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BMW introduced the i4 concept a little over a year ago and it now appears the production model will be unveiled on March 17th.

Details are limited, but BMW Blog is reporting the date was confirmed by officials during a recent conference call. This isn’t too surprising as the company hinted a debut was imminent as they tweeted “i foursee a new age coming” over the weekend.

While BMW is keeping tight-lipped on specifics, spy photographers have caught the model on numerous occasions. It closely resembles the 4-Series Gran Coupe, but features a unique front end with a fully enclosed grille. The model also eschews a dual exhaust system for a split diffuser.

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In 2019, BMW revealed plans for a high-performance variant that produces around 523 hp (390 kW / 530 PS) and can accelerate from 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in approximately four seconds flat. The company also confirmed the model will have a roughly 80 kWh battery pack that enables the car to travel around 373 miles (600 km) in the WLTP cycle.

Thanks to a DC fast charging capacity of up to 150 kW, owners will be able to get an 80% charge in around 35 minutes. Even a six minute charge should be good enough to get you around 62 miles (100 km) of range.

Additional variants are expected and rumors have suggested there will be an entry-level i4 with approximately 280 hp (209 kW / 284 PS). It might be joined by a mid-level version with around 330 hp (246 kW / 335 PS).

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There’s an old saying that racing improves the breed. That has been proven again and again, as many features, such as disc brakes, were first developed for motorsport use and later found their way into production cars. However, homologation specials kinda flipped this idea onto its head.

Group B rally cars are a prime example of that. FIA rules mandated 200 road cars being built for a model to be eligible for the series, way less than other championships. Manufacturers jumped on the opportunity, encouraged in part by the relatively lax legislation that had few restrictions on technology and, thus, gave them lots of freedom in developing the race cars.

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Having launched the 205 in 1983, Peugeot chose it as the basis for its world rally car championship. The 205 Turbo 16 was unveiled at the 1984 Geneva Motor Show and, despite the visual similarities, it was unlike any other version. It sported a bespoke bodywork and interior and, more crucially, while other 205s had the engine up front and were front-wheel drive, the Turbo 16 was mid-engined and all-wheel drive. The four-cylinder was based on the cast iron block of the diesel version of the (then new) XU family, although it sported a specially developed 16-valve head and, with the help of a turbocharger, delivered 197 HP (200 PS).

Peugeot is said to have made 219 road-legal cars, all of them in Winchester Grey. Well, actually not all of them: Jean Todt, who was then head of Peugeot Talbot Sport, the outfit that raced the car in Group B, allegedly asked for four cars to be painted in the same white color as the rally racers. They would be allocated to himself, Peugeot president Jean Boillot, French racing driver Didier Pironi, and Peugeot Sport technical director André de Cortanze.

This example that will go up for auction at Aguttes On Wheels on March 21, chassis 33 of the original “Serie 200”, is thought to be the one used by Todt himself, although this cannot be confirmed. According to the current owner, both the engine and gearbox are original, output has been boosted to 227 HP (230 PS), and the car has just been serviced and fitted with a new petrol pump and timing belt. The bodywork, apart from the stickers, is also original and the car sits on new Michelin TRX tires.

This 205 T16 seems to be in tip-top condition and its odometer reads just 9900 km (6150 miles). Which, we guess, is one of the reasons why the auction house expects it to fetch between 300,000-400,000 euros ($357,990 – 477,320). Well, no one ever said that homologation specials go for cheap…

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The Volkswagen ID.5 will be introduced in the second half of this year and spy photographers have caught the model undergoing some final testing.

Snapped wearing a half-hearted Kia disguise, the ID.5 follows in the footsteps of the ID.4 but is a slightly more fashionable crossover coupe.

The changes are apparent when viewed from the side as the ID.5 adopts a sleeker roof and more dynamic rear pillars. Designers also gave the model a trunk-like liftgate with a prominent spoiler.

Also Read: VW ID.5 Stretches Its Electric Legs On The Nurburgring

Spy photographers didn’t get close enough to grab interior pictures, but the cabin should largely carryover from the ID.4. This means we can expect a 5.3-inch digital instrument cluster as well as a 10- or 12-inch infotainment system.

Powertrains should carryover as well and this means we can expect battery packs with a net capacity of 52 and 77 kWh. They’ll likely power a rear electric motor with outputs of 146 hp (109 kW / 148 PS) and 162 lb-ft (220 Nm), 168 hp (125 kW / 170 PS) and 229 lb-ft (310 Nm) as well as 201 hp (150 kW / 204 PS) and 229 lb-ft (310 Nm) of torque. A performance-oriented GTX variant, with all-wheel drive, should also be part of the lineup.

While specifications remain unconfirmed, the ID.4 offers a WLTP range of up 522 km (324 miles) with the larger battery park. The crossover can also accelerate from 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 8.5 seconds.

Volkswagen officials have suggested the ID.5 will be exclusive to Europe, but they seemed to leave the door open to wider sales later on. Of course, we’ll likely hear more about that possibility later this year.

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