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2021 Audi RS 7 delivers 591-horsepower, will start at $114,000

The fresh RS 7 features a large number of upgrades and sleek styling cues.

Photo courtesy of Audi AG

The price tag for the sportiest 2021 Audi A7 variant, the 2021 Audi RS 7, has been announced. It's not cheap. But, there's a lot that buyers get for their $114,000.

The five-seater car is a sleek and stylish, taking the design cues of the A7 up a notch. Its sportback styling plays off the wide body design along with flared wheel arches showing off its muscular stance. The model shares just four body parts with the A7: the hood, roof, front doors and tailgate. It sits 0.4 inches lower than the A7.

2021 Audi RS 7 rearThe Audi RS 7 is the sportiest variant of the A7.Photo courtesy of Audi AG

It has a three-dimensional gloss black RS-specific honeycomb structure inside the Singleframe grille. Side air inlets sit below the Matrix-LED laser headlights. There's a new RS bumper up front and a lip spoiler at the back that extends above 60 mph. A strip of lights links the taillights across the tailgate. Large, gloss black oval tailpipes sit beneath the RS-specific rear bumper and diffuser.

The car runs on standard 21-inch RS wheels with summer tires. Buyers can get bigger wheels as part of the Black Optic or Carbon Optic packages, which include 22-inchers, a black grille, and black or carbon exterior accents.

Under the hood is a 4.0-liter bi-turbo V8 that is good for 591 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque. It can get from zero to 60 mpg in 3.5 seconds. RS ceramic brakes are available with red or gray painted calipers, and increase the top track speed of the RS 7 from 155 mph to 190 mph.

The model comes standard with all-wheel drive, a sport differential, and an RS adaptive air suspension. Drivers can toggle between six drive modes.

In the cabin is a dual screen setup in the center stack with 10.1-inch upper and 8.6-inch lower screens. The upper is used for infotainment functions while the lower is made for climate controls and convenience functions. In front of the driver a 12.3-inch display that features Audi's virtual cockpit technology in addition to special RS displays customized for the sporty sedan.

Passengers sit in standard sport seats that are covered in Valcona leather with a honeycomb pattern and RS embossing. The car's steering wheel is covered in perforated leather and heated. Large RS paddle shifters sit on either side of the wheel.

The 2021 Audi RS 7 will go on sale later this year.

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The 2023 Acura Integra is a very good thing
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After years of rumors and speculation, we finally got confirmation that the Acura Integra is returning. The iconic Japanese sports car left the market in the early 2000s, and has been notably absent since. Now, though, Acura is bringing it back. Today, the automaker announced that production had begun. The new Integra will be the first to be built in the U.S., and production will take place at Acura's Marysville Auto Plant. Interestingly, Acura's five other models are built in the Ohio facility.

2023 Acura Integra2023 Acura Integra reservations begin soonautomotivemap.com

The Integra will start arriving on dealers' lots in early June, and will carry a starting price of $30,800 before destination. The car is the only liftback in its segment, and gets a turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 200 horsepower. A six-speed manual is available, but buyers can opt for a continuously variable transmission.

2023 Acura IntegraThe new Integra comes as a five-door only. Acura

Acura says the Integra rolls down the same production line as the TLX sedan. The car required a rethink of Acura's production processes, and COVID-19 threw a wrench in development efforts. Acura notes its team worked rmotely and traveled to Japan to collaborate with home-office engineers. The Integra will also usher in a new training process for Acura, where associates learn the vehicle, the production process, and tooling before ever seeing the actual car.

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The Sport Classic comes to the U.S. for the first time next year.

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Porsche's bringing the 911 Sport Classic back to market, and it's headed to the United States for the first time. The car features distinctive styling, a rowdy twin-turbo flat-six engine, and plenty of go-fast gear from the 911 Turbo S upon which it is based. The car is scheduled for limited release late in 2022 as a 2023 model year.

2021 Porsche 911 Sport ClassicThe Sport Classic comes exclusively with a manual transmission and RWD.Porsche

The Sport Classic gets the Turbo S powertrain, which means a 3.7-liter twin-turbocharged flat-six engine producing 543 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque. It's paired exclusively with a seven-speed manual transmission and rear-wheel drive. Porsche says the combo makes the car the most powerful 911 with a manual gearbox currently on sale. The Sport Classic also gets a laundry list of parts from the Turbo S, including Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes, rear-axle steering, a sport exhaust, and an active sport suspension system.

2021 Porsche 911 Sport ClassicThe car comes with an interior not seen since the Porsche 918 Spyder.Porsche

The car' comes with Sport Grey Metallic paint with grey accent stripes, a carbon fiber reinforced plastic hood, and unique graphics on both sides. It rides on 20-inch wheels up front and 21-inch wheels in back, which are designed as reinterpretations of the old-school Fuchs design. In back, the Sport Classic gets unique bodywork that sets it apart from the 911 Turbo, such as deleted air intakes and a large ducktail spoiler. Inside, the 911 gets open-pore wood trim and semi-aniline leather upholstery in cognac and black. Porsche says the Sport Classic is the first car to get that type of leather since the iconic 918 Spyder.

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