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2009-05-07 07:36
Berlin-based Sportec importer Avus Performance has perhaps made the greatest naming faux pas in German tuning history.

The crew at Avus had a good thing going. They took a new RS6 Avant, dressed it up with a carbon-fibre front lip, framed that with a newfangled spoiler, and rounded it all off the an airflow stabilising diffuser at the rear.

A neat 40mm lowering kit blended perfectly with the 22-inch Sportec Mono 10 wheels, yielding a forbidding stance. Under the bonnet, some liberal ECU rechipping, high-flow racing catalytic converters and a custom made 70mm exhaust system, raised power from 426kW to 515kW.

Rotational force peaked up from 650Nm to 800Nm, and performance became commensurately swifter, with a 3.9 second 0-100km/h sprint time and 340km/h top speed.

It was all going so well for Avus with this conversion, until they decided to name it.

Just how bad English instruction has become in German schools and tertiary institutions since the end of the Cold War is unclear, but quite honestly, naming your modified RS6 Avant the WHITE POWER (all caps no less) is simply courting disaster.

Avus quickly published a retraction earlier this week.

“We are very sorry and unfortunate for what has actually happened and is currently happening to our first press report. Due to a mistranslation of our latest project car - the Audi RS6 V10 biturbo - there were lots of radical right-wing rumours on all different blogs and pages that received our first press report. We distance ourselves from the project title - it was done by our press agency which obviously mistranslated our German project name into English.”

We don’t quite comprehend how a press agency – full of those liberal, arty types – could issue such a loosely translated release, and secondly, how this release flowed into the public domain without Avus seeing it first…

Just so you remember, it’s officially called the RS6 V10 biturbo now - but if you could get your hands on an original WHITE POWER owner's manual, it would be priceless…


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