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2021 Hyundai Elantra N Line picks up where Elantra Sport, GT N Line leave off




While we were sad to learn the Hyundai Elantra GT is disappearing from America, especially the sporty N Line, the good news is that Hyundai isn’t done with sporty compacts. The company has just revealed the 2021 Hyundai Elantra N Line, which will pick up the baton from the outgoing Elantra Sport and GT N Line. It combines the recently redesigned sedan’s crisp exterior with some unique sporty accents and a familiar turbocharged four-cylinder.

Visually, the N Line is distinguished by subtle yet distinct cues. The front gets an all-black mesh along with larger outboard grilles with arrow-like inserts. The sides get small skirts, and the rear features a small spoiler, diffuser and twin round exhaust tips on the right side. The N Line also has 18-inch alloy wheels and “N Line” badging scattered about. The inside is upgraded with more heavily bolstered seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter and aluminum pedals. 

Powering the Elantra N Line is the same turbocharged 1.6-liter engine featured in the old Elantra Sport and GT N Line, as well as the Veloster Turbo. It can be paired with either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Additional upgrades over the base sedan include larger front brake rotors, a multi-link independent rear suspension and stiffer suspension tuning.

Hyundai includes plenty of safety and convenience technology with the Elantra N Line, too. Automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping and lane-follow assist, automatic high-beams, blind-spot warning and rear cross-traffic warning lead the standard safety features. The N Line will also have wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto along with Hyundai’s Digital Key, which allows access via your smartphone.

The Elantra N Line will be available sometime this year. Exact dates haven’t been given, but it will be available ahead of the Sonata N Line, which is also slated to release this year. Pricing also hasn’t been announced, but expect it to come in around $24,000 like its Elantra Sport and GT N Line predecessors.

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Gaming Roundup | Is the ability to play Gran Turismo worth $399?




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The crossover between gearheads and gamers is growing every day. Professional race car drivers develop their chops digitally before ever stepping foot onto certain tracks thanks to racing simulators like iRacing. Entertainers like T-Pain are simultaneously diving into both automotive and gaming ventures. We even see the overlap firsthand on our very own livestreams, where car enthusiasts of all ages from around the world join us to talk about not only their favorite cars, but also their favorite racing and driving games. So we wanted to create a place on Autoblog to talk about the gaming news of the week, and how it might relate to the automotive world (and for any parents out there, we’ll try to help you make sense of some of the madness.) Enter: Autoblog‘s Gaming Roundup. Let’s dive in. 

Did Sony finally release Playstation 5 prices?

It did, and predictably, the PS5 will be available on November 12 for the same price as the Xbox Series X at $499. There’s a twist, though. As you probably know, Xbox is releasing two consoles this November, the Series X and the $299 Series S. Although the Series S doesn’t quite pack the same punch as the Series X, it’s still a “next generation console” and it will be able to play all the same games as the Series X. Well, what might be flying under the radar a bit is that Sony is releasing two consoles this November as well, the PS5 and the PS5 digital edition (the same console but without a disc drive). The headline here is that, if you don’t need a disc drive, you can get a PS5 digital edition for $399. Assuming the PS5 and Series X are mostly comparable in power (yes, yes, I know, this can be argued but realistically they’re about the same, let’s be reasonable here), this means that if you don’t need a disc drive, you can snag a “full-powered” next-gen console for only $399 in the form of a PS5 digital edition. The confusing part, though, is that if you don’t have a 4K TV or don’t care about playing every game at the absolute maximum specs that can be achieved via console, then you can still participate in the next generation of gaming just fine with the $299 Xbox Series S. Keep in mind, if you want to play Forza, that’ll only be available on Xbox (and PC), and if you want to play Gran Turismo, that’ll only be available on Playstation, so you’ll have to go PS5. Got all that? You might have to search pretty hard for a PS5, though you can pre-order one here, but availability has been sporadic, and that’ll likely continue for some time.

Racing games that aren’t sims

Q: You guys talk a lot about sim racers in these posts — can you recommend any racing games that aren’t simulators?

You better believe we can. Last week, a game called “Hotshot Racing” launched on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch. It’s a retro-style racing game themed after arcade games, and News Editor Joel Stocksdale spent this past week playing it. His thoughts:

Joel Stocksdale: “Hotshot Racing” is an all-around charmer, from the graphics to the gameplay. Its art style is clearly inspired by arcade racing games, particularly Sega Model 1 and Model 2 games such as “Virtua Racing” and “Daytona USA.” That’s evident by the vibrant colors, low-polygon models and creative tracks adorned with everything from castles to dinosaurs. The detailed animations of everything on the track, the long draw distances and buttery smooth framerate make it look and feel more sophisticated than you would expect, though. Also evident is not just a love for classic arcade games, but for cars. The game features various drivers with unique cars, all of which are clearly inspired by real ones. These include well-known vehicles like Corvettes and Jaguar E-Types, as well as more obscure machines such as the Toyota GT-One Le Mans racer. You’ll even find paint schemes inspired by real cars, such as a TRD Toyota Levin race car or a NASCAR wearing the colors of Tom Cruise’s City Chevrolet car in “Days of Thunder.” Thought was also put into the visual upgrades that can be done, such as the engine hood scoops: Front-engine cars get scoops in the hood, mid-engine cars get them on the sides and roofs.

The gameplay is also a blast. You get a superb sense of speed, with the bright scenery whipping by, anime speed lines in your peripheral view. Controls are extremely tight, precise and responsive.Combined with easy-to-drive cars, the game is great for anyone of any skill level to pick up and try out. The game mechanics and tight controls also make it so that there’s plenty to master for people who want a challenge. Adding nuance is the fact that every car controls a little bit differently, even within the same class (balanced, speed, acceleration and drift). With 16 tracks, race, time trial, pursuit and speed related modes available, there’s plenty to keep you busy. It’s still not as expansive as a game like “Forza Horizon,” but that’s OK, especially because “Hotshot Racing” carries a price of just $19.99. So if you’re looking for a bright, cheerful and exciting racing game that doesn’t take itself too seriously, “Hotshot Racing” is absolutely worth a try. The game is a digital-only release, so you won’t find it on store shelves, but you can pick it up from any digital storefront. If you need to fund your account, you can do that by picking up an Xbox Store gift card here, or a Playstation Store gift card here.


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Nissan Z Proto, next-gen Hyundai Tucson and a hi-po mystery Bronco | Autoblog Podcast #645




In this week’s Autoblog Podcast, Editor-in-Chief Greg Migliore is joined by Senior Editor, Green, John Beltz Snyder and News Editor Joel Stocksdale. In the news this week, Ford has teased some sort of high-performance Bronco, Nissan unveiled the Z Proto, Hyundai revealed the next-gen Tucson and GMC teased the Hummer EV’s “Crab Mode.” Our editors break that all down for you, and share some insights and opinions before they turn to the cars in their own driveways. This week, they’ve been spending time with the 2020 Mercedes-AMG G 63, as well as the 2020 BMW Alpina B7.

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Porsche Taycan Turbo safety car bows at Le Mans




Porsche pulled the covers off its new Taycan safety car Friday, ahead of the 88th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, where it will make its debut with the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland series. The support series will start its season Saturday with a 45-minute sprint race that will run prior to the weekend’s 24-hour marathon. We may still be years away from seeing an electric car tackle the world-famous endurance race, but if we had to bet money on who’d be the first, Porsche would be up there. 

“Like its predecessors, the first all-electric sports car from Porsche feels equally at home on the race track as it does on the road. All that remains to be done is to take the champagne crates out of the luggage compartment before the Porsche Taycan safety car sets off on its first outing in Le Mans on Saturday,” Porsche said in its announcement.

While the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Cars that will hit the track have all been trucked in, Porsche proudly drove the 670-horsepower Taycan Turbo safety car pictured here to the event, providing an opportunity to showcase its real-world charging capabilities on the route from Porsche’s German HQ to Le Mans in France, which Porsche described as the company’s “second home.”

“Not only can drivers top up the batteries of their electric sports cars at these charging points, they can also take in some cultural and gastronomic highlights. Moreover, the high-power charging stations of Porsche’s technology partner Ionity can now be found at more and more stops along European motorways. With their 800-volt technology, these can recharge the Porsche Taycan in the time it takes to stop for a coffee,” it said.

The Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland series comprises 11 races, kicking off with Le Mans before touring Germany through the end of the year. The season concludes with Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland Experience Day in Oschersleben on Nov. 9.

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