Like many people, when we at I Am Audi look at a car we imagine going on a road trip and how that car would do on a long drive. We typically consider Audi and how it would handle, the comfort, fuel economy and fun factor but today we added something new to the equation. If you had a brand new Q5 with Tow Package what would you tow? This new additive changed a lot of factors including the ultimate destination of the trip. So our Monday question for everyone is – “Where would you go and what would you tow?” if you had a brand new Audi Q5 with tow package and money was no object.
Yup Lil Wayne has Klout but for that matter so does Justin bieber, in fact Lil Bieber has more Klout then Weezy! We wanted to talk about focus not just the size of audience, we decided to create Audi Klout or Kloudi ! Kloudi is the social Klout you have around one particular topic, your core competency or focus. When we use I Am Audi Klout as a case study it is obvious our Klaudi is all around Audi and social media two things we love. Are you an Audi fan? How do you stack up against the top influencing Audi Web presences on the web: visit Audi Klout List and find out what your Klaudi is!
Official: Audi R8 GT Registry // 1-333 – We wanted to help keep track of the 333 Audi R8 GT’s around the World. If your an Audi Dealer, an owner of an R8 GT or maybe your neighbor has one chime in and let us know. Ideally we would love a picture, number 1-333 and location, however we understand that’s not always possible so any update works. To start it off here is R8 GT #128 at OpenRoad Audi in Vancouver B.C. We’re proud to be part of the Audi community and can’t wait to see the R8 GT on the streets. Use the comments section below to submit the R8 GT!
For as long as the Audi RS4 has been available it has been without question an icon of the Audi Brand. Now nearly 3 years have passed since a new Audi RS4 has been available so many who own the RS4 are looking for a little change; the problem is after driving the RS4 its hard to find another car that comes close. Many of these owners are opting to modify their RS4’s a little to hold them over and we found a particular mod we like RS5 wheels on the B7 RS4. Tell us what you think, we know its not a supercharger but it really makes the RS4 stand out.
We have said it before, quattro does not replace bad judgment when it comes to driving. Now with that out of the way we got these photos from merkur-online.de , however unfortanatly for us we can’t translate – please feel free to let us know what this says. It makes us a little sad to know that other people are wrecking Audi’s like the RS3 before we even get a chance to drive them in the United States, such is life. We would like to thank audirsclub for sharing this on Facebook.
People used to think that the planets revolved around Earth, but we know today that isn’t the case and that the planets orbit the sun. Well I don’t know why this Solar Orange Audi TTS made me think about that, but it did. Typically people are safe and go for silvers, grays, blacks and as of recently while when deciding on color but you would be amazed at the postoperative feedback this bright TTS has had – people love it. Here are some pictures to brighten your day, let us know if you have any questions!!!
Being one of many twin turbo Audi V10 R8′s that Heffner Performance has built this year, this “sultry beast” is, but it is their very first R8 V10 Spyder. Developped on a Audi R8 V10 platform, whit a 5.2 liter DOHC V10, four valves per cylinder engine, this beauty comes with a system fitted to the open-top sports car, which uses twin Garrett GT35R turbos pumping out 6 psi of boost producing 725 awhp, which is 225 more than stock.
The tuner say that “this is the most refined aftermarket twin turbo car that we have experienced.” R8 V10 Spyder’s power delivery is very smooth and linear and the whisper of the spooling turbos makes the hair stand up on the back of your neck. The tuner can ajust the exhaust noise levels to the customers preference based on muffler size. Price: Being a custom car the price can vary a lot, but you can make an overall idea keeping in mind that
2012 Audi twin turbo V10 R8 was priced at $196,800.00. Specs:
– Heffner Performance’s bolt on system is available through select Heffner Performance dealers.
– a bolt on system with a full engine build is also available through Heffner Performance.
– The company offers a limited warranty of 12 months / 12,000 miles parts and labor.
When Audizine arrived in their 2012 Audi A6 it was filthy. Part of the deal with Anthony (Audizine Founder) stopping by was that Audi Wilsonville would clean the Audi up for the drive back to California. It was a new color none of us had seen yet, Aviator Blue and it looked really nice. On behalf of I Am Audi and Audi Wilsonville we want to say thank you to Audizine for making the trip. It was great to see you and we can’t wait for the next time you’re in the Portland area!!
STaSIS customer #001 picked up the very first customer installed STaSIS Challenge Extreme Edition Audi R8 V10 this morning at the crack of dawn (literally) from Audi Stevens Creek (Penske store) in San Jose, CA.The customer returned from Europe last Friday night and just could not wait any longer to get behind the wheel of this black beauty with a bite. The car sounded extra-ordinary as it sped off down Stevens Creek Blvd. with his friendly service writer Dave H. only to return with the same ear to ear grin we have seen pouring out of anyone who has had the opportunity to experience the STaSIS Challenge Extreme Audi R8 V10.
As you may or may not be aware of, Audi is continually finding new ways to make both their vehicles and their production sites, along with many other aspects of the company, greener. In our society, where the term “green” is worn like a badge of honor, it is tough to keep up with the ever changing scape of “green” and what that actually means. To Audi, and its loyal following, it will now mean something more, or less, depending how you look at it. Back in May the company launched an initiative to make Audi completely CO2 neutral and have now built a microsite ( Audi Balanced Mobility ) to showcase what that looks like. If you want to check it out, here is the website as well as just one more reason to love all things Audi, have an awesome Monday!
From the Audi Brazil Facebook page: “A summary of the race held by the team Audi Sport Team within 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps, held in Belgium. The car R8 LMS won the race number 33, while number 32 came in fourth place. Now brief video of the 24 hours of Spa -Francorchamps race endurance synonymous with strength, technique and adrenaline that happened last weekend in Belgium. Congratulations on the top spot of the podium to the pilots of the R8 LMS # 33 Audi Sport Team:”
Nothing like the sound of an Audi R8 giving it all it’s got!! Hard to believe that anything could sound better – but with this exhaust upgrade from STaSIS , it is taken to a whole new level. Enjoy and have a great Friday!!
Johan de Nysschen is just finishing up with his Q & A on the Fourtitude forums and we have to say we’re extremely impressed with Johan’s composure and attention to detail in answering nearly every question. Many people know that the I Am Audi project was born from the desire to connect people with Audi by using Social media and the hub for that connection is I Am Audi .com; so we had some questions of our own. Thank you again Johan, we would love to sit with you and get a little more in depth about Audi and its Social media strategy – our door is always open!
1) “How is Audi scaling its online social strategy with Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare ect, how is the Audi Social Media team reacting to our ever-growing social presence?”
2) “Knowing Audi is an aspirational Brand and many of our nearly 4,000,000 Facebook and 56,000 Twitter followers do not own the product; how is Audi rewarding these faithful “social” advocates for supporting the Brand?”
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Be sure to tune into today at Fourtitude at 2:30pm EST for an online forum with Johan de Nysschen. For anyone who doesn’t know who he is, he is Audi Of America’s President, and fearless leader who is largely responsible for Audi’s huge growth over the last years. He is also an enjoyable and informative speaker and will be online shortly answering questions through Forum. Feel free to post your questions or just follow the thread. Thank you Fourtitude for sharing this with all of us and Thank you Johan de Nysschen for what you have brought to Audi and for your vision of the future. We hope everyone will tune in today. Visit: Fourtitude + Johan to join the conversation!
From the Audi Channel a nice walk around video of the Audi RS5 is everything you need to know about this beast! Now you might have to do some conversions and we won’t be getting right hand drive and most likely ceramic brakes will not be an option but other then that this clip is right on. Have a great Tuesday everyone!
Though this has little to do with Audi it has everything to do with a topic we are passionate about, video and marketing. As they say “Sex Sells” and we know that to be true yet, so many Brands steer away from provocative advertising out of fear of tarnishing their reputation or image. Mercedes has never been a manufacturer that I would consider risk-ay or sexy but this short spot might be a sign that times are changing- well done Mercedes!
From the Mercedes Benz Facebook page as well as YouTube Channel: “If it isn’t hot enough outside, here’s a look at the all-new 2012 SLK Roadster and the 2012 LUXE by Lisa Vogel swimwear collection model Melissa Britos at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim in Miami. Every summer, the swimwear industry gathers at the Raleigh Hotel in Miami Beach for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim. Held this year from July 14th to 18th, the Mercedes-Benz Presents Designer was LUXE by Lisa Vogel. Here’s model Melissa Britos driving the all-new 2012 SLK to work at the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Miami.”
Do you want your Audi to be quicker, handle better and sound a little more aggressive? Of course you do! STaSIS has released their tuning packages for the 2011 Audi lineup and the majority of the 2012 Audi models. Watch the video below to get an idea of what a STaSIS Signature Series package can do for a B8 Audi S4 with the 3.0T engine – the exhaust sound alone makes the package so worth while!
Taking a little detour from the kinds of things we usually post about – we thought we would share this bittersweet story today about a man in Calgary, Alberta who’s Dream Day involved driving an Audi TT. The original article explains in more detail what this Dream day consisted of but this story is just really touching and we can’t help but feel for the family as well as for the kindness of others. We want to wish Noel Verhoog and his family all the best and say thank you to Experience Genie , Josh Dawson for having such a big heart. Of course we are also happy that this wish had to do with Audi – but mostly want to remind everyone to be thankful everyday for what we have. Have a great weekend. For the original article visit Global TV Edmonton for all the details.
Volkswagen did a really nice job when they released their Harlequin Edition cars, but today’s trivia is did Audi ever officially release a “ Audi Harlequin ” Edition? Have a great Thursday everyone and let us know if you like the Harlequin and if you think VW or Audi should bring it back… imagine a Harlequin Audi Q5 , beautiful.
Since those of us in the Portland area need a bit of a pick me up from all the clouds these last few days – and those of you in the middle or Eastern parts of the states probably need a break from the heat – we thought we’d share some exciting news from Audi and some sketches of an A5 that is rumored to be competing in Germany’s DTM (Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters) race series next year. By all accounts these sketches are fantastic – even though we’d love to see some actual pictures! Click on the original article below from Motortrend to find out more about it!
Matt Hardigree — A competitor in this year’s Bullrun Rally caused a five-car crash when an Audi R8 apparently lost control near Orlando, Florida on the multi-state, high-speed rally from Las Vegas to Miami. The driver was arrested and Ice-T was apparently there. UPDATE.
The Bullrun Rally bills itself as not a race but a rally, despite being named for the legendary and illegal Bullrun cross-country race. Over the years it’s transformed itself into a “lifestyle event” for high-profile luxury cars to drive from checkpoint-to-checkpoint, often times at speeds well above the legal limit, in what local police call “a nightmare. For the complete article make sure to visi Jalopnik the original source of this unfortunate news!
If you are looking for somewhere to visit this summer – and have Audi on your brain – you may want to check out San Fransisco’s Union Square. Recently opened, a new pedestrian area aimed at making the Union Square area more accessible and of course, greener, has Audi’s name all over it. The company donated $890,000 for the project and though no advertising is officially allowed in the square – this is the sort of unique project we have come to expect from Audi . Click below to check out the original article for more details on this new space and if you live in the San Fransisco area send in some pics – we would love to see them! Visit SF Streetsblog
While in the office today I got an email from Joe H. a coworker of mine who noticed outside three generation of the Audi A6; a pretty nice site. When I first saw pictures of the new A6 I was really excited and am amazed it is finally here – it is truly amazing how time flies! When I look at this shot I can still remember when the RS6 to the right was on the showroom floor – it really doesn’t seem like that long ago.
This shit is so funny! Not a lot to do with Audi although, it’s always nice to see one, especially being cleaned! Haven’t seen Bridesmaids yet – but Melissa McCarthy is pretty funny! “Melissa McCarthy is announcing the Primetime Emmy Nominations live this Thursday and she’s freaking out. For advice, she turns to her predecessor Joel McHale. He puts her through training that includes folding his laundry, washing his Audi , getting punched in the face, and chasing a chicken. Why? Only he knows.”
Back in December we did a post on two Glut Orange Audi’s which were incredibly rare – and especially rare since they were from the same family! The owners, who we contacted through Facebook were kind enough to share some incredible pictures. One was a V12 Diesel Q7 and one was a V10 R8 and both were very special!! Sadly, the R8 had a crash a short time ago and this is what it looks like now! We are happy to report that no one was hurt – but obviously the R8 sustained some damage. For the original I Am Audi article with the V10 R8 and V12 Diesel Q7 before the accident visit: “ A gluten for Audi ” Have a fantastic Monday!!
We here at I Am Audi have always felt like we are pretty on-top of things when it comes to Audi, so when something makes us say “WOW” typically we have reason. Today was one of those days and this Audi Q7 pick-up was the reason – undoubtedly it takes the cake for “strange” for this week. We know that people have done some pretty wild things with their Audi’s so we decided to include a picture of this Audi TT pick-up – to be honest nothing will surprise us at this point.
“A report from inside the Royal Tent–or rather the Audi & Tiffany one. Yesterday, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge continued their whirlwind Cali tour and showed up in Santa Barbara mid-Saturday morning by helicopter for the Foundation Polo Challenge at the Santa Barbara Polo and Racquet Club held in benefit of the American Friends of the Foundation of Prince William and Prince Harry.”
“The likes of Rosario Dawson, Billy Zane, a frosty blonde Rob Lowe and a particularly stunning Jennifer Love Hewitt (dazzling in navy Monique Llullier) were milling about the VIP area with a mixture of Hollywood who’s who and what looked like many of what could be the next round of Bravo’s “Real Housewives” (though not nearly as gauche). Love Hewitt was thoroughly smitten with the Royal” Make sure to continue reading the Complete Article at the source – The Wall Street Journal.
Jeremy Clarkson heads out on to the Top Gear track for motoring’s equivalent of the Ryder Cup as America’s Corvette ZR1 takes on Europe’s Audi R8 V10. What will prevail – the American’s muscle, or the finesse of the European? Go the Top Gear Youtube Channel to see a full list of all high quality videos and don’t forget to visit the Top Gear website for all the latest news and car reviews.
Source: Top Gear
One of the rumors that’s long been spreading on the internet is that Audi would create a boy racer version of their upcoming Q3 crossover. While nothing had been set in stone yet by Audi, Swedish auto magazine Sportbilen got a chance to ride shotgun in a preproduction version of the Q3 RS at the “world” premier of the new Q3. While standard version of the Q3 are propelled by 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline or diesel engines, the Q3 RS shares its 2.5-liter turbocharged I-5 mill with some big guns, Audi’s RS3 and TT RS.
While there’s really not much to this video, it does give us some idea of what we can expect Audi’s Q3 RS. The blue Q3 RS preproduction example featured in this video looks almost exactly the same as a stock Q3—it doesn’t even have visible “RS” markings. If and when the Q3 RS hits the market, it’ll likely feature a different body kit, wheels and other visual cues to distinguish it from the “lesser” two-point-slow (relatively speaking of course) gas and diesel models. Since the Q3 RS shares its 300-hp turbocharged I-5 with the TT RS and RS3, its exhaust note (while quite aurally pleasing) is nothing unique to the car. Like the RS3, power is likely routed through a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox, complete with paddle shifters, and power is put down on the ground at all four corners with Audi’s Quattro all-wheel drive system.
Audi has yet to confirm that North American customers will get the Q3, let alone the Q3 RS. Our take is that we’ll probably get the Q3 in a year or two in order to compete with BMW’s new X1. Chances are we probably won’t be getting the Q3 RS though. It took a Facebook campaign in order to get Audi to bring the TT RS to the United States (in limited numbers, at that) and Audi has so far been firm in stating that customers in the United States and Canada won’t be seeing the RS3 in North America. As far as Audi’s concerned, the TT RS and RS3 are the same car (and by extension, so is the Q3 RS) so we’ll only be getting one of them in the North American market.
Happy 4th of July! Today I was thinking about of all the things I have to be thankful for – I have so many things! My amazing Wife, my Family, Audi , health, friends, my experiences, my motorcycle and the list goes on and on – Like I said, I have so much to be thankful for. This made me think a little about whats next and at the same time I saw these pictures of Porsche doing extreme weather testing and it said: “Testing is an essential part in the development of any new Porsche. It is only by taking the cars to the extremes that we can ensure that our performance and quality standards are met. These images offer you insight in the testing of prototypes.” Now this might not mean much to most, but like going to Le Mans in 2012 with Audi I have always dreamed of being involved in the start to finish development of a new car – including taking part in the pre-production testing. My aspirations have always been pretty big and I guess that is why I have always stayed pretty busy but I could not have done it without Kansas. Thanks for all of your direction, love and support – now I just have to figure out a way to get invited to some prototype testing??!!
This video became very popular yesterday after we published it on the I Am Audi Youtube Channel, so we wanted to officially share it with all our fans. One of our favorite quotes from the video is: “Its not just about the car, nor the engineers nor the drivers – its about one team willing to take up the challenges ahead.” – something I think translates very well to all of our everyday lives. Now we are not the official resource for Le Mans, that title can only be held by George from Fourtitude – his coverage is exceptional. With that said, I Am Audi is passionate about motorsports and hopes to experience the 24 Hours of Le Mans first hand next year – until then, enjoy this very well done “Tribute” to the 2011 Audi Victory at Le Mans!
Tribute 2011 24 Hours of Le Mans
What a beautiful picture, the four rings and a really deep chemtrail ! We don’t know if the conspiracy theory behind chemtrails are real but we like this picture; have a great Friday afternoon everyone and a safe 4th of July. Remember to send us any Audi pictures you capture on your travels!
Promoting the Audi Cup with a couple of A1s in Football design at the Norisring. “On July 26th and 27th 2011 it’s time again for wold-class football: For the second time the Audi Cup is being played in the Allianz Arena in Munich. Be up close, when the best will compete before the new football season starts.”
We love fast cars, slow cars, low cars really any kind of car – of course especially Audi but we also love motorcycles! We want to commend Klutch for publishing on their Facebook page a motorcycle review, with amazing pictures – people know Klutch for car content but they are enthusiasts of all things with wheels just like us! The local Portland Ducati store, MotoCorsa will love this write up and pictures so we will make sure to pass it on. Thanks again Klutch and keep up the great work! For the entire write up and lots of pictures visit the source: Klutch Online .
Thank you Club Audisport Iberica for the video, we are super busy today so that’s all we really have time for – have a great Wednesday everyone and if you have any Audi motorsport video’s or pictures you want to share, send them our way!
“The driver of this Audi R8 was involved in a police chase after a domestic dispute with his wife somewhere in Germany. The police ended up shooting 37 times at the car. Somehow, the guy survived even after being shot 4 times.” The source of this article is Wrecked Exotics a pretty entertaining website if your into that sort of thing. Its like Lil Wyane says in the song “If I Die Today” – “I gotta Chopper in the Car!”, the owner of the R8 should have listened.