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New 'Insight Audi Design' live stream gives a peek inside company's design lab

Audi's new virtual tour allows users to virtually step inside Audi's design studio.

Photo courtesy of Audi AG

Unfortunately, you can't get into Audi HQ in Ingolstadt, Germany for a tour right now. You can, however, use your smartphone, tablet, or computer to stream a look inside at no charge.

Audi has launched a new "Insight Audi Design" live stream interactive discovery tour to their repertoire. During the stream, tour guides present from a studio and explain why and how Audi makes its design decisions.

According to a release, "The guides answer questions in dialogue and construct the roughly 20-minute live stream according to the wishes and interests of the participants."

Tours are available in German and English.

Insight Audi Design scheduleTours can be booked online and are free of charge.Photo courtesy of Audi AG

Audi is the first auto manufacturer to offer free, online discovery tours. The company's virtual factory tour 'Audi live at the Ingolstadt factory' has been offered since November 2019 and gives tour-takers an insiders peek at the production process and technical highlights of the brand.

Tours are available at multiple times throughout each day. Users can click through to see the date they're interested in booking, the times of the tours available, and the language they are presented in. Each takes 20-30 minutes.

When booking, Audi asks which areas of their production interest you the most: history, motorsports, sustainability, production sites, or company. They also ask you to choose which models you're interested in learning about based on groupings (A1, Q2, A3, Q3, TT; A4, A5, Q5; A6, A7, Q7, Q8, A8; E-Tron; or R8, RS) and indicate which technologies pique your interest (alternative drives, driver assistance systems, lightweight construction, lighting technologies, or quattro).

Users must input their name and email address to book the tour.

Interested parties can choose a suitable date for "Insight Audi Design" online at www.audi.stream.

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New performance sedan

2023 Mercedes-AMG C 43 on the way with F1 tech

The new C 43 gets engine tech straight from Formula 1.

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It's about time we started considering Mercedes-AMG's 43-level cars in some of the same conversations that include the 53- and 63-level monsters. Today, Mercedes-AMG announced the 2023 C 43 Sedan. But even though it's the "entry-level" C-Class performance car, AMG gave it some serious upgrades, including standard rear-wheel steering, a mild-hybrid system, and plenty of power.

2023 Mercedes-AMG C 43 SedanRear-wheel steering is standard, as is adaptive suspension. Mercedes-AMG

The new turbocharged four-cylinder engine makes 402 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque - up from last year's 385 ponies. It's paired with a 48-volt mild-hybrid system, a nine-speed automatic transmission, and rear-biased all-wheel drive. Mercedes says the powertrain is strong enough to propel the C43 to 60 mph from a standstill in just 4.6 seconds.

The four-cylinder is the first production engine with an electric exhaust-gas turbocharger. The tech came directly from the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula 1 Team, who won the 2021 Constructor's Championship. Where traditional turbochargers have to build boost over a short period of time, an electric motor spins the turbo to start before allowing the exhaust gases to take over. The system is driven by the car's 48-volt mild-hybrid system and should reduce turbo lag and improve responsiveness.

2023 Mercedes-AMG C 43 SedanThe car's electric turbocharger is a first in a production car. Mercedes-AMG

Five driving modes are available, including Slippery, Comfort, Sport, Sport +, and Individual. The drive modes alter throttle and steering response, transmission shift points, exhaust sound, and settings for the adaptive dampers. Shockingly, the car comes standard with rear-wheel steering with an angle of up to 2.5 degrees. The system works at speeds of up to 37 mph, and can drastically reduce the C 43's turning radius while improving turn-in and handling.

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Just 55 of the SUV will be built.

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The Mercedes-Benz G-Class is an aspirational vehicle, and is one that shouts "I've made it" to the world. Its six-figure price tag legitimate military background, and hardcore off-road capabilities make it appealing on many levels, and there's even a go-fast version from AMG. The G63 cranks up the already bonkers G-Class to 11, with a big V8 and aggressive styling. To commemorate AMG's 55th year tuning Mercedes' vehicles, the automaker is releasing a limited "Edition 55" G 63.

Mercedes-AMG G 63 "Edition 55"The Edition 55 gets unique styling touches inside and out. Mercedes

Though the Edition 55 adds plenty of unique flair to the AMG-massaged G-Wagen, the SUV's beating heart remains untouched. It's a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 making 577 horsepower, and is good for a 0-60 mph time of just 4.5 seconds. That's in an SUV with a curb weight just shy of 6,000 pounds. Four-wheel drive and a nine-speed automatic transmission are also standard.

Mercedes says the Edition 55 comes finished in Obsidian Black metallic and rides on 22-inch forged wheels, even though the images it sent to accompany the announcement clearly show a not-black SUV. It also comes with the AMG Night Package, which brings blacked-out trim and unique accents, and the fuel filler cap is embossed with the AMG logo. Inside, the cabin features a black and red color scheme with stainless steel accents throughout. Black velour floor mats stitched with "Edition 55" in red are standard, along with an AMG Performance steering wheel wrapped in microfiber. The seats are covered in black and red Nappa leather upholstery, and Edition 55 badges are seen throughout the space.

Mercedes-AMG G 63 "Edition 55"The 577-hp super SUV can sprint to 60 mph quicker than many sports cars. Mercedes

When Mercedes says "limited edition" here, it means business. Just 55 of the SUVs will be available in the United States, and will be released later this year. There's no word on ordering or pricing details yet, but it's a safe bet that the ultra-exclusive G-Wagen will sell out quickly.

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