Matt takes the 450 HP Audi RS5 for a run up and down California's second most famous road: the "Snake" on Mulholland Highway. Is the RS5 good enough to compete with the BMW M3 and Mercedes C63 AMG? We find out, and Matt reviews the RS5 in exactly one take.
710 HP STaSIS Engineering R8 V10 Spyder
The Smoking Tire hits the canyons with one of the fastest Audi's on the road: Stasis Engineering's Supercharged R8 5.2 FSI. Matt Farah wrings out the red Spyder on an empty canyon road, proving that no amount of horsepower is ever too much.
2011 BMW M3 Competition Package Review
The Smoking Tire returns to the site of one of Garage419's best videos, the Pacific Coast Highway north of San Simeon, to test the car that has always eluded us: The BMW M3.
Audi S6 Review
The Smoking Tire takes the 2013 Audi S6 out for a blast through the Mulholland Canyons to see if downsizing its engine has taken away its fun factor. Hint: It hasn't.
Audi R8 V10 5.2 FSI Review
We hold an open casting call for any driver wanting to test the new Audi R8 V10 5.2 FSI due to Matt Farah's busted knee. Many failed auditions later, we found a temporary replacement, and were going to watch him try and keep this Audi supercar on the road.
A quick video of my 2013 Audi RS5 that I picked up on 12/12/12 from Wynnewood Audi, in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania. See Michael Walsh!!
Ford Raptor vs Ram Runner! - Head 2 Head Episode 14
On this episode of Head 2 Head, Motor Trend's Mike Febbo and off-road racer Joe Bacal head to the desert to pit the Ford Raptor against the Ram Runner. Find out which high performance prerunner tames the tarmac and destroys the dirt the best!
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2013 Audi S8 4.0T 520-hp Quattro Vehicle Overview
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On the heels of a redesigned A8, Audi unleashed a performance variant, the S8, for 2013. Though it's four cylinders short of the 12-cylinder A8 W12, the S8's twin-turbo V-8 makes more power and is the most powerful sedan Audi has built. Competitors include the Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG and Jaguar XJ SuperSport.
The S8 is based on the regular-length A8, not the extended-wheelbase A8 L. In line with Audi's S treatment, the S8 has subtle changes versus the A8. Among them are a tweaked grille, modified side sills, a rear bumper air diffuser and quad tailpipes. Twenty-one-inch alloy wheels are standard. A sport-tuned adaptive air suspension has three selectable ride heights.
Diamond-stitched leather seats with heating, ventilation and massaging functions are standard. The instruments have unique white-on-gray detailing. Audi's drive select program allows drivers to dial in specific settings for drivetrain, steering and suspension response.
Under the Hood
With a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 cranking out 520 horsepower and 479 pounds-feet of torque — nearly as much horsepower and a lot more torque than Audi's R8 V-10 supercar — the S8 should hit 60 mph in about 4 seconds. Thanks in part to a cylinder deactivation feature, the new S8 consumes 23 percent less fuel than its V-10 S8 predecessor while making 15 percent more power, Audi says.
An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard.
The S8's brakes measure a colossal 15.7 inches up front and 14 inches in back, with six-piston front calipers. That's about the same size as the front discs on a Ferrari FF. A bevy of airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system are standard. Options include lane departure and blind spot warning systems, forward collision warning with automatic braking, and night vision with pedestrian detection.
► 2013 Audi RS5 - Full Throttle
The Audi RS 5 Coupé uses a high-revving, normally aspirated V8 displacing 4,163 cc. This engine is closely related to the V10 that powers the R8 high-performance sports car. The 4.2 FSI delivers 331 kW (450 hp) at 8,250 rpm, with the peak torque of 430 Nm (317.15 lb-ft) available between 4,000 and 6,000 rpm. The engine has a specific output of 108.1 hp per liter of displacement. The potent response, the eager revving and the rich, melodious sound mark the V8 as a thoroughbred racing engine.
Hand-built at the plant in Györ, Hungary, the 4.2 FSI launches the Coupé from zero to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 4.6 seconds. Audi will increase the electronically governed top speed from 250 to 280 km/h (155.34 to 173.98 mph) upon request. Thanks to the combination of technologies from the Audi modular efficiency platform, which also includes a recuperation system, the high-tech V8 consumes significantly less fuel on average than its direct competitors.
1500 HP EVOMS "Mayhem" 997 Turbo Rolling Half Mile
Matt is handed the keys to the Evolution Motorsport "Mayhem" 997 turbo and offered a single pull down the runway. This is what it's like to make that pull with zero practice.
Filmed at Shift S3ctor Airstrip Attack www.shift-s3ctor.com
Mercedes C63 vs BMW M3 vs Audi RS5!
We compare the latest BMW M3 coupe with the new Audi RS5 coupe, and we bring in the Mercedes C63 AMG Break to deliver us some snacks...
High-res via http://www.abhd.nl/video/audi-rs5-vs-bmw-m3-vs-mercedes-c63/
Audi S8 - First Drive
Matt takes a quick spin through the Malibu Canyons in the 2013 Audi S8. It features a 520 hp 4.0L V8, AWD, and an all-aluminum chassis and body.