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Hyundai teases refreshed 2022 Kona, new performance-focused Kona N Line with new images

The award-winning Hyundai Kona will be refreshed for the 2022 model year.

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Hyundai has released three new images of a refreshed version of the Kona and the forthcoming Kona N Line. The models are both 2022 model year vehicles.

The new model is a performance-focused take on the traditional Kona subcompact SUV and continues the company's recent influx of N Line models throughout their lineup, most recently with the Elantra N Line.

The Kona debuted as a 2018 model and earned the coveted 2019 North American Utility Vehicle of the Year honors. With the refresh, it is expected that Hyundai will give the model a revised front and rear fascia (the front is shown in the teaser photos) and updated infotainment options.

2022 Hyundai Kona The Hyundai Kona will be refreshed for the 2022 model year.Photo courtesy of Hyundai Motor America

Hyundai has confirmed that the model will have a wider stance and a "shark-inspired nose". The current Kona's fascia is modeled after the helmet of an ancient Roman gladiator. There will also be updated daytime running lights, front skid plate, and bumper.

Both the Kona and Kona N Line will embody the company's new Sensuous Sportiness design theme, which was first seen on the 2020 Sonata and followed with the 2021 Elantra.

The performance-focused Kona N Line will have a more aerodynamic design than its mainstream stablemate. This look includes low-set air intakes and a more aggressive front bumper. There are corner fins and lean crease lines as well.

Hyundai considers N Line models an entry point into the N Brand family of vehicles. Like the Ford ST Line and Audi S, which are a step below the companies' ST and RS grades, the N Line will likely include sporty design attributes and mild equipment changes.

2022 Hyundai Kona N Line The Hyundai Kona N Line will offer a sportier variant of the subcompact SUV.Photo courtesy of Hyundai Motor America

More design details on the new Kona and Kona N Line will be revealed in the coming weeks.

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A new collection of Rolls-Royce Black Badge models has made a very bright splash.

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Star light, star bright, what on Earth are the Rolls-Royce Black Badge Neon Nights? The bespoke automaker has announced a new limited edition collection of brightly colored models, dubbed the Neon Nights models. Dawn, Wraith, and Cullinan Black Badge vehicles have gotten the treatment.

"Neon Nights is a vibrant trilogy of Rolls-Royce Black Badges, whose inspiration come from nature. The newly developed Bespoke paint is applied to the Black Badge variants of Wraith, Dawn and Cullinan - the darker and edgier 'enfants terribles' of the Rolls-Royce family," said Sami Coultas, Bespoke Designer Color & Trim, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. "Taking cues from the natural world, including an Australian green tree frog, a Hawaiian tree flower and an exotic butterfly, these limited hues show Black Badge bolder in color, appealing to patrons around the world who really do dare to be different."

Though originally conceived for clients in the U.S., the automaker has announced that three further iterations of each color are available for commission worldwide.

Rolls-Royce Black Badge Neon Nights

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Wraith Black Badge is finished in Lime Rock Green, a near-luminous hue naturally traditionally worn by the Australian green tree frog, an animal Coultas first encountered on a trip to Tamworth, north of Sydney, Australia. The interior features Scivaro Grey leather, with Lime Rock Green accents in the form of stitching and piping.

The Eagle Rock Red paint color created for the Dawn Black Badge that is part of the collection mimics the flowers of 'Ōhi'a lehua, an evergreen tree native to Hawaii. The Dawn's interior is finished in Selby Grey leather and has Koi Red stitching and piping details.

Rolls-Royce took inspiration from a butterfly for its Cullinan Black Badge Neon Nights iteration. Rhetus periander is known as the Periander metalmark, a species found across Central and South America, that is known for the vibrancy of its wings. That color was faithfully captured in Cullinan's Mirabeau Blue paint job, which is contrasted by an Arctic White leather interior with Lime Rock Green details.

In all three cars, the Technical Fibre fascia is embellished with a unique graphic that provides a neon glow and depicts the distortion of artificial light with speed.

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The McLaren Senna GTR is ready for the track but the LEGO Technic version is ready for your office shelf.

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The latest model to join the LEGO Technic family is a track-ready take one of the most beloved supercars of all time. The LEGO Technic McLaren Senna GTR is extreme, just like its real life namesake. The model is the first McLaren to get the Technic treatment.

It's an 830-piece model is designed for builders ages 10 and above. Its real life version was designed for track enthusiasts. The Senna GTR takes the athleticism of the Senna supercar a step further with a vehicle, "designed to deliver the most extreme, raw and engaging driving experience possible," according to the super luxury automaker. They call the vehicle "mind-bendingly fast", which makes it a perfect fit for a track day.

LEGO Technic McLaren Senna GTR The box will reach shelves in January.Photo courtesy of LEGO

The beating heart of the McLaren Senna GTR is a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 engine that achieves approximately 813 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque. Its carbon fiber body weighs just 2619 pounds and rides on a motorsports chassis.

The total engineering package is designed to deliver a raw racing experience. It's beyond engaging. The well-engineered wing helps you ride the line between control and out of control and, quite possibly, life and death.

LEGO hasn't pushed its model to that extreme, but many of its parts hold true to the spirit of the car. It features a V8 with moving pistons, an aerodynamic body style, dihedral doors, and a one-of-a-kind blue livery. The model is 12 inches long when completed.

"The team responsible for the design of the McLaren Senna GTR worked incredibly closely with their design counterparts at the LEGO Group to capture the extreme looks, excitement and essence of such an incredible supercar for LEGO Technic builders," said Robert Melville, Design Director McLaren Automotive. "Just like the real thing, the LEGO model is packed full of incredible details from the rear spoiler to the moving pistons in the V8 engine to the dihedral doors meaning that we're as proud of the model as we are of the real car."

LEGO Technic McLaren Senna GTR The model features dihedral doors.Photo courtesy of LEGO

The LEGO Technic McLaren Senna GTR will be launched globally from January 1, 2021 from LEGO.com, LEGO stores and other retailers globally, and participating McLaren retailers, with a recommended retailer price of $49,99.

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