Fond Farewell

Audi says auf wiedersehen to the R8 V10 quattro with 30 limited edition models

The car rides on silver wheels, which haven't been available to U.S. customers.

Photo courtesy of Audi AG
It's been a good run for the Audi R8 V10 quattro. The powertrain-drivetrain combination of Audi's top all-wheel drive sports car will be discontinued following a limited edition run. The R8 V10 performance quattro lives on for 2021.

Just 30 of the limited edition models will be available. Options for buyers include a Mugello Blue, Avus Silver, or Sonoma Green paint job on the coupe version or a Mugello Blue exterior on the Spyder model. Each color will be available in limited quantities. Fifteen Mugello Blue models with a pastel silver interior will be constructed. Additionally, five Avus Silver/black, five Sonoma Green/black Audis will be made. The Spyder comes exclusively with the pastel silver interior.

Photo courtesy of Audi AGAudi is offering the coupe in three different paint jobs.Photo courtesy of Audi AG

It features side blades, lower trim, and an engine compartment that are finished in carbo fiber, red painted brake calipers, and alu-optic mirror caps. The car rides on 20-inch milled wheels in silver - a first for U.S. customers.

Its naturally aspirated engine is paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. It achieves 562 horsepower road 406 pound-feet of torque, which move the coupe from zero to 60 mph in as little as 3.4 seconds. Spyder models hit that mark in 3.5 seconds. The coupe version has a top track speed of 201 mph but the Spyder is rated one mph slower.

Audi is equipping the limited edition models with a carbon fiber front sway bar, Audi magnetic ride, and Audi dynamic steering. The carbon fiber sway bar saves 4.4 pounds of weight while the magnetic ride adjusts the vehicle's firmness. Using dynamic steering technology, the R8 is more stable at low speeds and easier to maneuver, making it a more practical daily driver.

Photo courtesy of Audi AGThe model is available in coupe and Spyder variants.Photo courtesy of Audi AG

The car's sport exhaust system was previously only available on R8 performance models. The amount of sound the comes out the tailpipe is dictated by a button on the steering wheel or via the driver's choice of Audi drive select setting.

Drivers steer the car via a flat-bottom three-spoke multifunction steering wheel with paddle shifters. Audi virtual cockpit and the MMI navigation plus come standard. The interior also features carbon fiber high-gloss surrounds. Coupe models have a diamond stitched Alcantara headliner.

The limited edition R8 V10 quattro is scheduled go on sale this summer with an MSRP of $186,000 for the Coupe and $195,900 for the Spyder.

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The new Z starts at under $40,000.

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The new Nissan Z is finally here, and the 400-horsepower sports car is hitting the market with a reasonable price. The car starts at just $39,990 before a $1,025 destination charge. That's significantly cheaper than the least expensive Toyota Supra for a car with impressive specs and great style.

2023 Nissan ZThe Z gets a 400-horsepower V6 from Infiniti.Nissan

The 2023 Z comes with a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 that makes 400 horsepower. It's paired with either a six-speed manual or nine-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive. That's the enthusiast's dream setup, and it's one of few cars available in the U.S. with a manual gearbox. The body is stiffer and features more reinforcements from prior cars, and the steering system now features electric assistance instead of hydraulics. 18-inch wheels are standard and 19-inchers are available.

When it announced the car, Nissan made a point to talk about its retro-inspired styling and classic proportions. The coupe features a sweeping roofline, a distinct front fascia, and is unmistakeably a Z car, through and through. Inside, the car features a three anlog gauges for a classic look, 12.3-inch configurable digital gauge cluster and a 9-inch touchscreen display. The cabin looks upscale and tech-forward, with deep bucket seats.

2023 Nissan ZThe 2023 Z lands this summer. Nissan

Nissan says the new Z will go on sale in summer 2022. Pricing starts at $39,990 for the base Sport trim, $49,990 for the mid-range Performance trim, and $52,990 for the limited-edition range-topping Proto Spec trim.

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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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