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2014 Subaru WRX STI – Spied Lapping the Nurburgring

2014 Subaru WRX STI

After the Subaru WRX concept unveiling at the 2013 New York Auto Show, comes the first spy shots of a production ready prototype has been spotted on the nordschleife in Germany.

The styling and the tell tail quad exhaust pipes tell us that hiding under the camouflage is more than a WRX, it looks like this could be the fettled STI version.

The all new WRX, which should be launched later this year as a 2014 model, is rumoured to hold the same 2.0l boxer unit as both the BRZ and GT-86 toyota and is most definately been force fed from a turbocharger system.
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History of the Audi 5 Cylinder Engine Video

I must admit I am a fan of the Audi 90 Quattro and its historic prowess, and Audi of America have fetched us this excellent insight.

The film tells the story of the legendary longitudinally mounted Audi 5-cylinder racing engine used in the IMSA/GTO circuit in 1989 at Sears Point.

Audi driver Hans-Joachim Stuck focuses on the moment when this fire-breathing, aggressive five cylinder, with its characteristic wasteplate turbo chatter in mid shift, ushered the Audi team to victory.

The piece then links the motor sports moment of truth to a story of modern-day design and engine innovation in the 5 cylinder lurking beneath the hood of the TT RS and unavailable in the standard TT. quattro GmbH engineer Michael Ganz brings to life the visual technological advancements of the 5 cylinder engine at the quattro GmbH engine test bed, and through specific dynamic track footage of the TT RS.

Surprisingly omitted is any reference to the Audi RS3 which us Europeans have access to.

Which Car do you prefer over stateside the TTRS or the Audi RS3?

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BMW F10 M5 Spyshots reveal more details.

The BMW f10 prototype at the nurburgring has had another change of suit showing the Chrome door handles, also there seems to be some hidden detailing seen for the first time hidden under rear quarter wing.
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It’s not a shock to learn that BMW plans to attempt to bring its M5 car to RS6-levels of power when the new M5 is revealed in 2011. That means that power needs to exceed the current model’s 501 hp, so BMW have been heavily modifying the X-Series 4.4 litre to bring power up to around 550 hp, or more.

This will be supplied to the rear wheels via the new seven-speed M DCT dual-clutch ‘box and probably a manual varient in 2012.

But it’s not all about pavement-pummeling power. The use of the twin-turbochargers and DI is as much an attempt to reduce emissions as it is to boost output, and BMW is intent on making the next 5-series, due out in 2010, one of its most fuel-efficient vehicles. That means that start-stop technology will be used on the engine (AKA Efficient Dynamics), to improve fuel economy and life on the Starter Motor.