Lightweight AWE Exhaust Suite for Audi RS 3 Unlocks Plenty of Power and Sound

Audi RS 3 8Y AWE Exhaust Suite

AWE now offers 8Y Audi RS 3 owners two compelling exhaust options that provide a big upgrade over OEM in more ways than one.

Exhaust systems have long been one of the more popular upgrades among automotive enthusiasts, and for good reason – they typically provide a huge upgrade over stock pipes in terms of sound, and often unlock a bit of extra power, too. In certain cases, aftermarket exhaust systems are also lighter than OEM units, which is very appealing for those actually concerned with making their cars faster, whether that be in a straight line of around the bends. Luckily for 8Y Audi RS 3 owners, AWE now offers a full suite of exhaust system upgrades that accomplish all three.

Audi RS 3 owners have a couple of compelling choices when it comes to brand new AWE exhaust upgrades – its standard SwitchPath system, as well as the Track Edition exhaust. Both are constructed from T304L stainless steel 3-inch piping, with the former offering a 3-inch valved passenger-side tip outlet and a 2.5-inch driver-side outlet with a tailored resonator. Better yet, the system also responds according to the car’s factory valve behavior and ECU commands based on throttle input, engine speed, and Drive Select.

Audi RS 3 8Y AWE Exhaust Suite

This means that owners can still get all the benefits of the RS 3’s active exhaust, and the SwitchPath setup comes with a plug and play valve assembling to enable easy installation with no valve actuator transfer necessary. As for the Track Edition Exhaust, it’s essentially identical in every way, though it doesn’t have a valve on the passenger side. This means that it’s in a constant “valve open” mode, constantly churning out amazing five-cylinder sounds at all times. Either way you go, these setups sound simply amazing, as we can clearly hear in this clip.

Both of these exhaust systems are 50-state emissions legal, easy to bolt-on, and guaranteed not to trigger a check engine light. Even better, both offer up gains of 9 horsepower and 11 pound-feet of torque, as well as weight savings of 30.5 pounds for the SwitchPath exhaust and 39 pounds for the Track Edition setup. Pricing comes in at $1,645 for the Track Edition, and $2,595 for the SwitchPath, and both can be purchased by heading over here.

Photos: AWE

Quick Look: Audi A6 Allroad 10 Cool Features

Audi A6 Allroad 10 Cool Features

No major changes for this model year, but here are 10 cool features you’ll find on the 2022 Audi A6 Allroad.

Howdy, folks! Hope your Friday’s going well and you have some amazing weekend plans. Over here at AudiWorld HQ, we’re in the midst of a few fun Audi-fueled weeks at the moment. Audi just sent over the A6 Allroad for review (more on this in a moment). We’re off to drive the Q4 e-tron next week (the embargo lifts 9/30). And the RS 6 Avant will be in for review in October. #SoMuchAudiGoodnessSoLittleTime

Anyway, onto the point of this quick post. The A6 Allroad. We’re currently working on a full written review as well as a longer tour-style video of the features and specs of our particular loaner. In the meantime, we decided to make a quick 60-second Reel for Facebook and Instagram. And thought we’d share it there or down below for anyone interested (best watched on a phone) —

Audi A6 Allroad Quick Specs

Audi A6 Allroad interior

In terms of pricing and powertrain, the Audi A6 Allroad is very similar to a well-spec’d Audi SQ5 SUV. They share a variation on the same 3.0L engine as well as similar seating and cargo dimensions. The A6, for what it’s worth, offers a touch more luxury (at added expense) with an interior that’s more like the flagship models. And the SQ5, as an S model, gets a sportier feel and a little more power.

  • Engine – 3.0L Twin Turbo V6
  • Horsepower – 335
  • Torque – 369
  • Transmission – 7-speed S tronic® dual-clutch automatic transmission
  • 0-60mph – 5.1 seconds
  • Curb weight 4,486
  • Base MSRP – $66,900
  • MSRP as tested – $82,690

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Photos: Michael S. Palmer

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Audi e-tron Range Discussion Reveals Interesting Details About EVs in General

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Like all EVs, the Audi e-tron presents a bit of a learning curve when it comes to range and battery capacity.

While mass-produced EVs have been around for over a decade now, the vast majority of Americans have never owned one, let alone driven one. That is slowly changing, of course, as automakers like Audi map out an all-electric future devoid of ICE. However, as any EV owner will tell you, there’s a bit of a learning curve involved with making the switch to electrification, and one of the most important points is understanding that range can and will vary based on a number of factors. That much is clear from this fascinating discussion in the AudiWorld forums, which started with a query from a new Audi e-tron owner.

“It’s been about three weeks since I got my Audi e-tron S. I was getting around 175 miles range at 80% charged,” said T-Rex06. “Lately, it’s been varying between 162 to 169 miles at 80% charged. I’m assuming it’s normal. Just curious.”

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“The range estimator takes your recent driving and electric consumption into account when presenting the estimate,” said skaven81. “So if you are a spirited driver and/or often drive at high speeds that result in higher consumption, then the GoM will predict less range for a given SoC (state of charge). This fluctuates all the time. For example, if you take the car out in winter without using a departure timer with cabin preconditioning, you’ll burn a ton of energy on the initial heating of the cabin, and if it’s a relatively short trip, your average energy use may be something like 1.8 mi/kWh. This will reflect in the GoM estimated range, and at 80% it might only say you have 120 miles of range. In short, it’s entirely normal for the range estimate to fluctuate even if you always charge to 80%.”

Indeed, real-world results vary based on speed, temperature, and driving habits, which is also true of ICE-powered vehicles. But what’s particularly confusing for many is the fact that while EVs have different battery sizes, they also don’t use all of that capacity, in spite of what automakers might advertise.

Audi e-tron S

“All the Audi marketing materials tout the e-tron’s 95 kWh battery,” skaven81 added. “So if the first thing a new owner did was see that at 100% charge they’ve only got 86kWh available, you know that the dealer will be getting a call about that. Audi could stave that off by including a note on that screen that explains the battery buffers (or perhaps shows all of the values together), but it still creates a recipe for confusion and unhappy customers. A simple 0-100% scale is far more intuitive for the vast majority of owners. Sophisticated folks like us can simply multiply the SoC% by 86kWh to get the actual remaining capacity.”

Audi e-tron S

Of course, there’s also the matter of keeping one’s battery in the 20-80 percent state of charge range, which is where it charges the quickest and helps prevent battery degradation, hence why everyone is so focused on the 80 percent figure. Regardless, this sort of information is truly key for new EV owners that may not understand how these things work. So be sure and head over here to check out this interesting and informative discussion in its entirety, and ring in with your own questions so our resident experts can answer them for you!

Photos: Audi

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2024 Audi A6 e-tron Spied Testing at the Nurburgring Ahead of Reveal

2024 Audi A6 e-tron Prototype Nurburgring

Car Spy Media captured the 2024 Audi A6 e-tron at the iconic track, previewing the super-stylish, all-electric sedan.

The 2024 Audi A6 e-tron has been spied testing at various locations around the globe recently, which means that we’re getting ever-closer to an official reveal for the latest all-electric stunner in the brand’s portfolio full of them. Now, Car Spy Media has spotted a 2024 Audi A6 e-tron prototype taking some hot laps at the iconic Nurburgring, giving us an even better look at this stylish machine showing off its impressive – albeit silent – performance.

Riding on the PPE (Premium Platform Electric) platform co-developed by Porsche and Audi, the A6 e-tron will share its underpinnings with the upcoming Macan EV, though it will also compete directly with the Mercedes-Benz EQE sedan and the Tesla Model S. A traditional mid-size sedan accessible to a wider berth of buyers, the A6 e-tron looks much like the concept that preceded it, at least from what we can tell given the fact that it’s completely covered in heavy camo.

2024 Audi A6 e-tron Prototype Nurburgring

Details regarding the new A6 e-tron’s powertrain remain a bit of a mystery, though the concept was powered by a pair of electric motors churning out a combined 470 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque, which drive all four wheels. That’s enough to propel the sedan from a standstill to 62 miles-per-hour in less than four seconds.

2024 Audi A6 e-tron Prototype Nurburgring

The A6 e-tron concept also utilizes a 100 kilowatt-hour battery that provides up to 435 miles of range on a single charge, though that’s using Europe’s notoriously optimistic WLTP cycle, so we can expect a bit less than that when the EPA gets its hands on the stylish new model. Charging should at least be brisk, as the concept’s 270 kilowatt fast-charging system can reportedly add 186 miles of range in just 10 minutes.

Set to go on sale in 2023 as a 2024 model year vehicle, the A6 e-tron figures to be an interesting addition to the brand’s EV lineup, and one that should prove quite attractive to buyers that are looking for something a bit more traditional and perhaps even more stylish than the Model S, as well as a proper alternative to the very similar EQE.

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Audi and Team WRT Are Ending Their 13-Year Partnership After 13 Years

Team WRT Audi R8 GT3

After enjoying tremendous success together, Team WRT and Audi are moving on to other ventures.

Audi and Team WRT have enjoyed a prosperous 13-year relationship, racking up victories at the 24 Hours of Nurburgring, the Bathurst 12 Hour, and the GT World Cup in Macau, along with a grand total of 30 titles in the GTWCE and its predecessors. However, that long-standing relationship is now set to come to an end following the current season, as the two entities have announced that they are ending their decade-plus partnership.

“It is a very special and emotional moment for all of us at Team WRT and me personally, as we announce that a significant chapter in the history of our organization will soon come to an end and a new one will open,” said team principal Vincent Vosse. “It couldn’t be otherwise, because Audi has been the brand we have been associated with since the creation of Team WRT at the end of 2009 and our sole partner in GT3 racing. All things in life have a beginning and an end, and our paths will now separate but the longstanding friendships will last. We all can have a sense of pride looking at what was accomplished together and we’ll all treasure the many good memories of this great period.”

Team WRT Audi R8 GT3

It’s a somber end to a fairly tale sort of story, which has seen Team WRT and Audi team up to achieve tremendous success. The decision comes following Audi’s cancellation of its LMDh program, which WRT was set to run in the WEC next year. WRT reportedly already had a deal in place to participate in that series before this decision was made, but it didn’t take long for it to move on. In fact, BMW has already announced that WRT will operate its factory LMDh team in the FIA World Endurance Championship. Regardless, Audi and WRT’s split is a bit bittersweet for all involved.

Team WRT Audi R8 GT3

“After 13 fantastic years, we will be going our separate ways from 2023 but we will continue to have friendly ties,” said Chris Reinke, Head of Audi Sport customer racing. “The close relationship with Vincent Vosse as well as with Yves and Pascal Weerts is characterized by deep trust, shared sporting values, and an absolute drive for success. A big thank you to them and their entire team, combined with best wishes for the future.”

Photos: Team WRT

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