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New 2019 Audi A3 Spotted In Standard Trim

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Wasn’t it just recently that we spotted the sporty S trim of the new 2019 Audi A3? Well, this time it’s the standard trim that has been spotted being tested on the road. The new generation of A3 is being prepared for launch later this year and it’s bound to go on sale in early 2020.

The spy shots showed that Audi will continue to reinvent the A3 to fit the brand’s new design language. The new model’s lighting design and front-end design are inspired by the latest A4 while the cabin should have features identical to the Virtual Cockpit setup in the Q3 SUV.

This new A3 will have a range of conventional and plug-in hybrid powertrains. Mechanically, it is expected to follow the footsteps of the Volkswagen Golf, including the plug-in hybrid powertrain that’s expected to be fitted in the new Golf GTE. Audi will also use the Golf’s regular petrol engines featuring 12-volt and 48-volt mild-hybrid systems.

What’s clear for now, though, is that Audi is not planning an all-electric version for the A3.

Another bad news is that the three-door A3 will likely to be discontinued because of poor market performance. Audi produced 7,818 examples of the three-door A3 and 167,741 units of the five-door A3 Sportbacks in 2017.

The company plans to come up with 12 pure-electric models by 2025. A car the size of the A3 has already been confirmed a part of this plan. It’s not the A3 per se. Rather, it’s going to be launched as an upmarket alternative to the Volkswagen ID. It will also use the VW Group’s new MEB EV platform.

We can expect A3’s lineup to include a Cabriolet, a Saloon, and a longer four-door coupe in the future. The latter would most likely be in competition with the new Mercedes CLA.

3 Things We Expect From The 2020 BMW M8 Convertible

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BMW finally delivered its promised M8 Convertible, the first for the 8 Series, which since its conception two decades ago has only been available in a coupe version. This luxury convertible sedan will finally give the AMG-prepped Mercedes S63 and S65 Cabriolet some competition.

It comes in standard and Competition trim, with the former getting 600 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque while the Competition trim putting out 17 more ponies.

Exterior

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The M treatment isn’t that all dramatic. In fact, you’ll have a hard time differentiating the M8 Convertible from the M850i, except for the bigger inlets in the front and back and the wider arches and vents along the sides.

Out front, you’ll see the camera and sensors protruding proudly. BMW is not the type of brand that will hide their cameras and sensors behind a grille. It has an aerodynamic lip around the tip of the bumper, as well as bigger vents out front. The hood is made of carbon fiber double bubble for a lightweight material.

The wheelbase is at 111.1 inches with an overall car length of 191.2 inches, a width of 74.9 inches, and a height of 53.0 inches.

Interior

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The M8 has a lot of the 8 Series’ features inside the cabin. The wide dashboard still separates the driver’s and passenger’s side. There’s a lot of carbon fiber materials in here, and you can get more if you opt for the M Performance parts. The main controls are on the dashboard but other features can be accessed through the 10.25-inch infotainment display.

The front seats are powered by a semi-electric folding function that makes it easier for back passengers to enter and exit the car. Most of the cabin is wrapped in leather and Alcantara. You can opt for tan leather with tan stitching if black isn’t your thing, but other combinations are available such as Ivory White/Tartufo, Midland Beige, and Ivory White/Midnight Blue.

Drivetrain

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As mentioned above, the M8 Convertible will come in two trims: the standard and the Competition. It has the same S63B44T4 4.4-liter, twin-turbocharged V-8 with four valves per cylinder that’s also found in the M5. The standard M8 makes 600 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 553 pound-feet of torque between 1,800 and 5,700 rpm.

The Competition package will give you 617 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and the same 553 torque, but they’re available between 1,800 and 5,860 rpm.

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