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Archive for September, 2009

A Tale of Two Audi R8: Spyder and e-Tron wows Frankfurt motor show

The recent auto show in Frankfurt was graced by two Audi R8 facing two different directions. On one platform is the R8 Spyder and the other is the e-Tron Concept. The Audi 2011 Spyder zooms on a V10 with a Lamborghini DNA while the 2009 concept car e-Tron is undeniably all-electric green.

The Audi R8 Spyder sports a V-10 5.2L power plant in its engine bay that is capable of giving out 525 horsepower with a torque of 391 pound-feet. The R8 Spyder speeds up from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.1 seconds. Top speed is pegged at 195 mph despite an additional 200 pounds compared to the coupe with a hard top.

It comes with a soft top as originally preferred by the engineers in Germany. Other sleek features are seat capable of bouncing off heat and seatbelts with built in microphones to make hands free mobile phone calls easier to handle.

Audi R8 e-Tron Audi R8 Spyder Photo

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Welcome to NY: The Road Rage Capital of the U.S.

NYC TrafficThe noteworthy rudeness of the French has become a popular joke of the late. Today, however, a survey revealed that New York City is the center of all road rage in the entire United States. Perhaps the driver’s rowdiness on the road compliments the on-foot civilians as well. Read: The New York Attitude.

While some places in the U.S. are still bad for hot-headed drivers, a study made by Autovantage revealed that New York City is probably the worst place for such drivers. Miami used to hold the title for having the most number of angriest drivers in the entire nation.

Autovantage surveyed the 25 largest cities in the U.S. and they presumed that the heavier the recurrent traffic becomes, the level of road rage increases dramatically. The study surveyed a total of 2,518 people.

According to the survey, the biggest source of road rage is the use of mobile phones. Obviously, even if you’re sending a text message or talking to someone despite a hands-free feature, you are still distracted and causing disturbance among your fellow drivers and commuters.

New Yorkers are the #1 offenders of mobile phone use and they are also the people most likely to give hand gestures and release expletives. After all, it’s a normal day in the Big Apple.

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