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2026 Honda Prelude

At the end of 2023, there were rumors about the return of the Honda Prelude. In the meantime, the rumors have been confirmed, and now the Prelude Concept has been officially presented. The presentation was held at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, which will take place from July 11 to 14, 2024.

It will be a continuation of the story that started in 1978 and ended in 2001, when the production of the fifth generation of Honda’s first two-door coupe ended. The new Prelude has a new design and, except for the name, almost no similarities with its predecessor. The front part is reminiscent of sports cars, thin headlights connected with an LED bar, black side mirrors, a roof line that descends towards the rear part is reminiscent of the design of the Porsche 911 and Hyundai Ioniq 6. The rear part has a black lip spoiler, a black bumper and an LED bar which extends along the entire length. The design of the interior is still unknown.

When it comes to the powertrain, it was said that the new Prelude will be fully electric, but the Japanese manufacturer has opted for a hybrid option, and the specifications are currently under wraps. The start of production is expected in the next year or two.

Source: Honda

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Evoluto 355 based on the Ferrari F355 Berlinetta

In the world of increasingly popular restomod cars, where the majority are projects based on the Porsche 911, an example based on one of the Ferrari models also pops up. This time it’s the Evoluto 355 based on the Ferrari F355 Berlinetta, the work of British company Evoluto Automobili.

The Ferrari F355 Berlinetta was produced from 1994 until 1999, and over 11,000 cars left the production line, making it the most-produced Ferrari at the time. However, Evoluto Automobili did everything to modernize it but at the same time keep some of the main features of this car. All body panels are made of carbon fiber, which reduces the weight of the car by 200 kg compared to the standard model.

Under the bonnet is still a 3.5-L V8 engine with 426 hp (318 kW) @ 8,500 rpm. This means that the restomod now has 45 hp more than the standard car which has 381 hp (284 kW) at 8,250 rpm. Currently, there is no data on the performance of the Evoluto 355, and the standard F355 Berlinetta accelerates to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.7 seconds with a top speed of 295 km/h (183 mph), so we can expect better figures. Power is sent to the rear axle via a 6-speed manual gearbox with limited mechanical differential lock.

“The potential of Ferrari’s famous atmospheric engine, which in this case is responsible for only 1,250 kilograms, is more than enough for top-notch fun in a car with a refined suspension and a 23 percent stiffer body on adequate tires,” say the company in which today’s super sports hybrid cars with enormous power they consider it pointless and difficult to use even on closed circular paths.

Evoluto will build only 55 cars, and this one is painted blue, which is the total opposite of the standard Rosso Corsa. It sits on lightweight 19-inch wheels wrapped in 235/35 front and 305/30 rear Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires.

The price is not known.

Source: Evoluto Automobili

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13 of 80 EVs suitable for long-distance driving

The largest European automobile association, ADAC, tested more than 80 electric vehicles and showed that only 13 of them are suitable for long-distance driving.

ADAC first tested vehicles with a range of over 750 kilometers. The best results were achieved by the Hyundai Ioniq 6 with a 77.4 kWh battery and rear-wheel drive, and a range of 931 kilometers with one stop and an additional short charge. The Lucid Air achieved the second best test with 859 kilometers, the BMW iX traveled 835 kilometers, the Mercedes EQS achieved a range of 825 kilometers, the EQE SUV achieved a range of 806 kilometers and the Polestar 2 traveled 801 kilometers.

After that, vehicles with a range between 500 and 750 kilometers were tested (42). These vehicles are considered to be suitable for long distances or vehicles suitable for long distances with a slightly longer charging time.

Also, 14 vehicles with a range of 400-500 km were tested, and vehicles with a range of less than 400 km, such as the Fiat 500e with a 23.8 kWh battery, which had a range of 233 kilometers despite additional charging.

The measurement was carried out with the battery charged to 90 percent, which is the case in most situations, because drivers usually go on the road with a deviation of up to 10 percent. The test also included the additional autonomy that can be achieved after charging on a fast charger during a 20-minute break in ideal conditions.

In conclusion, when purchasing an EV, buyers should pay attention to battery size, power consumption, and charging time.

Source: ADAC, Photo: Authors’ Union Mobility/ADAC/Ralph Wagner