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Lexus GX Monogram

The Perfect Pairing: The Monogram GX 

Lexus partners with luxury appliance brands to build bespoke culinary experience on wheels

To celebrate the recent debut of the all-new 2024 Lexus GX, Lexus has partnered with luxury appliance brand Monogram™ to design a bespoke concept vehicle for culinary, wine, and spirits aficionados: the Monogram GX.  The  vehicle will make its official debut at the Food & Wine Classic, June 14-16 in Aspen, CO.

“Our all-new Lexus GX was designed to highlight the unique duality of luxury and off-roading capability, enabling our guests to create amazing experiences on the road,” said Cynthia Tenhouse, vice president, Lexus marketing. “Together with Monogram, Lexus  is taking the GX experience to a new level, where road adventures meet culinary experiences.”

“This unique pairing of unexpected luxury cooking while away from home is created with signature pieces from Monogram that elevate the everyday,” said Julie Burns, executive director of Monogram appliances. “The Monogram GX puts an entirely new spin on the road trip experience with a crafted, culinary journey.”  

Inspired by the Monogram Designer Collection, Lexus and Monogram consulted with the luxury appliance brand’s creative director and celebrated interior designer, Richard T. Anuszkiewicz, to bring this concept vehicle to life. Alongside the industrial design team at Monogram, Richard looked through an elevated lens to further heighten the vehicle’s refined style and proportions. Showcasing a story on materiality and entertainment, the Monogram GX features two-toned camel leather custom patterned interior, an emphasis on brass and titanium metal, Dekton slate stone accents, custom rims, and exterior detailing.  The brands tapped the elite team at Complete Customs to build and engineer this one-of-a-kind showpiece.

Specialty features of the Monogram GX include:

  • Monogram 30” Smart Flush Hearth Oven: the electric hearth oven was handcrafted to capture the performance of a wood-fired brick oven to prepare pizza, soft artisanal bread, or fresh-caught roasted branzino.
  • Monogram Forge Heated Ice Press: the first and only heated ice press in the U.S.; entertain to the nines with this showstopping piece, that creates a sphere to chill  bourbon or spirits.
  • Exterior Wine and Bourbon Storage: with pressure fitted cutouts on the exterior side panels, individuals can store bottles of wine, bourbon, a bottle opener, and glasses for quick retrieval of  drinking essentials.
  • Chilling compartments: a rear cold drawer and an additional cold console compartment in the back seat offer flexible chilling for your ingredients.
  • Plating Station: additional hearth-oven must-haves, cutlery and trash bin are positioned within the trunk.
  • Wine and Spirits Bar: the bar comes complete with a bar kit, glassware, bitters, and folding cutting board.

To learn more about the Lexus GX, visit www.lexus.com/gx and the Lexus Newsroom. To learn more about Monogram, visit www.monogram.com

The vehicle shown is a special project vehicle modified with non-Lexus parts that may void warranty, negatively impact safety, and not be street legal.

About Lexus

Lexus’ passion for brave design, imaginative technology, and exhilarating performance enables the luxury lifestyle brand to create amazing experiences for its customers.  Lexus began its journey in 1989 with two luxury sedans and a commitment to pursue perfection. Since then, Lexus has developed its lineup to meet the needs of global luxury customers in more than 90 countries. In the United States, Lexus vehicles are sold through 244 dealers offering a full lineup of luxury vehicles. With eight models incorporating Lexus Hybrid Drive, Lexus is the luxury hybrid leader. Lexus also offers nine F SPORT models, one F performance model and one F model. Lexus is committed to being a visionary brand that anticipates the future for luxury customers.

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About Monogram™

For more than 30 years, Monogram™ Luxury Appliances has been synonymous with impeccable craftsmanship, elegance and prestige. At the intersection of thoughtful design and outstanding performance, Monogram inspires its owners to elevate their homes, culinary prowess and focus on wellness through its line of major and small kitchen appliances. For the latest products, visit www.monogram.com and follow @MonogramAppliances on Instagram, TikTok, Pinterest or YouTube to experience the #MarkofLuxury.

About GE Appliances, a Haier company

At GE Appliances, a Haier company, we come together to make “good things, for life.” We’re creators, thinkers and makers who believe that anything is possible and that there’s always a better way. We’re a company powered by our people, made stronger through our diversity — allowing us to grow closer than ever before to our owners, anticipate their needs and enhance their lives. Today, our appliances are in 50 percent of all U.S. homes, and our business is committed to serving every family in the country. We manufacture and sell products under the Monogram®, Café™, GE Profile™, GE®, Haier™ and Hotpoint™ brands. Our products include refrigerators, freezers, cooking products, dishwashers, washers, dryers, wine & beverage centers, air conditioners, small appliances, water filtration systems and water heaters. For more information on our company, brands, and corporate citizenship, visit www.geappliancesco.com.

Note to Editors: Lexus product information and images are available online via our news media website http://LexusNewsroom.com.

KALMAR 7-97

For the USA, by leading collector car specialist Canepa, is now available in California

  • The first KALMAR Automotive 7-97 built for the North American market has arrived in California, commissioned by KALMAR Automotive’s US representative and leading collector car specialist, Canepa, led by renowned enthusiast Bruce Canepa
  • The ‘C1’ is the most impressive 7-97 yet: Equipped with the new ‘Triple 4’ engine specification meaning a 4.0-litre engine producing more than 400hp and over 400Nm, and in this case with all-wheel drive, front axle lift system, ceramic braking system and more  
  • Every KALMAR Automotive 7-97 pays tribute to the original Porsche 911 ST of the 1970s, engineered to provide modern day sports car levels of performance with the style of a classic icon covered in autoclave carbon body panels.

KALMAR Automotive, enhancer and restorer of bespoke sports cars and special purpose-built adventure vehicles, has delivered its first 7-97 to the USA. The unique KALMAR 7-97 Classic is now available at leading collector car specialist, Canepa, in California. 

The latest vehicle from KALMAR Automotive underscores its unparalleled approach to creating bespoke automotive commissions. The KALMAR 7-97 Classic code named ‘C1’ – after ‘Canepa’ – underlines this pioneering spirit and is the most uncompromising 7-97 yet. by a roster of desirable engineering upgrades. 

The 993-based C1 takes advantage of the lightest and stiffest body option, its coupé ‘shell benefiting from the removal of the donor 911’s rain gutters. A re-engineered decklid, in conjunction with KALMAR Automotive’s unique bonded glass solution, reduces lift, drag and wind noise. 

Designed to showcase the full range of possibilities available to KALMAR Automotive customers, the ‘C1’ is on show at Canepa’s Scotts Valley headquarters in California with further versions of the 7-97 set to follow across the Atlantic Ocean in the coming months.

California Dreamin’
Every KALMAR 7-97 is designed and engineered to pay tribute to the heritage and style of the rare Porsche 911 ST of the 1970s. The 7-97 uses an air-cooled 964 or 993 generation of 911 as its base, currently available in three different body styles – coupé, cabriolet or targa – plus the RS-R. Each 7-97 receives KALMAR’s remarkable engineering and attention to detail, while also remaining completely customizable both inside and out.

The four-wheel drive C1 is built on a 993-generation platform with a ‘no-compromise’ approach, meaning it resides at the more extreme end of the 7-97 scale. Its range-topping ‘Triple 4’ specification is led by a 4.0-litre engine producing 401 horsepower and 426 Nm of torque. The finer technical details include a 997 GT3 4.0-litre crankshaft, drive-by-wire individual throttle bodies, mechanical lifters, an enhanced exhaust system, with dual oil coolers and a Motec M150 ECU (with OBDII interface) and a bespoke air filtration system being further highlights.

Alongside the mechanical details comes adaptive active suspension, a multi-link rear axle, six-speed gearbox, ultra-lightweight lithium battery, and lightweight three-piece split rims. Those seeking to take things a step further can select the optional traction control system with Sport mode functionality, increasing driving thrills, a lightweight ceramic braking system, and a front axle lift system can also be added to further aid drivability while offering significant dynamic benefits on the road. All also to be found on the KALMAR 7-97 C1.

Inside the 7-97 ‘C1’ comes a full leather interior with supportive Recaro sports seats and optional twin airbags, perfectly suited to the style of the F-model dashboard. Modern convenience features such as remote central locking, a concealed Bluetooth audio system, and rain sensing wipers are standard. Even the car’s key is worthy of note; designed especially for KALMAR Automotive, it incorporates buttons to open and close the front luggage compartment and rear deck lid. This electronic “frunk” release is just like the one found on the very latest Porsche 911s.

7-97: A bespoke blend of past, present and future
Retaining the iconic silhouette of the 911, every 7-97 has been developed in-house, it features unique lightweight carbon fibre body panels, electric air conditioning and power steering systems are a part of every KALMAR 7-97 to enhance the weight balance. 

Weight is a keyword of the KALMAR 7-97, as a rear wheel drive it weigh in at close to 1150 Kg. (2500 pounds) and the C1 as all wheel drive comes in just under 1215 Kg. (2675 pounds) ready to go with aircon and hi-fi system. Even lighter versions are available on demand.

The arrival of 7-97 C1 in the US cements a partnership between KALMAR Automotive and Canepa; KALMAR Automotive is proud to list the respected Californian specialist amongst its growing network of representatives from around the world, and of its special relationship with founder, Bruce Canepa, whose own story is inextricably linked with the Porsche marque.

Jan Kalmar, founder and owner of KALMAR Automotive, expressed his enthusiasm for the first KALMAR 7-97 C1 to reach US shores, “The engaging, analogue and yet modern feel of the 7-97 C1 is the perfect companion for exploring America’s west coast; I can already picture this car carving through canyon roads and charging across Northern Californian mountain routes!” 

The process with Bruce has moved the entire company forward as his quality demands and attentions to details was a great motivator for everyone involved. 

“In the US, and California specifically, car culture remains king, and I am sure that KALMAR Automotive’s builds, engineering excellence and bespoke ethos will fit in perfectly amongst enthusiasts who are looking for more than just good looks  – and this is just the start, so watch this space!” Jan added.  

Bruce Canepa, Founder Canepa Group, said “Timeless Design in every detail, uncompromised quality in every component & surface and performance & drivability for those that want the ultimate air cooled driving experience.”  The 7-97 C1 showcases what KALMAR Automotive is all about.

KALMAR Automotive builds no more than 12 7-97s during a calendar year, created for customers all over the world. Given the bespoke nature of every car, prices vary depending on specification.

Canepa Group will act as KALMAR Automotive’s sole representative in North America, part of a growing global network of dealers which stretches across Europe and Asia. The KALMAR Automotive 7-97 C1 is now on show at Canepa’s Scotts Valley headquarters in California, with viewing available by appointment.

For more information on the 7-97, the 7-97 C1, and KALMAR Automotive visit kalmarautomotive.com and canepa.com

Notes to Editors


About KALMAR Automotive
KALMAR Automotive is an enhancer and restorer of bespoke sports cars and special-purpose adventure vehicles. Established by Jan Kalmar, a Danish adventurer, passionate coachbuilder and petrol head, KALMAR Automotive is dedicated to building and delivering immaculately engineered cars that combine classic design with modern technology and the finest engaging, analogue driving feel, to discerning enthusiasts and collectors around the world.

KALMAR Automotive: www.kalmarautomotive.com.

First KALMAR Automotive 7-97 Commission via 360 Magazine.
First KALMAR Automotive 7-97 Commission via 360 Magazine.
First KALMAR Automotive 7-97 Commission via 360 Magazine.
First KALMAR Automotive 7-97 Commission via 360 Magazine.
First KALMAR Automotive 7-97 Commission via 360 Magazine.
First KALMAR Automotive 7-97 Commission via 360 Magazine.

LATTO + MEGAN THEE STALLION

The girls are taking over summer! Today, ATL-based Grammy nominated rapper Latto releases the remix to her singleSunday Service” featuring Megan Thee Stallion & Flo Milli via RCA Records – click here to listen.

LISTEN TO ”SUNDAY SERVICE (REMIX)”

FEATURING MEGAN THEE STALLION & FLO MILLI:

https://latto.lnk.to/SSR

The original version of the single garnered viral buzz when Latto teased a snippet of the song on her IG a few months ago, giving fans her signature witty bars over a catchy beat – click here to listen. Directed byHidji World andLatto herself, the video features Latto in various settings including the Bronx with “twenty black suburbans we pull up like Sunday Service” click here to watch. This all follows her collaboration on J. Lo’s “Can’t Get Enough” single (click here to watch), which Latto performed with J. Lo on Saturday Night Live. In addition to music, Latto wrapped up taping Season 2 of Netflix’s Rhythm & Flow as a judge alongside DJ Khaled andLudacris, which is coming out this year.

  

With over 1 billion streams worldwide across all platforms and accolades continuing to rack up from her success, it’s clear that Latto has set the stage to become a global superstar. Since the release of her hit RIAA-certified3x Platinum single “Big Energy” in 2021 Latto has been inescapable. She went on to make history with the single as the first female rapper to ever have a #1 record at Pop, Rhythm and Urban Radio with the same single. Overall, she’s also the first female artist in 12 years to accomplish this feat, joining the company of Rihanna (“Rude Boy”), Alicia Keys (“No One”), Beyonce (“Irreplaceable”),  Mary J. Blige (“Be Without You”) and Mariah Carey (“We Belong Together”), the last five to previously achieve this. Since then, she has won various awards including: “Best New Artist” at the 2022 BET Awards, “Best New Artist” at the 2022 People’s Choice AwardsVariety Hitmakers “Breakthrough Artist” Honoree, 2023 Billboard’s Women in Music “Powerhouse Award,” “Song of the Summer” for “Seven” with Jung Kook at the 2023 MTV VMA Awards, and “Best Female Hip-Hop Artist” at the 2023 BET Awards.

In addition to all the awards Latto has racked up over the past few years, she was also nominated at the 2023 Grammy Awards for “Best New Artist” and “Best Melodic Rap Performance” (for “Big Energy (Live)”) and has graced multiple print covers in 2023 alone such as CosmopolitanRolling Stone “Musicians on Musicians” Issue with Snoop DoggXXL Magazine – which included a video component for XXL’s first-ever all female cypher curated bby Latto (that trended on Youtube and went viral) – and a digital cover for Forbes ’30 Under 30’ as the call out for the Musicians section. This past summer Latto wrapped her international festival run in Europe that included Wireless Festival (London), Roskilde Festival (Denmark), Rolling Loud Germanyand more. She also attended Milan Fashion Week where she went to various shows including Robert Cavalli, Etro, Blumarine, Diesel and GCDS. With the release of her latest singles and collaborations plus working on her next album, the next chapter of Latto’s career will have more new music, more vibrant visuals and more big energy from The Biggest.

 Buy/Stream “Sunday Service (Remix)”:

Multi: https://latto.lnk.to/SSR

Buy/Stream/Watch “Sunday Service”:

Multi: https://latto.lnk.to/sundayservice

YouTube: https://latto.lnk.to/sundayservice/youtube 

Photo Credit: Sigmund Owho Osimini

Polestar + Dean Shaw

Polestar announces Dean Shaw as Head of North American Public Relations and Communications

Polestar announces Dean Shaw as the new Head of Public Relations and Communications in North America. Shaw will be responsible for overseeing all public relations and communication efforts in the U.S. and Canada. 

The appointment comes at a time of immense growth for Polestar as the brand transitions from a one-car to a three-car company this year with Polestar 3 and Polestar 4 performance SUVs both arriving in market. Shaw joins Polestar from Volvo Cars USA, where he most recently held the role of Head of Communications for several years. Prior to this role, Shaw held numerous international roles, including Global Director of Brand in Gothenburg, Sweden, Business Manager for the Volvo Monitoring & Concept Center in California, and Product and Launch Manager for Volvo Car UK. Prior to joining Volvo, Shaw was employed with Peugeot UK.

“I am very pleased to have Dean onboard as Polestar’s new Head of Public Relations and Communications for the region,” said Gregor Hembrough, Head of Polestar North America. “Dean’s vast experience will immediately take our Communications efforts to the next level at a pivotal and exciting time as we ramp up for a very busy second half of 2024 and into the future.” 

Shaw reports directly to Gregor Hembrough, Head of Polestar North America, and will lead the growing Communications team that encompasses Product Communications, Corporate Communications, Financial Communications, Internal Communications, Retailer Communications, CSR, DE&I, and Sustainability. 
 

AUDI RS 4 AVANT + PIRELLI

PIRELLI TIRES WITH SENSORS FOR AUDI RS 4 AVANT EDITION 25 YEARS

  • In addition to the P Zero Corsa that comes as original equipment, customers will receive a kit consisting of P Zero Trofeo RS tires linked to the Pirelli Track Adrenaline system.

 

  • Track Adrenaline acts as a ‘virtual engineer’ for optimal tire management during track days, made up of tires with sensors connected to an app.

 

  • Pirelli has been standard equipment on the Audi RS 4 since the first model was launched,
    25 years ago.

 

Pirelli is Audi Sport’s exclusive tire partner for the Audi RS 4 Avant edition 25 years. The anniversary edition of the iconic sports estate car has two tire options: Pirelli P Zero Corsa as original equipment, as well as a specific track kit consisting of Pirelli P Zero Trofeo RS tires equipped with Cyber technology and combined with Pirelli’s Track Adrenaline system, both in 275/30R20 size.

The P Zero Corsa is a high-performance tire suitable for sports driving, which draws on the technologies developed by Pirelli for racing. It also provides the ideal equipment for driving the Audi RS 4 Avant edition 25 years on the road, thanks to its high levels of traction, comfort and control in the wet as well.

Stability, stress resistance, grip and consistency on track are the characteristics of the new P Zero Trofeo RS, the street-legal semi-slick tire designed by Pirelli to achieve maximum performance. The custom-made P Zero Trofeo RS tires for the Audi RS 4 Avant edition 25 years are equipped with Pirelli Cyber sensors that detect tire status and driving conditions, transmitting them to the driver through an app that is downloadable on any smartphone. These elements, which together with a high-precision GPS module make up the Track Adrenaline system, act as a ‘virtual engineer’ during track sessions. With the digital manometer, drivers can select the desired set-up before moving off. Then, during the session, the information recorded by sensors as well as telemetry detected by the control unit and data from the GPS module is used to record lap times and the ideal racing line. After the session, drivers can analyze the recorded data via the app and so improve their technique.

If accompanied by a passenger, drivers can also activate the ‘live view’ function, which – just like team radio in Formula 1 – gives immediate and brief messages to help the driver: suggesting, for example, to warm up the tires or come into the pits.

These new tires and the Track Adrenaline kit for the Audi RS 4 Avant edition 25 years mark a new chapter in the collaboration between Pirelli and Audi for the RS range. Among the many models that have benefitted from this joint development work is the very first Audi RS 4 launched 25 years ago, which was originally equipped with tires from the P Zero family. Not to mention the RS 4 competition, for which Pirelli is the exclusive original equipment supplier, or the RS Q8 and RS 3, both of which set Nürburgring track records in 2019, 2021 respectively. Today, the Pirelli range for Audi RS takes in 36 homologations, including summer, winter, and track-specific tires.

JEEP WAGONEER S

First-ever, All-electric Jeep



Held at the historic Altman Building in NYC, 360 MAGAZINE attended the global launch for the Jeep Wagoneer S alongside 200+ journalists. It’s the labels’ first full BEV, marking a historical achievement. Stellantis has a chance to prove to investors that their culturally iconic brand will withstand the test of time despite having a stock price of $22 and multiple engineering flaws and factory recalls. In other words, “They need to pull a Cowboy Carter,” asserts Vaughn Lowery, President of 360®.

Ralph Victor Gilles is the Chief Design Officer of Stellantis (formerly Fiat Chrysler). Shortly after joining Chrysler in 1992, this artisanal whiz received a ton of accolades for further reimagining the dilapidated marquee. Some of his wins: 2002 Jeep Liberty, 2003 Dodge Viper, 2005 Chrysler 300, 2013 SRT Dodge Viper, Dodge ESX2 and Jeep Jeepster concepts. Gilles is a graduate of Vanier College and attended the College for Creative Studies in Detroit (2002) with an MBA from MSU. He was born and bred in NYC to Haitian immigrants. He’s the the auto world’s Virgil Abloh and “Let’s pray he can help Make the Auto (industry) Great Again,” Lowery adds. Regrettably, the Big Three are encountering a decrease in sales due to ill-advised inventory and overstocking. It’s a comparison that we have all too often heard since Kendrick Lamar’s Drake dis.

The Wagoneer S will be priced in between the combustion engine models – Grand Wagoneer + Compass – starting at around $71,000. Its powerplant manufactures 600-hp, delivering 617 lb-ft of torque. It’s a Tesla killer, reaching 0 to 60 mph in 3.4 seconds. The silhouette is reminiscent of a great white with 0.294 drag coefficient. A far cry from the sea of sameness. According to Gilles, the majority of EVs are shaped like jellybeans. The drive range is approximately 300+ miles per charge. Its sibling, the Trailhawk, will be on the horizon soon. With signature badging, aluminum interior accents, 64 interchangeable cabin colors, 35-inch integrated dashboard display, 30.6 cubic feet trunk, this is what car enthusiasts longed for.

To further sweeten the pot, McIntosh, not Macintosh, self-proclaimed House of Sound (their DNA includes Sonus Faber) has curated a ‘sound stage’ inside the cabin. Well-equipped with 19 speakers, a subwoofer, and 1200 watts, this will attract the attention of the generation alpha. Who doesn’t want to listen to an immersive concert experience while roadtripping to Vegas from LA? Let’s be truthful. The only person who will resonate with TikTok is Gilles. In fact, he boasts that they selected a team of Gen Z and Millenials to help shape their blueprint.

Gilles’ eclectic art background and eccentric ideals are what Jeep needs to resuscitate its automotive soul. GM needs to take a page from their playbook because their out-of-touchness is unbearable.

“If you’re in the marketing and advertisement department, continue to support diverse platforms and invest in our youth. INVEST in US so that our innovative QR-CODED hard copies (avail on bn.com + amazon.com) and 360 MAG podcasts will transform into a VR experience where users can purchase our NFTs while using EFTs to help activate branded capsules,” explains Lowery, which is celebrating its 15th anniversary.

The pre-orders will be taken today, so we won’t know until then.

We want to express our gratitude to the Renaissance Chelsea, a Marriott hotel, in New York for hosting us. With a multitude of amenities, it is conveniently located in the midtown area. This stylish yet luxurious oasis has a 24-hour gym, on-site eateries, and a bar on campus. If you’re able to gain access to the residential side, the property offers stunning rooftop views, not to mention. One of the few emerging boutique hotels with a unified designer ambiance.

Ralph Giles Chief Design Officer via 360 MAGAZINE.
Global Stellantis Jeep Wagoneer S unveil at The Altman Building in NYC via 360 MAGAZINE w/ Vaughn Lowery.
Global Stellantis Jeep Wagoneer S unveil at The Altman Building in NYC via 360 MAGAZINE w/ Vaughn Lowery.
Global Stellantis Jeep Wagoneer S unveil at The Altman Building in NYC via 360 MAGAZINE w/ Vaughn Lowery.
Global Stellantis Jeep Wagoneer S unveil at The Altman Building in NYC via 360 MAGAZINE w/ Vaughn Lowery.
Global Stellantis Jeep Wagoneer S unveil at The Altman Building in NYC via 360 MAGAZINE w/ Vaughn Lowery.
Global Stellantis Jeep Wagoneer S unveil at The Altman Building in NYC via 360 MAGAZINE w/ Vaughn Lowery.
Global Stellantis Jeep Wagoneer S unveil at The Altman Building in NYC via 360 MAGAZINE w/ Vaughn Lowery.
Global Stellantis Jeep Wagoneer S unveil at The Altman Building in NYC via 360 MAGAZINE w/ Vaughn Lowery.
Global Stellantis Jeep Wagoneer S unveil at The Altman Building in NYC via 360 MAGAZINE w/ Vaughn Lowery.
Global Stellantis Jeep Wagoneer S unveil at The Altman Building in NYC via 360 MAGAZINE w/ Vaughn Lowery.
Global Stellantis Jeep Wagoneer S unveil at The Altman Building in NYC via 360 MAGAZINE w/ Vaughn Lowery.
Global Stellantis Jeep Wagoneer S unveil at The Altman Building in NYC via 360 MAGAZINE w/ Vaughn Lowery.
Global Stellantis Jeep Wagoneer S unveil at The Altman Building in NYC via 360 MAGAZINE w/ Vaughn Lowery.
Global Stellantis Jeep Wagoneer S unveil at The Altman Building in NYC via 360 MAGAZINE w/ Vaughn Lowery.
Global Stellantis Jeep Wagoneer S unveil at The Altman Building in NYC via 360 MAGAZINE w/ Vaughn Lowery.
Global Stellantis Jeep Wagoneer S unveil at The Altman Building in NYC via 360 MAGAZINE w/ Vaughn Lowery.
Global Stellantis Jeep Wagoneer S unveil at The Altman Building in NYC via 360 MAGAZINE w/ Vaughn Lowery.
Global Stellantis Jeep Wagoneer S unveil at The Altman Building in NYC via 360 MAGAZINE w/ Vaughn Lowery.
Global Stellantis Jeep Wagoneer S unveil at The Altman Building in NYC via 360 MAGAZINE w/ Vaughn Lowery.
Global Stellantis Jeep Wagoneer S unveil at The Altman Building in NYC via 360 MAGAZINE w/ Vaughn Lowery.
Global Stellantis Jeep Wagoneer S unveil at The Altman Building in NYC via 360 MAGAZINE w/ Vaughn Lowery.
Global Stellantis Jeep Wagoneer S unveil at The Altman Building in NYC via 360 MAGAZINE w/ Vaughn Lowery.
Global Stellantis Jeep Wagoneer S unveil at The Altman Building in NYC via 360 MAGAZINE w/ Vaughn Lowery.
Global Stellantis Jeep Wagoneer S unveil at The Altman Building in NYC via 360 MAGAZINE w/ Vaughn Lowery.
Global Stellantis Jeep Wagoneer S unveil at The Altman Building in NYC via 360 MAGAZINE w/ Vaughn Lowery.
Global Stellantis Jeep Wagoneer S unveil at The Altman Building in NYC via 360 MAGAZINE w/ Vaughn Lowery.
Global Stellantis Jeep Wagoneer S unveil at The Altman Building in NYC via 360 MAGAZINE w/ Vaughn Lowery.
Vaughn Lowery attends global unveil for Stellantis Jeep Wagoneer S in nyc hosted by Renaissance Chelsea Hotel in Lamelo Ball Pumas via 360 MAGAZINE.
Vaughn Lowery attends global unveil for Stellantis Jeep Wagoneer S in nyc hosted by Renaissance Chelsea Hotel in Lamelo Ball Pumas via 360 MAGAZINE.
Vaughn Lowery attends global unveil for Stellantis Jeep Wagoneer S in nyc hosted by Renaissance Chelsea Hotel in Lamelo Ball Pumas via 360 MAGAZINE.
Vaughn Lowery attends global unveil for Stellantis Jeep Wagoneer S in nyc hosted by Renaissance Chelsea Hotel in Lamelo Ball Pumas via 360 MAGAZINE.
Vaughn Lowery attends global unveil for Stellantis Jeep Wagoneer S in nyc hosted by Renaissance Chelsea Hotel in Lamelo Ball Pumas via 360 MAGAZINE.
Vaughn Lowery attends global unveil for Stellantis Jeep Wagoneer S in nyc hosted by Renaissance Chelsea Hotel in Lamelo Ball Pumas via 360 MAGAZINE.
Vaughn Lowery attends global unveil for Stellantis Jeep Wagoneer S in nyc hosted by Renaissance Chelsea Hotel in Lamelo Ball Pumas via 360 MAGAZINE.
Vaughn Lowery attends global unveil for Stellantis Jeep Wagoneer S in nyc hosted by Renaissance Chelsea Hotel in Lamelo Ball Pumas via 360 MAGAZINE.
Vaughn Lowery attends global unveil for Stellantis Jeep Wagoneer S in nyc hosted by Renaissance Chelsea Hotel in Lamelo Ball Pumas via 360 MAGAZINE.
Vaughn Lowery attends global unveil for Stellantis Jeep Wagoneer S in nyc hosted by Renaissance Chelsea Hotel in Lamelo Ball Pumas via 360 MAGAZINE.
Vaughn Lowery attends global unveil for Stellantis Jeep Wagoneer S in nyc hosted by Renaissance Chelsea Hotel in Lamelo Ball Pumas via 360 MAGAZINE.
Vaughn Lowery attends global unveil for Stellantis Jeep Wagoneer S in nyc hosted by Renaissance Chelsea Hotel in Lamelo Ball Pumas via 360 MAGAZINE.
Vaughn Lowery attends global unveil for Stellantis Jeep Wagoneer S in nyc hosted by Renaissance Chelsea Hotel in Lamelo Ball Pumas via 360 MAGAZINE.
Vaughn Lowery attends global unveil for Stellantis Jeep Wagoneer S in nyc hosted by Renaissance Chelsea Hotel in Lamelo Ball Pumas via 360 MAGAZINE.

Photo + Content: Vaughn Lowery

RR CULLINAN SERIES II

ROLLS-ROYCE BLACK BADGE CULLINAN SERIES II: THE ALTER EGO, EVOLVED

  • Black Badge Cullinan Series II, an evolved, more visceral expression of Rolls-Royce
  • Caters to a select subset of Rolls-Royce clients with specific tastes and priorities
  • Unique Black Badge exterior brightwork and interior details developed for Series II 
  • More overt and expressive application of contemporary materials and technologies
  • Integrates advanced digital interface, SPIRIT, and private members app, Whispers
  • New interior Clock Cabinet vitrine incorporates Black Badge Spirit of Ecstasy figurine
  • New Duality Twill seating incorporates 2.2 million stitches and up to 11 miles of thread
  • New Placed Perforation seat pattern inspired by clouds over the Home of Rolls-Royce and made up of 107,000 individual perforations 
  • First time a 23-inch wheel is available for a Black Badge Rolls-Royce
  • Proven performance of 600 hp and 664 ft lbs of torque 
  • Available from launch, alongside Cullinan Series II 

“We created our Black Badge family for a distinct group of clients who seek a more visceral interpretation of the Rolls-Royce experience. In its engineering, technology, materials, and design, Black Badge Cullinan Series II caters to these preferences, and this group of clients’ keen appetite for innovation and new modes of self-expression. Cullinan’s darker alter ego has always asserted its own unique place in our product portfolio; I’m certain that this new incarnation will build on its predecessor’s success.”

Chris Brownridge, Chief Executive, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

“Black Badge Cullinan Series II reflects the changes we’ve seen in our client profile since we first launched this transformative motor car five years ago. Today, self-expression, individuality and boldness are demanded more than ever before – all attributes that form the core of the Black Badge attitude. Our creative response has matched the daring of those who commission these motor cars. The dark, primal elements that are so essential to the Black Badge character are expressed here in extremis and are further amplified by dramatic and assertive coachwork reserved for this subversive expression of the brand.”

Anders Warming, Design Director, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

Rolls-Royce’s disruptive alter ego, Black Badge, reached its apotheosis in Cullinan where its assertive and uncompromising attitude appeals to clients who seek the boldest forms of self-expression. Today, the marque presents a clear evolution of this subversive motor car with Black Badge Cullinan Series II. 

BLACK BADGE CULLINAN SERIES II: EXTERIOR

Black Badge Cullinan Series II asserts its presence with an impactful front-end treatment. The principal differentiator is the lower air intake design. These geometrical pieces incorporate widened veins, signalling the motor car’s more urgent dynamic character. Above this is the marque’s iconic Pantheon grille, which has been illuminated for the first time across Cullinan and Black Badge Cullinan Series II. For Black Badge, the grille is finished in the series’ hallmark Black, though a silver ‘horizon line’ creates a sense of breadth and solidity while framing the motor car’s vertical daytime running lights. For clients wishing to fully cloak their motor car in darkness, this is also available in an all-black finish. 

All exterior body detail elements and brightwork, including the Spirit of Ecstasy figurine, are also finished in Black. For the first time in the history of Black Badge, this now extends from the window surrounds and door spears to the door handles. Each piece is hand-prepared by the marque’s artisans: first, a light abrasive is used across the handle to provide a ‘key’ for a hardwearing primer, onto which four coats of Black paint are then applied. After curing, these pieces are individually polished to ensure that they match the rich, high-gloss coachwork of Black Badge Cullinan Series II. 

Other darkened elements, including the rear tailgate and bumper accents as well as the motor car’s exhausts, are treated with a specific chrome electrolyte to achieve the mirror-black effect. This is introduced to the traditional chrome plating process and co-deposited on the stainless-steel substrate, darkening the finish. Its final thickness is just one micrometre – around one hundredth of the width of a human hair. Each of these components is precision-polished by hand to achieve a mirror-black chrome finish before it is fitted to the motor car. 

Black Badge Cullinan Series II clients are now able to extend exterior colours to all lower body surfaces, as well as the subtly enhanced lower sill, valances, and lower front bumper – a treatment reserved for Black Badge Cullinan Series II. This visually lowers the motor car, creating a more dynamic statement that further amplifies its monolithic form.  

The exterior treatment is completed with 23-inch wheels – the first-time wheels of this size have been offered by the marque for a Black Badge motor car. From a distance, the design appears to consist of five spokes finished in gloss-black and silver. In fact, there are 10 interwoven spokes: the visual effect is created by a carefully orchestrated interplay between polished, painted and recessed, negative surfaces. The design also allows a clear view of the Black Badge disc brake callipers, shown in a signature Red, which can also be finished in Black, Turchese, Mandarin, and Forge Yellow.

BLACK BADGE CULLINAN SERIES II: A SUBVERSIVE INTERIOR TREATMENT

Advanced, technical materials have become a hallmark of Black Badge Rolls-Royces. For Black Badge Cullinan Series II, this theme continues. Clients expressed their appreciation of the original Black Badge Cullinan’s Technical Carbon finish – on this basis, this exquisite material has been retained for Series II. The naked-weave carbon-fibre finish has been developed to create a precise repeating pattern of geometrical shapes that create a three-dimensional effect. Each leaf of Technical Carbon is finished with six coats of lacquer before being left to cure for 72 hours then all 23 pieces are hand-polished to a mirror finish. This process takes 21 days in total. 

If Individual Rear Seats are commissioned, clients can include the Black Badge family motif, known as the infinity symbol, onto the rear Technical Carbon ‘Waterfall’ section that separates the rear reclining chairs and conceals the Cullinan Series II Champagne cooler. This delicate aluminium piece is placed between the third and fourth layer of six layers of subtly tinted lacquer, creating the illusion that the symbol is floating above the Technical Carbon.  In Lounge Seat configuration, the infinity symbol is embroidered.

The seats themselves are available to commission in the marque’s stunning new Duality Twill textile, a new rayon fabric made from bamboo fibres and inspired by the extensive bamboo grove in the Jardin Botanique du Rayol on the Côte d’Azur, which neighbours Sir Henry Royce’s former winter home, Villa Mimosa. The twill textile is embroidered with an artistic ‘Duality’ graphic. Based on an abstract interpretation of the two interlinked letter R initials of the marque’s founders, the design reflects a clear nautical influence, reminiscent of the interweaving rope lines found on sailing yachts – another subtle allusion to the French Riviera.

A complete Duality Twill interior of the intricately embroidered textile incorporates up to 2.2 million stitches and 11 miles of thread. This exquisite material can be further dramatized with bold Bespoke colourways, further enhancing this remarkable new finish for Black Badge clients. 

Placed Perforation seating can also be incorporated into this bold expression of Cullinan. 107,000 0.8- and 1.2-millimetre perforations are made onto the seat leather, creating an abstract pattern, inspired by the constantly changing shapes and shadows of the clouds over the Home of Rolls-Royce at Goodwood in the twilight hours. 

The dark ambience of Black Badge continues with the interior metals. Air vent surrounds on the dashboard and in the rear cabin are darkened using physical vapour deposition, a method of colouring metal that does not discolour or tarnish over time or through repeated use. 

The subversive design principles of Black Badge motor cars have also been applied to Cullinan Series II’s unique Clock Cabinet. This inset vitrine displays both an analogue timepiece and an up-lit Spirit of Ecstasy figurine. The Spirit of Ecstasy is rendered in Black, recalling the figure that sits on the prow of Black Badge Cullinan Series II. The Clock Cabinet is flanked by Cullinan’s new Illuminated Fascia, which displays an ethereal glowing infinity symbol within the new vertical Cityscape pattern.  

Black Badge Cullinan Series II is also the stage for an exclusive digital Bespoke treatment, with instrument dials now available in five neo-futuristic colourways: Vivid Grellow, Neon Nights, Cyan Fire and the kaleidoscopic-style Synth Wave.

BLACK BADGE CULLINAN SERIES II: PROVEN ENGINEERING

In Black Badge Cullinan’s first guise, clients requested that the Black Badge experience extended beyond the aesthetic treatment of the motor car. In the five years since its launch, the changes made by Rolls-Royce engineers for the 2019 motor car, which included higher capacity air springs to alleviate body roll and the addition of even greater power reserves, have become integral to this bold motor car’s appeal. Accordingly, these qualities are preserved for Black Badge Cullinan Series II, including the twin-turbocharged 6.75-litre V12 engine, which generates a total output of 600 hp, and 664 lb ft of torque.

To exploit the additional power, the transmission and throttle remain calibrated for more immediate acceleration. The ZF eight-speed gear box and both front- and rear-steered axles work together to adjust the levels of feedback to the driver, depending on throttle and steering inputs without compromising the motor car’s effortless magic carpet ride experience. 

Depressing the ‘Low’ button on the gear selection stalk continues to unlock further Black Badge technologies. When activated, drivers experience a change in tone and volume from the Bespoke Black Badge exhaust system, signalling that all of the 664 ft-lb of torque reserves are available from 1700rpm – just 700rpm above tick-over. Low Mode also increases the speed of gear shifts by 50% when the throttle is depressed to 90%. To fully exploit Black Badge Cullinan Series II, the brake pedal travel has been decreased to create a more immediate response to driver inputs.  

A BOLD BESPOKE TREATMENT

Like its predecessor, Black Badge Cullinan Series II defines a distinct attitude and aesthetic code within the super-luxury sector. The clients who patronise this expression of the brand do so on their own terms – with Black Badge Cullinan Series II, Rolls-Royce signals its ongoing commitment to these individuals’ requirements, and their bold appreciation of luxury. 

Rolls-Royce Cullinan series 2 via 360 MAGAZINE.
Rolls-Royce Cullinan series 2 via 360 MAGAZINE.

NEW LAMBORGHINI LONG ISLAND

Automobili Lamborghini celebrated the debut of its redesigned showroom in Long Island on April 30 with a VIP event following the brand’s best year in terms of sales and deliveries in 2023. The grand opening event featured the market premiere of the Urus SE [1] – the first plug-in hybrid SUV and the most powerful version of the best-selling car ever for the company.

Lamborghini clientele were joined by local VIPs and business leaders, as well as key brand executives, including Automobili Lamborghini Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Stephan Winkelmann; Chief Marketing and Sales Officer, Federico Foschini; and Lamborghini America Chief Executive Officer, Andrea Baldi. 

2023 was an extraordinary year of growth for Lamborghini, as we delivered more than 10,000 cars to customers, expanded our retail footprint, and entered the second phase of the Direzione Cor Tauri investment program with the world premiere of our first V12 hybrid plug-in HPEV,” said Winkelmann. “2024 promises to be another exciting year with a second hybrid added to our lineup – the Urus SE, which made its U.S. debut last night in New York City. To meet growing demand for our cars, it’s critical to invest in our partners and customers with a further elevated brand experience. Situated just outside of Manhattan, the state-of-the-art Long Island showroom showcases Lamborghini’s new design direction as we continue the transition to a new era of electrified vehicles.”

Located at 115 S Service Rd, Jericho, NY 11753, Lamborghini Long Island features the best of Italian automotive design and engineering, with the latest super sports cars and Super SUVs on the market. The 5,575 square-foot storefront provides an immersive brand experience, complete with Collezione and Accessori Originali fashion offerings and an Ad Personam customization room, where clients can personalize their dream cars with a nearly infinite array of bespoke colors and materials.

The opening of the Long Island showroom comes at a time of immense growth for Lamborghini, as the company delivered 10,112 cars globally in 2023, a 10% increase over 2022, with the Americas region accounting for 3,465 units, a 9% increase over the previous year. These exceptional results provide a strong foundation as Lamborghini continues the second phase of the Direzione Cor Tauri investment program – the roadmap through electrification, which began with the global launch of the brand’s first HPEV, the Revuelto [2], in March 2023, followed by the premiere of the first plug-in hybrid Super SUV, the Urus SE, on April 24, 2024.

Guests who attended the grand opening of Lamborghini Long Island had the opportunity to see the Revuelto and Urus SE in person. With more than 1,000 horsepower and a top speed of 217 mph, the Revuelto features a brand new 6.5-liter V12 mid-engine with three electric motors and 8-speed dual-clutch transmission. For customers in the market for a Super SUV, the Urus SE features a twin-turbo 4.0 V8 engine and a 25-kWh lithium-ion battery, which deliver a total output of 800 CV (789 horsepower), reaching a top speed of 194 mph (Urus S: 190 mph).

[1] The vehicle is not yet offered for sale and is therefore not subject to Directive 1999/94/EC. The fuel consumption and emissions data is in the type approval stage.

[2] Fuel economy values of Revuelto: Fuel economy combined (electricity+gasoline): 23 MPGe (EPA); Fuel economy combined (gasoline only): 12 MPG (EPA)

New Lamborghini Long Island showroom via 360 MAGAZINE.
Automobili Lamborghini Unveils Redesigned Showroom in Long Island Showcasing First Plug-In Hybrid Super SUV via 360 MAGAZINE.

The London Concours

The London Concours, the capital’s leading automotive summer garden party, brings a new immersive addition to its 2024 line-up: The City Challenge presented by Asetek SimSports. This competition, taking place for the duration of the event from 4th-6th June, will see both individual drivers and larger teams take on the challenge of setting the fastest lap in a McLaren MP4/4 at the iconic Silverstone track, using the latest simulator technology provided by Asetek SimSports.

You will be given a one-hour slot to set fastest laps around one of the most legendary British circuits in one of the greatest ever British racing cars. The event promises to be a showcase of both teamwork and individual talent, with awards for both the Fastest Team in the City and the Fastest Overall Driver.

With a real-time leaderboard on the London Concours website and set in the prestigious Prince Consort room within Armoury House, this event offers not only a test of driving skill but also an exclusive social experience, with space for up to 100 visitors.

Entry for an individual costs £100, while a team of five is £500. Each ticket includes all-day admission to the London Concours and all of its displays. At the heart of the event this year will be a collection of rare and beautiful privately owned cars, curated into features that celebrate different aspects of automotive culture. British Racing will highlight some of the most beautiful motorsport creations of Great Britain from the likes of Jaguar and McLaren, while The Legendary V12 pays homage to some of the greatest ever creations fitted with arguably the automotive world’s most emotive powertrain. Other classes will celebrate the Chevrolet Corvette through the generations and the latest developments in hypercar design.

Due to the popularity of the 2023 event’s Porsche RS day and Supercar day, which saw an additional 50 themed cars enter the HAC grounds, all three days for the 2024 event will feature an additional display. The first day will see the addition of 50 McLaren supercars, the second welcomes 50 Jaguar E-Type models and the final day remains Supercar Day, with a display of 50 of the latest supercars in association with Drivers Union.

Tickets to the London Concours, as well as entry to the City Challenge, are available now from www.londonconcours.co.uk/tickets

Lamborghini HYBRID URUS

Automobili Lamborghini opens a new chapter in its history with the Urus SE, the first hybrid plug-in version of the Lamborghini Super SUV, unveiled at the Volkswagen Group Media Night ahead of the public premiere at Auto China Beijing 2024 on April 25 at 11 AM local time. Featuring a new design, optimized aerodynamics, unprecedented on-board technology and an 800 CV hybrid powertrain, the PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle) version moves on Urus S in terms of comfort, performance, efficiency, emissions and driving pleasure. Thanks to its “two hearts”, thermal and electric, the torque and power values are the highest ever, giving the SE a unique place in its category and boasting an 80% reduction in emissions. 

With the Urus we changed the paradigms of the SUV world, ushering in a new segment,” commented Stephan Winkelmann, Lamborghini Chairman & CEO. “In just a few years, the Urus has become our brand’s bestseller, enabling Lamborghini to attract new customers and strengthen its position in the most important markets. With the Urus SE, we’ve taken another step towards the future in line with our Direzione Cor Tauri strategy, moving ahead with the electrification of the range and the path toward decarbonization that began with the introduction of the Revuelto super sports car in March 2023.”

Automobili Lamborghini opens a new chapter in its history with the Urus SE, the first hybrid plug-in version of the Lamborghini Super SUV, unveiled at the Volkswagen Group Media Night ahead of the public premiere at Auto China Beijing 2024 on April 25 at 11 AM local time via 360 MAGAZINE.
Urus Hybrid via 360.