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Bugatti, Centodieci, 360 MAGAZINE

Bugatti Centodieci

Bugatti launched its newest car, Centodieci Italian, to mark the auto manufacturer’s 110th anniversary. Only 10 of the cars will be fabricated and all have already been sold with each one boasting a price point of $10 million dollars.

Exceptional design and vast power have been the hallmark features of Bugatti vehicles for around 110 years. The French manufacturer of hyper sports cars now consistently pursues this path further with the new special-edition Centodieci. In addition, Bugatti is echoing its recent history with an exclusive and extraordinary small series.

“With the Centodieci, we pay homage to the EB110 super sports car which was built in the 1990s and is very much a part of our tradition-steeped history,” says Stephan Winkelmann, President of Bugatti. “With the EB110, Bugatti catapulted itself to the top of the automotive world once again after 1956 with a new model.” It was a crucial interim step for the production facility that was newly founded in Molsheim in 1998, taking Bugatti back to its roots in France, and the first hyper sports car of modern times – the Veyron.

“We are proud of our long Bugatti history, of which the EB110 is very much a part. That’s why we’re celebrating a reinterpretation of this extraordinary vehicle with the Centodieci – Italian for 110,” says Stephan Winkelmann. The EB110 was built in Campogalliano, Italy, but from the very outset it never denied its French influences. Former owner Romano Artioli opened the factory on Ettore Bugatti’s 109th birthday – 15 September 1990. Artioli made a deliberate choice in opting for Campogalliano, a small town in Emilia Romagna. The location had a key advantage in the 1990s: it was in the catchment area of several Italian sports car brands, so Artioli was easily able to recruit experienced employees for his project. Artioli presented the super sports car EB110 to the public on Ettore Bugatti’s 110th birthday – hence the type designation: EB for Ettore Bugatti, 110 for his 110th birthday.

New three-dimensional design

There are many areas in which the new special-edition Bugatti Centodieci echoes the former super sports car of the 1990s. “The challenge was not to allow oneself to be captivated too much by the design of the historic vehicle and work solely in retrospect, but instead to create a modern interpretation of the shape and technology of that time,” says Achim Anscheidt, Head Designer at Bugatti. Even sportier and more extreme than the Bugatti Chiron1 and Divo2 hyper sports cars, yet elegant and timeless like the La Voiture Noire2, it is a one-of-a-kind Bugatti for the enthusiast.

“We faced a number of technical challenges in terms of the development and design of the Centodieci,” says Achim Anscheidt. The EB110 is a very flat, wedge-shaped and graphically quasi two-dimensional super sports car of the late 1980s. “Transporting this classic look into the new millennium without copying it was technically complex, to say the least. We had to create a new way of combining the complex aerothermal requirements of the underlying Chiron technology with a completely different aesthetic appearance.”

The flat, horseshoe-shaped radiator at the front reveals its depth only from the side view, with the newly developed, deep-seated front spoiler and the three-section air intakes providing a perfect match. The front of the Centodieci drops very low. The iconic Bugatti horseshoe has been reduced accordingly, while the Bugatti logo Macaron sits on the hood, which is interrupted at the centre by a black element. “This allowed us to rekindle memories of EB110,” says Achim Anscheidt. The optimised front section with the extended front splitter and the airflow through the hood further improve the car’s aerodynamics.

The front is subordinated to the generally low geometry of the vehicle, despite its original, predominant cooling surface. The newly developed, complex and very narrow headlamps with integrated LED daytime running lights provide the perfect match. Thanks to the newly developed lighting elements, we were stylistically free in the front and rear sections to pay respectful homage to the EB110 while at the same time transposing this appealing visual reminiscence into modern technology,” says Achim Anscheidt.

“We incorporated the wedge-shaped design in the development process but we took it in a new direction,” says the designer. Instead of copying the classic Italian wedge in which the muscle runs from the rear to the front wheel, suggesting a dynamic leap forward, Bugatti strikes out on a new path in the Centodieci. The otherwise dominant Bugatti line, the C line on the B pillar, gives way to a new design Significantly smaller than the Chiron1, five round air inserts – positioned in the form of a diamond – ensure sufficient air intake for the iconic 16-cylinder engine. In this way, Bugatti has brought forward the visually leaping wedge of the EB110 SS into a new millennium.

Instead of the graphic two-dimensional rear of the EB110 with its two pill-shaped tail lights, the Centodieci relies on a wide air outlet opening for more efficient engine thermals, bringing to life the flying tail light elements in graphic kinship with the EB110. It took several months to develop solutions to ensure a balanced temperature. As in the EB110, the engine is seen behind a transparent glass surface. The rear is formed into a single ventilation hole, characterised by the eight rear light elements, 2+2 exhaust tailpipes positioned on top of each other in a black matt anodised finish and a performance diffuser to improve downforce. The overhanging rear wing is permanently attached in the style of the original EB110 SS. This increases the downforce. Downforce is supported by the aerodynamic tailgate and a laminar flow-optimised rear window.

16-cylinder engine now delivers 1,600 hp

Instead of the V12, the Centodieci features the iconic 8.0-litre W16 engine with 1,176 kW/1,600 hp at 7,000 rpm. An additional air inlet in the area of the oil cooler reliably regulates the temperature of the performance-enhanced engine. The Centodieci sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in 2.4 seconds, to 200 km/h in 6.1 seconds and to 300 km/h in 13.1 seconds; the top speed is electronically cut off at 380 km/h. “It’s not just the top speed that makes a hyper sports car. With the Centodieci, we once again demonstrate that design, quality and performance are just as important,” says Stephan Winkelmann. Compared to the Chiron1, the Centodieci saves 20 kilograms of unladen weight. Among other things, a lightweight windscreen wiper and stabilisers made of carbon are used. This enables a sensational power-to-weight ratio of just 1.13 kilograms per horsepower. “The increased power and lower weight further improve performance – for even better acceleration at high speeds. The Centodieci offers our customers an improved power-to-weight ratio and even more dynamic handling,” says Stephan Winkelmann.

The new paint tone matches this. “With the communication paint finish in white, we’re demonstrating a powerful contrast with the La Voiture Noire – the black car just presented in March: two completely opposing yet related forces, like yin and yang,” says Stephan Winkelmann. He says that this was what continues to set Bugatti apart after 110 years.

Naturally, customers can have their special-edition Centodieci  painted in the Bugatti colour of their choice. The small series, limited to ten vehicles (and already sold out) and handcrafted in Molsheim, France, will be delivered in two years at unit prices starting at EUR 8 million plus VAT. After its short period in Italy, Bugatti has now been back at its old headquarters in Molsheim, France, for almost 20 years. This is where Ettore Bugatti produced the very first vehicles that bore his name at the end of 1909.

1 Fuel consumption, l/100km: urban 35.2 / extra-urban 15.2 / combined 22.5; CO2 emissions combined, g/km: 516; efficiency class: G

2 Fuel consumption, l/100km: not subject to Directive 1999/94/EC since no general type approval has been issued to date.

Cars.com, 360 MAGAZINE, Mazda Miata, Brian Wong

Top 10 Convertibles by Cars.com

Cars.com just announced its top 10 most popular new convertibles ranked by views on their Vehicle Detail Pages (VDPs).

  1. Chevrolet Corvette – Median Price on Cars.com ($71,644), Sales Rank (12)
  2. Chevrolet Camaro – Media Price on Cars.com ($37,707), Sales Rank (6)
  3. Ford Mustang – Median Price on Cars.com ($31,500), Sales Rank (4)
  4. Mazda MX-5 Miata – Median Price on Cars.com ($30,405), Sales Rank (2)
  5. Porsche 911 – Median Price on Cars.com ($136,395), Sales Rank (15)
  6. BMW Z4 – Median Price on Cars.com ($59,895), Sales Rank (11)
  7. FIAT 124 Spider – Median Price on Cars.com ($27,974), Sales Rank (13)
  8. BMW i8 – Median Price on Cars.com ($167,795), Sales Rank (18)
  9. BMW M850 – Median Price on Cars.com ($126,395), Sales Rank (20)
  10. Porsche 718 Boxster – Median Price on Cars.com ($76,030), Sales Rank (14)

Photo by Brian Wong

Rolls-Royce, 360 MAGAZINE, Luxury, Black Badge, Pebble Beach

Rolls-Royce × Pebble Beach

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars revealed today the ‘Pebble Beach 2019 Collection,’  Inspired by the hills, sand and sea surrounding Pebble Beach, this year’s collection is the most colorful yet.  The Collection includes 13 beautiful Bespoke Commissions offered exclusively for the clients attending Monterey Car Week 2019 and will be revealed at a series of exclusive activities hosted by the luxury brand throughout the week.
 
The collection is headlined by the brand’s flagship, Phantom. Rolls-Royce Bespoke designers have cloaked this Phantom in a shimmering Black Diamond and Gold Bespoke exterior. The interior features the Rolls-Royce Phantom Gallery, a feature available in no other motor car in the world, is designed to house personalized art making the Phantom an extension of its owners art and design collection. The ‘Best Car in the World’ raised the bar of luxury with the introduction of the new Rolls-Royce ‘Architecture of Luxury’ which delivers the ‘magic carpet ride’, defining Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. 
 
Cullinan marks its second year at Pebble Beach with some of the most extensive Bespoke designs of in the ‘Pebble Beach 2019 Collection.’  The four vehicles on display during the week feature colors including, Burnout Grey, Black Green, Iced Gunmetal and Galilea Blue.  The iced finish showcases one of the most popular innovations in surface finishes from the paint specialists at Rolls-Royce.  The subtle finish offers the solid effect of matte colors with an elegant shine.  Color finish innovations are nothing new to a design group that has built finishes using glass, silver, gold and even diamonds for Bespoke commissions.
 
The ‘Pebble Beach 2019 Pastel Collection’ – Black Badge goes beyond Black

Following recent years of alternating drought, fire and rain, the Monterey Peninsula this year is awash in seas of colorful wildflowers. Highlighting this year’s debuts are a trio of Bespoke motor cars showcasing the creative color capabilities of the Bespoke designers in Goodwood, Home of Rolls-Royce. The Pastel Collection draws upon painter’s palette of colors this year’s ‘wildflower superbloom’ on the Monterey Peninsula. The collection includes three one-of-one Black Badge Commissions adding new colors to the Rolls-Royce Bespoke palate and reaffirming the idea that Black Badge Rolls-Royce don’t have to be black.
 
The collection starts with Black Badge Ghost in Light Green Solid, a new Bespoke exterior Finish. The pastel green represents the rebirth of the flora on the peninsula following the years of drought and fire.  The hand-crafted leather interior is Black with a striking Serenity Green splash highlighting the iconic Black Badge technical fiber.
 
The drophead creation among the collection is Black Badge Dawn in Coral Solid which showcases the Bespoke finish that can only come after seven coats of paint and more than 9 hours of hand polishing in the Goodwood paint workshop.  The new pastel color carries over to the Bespoke aero cowling giving the Dawn a colorful yet aggressive exterior. The Black Badge Dawn interior is finished in Artic White and Sunset carrying over the visual imagery of the blooming northern California hills and valleys.
 
The final piece of the trio is Black Badge Wraith in Semaphore Yellow, a bright and sunny finish for the most powerful member of the Rolls-Royce family.  Black Badge Wraith features a Selby Grey and Lemon interior with the iconic Rolls-Royce Black Badge Starlight Headliner.  The ‘Roll-Royce 2019 Pastel Collection’ presents Black Badge unlike you’ve ever seen before.
 
This collection showcases the alter ego of Rolls-Royce Bespoke as the brand highlights the potential of its Black Badge Bespoke offer. The combined skills of the Bespoke craftspeople from the Home of Rolls-Royce in Goodwood, England, and the rebellious spirit of Black Badge has propelled the brand into the 21st century appealing to the risk-taker who is not afraid to embrace a bold and progressive statement of true and modern luxury, in an aggressive form. All Black Badge commissions feature a stunning technical fiber fascia and interior accents as well as custom Black Badge Bespoke Starlight Headliners and Bespoke ‘Pebble Beach 2019 – special commission’ treadplates.
 
“Every year thousands of Rolls-Royce Owners come together for Monterey Car Week, It’s one of our most important family gatherings each year around the world, especially for our American owners.  This year we present the largest offering of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars ever and in the most vivid Bespoke colors and configurations in history. Each and every commission has been created by the designers and craftspeople at Goodwood, home of Rolls-Royce working with the finest metal, leather, wood and precious materials.  It’s thrilling to introduce the 2019 Pebble Beach Collection as the world gathers to view he classics the brand has created over the past 115 years.” Martin Fritsches, President of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars North America.

Additional images posted here.
 

Robert Grubbs, O'Gara Coach, Beverly Hills, 360 MAGAZINE, Ford GT

O’Gara Coach

On Sunday morning (August 11th), high-end car dealership maven O’Gara Coach Beverly Hills hosted its summer edition of the Sunset Granturismo: “Road to Pebble Beach”, bringing Southern California’s car community together to enjoy a morning of cars and coffee at Sunset Plaza. To kick off the anticipated Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance drive beginning this Thursday, August 15th, O’Gara brought out the old and the new, spotlighting cars such as the Koenigsegg Agera RS1 and Agera S HH Edition alongside classics from the O’Gara family including Bugatti, Lamborghini, McLaren, Rimac, Rolls-Royce, amongst others.

Car lovers were given the opportunity to mingle and enjoy their coffee while admiring the incredible line-up of approximately 250 luxury cars, including multiple Bugatti Chiron’s, Rimac Concept One and Concept Two, Ferrari LaFerrari, Ferrari F40, Pagani Huayra BC and Roadster, and Lamborghini Miura all in extravagant color palettes. In addition, car aficionados had the chance to view the iconic 1939 Bugatti Type 57, courtesy of the Petersen Auto Museum.

Sunset GT welcomed over 3,000 spectators with a special appearance from automotive fanatic Tim Burton aka Shmee150, whose iconic “Shmee mobile” Ford GT was brought in from Miami to LA. Sunset GT additionally welcomed automotive influencers such as Supercar Blondie, Vehicle Virgins, Seen Through Glass, Effspot, Whitesse Jr, and Matt Farah.

To view the complete photo gallery, please click here. Photo credit: Robert Grubbs.

About Sunset GT

Letizia Silvestri and Giulia Acampora founded Sunset GT in March 2017, which successfully reinvented “cars and coffee”. Sunset GT brings the very best of hypercars together in a relaxed yet sophisticated atmosphere. Car aficionados from across Los Angeles gather together at the iconic Sunset Plaza to experience cars, coffee, and more. Powered by O’Gara, Sunset Plaza, Obica, and Roger Dubois.

About O’Gara Coach

O’Gara Coach, established in 1976, has served Southern California for more than 42 years, with locations in Beverly Hills, La Jolla, and Westlake Village. O’Gara Coach is a factory-authorized dealer for Alfa Romeo, Aston Martin, Bentley, Bugatti, Koenigsegg, Lamborghini, McLaren, Maserati, Rimac, and Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. Through unparalleled performance, O’Gara Coach has become respected as one of the largest and most prestigious dealer groups in the entire world. 

www.ogaracoach.com

Photo credit: Robert Grubbs

Mini Cooper, Giles Chapman, 360 MAGAZINE, 60 YEARS

Mini Cooper Anniversary

Did you know? August 26, 2019 marks 60 years to the day that the iconic Mini made its public debut.

Over 5,300,000 of the original 1959-2000 Mini were manufactured, making it the best-selling single British car of all-time.

The new book from Giles Chapman, 60 YEARS celebrates the legendary car from its revolutionary introduction, all the legendary Cooper and Works variants, to the development and popularity of new-generation Minis. From Alec Issigonis’ original concept to today’s models; the entire Mini history is covered in depth. Hardcover and with 200 photos including period advertising and more, it’s a big book on a small, yet landmark and ground-breaking automobile.

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Buy now.

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Can Car Be Recycled

Each year millions of cars are being recycled, that being sad, we got over 25 million tons of recycled materials thanks to our vehicles. More and more people choose to give their dead vehicle the second life and here is why:

  1. It is very financially beneficial. You might consider your rusty old car a junk but you can actually get hundreds and thousands of dollars from it. Imagine, you can get rid of your old car and put this money towards any financial goal, whether its a new car, house loan or this long-awaited trip.
  2. Less junk – more space. And free space is crazy expensive nowadays. Clear out your property and make space for something new in your life.
  3. Car recycling contributes around $25 billion to the national GDP. By recycling your car you not only contribute to your pocket but to our economy overall.
  4. More than 90% of your car consists of reusable materials. In fact, the whole new car can be made from your old wrecked vehicle with minimal damage to the environment. The easiest way to save the planet is not to do even more damage and car recycle is one of the best examples.
  5. Recycling your car is a responsible and conscious choice. Appropriate disposal is the best way to ensure that your car and its waste (oils, cases, lead from batteries), don’t end up killing our planet and negatively impacting our quality of life.

Last but not least, choose the car scrap company carefully and make sure they have the necessary certifications and recycle properly. Ask them how the car is recycled or simply look for how they are represented online. For example, UsJunkCars.com has a whole “green” section on their website and they are super concerned about being as ecological as possible. Look for sustainable businesses and recycle your old vehicle today!

ROSELLO RED

E.C.D. AUTOMOTIVE DESIGN COMPLETES WIDE-BODY DEFENDER 110, ONE OF THE FASTEST THE COMPANY HAS BUILT TO DATE

E.C.D. Automotive Design, known for their prestigious, high-end luxury vehicles, recently completed one of the fastest Defender 110’s the company has ever built.

The custom wide-body Defender 110, named Project Camper, is finished in a beautiful Rosello Red gloss paint. The color is quite stunning, appearing to move from a bright red to an almost-black finish depending on where the truck is and what time of day it is. It’s a color option available on several of the newer Land Rover models.

Project Camper is powered by an upgraded 6.2-liter LS3 V8 engine producing 565-horsepower and paired with a dual exhaust system from Borla Performance. The owner of this Defender 110 chose not to have a roll cage installed, which significantly reduces the weight of the truck in comparison to builds with the roll-cage. The result is apparent when accelerating in Project Camper, a pure put-you-back-in-your-seat feeling, making this custom Defender 110 one of the quickest trucks E.C.D. Automotive Design has built to date.

The interior of Project Camper features beautiful ivory-white leather and suede throughout. It provides a stark contrast to the dark exterior. The front and middle-row seats are heated and ventilated Corbeau Trailcat seats while the rear loading area features four inward-facing jump seats. The white and black interior

“The weight reduction in comparison to our other builds, paired with the upgraded LS3, makes this D110 one of the quickest trucks we’ve ever built to date,” says Tom Humble, founder of E.C.D. Automotive Design.

E.C.D. Automotive Design remains a leader in producing custom British classics that feature a culmination of new technology, high-end luxury, and performance.

ROUSH RAPTOR

The new, all-terrain 2019 ROUSH Raptor adds signature ROUSH style with an aggressive exhaust note and new, optional Performance Pac engine upgrades for sizeable increases in horsepower and torque.

ROUSH Performance has announced the release of its signature version of Ford’s legendary off-road performance truck, the 2019 ROUSH Raptor. Featuring aggressive BFGoodrich all-terrain tires, a performance-tuned ROUSH Axle-Back Exhaust System and dynamic ROUSH graphics, the 2019 ROUSH Raptor delivers unmatched off-road performance and style backed by a 3-year/36,000-mile limited warranty.

The 2019 ROUSH Raptor is equipped with Ford’s twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine producing 450 horsepower and 510 foot-pounds of torque. ROUSH ensures this powerful engine has a sporty exhaust note to match with the included ROUSH Axle-Back Exhaust System. For those looking for even more power, ROUSH plans to offer an optional Performance Pac Engine Upgrade System (final numbers to be announced at a later date) which includes a maximum-flow 3.0-inch exhaust system, ROUSH Cold Air Intake Kit and an ECU flash for increased performance, throttle response and drivability. Overall performance gains from the ROUSH Performance Pac for 2019 will be announced at a later date.

The 2019 ROUSH Raptor rolls on 20-inch black ROUSH off-road wheels with integrated bead protection wrapped in BFGoodrich 35-inch All-Terrain T/A KO2 tires for maximal stability, grip and handling on rough terrain.

“The 2019 ROUSH Raptor is our most capable off-road vehicle to date,” said Jack Roush Jr. “From ice and snow to the depths of the desert, this vehicle conquers the terrain with iconic ROUSH performance and design, especially now that it is available with our Performance Pac engine upgrades.”

ROUSH offers a host of aesthetic and utility improvements that set the ROUSH Raptor apart including a ROUSH Chase Rack with optional off-road lighting by Rigid for sporty utility and style. A signature ROUSH graphics package with optional customization finishes off the unmistakable custom style. Interior modifications include a custom gauge cluster, ROUSH headrest embroidery and a serialized console badge.

Those looking for unrivaled off-road capability can add an optional off-road utility kit. For even more style and utility, ROUSH also offers graphics package upgrades and an optional Console Vault safe.

Pricing on the ROUSH Raptor begins at $13,000 over factory MSRP. Visit ROUSHperformance.com to build your ROUSH Raptor and find a ROUSH dealership near you.

2019 Lexus LC500, LC500h

By Shin Takei

For those of us lucky enough to experience driving the Lexus LFA we lamented the fact that it was a limited production (500) high dollar super car (MSRP $375K USD) produced from 2011 to 2012. Needless to say, it remains an icon and a collector car. For most driving enthusiasts, the word exciting, sexy, exhilarating, thrilling was never associated with Lexus. In fact, after the LFA, nothing from Lexus could be labelled exciting, until now. Akio Toyoda, President of Toyota Motor Corporation and Chief Branding Officer of Lexus heard the automotive journalist’s call and vowed that Lexus will never be associated with those words. Being an avid car enthusiast and master driver who honed his skills at Nurburgring, Mr. Toyoda wanted Lexus to be emotional and exciting vehicles to drive.

As part of the Lexus Flagship lineup which consists of the LS500 and LX570, the LC500 and LC500h, the Flagship Sports Coupe is part of the Global Architecture-Luxury platform that features a low center of gravity, aerodynamics and high- speed stability which is shared by the LS sedan. The styling of the LC Flagship coupe is aggressive starting with the prominent spindle grille and wide flared out hip and low frontal area due to a multi-link front suspension system. The ultra-compact LED 3-projector headlamps are flanked by the L-shaped daytime running lights. An optional carbon fiber roof panel is available and at the rear the spindle profile is carried out. A set of optional 21” black wheels enhance the sporting look. The coupe looks purposeful and its aggressive looks generated a few stares wherever we drove it. Liberal use of light weight high strength steel, aluminum and CFRP (carbon fiber reinforced plastic) contribute to the stiffest unibody ever built by Lexus and with much of the drivetrain behind the front axle a 52:48 weight distribution was achieved resulting in the driver’s hip and heel points to be lowered in the cockpit.

The LC500 is powered by a naturally aspirated 5.0 liters V8 with 471 HP @7,100rpm and 398 lb-ft of torque @4,800rpm. The DOHC 32 valve Dual VVT-iE (Variable Valve Timing with Intelligence) engine is hooked up to a 10-speed Sport Direct Shift automatic with paddle shift and manual mode. 0-60mph arrives in less than 4.5 seconds. To increase the exhaust sound, Active Exhaust channels the sound to the firewall through a special resonance tube. The engine switches to the Atkinson cycle for efficiency and to he Otto cycle for performance. The LC500h features Lexus Hybrid Synergy Drive and is mated to an Atkinson cycle 3.5 Liter gasoline engine and allows for operating the vehicle up to 87 mph without the gas engine. To enhance the sports driving experience, the owner can opt for the Lexus Dynamic Handling system (LDH) which coordinates EPS (electric power steering with Variable Gear Ratio Steering (VGRS) and Active Rear Steering (ARS).

The interior of the coupe was designed to maximize the driving experience by positioning the driver low and close to the center of gravity to transmit road feel more directly. The seats feature bolsters in the shoulder area and the optional sports seats provide more grip around the driver during hard cornering. The Alcantara door panels with drape-surfaces are similar to the flowing exterior lines. The TFT display and the Lexus Multi-Media display integrates the Remote Touch Interface touchpad control for Navigation, Audio and Connectivity. As if the standard 12 speaker Pioneer surround sound system isn’t enough, there’s the optional Mark Levinson 13 speaker sound system to blow your ears away.

So how does this all work out? Quite well, thank you. The coupe is easy to drive, and in true GT car fashion, comfortable and relaxing but turning the Drive Mode Selector switch to Sport+ brings out the true character of this coupe. Faster shifting, enhanced engine performance and increased engine sound contribute to an exciting driving experience. There’s a lot of Japanese culture incorporated in the car. The chrome strip next to the rear glass panel is not unlike a samurai sword and words like Kizashi (a sign of great things to come) and Omotenashi (hospitality) are integrated throughout the car.

There is a limited edition of 100 Lexus LC500 Inspiration Series that are painted in Flair Yellow, which does draw your attention and a new pigment called Structural Blue was formulated taking characteristics from butterfly wings tropical fish and precious stones. Both are brilliant and intense and unique in enhancing the profile of the car but you better hurry to get one.

The Lexus LC500 is a true GT (Grand Touring) car. It is quick, handles well and finally has feeling and excitement. Yet it is comfortable enough to drive it for an evening out. However, we feel they’ve left a little wiggle room for more performance and believe a LC500 F-Sport is coming soon that would satisfy the hardcore sports car enthusiasts. Until then, the Lexus LC500 and LC500h will be more than adequate for most of us who won’t be driving it to the limit.

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ROLLS-ROYCE CULLINAN

Three years ago in the pages of The Financial Times, Rolls-Royce announced to the world that it would create an all-new, high-sided car that would redefine luxury travel by making it Effortless, Everywhere. Since that day the world has waited, anticipating the arrival of this mould-breaking new Rolls-Royce.

Today, the wait is almost over as Rolls-Royce confirms that its new motor car will be called Cullinan.

“The name Cullinan has been hiding in plain sight since we revealed it as the project name some years ago,” comments Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive Officer of Rolls-Royce. “It is the most fitting name for our extraordinary new product. Cullinan is a motor car of such clarity of purpose, such flawless quality and preciousness, and such presence that it recalibrates the scale and possibility of true luxury. Just like the Cullinan Diamond, the largest flawless diamond ever found, it emerges when it is perfect and exists above all others.”

The story of how this new Rolls-Royce came to be named Cullinan is itself one of the pursuit of perfection. Like the diamond, the Rolls-Royce Cullinan has undertaken a fascinating journey. From the searing deserts of Africa and the Middle East to the freezing snows of the Arctic Circle; from the grassy glens of the Scottish Highlands to the towering canyons of North America, the designers, engineers, craftspeople and artisans of the House of Rolls-Royce have shaped, tested and polished this unique motor car to eliminate any flaw and make it Effortless, Everywhere.

“We were inspired by the epic processes, over many millennia, which went into the creation of the Cullinan Diamond. The name embodies the many facets of our new motor car’s promise. It speaks of endurance and absolute solidity in the face of the greatest pressures; it tells of rarity and preciousness and it alludes to the pioneering, adventurous spirit of The Hon. Charles Rolls and the engineering innovation of Sir Henry Royce; and, of course, it speaks of absolute luxury, wherever you venture in the world” continued Müller-Ötvös.

Cullinan is the second Rolls-Royce to sit atop the company’s recently announced all-new proprietary aluminium spaceframe ‘Architecture of Luxury’. Unique and unequalled in its brilliance, every facet of the Rolls-Royce Cullinan scintillates.

Müller-Ötvös concludes: “Quite simply, the name Cullinan is perfect and brilliant.”

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