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JAY LENO’S GARAGE

NEW EPISODE: “Built for Speed” – Wednesday, October 16 at 10 PM ET/PT *Mid-Season Finale

In this fast-paced episode, Jay has a need for speed! He talks race rivalries with his old friend Matt Damon, who stars as Carroll Shelby in the upcoming film ‘Ford vs. Ferrari.’ Then Jay gets to try out the new, all-American GT500, with one of his favorite Brits, SealAvril Lavigne is a fan of off-roading, but she’s never driven on a race track—so she becomes the newest student at Jay’s Driving School! And why just race cars? Jay attempts to race some other unlikely vehicles —like a souped-up Barbie kiddie car and the fastest log in the world!

About “Jay Leno’s Garage”

“Jay Leno’s Garage” takes fast and furious car fans for a high-octane spin across the country with a mix of stunts, reviews, celebrity interviews and challenges. As well as putting some of the world’s most amazing vehicles through their paces, Jay meets fellow car enthusiasts from whom he’ll discover the touching, hilarious and sometimes hard-to-believe stories that make these cars more than just rubber and metal. There’s no wheel Jay won’t get behind to tell the story of our love affair with the automobile. 

To learn more about “Jay Leno’s Garage”  visit https://www.cnbc.com/jay-lenos-garage/. Like us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/jaylenosgarage/, follow us on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/jaylenosgarage/ and follow us on Twitter @LenosGarage.

Las Vegas Concours d’Elegance, 360 MAGAZINE

Las Vegas Concours d’Elegance

 History is a story well told and the inaugural Las Vegas Concours d’Elegance (LVCE) has an incredible line up of vehicles that have stood the test of time. More than 130 vehicles will make their way to the entertainment capital of the world this October, and this collection contains plenty of gems with astounding stories.

Making its way down from the Cobble Beach Concours d’Elegance in Ontario, Canada comes the Best of Show and People’s Choice, the 1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K. The 540K, designed by Johan Oscar Olhager, is only one of three cars known to exist with coachwork by Norrmalm.

Delivered to Max Gumpel of Sweden in 1937, Grumpel modified the vehicle to prepare for the harsh roads and winters of Sweden ahead. The vehicle was built with two batteries and an oversized fuel tank for extended range of travel. Completed in 1938, Gumpel further equipped the car with Marchal headlights, spotlight and running lights. Additionally, his most obvious personalization was the oversized mascot of the goddess Diana with her bow shooting an arrow into the sky. Gumpel was said to be a close personal friend of famous Swedish-American film actress, Greta Garbo, who was nominated three times for the Academy Award for Best Actress. It’s rumored that Ms. Garbo was a frequent passenger in the 540K prior to WWII. During the war the vehicle received a special “non-conscription order,” allowing the car to remain with Grumpel and not be confiscated by the Swedish Army.

Another Mercedes-Benz in attendance with an amazing history is the 1928 Erdmann & Rossi Mercedes-Benz SSK. Considered to be the epitome of German Engineering in its era, the Mercedes-Benz SSK won numerous races with the famous race car driver Rudolf Caracciola at the wheel. The SSK model identification stood for Super Sport Kurz chassis and engine displacement in the SSK had been enlarged to 7.1-liter. The model heading to LVCE started out as a 680S Tourer and was ordered new in 1927 by German industrialist Ernst Röchling. Röchling was good friends with Graf (Count) Rudolph von Platen-Hallermund, a German aristocrat and Captain of the German emperor Kaiser Wilhelm’s imperial yacht. The Count purchased the car from Röchling and had it converted to SSK specifications, which included enlarging the displacement from 6.8-liter to 7.1-liter and ultimately also shortening the chassis.

During WWII, the Count served as a fighter pilot and was killed in action. After the war, the Mercedes was confiscated by the allied forces and made its way to the United States where it was discovered in the 1980’s. This breathtaking SSK is well documented with not only the original factory-build sheet but even more important, with all of the original hand-written commission sheets showing the initial order as well as additional requests by the Count. Less than 40 SSK were built and most are no longer in existence.

“No two cars have the same history, so it’s no surprise that car enthusiasts love sharing and swapping stories about their collections,” said Stuart Sobek, founder and chairman of the Las Vegas Concours d’Elegance. “Since we’re recognizing both pre- and post-war vehicles, you’re guaranteed to hear the miraculous journeys that some of these vehicles have taken.”

LVCE will be held Oct. 25 through Oct. 28 and will feature a curated collection of approximately 130 vehicles at DragonRidge Country Club at MacDonald Highlands. In addition to the car show on Saturday, Oct. 26, the four-day event will include an opening night gala at the Keep Memory Alive Event Center on Friday, Oct. 25, a Tour d’Elegance down the Las Vegas Strip on Sunday, Oct. 27 and a Concours-DragonRidge Fun Day of Golf by invitation on Monday, Oct. 28.

For additional event information, or to purchase tickets, please visit lasvegasconcours.com. To stay up-to-date with LVCE, follow us on Facebook and Instagram at @lasvegasconcours. To get a feel for what is to come, please watch here. For press inquiries or for credentials during the event, please reach out to the media contact below.

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ABOUT LAS VEGAS CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE (LVCE)

In the inaugural year, the 2019 Las Vegas Concours d’Elegance brings the historic automobile show to the entertainment capital of the world. LVCE exhibits nearly 25 classes of rare and unique automobiles invited from around the world, most never before shown in Las Vegas. The four-day event will be hosted at some of Las Vegas’ most prestigious locations including, the Keep Memory Alive Event Center, Dragon Ridge Golf Course at MacDonald Highlands and the iconic Las Vegas Strip. Proceeds from ticket sales for the Opening Night Gala will benefit the Tech Force Foundation, helping techs learns skills and gain employment. Proceeds from the Concours-Dragon Ridge Fun Day of Golf will benefit the LVCE/ArtCenter Scholarship Fund. For more information, visit lasvegasconcours.com or follow LVCE on Facebook and Instagram.

Audrain Auto Museum, 360 MAGAZINE

Audrain Auto Museum

The Inaugural Audrain’s Newport, a four-day car extravaganza hosted by Newport, Rhode Island’s Audrain Automobile Museum is set to be the East Coast’s first true motor week. The event, set for October 3 -6, 2019, will be a celebration of all-things automotive, luxury, sport and history. The chairman of this year’s Audrain’s Newport Concours & Motor Week 2019 is entertainment super star and automotive enthusiast Jay Leno, while Concours d’Elegance Chairman for 2019 is one of the premier automotive experts in the world and TV personality, Donald Osborne.

Featuring a world-class collection of over a billion dollars-worth of vintage and modern cars, the event offers ticket holders unparalleled access to some of the rarest automobiles in existence, including 12 vehicles on loan from General Motors’ Heritage Division, from a ’38 Buick Y-Job to a ’54 Corsair Concept to a 2003 Cadillac Sixteen. VIP ticket holders will get a closer look at Koenigsegg’s newest hypercar, the Jesko, a Bugatti Chiron Sport Glass Roof and a Porsche 356 Outlaw, customized by Rod Emory of Emory Motorsports. On Sunday, the Concours d’Elegance on will also feature a first-ever 30 Under 30 category to give enthusiasts age 30 years and younger the opportunity to showcase cars that have been built with $30,000 or less. Jay Leno and other car experts will serve as the judges.

Event sponsors are Aston Martin, Bugatti, Koenigsegg, Richard Mille and Porsche, among others, will also be on site throughout the 4-day celebration.

Vehicles participating in the Oct. 6 Concours d’Elegance will also have the opportunity to participate in the Tour d’Elegance. The Claiborne Pell Newport Bridge, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2019 will be an integral part of the celebration. The Tour will start on the west end of the Pell Bridge and feature a staged participant photo on the bridge with a vintage aircraft fly-over. The Tour d’Elegance will then make its way along the scenic and historic Ocean Drive, making a stop for coffee and photos at Ft. Adams and conclude with a display of the participating cars on Bellevue Avenue.

Fine automobiles may be the focus, but Audrain’s Newport Concours and Motor Week will have it all. From fine dining pop-ups and exhibitions to shopping, tennis, golf and sailing to exclusive parties hosted in the Gatsby-esque mansions that populate America’s original luxury capital. Audrain’s Newport Concours and Motor Week will be held October 3rd – 6th 2019 and tickets are on sale now HERE.

2020 Range Rover Evoque AWD

By Camila Isopo × Vaughn Lowery

City-dwellers rejoice! You have another compact vehicle to choose from for all of your summer events. Seating five people, the new 2020 range rover evoque AWD is here to fulfill your driverly needs. Right before this compact SUV hits dealers 360 Magazine had the opportunity to test out its functionality in one of the most dense urban areas in America – Los Angeles, California. With its curb appeal, sexy design edits on the new 2020 model – this car will be one of the top contenders within its market segment.


Price: $56,850

Design: 

The new 2020 Range Rover Evoque comes in nolita grey, seoul pearl silver or yulong metallic paint with a black contrast. There’s a massive pillarless and non-retractable moonroof that adds an element of spaciousness in the interior.  The steering wheel is duotone leather. As for the seats, they are 14-way adjustable and also made of leather. The seats come in ebony or cloud. This model stores up to three preferred seating positions in its memory. Branded tread plates and a trim finish are extra details included in this model. Some signature features that drivers can expect are 20 inch “5079” style wheels with dynamic 5 split spoke and a diamond turned finish that includes the land Rover logo in heart.

Tech:

The new interface and infotainment system is more sleek and dynamic than before. Other technological features included in this model design are: premium LED headlights. A touch pro duo feature allows drivers to view something on one screen while using other media as well.

Performance:

This Range Rover model has a 2.0L turbocharged 4-Cylinder Gas Engine. It also has a 9 speed automatic transmission with black gearshift paddles. Drivers have electric assisted steering as well as terrain response and terrain progress control. Hill descent is another available control feature. The mpg is 20 city/27 highway. This model also has 246 horsepower. The torque is 269 lb-ft. When you drive, this rover leaps forward. 

Safety: 

For the safety of the driver and their passengers, perimetric alarm and incontrol protect are included in this model. Of course, airbags are included both in the front and sides of the car. The tires have a  pressure monitoring system. ISOFIX system is included for child seat safety. Some control features are: traction control, dynamic stability control, and roll stability control. The breaking features are: emergency braking, anti-locking braking, and emergency brake assist. When driving, you have a rearview camera as well as lane keep assist and a driver condition monitoring system. 

With off road capabilities, this will become one of the fastest selling SUVs in its segment. Technology meets luxury with this model. Millenials and empty-nesters would do well to purchase this vehicle.

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Range Rover, 360 MAGAZINE, Vaughn Lowery
Range Rover, 360 MAGAZINE, Vaughn Lowery
Range Rover, 360 MAGAZINE, Vaughn Lowery
Range Rover, 360 MAGAZINE, Vaughn Lowery

Custom Land Rover Defender 130 in Midnight Blue

E.C.D. Automotive Design, known for their prestigious, high-end luxury vehicles, recently completed another stunning custom Defender 130. Design inspiration for this beautiful custom Defender 130 came from a 2017 Aston Martin DB11.

E.C.D. is one of the top automotive companies in the world for custom bespoke luxury Defenders. Through their Luxury Design Experience, clients are given full control of the design of their custom Defenders. With design control of that capacity, it’s no wonder one client chose to design and color elements from a favorite supercar – a 2017 Aston Martin DB11.

Project Deep Blue is finished in Midnight Blue, an original Aston Martin paint color available for the DB11. The exterior design elements of this custom Defender 130 are more reminiscent of a luxury vehicle, a contrasting look from previous Defender 130s built by E.C.D., whose designs were centered around being off-road warriors. Project Deep Blue is subtle, yet absolutely stunning.

Under the hood, you won’t find any inspiration from Aston Martin or Land Rover. Rather, the brute power of a naturally-aspirated, 565-horsepower LS3 V8 Corvette engine. The LS3 was chosen by the client for its known reliability, loads of power, plenty of available upgrades, and a GM powertrain warranty.

The interior features duotone upholstery with premium leathers from Spinneybeck — a classic Light Beige and a darker Botany Bay Beige throughout. The duotone colors were also chosen with inspiration from the Aston Martin DB11. Luxury Corbeau Trailcat seats in the front and rear are heated and ventilated for riding comfort. With plenty of modern features on the interior such as wireless charging pads for mobile devices, you quickly forget that you’re riding in a classic British off-road icon.

ROLLS-ROYCE JOINS THE REBELLE RALLY

ROLLS-ROYCE MOTOR CARS JOINS THE REBELLE RALLY SHOWCASING ITS FIRST SUV IN STYLE

·       Rolls-Royce Cullinan joins the Rebelle Rally with its first entry into the world of adventure

·      The Cullinan is the first SUV for Rolls-Royce featuring its first All-Wheel Drive system paired with the brand’s proprietary Architecture of Luxury to create an ‘Effortless, Everywhere’ experience

·      Drawing from its strong history of adventure, Rolls-Royce enters this unique event with elements of serious competition and the ultimate luxury journey

·      2018 Rebelle Co-Champions have the honor to pilot in luxury for 2019 rally

When Rolls-Royce Motor Cars designed the Cullinan, they envisioned it being ‘Effortless, Everywhere’, and now that vehicle will be tested to its very limits when it enters as a competitor in the 2019 Rebelle Rally. The Cullinan will be contending in this unique adventure which combines elements of serious competition as teams navigate their way to checkpoints across the American West. Piloted by driver Emme Hall with direction by navigator Rebecca Donaghe, they’ll leave cell phones, computers, GPS and worries behind as the adventure is all about the teams and their endless abilities. True to its promise, Cullinan will provide the ultimate experience of ‘effortless everywhere.’

The Rebelle Rally, entering its fourth year, is the first all-female off-road navigational rally in the United States. The event has a unique challenge and scoring system where precise navigation and timing, not speed, is the ultimate goal. Participants trade in cell phones and GPS for old-school navigation in a competition for the elements of time, distance, headings, and hidden checkpoints. Armed only with maps, compasses, and roadbooks, 50 teams of two will be pushed to their limits as they make their way across 2,000+ kilometers of Nevada and California’s iconic terrain.

Rolls-Royce Cullinan Rally Debut

When Rolls-Royce Cullinan made its debut last year, it was truly a Rolls-Royce that has never been seen before. When Sir Henry Royce said, “Strive for perfection in everything you do. Take the best that exists and make it better. When it does not exist, design it”, he could have had Cullinan in mind.

Architecture of Luxury

Key to the creation of the Rolls-Royce Cullinan SUV is the new Architecture of Luxury – Rolls-Royce’s proprietary all-aluminium architecture. Introduced with the new Phantom in 2017. Cullinan uses this new architecture to deliver elegant Rolls-Royce design and presence with uncompromised comfort, space and usability.

The all-new aluminium sub-structure delivers extraordinary car body stiffness for exceptional ‘best-in-class’ functional performance on rough terrain while offering better ride comfort.

It was designed and engineered from the ground up to be scalable to a variety of size and weight requirements for future Rolls-Royce models.  The engineering will also make it compatible with different propulsion, traction and control systems and industry electric drive. In short, the Architecture of Luxury is the technological underpinning for the long-term future Rolls-Royce product roadmap.

The component parts of the base architecture were reconfigured into a spaceframe for Cullinan that was higher and shorter while also delivering a completely new feature never seen before on a series production Rolls-Royce – a tailgate.

Technological Showcase

The integration of new technologies into the architecture was also key to ensuring the fundamental quality of Cullinan as Effortless, Everywhere. The engineering team began by creating a drivetrain that would bring Rolls-Royce’s famous ‘Magic Carpet Ride’ off-road.

“The drivetrain system we engineered for Cullinan had one key job to do,” explains Caroline Krismer, Engineering Project Leader for Cullinan. “To bring the famed Rolls-Royce ‘Magic Carpet Ride’ to all other terrains possible, while ensuring class-leading on-road behaviour in the SUV sector.”

Rolls-Royce’s celebrated Magic Carpet Ride is experienced off-road as well as on-road thanks to the new lighter architecture, and the latest generation of self-levelling air suspension. When driving off-road, the electronically controlled shock absorber adjustment system uses an air compression system to actively push down any wheel it detects losing traction to ensure every wheel is constantly in contact with the ground and maximum torque is being provided to all wheels.

Through a re-engineering of the existing air suspension system – including adding larger air struts with more air volume to cushion the blows of the toughest of terrains, the suspension makes millions of calculations every second as it continuously varies the electronically controlled shock absorber adjustment system – reacting to body and wheel acceleration, steering inputs and camera information. A new double-wishbone front axle and 5-link rear axle deliver astounding levels of control over lateral roll and shear forces and deliver incredible agility and stability, as does the addition of four-wheel steering, all contributing to incredible drivability and nimbleness.

“Put simply, what makes the car great on-road makes the car great off-road,” concludes Krismer.

Cullinan features the reworked new 6.75 litre twin-turbo V12 Rolls-Royce engine[1] to deliver just the right level of torque (850Nm) at the lowest possible revolutions (1,600rpm.) The Rolls-Royce engineering team has ensured Cullinan will take owners to places no modern Rolls-Royce owner has travelled in luxury before.

Mated to the celebrated Rolls-Royce V12 6.75 liter engine is an enhanced state of the art and fully capable eight-speed transmission that delivers with power and grace.  Using Rolls-Royce’s unique Satellite Aided Transmission (SAT) technology, Cullinan’s systems read road and altitude data from the GPS system and anticipate upcoming gear shifts. This advanced SAT system reduces gear shifts by 20%, giving a more efficient and smoother ride regardless of road conditions. The drive system also features strengthened drive and prop shafts, the inclusion of drive to the front wheels as well as the back for the first time in Rolls-Royce history.

The final piece of the puzzle of ensuring that the Rolls-Royce Cullinan is Effortless, Everywhere is one single button. Known within Rolls-Royce as the ‘Everywhere’ button, one single push is all it takes to harness all the aforementioned peerless Rolls-Royce engineering and unleash all of Cullinan’s off-road capability.

Once engaged, the driver can finesse the off-road setting to conquer any situation, whether it be rough track, gravel, wet grass, mud, snow or sand delivering all 627 lb-ft of torque to all four wheels without interruption. Faced with deep snow, sand or the need to ford streams, Cullinan also delivers the deepest wading depth of any super-luxury SUV at 21-inches (540 mm) thanks to its highest ride height.

In-vehicle Technology

A host of cutting-edge technology makes Rolls-Royce Cullinan the most technologically advanced car of its type in the world. Further equipment includes:

·        Alertness Assistant; a 4-Camera system with Panoramic View, all-round visibility and helicopter view

·        Night Vision and Vision Assist including daytime and night-time Wildlife & Pedestrian warning

·        Active Cruise Control

·        Collision Warning

·        Cross-Traffic Warning

·        Lane Departure and Lane Change Warning

·        An industry leading 7×3 High-Resolution Head-Up Display

·        The latest Navigation and Entertainment Systems

Piloting the Adventure

Leading the Cullinan through this incredible adventure are the co-champion Rally team of Emme Hall and Rebecca Donaghe. This team has been competing together since 2016 and were both part of the first Rally four years ago. Emme Hall resides in Oakland and has been an automotive journalist with CNET since 2015. Navigator Rebecca is originally from Houston but now resides in Marina Del Rey where she works as a producer. Their combined skill sets complement each other and make for one unbelievable dynamic duo.

Recaro Automotive Seating and Skip Barber Racing School Announce Partnership

Recaro and Skip Barber Racing School (SBRS) aim at providing the highest level of safety, performance and racing trainings. This includes the unique characteristics of Recaro performance seats: They help drivers sensing the limits of a vehicle on the track or in critical situations on public roads.

Besides the steering wheel, the seat is the most important link between a driver and a car. Through their body-hugging contour, Recaro seats provide a great deal of body support even with high lateral forces and their direct feedback provide incomparable, dynamic driving pleasure without signs of fatigue. During Skip Barber Racing School’s training sessions, Recaro Pole Position, Pro Racer, and Profi performance seats will enhance the driving experience. They will be installed in the fleet of race prepared Ford Mustang GTs operated by SBRS.

“Skip Barber Racing School and Recaro share a passion for high performance driving. For decades, both renowned brands have been perfecting their abilities to test, train – and re-define – the limits. As leading brands in the field of high-performance driving, our aim is to create intense driving experiences,” said Ulrich J. Severin, head of Recaro Automotive Seating. “We believe that the psychology of performance driving starts with the correct, relaxed seating posture. Thus, we are thrilled about our cooperation and to bring our Recaro seats to SBRS.”

“We are proud to provide our students at Skip Barber Racing School with the highest quality racing and driving experience,” said Anthony DeMonte, CEO of Skip Barber Racing School. “By incorporating Recaro seats in our race prepared vehicle lineup, we strive to further develop the skillset of current and future racers, safely and successfully.”

This partnership builds on both brand’s years of automotive and racing expertise. Founded in 1906 as “Stuttgarter Karosseriewerk Reutter,” Recaro has provided top-quality OEM as well as aftermarket race and performance seats since 1965. The brand’s seats are widely considered ‘the heart of driving’, and are representative of Recaro’s focus on safety, design, ergonomics, lightweight construction, and first-class quality. Skip Barber Racing School was founded in 1975 and serves as one of the largest auto racing schools in the world, operating a full system of racing and driving schools, championships, as well as corporate and OEM events.

Both Recaro and Skip Barber Racing School work with a number of auto racing teams and drivers. 30 percent of all drivers on the starting grid for the Indianapolis 500 for the last 25 years are Skip Barber graduates including Alexander Rossi, Ryan-Hunter Ray, Spencer Pigot, Colton Herta and Marco Andretti.

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Cadillac XT4 AWD Sport 

By Camila Isopo × Vaughn Lowery × Anthony Sovinsky × Shelby Barbour

”Every now and then an automobile manufacturer shocks us with a treasure. Something that snatches the air right out of our lungs. This time around Cadillac breathes life into its newest family member and all she does is turn heads and causes jaws to drop.” -Vaughn Lowery

If you’re in the market for a new vehicle, maybe you should consider the 2019 Cadillac XT4 Crossover for one of your very own urban excursions. We decided to venture downtown LA to Chinatown in our test model. Just like this vehicle, there’s an unprecedented reaction to Howlin’ Rays (Tennessee style hot chicken) as it’s one of the first establishments of its kind within the metropolitan area.

Launched in 2018, it’s their smallest crossover and a hopeful competitor in its segment. It sustains its own against the Volvo XC40, Audi Q3, and Mercedes-Benz GLA.

Design: The aim of this model is v-shape inspired by crisp lines, sweeping arcs, and high-end appointments. Factory tinted windows allow for added privacy and UV protection against the harsh LA sun rays. But you also get a 360 view under the car, insignia displayed on the front, and a backup camera to view more of what’s behind you. Above you, is a dual panel retractable Sunroof/Moonroof, which allows more light to come in, making the vehicle feel roomier. Compared to its predecessor, the 2018 XT4, this new variation has more room for you and four other people.

Technology: Loaded with a vast amount of features which are comparable with many luxury manufacturers: Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Satellite radio, WiFi hotspot, Bluetooth capability, rotary dials, and 8″ infotainment touchscreen. The 8-way driver and 6-way passenger seat controls made perfect sense after we shoved our faces and felt our sides begin to split. After all, who needs pants when you have an XT4?! Thanks to their elegant Bose audio system, with 13 speakers and tweeters, we were able to bounce some of the calories off from those extremely spicy french fries from Howlin’ Rays that brought us to tears. My dear Lord!

Performance: Just as significant as the aesthetic and feel of the car is its agility. Its 2.0L 4-cylinder engines are peppy, to say the least, cranking 237hp with 258 pound-ft of torque. Clocking in at an EPA-estimated 29 mpg on highways, this model is a front wheel drive with an all-wheel-drive option. This is also an advantage over the previous year’s XT4 model which weighed 15lbs more. Moreover, on that point are also selectable driving modes with paddle shifters. This new model possesses 4-wheel independent suspension easily, offering a high-quality smooth ride which grips most terrains with ease. On an urban excursion to Chinatown in downtown Los Angeles, we accidentally climbed up onto the sidewalk rushing to pick up our mouthwatering Howlin Rays Nashville style chicken. We weren’t only stunned by the 2 hr wait in a block-long line, but the fact that we were perched off road. This vehicle may just be Pismo Beach worthy.

Safety: Now, of course, the honorable people at Cadillac care about your safety. Thus, this model comes well-equipped with airbags: front, knee, and seat side impact for the driver and their co-pilot (the front seat passenger). You also incur a head curtain for all outboard seating positions. In addition, this car has multiple alerts. Whether it’s for lane changing, the side blind zone, or rear cross traffic. This comes in handy to avoid dings and scratches to its beautiful 18″ 10-spoke alloy wheels. Overall, the braking was decent, but not as sharp as other competing models at this price point.

Other specs: Fuel tank capacity for the 2019 XT4 sits at 15.9 gals. This car’s carbon emission is at 6.8 gals per year at 15,000 miles per year. It too has an air filtration system in the cabin and a powered universal tablet holder.

In short, the 2019 Cadillac XT4 AWD Sport is a match made in heaven for an emerging influencer, a youthful mid-level executive and/or an adventurous individual on the prowl for some of the best eats in a major metropolis area. Of course with a few friends in tow. The model we tested was $55,735 and it was worth every cent.

Pre-order here.

Supercar-inspired Design in this Classic British Defender 110

E.C.D. Automotive Design, known for its prestigious, high-end luxury vehicles, built its latest Defender 110 with design inspiration from modern supercars.
The custom wide-body Defender 110, also known as Project Soho, was designed with inspiration from the client’s collection of modern supercars. It’s finished in Quantum Gray, an Audi original color, but in an eggshell finish chosen by the client for a more exotic look.

There’s no shortage of power in Project Soho which features a 6.2L V8 engine that has been tuned to produce up to 565 horsepower. Adding to the modern dimension of this custom British icon, is the edition of E.C.D’s fully adjustable air suspension, providing an ultra-smooth ride, making it ideal for comfortable daily use. The difference in ride quality between the standard suspension and the air suspension is unmistakable. The interior of Project Soho was designed with elements influenced by McLaren. Luxurious Alcantara suede and premium Italian leather throughout. The Corbeau RRS seats are upholstered in Spinneybeck Prime Meridian Grey leather and grey suede with Carmen Red leather trim. The finished look reminds you of the interior of the elite 720S supercar.

“You could think that grey suede and red leather shouldn’t be in a Defender. I think when you see Project Soho, the opinion changes. It’s an absolute showstopper,” says Tom Humble, co-founder of E.C.D. Automotive Design.

Project Soho Vehicle Specifications:

Model — Custom Wide-body Defender 110
Engine — 6.2L LS3 V8 with 565-hp
Transmission -— 6-speed automatic
Suspension — E.C.D fully adjustable air suspension
Exhaust — Borla Performance with Kahn Crosshair tips

Paint

Body — Quantum Grey in eggshell finish
Roof, Hood, Wheel spats — Black in eggshell finish
Brake Calipers — Red in full gloss

Exterior

Wheels — 20” Kahn Mondial wheels
Tires — BF Goodrich All-Terrain T/A
Grille — Kahn X-lander grille
Bumper — Slimline front bumper with LED daytime running lights
Lights — LED headlights; Two 7” LED bar lights
Additional — Full-length side steps; KBX wing-tops; Steering guard; Boomerang Xtreme tire cover; Swing-away wheel carrier

Interior

Front & Middle-row Seats — Corbeau RRS (heated & ventilated)
Load-area Seats — Removable bench pads
Seat Material — Leather, Suede
Suede Color — Alcantara Black
Leather Colors — Spinneybeck Prime Meridian; Spinneybeck Sabrina Carmen
Stitch Color — Scarlet Red
Seat belts — Flame Red
Center Console — Custom E.C.D extended center console
Steering Wheel — Nardi Deep Corn in black suede with red stitching
Gauges — Autocross gauges in red

Audio & Electronics

Radio — Alpine infotainment with Car Play
Speakers — JL Audio 8-speaker amplified sound system with subwoofer
Remote Start System — Viper with keyless entry
Additional — Wireless charging for mobile devices; Rear AC; in-vehicle WiFi; LED interior; Power windows; Power locks

View Project Soho automative design video here

Visit E.C.D website for the Project Soho showcase

RECARO SPORTSTER GT

The Sportster GT has a new exclusive new victory design – the sleek, lightweight shell fits perfectly into smart interiors and combines the very best of sports and purebred racing seats.

It features a sleek backrest and uses advanced performance materials ranging from high-grade leather to sport cloth. The hybrid seat design incorporates the strength of a metal base with an ultra-thin reinforced polymer-based backrest. The Sportster GT’s lightweight structure provides RECARO’s world-renowned performance ergonomics and excellent body support. It also features new performance foam materials to ensure that the look and feel meets the on-road performance. It has:

  • Integrated headrests
  • Belt pass-throughs and pronounced bolstering reminiscent of racing seats
  • Will be offered in five options: black cloth, three suede options (red, blue and cloud gray) plus a premium leather and carbon weave fabric