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Kia kicks Stinger into high gear with aggressive engine option, enhanced tech for 2021

The Kia Stinger has gotten exterior and interior upgrades for the 2021 model year.

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The Kia Stinger fastback car has long been billed as a sports sedan and for the 2021 model year, Kia is kicking its Stinger into high gear. The 2021 Kia Stinger gets a design refresh and new driver assist and safety features, as well as a new exhaust tone.

Kia previously revealed the exterior of the 2021 Stinger, complete with a fresh, K5-inspired nose and checkered flag taillights.

It will retain its twin-turbocharged 3.3-liter V6 engine that now delivers an upgraded 367 horsepower and 376 pound-feet of torque. Kia has changed the car's exhaust note by instituting a new Electronic Variable Exhaust Valve. This butterfly valve opens and closes to produce a more prominent, deeper exhaust note in Sport driving modes, or a quieter, more subdued exhaust note in Eco or Comfort mode. The engine continues to be paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

2021 Kia Stinger

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Inside, a new, available 10.25-inch infotainment touch screen takes center stage on the dashboard on most models. The widescreen system allows for two phones to be connected to Bluetooth at the same time. It comes standard with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and voice control.

The Stinger comes standard with a new 8.0-inch infotainment touch screen that replaces the 7.0-inch in the 2020 model. A 4.2-inch color-TFT LCD cluster replaces the previous 3.5-incher. A 7.0-inch "Supervision" cluster is available, delivering more vivid graphics and a host of additional information to the driver.

Additionally, the car is connected to Kia's UVO app, which allows for a variety of functions including remote engine start and seat ventilation and heating functionality.

Kia has given the model additional and enhanced advanced driver assistance and safety technology. There's a new blind spot view monitor, as seen in the 2020 Kia Telluride, safe exit assist, lane following assist, and rear occupant alert, as well as upgraded forward collision avoidance, lane keeping, and blind spot collision avoidance assist. Additional technology is available in other markets.

The new Kia Stinger will go on-sale in Korea during the third quarter of 2020, with sales in global markets commencing later this year.

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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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