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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 3.0T Coupe
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.