The Price is Right

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.

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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 rear The 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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New sports car

2022 Subaru BRZ pricing announced

The BRZ is all-new for 2022.

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Earlier this year, Subaru announced the all-new BRZ sports car, which is coming this fall to replace the previous generation of the car that was discontinued in 2020. It, along with its Toyota cousin, the 86, get more power, updated interiors, and better technology than their predecessors.

The BRZ Premium is the base trim of the car. It starts at $28,955 after destination. Adding an automatic transmission drives the price up by $1,600 to $30,555. The BRZ Limited starts at $31,455 after destination, which shifts to $33,255 with an automatic transmission.


2022 Subaru BRZ The BRZ's compact size and manual transmission make it enthusiast friendly.


The 2022 BRZ gets a new 2.4-liter four-cylinder Boxer engine that produces 228 horsepower. Part of the appeal of small, sporty cars like BRZ is that they are infinitely more fun to drive than larger, more computerized vehicles. To that end, the car comes standard with a six-speed close-ratio manual transmission. Buyers can opt to swap in a six-speed automatic transmission, but that almost defeats the point of the car. A Torsen limited-slip differential, vehicle stability control with track mode, and 17-inch wheels round out the car's standard performance features.

Inside, the BRZ comes with an 8-inch touchscreen that runs Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth, SiriusXM radio, and dual-zone automatic climate controls. A new gauge cluster display can show amps, coolant temperatures, or the car's lateral g-forces, and when track mode is engaged, the tachometer shifts from a circular to a color linear graph.


2022 Subaru BRZ An updated interior and tech are highlights of the new BRZ,

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All-new sports sedans

All-new 2022 Audi A3 and S3 coming soon

The 2022 A3 gets sharper styling.

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The Audi A3 and S3 might be small, but both cars bring benchmark performance and luxury to the compact side of the premium market. The cars have been totally overhauled for the 2022 model year, and pick up new powertrain tech, updated interiors, and sharper styling.

Audi says that the A3 is wider and more aggressively styled than its predecessor, and notes that it will carry a new, wider grille and headlight design. The S3 is now longer and wider than before, and will sport a larger, more aggressive exhaust system.


2022 Audi A3 The A3's interior gets new color options for 2022.Audi


The 2022 A3 is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 201 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque. It's paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The powertrain also gets a 48-volt mild-hybrid boost for the first time in 2021, which will provide better take-off acceleration and can allow the car to coast with the engine off.

The S3 derives 306 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque from its turbocharged 2.0-liter engine, which is a bump of 18 horsepower and 15 pound-feet of torque over its predecessor. Audi says that the new powertrain configuration allows the 2022 S3 to sprint from 0-60 mph in only 4.5 seconds. The S3 also benefits from a .6-inch drop in ride height and new available S sport suspension with damper control that can be adjusted with drive mode selections from the cockpit.


2022 Audi S3 The sporty S3 has also been redesigned for 2022.Audi


The A3's interior brings standard heated setas with eight-way power adjustment, a standard panoramic sunroof, tri-zone climate control, and leather upholstery. Two new color options are available for the 2021 A3, including Santos Brown with Steel Gray stitching and Parchment Beige with Steel Gray stitching. The S3 gets new power-adjustable S sport seats, and can be upgraded inside with diamond-stitched Nappa leather upholstery.

A 10.1-inch infotainment touchscreen is standard for both cars, along with a 10.25-inch digital gauge display. Audi's virtual cockpit system, which can project maps and other information into the gauge cluster, is available with a 12.3-inch gauge upgrade option. A head-up display is also available for the first time in both cars.


2022 Audi S3 The S3's interior has been updated with new seats.Audi


Audi includes a few advanced driver aids as standard equipment, which include forward collision warnings, high-beam assist, lane departure warnings, and a pre-collision system that shuts windows and pretensions seatbelts. Most features are optional, and include a parking assistance system, rear cross-traffic alerts, blind spot monitoring, and more.

The 2022 Audi A3 will have a starting price of $34,945, which includes a $1,045 destination charge. The A3 Quattro will start at $36,945 and the 2021 S3 will have a starting price of $45,945.

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