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The French Riviera is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places in the world. Nice, St. Tropez, Antibes, Cannes and Monaco are some of the familiar names situated on the Cote d'Azur. With such scenic beaches, the clear blue waters of the Mediterranean and a tax haven (in the case of the Principality of Monaco), you can find plenty of both beautiful people and the rich and famous residing here. Naturally, members of the affluent society here cruise around in nice, million dollar supercars to match their spanking seaside villas or yachts. A car that definitely suits their needs is the new Audi R8 Spyder.

Four years after the R8 first made its transition from the Le Mans quattro concept to Audi's first mid-engine supercar, the topless S...

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Story by Raymond Lai in Nice Photos by Audi posted 4 Apr 2010
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Eighth wonder

The luxury limo sector is about to see a big expansion when it comes to new models this year. Porsche has recently introduced the Panamera range while Mercedes-Benz and Lexus launched an updated S-Class and LS respectively. This year will see the introduction of the radical new Jaguar XJ as well as the new, third generation Audi A8 that we just had a preview drive in Southern Spain this week.

The new model is the third generation A8 and the fourth luxury saloon model from Audi in the modern era. The current generation A8 has been around since 2002 and is still rather contemporary in many aspects but the new model is set to introduce new innovations that is new to the luxury class.

Outwardly, the new model can be immediately be differen...

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Story by Raymond Lai from Malaga, Spain Photos by Raymond Lai and Audi posted 13 Feb 2010
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Hard or soft?

Marketing men seem to have more say than engineers and designers at car companies these days. When developing a convertible model for example, I'm pretty sure that the designers and engineers prefer a traditional fabric roof system as this is less complex, lighter and is better for packaging but the marketing boffins might object in favour of a more popular but more complex folding metal hard top. Audi's designers though, seem to take precedence over the marketing people - none of its convertible models have a folding metal hardtop. Audi says that the traditional canvas roof is part of the whole cabriolet/convertible motoring experience.

The A5 Cabriolet is yet another topless Audi that had stayed away from the metal hardtop route. The ...

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Story and Photos by Raymond Lai posted 3 Feb 2010
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Three-in-one

The French can certainly vouch that big liftback models don't really appeal to executive car buyers and those who love style. The Tricolor manufacturers took the big liftback route for executive models to tempt buyers away from the usual German four-door saloons with models like the Renault 25, Safrane and Citroen XM among others. These models met with little success outside of France so Renault went even quirkier with its last attempt, the Vel Satis.

Even though the French never managed to ever succeed with executive liftback models, ironically, it is the Germans that are now having a go at executive liftbacks with models like the BMW 5 Series GT and the Audi A5 Sportback. While the BMW has not been confirmed for a debut here in Singap...

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Story and Photos by Raymond Lai posted 24 Jan 2010
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Super model

Audi is certainly on a product offensive. In the past year alone, the premium car maker has launched 11 new models - nearly one every month, on the average. This looks set to continue unabated into this new year, with 7 new model releases planned.

Besides the much lauded R8 V10, other notable new models from last year are the RS 6 saloon and the S4 duo of saloon and Avant (Audi-speak for estate). As all but the S4 saloon have already been tested, it will be the subject of our road test today.

Unlike the R8 and the RS models, which are created, designed, developed and produced by quattro GmbH, Audi's very own high performance division, the S models are sporty version of the standard models, assembled on the same production lines as its ...

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Posted 22 Jan 2010
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Open sesame

Despite many claims by car manufacturers that their convertible or cabriolet models have body shells that are almost as stiff and rigid as their fixed roof counterparts, we all know that the reality somewhat the contrary - a topless car will never be as stiff as a car with a fixed roof.

For the A5 Cabriolet, Audi had not mentioned how much  or how it has stiffened the topless model is over a regular A5 coupe but typical measures to increase its torsional rigidity include reinforced A-pillars, side sills, floor, doors and back wall, installing braces in the sub-floor as well as frames that brace the front and rear ends.

Despite Audi's efforts to strengthen the A5's roofless body though, the A5 Cabriolet still suffers from a small degree...

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Story and Photos by Raymond Lai posted 9 Jan 2010
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Soul searching

Driving the Audi R8 for the first time two years ago reminds me of the time when I first drove a Porsche 911. The way it feels and the way it behaves has an uncanny similarity to the iconic Porker. Being an Audi, the R8 also followed the footsteps of the 911 as a super car that you can use daily. But there was always something missing from the R8. The original 4.2 V8 model somehow lacked the soul and emotion that you’d find in a fiery Italian model.

Audi, of course, owns Lamborghini so it’s pretty much expected that it gets plenty of super car know-how from there. It was just a matter of time that it will launch a more powerful and exciting R8 and it did so earlier this year when the R8 V10 5.2 FSI was unveiled. For the new variant, Audi ...

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Story by Raymond Lai Photos by Yang and Raymond Lai posted 27 Dec 2009
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Absolute power

There seems to be a power war among the top three premium German brands for their executive models. First it was BMW with its 507bhp M5, then it was Mercedes-Benz with its 514bhp E63 AMG and then Audi comes along and decimates its rivals with the 580bhp RS 6. BMW is about to fight back with a new turbocharged V8 with a rumoured 540bhp but this is still short of the Audi’s 580 horses.

While BMW has its M division and Mercedes-Benz has AMG, Audi has its equally potent but lesser known quattro GmbH. Audi’s crack division designs and develops the brand’s RS models which included the RS 2 and RS 4 series in the past in addition to the RS 6. But what is unique to quattro GmbH is that it makes only one RS model at any one time and this is the re...

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Story and photos by Raymond Lai posted 10 Dec 2009
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