Hyundai to Electrify N

Like BMW has M and Lexus has F, so, too, Hyundai has N: a tuning house cranking out high-performance versions of their volume sellers.

This fall sees the release of the i30 N and Veloster N, followed by the i30 Fastback N. Each offers a sizeable power increase over the standard model, and updates the suspension, braking and handling to accommodate the greater output.

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Golf R Gets Colorful

Volkswagen is expanding the palette for their top-end Golf by introducing 40 custom color options. Known as the Volkswagen Spectrum Program, the options will be available for the forthcoming 2019 Golf R.

Though the Spectrum Program introduces some new hues to the VW lineup, Volkswagen also looked to their past for points of reference. From the MkIII Sirocco’s Viper Green Metallic to the Ginster Yellow of the 1997 GTI Driver’s Edition, these options tie the nameplates storied history with their most current engineering prowess.

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2019 BMW Z4 Unveiled: A Fun Toy(ota)

BMW has finally released official images of the upcoming Z4 roadster. The ‘proper’ unveiling is set for Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance at the end of the month, but in an effort to get ahead of leaked spy pics, they’ve released these pictures.

Offering few variations from the concept, the slightly-tweaked production model boasts an interior full of weight-adding tech, one of the biggest must-haves for those looking for a small droptop to toss around sunlit streets.

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Volvo Show their (Rear) Bias

Front-wheel drive is boring. So goes the perception. Having the wheels supplying the power as the same wheels that control direction is an inherent compromise that sacrifices speed for turning ability (or vice versa.)

I can’t say this is an unfair argument. Take a roundabout in an RWD car than an FWD drive one, especially after some heavy rain, and the one that left you smiling more is the winner. Dollars to donuts that it’s the one that pushes that beats the one that pulls.

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Subaru Recalls, Replaces Ascents

Recalls can have a devastating effect on manufacturers. Wide coverage of an existing issue can create real problems with brand perception, be it Toyota’s unintended acceleration, or pretty much anything Fiat/Chrysler.

Unlike in the tech world, however, where products can hit the market with glaring issues later addressed by patches, the car world doesn’t have the same luxury. You’re not going to download a new back bumper for the Tesla Model 3 that was just delivered.

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Caddy Sticks to the CTs and XTs

Recent patent filings show that Cadillac plans on sticking with their current naming scheme. The current nomenclature was introduced by since-departed CEO Johan de Nysschen.

de Nysschen was the same brain-genius behind Infiniti’s Q and QX nameplates, a methodology he brought to Manhatten’s (nee Michigan) premier auto manufacturer, in the guise of the CT and XT signifiers, representing sedans and crossovers respectively (run on sentence, what.)

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Jaguar Land Rover to Drop the V8

The traditional icon of Indian automotive heritage, Jaguar (and corporate sibling under Tata Motors, Land Rover) will be phasing out V8 engines for future vehicles.

Reports have Jag revamping their entire line-up through 2024, with a focus on an all-new inline-six and inline-three on the way. Electric turbochargers will be bolted on, ensuring maximum power with minimum fuel consumption. These engines will presumably each have different tunings based on the application.

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