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My Days of Thunder with the 2017 Audi R8 V10 Plus

My Days of Thunder with the 2017 Audi R8 V10 Plus

Tom Cruise in Days of Thunder left a long-lasting impression. That was 1990 when I was a young lad of 14. Fast forward to the present day and I survived my own day of thunder at the Daytona International Speedway, driving the 2017 Audi R8 V10 Plus at ridiculous speeds and – through a combination of car and maybe luck - living to tell the tale.

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How Audi’s 2017 R8 Spyder pairs soft top with hard performance

How Audi’s 2017 R8 Spyder pairs soft top with hard performance

When you're making the droptop version of your track-destroying supercar, do you tone things down for the open air crowd? To the relief of R8 fans everywhere, Audi opted to do no such thing with the 2017 Audi R8 Spyder, appearing for the first time at the New York International Auto Show ahead of its release later this year. I caught up with Filip Brabec, director of product management at Audi, as well as the chief engineers on the project to find out why this roofless R8 hasn't lost its edge in the process.

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Audi’s genius Auto Show WiFi teases A4 tech and snarks rivals

Audi’s genius Auto Show WiFi teases A4 tech and snarks rivals

In this day and age of the internet, mobile devices, and social media powered news, you'd wouldn't think getting online at the world's biggest conventions would be a problem. And yet such conventions, even tech-focused ones, are notorious for having near dismal networks. Car shows are, sadly, no exception either. Audi, however, has come up with a clever way to change all that at the 2016 New York Auto Show, and showcase the 2017 Audi A4 and its intelligent connectivity in the process. What better way to get the message across, goes the thinking, than with free, high-speed Wi-Fi.

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Stanford’s autonomous Audi hits the track to improve its AI safety

Stanford’s autonomous Audi hits the track to improve its AI safety

While Audi already has its own, err, self-driving Audi, researchers at Stanford University have been working with an autonomous TTS for several years now, developing their own artificial intelligence. Now the school has shared that they're even hitting the race track, letting their car navigate the course at speeds up to 120mph. The purpose is not to have the Audi TTS, dubbed "Shelley," compete in a circuit with real humans, but rather to use the data from high speed driving to improve safety.

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2016 Audi TT Roadster Review

2016 Audi TT Roadster Review

Audi's TT became a classic almost at the moment it was first launched and, now in its third generation, the TT Roadster can clearly trace its lines back to the original version of 1998. That was legitimately shocking at the time, a Bauhaus rocket ship that instantly left rivals looking flabby, soggy, limpid, or all three.

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Exclusive: Lamborghini CEO’s last interview on EVs, Urus SUV speed, more

Exclusive: Lamborghini CEO’s last interview on EVs, Urus SUV speed, more

Ultra charismatic, successful by any measure, head of one of the most iconic, sexy nameplates, we sat down with Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann at the global launch of the Huracán Spyder in Miami. The Berlin-born, Italian living (and loving) son of a diplomat, Winkelmann has been the top Bull for more than a decade, overseeing the freshly-hatched Aventador supercar, and then its baby sib, the Huracán.

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Consumer Reports’ annual list of the best auto brands sees Audi at the top

Consumer Reports’ annual list of the best auto brands sees Audi at the top

Consumer Reports has published its annual list of the best auto brands on the market as based on its research. The list is officially called the Consumer Reports 2016 Brand Report Card and the results near the top of the list are interestingly sprinkled with some mainstream brands that pack as much reliability and quality as luxury brands. Sitting at the very top of the list is Audi with an overall score of 80, road test score of 83, and reliability better than average.

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The Road to Daytona Rolex 24 in Audi’s RS7 Performance and S8 Plus

The Road to Daytona Rolex 24 in Audi’s RS7 Performance and S8 Plus

From the moment I got to the airport, and was handed the keys to a brand new Audi RS7 Performance, I knew this was no ordinary media drive program. This drool-worthy beast is now powered by a massive 605 HP, 553 lb-ft. of torque engine; for those keeping score, that’s 85 more horsepower than the standard V8, and an additional 73 lb-ft available via overboost. It certainly set the tone for what was to be an unforgettable few days leading to Rolex 24 at Daytona.

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Audi RS Q3 performance rockets from naught to 62.1mph in 4.4 seconds

Audi RS Q3 performance rockets from naught to 62.1mph in 4.4 seconds

Audi has announced that it is taking orders for the RS Q3 performance compact SUV. The top of the line model packs a turbo 5-cylinder engine that makes 367hp and 343 lb-ft of torque. That is enough power and torque to push the RS Q3 performance to 100km/h (62.1mph) in 4.4 seconds. The little SUV can also reach a top speed of 167.8mph.

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Audi Super Bowl 50 commercial hawks next-gen R8

Audi Super Bowl 50 commercial hawks next-gen R8

Audi released its extended cut Super Bowl 50 commercial today, a 60-second TV spot that will air during the football game this upcoming Sunday. The commercial, titled “The Commander,” features the auto maker’s newest Audi R8, a model that will be hitting showrooms in the United States this upcoming spring season. This particular extended version, available after the jump, has an extra 30 seconds of content.

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Audi R8 LMS triumphs at Rolex 24 GTD class

Audi R8 LMS triumphs at Rolex 24 GTD class

Proving once again its mettle both on the road and on the track, Audi has taken the crown at the 24 hours of driving endurance that is known as the Rolex 24 at Daytona. Coming in at first place is the No. 44 Audi R8 LMS with its Audi factory driver Rene Rast, owner/driver John Potter, and drivers Andy Lally and Marco Seefried. And its lead against the second place Porsche 911 GT3 R? An astounding 3.048 seconds, considered a huge gap in the world of racing.

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2017 Audi R8, a road car with a racing DNA, gets a price tag

2017 Audi R8, a road car with a racing DNA, gets a price tag

Audi has just revealed the pricing details for its latest R8 road car. That in itself is already great news for Audi's fans and car fans in general. But even better is the fact that those who willing to put that much money on a 2017 Audi R8 or, better yet, its V10 Plus sibling, won't just be getting the latest generation of a well-known model. They will be getting a road car whose DNA is mixed with race car performance. And not just from the original R8 prototype that broke records at the 24 Hours of Le Mans but, even closer, from the R8 LMS race car with which it share a lot more than engine in common.

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