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    1. Audi_s5's Avatar
      Congrats George. Look forward to the column. I look forward to my Audi Driver magazine each month, as it is by far the best Audi publication!
    2. George@Fourtitude's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by brookside
      Congrats to you George....sounds like you're going to have to clone yourself to get to all the things on your plate.

      Wish it were that easy, but I've got some ideas.

      Thanks for the note.
    3. jebglx's Avatar
      very nice george!
    4. brookside's Avatar
      Congrats to you George....sounds like you're going to have to clone yourself to get to all the things on your plate.
    5. authurfang's Avatar
      the space in the car is very wide, i like it very much .the day i have lots of money , i will buy as4
    6. Ksears's Avatar
      Driver assistance.
    7. brookside's Avatar
      To me it isn't about whether the photo is "real" rather than is it accurate.......compare it to the black mule spy shots while winter testing and it matches up extremely well. So yeah, if it ain't real this is (probably) what the new A3 looks like.
      Although I agree with George- it does look soft and only quasi-convincing.

      Feels almost as if it was deliberately leaked and orchestrated to provoke internet buzz and controversy.
      Updated 02-16-2012 at 12:09 PM by brookside
    8. George@Fourtitude's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by Eurofan4eva
      Its a render, headlights are wrong...
      I'm beginning to think you might be rihgt. The whole shot is a bit soft and the wheels are early B8 A4.
    9. Eurofan4eva's Avatar
      Its a render, headlights are wrong...
    10. George@Fourtitude's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by dsseven
      Is the hatch heading state side or is it just going to be the sedan that's going to be offered?
      Sedan for sure. Sportback might happen and Cabriolet is being considered. 3-door hatch is unlikely.
    11. dsseven's Avatar
      Is the hatch heading state side or is it just going to be the sedan that's going to be offered?
    12. George@Fourtitude's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by tanel
      When are the RS6 or RS7 due?
      It may be a while. We've seen test mules but I'd be surprised if any of these cars turn up at a show before Geneva 2013... maybe Paris in September at the earliest...
    13. tanel's Avatar
      When are the RS6 or RS7 due?
    14. George@Fourtitude's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by tanel
      Holy crap, these pics were genuine

      Although I am happy about it, I am more interested in this point how these bumpers turned out to be sold totally underpriced and in Poland...

      I'd say congratulations now. As soon as the funds become available I'll build a sedan one though. I've never understood the Germans' and British' preference towards Avants... I wonder what the people have to transport all the time and why do they have to do it in the performance models, buy a diesel if you have a dog for christ sake

      But if any more info is disclosed about these polish bumpers, I'm more than curious.
      It's a really interesting mystery that's for sure.
    15. tanel's Avatar
      Holy crap, these pics were genuine

      Although I am happy about it, I am more interested in this point how these bumpers turned out to be sold totally underpriced and in Poland...

      I'd say congratulations now. As soon as the funds become available I'll build a sedan one though. I've never understood the Germans' and British' preference towards Avants... I wonder what the people have to transport all the time and why do they have to do it in the performance models, buy a diesel if you have a dog for christ sake

      But if any more info is disclosed about these polish bumpers, I'm more than curious.
    16. George@Fourtitude's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by tanel
      Tough call, definately.
      1. 5500zl is about 1300, which is a bit cheap for a set of RS bumpers which include the grills, wiring etc. (Never mind what the original bumpers of a still to be launched RS car should actually cost!) (-)

      2. The photos of RS4 sort of reveal the front bumper more like the one for sale in Poland than the one on RS5. (+)

      3. Can the bumpers originate from a pre-production car, that was supposed to be demolished, but someone from the factory stole the bumpers and is selling them for pennies ... in POLAND??!! Working for Audi, having access to RS development and looking forward to get fired: naaah, I don't think any such person exist. (-)

      4. At least from these pictures the bumpers look wider than regular A4 should have, and therefore fit with the wider fenders of and RS car. (+)

      5. PR-trick by Audi? Hopefully yes, likely not. Or maybe still to create fuss within the enthusiasts, because the ordinary people wouldn't care anyway... (?)

      Conclusion? Honestly, no idea. I personally hope that the bumpers for sale are authentic and it is the new design for RS cars. It makes the RS4 look more like the bear or sledgehammer, what the RS cars have been looking like from the beginning, rather than shark with an evil smile, what the TTRS' and RS5's front design looks like nowadays.
      Doesn't any Audi official comment on this, if asked about it?

      That's a pretty good summary. I doubt this is a leak by PR. Are they real? If the spy photos didn't show that odd masked area and smaller openings that match these shots I'd say they were fake. Spy photos (and we're about to show some more) suggest there could be some truth to this.
    17. fixwithahammer's Avatar
      Wooooo dtm Audi!
    18. tanel's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by George@Fourtitude
      More confusion. Jon Sibal has sent us a link he's just come across of these bumpers supposedly for sale. Even this is confusing because the facelift A4 is just barely on the market, leaving little time for an aftermarket company to actually have B8 facelift product available. Forget for a moment that we've never really seen a body kit manufacturer producing with all of the trim and part details as this (usually cut-to-fit mesh grilles and the like), even large dealership-pased companies like Abt Sportsline with all their vaunted factory connections have only thus far shown photoshops of B8 facelift product. How this Polish-based website would have B8 facelift bumpers produced to such a level of detail is beyond us. We suspect this is the source of the photos though as it clearly depicts them in higher-resolution than any other place we've seen thus far.

      http://allegro.pl/audi-rs-4-8k0-zder...100446153.html

      So what do you think? Fake? Real?
      Tough call, definately.
      1. 5500zl is about 1300, which is a bit cheap for a set of RS bumpers which include the grills, wiring etc. (Never mind what the original bumpers of a still to be launched RS car should actually cost!) (-)

      2. The photos of RS4 sort of reveal the front bumper more like the one for sale in Poland than the one on RS5. (+)

      3. Can the bumpers originate from a pre-production car, that was supposed to be demolished, but someone from the factory stole the bumpers and is selling them for pennies ... in POLAND??!! Working for Audi, having access to RS development and looking forward to get fired: naaah, I don't think any such person exist. (-)

      4. At least from these pictures the bumpers look wider than regular A4 should have, and therefore fit with the wider fenders of and RS car. (+)

      5. PR-trick by Audi? Hopefully yes, likely not. Or maybe still to create fuss within the enthusiasts, because the ordinary people wouldn't care anyway... (?)

      Conclusion? Honestly, no idea. I personally hope that the bumpers for sale are authentic and it is the new design for RS cars. It makes the RS4 look more like the bear or sledgehammer, what the RS cars have been looking like from the beginning, rather than shark with an evil smile, what the TTRS' and RS5's front design looks like nowadays.
      Doesn't any Audi official comment on this, if asked about it?
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    20. 4000sfan's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by George@Fourtitude
      Much as PQ components (from A3, Golf, etc.) effect the alloy TT. Parts are still shared so information about engines, drivetrain, infotainment, etc. directly apply.
      I read a part of the notes where it says the engine moves back a little bit in MQB - which is certainly a good thing for handling. I'm glad they said their is weight loss for the platform as a whole. Thats also bodes well for the TT. Any word on the new system Haldex was developing?
      As an aside - what are the odds that the MLB-evo Audi is able to nudge the engine back even just a little more...?? Or is strictly about using lighter materials (which is certainly good in and of itself)?
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