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B9 A4 and other Next generation Audi test mules spotted in California!


Last week we heard from an R8 enthusiast about an Audi convoy that he spotted. He was driving on the 210 East heading out of Los Angeles. When he spotted the new 2016 R8 followed by three other spiral wrapped Audis (A4 and A5s) driving with it. Unfortunately, he couldn’t capture any photos.

Thanks to the quick reaction of Purist member Dave Skulman who was out driving on Mulholland Highway. Today, we can finally bring you some photos of the camouflaged B9 A4 followed by the 2016 R8 and 2016 TT Roadster. The later two aren’t as important as they have both been publicly unveiled already.

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Audi R8 e-tron test mule spied near the Ring

These are the first pictures of the Audi e-tron chassis testing mules. We spied a test team with two 100% electric R8 e-tron models. In their support was a Quick Charger where they will charge the prototypes over night. You can see that they don’t have any exhausts. The rear window is covered in black and the front grill has already the e-tron logo. This full electric version will be launched later this year in a limited edition for more than 100.000 Euros. We told you our spy photographers have been busy! Enjoy the gallery!

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Breaking: 2013 Audi S3 spied testing at the Ring

Our spy photographers have been busy lately as quattro GmbH has been using the nice weather to take advantage of testing opportunities for many of their up coming cars. The latest example of this brings us the clearest shots yet of the upcoming new Audi S3. We caught him today in a white color, free of camouflage. Trademark of the new S3 will be the big exhausts pipes at the rear, two on each side. It will most likely be powered from a upgraded 2.0 turbocharged four cylinder with 280 horsepower. All S3 models will come with Quattro all-wheel drive, and the S tronic twin-clutch transmission is available now too. Enjoy the images!
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Video: Next generation Audi RS 6 Avant testing at the Ring

Yesterday, we posted spy photos of the all new upcoming uber beast, the Audi RS6 avant. This new super power is being developed by Audi’s sport division, quattro GmbH. Today, we bring you some sensational video to go along with the photos. The RS6 is being tossed around the Ring by Audi’s skilled test drivers. Turn up your sound and enjoy the roar of the twin turbo V8 4.0 TFSI engine as the test car flies by! (Video after jump)

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Spy Shots: 2013 Audi RS6 Avant caught testing at the Ring

The upcoming 2013 Audi RS6 is expected to have over 560HP derived from the new 4.0 TFSI twin turbo V8. The rumble of this engine was heard from over a half mile away, and as it got closer, our photographer knew it was something special. We also captured some video, so check back soon so you can hear it for yourself. For now, enjoy this gallery! Continue reading ‘Spy Shots: 2013 Audi RS6 Avant caught testing at the Ring’

Spy Photos: This is the new Audi R8

Our spy photographers have been very busy, and have caught for us some great photos of the new 2013 Audi R8 both in Coupe and Spyder variants which are due to be debuted at the Paris Auto Show later this year. This is technically a “Product Improvement” or “Facelift” of the current R8 and will include a multitude of advancements inside and out. We can’t say with 100% certainty that Audi doesn’t have more changes that they are hiding or keeping secret, but we certainly don’t expect the “Facelift” to be dramatic.

Externally we can see right away that there have been minor changes to the front bumper, grill and headlights, with similar changes made to the rear of the car. You can see the change from large oval exhaust outlets, to new large round exhaust tips similar to those on the R8 GT. In addition our sources tell us that Audi will be bumping up the power on both the 4.2 V8 FSI and the 5.2 V10 FSI engines. Interior will see more notable updates, including the latest and greatest MMI platform. Another visible change is the updated brake rotors which feature a new honeycomb notched outer design that is done to save weight and increase heat dissipation. We’ll keep you posted as we hear more. For now, enjoy the gallery!

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Breaking: New Audi Q5 facelift caught testing nearly undisguised

Audi must be very close to officially revealing the new facelifted Audi Q5 because our spy photographers caught this nearly undisguised example during winter testing. The new front valance was attempted to be disguised but it is fairly easy to imagine what it will look like without the silver and black vinyl.

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Gallery: Audi RS6 Avant caught testing in Sweden

We are excited to share this brand new, exclusive gallery with you showing off the new Audi RS6 “uber” Avant, which our spy photographers caught testing in Sweden. We don’t know the specifics about the engine just yet, but our sources tell us that it will be based on the 4.0 TFSI twin turbo powerplant that is powering the S6, S7 and S8. The very fact that Audi is testing this in plain sight without any camouflage tells us that details should be forthcoming very soon, perhaps at the Geneva Auto Show in March? 

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Audi RS 6 Test Mule Spied Cold Weather Testing

Gone is the massive 5.0 L V10 FSI biturbo engine, in it’s place the latest RS model is expected to show off the true potential of Audi’s latest 4.0 TFSI power house. We can expect the engine output to match if not out perform the outgoing C6s 571 bhp. Currently we haven’t heard any rumors about the RS 6 making it to North America. However, considering the downturn in the European economy and Audi’s push to sell more cars in North America we can only hope!

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Spy Photo: Audi RS5 spotted in the USA

Now we have known for some time that the 450hp Audi RS5 will be showing up here formally within the next year but we certainly haven’t seen any on US soil yet. Yesterday, an astute QuattroWorld forum member spotted this completely debadged RS5 on Interstate 65 north of Indianapolis sporting Florida dealer plates. We don’t know if this is just here for testing, or perhaps an early car for dealer training purposes. What we do know is that it is certainly a new, facelifted RS5, and the massive oval exhausts and extendable spoiler confirms it.

Photo: W.C. Fox via QW user No.Radar