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2021 Kia Stinger gets design changes including checkered flag taillights

The Stinger has gotten a long list of enhancements.

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For the 2021 model year, Kia is enhancing the Stinger fastback sports sedan with changes inside and out. The fresh looks are designed to “builds on the svelte gran turismo design" according to a release from the company.

The front of the 2021 Stinger will now feature the car's tiger-nose grille between new multifaceted reflector LED headlamps and daytime running lights.

Kia has given the rear of the Stinger a new combination taillight displays that includes a new light signature that goes across the entire width of the back end. That signature mimics the shape of the spoiler that is integrated into the trunk lid. Each turn signal is comprised of 10 LED units and arranged in a grid pattern that is reminiscent of a checkered flag.

2021 Kia Stinger The front of the Stinger has gotten headlight enhancements.Photo courtesy of Kia Motors

There are also larger wide-bore bright silver exhaust mufflers and a more purposeful rear diffuser, which combine to give the car a more muscular appearance.

Stinger rides on either 18- or 19-inch aluminum alloy wheels that feature geometric designs. Kia will also offer the model with a new exterior color - a shade of purple.

Kia will make two exterior packages available on the Stinger. High-performance variants will be available with the Dark Package, which includes a gloss black diffuser surround, black wide-bore muffler tip, and black Stinger emblem on the tailgate. In North America, the model will be offered with a new Black Package that adds 19-inch matte black lightweight wheels, a rear wing for the trunk lid, and blacked out mirror caps and side fender trim.

The Stinger gets materials upgrades for 2021 designed to make its cabin more premium. The lower section of the steering wheel now has a metallic finish. That finish matches the bezel that surrounds the 7.0-inch all-digital instrument cluster. Kia has made the car's rear view mirror frameless.

2021 Kia Stinger Kia has upgraded the Stinger's cabin for 2021.Photo courtesy of Kia Motors

Depending on the trim level purchased, the Stinger's dashboard and doors can feature contrast stitching while the center console is available with aluminum or carbon fiber-style trim.

The model has an upgraded 10.25-inch infotainment touch screen and navigation system that is surrounded by a new glossy black finish.

Kia is offering the Stinger Nappa leather upholstery finished in Saturn Black, Red, or Beige, alongside existing leather and synthetic leather options. A new Saturn Black option finishes the seats in black suede with contrasting red stitching in a “chain" pattern, designed to mimic the links in a watch strap.

The Stinger goes on sale in Korea in the third quarter of 2020 followed its arrival in global markets. Ahead of that, Kia is set to reveal a new powertrain line-up and technologies for the car.

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The Continental GT Mulliner is Bentley's newest high-end offering.

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The Continental GT Mulliner has been added to the Bentley stable joining other models that represent the finest the super-luxury brand has to offer. The Mulliner brand offers buyers a wider variety of customization than the traditional Bentley lineup of vehicles.

The new model features a 'Double Diamond' matrix grille at the front, complimented by matching front fender vents at the sides that feature black and silver design with chromed Mulliner branding. Satin Silver mirror caps with Mulliner Welcome Lamps beneath, and illuminated outer door sills with Mulliner text take residence on the side of the vehicle.

Bentley Continental GT Mulliner 

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Bentley has given the model 22-inch Mulliner wheels with a painted and polished finish. The centre badge of each wheel is self-leveling, keeping its Bentley logo upright at all times.

The cabin of the Continental GT is already plush but the Mulliner brand touch takes the level of sophistication and refinement up a notch. The color split in the cabin is exclusive to the car, with a new combination of primary and secondary hide joined by a third color through a flowing design line.

Mulliner proposes eight different three-color combinations for order, using Bentley's palette of hides and threads to create a contrast throughout the cabin. "Diamond in Diamond" quilting to the seats, doors trims, and rear quarter panels are standard. The quilting consists of nearly 400,000 stitches with each diamond containing 712 stitches.

Each seat in the car is finished with an embroidered Mulliner logo. The floor mats are edged with micro-piping to match the rest of the color theme of the interior. The roof of the cabin is trimmed along its full length with indented hide, or smooth hide to match the seat backs if a buyer chooses the fixed glass roof instead.

The center console is made of a diamond milled technical finish that is flanked by Grand Black walnut veneer and chrome overlays. At the center is a Breitling clock. The passenger side fascia is finished with a silhouette of the car's exterior profile and the Mulliner logo.

The interior appointments can be personalized further with a range of 88 contemporary, colorized veneer finishes that can be matched to the interior or exterior of the car. Burr walnut veneer is hand sanded and polished to produce a perfectly smooth finish before painting to match the colour of the customer's choice. Once dry, the veneer is polished to achieve a mirror-like finish.

Buyers are able to choose whether their Bentley model is powered by a 6.0-liter W12 engine or a 4.0-liter V8. The 12-cylinder gets 626 brake horsepower and the V8 achieves 542 brake horsepower. Both engines come standard with 48-volt active anti-roll technology.

Orders for both coupe and convertible versions of the Continental GT Mulliner will be taken starting in October. The first deliveries begin early next year.

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The new RM20e Racing Midship Sports Car showcases the future of the Hyundai brand.

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Hyundai debuted the RM20e Racing Midship Sports Car this week, showcasing what isn't the beginning but what is very much the future of what the Hyundai brand will offer. The electric-based high-performance race car, like those designed by other manufacturers is a proving ground for technologies that may be employed in Hyundai passenger vehicles in the future.

Hyundai has been quite open about this calling the platform the RM20e is based on, the RM development platform, will be used for future N brand products that are inspired by the car. This follows as part of the progressive evolution of the car with previous iterations bearing the names RM14, RM15, RM16 and RM19.

RM20e Racing Midship Sports Car

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Hyundai's first electric race car was developed for the eTCR electric touring car series in 2019 - the Veloster N eTCR.

"Our new electrified RM20e pushes the proven RM platform forcefully into a new, environmentally-focused decade of the 21st century, stretching the performance envelope of electrification on normal road environments," said Albert Biermann, President and Head of Research and Development Division at Hyundai Motor Group. "RM20e represents a revolutionary new chapter of electrified performance for the Racing Midship series, and our N engineers continue to garner valuable insights in the arena of zero-emission performance dynamics."

The mid-engined, rear-wheel drive RM20e features a powertrain that achieves 810 horsepower and 708 pound-feet of torque thanks to its electric motor. It can get from zero to 62 mph in less than three seconds and to 124 mph from a standstill in 9.88 seconds.

Hyundai says that the RM20e combines "race car-like levels of performance, balance, braking, and grip while retaining daily-driver quietness, responsiveness and road-going capability".

The propulsion system driving the car, as well as the equipment that helps it achieve the "race car-like levels of performance, balance, braking, and grip" are part of Hyundai's larger plant to develop hybrid, plug-in hybrid, battery, and fuel cell electric vehicles.

Hyundai isn't working alone. The company has formed a strategic partnership with Rimac Automobili to co-develop battery and fuel cell electric vehicle prototypes.

Additionally, Hyundai Motor Group, the parent company of the Hyundai, Genesis, Kia, and new Ioniq brand, has committed to addinng 44 "eco-friendly" models by 2025.

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