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Audi B5 S4 Burns Bugatti Chiron to Everyone’s Surprise

Audi B5 S4 Burns Bugatti Chiron to Everyone’s Surprise

Quite the Surprise at the Drag Strip

When an Audi B5 S4 and a Bugatti Chiron pulled up at the drag racing strip, many people may have suspected a Chiron victory. But, to everyone’s surprise, the Audi B5 S4 ends up outperforming the Bugatti. Beginning with a rolling start, both cars stroll forward. From there, the gas pedals mash. Both cars accelerate aggressively down the track. Somehow, that B5 S4 is keeping up, and passing! To no surprise, the B5 S4 contains enough mods to add over 1,000 horsepower to the base power level. Defeating the 8th fastest production vehicle is no easy task, so props to the S4 owner! This occurred at the SCC500 Rolling 50 1000 event in Germany.

Audi B5 S4 Specifications

Unfortunately, the Audi B5 S4’s performance mods are not readily available to discuss. But, there is an estimation that this car pushes 1,300 horsepower! Phew! That’s fast! Obviously, the car sports BBS wheels, a lowering kit, and a ton of modifications under the hood. This B5 S4 goes by the name “ARLOWS”. Since all modifications aren’t known, let’s review the basics of the base model.

The Audi B5 S4 was an amazing car in the past, and still is today. Starting with a 2.7-liter twin-turbo V6 engine, this car produces 261 horsepower and 295 lb.-ft. of torque. Being such a small, lightweight car has its perks. The newer models are blatantly larger, to the point the modern A4 is the size of the A6 of this generation, if not bigger. From 0 to 60 mph, the stock B5 S4 takes only 5.6 seconds. With a top speed of 155.3 mph, this car is a beast from the past. This car has always been a mod dream car due to the build being accessible for massive growth in ability.

Bugatti Chiron Specifications

The Bugatti Chiron is the 8th fastest production vehicle in the world. So, being beat by an Audi B5 S4 may have been shocking for the owner. But, in reality, many cars can reach this level of power with modifications. Regardless, cars like the Chiron are hypercars meant to be respected at an entirely higher level. The black with red secondary color Chiron in the video has a 8.0-liter quad-turbo W16 engine.

This motor runs in conjunction with a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. Producing a whopping 1,479 horsepower, this car is a beast. But, the S5 is a much lighter car, especially with mods and reductions. From 0 to 60 mph, the Chiron takes only 2.5 seconds. No wonder this car is a dream for many!

And… the B5 S4 Wins!

1300HP Audi S4 B5 vs Bugatti Chiron – cvdzijden – Supercar Videos – YouTube

The “ARLOWS” Audi B5 S4 is such a beast that defeating the Chiron wasn’t too difficult of a task. The race may have been close, but as Dom says:

“Ask any racer. Any real racer. It don’t matter if you win by an inch or a mile. Winning’s winning.” – Dom Toretto in The Fast and the Furious (Vin Diesel)

Those who have seen this movie will absolutely understand where this statement comes from. If not, get out there and see the damn movie! Regardless, The Fast and the Furious is a great racing film from the past. But, back to the race. In conclusion, the Audi B5 S4 is an amazing tuner car which is capable of defeating the crème of the crop.

Audi Considers Reviving Horch to Battle Bentley & Rolls

Audi Considers Reviving Horch to Battle Bentley & Rolls

Horch Might Be Making a Comeback!

Audi has said that they plan to revive the Horch name for their A8 sedan. The most powerful version of the A8 will rival both Bentley and Rolls in terms of luxury and performance.

The Audi A8 W12 Powertrain

Audi A8 - Front Corner - M 93 - Wikipedia - EuroDrift
Audi A8 – Front Corner – M 93 – Wikipedia – EuroDrift

Automotive News reports that the new Audi A8 will come with options for either the V8 or the W12 that is currently only used by Bentley. Specs for the A8 Horch W12 include a 585 bhp, 6.0-litre engine which is more powerful than Audi’s previous generation A8 W12.

In the Bentley Continental, the W12 puts out about 582 horsepower and uses a 6.0-liter engine. The Rolls-Royce Phantom boasts 563 bhp. The modifications planned for the new Horch A8 will now make it competitive with the other W12 cars.

The History of the W12 Engine

Napier Lion Engine - Overview on Display - Peter Grecian - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift
Napier Lion Engine – Overview on Display – Peter Grecian – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

The W12 engine was originally used in aircraft engine designs during the 1920’s and Formula One racing cars in the 1980’s. The modern version of the W12 is part of the Volkswagen Group W12 engines and used on several concept and production vehicles.

  • Audi 
    • Avus Quattro (concept version only)
    • A8L W12
  • Bentley
  • Spyker
    • C12 La Turbie
    • C12 Zagato
    • D12 Peking-to-Paris (prototype version only)
  • Volkswagen
    • GTI W12-650 (prototype only)
    • Phaeton W12
    • Touareg W12
    • W12 (concept car)


The Revival of the Horch Name

A journey through the Audi history – The Horch Museum Zwickau – Audi Germany – YouTube

The revival of the Horch name pays tribute to one of Audi’s original founders, just as Mercedes’ revival of Maybach did.

Right now, Audi has no plans for a stand-alone model under the Horch name. Audi has said that they don’t plan to use the moniker on any other vehicle but the Audi A8. It seems fitting that their top-of-the-line vehicle would carry the name of their founder.

Despite the fact that the plans for the Horch A8 W12 are complete, no production date has yet been set.

Note: The 1939 Horch 930V Phaeton picture for the featured image was taken by Ramgeis of Wikimedia Commons.

Audi RS5 Tests Mario Kart Banana Theory

Audi RS5 Tests Mario Kart Banana Theory

Fond Memories of Mario Kart Bananas

Worldwide, most gamers have knowledge about the infamous banana peel in Mario Kart. Although the banana attack could be quite devastating to others in the game, nobody tested it in the real world… at least until now. In August of 2018, the YouTube channel TheHoonigans went ahead and put the theory to the test. Instead of using a go-cart, the team uses a beautiful Audi RS5 coupe. To make it even more unique, the car has the well debated Sonoma Green Audi paintjob. The real question is… will the banana cause the RS5 to crash? Well, time to find out!

The Sonoma Green B9 Audi RS5

B9 Audi RS5 - Front Corner - Alexandre Prevot - Flickr - EuroDrift

B9 Audi RS5 – Front Corner – Alexandre Prevot – Flickr – EuroDrift

First, let’s take a moment to discuss the stunning Sonoma green B9 Audi RS5. With a MSRP of $70,875, this car sports a 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6. This engine produces 444 horsepower and 4443 lb.-ft. of torque. Furthermore, this motor works in combo with an 8-speed auto transmission. From 0 to 60 mph, the RS5 takes only 3.9 seconds. Furthermore, the RS5 can complete a quarter mile in only 12.4 seconds. Lastly, the top speed is 155 mph to 174 mph depending on the governor settings. But, if an aftermarket tune is purchased, that number will be left behind.

The Origins of the Banana Theory

Nintendo 64 Longplay [002] Mario Kart 64 – World of Longplays – YouTube

In the year of 1992, Nintendo began the now worldwide famous Mario Kart series. The first game, Super Mario Kart, was available on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES). Not surprisingly, this game is the 4th best-selling SNES video game in the world with almost 9 million units sold. With the Mario Kart game, came the ability to “attack” opponents to slow them down. And no, this doesn’t mean shooting each other with rifles like Call of Duty. This means using attacks such as banana peels and turtle shells. The banana peel was an attack that is left behind by a person up front, or behind, for someone to hit during the current or future lap. Leaving behind a banana even left the opportunity for the peel dropper to run into it themselves. Lastly, just for note, the video above is gameplay from Mario Kart 64, the second video game in the overall series.

And The Results Are In!

Will Banana Peels Make a Car Spin Out?? Mario Kart IRL! – TheHoonigans – YouTube

Well, the results are here! With a ton of banana peels on the track, the Audi RS5 slid slightly more through the turn. But, the slide is nowhere near the level of Mario Kart. This theory could really be tested by simply using a RWD car, such as a BMW M4. With Quattro, the RS5 is basically cheating as it is specifically programmed to maneuver power between wheels to regain control as quickly as possible. Even with stability and traction off, the RS5’s AWD setup would simply benefit the car so. So, next time this is done, whoever it may be, please ensure a RWD car does the job. Although the RS5 is an amazing car, it doesn’t optimize the chances of confirming the Mario Kart banana theory.

Credit for Featured Image: BagoGames (Flickr)


All-Electric Audi PB18 e-tron at Pebble Beach 2018

All-Electric Audi PB18 e-tron at Pebble Beach 2018

Presentation at Pebble Beach 2018

At Pebble Beach Automotive Week 2018 in Monterey, California, Audi revealed the PB18 e-tron. The all-electric Audi PB18 e-tron is a mid-engine high-performance sports car with electric drive. Broad and flat, this car’s inspiration is the track and wind tunnel. Furthermore, this car has absolutely no comfort features or automation. So, unfortunately, it won’t get you from point A to point B automatically. Regardless, this car is no surprise as the auto market aims towards a mostly electric future. With the PB18, Audi didn’t hesitate to show off at Pebble Beach.

Monocoque Shell for Optimal Driver Placement

Audi PB18 e-tron - All-Electric Concept - Interior - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Audi PB18 e-tron – All-Electric Concept – Interior – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

“We want to offer the driver an experience that is otherwise available only in a racing car like the Audi R18. That’s why we developed the interior around the ideal driver’s position in the center. Nevertheless, our aim was to also give the PB18 e-tron a high degree of everyday usability, not just for the driver, but also for a potential passenger.” – Gael Buzyn, Head of the Audi Design Loft in Malibu

Showing up to Pebble Beach Automotive Week, the PB18 came prepared to impress. Starting with the interior, this car features a monocoque shell. This allows for lateral movement of the driver seat and steering system. So, for the track, the seat can sit in a center position just like the McLaren F1. On top of that, if the driver seat is positioned in a typical spot, such as left or right, a passenger seat becomes available. This is possible due to the by-wire design for the steering and pedal layout. Beyond the interior, the car is made of aluminum, carbon, and multi-material composites. Just these two features, the interior and frame, make this car a true race car.

Three Electric Motors & Quattro

Audi PB18 e-tron - All-Electric Concept - Driving on Track - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Audi PB18 e-tron – All-Electric Concept – Driving on Track – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

The all-electric Audi PB18 e-tron sports 3 electric motors as well as Audi’s signature Quattro. There is one motor in the front with 201 horsepower and two in the rear with a combined 469 horsepower. This means the PB18 has 671 horsepower total on top of it’s 612 lb.-ft. of torque. With boosting, the car can temporarily jump to 764 horsepower to really put the power down. This power setup allows the PB18 to reach 62 mph in slightly over 2 seconds. Fortunately, for traffic situations, max speed can be limited to increase range. Finally, the rear motors are located between steering knuckles driving one wheel each via half-shaft.

Top-Notch Battery System

Audi PB18 e-tron - All-Electric Concept - Headlights - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Audi PB18 e-tron – All-Electric Concept – Headlights – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

To no surprise, the all-electric Audi PB18 e-tron has a top-notch battery system. Starting with the battery itself, it is a liquid-cooled solid-state setup with 95kWh. This allows the PB18 to cover 310.7 miles with WLTP. With an 800-volt charging requirement, this car reaches full capacity in around 15 minutes. That is quick, closing on the gap between gasoline and battery refueling. Furthermore, the battery recovers energy while braking as it is primarily used to slow down the car. The hydraulic brake only functions under heavy braking.

A final note about the all-electric Audi PB18 e-tron is that is can wirelessly charge. Yes, you read that correctly, the PB18 doesn’t need a charger cable. While a charging cable is an option, the car can also charge via induction. To charge cordlessly, this requires the Audi Wireless Charging (AWC) system. For this to work, a charging pad with integral coil is placed on the floor where the car will be parked. This connects it to the power supply. For a deeper understanding, this allows an alternating magnetic field to induce an alternating voltage in the secondary coil fitted in the floor of the car, across an air gap. And no, it will most likely not shock you, as that would be an insane liability for Audi.

A Race Car Suspension System

The all-electric Audi PB18 e-tron sports a race quality suspension. Obviously, the system begins with front and rear independent systems. On the front, there is a push-rod setup. As per the rear, there is the typical pull-rod format. Furthermore, in both cases, this works in conjunction with adaptive magnetic ride shock absorbers. Basically, the Audi R18 e-tron quattro Le Mans racing car serves as the basic architecture for the PB18.

The Future is Here with All-Electric Race Cars

Audi PB18 e-tron – Next-Gen Audi Supercar – YOUCAR – YouTube

With the release on the all-electric Audi PB18 e-tron, the future is here. For years, companies and people were unsure of the electric auto market and any potential it held. Now, most companies realize the truth, that electric power is the way of the future. Not only will this allow for cleaner energy usage, but it will also provide better performance. Each year, more and more beautiful EVs are introduced to market. In conclusion, the Audi PB18 is a vision of what to expect on the market in the near future.

Audi PB18 e-tron - All-Electric Concept - Rear Overview - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Audi PB18 e-tron – All-Electric Concept – Rear Overview – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

1969-1976 Audi 100 Coupé S (C1)

1969-1976 Audi 100 Coupé S (C1)

The C1 Audi 100 Coupé S

From 1969 to 1976, Audi produced the 100 Coupé S which is part of the C1 generation. The designer for the 100 Coupé S is Ruprecht Neuner. Basically, the Audi 100 Coupé S is a sports fastback grand tourer. It was initially presented at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 1969. During production, units were limited to only 30,687 vehicles.

1.9-Liter In-Line 4-Cylinder Engine

Audi 100 Coupé S (C1) - Rear Corner - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

Audi 100 Coupé S (C1) – Rear Corner – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

The 1969-1976 Audi 100 Coupé S (C1) sports a 1.9-liter in-line 4-cylinder engine with 115 horsepower. This motor functions with two carburetors and a 4-speed manual all-synchromesh transmission. In 1972, the motor dropped one carburetor and lost 3 horsepower. So, the 1972-1976 version has only 112 horsepower. As with older generations, this car has a FWD system. Nowadays, Audi mostly uses AWD on their vehicles.

The Audi 100 Coupé S V3/V4: 928 V8

Audi 100 Coupé S (C1) - Front Corner in Blue - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

Audi 100 Coupé S (C1) – Front Corner in Blue – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

The Audi 100 Coupé S V3 and V4 are models developed by Audi and Porsche, together. Firstly, the Audi 100 Coupé V3 has a Porsche 928 V8 with 350 horsepower. Furthermore, the V3 sports flared fenders and RWD. As for the V4, the body of the car was expanded to 4.3” wider. This is for accommodating the 928’s running gear and wider track. The V8 and RWD were a perfect match for this car, basically making it comparable to a muscle car. Overall, it would’ve been amazing if the V4 were for sale.

A Test for Audi in the 2-Door Coupe Market

Audi 100 Coupé S: 70er-Jahre-Sportler mit Kopfnick-Automatik – focusonline – YouTube

In conclusion, the 1969-1976 Audi 100 Coupé S (C1) was a test for Audi in the 2-door market. The 100 Coupé S is basically Audi’s version of a muscle car. The base C1 falls short of a muscle car due to it’s 4-cylinder engine. Although, the V3/V4 versions are basically muscle cars with the V8 and RWD. The Audi 100 Coupé S is a great project car if you’re an Audi enthusiast. Especially, if you squeeze in the 928 V8. Now, that’d be one fun venture.

Audi 100 Coupé S (C1) - Side - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

Audi 100 Coupé S (C1) – Side – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift


Young Driver with No License Crashes McLaren 720S into Audi R8

Young Driver with No License Crashes McLaren 720S into Audi R8

An Epic McLaren 720S Crash

From 0 to 60 mph is all it takes to reach a 5 to 6-digit repair bill during an epic McLaren 720S crash. In Toronto, a 19-year-old driver with no license crashed a McLaren 720S into a parked Audi R8. Yes, you are reading this correctly. Luckily for everyone, there is a low-quality video showing the accident occur on YouTube. Warning: This accident failure may cause shock, surprise, and disappointment.

The McLaren 720S Supercar

McLaren 720S - Front Corner - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

McLaren 720S – Front Corner – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

Unfortunately, this McLaren 720S crash was avoidable and due to bad decision-making. Either way, the McLaren 720S is quite an amazing supercar. With a starting price of $288,845, this car can easily reach into the $300k price range. For that price, the buyer receives a 4.0-liter V8 engine with 710 horsepower. This works in combination with RWD and a 7-speed automatic transmission. From 0 to 60 mph, this car really takes only 2.7 seconds. But, from 0 to 60 mph, can also take 5 to 6-digits in repairs, as seen below.

The Crash into a Parked Audi R8

2016 Audi R8 V10 Plus Quattro - Front Corner - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

2016 Audi R8 V10 Plus Quattro – Front Corner – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

The story begins with a 19-year old driver who doesn’t have a driver’s license, but access to a McLaren 720S. The McLaren 720S crash begins with the driver accelerating on a back street near the city of Toronto. From here, things go terribly wrong. The first thought by spectators is that the driver turned off stability and traction controls. This can easily be disastrous without experience. While accelerating forward, the driver loses control and the timing is perfect for the 720S to veer into a parked Audi R8. Talk about bad luck, for both the 720S and R8 owners. Although this is the story, it may not be 100% accurate, so keep that in mind. The full details have yet to be 100% officially understood by anyone.

A Series of Unfortunate Events

Inside The McLaren 720S That Crashed Into The R8! – WorldWide2025 – YouTube

The McLaren 720S crash into the Audi R8 is due to a series of unfortunate events. And no, not like the book series, movie, or TV seasons. One major lesson for everyone to learn here is that supercars are no joke. Even though, supercars are exciting and thrilling to drive, disasters aren’t a short step away. It only takes one mistake and a few seconds for a great day to turn into hell on earth. Especially, if you are a young driver with no license operating a vehicle illegally, and probably without insurance. In conclusion, the McLaren 720S crash will forever be the epitome of a gut-wrenching supercar disaster.

The Pfaff Tuning Audi B8 S5 V8: AWE Track Edition Exhaust & Forgeline CF3C Wheels

The Pfaff Tuning Audi B8 S5 V8: AWE Track Edition Exhaust & Forgeline CF3C Wheels

Pfaff Tuning Audi B8 S5 V8

Pfaff Tuning, a luxury tuning company located in Ontario, Canada, has built quite the unique Audi B8 S5. The Pfaff Tuning Audi B8 S5 V8 contains many modifications ranging from a custom exhaust to custom wheels. With this S5, Pfaff shows the world that they know how to properly suit a luxury car. In this article, a breakdown of the car and its components will be the topic of discussion. The YouTube video below shows this vehicle with multiple perspectives including a representation of the exhaust.

Modifications Breakdown

In the Pfaff Tuning Audi B8 S5 V8, there are quite a number of specialty modifications. These modifications include:

  • AWE Track Edition Exhaust
  • Carbonio Intake
  • Forgeline CF3C Concave Wheels (20″ x 9.5″) [Satin Gunmetal]
  • H&R Coil-Overs
  • JH Motorsports Short Shifter

The AWE Track Edition exhaust allows the S5 to fully let out its audacious tone. In the engine bay, the Carbonio Intake adds a pleasant carbon fiber intake box and intake pipe to the engine. The Forgeline CF3C Concave Wheels make the car stand out with perfectly sized wheels and a beautiful Satin Gunmetal finish. In combination with the H&R Coil-Overs, the wheels and suspension work together to properly plant this luxury car. Lastly, the JH Motorsports Short Shifter is the perfect addition to a manual transmission for easier, swifter shifting abilities.

Factory Specifications

From the factory, the Audi B8 S5 contains a 4.2-liter V8 engine. This motor works with Audi’s signature Quattro all-wheel drive to create a beastly machine. The V8 motor produces 354 horsepower at 7,000 rpm and 325 lb.-ft. of torque at 3,500 rpm. With a 6-speed manual transmission, the best option for this model year, you can’t go wrong. The B8.5 and B9 Audi S5 have newer S-tronic transmission which replace manual with a double-clutch paddle shifter system.

The Audi S5 is a Stunning Vehicle

Overall, the Pfaff Tuning Audi B8 S5 V8 is a stunning vehicle. From it’s sporty stance to its engine upgrades, this vehicle is quite unique and powerful. The roar of the V8 with the AWE Tuning Track Edition exhaust shows the audacity of this vehicle. Although Audi did away with the V8, the S5 is still a gem on the road. In the end, this B8 Audi S5 shows why Audi chose the 4.2-liter V8 engine as its partner.

2018 Audi RS5 vs. 2018 BMW M4 vs. 2018 Mercedes-AMG C63 S Coupe

2018 Audi RS5 vs. 2018 BMW M4 vs. 2018 Mercedes-AMG C63 S Coupe

Audi vs. BMW vs. Mercedes-Benz

In 2018, competition between European automobile manufacturers is still the norm. From Audi to BMW to Mercedes-Benz, these competitors are always attempting to overwhelm their counterparts. In this article, we will compare the 2018 Audi RS5, BMW M4, and Mercedes-AMG C63 S Coupe. Each car, with its own unique design, has pros and cons. Below, the comparison will determine the true winner of this battle.

2018 Audi RS5

The 2018 Audi RS5 was released to market in June 2017 in Europe. At a MSRP equivalent of $85,495, the RS5 has aimed at a higher market target. The 2018 RS5 is powered by a twin-turbo 2.9-liter V6 compared to the previous 4.2-liter V8. This new motor produces 450 horsepower and 443 lb.-ft. of torque. Audi estimates the RS5 can hit 60 mph in only 3.9 seconds and has a top speed of 174 mph. With that number, the RS5 leaps forward into the realm of true sports car accelerations.

2018 BMW M4

Next, the 2018 BMW M4 is available in a coupe and convertible build with MSRPs of $67,195 and $75,695, respectively. For this analysis, the coupe will be considered the competitor. The M4’s 3.0-liter inline-six engine produces 425 horsepower and 406 lb.-ft. of torque. With the Competition package, the M4 boasts 444 horsepower, slightly closer to the RS5. This power allows the M4 to hit 60 mph in only 3.9 seconds, 0.1 seconds faster than the RS5. Lastly, the M4 has a top speed of 163 mph.

2018 Mercedes-AMG C63 S Coupe

Lastly, the 2018 Mercedes-AMG C63 S Coupe still offers the lustful V8 engine at a MSRP of $75,500. With a 4.0-liter AMG V8 twin-turbo, the C63 S Coupe delivers 503 horsepower and 516 lb.-ft. of torque. Already, Mercedes has around 50 horsepower more than the competition. This power allows the C63 S Coupe to hit 60 mph in 3.8 seconds. Unfortunately for Mercedes, the 50 extra horsepower didn’t do its homework. With a governor, the C63 S Coupe has a top speed of 180 mph. Usually, the governor is a sign that it can go, indeed, faster.

The Comparison

In comparison, the Mercedes-AMG C63 S Coupe has the highest amount of winning parameters. First, the C63 S Coupe sports a V8 with 50 more horsepower than the competition. Although this doesn’t win the 0-60 mph run, it will win at top speed, considering it hits 180 mph with a limiter. The Audi RS5 takes last place on the 0-60 mph run only by 0.1 seconds. For MSRP, the BMW M4 is the cheapest automobile followed by the AMG C63 S Coupe and the RS5. Note, the RS5 value is an estimation based on it’s value in Euros, so U.S. price may be slightly lower.

Winner: 2018 Mercedes-AMG C63 S Coupe

Overall, the Mercedes-AMG C63 S Coupe comes in first place in the is competition. It may not be the most environmental friendly, but in a competition of speed, this car wins. Second place can be considered given to the BMW M4 which can hit 60 mph just as fast as the AMG V8. It is also almost $10,000 less at MSRP. In last place, the Audi RS5 came in close, but not close enough. Behind by only 0.1 seconds on the 0-60, the RS5 ends up being the slowest accelerator here. The RS5 does come in second place for top speed though. In the end, the AMG C63 S Coupe takes the victory home for the 2018 model year.

Audi Unveils New Models at NAIAS 2017

Audi started off 2017 with a bang. At the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) 2017 they showcased three new cars. For the very first time, they unveiled the Q8 concept car to the public. In addition to the Q8, the Audi SQ5 TFSI made its world premiere along with the A5/S5 Cabriolet. These three cars showed the world Audi’s vision for the future.

Audi at NAIAS 2017
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2017 Audi A3 e-tron - Front - NAIAS 2017 - EuroDrift
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The Audi Q8 Concept Car

Imagine a car that is not quite SUV nor is it a coupe, and yet it makes you think of both. The Q8 Concept car is a hybrid with the spaciousness of a full-size sports utility vehicle, yet it has the sleek lines of a full-size luxury car.

“The Q8 concept is an Audi in peak form. It demonstrates the strengths of our brand in both technology and design while providing a glimpse at a future full-size, production SUV. With its next-generation display and control solutions, we are enabling customers to experience connectivity in a whole new way.” – Dietmar Voggenreiter, Member of the Board of Management for Sales and Marketing at AUDI AG.

Everything about this car feels futuristic. There are no less than three driving modes. “EV” mode is primarily electric, while a computer controls a “hybrid” mode that combines electric and fuel in the most efficient manner possible. A third mode is the “battery hold” mode. When this is selected, the car saves the available electric energy for a later time.

  • Engine: 3.0 V6 TFSI Plug-In Hybrid
  • 0 to 62 MPH: 5.4 seconds
  • Top Speed: 155mph

Control of the vehicle is handled through touch displays in the Audi virtual cockpit. A heads-up 3-D display changes depending on the number of passengers and inputs from the driver.

The Audi SQ5 TFSI

The SQ5 TFSI made its debut at the Detroit auto show and showed the world a sportier version of the regular Q5. This version has a more aggressive look, in part due to the new bumpers and 20-inch wheels.

The American version has a V6 and an eight-speed automatic transmission. Audi claims it can hit 62 mph in 5.4 seconds. The Audi SQ5 TFSI isn’t a slow vehicle but it is slower than the outgoing SQ5 Plus. Audi plans to sell the gas-powered SQ5 TFSI in both the US and Europe.

While the original SQ5 didn’t have much competition, the new SQ5 TFSI must square off against Mercedes-AMG’s GLC43 and BMW’s X4. Only time will tell which of the three captures the European SUV market in the US.

Audi’s A5/S5 Cabriolet

The new A5 Cabriolet convertible weighs about 88 pounds less than previous versions of the Cabriolet. The reduction in weight is mostly due to the new architecture. Even though the car is lighter, the interior of the car is larger. Drivers and passengers both find that it has more shoulder and legroom.

The Cabriolet does have rear passenger seating which can be lowered to increase trunk space. However, the 13 cubic feet of regular trunk space is adequate for most excursions.

The look of the interior is similar to the Audi A4. The gauge cluster is configurable through the optional Virtual Cockpit. An interesting feature is the microphones they have integrated into the seat belts for holding Bluetooth conversations while the top is down.

A Recap of What Audi Brought to NAIAS 2017

Audi wanted to give its fans a view of their future. The Audi Q8 Concept Car showcased the up and coming features that we should expect to see on future models. The Virtual Cockpit is something Audi seems particularly excited to offer to customers. The ability to configure your gauge display and the futuristic feel of touch pads as well as projected images makes one feel like they are years into the future.

The overall theme of the North American International Auto Show is “sporty and futuristic,” and Audi did not disappoint.

2013 Audi S5 Ownership & Review

2013 Audi S5 3.0T Coupe

2013 Audi S5
2013 Audi S5 - Front - Photoshop - Manchester, Connecticut - EuroDrift
2013 Audi S5 - Front - Photoshop - Manchester, Connecticut - EuroDrift
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In the summer of 2012, Audi released their new 2013 re-styled B8.5 Audi S5 3.0T Coupe into the market. The 2013 Audi S5 3.0T Coupe included body and interior styling alterations as well as brand new LED headlights. On top of this, it sports a 3.0 Liter V6 supercharged TFSI engine unleashing 333 Horsepower and 325 lb.-ft. of torque.

In anticipation of the release, I placed a down payment on a fully loaded 2013 Audi S5. This includes the Adaptive Cruise Control and Audi Drive Select. It even has the rear shade which is rare, according to the local dealership.

Arrival of the S5 to the U.S.

I chose the car in the color of Phantom Black Pearl with a black and magma red interior. I waited anxiously all summer for the vehicle to arrive. During the last weeks of August 2012, the beautiful and marvelous Audi S5 entered my life. Easily, it became the best car I ever owned. (compared to a 2007 Audi A4 2.0T and a 2010 Audi S4 3.0T which were both great cars as well).

Modifications & Specifications

Initially, I wasn’t completely sure about the magma red interior but I absolutely fell in love with it upon delivery. The color combination looks absolutely stunning on the car, especially with the 19” wheels. I quickly obtained my first mod of tinted windows, which has been a must since my first car and I truly love the increased appeal (at least in my view) of the vehicle. After that, I went ahead and purchased quite a few other mods over the next 20,000 miles including:

  • Audi Black Styling Package Grille
  • Audi RS5 Interior Door Handles
  • Audi S5 OEM Bi-Xenon E-Code Headlights
  • AWE Resonated Downpipe System
  • AWE Stage 2 Performance Pulley Kit
  • AWE Tuning S-FLO Intake System
  • AWE Tuning Touring Edition Exhaust System
  • ECS Tuning 15mm Wheel Spacer Kit
  • ECS Tuning Billet Aluminum Oil Filter Housing Cap
  • Eurocode Alu Kreuz Billet Aluminum Drivetrain Stabilizer
  • EuroGear DEVAL Carbon Fiber Front Lip Spoiler
  • EuroGear DEVAL Carbon Fiber Rear Diffuser
  • I.A.C. Stage 1 Performance Software
  • H&R Front & Rear Sway Bars
  • H&R OE Sport Springs
  • Höen Endurance (Yellow) Fog Lights
  • Michelin Pilot Alpin PA4 Asymmetric XL 255/35R-19 Tires (Winter)
  • Michelin Pilot Super Sport XL 255/35ZR-19 Tires (Summer)
  • MTC Engine Oil Dipstick
  • WeatherTech FloorLiner (Winter Purposes)
  • Window Tint

Before & After the Modifications

Before the mods were on the car, it felt as if the suspension had some roll during cornering which I personally disliked. This led me to purchase suspension mods such as springs and sway bars to alleviate the roll – which it did phenomenally. The front and rear carbon fiber enhancements provided an increased sporty look to the vehicle making it even more visually appealing. Although the engine mods are mostly hidden under the hood, the power increase is probably 100+ crank horsepower for peak numbers. Especially if considering that the tune alone adds 71 wheel horsepower as well as 32 lb.-ft. of wheel torque on 91 octane fuel (please note: these numbers are based on power to the wheels, not at crank). On top of that, I personally only use 93 octane or above for my car as respect to this powerful beast. I also prefer 0W-40 oil as used in Porsche V6 and V8 models.

Daily Driving the S5

I drove this car as my daily driver, running typical errands and using it to commute into town for work through horrendous traffic. The only downside of commuting to town, on top of traffic, was that I couldn’t hear the exhaust rumbling up the RPM gauge sitting in dead stop traffic – and those potholes, but those are avoidable (hopefully). I honestly thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of this car from its looks to its power to its entertainment system. I have been the proud owner of my car since the summer of 2012, and I am approaching my 5th year with the car at over 40,000 miles. It has completed road trips for me from my hometown to places such as Boston, Charleston, Chicago, Detroit, Miami, Orlando, Stowe, and more. The car even completed, with no trouble, two non-stop voyages from Florida to the northeast of the U.S. at 12 hours and 17 hours respectively – which I will never recommend to anyone. I drove the entire time and I felt it each time for days.

The B8.5 Aud S5 is Reliable, Safe, & Overall Fun to Drive

I personally have a strong passion for this vehicle as it has truly been a part of my life for almost five years. It participated in everything from meeting my significant other to completing road trips nationwide. If you’re looking for a great car, the B8.5 Audi S5 has proven reliable, safe, and overall fun to drive. I do not regret the decision to go from the S4 to the S5 and I am glad I did so. I’m also glad I decided on a red interior as at first, I was skeptical. The car, especially with the mods, is a stealthy powerhouse and receives attention everywhere I drive it. As a passionate automotive enthusiast, the S5 has filled my desire for a sporty daily driver.

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