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Redesigned Audi A3 Sportback debuts, won't be available to Americans

The German automaker has unveiled a hot hatch version of the car.

Photo courtesy of Audi AG

The 2021 Audi A3 Sportback combines the best of Audi technology and design with the functionality of a hatchback. Sadly, it won't make its way to the U.S.

At the front the car has all the signature features of the modern Audi A3. Its wide Singleframe grille and large air inlets make the hatchback appear plenty powerful, agile, and sporty. At the front are a matrix of LED headlights and digital daytime running lights.

021 Audi A3 Sportback The hot hatch features many characteristics similar to the Audi A3 sedan.Photo courtesy of Audi AG

It has shoulders that extend the design lines from the headlights to the rear. Drawing the eye around the vehicle.

The European market will have the choice of three engines in the A3 - a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder or two turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinders with different outputs. the engines are paired with either a six-speed manual transmission or a seven-speed automatic transmission.

The A3 Sportback rides on a front-wheel drive platform. Suspension enhancements have led to the model being a more comfortable daily driver. The available adaptive damper control system can lower the body by 10 mm in traditional grades. Models with the sport suspension can lower the body by 15 mm.

Audi says that additional engine options are forthcoming as well as all-wheel drive.

021 Audi A3 Sportback The interior of the new model is much more refined than the previous generation.Photo courtesy of Audi AG

Inside the car is a new new shifter, aluminum or carbon inlays, striking door openers and an instrument panel with a black-panel look. Seat upholstery made of recycled PET bottles and adorned with stylish contrasting stitching are being used for the first time.

There's a standard 10.1-inch infotainment touch screen and digital instrument panel. A 12.3-inch infotainment touch screen and head-up display are available.

The operating system running the A3 Sportback's infotainment screen is the third generation of Audi's MMI. The system has 10 times more computing power than the second generation. The system can store up to six user profiles, which is handy for families.

There is an integrated Wi-Fi hot spot as well as Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Amazon Alexa compatibility.

The car comes equipped with a host of driver assistance and safety technology including Audi pre sense front, swerve assist and lane departure warning, which are standard. Adaptive cruise control, cross traffic alert, and park assist are available.

A hands-free tailgate is available.

Audi is pricing the model starting at 28,900 euros and deliveries will begin in May.

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The Ferrari Omologata comes from a strong family tree filled with performance and Italian beauty. It's a one-off model that takes its DNA from seven decades of Ferrari GT tradition. The model has been crafted by a European client.

It's taken two years to complete the model since the presentation of the initial sketches. It's a model that took its inspiration from a variety of sources: racing heritage, sci-fi, and modern architecture.

A Ferrari 812 Superfast is the underlying package of the car, but the designers kept just the windscreen and headlights from the body. They set forth to create a model with smooth volume and undulating reflections. The car's front end is tapered and faced by a flattened oval grille. At the back, the car takes a more muscular stance, has deeply set taillights, and is finished off with a prominent spoiler.

Ferrari Omologata

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Dressed in a triple layer of Ferrari's Rosso Magma paint and a racing livery the car combines track day prowess with daily drivability.

Inside, the car sports electric blue seats finished in a combination of leather and Jeans Aunde fabric with four-point racing harnesses. The rest of the interior is finished in black.

Unlike modern vehicles, the Omologata does not have a screen in the center of the vehicle, giving the model. a historic tinge. Metal parts on the dashboard and steering wheel are finished with the crackled paint effect associated with the great GT racers of the 1950s and 1960s as well as with Ferrari's engine cam covers. A hammered paint effect so often used in cars such as the 250 LM and 250 GTO finds its way on details such as the inner door handles and on the Ferrari F1 bridge.

The mid-engine car has a 6.5-liter V12 engine, harvested from the 812 Superfast. In that car is generates 789 horsepower and 530 pound-feet of torque. The engine is paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

Ferrari isn't divulging the price of the Omologata.

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The 2021 BMW X2 Edition M Mesh is a new package addition to the company's crossover lineup.

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BMW X2 sDrive28i and xDrive28i models will be available with a special edition package for the 2021 model year. The 2021 BMW X2 Edition M Mesh adds a number of sporty accents with a $3,550 price tag.

The package includes the BMW M Sport X exterior package, M Mesh kidney grille, and new 19-inch M Aerodynamic Style 919M wheels with orange or black highlights. Buyers can choose their car's metallic paint job, with Brooklyn Grey Metallic added to the options list for the first time.

Twenty-inch wheels are available. Buyers can choose from all-season or summer performance tires.

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Each model is driven by a twin-turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 228 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. The engine, paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and steering wheel paddle shifters, can get from zero to 60 mph in 6.3 to 6.6 seconds, depending on model chosen. The crossover's speed tops out at 144 mph.

Interior appointments include Edition badging and M Sport Seats with leather upholstery.

Each model comes standard with an 8.8-inch high-resolution touch screen, navigation, Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth, and satellite radio. Wireless charging is available.

The X2 with the package comes standard with front collision warning with city collision mitigation, lane departure warning, speed limit information, and automatic high beams. Active cruise control with stop & go is available as an option.

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The package is priced at $3,550. The MSRP for the 2021 X2 sDrive28i is $36,600 plus $995 Destination and $38,600 plus $995 Destination for the X2 xDrive28i.

Production of the 2021 BMW X2 Edition M Mesh begins in November.

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