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2020 Honda Civic Si Gets Styling Updates, More Standard Tech

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2020 Honda Civic Si Coupe, cockpit

For just a little bit more money, you get a slightly different design, more standard kit, and more responsive acceleration.

As with the rest of the Civic lineup, Honda has given the Civic Si sedan and coupe some styling and performance upgrades for the 2020 model year.

Starting with styling, the 2020 Civic Si gets a revised front bumper that now features gloss black trim, a body-color crossbar and new LED fog lights.The grille has also been updated and is flanked by headlights with multi-element LED lamps that deliver a wider and longer light beam.

The rear has a new lower bumper treatment that matches the new front design, while the four corner wells are filled with with new matte black 18-inch wheels.

Inside, driver and passenger are treated to red accents on the seat bottom and seat back, and a new red trim on the instrument panel. All Civic Si models now come standard with the Honda Sensing suite of safety and driver-assistive systems, including new automatic high beams.

The 2020 Civic Si is powered by the same turbocharged 1.5L four-cylinder engine as the previous model, with a six-speed manual transmission channeling 205 horsepower to the front wheels. The only big change under the hood is a 6-percent shorter final-drive ratio, which Honda says gives the car improved acceleration feel.

The 2020 Honda Civic Si coupe and sedan are both priced at $25,930 in the United States, including destination fees. The only option are summer tires, which cost an extra $200.

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BMW Concept 4 Previews A Massive-Grille 4 Series

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New BMW Concept 4

Its huge grille supposedly “embodies the aesthetic essence” of the BMW brand.

BMW used the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show to debut the BMW Concept 4, previewing the “new face” of the 4 Series.

The first thing that will catch your eye is its massive twin-kidney grille, which the German automaker describes as a “confident and classy” new take on the brand’s iconic grille. Look closer and you’ll notice that it is made of several small “number 4s” joined together.

“The kidney grille has always been a signature feature of BMW cars,” BMW design head Domagoj Dukec stated. “The BMW Concept 4 presents a confident and classy take on this iconic feature. At the same time, the BMW Concept 4 offers a look ahead to the expressive face of the 4 Series range.”

The design is said to be inspired by the 3.0 CSi, though the 1970s car had a much smaller grille than any modern BMW. Do you like it?

Massive grille aside, the BMW Concept 4 borrows many styling cues from the 3 Series and 8 Series and features classic sports car proportions. We’ll have to wait and see how all of this translates to the production 4 series.

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2020 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Arrives As The All-Weather Sports Car

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New, 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera 4

They bring improved all-wheel-drive technology to the base 911.

Porsche used the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show to take the wraps off the Carrera 4 and Carrera 4 Cabriolet.

As the all-wheel drive variant of the base 911 Carrera, the Carrera 4 is a sports car better suited for driving in all weathers. Its all-wheel-drive system consists of a liquid-cooled clutch and differential unit for channeling power to the front axle, while new components improve adjustment accuracy for routing power where it’s most necessary.

The improved system is paired with the latest Porsche Traction Management system, enhancing performance on snow, wet roads and on dry pavement.

New, 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Interior

Like the standard 911 Carrera, the Carrera 4 is powered by a 3.0L, twin-turbocharged flat-six engine that produces 379 horsepower and 331 lb-ft. of torque. Mated to an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission, it allows the 911 Carrera 4 coupe to reach 60 mph in 4.0 seconds (3.8 seconds when equipped with the optional Sport Chrono Package), while the 911 Carrera 4 cabriolet gets to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds (4.0 seconds with the Sport Chrono package).

Pricing for the 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 starts at $106,050 for the coupe and at $118,850 for the Cabriolet, both including destination fees.

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Next Porsche 718 Cayman Will Be An Electric Sports Car?

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The 718 successor, and not the 911, could be the next car in Porsche’s portfolio to go pure electric.

After committing to switching the Macan crossover to an EV platform, Porsche may be looking to do the same with the next-generation 718 Cayman and Boxster.

Porsche deputy chairman Lutz Meschke confirmed to that an electric 718 is the next logical step in the brand’s electrification initiative, dismissing a 911 EV as “too difficult” in the near term.

“In the sports car segment we have to think about a pure electric car,” he told the British publication. “An [electric] 911 will be too difficult. But for the 718 I think that it would be a very good step for the future and it would be on a completely new platform that we can discuss and share with other brands.”

Rumors have it that Porsche might be looking at Toyota as a potential partner for the electric 718 sports car. From Toyota’s end, the partnership could result in a successor to the MR2, which might also be all-electric.

The new Taycan kicked off the brand’s electric future but that car is more like the Panamera than a 911. Meschke acknowledged that a true electric sports car is quickly needed so as not to risk Porsche’s brand identity.

“A pure-electric sports car would not only be important for China but also Europe and USA markets, as sports cars are the heart of our brands and we cannot sit only on SUV cars,” the executive added.

The company has yet to decide on the direction it will take the next 718 Boxster and Cayman, but it is currently testing battery concepts and body styles.

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