (especially with the Competition Package tha Munich Automobiles sells) is an unbridled dynamo when driven hard, but Audi pulls no punches with its Audi Sportscar Experience (normally held at the Sepang F1 Circuit in Malaysia) which gives potential buyers a chance to exploit these machines on the track.

7-Speed S tronic for the TT RS

The Audi TT RS, the top-of-the-range TT model, can now also be ordered with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, or S Tronic in Audi-speak.

Singapore fans can expect the S Tronic variants of the TT RS before the first half of 2011.

Read Motor Prime's driving impressions of the TT RS Coupe (manual) HERE
Driving Impressions of the TT RS Convertible (manual)
Read the original details at the launch of the TT RS

This enables the purist driving machine, which was developed by quattro GmbH, to make quite an impression with lightning-fast gear changes and a level of efficiency that is pioneering in its class. The TT RS Coupé consumes an average of 8.5L/100 km and emits just 197 g/km of CO2.

Alongside the version with six-speed manual transmission, Audi is now making the TT RS available with an S tronic seven-speed dual-clutch transmission which perfectly unites dynamism, comfort and efficiency.

Audi quattro concept at the 2010 Paris Motor Show

(Photos Audi Press & the Intrepid Mr. Fox at the 2010 Mondial de l'Automobile)

The 1980 Geneva Motor Show saw the debut of an automobile, whose name went on to become more than just a symbol for a long line of success by the manufacturer. The quattro from Audi is also the gold standard for the combination of winning motor sport qualities with the utmost in everyday practicality.

In celebration of the 30th anniversary of the debut of the quattro, Audi presents the Audi quattro concept at the 2010 Paris Motor Show: thoroughbred driving machine with 408bhp, five-cylinder turbocharged engine, a lightweight body and – of course – the latest generation of quattro permanent all-wheel drive.

(Read Motor Prime's revisit of the original Ur-quattro in Singapore HERE)

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