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2021 Audi RS 5 Coupe, Sportback get exterior design, technology updates

For the 2021 model year, the RS 5 Coupe and Sportback have received a mid-cycle update and gotten special edition options.

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Fresh looks and new special editions are on tap for the 2021 Audi RS 5 Coupe and Sportback. The two models also get the company's new infotainment system as part of their mid-cycle refresh.

The refined refined exterior of the models brings them in line with the latest design in the Audi lineup. The Singleframe grille is flatter, wheel arches are wider, and the LED headlights are standard. At the back are new pentagon-shaped, contoured inlets. The more confident stance further differentiates the RS 5 from the A5 and S5.

2021 Audi RS 5 Coupe and Sportback The 2021 Audi RS 5 Coupe and Sportback Black Optic special edition model will feature a black roof.Photo courtesy of Audi AG

Horizontal lines dominate the interior of the RS 5. Standard honeycomb stitched S sport seats with RS embossing include power side bolsters and massage function, and are covered in fine Nappa leather, along with the center console and door armrests. The RS 5 Sportback is also now standard equipped with heated rear seats.

At the center of each model is now the 10.1-inch infotainment screen, which runs using the MIB3 operating system. That system allows for standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, among other capabilities. Special RS displays provide information on tire pressure and temperature, torque, power output, engine oil temperature, boost pressure, lap times, acceleration measurements and g-forces. The optional head-up display also offers an exclusive RS display mode.

All RS 5 Coupe and Sportback cars feature the automaker's 2.9-liter bi-turbo V6 engine that creates 444 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque. The Coupe can get from zero to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds while the Sportback takes 3.8 seconds. The engine is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The company's RS sport suspension is standard. With the available Dynamic package, the RS sport suspension with the Dynamic Ride Control uses steel springs and adjustable dampers to increase the support and reduce pitch and roll movements to improve the vehicle's overall driving dynamics.

2021 Aud RS 5 Ascari launch edition

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Audi will sell the models in two new variants: the Ascari launch edition and the Black Optic launch edition. Both have unique exterior and interior design elements that set them apart from the flock.

The Ascari model has Ascari Blue metallic paint, bue brake calipers and ceramic front brakes, 20-inch five-arm-flag design forged wheels in silver finish with summer performance tires, carbon fiber trimmed engine cover, three-spoke flat-bottom steering wheel in Alcantara with shift paddles, Audi dynamic steering which offers a variable steering ratio that adjusts based on vehicle speed and the Audi drive select setting, painted matte alu optic side sill inlays, RS Carbon matte inlays, RS design package interior with gray contrast stitching, RS sport suspension plus with Dynamic Ride Control, RS sport exhaust system with black tailpipes, the driver assistance package, and the navigation package. Just 25 Coupe and 100 Sportback versions of the car will be made.

The Black Optic model's features list is slightly different and includes more options for buyers. It starts with 20-inch five-segment-spoke-evo design wheels in high-gloss black finish with summer performance tires. Buyers can choose from Mythos Black, Glacier White, Daytona Gray, Nardo Gray, or Tango Red paint colors. Black details extend from the Audi rings and badges to the room (excludes Mythos Black), mirror housings, front spoiler, and rear diffuser trim. It has the same steering wheel as the Ascari model and also features dynamic steering.

Audi has given the RS 5 Black Optic a dynamic package that includes red brake calipers, RS sport suspension with Dynamic Ride Control, and the RS sport exhaust system with black tailpipes. It also features RS Carbon matte inlays, RS design package interior with red contrast stitching, the driver assistance package, and the navigation package.

Slightly more of these will be made - 100 Coupe and 325 Sportback models.

All RS 5 models come standard equipped with Audi pre sense city and lane departure warning. The available side assist package adds Audi pre sense rear, Audi side assist, and matte alu optic exterior mirror housings. The available RS driver assistance package adds adaptive cruise control with traffic jam assist, active lane assist with hands on detection steering wheel, park assist, top view camera system, and head-up display with traffic sign recognition.

The 2021 Audi RS 5 Coupe starts at $75,100. The 2021 Audi RS 5 Sportback starts at $75,400. Special edition pricing ranges from $87,400 for the 2021 Audi RS 5 Coupe Black optic launch edition to $95,900 for the 2021 Audi RS 5 Sportback Ascari launch edition. The price excludes a $1,405 designation charge.

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The iX M60 will hit dealers' lots in June 2022.

BMW

BMW's electric vehicle catalog is growing rapidly as the automaker rolls out new electrified cars and SUVs. The latest is the iX M60, a red-hot five-seat SUV with sleek styling and a spectacular list of standard features. BMW announced the new SUV this week, along with pricing and release date details.

The iX M60 is BMW's first performance-oriented electric SUV, though BMW calls it a sports activity vehicle, or SAV. Its powertrain has been massaged to produce up to 610 horsepower and 811 pound-feet of torque. Maximum power delivery is limited to times when the vehicle's launch control is activated, but even the "normal" numbers are impressive: In regular driving situations, the iX puts down 532 horsepower and 749 pound-feet of torque. Acceleration to 60 mph takes 3.6 seconds and the iX M60 can go on to an electronically-limited top speed of 155 mph.

2023 BMW iX M60 Though extremely sporty, BMW doesn't shy away from using loads of luxurious finishes and materials. BMW

The iX brings more than performance, as its charging capabilities are quite strong. Using AC power, the vehicle can charge from 0-100 percent in 10.25 hours on its fastest setting. Using its fastest DC power setting, the iX can charge from 10 to 80% in just 35 minutes.

Two electric motors power the SUV, which provide standard all-wheel drive. Dual-axle air suspension is standard, along with electronically-controlled shock absorbers. BMW says that the air suspension is controlled individually at each wheel, so the vehicle can adjust ride height in several ways to maintain stability and remain level in corners.

2023 BMW iX M60 The vehicle can run from 0-60 mph in under four seconds and features standard AWD.BMW

When it goes on sale in June, 2022, the 2023 BMW iX M60 will have a starting price of $106,095, which includes a $995 destination charge. That's a flagship price tag, but the SUV's got the performance and a flagship-level list of standard features. That six-figure dollar amount buys 21-inch wheels, heated and ventilated front seats, wireless phone charging, AC fast charging, a panoramic sunroof, LED headlights, a Bowers & Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound System, four-zone automatic climate controls, and more.

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The EQXX Concept features a crazy driving range.

Mercedes-Benz

Mercedes-Benz is putting its century-plus of automotive experience into building electric cars, and the results are impressive. The EQS is an electric flagship with great range, and the automaker has unveiled several concepts to show its future plans. The Vision EQXX concept debuted today as an ultra-efficient luxury EV with astonishing range numbers.

Mercedes-Benz EQXX Concept Mercedes focused on efficiency over power with the car. Mercedes-Benz

Mercedes' focus with the EQXX is efficiency over power, as it says the car is its most efficient it has ever made. The EQXX uses less than 10 kWh per 100 kilometers (around 62 miles), which equates to 620 miles on a single charge. The battery was designed with tech and knowledge from Mercedes-AMG Formula 1 team, especially when it comes to size and weight. The EQXX's battery pack is 50 percent smaller by volume and 30 percent lighter than the pack in the EQS, which already featured astonishing efficiency.

The car's impressive range comes at the expense of horsepower, which in this case means just 201 ponies from the EQXX's electric drivetrain. Mercedes says that the system is capable of delivering up to 95 percent energy efficiency - an impressive figure for power delivery to the wheels. Extremely efficient gas powertrains only achieve around 30 percent efficiency and a human long-distance runner can hit around 50 percent.

Mercedes-Benz EQXX Concept The EQXX is impressively slippery, which improves its range.

The EQXX is a slippery car, too, and with a drag coefficient of just 0.17, the car cuts through the air with ease. The typical EV uses up to two-thirds of its battery capacity just to push through the air, so the EQXX's aerodynamics is a big part of its efficiency. The other big part is Mercedes' thermal management system, which uses shutters and cooling plates to maintain an ideal battery and electric drive unit temperature. The plates allow the EQXX to gain about 12 miles of range in its most aerodynamic mode.

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