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Prototypes of the new generation Audi RS3 have been testing in the open for quite some time now, in both five-door hatchback and sedan body styles.

However, according to a new report citing, we won’t be seeing the production model until next fall, with the five-door RS3 Sportback breaking the ice, followed by the sedan model, which will be the only one coming to North America.

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Speaking with UK magazine AutoExpress, Audi Sport’s Sales and Marketing chief, Frank Michl, said it would be “some months” until the new performance compact makes its debut. However, the publication said it can “reveal” that the 2021 RS3 is due to be unveiled in September 2021, with sales to start in the UK and mainland Europe before the end of the year.

Michl said that the RS3 is “one of the success stories of the brand” attributing its success to the car’s five-cylinder turbo heart. While he would not disclose any specific details, he did hint than Audi would not downsize the engine in this Mk3 model.

That said, the new-gen RS3 Sportback and Sedan will retain their signature 2.5-liter five-pot. The engine is understood to be updated, with around 420 HP produced in the regular versions and perhaps as much as 450 HP in the Performance editions. This would give them a significant advantage over the Mercedes-AMG A45 and A45 S, as these boast 382 and 415 HP respectively.

On a more disappointing note, it appears that the ‘normal’ A3 Sportback won’t be applying for a U.S. visa. As a result, don’t look for the hot RS3 Sportback on North American shores either, but the RS3 Sedan will be offered to challenge the likes of the AMG CLA 45.

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BMW will welcome in the New Year with a special animation that can be displayed on the infotainment screen of various models.

The New Year Festive Animation includes a festive-themed backing track and complex animations that are shown on the screen. In addition, a vehicle’s ambient lighting system will be triggered and produce a light show of its own. The animation will be available across all BMW vehicles fitted with BMW Operating System 7.0 in 41 select countries and can be activated manually through an app in the Vehicle menu or by simply saying ‘Hey BMW, Happy New Year.’

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BMW has also launched a similar function just in time for Christmas, though it will only be available in select markets. This festive greeting includes its own animation and light show and can also be triggered through the app or by using the prompt ‘Hey BMW, Merry Christmas.’ This animation will be available to pay for seven days starting today, December 24.

BMW has many reasons to celebrate this year, and one of them is the 2022 iX that was unveiled in production form in November.

The iX uses a battery with a capacity that exceeds 100 kWh and powers two electric motors which combine to produce 496 hp, enough for a 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in just under 5 seconds. BMW expects the iX to have a range exceeding 372 miles (600 km) on the WLTP test cycle, or just over 300 miles (482 km) according to the EPA’s test procedure.

 

An internal processing error during the assembly of certain Audi RS5 Coupes for North America has sparked a recall.

The campaign covers 2,355 units of the sports coupe made between November 3, 2017 and December 10, 2019, all of which are estimated to have an incorrect positive terminal cover that might not be capable of assuring the 12-volt power supply in the event of a rear crash.

See Also: Explore The 2020 Audi RS5 Coupe And RS5 Sportback In New Photos, Videos

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) “this could result in not being possible to open the vehicle doors from the outside, or the hazard warning lights may not function due to a comprised electric power supply”, and it “may lead to an increased risk of injury to vehicle occupants”.

The automaker will inform owners of the car of the recall and technicians will inspect and replace the positive terminal cover free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on February 7, 2021 and until them, owners can reach out to Audi at 1-800-253-2834, using the #27i6 code, or to the NHTSA at 1-888-327-4236.

The 2018 RS5 Coupe used to sell for under $70,000 in the U.S., and it came with a 444 HP and 443 lb-ft (600 Nm) of torque 2.9-liter bi-turbo V6. The engine drove the quattro all-wheel drive system via an eight-speed automatic transmission, enabling a maximum speed of 174 mph (280 km/h) and a 0 to 60 mph (0-96 km/h) sprint of 3.7 seconds. The specs have remained identical in the facelifted iteration that premiered last September.

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