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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.

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Cadillac CTS-V

By Vaughn Lowery x Reid Urban x Anthony Sovinsky

Cadillac is widely known for being America’s premier luxury vehicle. As for most luxury vehicles, it is focused on a classy, curb-appealing design with a comfort-oriented ride and top of the line technology. As a result, then appeared the 2004 debut of the Cadillac CTS-V, continuing to meet all the previous high-end expectations with some Olympic level athleticism.

The upgraded 2004 CTS-V inherited the Corvette’s 400-hp 5.7 liter V-8 engine and offered it only in a 6-speed manual, which is a unique addition to a unique consumer: the sports car enthusiast. This was a historical step for Cadillac as they now entered the luxury sport sedan realm with the likes of the BMW M5 and the Mercedes E63 AMG. What better way to make a statement than to be featured in one of the best adrenaline pumping car chase scenes of that time as seen in the 2004 movie The Matrix Reloaded.

Fast forward to its second best debut in 2009, which engraved Cadillac in the record books by setting a lap time of 7:59.32 at the Nurburgring for fastest production sedan. This was achieved with a 556hp supercharged 6.2 liter V8, enhanced handling due to the introduction of magnetic ride control, and brembo brakes on all four corners. This catapulted the CTS-V to the top of the ranks of the sport sedan class in performance,  beating the M5 and E63 AMG respectively from zero to 60 mph. 

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The CTS-V will continue its reign in the high performance sport sedan category with the introduction of the astounding new and approved 2019 Cadillac CTS-V.

The front-end greets you with very sharp fighter-jet like lines matched with mesh grills and vents. It is clear the intent of the vehicle is to be as aerodynamic and performance-centric as possible. It features a carbon fiber splitter to redirect wind-drag to down force and keep the vehicle firmly planted for increased traction at higher speeds. The hood is also finished in carbon fiber with functional vents strategically placed to perform a variety of roles including: cooling of the high revving power plant, increased aerodynamics, and a slight weight reduction compared to its stock counterpart.

Moving to the rear of the vehicle, the side profile is reminiscent of a base model CTS until you spot the 19-inch forged premium painted alloy wheels wrapped in sticky Michelin Pilot Super Sport Summer-only low profile tires. Peering through the light weight forged alloy wheels are gargantuan racing-inspired six-piston front, four-piston rear, fixed caliper Brembo performance brakes with vented rotors that remind you to not forget the V. Moreover. The rear features a carbon fiber spoiler and rear diffuser accompanied by sport badging and quad pipes that announce top of the line engineering. The aggressiveness of the body suits the power in perfect synergism.

The various performance aesthetics are functional for two reasons: compliment the driver and compliment the engine. Let’s start with the engine. The boisterous opulent sedan is blessed to be a part of an incredible gene pool that continues to be one of the fittest on the road. Well-endowed with a supercharged 6.2L V8 producing 640 horsepower and 630 pound-feet of torque, it plans to be catapulted by this ostentatious hotrod from 0-60 in 3.7 seconds. The horses are put down to the road with an 8-speed automatic transmission available in several drive modes: from the least powerful but still faster than your Eco Mode, to the keep-both-hands-on-the-wheel Track Option. Track mode will tighten the suspension and open all of the cylinders for more power while the transmission will hold gears and have quicker shifts for increased acceleration.

Suspension has been one of the major highlights of the CTS-V since 2009 with the introduction of magnetic ride control. It’s an important feature that reads the road up to one thousand times a second, allowing for incredibly sharp responses from driver input at the wheel. Supplementing “Mag Ride” are multilink MacPherson struts with independent front-and-rear suspension connected to a light-weight stiffened chassis. Such handling technology is especially important to expand the confidence the driver has on and off-track with a vehicle exhibiting as much power, size, and precision as this one embodies.

Interior finishing further address the performance capabilities, as it is fitted with Recaro racing seats up front that are tastefully badged with the V-series logo. Designed for a glove-tight fit for both driver and passenger, the racing-inspired seats keep you firmly situated to resist lateral G forces while hauling through twist and turns through your favorite canyons. However, also comfortable enough to endure a lengthy road trip or frequenting your executive meetings at the office. Rear seats comfortably sit three full-sized adults allowing for a total of four in tow. Don’t worry! It will take more weight than a cabin full of people to slow this bad boy down. The infotainment system is equally accessible to both passenger and driver for ease of use. Simple and straight forward, controls are all touch sensitive as to make the dash sleek and non-distracting. Additionally, the souped-up caddy is laced with some cool features including automatic window shades for more privacy, a digital rear view mirror that allows for more greater vision surrounding the vehicle, blind spot indicators, and Apple Carplay that is compatible with Siri for ease of use and hands-free connectivity with your super car.

Base models for the CTS-V are priced just at $86,995, which is a great value per dollar of horsepower you receive comparatively to other vehicles in its class. Not only that but you have the option to deck it out and become a real show-stopper with carbon fiber and Recaro seat package, which will put you over the 100k mark with a price tag of $106,000. All-in-all, the 2019 Cadillac CTS-V is one of the best performance sport sedans in the world and deserves a spot in your garage.

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ComplexCon 2018

By Krishan Narsinghani

For the third annual year, ComplexCon takes over the greater LA area. Set in Long Beach, California, major brands and celebrities flooded their convention center to witness spectacular musical acts, speakers, brands and art. Over the two days, 360 Magazine visited various booths – Puma, Champion, Reebok, Pink Dolphin, 1800 Tequila, Cadillac and more. Reebok’s exclusive ComplexCon shoe, the R58 stunted vibrant colors and introduced all three logos shown for the first time.

Takashi Murakami, contemporary artist on the host committee, sprinkled his aesthetics across the summit (in addition to a collaboration with Drake’s OVO). 1800 Tequila partnered with artist Adam Lucas and streetwear designer Nicky Diamonds for custom-made vintage denim jackets which were raffled at this year’s program. Attendees waiting in line for the McDonald’s installation were treated with Mcnuggets and fries before choosing patches to press onto free backpacks and shirts.

Recording artist Tinashe was a 360 favorite. The urban singer performed hits “Company” and “2 On.” Other performances included Lil Baby, Nav and T-Pain while the crowd also bopped to headliners Rae Sremmurd and Future. Duo Sremmurd surprised fans with a special appearance from rapper Tyga.

ComplexCon(versations) topics revolved around today’s thought on politics, culture, fashion and music. Billboard producer of the decade, Pharrell Williams was a host due to his creative sense on the latest pop culture trends. Tommy Hilfiger spoke on his relationships with Hip-Hop and the connections between music and fashion. Jaden Smith and Yara Shahidi discussed growth out of chaos and how youth should address political issues. Rapper and icon, Nas, spoke on the behind-the-scenes of film, “Belly” and how it changed Hip-Hop and Hollywood.

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LEXUS UX

By Alexandria Baiz × Vaughn Lowery

As of late, 360 Magazine had the opportunity to join Lexus in Seattle for an intimate ride and drive of their wholly-new UX SUV at the newly reimagined luxurious Loews Hotel 1000. This seaport city is home to both tech giants Microsoft and Amazon. With Lexus’s innovative track record for having unparalleled technology within their cabin, it was befitting that they brought us to the home of the Space Needle. Subsequently, this town is known to think outside of the box.

The 2019 Lexus UX takes a step into the future of modern luxury with its two most affordable and compact SUVs – the UX 200 and UX 250h. UX stands for urban crossover (x-over). The UX 200 will be released in December 2018 starting at $32,000 and the UX 250h will be released in January 2019 for around $34,000. Gearing towards an opulent compact car with an exterior design so specific, the UX has a signature three-dimensional shape that makes it different from its siblings.

The front has brow-shaped LED lights with optional ultra-small 3-projector LED units. Across the back of the boot, are an innovative wrap of three-dimensional LED lights which help with stability on the highways – a standout design element on the UX. The structure is built to mold into an everyday vehicle that is stable, perfect for urban use because it’s small and easy to park. We had no problem squeezing to the front of the Bainbridge ferry.

The 18″ 5-spoke aluminum alloy dark gray metallic wheels are proportional to the overall aesthetics of the vehicle. Available in a variety of twelve exterior colors, two of which are exclusive to the UX F Sport – Cadmium Orange and Nori Green. The Cadmium Orange includes a cherry base with yellow lowlights, making it appear vivid and adding tons of depth. Nori Green possesses bright highlights and dark contrast alongside of calm shades, drawing the color brilliant. Both of these colors are newfangled and daring for the Lexus brand.

The F Sport package is available in both the UX 200 and UX 250h model as well as has enhanced features and style which contributes to its name. This option comes in the two colors – Ultra White and Ultrasonic Blue Mica 2.0. The F Sport performance is exceptional, transforming the UX into a bespoke-like designer car with front sports seats, grille design, and jet-black trim.

The concept of UX stems from the versatility and adaptability this vehicle offers. With a seamless interior coupled with the Japanese concept of engawa offers a richer field of vision. Executed with a high-strength structure, placement of sound absorbing and insulating materials throughout, one can enjoy an extremely quiet ride.

The connection between driver and the vehicle is apparent with the “seat-in-control” concept. Entering and exiting is made easy with hip-point bottom cushions. 8-way power driver seats (including lunbar) allows the driver to operate with a comfortable yet natural posture.

All UX models are fabricated to ensure safety while driving. The Pre-Collision System alerts drivers of pedestrians, cyclists and other vehicles with a forward-facing camera and radar system. The LSS+ 2.0 system enhances this with specific light detection for different hours of the day. If the Pre-Collision System detects a high possibility of collision, an audio and visual alert will prompt the driver to take action. If the driver does not break at that point, the system may automatically apply brakes to help mitigate impacts. Dynamic Radar Cruise Control maintains a preset distance and operates between 0 to 110 mph. The Lane Departure Alert is extremely helpful with the Multi-Information Display (MID) the system can use forward-facing cameras to detect colored land marking illustrations. If the driver deviates from a visibly marked lane, the system alerts the driver with an audio and visual alert. In addition, the UX has an Electric Power Steering and Steering Assist. The Road Sign Assist can read a variety of traffic signs and will display them on the vehicle’s MID. Furthermore, Parking Support Brake uses braking control and visual warnings to reduce possible contact with moving objects while parking.

This Lexus is extraordinary with its high definition, intuitive technology, and overall performance. The UX includes a standard 7″ TFT (thin-film-transistor) LCD control panel while the UX F Sport features an 8″ TFT LCD panel design with a movable meter ring. By pressing a switch on the steering wheel, it moves to the right, enlarging the multi-information display. With the Lexus Remote Touch Interface, the 2019 UX feels as familiar as a smartphone. The most impressive tech feature is Amazon’s “Alexa” – which immediately connects you to play music; find directions; open your garage door on a rainy day; lock/unlock from a smart device and amongst other things control the lights in your home. The Lincoln Navigator is the only other vehicle in Northern America which offers Alexa. Moreover, additional driver connectivity features include Apple CarPlay, 4GB Wi-Fi Hotspot, Voice recognition for commands and the SiriusXM. The heads-up display allows drivers to focus more on the road and less on the infotainment unit.

The UX complies with the global trend of efficient gas mileage vehicles – UX 200 at 33 mpg (2.0- liter inline four-cylinder engine, similar to competitors but with less under-hood heat and lower weight for better vehicle balance). The UX 250h at 39 mpg, making it the wave of their next generation of hybrids. With 181 hp, the UX 250h is the fuel-efficient leader with the best-combined mpg of any CUV and/or SUV without a plugin NA.

In short, the Lexus UX 200 and UX 250h is a shoo-in for a ‘xennial’ buyer – a person who grew up in an analog environment and can easily adapt to present-day’s digital society. Just think of all of your friends and family members with a recent graduate degree or higher residing in a metropolis. Most likely they have a high appreciation for the arts and take local trips within their surrounding area with one or more cronies and a small lap dog in tow.

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The PUMA Galleria saw sneakerheads excited to check out the 90’s vibes in the Toys, Tech, Tracks and Trophies sections with line ups for the limited RS-X Toys custom sneaker works by JBF Customs and Alexander John inspired by 90s Tech and Mix Tapes respectively. The artists also did live custom designing demos at the courtyard. All pairs were sold out in minutes. PUMA also unveiled the upcoming collaboration pack with Hot Wheels – the RS-X Toys Hot Wheels that release on December 1st.

Special guests Kali Uchis, A Boogie Wit a Hoodie, Yo Gotti and Nipsey Hustle all came out to promote and sign the limited-quantity bootleg tees designed by Chinatown Market. Each tee design were inspired by each artist. YesJulz and her 1AM radio crew continued with their live broadcast from the PUMA Galleria and interviewed the artists mentioned above plus a whole lot more. Also seen were Emory Jones, Upscale Vandal, Karrueche and Victor Cruz, among the many celebrities who dropped by.

To celebrate the launch of Cadillac’s newest vehicle, the XT4, Cadillac & Nas dropped a one-of-a-kind Cadillac crest piece and gold chain filled with yellow diamonds, black diamonds, rubies and sapphires. While Nas was signing custom Cadillac/Nas/Complex Merch he surprised a lucky fan by giving the chain to them, creating a once-in-a-lifetime moment with the most coveted drop at the event.

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DJ Akademiks and A Boogie wit da Hoodie battled it out during a live episode taping of “On the Sticks,” the new interactive gaming series from Complex and Xbox. The two played NBA 2K19 with A Boogie wit da Hoodie emerging as the champion. The series launches Friday, November 9 on Complex’s YouTube channel.

Virgil Abloh headlined ComplexCon(versations) to a packed house of 700 fans. He was joined on stage by emerging designers (b).stroy, comprised of Brick Owens & Dieter Grams, as well as Ev Bravado and Rhuigi.

Nas, Big Boy, Jeff Staple and Tinashe stopped by the HBO barbershop experience that was promoting the new series “The Shop.” Capitol Records’ James Davis, Njomza, BJ The Chicago Kid and Marc Byers joined artists Nick Grant and A Boogie wit da Hoodie for panel discussions at the booth.

Balvinhit the floor checking out the booths, posing for photos with fans, copping exclusive merch and more.

As part of Adidas Originals main event at ComplexCon, the brand joined forces with creative partner Pusha T to present a journey through three connected environments, reimagining a retro bank vault and penthouse office, to unveil a limited edition EQT Cushion 2 collaboration. Answering the popular demand for more cultural experiences, the mogul sat with 12 aspiring artists from Los Angeles for an opportunity at the adidas Originals Sound Labs Grant for musical development. Only five musicians made the cut after two days of listening sessions and now local LA semi-finalists Sareal, Lorine Chia, Ice Cold Bishop, Indiigo and Rugby Wild will continue the application process for the grant that will result in a winner in the first days of 2019. Also, King Push was joined by adidas Originals partner Pharrell Williams, who released pairs of the elusive adidas Originals N.E.R.D HU NMD and 50 pairs of never-seen-before PW HU P.O.D. System exclusive for the conference. Winners of the Friends and Family HU P.O.D. System pairs got to meet Pharrell as a special treat from the icon and Adidas Originals. And finally, Adidas Originals launched its new Los Angeles-focused social identity @AdidasLA alongside rap legend and creative ambassador Snoop Dogg. Coinciding with the 25th anniversary of Doggystyle, the brand partnered with Snoop and LA’s World Famous VIP Records for a special pop-up experience. Snoop himself made a special appearance and signed 25 pairs of adidas Originals P.O.D. System sneakers that had been customized by LA artist Gregory Siffs.

Reebok closed out the weekend with its limited-edition Futsal Fusion R58 drop and the final silhouette of the the R58 Series, the Sole Fury Floatride. Lil Baby stopped by in celebration of the drop, purchasing the first ten pairs for lucky customers in line before customizing shirts for his whole crew.

Karen Civil introduced film narrator Pharrell Williams at Universal Pictures’ special screening of THE GRINCH Saturday night ahead of of its upcoming release.

GUESS JEANS U.S.A. x PLACES+FACES debuted at ComplexCon ahead of its global launch. Unique items such as reflective tees, photo-vests, cargo pant and tracksuits were the first to go. J.Balvin, Teyana Taylor, Made in Tyo (Tyoko), Olan Prenatt, Trill Sammy, Christian BULL1TRC, and Premium Pete all stopped by GUESS Jeans U.S.A. to pick up the goods.

Zen, a new e-commerce experience celebrating sneaker culture with a unique blend of commerce, storytelling, community, and events that launched at ComplexCon, gave away to lucky winners hundreds of pairs of rare kicks including Nike Air Mags seen in ‘Back to the Future,’ Undefeated Jordan IV, Nike Dunk SB Low Diamond Supply Co. “Tiffany,” all Supreme Nike SB Blazers and Dunks, and Adidas Chanel Pharrell Hu NMD.

Becky G bounced around on the giant inflatable art installation from FriendsWithYou Art Collective at the POPSockets booth.

Steve Aoki joined Kim Jung Gi for selfies in the Find Your Grind infinity room.

At McDonald’s Project Connect booth, exclusive designs by influencers Joe FreshGoods, Elise Swopes and Richie Lewere added to jean jackets, jerseys, long sleeve tees and book bags. Also at the booth, Teyana Taylor hosted a first-ever tasting of the new Triple Breakfast Stack for a lucky winner. Hosted by Kenny Burns, Lena Waithe, Don Benjamin and Marcellus Bennett dropped in to enjoy the drops, live DJs, McDonald’s McNuggets, world famous fries and soft drinks.

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Pirelli Leads in Original Run Flat Equipment

Pirelli has underlined its status as the preferred brand for premium and prestige car makers, proven by over 500 homologations for Run Flat tires. This is technology that allows drivers to keep going even with a puncture, so that they can reach their nearest tire dealer to change the tire. In total, there are 516 homologations of Pirelli Run Flat tires: in other words tires that have been chosen by manufacturers as original equipment for their new cars. These include 326 summer tire, 100 winter tire, and 90 all-season tire homologations. As a result, Pirelli now has more than 2800 manufacturer homologations for its product range.

Alfa Romeo is the latest marque to have homologated Pirelli Run Flat tires on its Giulia sedan. Manufacturers such as BMW, Cadillac, Dodge, Jeep, Mercedes, Mini and Rolls-Royce also use Pirelli tires that can keep going after a puncture. Even when a tire pressure monitoring system indicates a sudden loss of pressure, these tires are able to carry on driving for 50 miles at a maximum speed of 50mph. The specially-designed tire sidewall structure is capable of supporting the weight of the car, ensuring a safe journey to the nearest tire dealer. Pirelli’s bespoke Self Supporting system uses special reinforcements inserted into the sides of the internal structure that are able to withstand both the vertical and horizontal loads on the car.

Pirelli’s Run Flat technology is available on P Zero, Cinturato, Scorpion and Scorpion Winter, Winter Sottozero 3 and Winter Sottozero Serie II. Consequently, the range is able to cover 97% of fitments in 18-inch size or higher, with 24 exclusive product codes: which are sizes that no other tire manufacturer sells. Pirelli is the leader in the Run Flat sector, both when it comes to summer and all-season tires as well as winter.

Run Flat technology responds to the demands of prestige and premium car manufacturers for a level of personalization precisely tailored to the technical characteristics of their vehicles. Throughout the development process, which takes two or three years, Pirelli’s engineers work hand in hand with their counterparts at each manufacturer to create specific tires that are distinguished by a special marking on the sidewall. For each manufacturer, there is a bespoke tire – which is at the very heart of Pirelli’s perfect fit strategy.

About Pirelli

Pirelli was founded in 1872 and has its headquarters in Milan, Italy. Pirelli focuses its business on the high end, premium product segment where it is a world leader. Pirelli has a commercial presence in over 160 countries and 19 factories in 13 countries. Successfully competing in motorsports since 1907, Pirelli is currently the exclusive supplier of the Formula 1 championship, the Superbike world championship, and many other championships around the world. Pirelli Tire North America (PTNA) includes the Modular Integrated Robotized System (MIRS) facility and research and development center at its Rome, Georgia headquarters, a state-of-the-art manufacturing plant in Silao, Mexico, sales and marketing offices in New York City, Los Angeles, Detroit, Montreal and Mexico City, and a prestige flagship store in Los Angeles. The company manufactures, distributes and markets original equipment and replacement tires for export and domestic car/motorcycle applications. For more information regarding Pirelli, please visit www.pirelli.com.

2018 CADILLAC ATS-V

By Benjamin Resse × Vaughn Lowery × Rana Salloom

Al Capone and John Dillinger were two of America’s most wanted men. One was the king pin of bootlegging during the Prohibition era, the other was a master of robbing banks for a living. Both of them would often find themselves in precarious situations, and had serious love affairs with money, and both needed to be very quick to leave a scene – no coicidence then that both of them drove Cadillacs.

We’ve been familiar with the Cadillac brand as a luxury statue in the automobile industry, but the V-series definitely wins the highest award for the 2018 “getaway special.” 2018 ATS-V Sedan RWD is the most innovative car of its kind and has a plethora of high-tech automotive features that would have made both Mr. Capone and Mr. Dillinger extremely proud.

With innovation in mind, the ATS-V offers a built-in Bose Premium Surround Sound audio system along with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto making it a music lover’s dream. It also offers a 4G LTE WiFi hotspot to keep you and your friends connected on your adventurous excursions.

Back when outlaws were robbing banks and bootlegging liquor, they knew the recipe for escape would require them to make the engine more powerful and reliable than before. While the standard ATS comes with a 2.0 liter 270 hp engine, we can bet that Mr. Capone or Dillinger would be driving this V-series edition we have here, with the upgraded 3.6L Twin Turbo V6 engine boasting a SAE-certified 464 horsepower mated to a six-speed manual Tremec TR-6060 transmission – the most advanced swiss army knife of transmissions.

And when you’d be pressing away from the boys in blue, another handy feature comes to play in the aerodynamic department. The ATS-V comes standard with a vented lighter weight carbon fiber hood and spoiler. The former aiding in dissapating hot air inside the engine bay area resulting in decrease front end lift over the front two wheels – a sensation you’d not be happy to feel on the ATS-V’s 189 mph speed limiter!

The ATS-V driving experience makes the foundation of this car stronger and more durable. ATS-V has a state-of-the-art microchip embedded inside the car that can store your laps and racecar stats onto the windshield. With an exceptional track record under the V-Series’ belt, the automobile pioneer has built their ATS-V sedan smooth yet stylish. This sports car also incorporated a strong steering system to help drivers maintain precision and control while on the road and track. The exterior panels on the ATS-V sedan is one of a kind. Each panel is engineered to support the car’s ability to garner the highest driving experience while keeping a low drag coefficient, elegant styling, and producing maximum aerodynamic downforce. This model has a wide body and a low height making it more unique and sharp for an accurate yet dynamic driving experience. The interior design goes hand in hand with the sports-like appeal. The interior is designed to make any speed enthusiast’s jaw drop. It includes a 16-way-adjustable RECARO performance seats trimmed with Mulan leather and suede microfiber inserts giving the interior a lavish feel, but more importantly giving the driver essential input and feedback from what’s happening on the road. When comparing this high-performance vehicle to its competitor the BMW 2018 3 series there truly is no comparison… period. The ATS-V has a lower MSRP price from $50,770 compared to the BMW 3 Series’ MSRP sticker price of $56,800 and the ATS has more features from its aerodynamic exterior to its innovative interior.

Last but not least this car is of course safe and environmentally friendly. The NHTSA gave the ATS-V a 5-star safety rating. This is the highest stars a car can receive. Along with its top safety rating, it’s annual fuel cost is $2,100; this is less than half of what a person pays for fuel per year. The vehicle can go 100 miles with 5 gallons of gas making it the top sports eco-friendly luxury vehicle to date.

So when you need to look like a million bucks while packing a mean punch just as Mr.Capone and Dillinger did, you know the Caddy has got you covered.

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Brembo Highlights New Technology and Speed

Brembo is highlighting its technology, an all-new brake caliper design and their full line of design-centric high-performance brake components at the 118th edition of the New York International Auto Show (NYIAS) this week.

With close to 1,000 cars and trucks on display at this year’s show, Brembo is displaying its technology with Brake-by-Wire, its all-new lightweight brake caliper that is shown exclusively on the Pagani Huayra BC, in the company’s display as well as a rainbow of caliper colors that highlight Brembo’s commitment to performance through design. The all-new caliper represents a significant reduction of 400 grams per corner, the highest ratio of lightweight/stiffness ever for a cast aluminum caliper for road use. The weight optimization ensures a decrease in unsprung weight, which increases the super cars overall performance.

In addition to the road car, truck/SUV and super car brake calipers Brembo is showing its commitment to the future with its Formula E racing brake system. The new Formula E single-seaters, the first equipped with a battery that allows them to complete an entire race without a pit-stop, will all be fitted with Brembo braking systems. This is no small engineering feat for the need to design and develop from scratch the discs and carbon pads most suitable for these models.

A Formula E single-seater, driver included, weighs 1,940 lbs. (about 331 lbs. more than the Formula 1 cars), has 18-inch wheels and sits 49.21 inches off the ground. All of this has an impact on the characteristics of the braking system, which must be perfectly sized to reduce braking distances to a minimum, but without weighing too much.

The Brembo Brake-by-Wire system, which is already in use in Formula 1, is characterized by the replacement of hydraulic and mechanical mechanisms with electronically managed functions. This system improves safety because the system is more powerful, thanks to regenerative braking, and it no longer has dragging torque. It also decreases CO2 emissions and optimizes energy consumption.

Brembo has its full color palate on display in the Crystal Palace. At one time, all brake calipers were a single color, the characteristic color of the material used to produce them. This was an oddity in the world of cars which for decades showed of colorful wheel rims, seats, steering wheels and even sound systems. In order to overcome this limitation, in 1992 Brembo launched the first red colored calipers, laying the foundation for them to become true icons of design.

Today, Brembo makes calipers in more than 100 colors, several of which have become distinctive for some vehicle models. Seeing them on the screen is one thing, but seeing them up close and live, as visitors did at the NYIAS, is something else, because you can admire the quality and the paint finishes.

Show goers can play the Brembo Discovery Challenge. Attendees simply take photos of their favorite Brembo brakes on two different vehicles at the show and enter the Brembo Discovery challenge (at www.BremboEvents.com) to win an all-expense paid trip to the high-performance Cadillac V-Performance in Nevada.

To access the 2018 Brembo NYIAS media kit, visit www.mediakit.brembo.com

Eau Claire

By Hannah Audrey Lowe x Vaughn Lowery

The electric sensation of innovation and creativity was in the air as the 360 team walked through the quaint streets of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, whose name is French, meaning “clear water” because of the Eau Claire River. We couldn’t resist but make our first stop at Leinenkugel’s. Here the beer is German-style, crafted expertly with a Wisconsin vibe. The traditional fusion 150 years strong, founded by Jacob Leinenkugel, is a perfect example of what the citizens strive for; a well-rounded very cultural society infused with the Midwest pride.

In an interview with Linda John, the Executive Director of Visit Eau Claire, she responds to the city being compared to the very diverse Portland, Oregon and Austin, Texas: “Yes, I like those! Those comparisons paint the right picture of imagination, independent spirit, music, and art, and that’s spot on. Yet we also hold on to quintessential Wisconsin traditions, we’re protective of our untouched natural resources, and, of course, we also throw in a little flavor of winter.”

As we continued our walk, it was impossible to miss the Sculpture Tour. The Sculpture Tour Eau Claire is a non-profit organization dedicated to making art accessible and interactive. One-of-a-kind sculptures by artists from all over North America are displayed as an interactive art exhibit. The pieces are owned by the artists and loaned to the city of Eau Claire eleven months at a time, replaced every May with new creations.

Next stop! Lazy Monk Brewing for a bite to eat and more great beer. The owner, who is originally from Czechoslovakia, moved to Eau Claire about twenty years ago. He found himself puzzled when he had trouble finding a local brewery that brewed their beers traditionally, like he was used to at home. For years, he perfected his craft sharing with friends and family along the way. Finally, the time came to open Lazy Monk Brewery LLC. With a passion for promoting local artists and workers, everything involved with the brewery was contracted locally from the storage design to the artwork to the plumbing. It goes without saying that this city is inspirational, figuring out the perfect fusion of so many different cultures and that of the Midwest.

The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire has played a huge role in the goal of constant improvement in the city. The success to Eau Claire is grounded on remarkable collaboration. On our visit, it was evident that love and teamwork is in place and keeps the city running. The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and Visit Eau Claire have a spectacular relationship. The university allows the community to book sporting events and conventions. The university is at the community development table, eager to partner with and aid in increasing tourism for those events. In 2007, a community wide process named “Clear Vision”, led by the citizens of Eau Claire and facilitated by the National Civic League, was created. In the first year of establishment, several hundred people came together to discuss and tackle any issues that needed attention. Despite much conflict and difference of opinions, they began to make headway in modernizing and improving the city in which they all live. The need for an arts center was identified. With much pride, the Confluence Arts Center is scheduled to open in the fall of 2018, followed closely by the plans to open an events and a convention center.

Our next stop, Revival Records. Nostalgia hit the 360 team as we wandered through the endless isles, sifting through countless vinyls. This is the place to find tracks that take you back to your childhood or introduce you to a brand-new genre. Each year the store commissions an artist to create a poster that will go for sale on National Record Store Day, which falls on April twenty-first this year.

The theme of collaboration rings through the events, partnerships and businesses in Eau Claire. Our final stop in Eau Claire was The Classic Garage. What was once an auto repair garage, is now a classic 50’s diner decorated by timeless trimmings such as black and white checkered flooring and red and white booths. Rick Peyton’s Cadillac collection is rotated around the shop so that “Rick’s classic Cadillac of the day” is showcased underneath the canopy. Visiting this family friendly locale is a must when in Eau Claire.
As we concluded our tour, we left happy with an enlightened sense of what community is. Eau Claire works hard as a community focusing on innovation, encouraging established and new artists, modernizing their thinking and yet still preserving their values and Midwest Indie culture. It’s no doubt that they are forging their way into a great present and a fantastic future.

Top 5 restaurants to hit:

Mona Lisa’s

Randy’s Family Restaurant

Milwaukee Burger Company

Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse

The Nucleus

Top 5 coffee shops to relax in:

The French Press

Eau Claire Downtown Coffee

Goat Coffee House

Acoustic Cafe

Caffe TEMPO

Top 5 sites to see:

Crystal Cave

B-Framed Galleries

Sculpture Tour

Children’s Museum of Eau Claire

Autumn Harvest Winery

Antiques Roadshow 

HOW DID A MOSQUITO REVEAL A MASTERPIECE?   

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW APPRAISER BRINGS GUEST TO TEARS 

IN STUNNING SEASON OPENER!

Hit PBS Show Delivers Season 22 Surprises With 

Never-Before-Seen Treasures

New season premieres Monday, January 8 at 8/7c PM

After more than 20 years searching for America’s hidden treasures, ANTIQUES ROADSHOW finds sensational first-time objects in six cities featured as part of season 22. From eyewitness accounts of historic moments to items that are truly macabre, ROADSHOW appraisers, guests and locations make this a ground-breaking new season!

 

“I was amazed by the number of never-before-seen items discovered on this year’s tour,” says executive producer Marsha Bemko. “That mix of new treasures and sizzling stories along with our first event filmed at a Gilded Age mansion in Newport, RI fills this season with can’t-miss episodes!”

 

Along with discovering the mystery of the mosquito and the masterpiece, viewers will see other first-time items such as:

 

  • In Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, a head in a box! A plaster head, that is, of a convicted bank robber who fashioned the prop to aid in his attempted prison escape. Harrisburg episodes will air January 8, 15 and 22.
  • In New Orleans, Louisiana, a charming study of Andy Warhol painted by his friend, artist Jamie Wyeth, capturing Warhol with his beloved dog Archie. New Orleans episodes will air January 29, February 5 and 12.
  • In St. Louis, Missouri, a vintage Ozark Airlines poster, ca. 1960, featuring aircraft of the era and company logo illustrated through mid-century modern design. St. Louis episodes will air February 19 and 26, and March 26.
  • In Portland, Oregon, an eyewitness account of the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln captured in a letter written by the guest’s grandfather, who was at Ford’s theater that fateful night and captured a most remarkable description of John Wilkes Booth. Portland episodes will air April 2, 9 and 16.
  • In Green Bay, Wisconsin, a rare Cadillac “rain lamp,” ca. 1968, used to promote the famous auto brand through modern design and a unique mineral-oil-on-wire feature that simulated rain. Green Bay episodes will air April 23 and 30, and May 7.
  • In Newport, Rhode Island, a one-of-a-kind 1939 Royal typewriter, plated by Cartier in 24k gold and presented to the guest’s grandfather, who was vice president of sales at Royal during the period. Newport episodes will air May 14 and 21.

 

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW offers engaging ways to experience the season premiere and new episodes, including live tweeting with producers and appraisers Mondays at 8/7c PM; an after-show AR Extras LIVE broadcast on Facebook; the weekly AR Extras newsletter; and original feature articles, video archive and more on pbs.org/antiques.

 

Part adventure, part history lesson, part treasure hunt, 15-time Emmy® Award-nominated ANTIQUES ROADSHOW is a production of WGBH Boston. The series is the most-watched ongoing series on PBS and is seen by around 8 million viewers each week.