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2020 Audi RS 3 Nardo is the new, exclusive sport-centric special edition coming to the U.S.

Audi will make just 200 of the model.

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Audi is making just 200 of the new special edition 2020 Audi RS 3 Nardo. The RS 3 Nardo is the most sport-centric variant of the compact car, delivering the highest level of performance Audi offers in the model.

The exterior of the car features a Nardo Gray paint job with Black Optic exterior trim. It also has staggered 19-inch five-arm-blade design wheels in bi-color black finish, red brake calipers, a black rear lip spoiler, exterior mirror housings in gloss black, RS Singleframe grille, and black Audi rings and badges.

Like the RS 3, the model comes standard with a 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine. The RS 3 Nardo builds on the the performance of the RS 3 sedan, upping its maximum speed to 174 mph (a 19 mph increase) and adding a standard RS fixed sport suspension. This is designed to give drivers a more invigorating time on the track with increased acceleration and cornering capability.

The car comes complete with a Sport exhaust system with black tips that emits a distinct engine note.

Inside there are RS embroidered floor mats, Alcantara knee pads with Crescendo Red stitching, Crescendo Red air vents and accent rings and seatbelts with red edges. Audi Sport® Carbon inlays can also be found throughout the interior.

The car also has Audi virtual cockpit, navigation, and MMI touch with handwriting-recognition technology, all designed to offer a seamless integration of more usable technology.

The Audi virtual cockpit has a 12.3-inch display that displays information on tire pressure (when equipped with the Dynamic plus package), horsepower/torque, and a G-meter. When in manual shift mode and when approaching the engine redline, the tachometer acts as a shift light and changes colors, prompting the driver to upshift via the steering wheel paddle or gear selector lever.

The Audi RS 3 Nardo edition is now avaailbe with an MSRP of $59,900 plus $995 in delivery charges.

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This autumn, Nissan celebrates the 40th Anniversary of its Maxima flagship sedan with a milestone-marking model. The 2021 Nissan Maxima 40th Anniversary Edition joins the company's stable and builds on the Maxima Platinum grade.

The Maxima is the longest continuous running Nissan nameplate in the U.S. It made its debut on American shores in 1981 as the 1982 Datsun Maxima, replacing the Datsun 810. The original Maxima had the engine of the 240Z and a 5-speed manual transmission.

2021 Nissan Maxima 40th Anniversary Edition

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The Datsun brand's presence in North America was phased out just a few years later and for the 1985 model year, the Nissan Maxima emerged also sporting a new V6 engine and front-wheel drive. The 1988 model was the last to be offered in a wagon body style.

The third-generation Maxima was launched in 1989 with a 3.0-liter V6 that achieved 160 horsepower helping it keep up with the German cars of its time. By 1995 the model got larger and had a new engine, which resulted in a power boost.

Nissan's large car is now in its eighth generation. It debuted in 2016 sporting Nissan's fashionable V-motion grilled and a more aggressive design complete with a floating roof. The car received styling and safety updates for the 2020 model year.

A new Maxima 40th Anniversary Edition includes a unique two-tone Ruby Slate Gray Pearl exterior paint job with black roof, exclusive 19-inch gloss black aluminum-alloy wheels, black exterior finishers and trim badges, a 40th Anniversary badge, black exhaust finishers, red semi-aniline leather-appointed seating with 40th Anniversary embossing, red contrast interior stitching, Satin Dark Chrome interior faceted finishers, white speedometer and tachometer faces reminiscent of past Maxima models, and heated rear seats.

In addition to the 40th Anniversary Edition, the 2021 Maxima will be offered in SV, SR and Platinum grade levels. Every Maxima has a 3.5-liter V6 engine under the hood that is capable of achieving 300 horsepower. The engine is paired with a continuously variable transmission (CVT).

Pricing and on-sale information will be revealed soon. The 2021 Nissan Maxima will arrive at dealership lots this autumn.

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Audi vehicles equipped with the MIB 3 infotainment system can take advantage of the technology.

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Audi has partnered with iHeartRadio to deliver Hybrid Radio to owners of select 2021 model year Audi vehicles. The result is an industry-first experience.

Models that are equipped with Audi's MIB 3 suite of infotainment technology will be able to take advantage of Hybrid Radio, which allows listeners with an Audi Connect Prime or Plus subscription not switch between broadcast and digital radio signals when they have entered or exited radio signal territories for uninterrupted listening.

iHeartRadio Audi The new technology allows you to take your local radio station with you when you leave its broadcast zone.Photo courtesy of Audi AG

When the vehicle is cycled off and on again, it is able to retain the radio station, picking up the digital radio channel via internet connection.

"The ability to bring Hybrid Radio® to Audi customers would not be possible without pioneers like iHeartRadio embracing this technology," said Pom Malhotra, director, Connected Services, Audi of America. "Audi advances progress through technology, and we are thankful to be able to collaborate with iHeartRadio to continue bringing new conveniences to our customers."

"Radio has always been the consumer's No. 1 choice for companionship in the car," said Michele Laven, president of Strategic Partnerships Group for iHeartMedia. "The innovative functionality Audi is introducing via their Hybrid Radio® experience allows yet another way for that companionship to be seamlessly extended beyond the range of the broadcast signal keeping the consumer connected to their favorite station, no matter where the road takes them."

Hybrid Radio is available to Audi customers at no additional cost as part of their subscription.

It uses the integrated 4G LTE Wi-Fi hot spot. Verizon is Audi's wireless connectivity provider.

Models equipped with the MIB 3 system are arriving at U.S. dealerships this month.

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