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Octane remains one of our single most favorite print magazines going and stories like the one linked below and alluded to above remind us why. Just published online, Octane editors have provided some cool photos and a quick report form the Chatsworth Rally Show that was held June 5-6 in the UK.
Biggest draw for many though was the special display of Audi
Our buddies over at GermanCarBlog have translated and summarized the latest Audi intel to be published by German car magazine Auto Motor und Sport. A M und S is usually pretty accurate so we read it with interest. Here's a quick rundown.
- Arrives (Europe at least) in 2014
- Coupe and Roadster
- Positioned BELOW TT
- Engines Include 1.4 TFSI
The guys over at TheSmokingTire.com have released one of their latest episodes whereby they test the fuel efficiency of the A3 TDI. The guys surmise that the range of the A3 is just short of the distance to the Grand Canyon from Los Angeles and they aim to make the run without a refill. It's not an overly scientific experiment but it is entertaining.
When we posted a link to Allan McNish's video blog from Spa several weeks ago we were impressed by the behind the scenes view the Scot gave us even if it was out of focus, and even more impressed by how many of our readers thoroughly enjoyed the bit. So, when we ran into Allan at Le Mans we asked if he'd be continuing the video journal
Unless you live under a rock you already know about Audi snapping up a 1-2-3 win at Le Mans this past weekend. In an effort to celebrate the people at Audi have dreamed up the #Audi Truth in 24 Sweepstakes whereby you re-tweeting a message about the win may net you a seat at the Audi Sportscar Experience driving the R8 around the fabulous Infineon Raceway in Napa, California.
We missed this story on June 8 because we were immersed in 24 Hours of Le Mans race week but in our quick inventory of stories we may have overlooked we noticed an interesting group of spy photos published over at AutoExpress. The shots are identified by the magazine as an e-tron test mule and they're likely right as this R8-shaped prototype feautres camo over every space there would usually
We can't say it'd be our first choice when ordering an R8 but Java Green is definitely a cool color. We've just found photos of this car over on AudiBlog.nl. Check out more shots after the jump.
Just this week European media has begun to test drive the new Audi A1 and the first round of British reviews has begun to filter in. Given this first-gen car won't be sold Stateside we'll have to live vicariously through the Brits for now but we can do so with a plethora of reports. Check them out via the links below.
Full Story - AutoCar
Full Story - AutoExpress
Render artist extraordinaire TheophilusChin has published a new A2 render that appears to consist primarily of Audi design components overtop the Volkswagen SpaceUp! concept car. Audi has already alluded to the fact that the car will eventually be based on the same platform as the VW concept so the choice is not a reach though it should be mentioned that not even a drawing of the upcoming A2 has been released
UK automotive weekly AutoCar Magazine has published a review of an Audi R8 4.2 variant augmented through the addition of VF-Engineering's supercharger system. The kit is good for a reported 548 bhp at 7500 rpm (30 more than the V10) and torque of 437 lb ft at 4800 rpm.
The VF kit uses a roots style Magnuson/Eaton TVS 1900 supercharger running 6-7 psi, an air-water heat exchanger and GIAC