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Review: 2009 MTM Audi A3 Sportback is a singular sport (with) utility

In the automotive world, price is increasingly a function of degrees. How's that? Dial in a faster windscreen angle, aggressively rake the rear glass and – voilà! – you've just padded your margins to the tune of a few thousand bucks. Take a plain-jane sedan, hire some stylists to turn it into a "four-door coupe" with a racy greenhouse, and you can use the same mechanicals and still charge a mint. The same goes for crossovers – just steepen the backlight and you're in the ducats. Not convinced? See the Mercedes-Benz CLS and BMW X6 for field notes. MTM is planning... Read More

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    Online Find Of The Day: 1992 Italdesign Aztec Barchetta is street-legal awesomeness
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    Where do concepts go when their auto show circuit life is over? For many, it's off to the scrap heap, while others manage to find their way into various automotive museums and private collections. Yet it is a select few that enjoy the honor of actually being driven on open roads. What you see here is the latter. In 1988, design house Italdesign brought ...

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    Video: MTM-tuned KTM X-Bow R lays down the law in Monaco
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    Policing the streets of Monte Carlo and the outlaying Monegasque countryside (little of it though there is) presents a unique set of challenges. Contrary to popular perception, there is an enforced speed limit in the Mediterranean principality. Enforcing it, however, is another issue, because Monaco has a higher concentration of supercars than 99-percent ...

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    Geneva 2011: Polished MTM R8 Biturbo is a blinding twin-turbo spacecraft
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    The hand-polished MTM Audi R8 V10 BiTurbo has come out from its shell with its little brother, the MTM Audi TTRS, in Geneva today. We said previously this thing would be visible from space, and it looks like we were right. The naked polished aluminum body work took nearly 700 man hours to get looking just so, and we gotta say, it was worth it. The MTM ...

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    777-horsepower MTM Audi R8 making Geneva debut
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    There's a strong possibility that German tuning house MTM's booth at the Geneva Motor Show will be visibile from space. The boys from Wettstetten are bringing their paint-free polished-aluminum Audi R8 BiTurbo to Hall 5 at Geneva. The company is mum on exactly how they removed all that paint, but they do allow that it took 700 hours of polishing to get ...

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    MTM launches its 472-horse Audi TT RS with a 194 mph run at Nardo
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    You'd be forgiven for believe the Audi TT RS is fast enough. By most accounts it is, packing a 340 horsepower, turbocharged inline five, it's good for a four-and-a-half-second sprint to sixty and a 174 mph top speed. But if you're going after the triple-century metric mark (close to 200 mph), you're going to need a little something extra. So says MTM. ...

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    MTM releases first round of upgrades for RS5, raises top speed to 188 mph
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    The clever wrenches at the German tuning powerhouse MTM have gotten a hold of the Audi RS5. Always ones to turn fast faster, the group claims to have squeezed the car's top speed to 188 mph. But instead of focusing on pulling even more horsepower from the already staggering 4.2-liter V8, the company simply upped the factory speed limiter to allow for a ...

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    Bahn burner turned track rat: MTM Audi RS6 Clubsport
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    Of all the products in the Audi arsenal, we're not sure if the RS6 would be our track rat of choice. It's twin-turbocharged V10, massive meats and grippy all-wheel drive system is surely the stuff of track-day dreams, but we've always been more enamored by the RS6's brutal, road-going civility – it's simply better suited to high-speed ...

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    MTM Audi R8 GT3-2: 560 horsepower and rear-wheel drive
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    German tuning company MTM doesn't necessarily do things the conventional way. Remember the Bimoto, the twin-engined Audi TT that could hit 244 mph? Yeah, different. That's why we weren't surprised to see this modified Audi R8 come across our desks. MTM has done some conventional tuning with the car – like supercharging the 4.2-liter V8 – but ...

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    Legalize It: Horchaus federalizing non-U.S. Audis for North America
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    We're going back and forth on this one. Do we file it under "We'll believe it when we see it" or "Pinch me I'm dreaming"? Either way, we get to sub-tag it, "Thank God for rich friends." That's right y'all, Audi is allowing Horchaus, the Canadian distributor MTM, to federalize some special four-ringers for American consumption. These are the real deal, ...

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    MTM turns up the wick on Volkswagen GTI and GTD
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    MTM has completed two more versions of the Volkswagen Golf, and with the pleasant power increases come what appear to be pleasant prices. The petrol-powered Golf GTI gets a maximum of 310 horses and 302 pound-feet of torque if you opt for the ultimate stage of tune. That gives it 40 more hp and 44 more lb-ft than the Golf R, plus the same 0-to-60 time, ...

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    Review: 2009 MTM Audi A3 Sportback is a singular sport (with) utility
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    In the automotive world, price is increasingly a function of degrees. How's that? Dial in a faster windscreen angle, aggressively rake the rear glass and – voilà! – you've just padded your margins to the tune of a few thousand bucks. Take a plain-jane sedan, hire some stylists to turn it into a "four-door coupe" with a racy greenhouse, ...

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    MTM Audi TT RS packs up to 424 horsepower, 185 mph top speed
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    German tuner MTM has a long history with Audi's inline-five. In fact, company founder Roland Mayer helped develop the turbocharged five-banger for the Sport Quattro back in the mid-80s, and MTM produced a 400 horsepower version of the motor as one of their earliest performance packages. Nearly 20 years later the technology and the cars have changed, but ...

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    MTM Audi RS6 Avant goes 214 mph, proves wagons uber alles!
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    As a profession, there's a very long list of cars on sale in Europe that we can't buy which us auto journo types nevertheless constantly rattle our (virtual) pens over. From the Volkswagen Scirocco to the Honda Civic Type R to the 300+ hp Ford Focus to the Citroen C6, total and complete absence makes the heart grow fonder -- as well as providing an easy, ...

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    MTM adopts Porsche GT3 green for latest force-fed Audi R8R
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    As cool as owning an Audi R8 may be, the German supercar is becoming common enough that in tonier markets, you may just pass another one on your daily commute. Chances are you'll even pass one in the same color, which might make the ownership experience slightly less special for the driver. That particular dilemma is what the aftermarket has always ...

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    MTM tunes up the KTM X-Bow and Audi TTS
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    MTM tunes all things Audi, so it didn't take long for the firm to tweak the KTM X-Bow (with its VAG-sourced inline-four) and the all-new Audi TTS. Of the two, the X-Bow gets the milder tuning (if that's possible), with the 2.0-liter TFSI four-pot getting a boost in output from 240 to 318 horsepower. Torque rises accordingly, with 310 lb-ft on tap, sent ...

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    MTM creating 380-hp KTM X-Bow
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    Motoren Technik Mayer (MTM) has tuned almost every product in the Volkswagen/Audi stable, so it makes sense that they'd work their magic on the turbocharged 2.0-liter TFSI found in the KTM X-Bow.The boosted four has proven to be just as tweakable as the venerable 1.8T it replaced, and MTM is has announced plans to raise output of the X-Bow from 237 to 380 ...

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    MTM pumps up the VW Scirocco
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    Click above for a high-res gallery of the MTM Scirocco R It was only a matter of time before the Audi and VW specialists over at MTM got their hands on a Scirocco. The results are what we would expect from the German tuner: up to 272 horsepower, a sporty suspension, better brakes, and handsome 19- or 20-inch wheels wrapped in Michelin tires. The boost in ...

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    MTM supercharges the Audi R8
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    Click above for a gallery of high-res images MTM has been adding horsepower to Audis for more than 20 years, and they have put that experience into developing a new twin-screw supercharger system that pairs up to the 4.2-liter V8 in the Audi R8. The addition of forced induction brings total output to 552 hp, coincidentally matching the output of the ...

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    MTM tunes the Audi RS6 Avant to 702hp
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    Click to view the MTM RS6 M in our hi-res gallery With a 580-hp twin-turbo V10 derived from the Lamborghini Gallardo's mill, the Audi RS6 is hardly a candidate for improvements. It's a station wagon that outguns supercars, for crying out loud. But we had to figure that it would only be a matter of time until someone tried, and German tuning house MTM has ...

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    MTM supercharges the Audi S5
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    Click above for a high-res gallery of the MTM supercharged Audi S5 The Audi S5 is no slouch at 354 horsepower, but German tuner MTM isn't satisfied and has given the 4.2-liter V8 a serious kick in the pants with an intercooled supercharger package that boosts horsepower to 505 and torque to 403. That's good enough to hit 60 mph in 4.3 seconds and reach a ...

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