Tribute

Just 25 versions of this $136,800, 1994 RS2 Avant-inspired 2021 Audi wagon will be made

Audi has designed the special edition to remind enthusiasts of the 1994 RS2 Avant.

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The 2021 Audi RS 6 Avant is a coveted piece of sheetmetal, not just for its wagon body style, which drives enthusiasts wild, but also for its enthusiastic powertrain and dynamic handling. Add in the cool factor of a tribute edition and the message boards will have you fooled into thinking that this is the best car to debut this year.

The new version of the high-performance five-door is limited to 25 miles and brings design elements of the 1994 RS2 Avant forward. It is powered by a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine that reaches 591 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque. The engine propels the wagon from zero to 60 mph in just 3.5 seconds.

2021 Audi RS 6 Avant RS Tribute edition

2021 Audi RS 6 Avant RS Tribute edition

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The Tribute edition comes standard with a sport exhaust. Audi also adds the Driver Assistance Package (adaptive cruise control and side assist), the Executive Package (heated rear seats, head-up display, and power soft-closing doors), and a Bang Olufsen 3D Advanced Sound System as standard equipment.

Unique design elements include a Nogaro Blue pearl effect exterior paint color with black optic accents on the grille, side blades, rear diffuser and black roof rails. The side mirrors match the wagon's body color.

It rides on standard 22-inch five V-spoke trapezoid design cast aluminum wheels in silver with summer tires. The steel brake calipers are painted red.

The car's cabin features carbon twill structure inlays and Denim blue contrast stitching. There are Valcona S Sport seats, perforated steering wheel, RS floor mats, and the leather elements along the upper and lower dashboard. The front seats also include lower seat panels in leather with Denim blue contrast stitch.

The 2021 RS 6 Avant "RS Tribute edition" is on sale now in the U.S. with an MSRP of $136,800.

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The IIHS may increase the speeds it uses to test advanced driver aids.

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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recently announced that it is considering changing the speeds it uses to test vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention systems. The agency currently tests the systems at 12 and 25 mph, but says that the speeds don't accurately represent the types of crashes the safety tech is meant to prevent.

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Automatic emergency braking (AEB) is designed to notify of a possible collision and help respond with automatic application of braking. Just like a human using the brake pedal, it can stop the car, but higher speeds make it difficult to stop in time. The new tests would be conducted at 35 to 45 mph, which is the range where a large number of rear-end crashes occur. As Automotive News noted, an IIHS study showed 43 percent of rear-end crashes occur at speeds of 45 mph or less, so it's important to have a test that shows how well the tech performs at those levels.

A whopping 85 percent of 2022 vehicles earned a "Superior" rating in the current testing regime, so the IIHS will remove it from 2023 testing and Top Safety Pick award evaluations. Their view is that, since the majority of vehicles meet the criteria, it's no longer an accurate way of evaluating performance. In its place, the agency introduced a night test for automatic emergency braking systems that will begin next year.

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New hot hatch

This is the 2023 Toyota GR Corolla

The GR Corolla is headed for our shores later this year.

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Car enthusiasts in the United States frequently have to watch as automakers release wild performance cars, particularly hatchbacks and wagons, that we can't get. Surprisingly, it's Toyota that is here to save us all. The automaker's GR Yaris hatchback made waves in global markets when it landed a couple years ago, and now it's bringing a beefed-up GR Corolla to the U.S. that will get many of that car's rally-inspired go-fast bits.

Two trims will be available at launch. The "entry-level" model is the Core trim, which comes later in 2022. In 2023, Toyota will release a limited Circuit Edition that gets upgraded performance components and a nicer interior.

The Corolla hot hatch shares its turbocharged 1.6-liter engine with the GR Yaris, but in the Corolla it got a bump to 300 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. The car comes exclusively with a six-speed manual transmission and Toyota's GR-Four AWD system. The driver can change the GR's power distribution to suit the situation and driving style. The system can send up to 70 percent of power to the rear.

2023 Toyota GR CorollaThe GR Corolla gets a turbocharged three-cylinder engine and all-wheel drive.

Though it's based on the standard car, the GR Corolla is wider than its counterpart, and features more weld points for better structural rigidity. Toyota says it used extensive structural adhesive throughout as well, which should further improve handling. The car rides on 18-inch wheels with Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tires standard.

The GR's interior features a driver-oriented setup with a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster and a short-throw shifter positioned for easy reach by the driver. The Core trim comes with cloth upholstery and the Circuit Edition gets suede and synthetic leather. Both models offer sport seats with GR logos and the Circuit Edition brings heating for the front buckets.

Toyota will offer three packages to upgrade the Core Edition:

  • Performance package: front and rear Torsen limited slip differentials (LSD)
  • Technology package : JBL premium audio, navigation, and wireless smartphone charging
  • Cold Weather package: Heated front seats and heated steering wheel

2023 Toyota GR CorollaA six-speed manual transmission is the only option. Toyota

Toyota hasn't given out pricing details for the GR Corolla, but we should learn more soon. The Core trim is due out later this year and the Circuit Edition will be sold as a 2023 model year exclusive for the car's first year on sale.

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