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    Rumors, Renders & Spy Photos

    Rumors Audi product, spied test mules, and prototypes.

    1. Audi RS 4 Bumper Mystery Continues But Potential British Customers May Now Rejoice



      We've just received some new spy photos of the Audi RS 4 still doing some testing in southern Europe. Bodywork of the car remains still remains unclear though shots like the one above to reveal a few key points. In particular, the front quarter panel in this shot from above seems to confirm a box flare style of widened fender consistent with the ...
    2. Audi A3 Mule Spied Practically Undisguised in Spain



      As the new MQB-based Audi A3 moves toward its Geneva Motor Show debut, miles are still be ing logged on A3 test mules. This particular one, practically undisguised with the exception of some masking around the lighting elements, was caught driving down public roads in Spain. Thanks Kiky for the eagle eye, snapping a quick photo and sharing it with us. Expect full coverage of the Geneva Auto Show debut of the new A3 in early March. ...
    3. Intel Report: Color & Trim for U.S. allroad Including Monochromatic Cladding



      Following our report this week from the Audi Exchange about North American launch details surrounding the new Audi allroad, we were flooded with questions about the mention of monochromatic trim. Apparently there are also rumors out there that matte paint would clad the monochromatic cars. With a lack of clarity and a surplus of rumors, we decided to chase down an answer from Audi of America directly for a final word. ...
    4. Is This JonSibal Render the Face of the New RS 4? Evidence Suggests It Just May Be.



      Just after we'd announced the winner this of our RS 4 Render Contest , well-known render artist Jon Sibal stepped up with a very interesting shot... similar to his version 2 above and the only artist to add in the box-style flares of the RS 5. Alas, Jon was too late to get in on the competition for the prize, but we think everyone would agree his work is top notch and win-worthy. Then Jon sent us a curve ball, a different ...
    5. Lamborghini SUV In the Works to Share MLB Architecture with Next Audi Q7 & Porsche Cayenne



      Remember the Lamborghini Estoque concept (teased above)? This edgy sedan was an experiment by Lamborghini, but one Sant Agata just as quickly dismissed when the market hit a recession back in 2008. That concept was based on Audi's then upcoming MLB architecture and experimented with ...
    6. First Editorial Notes from MQB Technical Presentation this Week in Wolfsburg



      As mentioned yesterday, Fourtitude contributing editor (and VWvortex Editor-in-Chief) Jamie Vondruska attended Volkswagen's MQB Introduction presentation this week in Wolfsburg. Though presented in a Volkswagen context, this presentation is very pertinent to future transverse Audis such as the upcoming next generations of Audi A3, TT, A1, Q3 and who knows what else. Jamie has filed some initial notes from the event and will be filing ...
    7. Volkswagen Group Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB) Architecture Revealed This Week



      As most Audi fans are aware, a new generation of A3 will debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March. Those in the know also probably know that the A3 and other Audi models with transverse engines like the TT and eventually the A1 will move to a new modular transverse matrix dubbed MQB.

      If MQB sounds similar to Audi's already employed MLB (modular longitudinal matrix) that underpins or will underpin nearly every ...
    8. Details on New MQB Audi A3 Bound for Geneva Motor Show Debut



      Earlier today we posted a story about leaked Audi Geneva Motor Show plans though that story had the RS 4 in the headline. Another notable model from the leaked document that confirmed this news (seen below) also confirms information about the expected launch of the new A3 (seen in spy photos above).

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    9. Audi RS 4 Photoshop Makes Us Want to Give Out a Prize: B8 RS 4 Photoshop Contest!



      With news breaking just today about the RS 4's confirmation for Geneva, it's not a surprise that there's renewed interest in developing renders of the new car. The profile shots in our previous story are great and all, but they were done about two years ago and well ahead of the facelifted A4's arrival. We've just found this fantastic render over on AutoEvolution (news story and ...
    10. Audi RS 4 Confirmed for Geneva + New A3, A1 quattro and A6 allroad Says Leaked Document



      We've just run across an apparent leaked document that outlines Audi's plans for the Geneva Motor Show. Written in French but also appearing in Audi's official font, the document appears to be authentic and perhaps part of an internal briefing on the Geneva show. The document confirms the A3, A6 allroad ...
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