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New Porsche 911 Turbo spied with ducktail spoiler

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Porsche has already spawned four standard 992-generation 911 Carrera models in both coupe and cabriolet forms, but the Stuttgart manufacturer isn’t stopping with the new derivatives any time soon as it readies to unleash the next Turbo. We’ve spotted prototypes testing in both the US and Germany ahead of its 2020 reveal, which promises to be the fastest 911 Turbo yet.

Recent images reveal a ducktail spoiler mounted to the engine cover, something not yet seen on a 911 Turbo in the brand’s history. Immediate thoughts turn to the possible introduction of a 992 Sports Classic, but previous versions were based on the Carrera, not the turbocharged, all-wheel-drive Turbo we see here. A Touring-style pack for the Turbo is another possibility, but we’ll have to wait and see to find out for sure. 

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Earlier mules revealed the adoption of a recognisable wide body, with side air intakes feeding the Turbo’s increased appetite for air, an active rear wing and four square exhaust tips as we saw on the 991. The rear bumper is also similar to the Exclusive Manufaktur unit available on the 992 Carrera, with the front splitter featuring a slightly more aggressive design with its tell-tale twin-bar indicators visible on other Porsche Turbo models. It’s not clear as to whether it’ll feature the inflating, active front splitter from the 991, but active aerodynamic elements like variable grille slats will be utilised. The brakes on this test car look to be standard steel units, but Porsche’s PCCB carbon ceramic units will be found on the options list. 

A handy image of the dashboard reveals this near camo-free test mule might be the range-topping Turbo S, if the correct dial has been fitted, a model that will likely push over 600bhp to all four wheels from a turbocharged flat-six. Given the 228lb ft torque bump the 991 Turbo S was given over the 991 Carrera S, we’d expect the 992 to produce somewhere in the realm of 600lb ft. Standstill to 62mph will also come in under three seconds, topping out at just over 200mph, moderate improvements over its predecessor. 

As for the transmission, the standard 911 Carrera’s new eight-speed PDK ‘box will replace the previous seven-speed, while a mild-hybrid version may eventually be added to the range later in the 992’s model cycle. 

As with all new 992-gen 911s, one potential concern is weight. The 991 Turbo S gained 185kg over the Carrera S of that generation, if the 992 saw the same gains, it’d sit at a rather hefty 1700kg. We’re sure it’ll have the power to push along the road with plenty of urgency, but more than ever the Turbo’s GT credentials might well overtake its traditional sporting character. We’ll have to wait and see if our concerns are credible.

Source: https://www.evo.co.uk/porsche/911-turbo/201791/new-porsche-911-turbo-spied-with-ducktail-spoiler

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

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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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Source: https://www.autoblog.com/2020/08/12/2021-hyundai-elantra-n-line-revealed/

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Meet Tucson, a stray dog who became Prime Hyundai’s newest car consultant

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In the midst of crummy news seemingly everywhere, we have one that’s thoroughly heartwarming. A Hyundai dealer in Brazil has gained worldwide fame after adopting a stray dog and bringing him into the dealership as a “car consultant” to spend time with the sales staff and customers.

According to Brazilian news outlet A Gazeta, the manager of Prime Hyundai, Emerson Mariano, found the dog a couple of months ago. Another Brazilian news agency, ES360, reports that the manager started giving him food, water and shelter, and as the dog stuck around, he and the staff became fond of him. That led to the manager adopting him permanently, and he named him Tucson after Hyundai’s small crossover. Tucson is apparently about a year old, and he has been taken to the vet for all his necessary shots.

Since becoming part of the Prime Hyundai family, he has received a variety of dapper accessories including ties and a piece of a tuxedo, along with his own employee badge. He spends the day at the dealership, where the employees recently put together his very own doghouse. He has an Instagram account that has over 124,000 followers, but more important, it also has photos of him at the dealership. A Gazeta also noted that he will be featured in some advertising. Mariano also told ES360 that he was happy to give Tucson a home, since he has noticed a lot of pets becoming homeless in the wake of the pandemic. We’re happy Tucson found a home, too, one that seems to love him quite a bit.

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Source: https://www.autoblog.com/2020/08/12/car-dealer-stray-dog-tucson-brazil/

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Here’s how cross-platform ‘Rocket League’ play will work

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Rocket League’s upcoming update is a huge one — it will not only make the game free to play on all platforms, it will also introduce cross-platform progression. Now, Psyonix has detailed how cross-platform progression will work for the car racing/soccer title and how you’ll be prompted to make an or link to an existing Epic Games account to take advantage of the feature after you upgrade.

See, Rocket League will also debut on the Epic Games Store (and leave Steam completely) with the next update. The developer says that after you link an Epic Games profile, you’ll be asked to set a Primary Platform. That will serve as the source of progression, including your Rocket Pass Progress, Competitive Rank and XP Level, for all the platforms you connect. Once that’s set up, you’ll be able to link your PlayStation Network, Xbox Live, Nintendo Switch Online and Steam accounts.

Psyonix says you can unlink platforms and switch primaries if you change your mind, but you won’t be able to link any platform you remove to another Epic Games account. When it comes to items in your inventory, the feature will allow you to share all earned free drops, season rewards, shop purchases, Rocket Pass items, blueprints and Rocket League-branded DLC. However, you can’t share platform-exclusive items and credits. You can’t share Premium DLC Packs, as well, but Psyonix is working to make them accessible across platforms in the future.

Finally, the developer has clarified that you can only trade purchased items on the platform you bought them on to reduce the risk of fraud. You can’t hop onto Xbox to trade something you bought on PlayStation, for instance. You’ll also need at least 500 Credits to trade, unless you’ve been playing Rocket League before free to play’s launch.

This article by Mariella Moon first appeared on Engadget.

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Source: https://www.autoblog.com/2020/08/12/rocket-league-cross-platform-progression/

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