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ABT elite conveyance – RS6-R with 730 hp and 920 Nm

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[Words:  ABT Sportsline | Photos:  ABT Sportsline]

When you read 730 hp/537 kW, you may first think of an Italian super-sports-car or a big truck but not of a roadworthy family or business estate. But ABT Sportsline is still able to surprise its target group and at the Geneva Motor Show 2014 will present its latest Audi RS6 model, the 320 kph ABT RS6-R. “Mind you, the R stands for racy, not for rough or rude,” says CEO Hans-Jürgen Abt: “As with the normal Audi RS6, ours also provides the utmost comfort, sumptuousness and usefulness, limited to 25 cars worldwide.“

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A word from … Rahel Frey

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Next weekend you’ll be celebrating your personal premiere at Bathurst with the Audi customer team Phoenix Racing. What are your expectations of this debut?
I’ve never been to Australia before and don’t know the country or the race track at Bathurst. That’ll be tremendously exciting and an absolutely new challenge I’m very much looking forward to. But it won’t be a walk in the park. The competition is fierce and there are a lot of local heroes who know the track like the back of their hand. That means we’ve got to get used to the track on location as quickly as possible. 

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Sébastien Loeb opts for Audi R8 LMS ultra

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Audi Sport customer racing has gained a prominent new customer. In the third year of its career in GT sport, the race team of nine-time World Rally Champion Sébastien Loeb relies on the Audi R8 LMS ultra for the first time. With his privateer team ‘Sébastien Loeb Racing’ (SLR) the Frenchman finished the French GT Championship and the FIA GT Series as the overall runner-up last year. For 2014, Loeb has again planned an extensive GT program and is taking two cars for it.

Thrilling world finale of the Audi quattro Cup

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  • Amateur golfers from 52 nations selected their winners in Los Angeles
  • 965 tournaments pave way to showdown on Pacific coast
  • Winners of the world finale from South Africa and Guatemala

The 23rd edition of the Audi quattro Cup for amateur golfers ended in thrilling tournament days on the Pacific coast on the outskirts of Los Angeles. The teams from South Africa and Guatemala prevailed as the best competitors. The participants from all over the world had previously played for the opportunity to enter the world finale in 965 qualification tournaments.

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Frankfurt IAA 2013: Day 2

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[Words: Mike Juergens / Photos: Gunter Stachon / Roger Mecking]

The dust has settled after a very busy first day of IAA Frankfurt 2013. Audi was very busy with the day-1 unveilings and now that we’ve moved onto day-2 the show floor is filled with the entire Audi line up. Including many models that have had the Audi Exclusive checkboxes selected and their amazing custom interior and exterior colors are on display. While, those of us in North America can only dream of owning an Audi Exclusive RS 6 our European colleagues were able to spend some time up close and person with the latest Audi lineup. 

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WEC Spa: Audi presents long-tail R18

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  • First fielding of three Audi R18 e-tron quattro cars
  • Premiere of a new aerodynamic variant
  • Last race preparation for the Le Mans 24 Hours
Audi is pursuing ambitious aims at round 2 of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) on May 4 at Spa. The version of the Audi R18 e-tron quattro that was victorious at the season opener is to extend Championship leader Audi’s points advantage. At the same time, a new long-tail variant of the hybrid sports car will be tested in Belgium. Audi Sport Team Joest thus wants to optimally prepare for the Le Mans 24 Hours, the pinnacle of the season for the sports prototypes held on June 22 and 23.

The A3/S3 Sedan Live from Shanghai Motor Show

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We were at the preview just before the NYIAS. Here is the official unveiling. 

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WeatherTech Racing Audi R8 GRAND-AM Poised for Strong 24

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Coming off a promising Roar Before the 24 Test early in the month the No. 24 WeatherTech Audi R8 GRAND-AM team is poised for a strong 51st running of the GRAND-AM Rolex 24 Hour at Daytona, Jan. 26-27.  

Audi factory drivers, Edoardo Mortara (Italy), Filipe Alburquerque (Portugal), Oliver Jarvis (England) and American Dion von Moltke (Coral Gables, Flor.) are ready to make a run for the coveted Rolex Daytona watches awarded to the winners of the race.

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The new Audi S3

  • New 2.0 TFSI with turbocharging and gasoline direct injection
  • Ample power and minimal consumption: 221 kW (300 hp) and 380 Nm (280.27 lb-ft) torque, but just 6.9 liters per 100 km (34.09 US mpg)
  • From zero to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 5.1 seconds
221 kW (300 hp) of power and 380 Nm (280.27 lb-ft) of torque – the third-generation Audi S3 raises the bar once again. Scheduled to launch in early 2013, the lightweight premium compact model combines its dynamic performance with groundbreaking efficiency and comes packed with all the high-tech Audi has to offer in every field of technology.

New Audi plant in Mexico: San José Chiapa the chosen location

 
  • Audi Board of Management and VW Group Management decide on location
  • CEO Rupert Stadler: “Important for the American market and for our global growth”
  • Construction work to start in mid-2013 – start of production 2016
 More than a dozen locations were looked at, compared and evaluated. Now the decision has been made: Audi will build its new plant on the American continent in San José Chiapa, in the State of Puebla, Central Mexico. This was decided today by the Audi Board of Management and the Group Management of Volkswagen. The new plant marks a major milestone in the growth required in Audi’s Strategy 2020.