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black, the  new colour of luxury Black, the new colour of luxury

Rolls-Royce Cullinan Black Badge Edition: Rolls-Royce has expanded its Black Badge collection by introducing a dark-themed version of the Cullinan, "the boldest and the darkest expression of the Black yet", according to the British luxury automaker. On the outside, it features the collection’s signature black paint job, contrasting coachline in gold, and new 22-inch forged alloy wheels with glossy red brake callipers. 

On the inside, it features a headliner woven with fibre optic lights to resemble the night sky and comes with a “technical carbon” veneer on the trim that takes the usual carbon-fibre finish and gives it a more premium, 3D look. The 6.75-litre V12 engine has been tuned to produce 29hp  more, taking the total output to 600hp. Rolls-Royce is yet to reveal the performance figures.

The beast called BMW Concept M8 Gran Coupé combines the motorsport DNA of the Bavarian automaker with the super ambition of the brand's luxury class The beast called BMW Concept M8 Gran Coupé combines the motorsport DNA of the Bavarian automaker with the super ambition of the brand's luxury class

MW M8 Gran Coupe: It’s been a little more than a year since the latest BMW 8 Series made its official debut and the Bavarian automaker has already expanded a line-up with several different variants available in a number of body styles. 

The newest to join the line-up is the BMW M8 Gran Coupe (and, of course, a hotter Competition variant) which serves as the more practical variant two-door M8. The newest offering by BMW is basically a combination of the four-door 8-series Gran Coupe and the M8. In comparison to the two-door M8, the Gran Coupe features a 7.9-inch-longer wheelbase and arrives with an overall increase of 9.1 inches in length. 

The stretched length provides more room for rear-seat occupants. Other than that, the 2020 Gran Coupe is almost identical to the freshly launched M8 coupe and cabriole, including most of the styling and the specifications. It is powered by the same 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 like the regular M8 that produces 600hp in the standard model, and 617hp  in the Competition version. 

BMW claims that the zero-to-96.5kmph time for the M8 stands at 3.1 seconds and 3 seconds flat for the M8 Competition — exactly the same as the M8 coupe, even though it’s about 45kg heavier.

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A 10-year-old dressed up in gold A 10-year-old dressed up in gold

Porsche Panamera 10 Years Edition: The German automaker has released a 10-year edition of the Panamera to celebrate a decade of its existence. It comes with 21-inch Panamera Sport Design wheels in a special White Gold Metallic satin finish. Standard equipment includes the company’s adaptive air suspension with Porsche Active Suspension Management and Power Steering Plus and LED matrix headlights with Porsche Dynamic Light System Plus cornering lamps. It also gets 14-way power front seats, a Bose audio system, soft-close doors, and a set of driver-assist features as standard. Porsche has not made any mechanical changes to the special edition, but the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid 10 Year Edition does come with the 7.2-kilowatt on-board charger instead of the standard 3.6-kW unit.

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This cheaper Taycan is all yours This cheaper Taycan is all yours

Porsche Taycan 4S: Porsche has added a new, cheaper variant of its Taycan electric sports sedan line-up only six weeks after debuting the Turbo and Turbo S versions. The new, entry-level Taycan 4S looks near identical to its more powerful siblings except for few changes, which include smaller wheels and a slightly different fascia. The biggest change is the smaller 79.2-kWh battery pack and just 522hp from its pair of electric motors (compared to the Turbo’s 670hp and the Turbo S’s 750hp). Porsche hasn’t revealed the base Taycan’s range, but it is expected to have a range between 350-380km on a single charge. The brand claims the Taycan 4S will do the 0- 96.5kmph in 3.8 seconds and hit a top speed of 250kmph. You can also get a bigger 93.4-kWh pack found in the Turbo and Turbo S as optional extra for $6580 (about Rs 4.7 lakh).

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in sync with a new design language In sync with a new design language

2019 Audi A6: Audi has finally launched the latest generation of the A6 luxury sedan in India with a starting price of Rs 54.20 lakh (ex-showroom). The new A6 line-up in India now has two variants — Premium Plus and Technology —  and doesn’t have a diesel engine on offer anymore. It gets the German automaker’s latest design language with the fascia dominated by a larger front grille flanked by angular LED headlamps with LED DRLs. The rear section gets a completely new design for the LED tail lights connected by a thin chrome strip. The A6 has also grown in size as compared to its predecessor and gets new 18-inch alloy wheels. The only engine on offer is a BS6-compliant 2.0-litre, four-cylinder turbo-petrol unit that produces 245hp and 370Nm of torque. The engine comes paired to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox as standard.


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