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2016 Rolls Royce Comes Up With Wraith Nautical Edition

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When Rolls Royce revived the Wraith name for a two-door luxury car back in 2013, it remained significantly quiet about its sales for the next three years despite the car being the fastest in the brand’s 100-year history. Its Bespoke division came back with the Wraith Black Badge in March 2016, and finally, the Wraith Nautical Edition, which was inspired by classic racing yachts.

According to a source, the 2016 Rolls Royce Wraith Nautical Edition was designed with luxury racing yachts in mind. It has an interior that pays homage to classic decks seen on yachts and a unique exterior paint and dashboard not used on the standard model.

The focus was given to the car’s exterior design through custom paints, leather and wood veneers.

Outside, it has a sporty design enhanced by the special paint scheme of Arabian Blue. The side body panels and bumper were colored the same blue paint while English White was used on the grille surround, engine hood and roof. The pinstriped coachline with a white anchor motif furthered that yacht-inspired theme the car has.

Inside, the “nautical” theme of the car is even more evident. It has an authentic dashboard veneer that pays homage to the classic decks found on cruiser boats. The seats and door panels are made of brown Forest Fall leather with Navy Blue piping. Its two-tone scheme is also clearly seen on the dark blue carpet.

What’s more, the Nautical Edition is fitted with a Starlight Headliner, a Bespoke tradition that turns the roof into a starlit sky. The brightness of the “star” can be adjusted—whether it is needed to be bright enough for reading or dim for a relaxing grow.

To create that “constellation,” the leather is perforated with 800 to 1,600 holes.

There are no details yet on the drivetrain, but it looks like the Nautical Edition will come with a 6.6-liter V-12 that can produce 623 turbocharged horses and 590 pound-feet of torque. This is enough for the coupe to go from 0 to 60 mph in only 4.4 seconds and get a top speed of 186 mph.

Aston Martin To Overhaul Lineup With Seven-Model Range

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Aston Martin said it’s not overhauling its lineup, but it sure looks like it since it announced that it is looking to build a seven-model lineup. It will mark a new era for the British luxury car brand.

Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer told Car & Driver that the new model range will begin with replacing the already existing V8 Vantage. It will still be called the same and is expected to be launched next year.

It will use the AMG-sourced 4.0-liter twin turbo V-8 engine, marking the first time the brand is using this specific powertrain. Drivers can choose between a manual and automatic transmission. There’s a rumored V-12 version of the Vantage, but Aston Martin hasn’t announced plans yet for that. It hasn’t even confirmed if it is even building one.

As soon as the replacement Vantage comes out in the market, Aston Martin said it will start working on a new Vanquish, which is scheduled to come out in 2018. There are no details yet about the supercar, although Palmer said the Vanquish will likely have the technologies that is coming out in the Aston Martin Red Bull Racing partnership.

Apparently, the new Vanquish might come with structural carbon fiber and KERS technology.

Aside from the two initial models, Aston Martin is also preparing the DB11, which was first seen during the Geneva Auto Show. A replacement for the DB9, the DB11 will come with the newly developed 5.2-liter turbocharged V-12 engine. It will arrive around the same time as the Vantage. There would also be a V-8 version, but there are no specific plans yet for that.

To round up the models are two others we already heard about—the Lagonda SUV and the DBX electric crossover. There are also other possibilities such as the RapidE Concept, the V-12 version of the Vantage or the V-8 version of the DB11.

Lexus LC 500 and LC 500 Hybrid to Debut At NY Auto Show

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Lexus is gearing up for the showdown of some of its 21 models at the 2016 New York Auto Show, which will be held on March 25 until April 3 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in Manhattan. But apart from the 21 Lexus models to make its feature, the company will also be unveiling the all-new LC 500 and its hybrid counterpart.

The new luxury LC coupe was revealed in January at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit while the LC 500 Hybrid made known its appearance just this March at the Geneva Motor Show.

The NY Auto Show will mark the hybrid’s first North American debut, as well as its first appearance with the Lexus LC 500.

The LC lineup basically presents a new paradigm in Lexus’ engineering processes and design direction. It also marks a new beginning for the brand that aims to be recognized for its aesthetics appeal and engineering performance.

The Lexus LC 500 has a newly developed 10-speed automatic transmission, the first ever in a luxury vehicle. This is also the first Lexus to use the all-new, premium rear-wheel drive luxury platform, which promised enhanced performance. Inside, it has a cockpit-elegant inspired layout that is reminiscent of a sports car.

The hybrid car, on the other hand, uses the world’s first Multi Stage Hybrid System, which is the next generation hybrid powertrain designed for performance automobiles. The system can manage to align speed, power and fuel consumption all at the same time. It has the “M” mode too, which promised to give drivers the experience of driving responsive gear shifts.

Furthermore, Lexus is expected to showcase its 2016 GS F, the 2016 Lexus RX, as well as the GS F and RC F “360 Virtual Reality Experience,” which would allow the show’s attendees to experience driving these cars on a professional race track.

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