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New level of freedom: the Audi R8 Spyder V10 plus

Convertible top model with 449 kW (610 hp); 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 3.3 seconds
Performance mode, R8 bucket seats, ceramic brake system and carbon components included as standard equipment
Exclusive design package with special exterior color
The Audi R8 Spyder V10 plus (combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 12.5 l/100 km [18.8 US mpg]; combined CO2emissions in g/km: 292 [469.9 g/mi]) from the workshop of Audi Sport GmbH is the fastest series-production convertible model from the brand with the four rings. Its unmistakable 610 hp V10 mid-engine offers intense driving performance and powers the quattro permanent all-wheel drive. The standard performance program, R8 bucket seats and many components made from carbon fiber-reinforced polymer distinguish this high-performance sports car, with its exclusive micrommata green paint finish giving it an even more cutting-edge look.

“The Audi R8 Spyder V10 plus completes the R8 model line,” said Stephan Winkelmann, Managing Director of Audi Sport GmbH. “The Spyder is now also available as a 610 hp top version in addition to the Coupé. It benefits from our many years of experience in motorsport and combines breathtaking dynamics with the emotion of an open-top sports car.”

The most powerful series-production engine from Audi: V10 mid-engine with 449 kW (610 hp)
Incredibly high revving up to 8,700 rpm, lightning-quick responsiveness and an awe-inspiring, voluminous sound – the V10 mid-engine is an object of fascination. With 449 kW (610 hp) and maximum torque of 560 Newton meters at 6,500 revolutions per minute, it is the most powerful series-production engine from the brand with the four rings. Compared with the Audi R8 Spyder V10 (combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 11.7 [20.1 mpg] combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 277 [445.8 g/mi]), the naturally aspirated 5.2 FSI engine, with a high 12.7:1 compression ratio in the plus version, features a 52 kW (70 hp) boost in performance.

As a result, the top model sprints to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 3.3 seconds – 0.3 seconds faster – and achieves a top speed of 328 km/h (203.8 mph), an increase of 10 km/h (6.2 mph). Each hp only has to move 2.78 kilograms (6.1 lb).

In the NEDC, the R8 Spyder V10 plus consumes 12.5 liters per 100 kilometers (18.8 US mpg), which corresponds to CO2emissions of 292 grams per kilometer (469.9 g/mi). Its efficiency technologies include the cylinder on demand (COD) system, which deactivates one cylinder bank at low to medium loads, as well as dual injection in the intake manifold and combustion chambers. If the driver lets off the accelerator at a speed of over 55 km/h (34.2 mph), the engine disconnects from the drive – and the new R8 Spyder coasts at idle with minimal fuel consumption. When the car comes to a stop, a start-stop system deactivates the V10 engine.

The oil supply is designed according to the dry sump principle, like that of a racing car. This enables the engine to be positioned extremely low, giving the car an extremely low center of gravity – a requirement for the sporty and agile driving behavior.

Stability and dynamics: the quattro drive
Behind the V10 there is a seven-speed S tronic with lightning-fast action. The sporty dual-clutch transmission, with its short transmission ratio, sends power to the quattro drive system in the front axle via a cardan shaft. Its key component is an electro-hydraulically activated multi-plate clutch. It is water-cooled for maximum performance. Depending on the driving situation, distribution of the drive torque by the clutch is completely variable, and in extreme cases sends up to 100 percent to one axle. A mechanical rear differential lock provides confident traction and maximum dynamics.

A question of character: Audi drive select
Management of the clutch is integrated in the Audi drive select dynamic driving system, which gives the driver a choice between the comfort, auto, dynamic and individual modes. The standard performance mode includes the programs dry, wet and snow. They adapt the characteristics of the drive system and suspension to the friction coefficient of the road.

Audi incorporates additional systems along with the quattro drive system – the accelerator pedal, the seven-speed S tronic, the steering, the flaps of the exhaust system and the optional Audi magnetic ride adaptive damper control, which uses a synthetic oil with small magnetic particles to vary damping in auto, comfort and dynamic modes. In dynamic mode, the system allows a more spontaneous steering response and more agile handling. The wheels are precisely braced during cornering and body roll is largely suppressed. During braking, Audi magnetic ride counteracts the tendency of the body to dip. The performance programs from Audi drive select also make use of Electronic Stabilization Control (ESC) for the best possible lap times.

The racing car as a role model: the suspension
All four wheels of the Audi R8 Spyder V10 plus (combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 12.5 l/100 km [18.8 US mpg]; combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 292 [469.9 g/mi]) are guided through aluminum double wishbone suspensions – this solution also demonstrates the model line’s closeness to motorsport. The setup is firm and the electromechanical power steering offers the ideal specific combination of precision, handling and confident high-speed behavior for a sports car. Dynamic steering with variable steering ratio is available as an option. This boosts the car’s responsiveness at all speeds, providing high-performance cornering characteristics and quick steering behavior. It countersteers with tiny impulses at the cornering limit to further improve stability.

Audi mounts a mix of tires – 245/35 on the front, 295/35 on the back – on the standard 19-inch forged aluminum wheels in five twin-spoke design. On the optional 20-inch wheels, 245/30 and 305/30 tires are used. The large brake discs – 380 millimeter (15.0 in) diameter in front, 356 millimeters (14.0 in) in back – are manufactured from extremely durable, temperature-resistant and lightweight carbon fiber ceramic composite. The anthracite gray fixed calipers feature six pistons on the front axle and four in the rear.

Laser light and carbon components: the design
The R8 Spyder V10 plus has an angular and athletic stance on the road. It is 4.43 meters (14.5 ft) long and 1.94 meters (6.4 ft) wide, but just 1.24 meters (4.6 ft) tall. The most distinctive element on the front is the wide and flat Singleframe grille with its gloss honeycomb mesh, chrome-plated frame and the Audi Sport emblem. Below it stretches a low-lying carbon spoiler, which directs air around the large wheels. Optional Audi laser light in the LED headlights provides farsighted vision at night. These feature distinctive illuminated, anodized blue dividers as well as the dynamic turn signals.

A continuous shoulder line spanning the flanks emphasizes the taught line of the body. The sideblades, sill trim, lid on the convertible top compartment and the fixed rear spoilers are constructed from carbon fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP). They are distinguishing features of the open-top model. If desired, Audi can paint the sills and rear spoiler in the color of the car at no extra charge. In the rear, large, glossy black trapezoidal exhaust tailpipes flank the opening of the wide diffuser, another component made from CFRP. Its suction literally holds the Audi R8 Spyder V10 plus on the road – with about 100 kilograms (220.5 lb) of downforce being placed on the rear axle at top speeds.

Classic concept: the soft top
Typically Audi: the exterior skin of the cloth top is fabric, the substructure is primarily made from lightweight materials like magnesium and aluminum. Consequently, the cloth top weighs just 44 kilograms (97.0 lb) and contributes significantly to the low weight and low center of gravity of the R8 Spyder V10 plus. Two fins running to the rear tighten the top. An electrohydraulic drive takes 20 seconds to open or close the top, even while driving at speeds up to 50 km/h (31.1 mph). Folded in a Z-shape, it is housed in a flat storage compartment over the engine.

The rear window is sunk into the bulkhead and can be retracted and extended electrically. With all of the windows closed and the optional wind deflector installed, the wind passes gently over the driver and passenger. Two steel sections pretensioned by springs in the convertible top module serve as roll-over protection.

Lightweight body: the Audi Space Frame
The multimaterial Audi Space Frame forms the strong backbone of the R8 Spyder V10 plus (combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 12.5 l/100 km [18.8 US mpg]; combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 292 [469.9 g/mi]). It combines aluminum components with components made of structurally integrated carbon fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP). This is decisive for the low weight of the open-top high-performance sports car. Empty and without a driver, it weighs only 1,695 kilograms (3,736.8 lb); dry weight is just 1,587 kilograms (3,498.7 lb) – another 25 kilograms (55.1 lb) less than the Audi R8 Spyder V10 (combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 11.7 [20.1 mpg]; combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 277 [445.8 g/mi]). The lower weight is achieved, for one, with the R8 bucket seats, as well as with the carbon-ceramic brake system and the light-alloy forged wheels.

The aluminum parts make up 79.6 percent of the weight and constitute a supporting structure that the engineers used especially to strengthen the sills, A-pillars and front windshield frame of the car in comparison with the R8 Coupé (combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 12.3 – 11.4* [19.1 – 20.6 US mpg]; combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 287 – 272* [461.9 – 437.7 g/mi]. The outer skin is likewise made primarily of aluminum. The center tunnel, rear panel and B-pillars are made from extremely tough and torsion-resistant CFRP. In addition to the selection of materials, innovative manufacturing methods have also reduced the weight of many components. The Audi Space Frame weighs just 208 kilograms (458.6 lb), while its torsion-resistance has increased more than 50 percent compared to the first R8 generation. This rigidity is the decisive parameter for driving precision, crash safety and acoustic comfort.

As you wish: customization
With the Audi exclusive program, the possibilities are almost limitless for customers to personalize their R8 Spyder V10 plus. In addition to the 11 regular paint finishes, the program also includes freely selectable colors and matt-effect paint finishes. The convertible top is available in three colors, and the side blades can be selected in five colors. Like the door sill trim, the side blades can also be personalized with insignia as well as designed in colors according to customer tastes. In addition, parts in carbon or titanium black are available for many areas of the exterior and interior. Numerous upholstery types, inlays, and colors add to the wide range of options.

Aggressive look: the Audi exclusive micrommata green design package
The optional micrommata green design package lends the convertible high-performance sports car the ultimate edge. Its body is painted in a distinctive green. The anthracite gray Singleframe grille and black tailpipe covers create a sharp contrast. Audi exclusive furnishes the interior completely in black, in fine Nappa leather, which is perforated on control elements. Green contrast stitching accents the seats, center armrests, doors and floor mats with luminous color that matches the exterior.

Driver-focused: cockpit and controls
R8 bucket seats come standard in the top convertible model. They are light, highly contoured, mounted low and bear the R8 embossing. They are upholstered in fine Nappa leather with special pigmenting that stops them from heating up in the sun’s rays. Decorative inlays are made from carbon; the pedals and footrest are in glossy stainless steel. The defining element is the “monoposto”, a large arc running around the cockpit. The dashboard appears to float weightlessly. Its lower section contains buttons and controls for the air conditioning, shaped like turbines.

As in a racing car, drivers can operate all important functions without having to take their hands off the steering wheel. The standard R8 performance leather steering wheel features integrated multifunction buttons as well as two large control satellites. The driver uses these to start and stop the engine and control Audi drive select. Two more buttons including a rotary wheel are used to control the performance mode and the exhaust flaps.

The large 12.3-inch, fully digital Audi virtual cockpit presents all information using rich 3D graphics – if desired, in a special performance view that puts the focus on the rev counter. It also serves as a gear shift indicator – when the seven-speed S tronic is being operated in manual mode, its scale has a color background at higher engine speeds. Next to it are indicators showing output, torque, g-forces, lap times and the temperatures of the tires, engine and transmission oil.

High bandwidth: infotainment and Audi connect
The standard equipment package for the R8 Spyder V10 plus (combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 12.5 l/100 km [18.8 US mpg]; combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 292 [469.9 g/mi]) includes a superb infotainment system – the MMI navigation plus with MMI touch. It features impressive and intuitive control logic with flat hierarchies. Added to this is a free text search that delivers suggested hits after only a few letters are typed in. The natural-language voice control function also recognizes many terms from everyday speech. Standard seatbelt microphones provide for optimal audio quality, even when the top is down. In addition, the MMI navigation plus has an integrated Wi-Fi hotspot for the mobile devices of passengers.

The optional Audi connect module enables fast internet access via LTE. Its offerings include numerous services ranging from navigation with Google Earth and Google Street View to travel and traffic information as well as point-of-interest searches. In addition, the Audi smartphone interface also displays selected content from iOS and Android smartphones in the Audi virtual cockpit. The optional Audi phone box connects mobile phones to the on-board aerial and charges them inductively in line with the Qi standard. The Bang & Olufsen sound system provides an excellent audio experience – even while driving with the top down. It integrates two head restraint loudspeakers in each seat.

Handcrafted manufacture: the “Audi Böllinger Höfe” production facility
The quality of the R8 Spyder V10 plus (combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 12.5 l/100 km [18.8 US mpg]; combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 292 [469.9 g/mi]) fulfills the most stringent standards. The body and final assembly are completed in the “Audi Böllinger Höfe” production facility operated by Audi Sport near Neckarsulm. The processes are organized to be highly flexible so that individual customer requests can be fulfilled. About 500 highly qualified employees construct the cars by hand with meticulous care. Before they are delivered, each high-performance sports car is put through a stringent test procedure until their final test drive on public roads.

Orders are now being accepted for the Audi R8 Spyder V10 plus, and the first cars will be delivered in late summer 2017. The base price in Germany is 207,500 euros.

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Audi Summit” in Barcelona in July: brand exhibition of the Four Rings

Major Audi brand event shows the way to becoming a digital car company
World premiere of the new Audi A8 flagship
Barcelona is an ideal venue as a smart city with a high quality of life
Audi has issued invitations to its own brand exhibition to take place on July 11, 2017. On a total area of more than 10,000 square meters, the first Audi Summit will showcase pioneering solutions for the urban mobility of tomorrow – from premium mobility services to piloted driving and parking. 2,000 guests from all over the world will also experience the premiere of the brand’s new flagship, the Audi A8.

The Audi Summit is the company’s new exclusive brand platform. In the urban hotspot of Barcelona, the Catalonian capital, multipliers from the fields of media, finance, commerce and industry associations will experience new services for digitally connected and sustainable mobility in the smart city of the future. The premium brand’s exhibition has two components: a one-hour product presentation with 70 automobiles and a brand experience world at the trade-fair center on the Mediterranean coast. As well as the premiere of the new Audi A8, the company will also present its Audi AI technology promise: The car of the future will make its occupants’ life easier with the help of artificial intelligence.

The exhibition starts on July 11 with a brand show involving 50-meter-wide LED. The star of the day is the new luxury sedan, the Audi A8. In the adjacent part of the trade-fair hall, visitors will then be immersed in the atmosphere of a pulsating metropolis, where they will experience concepts, exhibits and talks on the subjects of mobility, artificial intelligence and the smart factory of the future.

The premium brand will show how it plans to develop its Vorsprung far beyond the products themselves. On the way to becoming the premium digital car company, Audi is increasingly applying digital technologies to develop sustainable solutions for urban mobility. Examples can be seen in various areas of its business operations – from production and logistics to sales and marketing. How will car production work without assembly lines? How can a car be digitally configured and tried out virtually? And how is Audi intensifying its social engagement by applying new technologies for environmental protection and sustainability? The Audi Summit in Barcelona will make tangible the comprehensive transformation of the brand with the Four Rings.

Audi specifically selected Barcelona as the venue for its brand exhibition. The Spanish metropolis with a population of five million stands for a special quality of urban life. Pioneering smart-city concepts involve various modes of transportation – buses, trains, taxis and cars – and enhance the city’s attractiveness.

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New Audi A8 will make its debut in ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’

A taste of the luxurious sedan in the new Marvel blockbuster
Official launch of the Audi A8 on July 11th at the Audi Summit in Barcelona, Spain
Before the official world premiere, the new Audi A8* appears on the silver screen. The flagship of the premium brand makes a guest appearances in the Marvel blockbuster ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming,’ in theaters worldwide in July . Therefore, movie fans will be the first to catch a glance at the luxurious sedan at the film premiere which takes place in Los Angeles on June 28.

In the Marvel blockbuster, Tom Holland plays ‘Peter Parker’ who’s chauffeured around by ‘Happy Hogan’ (Jon Favreau) in the new Audi A8 L. The movie scene allows a first impression of the front and side design of the new sedan. Besides that, moviegoers also get a demo of new innovations such as highly automated driving in traffic jams: while driving ‘Happy’ takes his hands off the steering wheel and, like magic, it continues to turn all on its own. The Audi A8 takes over the task of driving when the Audi AI traffic jam pilot is turned on.

In addition to the Audi A8, two other Audi models make guest appearances in ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’: ‘Tony Stark’ stays classy with the Audi R8 V10 Spyder*, whereas ‘Peter Parker’ himself drives an Audi TTS Roadster*. The new Audi A8 will be officially presented to the public on July 11th at the Audi Summit (www.summit.audi) in Barcelona, Spain. ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ featuring the new Audi A8 will be in movie theaters around the world in July.

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A driverless car is officially coming to New York

The first driverless car demonstration in New York State is scheduled in a couple of weeks when an Audi autonomous vehicle wheels around the state Capitol, Gov. Cuomo announced Wednesday.

The governor, a car buff, is not expected to be inside the vehicle at the June 13 event.

“This technology has the potential to decrease accidents and save lives on our roadways, and with this approval, we are one step closer to a safer and stronger New York for all,” Cuomo said.

Audi’s car allows hands-free driving at highway speeds but allows drivers to take over if necessary.

The car company will have one engineer in the front seat and one in the back for the demonstration.

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Audi shows integrated Android operating system in Audi Q8 sport concept

New, open system architecture for in-car infotainment
Audi presents the Audi Q8 sport concept technology platform with a fully integrated HMI solution featuring Android at Google I/O developer conference
The bundled know-how of the community can speed up the development of future in-car apps
7,000 attendees on site, millions worldwide via the internet: Audi is taking part in the renowned Google I/O developer conference, where it is presenting its concept of a next generation infotainment system with fully integrated Android. This world premiere opens up new perspectives, which will allow the development of connectivity services to be greatly accelerated.

The three-day Google I/O, which begins May 17 at Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, California, is considered as the largest and most important developer conference in the software industry worldwide. One of the exhibits features Android as a seamlessly integrated solution for in-car infotainment applications, which is being developed by the Android Open Source Community and its millions of members.

The Audi Q8 sport concept technology platform, which Audi is presenting at Google I/O, already has Android on board. The new functions, including the streaming service Spotify, Google Play Music and Google Assistant all run on the large MMI touch display in the center of the dashboard. The information is also visible in the Audi virtual cockpit in the driver’s direct field of view. This marks the first time the new services have been fully integrated into Audi’s brand specific infotainment system. While the navigation map continues to use the Audi-typical HERE database, the driver can also choose to navigate with Google Maps. A message center for incoming messages and calls round out the new services in the show car.

The seamless integration of Android harbors tremendous potential. Android is the world’s most popular mobile platform with more than 1.4 billion active users worldwide. The open Android community’s immense breadth of expertise and creativity can speed up the development of new applications. New apps can quickly find their way into the cars as additional connected services, for example, if they fulfill the requirements of Google and Audi. The foundation for this is the Android platform. Other customer advantages alongside shorter update cycles include a significantly greater diversity of services as well as broad international availability.

When people are able to pursue any activity they want in the car of the future, the integrated Android system will enable them to use the entire world of Smartphone apps in the car.

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The New Audi R8 LMS GT4 Racecar Looks Awesome

Audi is set to debut the new R8 LMS GT4, and it should be spectacular on the track and amazing to look at. With almost 20 years of hard won knowledge from endurance racing, this car should be consolation to fans who miss the R18 at LeMans

1. The Big Debut
After an eight year run with the Audi R8 LMS GT3, and it is time to welcome the new Audi R8 LMS GT4 to the track. The R8 LMS GT4 made its official debut at the New York Auto Show in 2017. The R8 line has been extremely popular as a race car, with models tweaked to meet the rules of various racing organizations around the world.

2. The R8 LMS GT4
The Audi R8 LMS GT4 are designed as entry-level race cars more closely related to the street model than the GT3 version. Even though they are extremely capable of killing on the track, they share most of their components with the regular Audi R8s. The suspensions, body, and engine receive some modifications to prepare them for racing, but the foundation is the familiar Audi R8. They even roll down the factory assembly line.

3. The Heart of the R8 LMS GT4
Under the hood of the new Audi R8 LMS GT4 is a 5.2-liter V10 engine like that in the street car. The engine develops 495 horsepower, and instead of Quattro all-wheel drive found in most Audis, the GT4 sends the power strictly to the rear wheels with the help of the seven-speed dual clutch transmission. This is part of what they have to do to make it legal for the GT4 class, which does not allow AWD.

4. The Idea Behind the R8 LMS GT4
Audi's goal was to create a race car that is available for anybody willing to write a big check, however, they worked to be sure it was extremely safe. The new GT4 shares 60% of the stock R8 parts, which makes it not only safe, but more affordable. Owning this car will allow you to race an Audi with various Porsches, BMWs, Aston Martins, and other in the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge GT class, the Pirelli World Challenge GTS class, and eleven other GT4-spec sports car series at international sports car events.

5. Safety Features
To make this the perfect race car for the average customer, Audi made an impressive effort to equip the R8 GT4 with forward thinking track safety features. Unique to the race car is an adjustable seat and roof escape hatch, which assists in rescue in the case of an accident on the track. Of course there is an added steel roll-cage, which is never found in a street car. Another part of the complete safety package is reduced fire risk thanks to splash-free fueling, as well as a safety fuel cell.

6. Pricing and Drop Date
As far as we know, Audi is still testing the new R8 LMS GT4 on various tracks, so we are not quite sure when it will be available for customers, but at least we get to watch it race. As for pricing, it hasn't been officially announced as of yet, however, you can expect it to cost around $230,000 ready to race, which is half of what the more extreme Audi R8 LMS GT3 costs.

7. GT4's First Race
If you're like the rest of us, then you're anxious to see this mostly stock R8 LMS GT4 on the race track. Well, the GT4's racing debut is May 25th to May 28th at the 24 hours Nurburgring. Order up some bratwurst, pretzels, and beer, and stay up all night watching it online via Livestream, which already has the 9 hours of qualification runs.

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Top 7 Autocross Audis
An autocross is a fun, timed car competition, where cars race against the clock to complete an obstacles-filled course. Check out these Audi's destroying the autocross courses.

1. Audi R8
The Audi R8 is extremely popular amongst performance enthusiasts. The R8 is known for having tremendous acceleration and power, as well as exceptional handling. Autocross courses require good acceleration to go from one obstacle to the next, as well as great handling, which allows you to maneuver effectively, making the R8 a blast on the autocross track.

2. Audi A4
This Audi A4 was used on the Autocross track to test the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 tires. The autocross course took place in the NOLA Motorsports Park in New Orleans, and Michelin prepared various courses and obstacles to test the tires on. The A4's steering responded slightly better and quicker with the Michelin tires on than it did with the Bridgestone.

3. Audi TT
The Audi TT is known for its quick responses and small structure, making it a good contender for autocross courses. Same say the TT is slightly heavy for autocross, but unless you are trying to do it professionally, you should have a fantastic time on the autocross track with a TT.

4. Audi S4
The older Audi S4s are quite popular on the autocross courses. Numerous people praise these Audis, and even though they may not handle as well as some other competitors, like the Lancer Evo, their power to the ground and low-end torque makes them accelerate perfectly throughout the course.

5. Audi A3
The little Audi A3 is much more impressive on the autocross than it may seem like. Some people claim it slightly understeers, but this can be fixed by adding an independent rear suspension setup. This is lighter than many other Audis, which makes it extremely fun for autocross courses.

6. Audi 90 Quattro
The Audi 90 Quattro does well on the autocross track despite its heavy weight. However, if you're looking to break records, you may want to stay away from this one. This is a car that you can drive to the autocross course, and end up having a great day.

7. Audi S4
This Audi S4 experienced its first Autocross in this photo. The driver described the experienced, and he emphasized the different feel with the S4, because it's an AWD. The AWD allows the car to hold on to the ground extremely well, which makes the Audi a great candidate for autocross, despite its heavy structure.

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Two wins for Philip Ellis in the Audi Sport TT Cup

The Audi Sport TT Cup began the 2017 season with two closely fought races. Philip Ellis prevailed in both races at Hockenheim in front of Gosia Rdest, whilst two rookies drove to third place in each race.

“14 new participants, two established drivers and both our guest drivers delivered two spectacular races with some thrilling battles over positions,” said Chris Reinke, Head of Audi Sport customer racing. “The 2017 cohort have already given us some superb action today. This season is guaranteed to be an exciting one.” Even though Philip Ellis has brought with him much experience from last year, the Briton had to fight hard for his two victories. In the first race on Saturday, the 16-year-old Swiss rookie Yannik Brandt led from the start to the middle of the race, before he lost first place to Ellis. Gosia Rdest also overtook the newcomer. The Pole crossed the line 1.883 seconds behind Ellis and in front of Brandt.

In the second round on Sunday, Gosia Rdest made her mark right from the start. She passed the Dutch pole-sitter Milan Dontje at turn two and went on to lead the race for ten laps. As the tires of her Audi TT cup began to degrade, the pursuer Ellis took the lead with three laps to go after a rigorous maneuver and celebrated his second victory in two races with a three-second advantage. “That was a really tough battle,” said Ellis. “Without taking some risks I wouldn’t have been able to clinch my second win.” Nevertheless, Gosia Rdest has every reason to be proud of herself: she is the first female driver to finish in second place since the 2015 inception of the Audi one-make cup. The 24-year-old student, who received her trophy from the nine-time Le Mans winner Tom Kristensen, is second on the table behind Ellis after two out of 14 rounds.

Finlay Hutchison delivered a strong fight to take third place on Sunday: The 17-year-old started in twelfth, but, after some impressive and fair duels, he worked his way to third on the podium and was proud to receive his trophy from his Scottish compatriot Allan McNish.

Fabian Vettel was happy making his race debut in the Audi Sport TT Cup and collecting points in both races. The 18-year-old brother of Formula 1 World Champion Sebastian Vettel took eight points on Saturday and went even better on Sunday, starting from eleventh and finishing eighth. He is now eighth on the table after the first race weekend.

The three-time Le Mans winner Benoît Tréluyer came to Hockenheim as a guest starter, driving to fifth place on Saturday then improving to fourth on Sunday. Another guest starter was the journalist James Taylor. The Briton finished tenth on Saturday and crossed the line in fourteenth on Sunday – both times in front of a few permanent drivers.

In just three weeks’ time comes the next event on the calendar for the junior drivers: the Audi Sport TT Cup will next be presented in the supporting program of the Nürburgring 24 Hours, where Audi Sport customer racing will be fighting for its fourth overall victory in an Audi R8 LMS. In addition, Audi fans can look forward to a premiere: the new Audi R8 LMS GT4 will experience its baptism of fire.

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10 Facts about the Original A6 Allroads (1999-2005)

The A6 Allroad ceased its original production run over a decade ago, but there's still every reason to admire this Audi marvel.

1. The Allroad Quattro is Audi's take on a semi-offroad vehicle
As a brand, Audi are well-known for some of the best engineering available on the market. Beginning in 1999, Audi unveiled their Allroad Quattro A6, designed for versatile use on paved and unpaved surfaces alike. Unlike a full offroad vehicle, Audi's aim here was to create a vehicle that could handle harsh rural roads without straying too far from the street car formula. Although it was officially discontinued in 2005, the model is still held in very high regard by fans of Audi and the motorworks community at large.

2. The original Allroads are a rugged variant of Audi's A6 Avant model
The design of the Allroad is based on Audi's A6 executive car, so much so that it's best considered a version of that car. BBC's Top Gear lauded the Allroad Quattro for its unrivalled versatility as a vehicle. We'd have to agree on that note; for what more you pay over the regular A6 variant, you're getting one of the most universally useful cars out there. The original Allroad A6 is the sort of car you could send in to do a Range Rover's job. Although there's more debate as for the subsequent uses of the Allroad nameplate, the original 1999-2005 series really was that good.

3. The A6 Allroad features the distinctive quattro four-wheel drive.
The 4WD system is standard for Audi cars bearing the Quattro nameplate. Although 4WD isn't much needed in most street settings, it makes a ton of sense in the case of a potentially offroad model like this. However, Audi's four-wheel precedent meant that designing the Allroad A6 was even less of a leap than there might have been otherwise.

4. The models were notably outfitted with standard adjustable air suspension.
The A6 Allroad's adjustable air suspension is a crucial aspect of the model's versatility. With the ability to raise the suspension 8 inches from the ground, the Allroad is able to clear more rugged terrain. However, unlike purely offroad vehicles, at the touch of a button, the suspension can be lowered back; this returns the distinctive sporting vibe of the standard A6 to the handling.

5. The Allroad Quattro has an unpainted bumper
The Allroad A6 has a distinctive appearance, not least of all due to the fact that the bumper is left unpainted. This is done so that the natural dings and scratches of offroad driving won't cause such a cosmetic hassle. If a vehicle's designed to be the slightest bit offroad, it should assume some rough play. It's a relatively minor detail on the part of Audi's design, but it goes to show the thought they put into adapting their existing design.

6. The interior loses nothing in luxury
While the Allroad Quattro's exterior is considerably more rugged than its standard A6 counterpart, it's worthy to note that the Allroad's design sacrifices none of the interior space and comfort that Audi designs have come to be associated with.

7. It's the only car-based SUV to date to have completed the Land Rover challenge
Even to this date, Audi's A6 Allroad is the only car-based SUV to have successfully passed the Land Rover test course. Jaguar's Land Rover brand is known as an intensely rugged, all-terrain brand, and the fact that a street car could even hope to rival it at its own game speaks to the A6 Allroad 's ingenuity of design.

8. Audi ceased production of the A6 Allroad in 2005
In July 2005, Audi unfortunately halted production on the A6 Allroads. The model would continue to be sold at dealerships throughout the course of the following year in Europe, although no such deal was struck for the North American market.

9. The original Allroad generation is referred to as the "Ur-Allroad"
Times have changed, but love for the A6 Allroad hasn't gone away. With a different sort of Allroad model to Audi's name, admirers of the original have taken to calling the 1999-2005 incarnation the "Ur-Allroad". This is inspired by the German prefix Ur, which means "old", or in this case, "original."

10. Many Audi fans still feel the original Allroads haven't been topped
The new Audi Allroad doesn't have a lot in common with the original A6 Allroad we've been discussing here. In fact, for their second bat at the Allroad nameplate, Audi instead chose to refurbish the A4 wagon model. Many Audi fans to this day have felt mixed about this marketing decision. Not to bash the A4 wagon or anything, but it's not the Allroad we came to know and love.

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