Writing yet another chapter in the book of compact luxury sports sedans, the new 2021 Lexus IS was unveiled via a unique and engaging online virtual reveal. Since its debut nearly 20 years ago in the U.S., the IS has thrived on creating exhilarating driving performance in the form of a true rear-wheel-drive luxury sports sedan. The IS has served as a whetstone to help sharpen Lexus driving performance across the lineup but, more directly, it has forged indelible bonds between driver and machine that reach into the hundreds of thousands. It's no wonder the Lexus IS has earned worldwide adoration for its extraordinary driving performance. There may be no greater fan of IS than Toyota President Akio Toyoda, who notes the vehicle's special place in his heart during the introduction to the Art of Lexus book, where he credits the IS as """"The car that really taught me what performance driving was, and it was the moment when my love affair with Lexus began."""" The new 2021 Lexus IS, which is expected to arrive in dealerships in late fall of 2020, looks to expand upon the legacy it has carved out in the compact luxury sports car segment over the previous two decades. Truly a global vehicle, it will be available for sale in approximately 40 countries around the world, including the US, Japan, and other countries in Asia.
The new Skoda OCTAVIA RS iV with plug-in hybrid drive
A new era is beginning for the sporty ŠKODA RS family: the ŠKODA OCTAVIA RS iV with plug-in hybrid drive is now available to order from ŠKODA dealers in Germany. Prices for the sustainably sporty top model start at 42,267 euros including 16 percent VAT, while the OCTAVIA COMBI RS iV is available from 42,949 euros. At the start of ordering, customers can order the special FIRST EDITION model at the same price, which with its extended equipment offers a price advantage of €1,375 over a standard OCTAVIA RS iV. In the OCTAVIA RS iV, a 1.4 TSI gasoline engine with 110 kW (150 hp) output and an 85 kW (115 hp) electric motor combine their power to produce a system output of 180 kW (245 hp). Maximum torque in this configuration reaches an impressive 400 Nm. The compact sports car with plug-in hybrid drive realizes the sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.3 seconds, the top speed is set at 225 km/h. The OCTAVIA RS iV and OCTAVIA COMBI RS iV achieve these dynamic performance levels in a particularly efficient and clean manner: The combined standard consumption of the coupe-like sedan is just 1.2 l/100 km (combined power consumption 11.2 kWh/100 km), while the spacious station wagon makes do with 1.5 l/100 km (combined power consumption 11.4 kWh/100 km) according to NEDC. Both iV variants of the sporty top model meet the Euro 6d-ISC-FCM (AP) emissions standard."
With the third generation of the Audi RS 3 Sportback and the second generation of the RS 3 Sedan, Audi is relaunching the sporty top-of-the-line pair in the compact segment. The award-winning five-cylinder engine now has more torque, making it even more powerful. In combination with the RS torque splitter installed for the first time in an Audi, the A3 series’ emotional flagship model offers performance and lateral dynamics on a whole new level. The market launch will take place at the end of October – at prices starting at 60,000 euros for the RS 3 Sportback and 62,000 euros for the RS 3 Sedan.
The turbocharged three-litre flat-six in the new 911 GTS delivers 353 kW (480 PS). Maximum torque is 570 Nm, an increase of 20 Nm over its predecessor. Zero to 100 km/h takes just 3.3 seconds (911 Carrera 4 GTS: Fuel consumption combined (NEDC) 10.5 – 9.7 l/100 km, Fuel consumption combined (WLTP) 11.4 – 10.6 l/100 km, CO₂ emissions combined (NEDC) 240 – 222 g/km, CO₂ emissions combined (WLTP) 259 – 240 g/km) in the 911 Carrera 4 GTS Coupé with the eight-speed Porsche dual-clutch transmission (PDK): three tenths faster than its predecessor. A seven-speed manual transmission with a particularly short throw is available for all 911 GTS models as an alternative to the PDK.