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2014 Audi RS5 vs 2014 Mercedes-Benz C63 507 Coupé! [Head 2 Head Episode 51]

On this episode of Head 2 Head, Jonny Lieberman sets out to discover which German hot-rod-personal-luxury-coupe is the best you can get.

The 507 Coupe is the last iteration of the W204 C63. With the exception of the very limited-run Black Series, it’s the best C63 that AMG has ever done. Under its hood sits a hand-built, 6.2-liter naturally aspirated V-8 good for 507 horsepower. What more do you want?

Perhaps something more high-tech, and that’s where the Audi RS5 comes in. The sexy coupe from Quattro GmbH in Neckarsulm features a 4.2-liter V-8 that spits out 450 hp. That¹s less power than the 507 Coupe makes, true, but the Audi also features AWD, a dual-clutch transmission, bigger wheels and tires, plus a trick torque-vectoring rear differential.

Which one is quicker? Which one is more fun to drive? Which one is best? Watch and find out!

2014 Audi RS7 vs 2014 Porsche Panamera Turbo! [Head 2 Head Episode 49]

On this episode of Head 2 Head, Jonny Lieberman looks at a type of car that Germany does better than anyone else: the Super Sedan.

The Porsche Panamera Turbo has long been one of Motor Trend’s favorites. Massive, ferocious, surprisingly nimble, and if your checkbook’s got the overhead, totally luxurious. But don’t discount Audi. Ever since the S8 showed up, Audi has shocked the car world by making such a big car so dang fast. The only thing that could even compete was the Panamera Turbo.

The RS7 comes with an even more powerful version of the familiar 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 — 560 horsepower to be exact. For 2014, Porsche’s seemingly underrated 4.8-liter twin-turbo V-8 is up 20 hp to a more-than-modest 520 hp.

Faced with tough choices after the two hit the test track and a canyon road, Jonny enlists the help of resident Motor Trend Hot Shoe Randy Pobst to figure out which super sedan is best.

Official: 2014 Audi A8 / S8

Although the styling updates are not radical, they manage to improve the overall look of the car. The redesigned headlights and taillights are the most obvious changes, bringing a more contemporary look to the A8 – especially the intricate Matrix LED headlamps, which are available as optional equipment (LED headlights are standard for all V8 models).

More significant changes have taken place under the hood, with the 2014 A8 engines gaining power and efficiency upgrades. The 3.0 TFSI now has 310 PS (306hp, +20hp), while the 4.0 TFSI churns out 435PS (429hp, +9hp). The diesels are also more powerful - the 3.0 TDI Clean Diesel now has 258 PS (254hp, +4hp), while the 4.2 TDI Clean Diesel delivers 385 PS (380hp, +30hp) and an impressive 850 Nm (626 lb-ft) of torque (+50 Nm/36 lb-ft).

(vía gabeturbo; story from Carscoops)

Audi RS6 vs Mercedes-Benz CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake: Super Wagons! [Chris Harris On Cars]

The last RS6 was blunter than Larry David, this one is said to be better. Can it handle Merc’s gorgeous low-rider, the CLS ’ Brake?

2014 Audi R8 Spyder vs 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet! [Head 2 Head Episode 37]

On this episode of Head 2 Head, it’s sibling rivalry time. Jonny Lieberman heads to the American Southwest in Utah with two of the best convertibles money can, the Audi R8 Spyder and the Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet. Amazingly, these two high-end, high performance wonders are both manufactured by the Volkswagen Automotive Group.

Starting in Las Vegas, Lieberman works his way to a near magical road in Escalante, Utah to figure out which of these German wonders is the best drop top. Why Utah? After getting a good look at Highway 12, you’ll never ask that question again. The two cars aren’t bad to look at either.

Will the Audi’s AWD grip and extra horsepower be enough to counter the Porsche’s lower weight and RWD sports car advantage? Will the manual Porsche have the strength and the chops to take on the higher tech, dual-clutch equipped R8?

2013 Audi S4 AWD vs 2013 Volvo S60 T6 AWD R-Design! [Head 2 Head Episode 34]

On this episode of Head 2 Head, Motor Trend’s Jonny Lieberman pits the 2013 Volvo S60 T6 AWD R-Design against returning contender, the 2013 Audi S4.

Before hitting the road, the engine placements of both competing sedans are compared against segment contemporaries such the Cadillac ATS & BMW’s 335i. Why? Because while both competitors are AWD, they start life as FWD. As a result, both vehicles have unusual engine placements.

A mix of limit testing & canyon carving follows as Jonny provides insight on both cars, examining everything from driving impressions to interior ergonomics.

Does Volvo’s beefed up S60 have what it takes to dethrone Audi’s “sleeper sedan?”

415hp Audi S4 Estate vs 275hp Porsche Cayman, With Chris Harris

Matt showed up in the UK to bother Chris, and over pints, got into a discussion about the “ideal” amount of tuning for a daily driver, as well as whether we’d rather have a fast sleeper Audi or a slow 2013 Porsche Cayman. Agree with us?

2014 Nissan GT-R Track Pack vs 2014 Audi R8 V-10 Plus! [Head 2 Head Episode 33]

On this episode of Head 2 Head, Motor Trend’s Carlos Lago pits the 2014 Nissan GT-R Track Pack against the 2014 Audi R8 V-10 Plus.

Performance wise, both these all-wheel drive monsters represent the cream of the crop from their respective manufacturers. Nissan’s GT-R comes out of the gate swinging with it’s track pack, but the R8 packs a twin-clutch transmission as well as more power than previous R8’s.

In between some dynamic testing & canyon carving, Randy Pobst weighs in with his two cents as he joins Carlos at the Streets of Willow racetrack.

Does Audi’s V-10 goliath have what it takes to topple the legendary “Godzilla”?

Read the full story here: motortrend.com/roadtests/coupes/1307_2014_audi_r8_v10_plus_vs_nissan_gt_r_track_pack/

Audi R8 V10 Plus, Porsche 911 Turbo S, Litchfield GT-R. Track, Drag-Race [Chris Harris On Cars]

First big group test of 2013.

Audi’s R8 has a new dual-clutch transmission, the Turbo S is on its way out and for £20k, Litchfield will give you a 750hp GT-R than can handle normal roads.

Game on.

gabeturbo:

2013 Audi RS5 “Pissed-Off Stormtrooper” by OSS Designs and Vossen

Created with a little help from Vossen Wheels, which described the RS5 Coupe’s angry looks as a “pissed off stormtrooper” in a nod to the white-clad elite soldiers of the Galactic Empire from the Star Wars movies, the Audi features a makeover that starts with the front end and OSS Designs’ colorful LEDs that surround the factory lights.

The smoked headlamp lenses and the gloss-black finish between the lights and the grille, complete the front-end updates. The tune continues with custom side skirts, wider rear fenders with vents, rear diffuser and bumper, plus a ducktail rear spoiler integrated into the boot, which supposedly works with the RS5’s stock retractable rear spoiler. The 20-inch Vossen VVSCC5 concave alloy wheels complete the look.

(story from Carscoops)

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