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Raptor Diesel GT is an Audi TDI Powered Personal Aircraft

by on 23 July 2015 in Boutique Brands

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In covering the Audi beat, we’ve frequently covered specialty manufacturers using Audi engines for the basis of their product. This usually happens in the form of an exotic sportscar with names like Donkervoort, Spyker or Gumpert. Today though, we’ve found something different with 3.0 TDI power in the form of a personal aircraft. More…

Donkervoort D8 GTO Bare Naked Carbon Edition with Audi 2.5 TFSI Power

by on 29 May 2015 in Boutique Brands

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When it comes to boutique car brands featuring Audi power, Donkervoort qualifies as one of our favorites. The brand’s D8 models are a modern re-interpretation of the Lotus Super 7, but thoroughly modernized originally with Audi 1.8T engines, and now with 2.0 TFSI motors or 2.5 TFSI inline 5-cylinders in the case of the D8 GTO. Latest amongst the latter is the new D8 GTO Barenaked Carbon Edition. More…

Czech-Designed R200 Non-Fiction Sportscar, Based on Audi R8 with Spiritual Nod to Skoda

by on 17 April 2015 in Boutique Brands Design

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What you see before you is an interesting amalgam in automotive form. In name it is the “R200 Non-Fiction”. In form it is the spiritual tribute to the 1970s vintage Skoda 130 RS rally car, brainchild of respected Czech designer Petr Novague. Technically, the car is based on an Audi R8 and it’s just begun a […] More…

Donkervoort Announces 2.5 TFSI-Powered D8 GTO Bilster Berg Edition

by on 8 January 2015 in Boutique Brands

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For many, Donkervoort’s 2.5 TFSI-powered D8 is more than enough.  It’s a sort-of Caterham on crack- 400hp, 450 Nm (331 lb-ft)  of torque available at just 1600rpms and weighing in at a scant 700 kilograms (1543lbs).  Luckily for those who were never fans of complacency, the minds at Donkervoort have revealed a new model with […] More…

Donkervoort D8 GTO in Horizon 2 for Microsoft Xbox One

by on 16 December 2014 in Boutique Brands Choice Gear

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We’ve always been fans of the Donkervoort. This boutique car with the essence of a Lotus 7 and the heart of an Audi TFSI has long been on our list of cars we’d pick up if and when we hit the lotto. And, while that hasn’t happened yet, we have learned that the Donkervoort has been […] More…

Spyker N.V. Files for Voluntary Financial Restructuring

by on 2 December 2014 in Boutique Brands

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The last few years since the financial recession have not been kind to the world of Audi-powered boutique exotic car manufacturers. Throw on top of that ambitious goals like a Le Mans GT program, then F1 team purchase, then purchase of the Saab brand from GM and you have a recipe for insolvency. Such is the case of Spyker. More…

Infernal Trio of KTM x-bows with 1,300 hp by Wimmer RST

by on 12 November 2014 in Aftermarket & Tuner News Boutique Brands

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The core business of the known for racing sports techniques WIMMER company from Solingen, Germany, is still the professional optimization of the serial data (chip tuning) and all kind of other areas relating to power improvement, like engine modifications, hand made stainless steel sports exhausting systems, chassis techniques and – simply necessary when needed – high performance braking systems. In this case it is allowed, by the way, to talk about „genuine handicraft“, because WIMMER “tailors” carefully each vehicle individually to the customer’s needs on an ultra-modern DjnoJet testing bench. Furthermore, WIMMER is competence partner of the KW company and renowned service partner for X-BOW of KTM. Concerning the last mentioned point, the WIMMER specialists have begun to work and transformed three members of the X-BOW-”family” into a really infernal trio with all in all more than 1,300 HP. More…

Bentley Continental GT3-R Makes North American Debut at 2014 Pebble Beach

by on 12 August 2014 in Boutique Brands

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Limited edition Bentley Performance Model to be shown during Monterey Auto Week Complete Bentley product range on display at the Home of Bentley Making its North American debut at this year’s Pebble Beach is the new Continental GT3-R – the most dynamic and fastest-accelerating Bentley ever produced. Inspired by Bentley’s race-winning Continental GT3 race car, […] More…

Bentley Announces 572hp Continental GT3-R, Powered by Audi’s 4.0 TFSI

by on 17 June 2014 in Boutique Brands

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Bentley has officially announced their highest powered production vehicle ever- the Continental GT3-R, which also happens to feature the highest horsepower production variant of Audi’s 4.0 TFSI we’ve seen thus far.  In the GT3-R, the 4.0 TFSI makes 572hp, which is 12hp more than the when placed in the 560hp Audi RS 6 and RS 7 with […] More…

One of the World’s First Tattooed Cars Revealed at London Stage of Gumball 3000 Rally

by on 11 June 2014 in Boutique Brands

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It took tattoo artist, Aleksy Marcinow, two weeks to ink the Gumpert Apollo supercar London Motor Museum also exhibited 10 other supercars from the 1930s to the modern day Hayes, London, England – Crowds gathered on a sun-drenched Regent Street in London on Sunday to watch the unveiling of one of the world’s first tattooed cars […] More…

Upcoming Bentley SUV Spied Testing

by on 21 May 2014 in Boutique Brands

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What you are looking at is one of the first Bentley SUV test mules in company history.  Cleverly disguised as an Audi Q7, the more astute among us will immediately notice the flared arches and front bumper modifications that point to something a bit “more” going on with this particular car.  We would normally think […] More…

Gumpert Story Continues as New ‘Explosion’ Takes Stage in Geneva

by on 13 March 2014 in Boutique Brands

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It is the advent of a new sports car, set to be premiered at the Geneva Motor Show 2014. In this Roland Gumpert is continuing a never-ending story, one that so often provides moments in which we are left amazed and astounded. One of these moments is called explosion, and it is here and now.