Power and Secrets: Top Posts on AudiWorld in 2021

Power and Secrets: Top Posts on AudiWorld in 2021

‘Tis the season for best of lists, so let’s take a look at some of the most popular stories of the year!

For most of us, life hasn’t gotten quite back to normal. But global turmoil aside, it’s clear that in the history books, 2021 will still go down as a watershed year in the automotive world. For one thing, the already-accelerating industry push toward electric vehicles picked up even more steam — and Audi was at the front of the pack. Not only did Ingolstadt reveal that its engineers had stopped developing internal-combustion engines, it also dropped the news that coming 2026, new Audis will be all-electric.

Fortunately, Audi also enlisted gymkhana legend Ken Block to help develop motorsport-ready electric vehicles. So as far as enthusiasts are concerned? The future looks brighter than ever. That said, the year was also full of nasty engine notes, as tuners all over the world started stoking the RS6 Avant to weapons-grade levels, and we also got to check out magnificent creations like this 1276-horsepower R8. For those keeping score, it’ll do zero to 60 mph in just 2.3 seconds and tops out north of 210 mph.

But before we ring in 2022, let’s take a look at some of the most popular stories of the year. There are some great reads in there, so make sure you didn’t miss any!

2022 Audi RS 3

The New Audi RS3: Specs and Gallery

Ingolstadt just dropped all the information on the new Audi RS 3, so hang on to your pants, because this baby sounds like a total blast. Power comes from Audi’s award-winning 2.5-liter turbocharged five-cylinder, which pumps out a whopping 394 horsepower and 368 lb-ft of torque.

— By John Coyle

2009 Audi R15 TDI

Rare Opportunity: 2009 Audi R15 TDI for Sale

In the automotive hobby, there are rare cars, and there are the kind of ultra-rare unicorn cars that are the stuff of legend. This 2009 Audi R15 TDI for sale on Canepa definitely falls into the later category, as it’s the only example of the Le Mans racer in private hands, and it’s also the last of Audi’s open-top race cars.

— By John Coyle

Power and Secrets: Top Posts on AudiWorld in 2021

7 Hidden Features of the Audi Q7

The Audi Q7 is a sports utility vehicle with some awesome features to help you get from point A to point B. But have you utilized these hidden features to your advantage? Check out these seven aspects of the Q7 that aren’t as widely known by Q7 owners.

— By Gaby Massari

2022 Audi Lineup

2022 Audi Lineup Will Include More Standard Equipment

We recently laid out all the changes for 2022 in the Audi RS lineup. This time we are focusing on the bread-and-butter models. The standard Audi range in 2022 will see some worthwhile updates of their own. The new Q6 e-tron is set to debut this year but that all-new model will not be covered here.

— By Joe Kucinski

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Must-have Mods for the Audi B8.5 S4/S5

Power is piped to the company’s famous quattro system through a wicked-quick seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, which means the new RS 3 will make the sprint to 60 mph in just 3.8 seconds. Keep your foot in the carpet, and standard models will pull all the way up to 155 mph.

— By Tommy Mabson

Mikkola Audi Quattro S1 E2

700 HP Audi Quattro S1 E2 Sounds Like a VELOCIRAPTOR!

Though Audi’s quattro all-wheel drive helped place Ingolstadt in the spotlight back in the Eighties, it was the ur-Quattro itself that made the company a household name. It certainly arrived at the right time, too, right at the start of rallying’s Group B era.

— By Cameron Aubernon

RS6 Bi-Turbo 4.2 liter V8

Top 10 Best Audi Engines of All Time

When it comes to weaving a compelling tale of high performance and iconic luxury cars, few can hold a candle to Audi and its impressive lineup of products. From the Quattro performance coupe to the Audi R8, the list of smash hits goes on and on, and it can be hard to keep track of them all.

— By Carl Malek

Audi Sport quattro S1 E2 Tribute

For Sale: 1986 Audi Sport quattro S1 E2 Tribute

It’s impossible to overstate the impact that the Audi Sport quattro had on rally racing. Thanks to its revolutionary all-wheel-drive system, these beasts faced the insane competition of Group B and took home four championships in just five years.

— By John Coyle

Audi RS 5 Coupé in Nardo Grey

Top 10 Audi Paint Colors of All Time

When most people see an Audi these days, they usually see one in black, gray or silver. Maybe even white or red. Audi’s own official colors are black, white and “a progressive red.” Either way, it seems like Ingolstadt’s fallen in line with the rest of the monochrome palette used elsewhere.

— By Cameron Aubernon

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6 Secrets of the Audi A4

Even many folks who own these awesome machines aren’t aware of all the hidden features and tricks for the Audi A4 B7/B8. So keep reading to see how you can customize your A4 even further to your liking.

— By Gaby Massari

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Emotive Design of the e-tron GT Is Beautiful and Purposeful

Instead of making another funky EV, Audi used the e-tron GT to evolve its design language.

Evolution

For whatever reason, most automakers feel like all-electric vehicles have to look a certain way – funky and unique, and nothing like a traditional ICE-powered vehicle. Quite a few people don’t agree with this sentiment, and thankfully, that includes Audi. The German automaker is cranking out some truly beautiful EVs these days, including the e-tron GT, which represents the next evolutionary stage in Audi’s design language.

Photos: Audi

Form and Function

As is the case with all of Audi’s models, the e-tron GT features a design that embraces both form and function, with flowing body lines that serve as the starting point for the automaker’s future EVs. But while it certainly looks great, the e-tron GT also features a drag coefficient of just 0.24, which reduces energy consumption on long-distance journeys, in particular.

Photos: Audi

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Considerable Size

Like Audi’s current full-size models, the e-tron GT takes up considerable space with a wheelbase of 2.90 m (9.5 ft), with a length of 4.99 m (16.4 ft). The four-door coupé is 1.96 m (6.4 ft) wide and just 1.41 m (4.6 ft) high, and its wheels have a diameter of between 19 and 21 inches. The track width is 1.69 m (5.5 ft) at the front and 1.66 m (5.4 ft) at the rear.

Photos: Audi

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More Space

Unlike Audi’s ICE-powered vehicles, however, the e-tron GT offers a number of packaging benefits that stem from the simplified design of EVs. There’s more room for rear passengers, for example, thanks to what Audi calls a “foot garage” that allows them to sit lower in the vehicle and enjoy more head room. Cargo space is generous as well at 405 liters (14.3 cu ft), while the frunk offers an additional 81 liters (2.9 cu ft) of space.

Photos: Audi

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Purposeful Design

Up front, the e-tron GT features a low-wide grille with an inverted color scheme, a radiator grille with a classic honeycomb pattern available in light hekla gray or body color, while the “mask” is finished in Manhattan gray, which frames the sculptured three-dimensional grille and the lateral air inlets. The driver enjoys a great view over the flat front end and curvy fenders, to boot.

Photos: Audi

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Side View

Down the side, the e-tron GT features an elongated hood and flat windshield transitioning into a quickly sloping roofline, while the graphics of the side windows are drawn upward in a wedge shape. The greenhouse extends low and taut over the body, which is 17 millimeters (0.1 in) lower than on the Audi A7 Sportback. It is drawn in sharply toward the rear – the gently inclined C-pillars flow into the shoulders of the body. The long, flat rear window ends in a black zone that holds a number of the vehicle antennas.

Photos: Audi

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Colors and Packages

These beautiful lines can be adorned with one of nine different colors – ibis white, Ascari blue, Daytona gray, floret silver, Kemora gray, mythos black, Suzuka gray, tactical green, and tango red. The Audi exclusive program from Audi Sport GmbH offers customized paint finishes as well. Additionally, two variants of the black styling package are available, and there are quite a few carbon fiber pieces available. Add it all up, and you’ve got one of the most beautiful EVs on the road today, without a doubt.

Photos: Audi

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Ken Block’s Sport Quattro by LCE Performance Is a Street-Legal Rally Car

After ending his partnership with Ford, Block is branching out with a new mega-powerful ride.

New Ride

Ken Block is a longtime race car driver across multiple forms of motorsport, as well as the founder of Hoonigan. Block has also owned some pretty amazing cars in his time, many of which have starred in his mega-popular Gymkhana series. But Block also recently ended his 10-year partnership with Ford, which means that he’s branching out a bit – an effort that includes this amazing Audi Sport Quattro he purchased from LCE Performance in Germany and brought to the 2021 SEMA Show.

Photos: Ken Block

Plenty of Power

Under the hood, the Audi’s 2.5-liter turbocharged powerplant cranks out a hefty 736 horsepower, which is more than enough to have some fun with the lightweight replica. The fact that this car isn’t a real-deal example of the rare homologation special is important as well, because Block notes that he isn’t a collector – he likes to drive his cars, and drive them hard, without having to worry about messing up a rare and desirable vehicle.

Photos: Ken Block

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Rolling Stock

The Sport Quattro replica rolls on vintage-looking Rotoform wheels that are based on the company’s ROC design to look somewhat like the originals but have been renamed ROC-H. They’re wrapped in Toyo R888R tires, which is fitting given the fact that Block is sponsored by Toyo and this car appeared in the company’s SEMA booth.

Photos: Ken Block

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No Status Quo

With a body made from a mixture of carbon and carbon-kevlar, this Sport Quattro replica is undoubtedly light. Throw in its high output, and it’s obvious that this is going to be one seriously quick Audi. But then again, it’s become clear over the years that the status quo isn’t going to cut it for Block, a man whose road-going cars are nearly as fast as his racers.

Photos: Ken Block

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Retropower’s 500 HP Turbo Quattro Sport Is Pure Vintage Perfection

This road-going Quattro Sport was created to mimic its race car brethren.

Glory Days

The Audi Quattro Sport came from humble beginnings, built on a small budget by an at-the-time little-known German automaker. However, it would go on to become a legend in both the automobile and racing world, earning more than its fair share of success on the rally circuit, taking down all of its previously dominant foes. This particular Quattro Sport is owned by a fan of those glory days and was built by Retropower to resemble its legendary racing brethren.

Photos: Retropower

Getting to Work

Back in 2011, an Audi specialist chopped 12.6 inches from the car’s length to mimic what the automaker had done to its racers of the era, at which time Retropower got their hands on the project to see it through to completion. They got to work relocating the cooling system to the trunk and heavily modifying the car’s rear structure, roll cage, and a spartan cabin that focuses more on safety and usability than comfort.

Photos: Retropower

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Own This RS 3 LMS Touring Race Car Now

The Audi RS 3 LMS was bred solely for track use and it shows in the carefully constructed design.

Built for the Track

Audi put together another incredible racing machine in the RS 3 LMS. This edition of the popular RS 3 is built strictly for racing purposes. It’s currently legal for multiple racing series as is. And this particular model, slightly used, is on sale through PistonHeads for approximately $150,000 USD.

Photo: PistonHeads

Less Power = More Winning?

But don’t think that the downsized engine means downsized performance. The RS 3 LMS is packed with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder TSFI engine that delivers 330hp to the front wheels. It may seem counter-intuitive to the casual race fan, but opting for a smaller, lighter setup is often a recipe for success on the track. The prime example being the TOM’s Supra which swapped out its 2JZ-GTE for a lighter four-cylinder Beams 3S-GTE and finally beat out the Nissan Skyline.

Photo: Piston Heads

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Extreme Weight Savings

The end result is a racer that is far lighter than the street-legal variant. Aiding the weight savings is the plethora of aluminum, carbon fiber, magnesium, and composite parts. In fact, the heaviest portion of the car is its steel chassis and cage. Everything else is comprised of lightweight materials. In total, the RS 3 LMS shaved 1,000 lbs and weighs just 2,458 lbs – or less than a 2013 Miata Club.

Photo: Piston Heads

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