The Audi RS 4 Avant uses the same high-revving, normally aspirated V8 engine that powers the RS 5 Coupe. The 4,163 cc powerplant produces 331 kW (450 hp) at 8,250 rpm for a specific output of 108.1 hp per liter. Its maximum torque of 430 Nm (317.15 lb-ft) is available from 4,000 to 6,000 rpm. The responsive V8 with its red-painted cylinder head covers accelerates the RS 4 Avant from zero to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 4.7 seconds on its way to a governed top speed of 250 km/h (155.34 mph). This can be increased to 280 km/h (173.98 mph) upon request.
Hand-built at Audi's plant in Györ, Hungary, the 4.2 FSI engine combines its impressive power with exemplary efficiency, consuming on average less than 11 liters of fuel per 100 km (21.38 U.S. mpg).
With its high efficiency and long top gear, the standard seven-speed S tronic also contributes to the vehicle's good fuel economy. Drivers can let the lightning-fast dual-clutch transmission shift automatically or change gears manually using the selector lever or the paddles on the steering wheel. For explosive starts, drivers can also activate Launch Control, which manages the engagement of the clutch at an optimum starting speed and minimum wheel slip.
► 2013 Audi RS5 - INTERIOR
The vehicle's dynamically elegant styling also extends to the interior. The
standard sport seats with integrated headrests are power adjustable and
covered in a combination of black leather and Alcantara. Audi also offers
seat upholstery in Fine Nappa leather in a choice of black or lunar silver,
both subtly accented with rock gray piping. Other options include bucket
seats with folding backrests or comfortable, climate-controlled comfort
seats with a ventilation function. The interior is bathed in black, with
narrow chrome clasps at the switches and control elements providing
delicate accents. Inlays are available in a choice of carbon, brushed or
etched aluminum, a high-gloss piano finish or a light-colored stainless
The new leather multifunction sport steering wheel with its thick rim is
flattened at the bottom and features a new, even easier control concept.
The ignition key and the shift lever knob have also been redesigned. Even
the steering column stalks have been updated. The instruments have black
gauges and white lettering with special scaling. When the ignition is
turned, the red needles of the speedometer and tachometer run quickly up to
the limit before returning to zero for a touch of sporty flair. Typical of
all RS vehicles, the door openers are two delicate bars.
The driver information system with color display includes an RS menu with a
lap timer and an oil thermometer. It displays a special RS welcome screen
when the car is started. A piano-finish fascia in the instrument panel
frames the instrument cluster. The pedals, the footrest and the buttons of
the optional MMI navigation systems shine in an aluminum-look finish.
Aluminum inserts adorn the door sill trims, which are accentuated with RS 5
Audi also offers numerous exclusive features for the interior. A carbon
design package is available for the engine compartment, as are a variety of
styling packages for the body in black or matt aluminum look. A broad range
of high-performance assistance and communication systems round out the
optional extras program. Among these are adaptive cruise control, Audi side
assist, adaptive light, MMI navigation plus, the Bluetooth online car phone
and the Bang & Olufsen sound system.
2013 Chevrolet Cruze Station Wagon at Geneva 2012
The Cruze station wagon, the latest bodystyle of Chevrolet's top selling
nameplate, celebrates its world premiere at the 82nd International Geneva
Motor Show. The experience gained on the track in the World Touring Car
Championship (WTCC), which the Cruze has won for two years in a row in 2010
and 2011, were put to good use in the further development of the Cruze. The
Cruze station wagon is immediately recognizable as a new variant of the
Chevrolet Cruze, which has conquered the hearts and minds of more than a
million motorists globally and has helped Chevrolet retake the passenger
car crown in the U.S.. Apart from its generous storage space, the new
station wagon features a choice of new powerful and efficient engines as
well as the state-of-the-art MyLink onboard infotainment system. A choice
of five powertrains will be available for the entire Cruze line-up as of
summer 2012. A new 1.4L turbo gasoline,
a new 1.7L diesel and a 2.0L diesel engine with start-stop technology will
now complement the powertrain offer in addition to the current 1.6L and
1.8L gasoline engines.
► Nissan Hi-Cross Concept
Called the Hi-Cross Concept, the proposal looks at ways to extend Nissan's
leadership of the crossover market with a possible expansion of the current
For the concept, the HEV drivetrain is based on new technology developed by
Nissan for front-wheel drive models, but modified to provide four-wheel
drive. The new system's innovative approach to affordability and packaging
adopts 'one-motor, two clutch' technology linked to Nissan's new generation
XTRONIC continuously variable transmission which by itself achieves a 10
per cent improvement in fuel economy over comparable previous generation
CVTs. The low friction design has smaller shaft-diameter pulleys with a new
belt to give the widest possible ratio coverage for enhanced efficiency.
The hybrid drivetrain makes extensive use of battery technology developed
for the award-winning Nissan LEAF. The high output, fast-charging compact
lithium-ion battery, linked to high-level motor control technology,
provides acceleration assist when needed and permits downsizing of the
petrol engine for optimum economy and emissions.
In city driving, the presence of the electric motor and lithium-ion battery
allow the engine to be turned off frequently. It can also be disengaged
completely with the clutch, and energy can be recovered effectively when
Built on an extensively revised version of Nissan's Hi-Cross Concept sits
on a 2780mm wheelbase. It is 4660mm long, 1850mm wide and 1670mm tall, with
21-in. alloy wheels. The styling combines existing Nissan design cues with
new elements, at the front it has a characteristic V-shaped grille set off
by distinctive lighting signatures provided by stylish new headlamps.
Potential new design language is showcased, in particular, by a bold
character line which extends from the bonnet down the flanks of the car to
the D-pillar. At the rear it has distinctive lighting signatures provided
by stylish rear combination lamps echoing with headlamp lighting signature.
Inside, the seven-seat cockpit is dominated by a new T-wing shaped
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4.2-liter V8 engine that produces 450PS ( 331kW / 444 hp ) and 430 Nm
(317.15 lb-ft) of torque. It allows it to accelerate from 0-100kph
(0-62mph) in 4.7 seconds before hitting an electronically limited top speed
of 250kph (155mph). Drivers looking to take full advantage of the model can
request to have the speed limiter removed to raise the top speed up to
280kph (174 mph).
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Buying a Audi RS4 - Melbourne to Sydney Road Trip
Buying a Audi RS4 and then driving from Melbourne to Sydney, over 1000km's
in 2 days, sunny Melbourne weather heading into driving on snow, lots of
fun, all distilled down to under 10 minutes of video.
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Audi RS4 Avant vs Vauxhall VXR8 Tourer (Holden HSV Clubsport) - performance estate car showdown
The Audi RS4 Avant and Vauxhall VXR8 Tourer are both V8 high-performance
estate cars, but their execution couldn't be more different.
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as the Audi RS4 Avant and Vauxhall VXR8 Tourer in character. The RS4 is turbocharged, four-wheel drive with a
seven-speed dual clutch gearbox and impeccable fit and finish. The Holden
HSV Clubsport-based Vauxhall VXR8 is big-hearted, rear-wheel drive, manual
and has a comparatively old-school interior. Steve Sutcliffe drove them
both flat-out to see if German precision could overcome the tyre-smoking
brawn of the 6.2-litre VXR8.
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Audi RS4 V8 Engine removal and strip timelapse
Another timelapse from me. This time we have a very poorly Audi RS4 V8 that
was recovered in with a knocking engine after being driven through flood
water. As we suspected a bent conrod, a compression test was carried out
which confirmed low compression on cylinder one.
The engine was removed and stripped to see if any other damage had been
done and to work out the most economical repair. In this case, with damage
to the crankshaft and to the cylinder bore a replacement Short engine was
the most economical option.
The following took place over around 40 Hours, hope you enjoy it!
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Rat Rod vs Lamborghini Aventador! Roadkill Episode 5
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