Audi RS 4 Avant paintball duel results in automotive bukkake

RS 4 paintball
Have you ever wondered what would happen if you took a pair of brand new Audi RS 4 Avants – complete with bonnet-mounted paintball guns – to a military aircraft hangar? Neither have we. But, according to Audi, you create the ultimate head-to-head paintball duel.

Powered by the company’s 4.2 FSI engine, which produces 331 kW (450 hp) and 430 Nm of torque, this family-friendly supercar can crack 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 4.7 seconds before hitting a limited top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph).


evo samples the BMW i8

BMW i8
Here’s the latest diary from Harry Metcalfe, which sees the evo magazine founder travel to an icy northern Sweden to hitch a ride in a prototype version of BMW’s i8 performance hybrid, which is being touted as a Porsche 911 rival.

Expected to feature the same unit as the i8 Concept, the production car will use a turbocharged three-cylinder petrol unit, developing 164 kW (223 hp) and 300 Nm of torque, to drive the rear wheels, along with a 96 kW (131 hp) motor powering the front axle.


Mercedes-Benz CLS 63 AMG vs Porsche Panamera GTS

Mercedes CLS AMG and Porsche Panamera GTS
If you missed last night’s Fifth Gear, here’s a piece which sees Johnny Smith and Vicki Butler-Henderson head to Castle Combe Circuit armed with the Mercedes-Benz CLS 63 AMG and Porsche’s Panamera GTS for a little shoot-out.

The CLS is powered by that delicious 5.5-litre bi-turbo V8 engine producing 410 kW (557 hp) and 720 Nm of torque, allowing it to crack 100 km/h in 4.2 seconds, while the Panamera uses a modified version of the naturally aspirated 4.8-litre V8 seen in the S and 4S models; good for 316 kW (430 hp) and 520 Nm and a sub-4.5s sprint to 100 km/h.


Brabus 800 Roadster revealed

Brabus 800 Roadster
Bottrop tuning specialist Brabus has released details of its insane 800 Roadster program for the Mercedes SL 65 AMG ahead of its Geneva début next month.

Applying its T65 RS engine conversion to the 6-litre biturbo engine, which includes new manifolds with integrated turbine housings and high-performance turbochargers, four water-to-air intercoolers, remapped ECU software and a stainless steel exhaust system with adjustable butterfly valve and high-flow metal catalysts, output is raised from 463 kW (630 hp) and 1000 Nm of torque to a wondrous 588 kW (800 hp) and 1,420 Nm. Those changes mean 100 km/h appears in just 3.7 seconds and 200 km/h in 9.8 s, while top speed is a mind-bending 350 km/h (217 mph). Further mechanical tweaks include Brabus’ module for the ABC (Active Body Control) suspension allowing a 25 mm drop in ride height and a limited-slip rear differential with a locking rate of 40 percent.

Visually, the Roadster wears a carbon fibre aero package comprising of a front spoiler, a hood scoop, fender vents, side skirts, a rear spoiler and diffuser insert, while the factory alloys have been replaced with Monoblock R ‘Platinum Edition’ forged wheels measuring 9 and 10.5 x 20-inches and shod in 255/30 ZR and 305/25 ZR rubber.

Moving inside, past the backlit stainless steel scuff plates, Brabus uses materials soft Mastik leather finished with quilted stitching to reupholster the seats, panelling and floor mats.

We can’t begin to imagine how much this would cost.


1984 Audi 80 quattro takes ice crown

General Lee Audi 80 quattro
Here’s Andreas Martinsson in action at this year’s Orsa Speed Weekend behind the wheel of his self-built Audi 80 quattro, securing the record for the flying 1,000 metres on ice.

Based on a 1984 model, painted in the General Lee colours, Andreas and his team at Martinsson Racing put this Frankenstein machine together using a five-cylinder engine fitted with a Sport quattro head, Moroso pistons, revised connecting rods and a modified turbocharger and trunk-mounted intercooler from a Caterpillar 930H wheel loader, the 80 transfers an astonishing 863 whp to the ice via a set of 16-inch WRC-spec studded Pirelli tyres.

On his record-breaking run Andreas was clocked at 267.857 km/h (166.07 mph) going in and 304.311 km/h (188.67 mph) coming back, with an average speed over 1,000 metres of 294.502 km/h (182.59 mph), although the car has reached 345 km/h (214 mph) on other surfaces.


APR presents Eaton TVS1740 supercharger

APR Eaton TVS1740 supercharger
Following on from the recent sneak preview, Alabama-based APR Motorsport has presented the first applications of the Eaton TVS1740 supercharger kit.

For the past 12 months, APR’s engineering team has worked with the TVS1740 to develop three new Stage III supercharger systems to suit Audi’s 3.0 TFSI unit and the 4.2-litre FSI V8 engine seen in the B8 RS 4, B8 RS 5 and R8.

Power gains are yet to be disclosed, but APR says that the results of the new TVS1740 – when packaged within the company’s integrated manifold designs – are nothing short of breathtaking, producing brutal acceleration with minimal impact on drivability, reliability and average fuel consumption.

When you realise that its Stage III system for the previous (B7) RS 4 raises output from 309 kw (414 hp) and 430 Nm of torque to 425 kW (570 hp) and 691 Nm, we can only dream of what the current 331 kW (450 hp) RS 4 may be able to churn out.



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