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Magic happens once again between Porsche and Audi

16 May, 2016

Now, if you’re into German automobiles like I am, you’ll know that it’s nothing new for two automakers to collaborate to create greatness. If you think back to the early ’90s you’ll remember when Audi and Porsche combined their intensely well-engineered forces and produced Audi’s first-ever high-performance estate vehicle, the Audi RS2 Avant. The Audi RS2 was a game changer for Audi, and truly put them on the high-end luxury performance wagon map, which, to this day, is a vehicle range that continues to gain momentum with the likes of the drool-worthy $250,000-new Audi RS6 Avant. 

Porsche released a twin-turbo V8 engine at the 37th International Vienna Motor Symposium, held April 28–29, 2016 in Austria. It is said that it will make its way into the Volkswagen motor group, and power the likes of Audi. The twin-turbo V8 is to be no slouch either, producing a yet again groundbreaking 409kW (549hp) and 744Nm (567lb·ft) of torque. Porsche has said that they will be the one to first make use of the engine in the Porsche Panamera, but after that it will not just make its way into Audi vehicles, but also Lamborghinis and some Bentley models. To make use of the broad powerband that the engine is likely to have, it’ll be backed by an eight-speed automatic transmission or a dual-clutch eight-speed. 

As more information comes to light about which specific Audi models will be blessed with this mighty engine, we’ll let you know. 

The Jowett Jupiter turns 70

John Ball has always enjoyed tinkering with old boats and cars. He’s old enough to think having gearbox parts on newspaper on the floor of his bedroom, while the relevant car sat waiting on nail boxes, was a normal part of growing up. His passion has always tended towards old British bangers. He reckons he’s fortunate not to have got caught up in the American muscle scene.
John’s love affair with this Jupiter started in December 2015 when, with some time on his hands during a Christchurch trip, he searched online for ‘cars, before 1970 and in Christchurch’.

A passion for classics and customs

In the highly competitive field of New Zealand classic and custom restorations, reputations are won or lost on the ability to maintain consistently high standards of workmanship. A company managing to achieve this is D A Panel beating Ltd, of Rangiora near Christchurch. Is your classic or custom car restoration stalled, or in need of a refresh, or perhaps you are looking for experts to rebuild that recent import project out of Europe or the ‘States?