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Introduction, styling


Audi first entered Le Mans way back in 1999. It entered two different cars in its first year at the French sports car enduro classic - the R8C and the R8R. Under the skin, both race cars were basically similar but the R8C had a closed cockpit coupe body while the R8R was an open cockpit design.

Audi had actually entered two different cars to test in Le Mans racing conditions if an open or closed car was more advantageous. Audi chose the open route in the end and has stuck with it till 2010 - the all conquering R8, R10 and the R15 are all open cockpit sports prototypes (2011 sees a return of the closed Audi Le Mans car in the form of the R18).

Just like its race car namesake, the R8 road car now comes without a roof. The topless R8 Spyd...

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Story and Photos by Raymond Lai posted 1 Jan 2011
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Introduction, styling

The BMW M3 has always been the benchmark when it comes to junior executive/mid-sized coupe on steroids. BMW's German rivals have had many attempts to take a stab at the M3's crown in recent years with models like the Audi RS 4 and Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG. Even Lexus has tried to rattle the M3's perch with its first uber compact saloon model, the IS F.

The last RS 4 was the closest Audi got to the M3 when it was offered between 2006 to 2008 but the BMW still reigned supreme as the most awe inspiring car in the class. With the recently launched RS 5, Ingolstsdt is embarking on another attempt at toppling the M3's crown.

While BMW has M GmBh and Mercedes-Benz has AMG, Audi has its quattro GmBh. Audi's performance arm might not be as well kn...

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Story and Photos by Raymond Lai posted 9 Nov 2010
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Introduction, styling

There's a certain charm about Audi's mid-sized four seater convertibles. The 90 Cabriolet from the early 1990s might not have offered the best drive but the late Princess Diana made it cool by driving one. The A4 Cabriolet that preceded it was a much better overall - it was possibly the best looking premium four-seater convertible of its time, and even now.

The A4 Cabriolet was superseded by the even more sexy and elegant A5 Cabriolet about a year back. Taking the good looking A5 coupe as a base, the design boffins at Ingolstadt have created one good looking four-seater convertible - dare I say the best looking car in a class which includes the Lexus ISC and the BMW 3 Series Convertible among other models.

In recent months, the A5 Cabr...

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Story by Raymond Lai Photos by Yang posted 13 Oct 2010
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Pretty faces

The current generation BMW 3 Series Coupe has had things on its own in the premium mid-sized coupe sector since it was introduced a few years back. Its closest competitor, the Mercedes-Benz CLK was an ageing model by then so it wasn't really a threat to the coupe from Munich.

Then came the pretender from Ingolstadt two years ago - the Audi A5's convincing breadth of talents made the BMW's comfortable position in the class not so comfortable after all. Mercedes-Benz are not just going to let its rivals fight it out on their own though. The demise of the CLK signals the reentry of a new coupe based on the latest generation E-Class last year. The last time Stuttgart had an E-Class derived coupe model was with the W124 CE model. This time t...

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Story and Photos by Raymond Lai posted 12 Aug 2010
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S for Sport

With the recently unveiling of the A7 Sportback, there are now three Sportback models in Audi's range. There should be a fourth model on the way in the future in the form of an A1 Sportback. Just like the A3 Sportback, which is a five-door version of the A3, the A1 Sportback will basically be a five-door variant of the A1 supermini. So it seems that Sportback equates to five-door versions of regular Audi models then.

Besides the entry level A3 Sportback, the other Sportback model currently available here is the A5 Sportback. The latter has been available here since the beginning of the year in two guises - a base 2.0 TFSI quattro model and the V6 powered 3.2 FSI quattro. With the recent introduction of the S5 Sportback, there's now a th...

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Posted 29 Jul 2010
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Soft spot

I have been looking forward to get behind the wheel of the Audi TT RS ever since Audi announced that it will be powered by a new and unique 2.5-litre five-cylinder TFSI motor with 340bhp. What's the big deal with this engine other than its power output, you may ask. Well, Audi has taken the effort to design and develop a five-pot for the hottest TT so that it can evoke the spirit of the original quattro rally car.

I'm a big fan of the quattro and so I was naturally drawn by the TT RS and a couple of months back I finally tested the coupe version. But I felt a tad underwhelmed when I first drove it on our congested roads amidst slow moving start-stop traffic - there was just something missing from the TT RS that I couldn't put it in word...

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Story by Raymond Lai Photos by Yang posted 17 Jul 2010
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Style machine

For many, the TT is the very essence of Audi's style but there is another Ingolstadt model way before the TT that showcased the brand's style. The model I'm talking about here is the 1970 100 Coupe S.

With its flowing lines and sloping fastback rear, the 100 Coupe S is a definite Audi style icon. Audi recently revived the spirit of the 100 Coupe S' styling with the A5 Sportback. The latter has a fastback rear with a profile and silhouette akin to the 100 Coupe S'. Based on the sexy A5 coupe, the A5 Sportback offers the looks of a coupe, practicality of a saloon and the versatility of an estate car, a sort of three-in-one concept according to Audi.

Despite its part coupe, part fastback styling, the A5 Sportback looks every bit as good...

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Story and Photos by Raymond Lai posted 30 May 2010
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Family feud

German sports car maker and niche player Porsche certainly burned its fingers when it attempted to take over the much bigger Volkswagen Group a couple of years back. The takeover saga went to take an ironic twist at the end of 2009 when Volkswagen in turn, made a bid to take over Porsche to make it the eighth brand in the vast Volkswagen Group, joining the likes of Audi, Lamborghini, Bentley, Bugatti, Seat and Skoda as one big, happy family.

So ponder this... the Volkswagen Group will have overlapping low volume, niche models like the Porsche 911 and the Audi R8 for example. Will the R8 be eventually killed off so that the 911 will become the only practical super car in the group or will the Porsche Panamera line be discontinueued so th...

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Story and Photos by Raymond Lai posted 13 May 2010
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