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Toyota Avalon TRD

By Abigail Baldwin × Vaughn Lowery

Los Angeles traffic is a sea of homogeneity and it’s hard for your car to stand out amongst the sprawl of uninspired sedans and low-performance hatchbacks. The 2020 Toyota Avalon TRD is the perfect, unique commuter car that’s practical while also making a standout statement. The sleek, high-performance vehicle is perfect for a youthful executive with a small family in tow. It’s red accents, curved tail lights, and high-speed performance variants set it apart from the dull monotony of the commuter car market.

Design

The design of the 2020 Toyota Avalon TRD is sleek and vigorous. It’s low to the ground, and 1.8 inches longer than a Toyota Camry, giving it a sporty look. Driving the Avalon TRD makes a visual statement with a massive grill. The taillights are elegant and concave, above TRD exhaust tips, and the side-skirts feature a unique red pin-striping detail.

Toyota has continued its uses of the push-button start and keyless entry features with the Avalon TRD. The car also features a remote start by holding down on the unlock button on the key, allowing you to start your car from inside the house on a cold day. The key also includes a trunk button that gracefully opens the exceptionally spacious trunk.

The interior of the Avalon TRD is airy and luxe. The black leather features red contrast stitching to match the vibrant red seat belts, red piping accents on the seats, and the exterior pinstripe. No one has to fight for shotgun because the back seats have ample legroom, two charging stations, and a convenient center armrest that has a drop-down cup holder for everyone’s Starbucks…

The attention to detail includes the front seat door panel, which is padded leather with classic window and mirror controls. The red piping and cloth inserts make the heated front seats sporty and comfortable. The red contrast stitching is incorporated throughout the interior of the vehicle, including the steering wheel. The dashboard and gages have a simple, uncluttered look. The center console matches the sporty aspect of the car and doesn’t skimp on handy features: four USB charging stations, a Qi-compatible wireless charging station, two cup holders, and a button parking brake below the shift. A large sunroof set into the dark leather ceiling completes the luxurious interior.

Technology

The state-of-the-art technology enhances the commodious interior of the Avalon TRD. The Avalon TRD features cruise control on the steering wheel and a back-up camera with multiple angle options. The media center is a touch screen and provides voice activation Bluetooth for handsfree calling and music control. The voice control button is placed on the steering wheel for easy access. The Audio Plus system includes eight speakers for surrounding sound. The media center has an audio jack and a USB 2.0 port. The car is Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa compatible, as well as Scout®, GPS Link, Siri®, and HD Radio™ compatible. This model also offers an HD radio with a SiriusXM® 3-month All Access trial.

Performance and Safety

What’s most unique about the 2020 Avalon TRD is that it’s a commuter sedan with multiple performance variants. The car includes eco, normal, and sport modes. The Avalon TRD has an incredibly luxurious and sporty feel. It is an 8-speed automatic with the option of manual gear shift, using steering wheel tabs or the traditional stick shift.

The car has an almost silent start and minimal road noise. It has a responsive, natural feeling throttle and fast acceleration. The 2020 Avalon has two-piston brake calipers. The breaks are smooth with a gradual bite and require that you push halfway down to get a more dramatic break. The 2020 TRD has a lower center of gravity and stiffer springs than the previous Avalon model. It features 19-inch rims, lighter than the standard, s, and the car has updated, track-tuned suspension. Also, the special suspension accompanies a 15.8 gal fuel tank capacity, a 3.5 L V6 engine, and a horsepower of 301 hp. With a curb weight of 3,638 lbs and an MPG of 22 city/31 highway, the Avalon’s features are space and resource-efficient. The steering is a bit heavier than the previous Avalon but still exceptionally light, allowing for flat turns with a great grip.

The Avalon TRD has great visibility, with additional trunk windows on either side. The car’s protective system offers fast response times and enhanced vehicle stability control for a safe drive you can trust. It includes ten airbags: driver and front passenger Advanced Airbag System, driver and front passenger seat-mounted side airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, rear seat-mounted side airbags, and front and rear side curtain airbags. Additionally, the 2020 Avalon has front and rear energy-absorbing crumple zones, a blind-spot monitor, and rear cross-traffic alert.

Overall, the 2020 Avalon TRD is a unique, luxury vehicle with safety and security you can feel, and style you can see.

Pricing

The 2020 Avalon TRD goes for $45,000 before market adjustment, making it a competitor for Audi and BMW models. The suggested retail price or MSRP starts at $42,375. The TRD, however, is larger than the competition, with a more spacious and luxurious interior, and its own sleek, red-accented look. Additionally, the TRD comes with a memorized steering wheel position and a higher fuel economy when compared to the 2020 Nissan Maxima.

For updated pricing details and a closer look at the model, visit Toyota’s website.

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Do You Really Need A Lift Kit And How Much Will It Cost You?

What will you pay for a Lift Kit Installation?

With so many fantastic options out there like the Rough Country Canada lift kit from Just Jeep, it can be difficult to find the lift kit you believe to be the optimal choice for you. It’s also crucial to consider how much money it will take to actually install the lift kit in order to make the right choice. Furthermore, depending on which one you have decided upon, the actual amount of time it may take to complete the process of installation will still largely depend on how many individuals there are to give you a hand. This is also an expense to look out for, as getting the kit installed professionally ranges from $400-$1200.

Different Lift Kit Forms

Generally speaking, there are two forms of lift kits available, that work with the suspension in different manners and vary in cost.

Body Lift Kits and Their Cost

A body lift kit will impact the height in which the cabin of your vehicle is situated, while the suspension frame is kept as is, giving the option of more sizeable tires. this does not influence ground clearance however, so the undercarriage is no more protected. Due to fewer pieces required for installation, this kit is often less pricey compared to others.

Body Lift Kits and Their Cost

Alternatively, suspension lift kits will often cost more but can provide more bang for your buck. These kits elevate the whole vehicle, such as the suspension system and frame, giving more clearance off the ground as well as allowing for bigger tires. These are ideal for those who enjoy off-roading due to their capabilities. However, they can run you from $300-$2,000, on top of an additional $400-1,200 depending on the kit you purchase and the installation services you opt for.

Additional Expenses

Alteration to the suspension or ride of the automobile will require alignment by a professional. This can cost roughly $80-$200 so it is useful to leave some extra money to work with because this should be done quickly after installing the lift kit.

To ensure smoothen the installation process, there are some tools you may need to purchase in order to work quickly and more efficiently. Notably, you can also rent or borrow tools to save some extra cash.

List of tools needed:

First off, it is generally advisable to at minimum have a few important tools with you to complete this project such as

  • jacks and jack stands (that can be used on the particular weight of the automobile)
  • various sized nuts and bolts
  • screwdrivers
  • wrenches

Additionally, the following items will also prove useful during installation

  • a torque wrench
  • hammer
  • lubricant
  • tire stops
  • spring clamps
  • a breaker bar
  • PB blaster
  • tools for tire removal

Use Truck Spring to find a Lift Kit for Your Truck

Specializing in truck suspensions, Truck Spring offers trained and licensed experts that can aid you in finding and installing the optimal lift kit for your vehicle. Please feel free to call us at 800-358-4751 today and allow us to answer all your questions or concerns.

When you are ready to get started, chose the make of your automobile below to discover your ideal lift kit today!

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Secrets to Maximizing Your Return When Selling Your Car for Scrap

Having a junk car sitting around is like money wasting away on your lawn. Find out here the secrets to maximizing your return when selling a car for scrap.

The average car stays on the road for just 11.8 years. After that, most car owners have to figure out how to get rid of a car that’s worth nothing to a dealership.

Selling a car for scrap is a great way to get rid of cars that just aren’t worth much anymore. But that doesn’t mean you have to settle for a rock-bottom sale price.

Luckily, there are a few easy ways to help you get the best price possible. Here’s what you need to do when selling your car to a scrap buyer.

Understand What Scrap Buyers Look For

Scrap car buyers aren’t looking for the same things a used car dealership is. They don’t really care about how many miles are on the car or whether or not it’s maintained properly. They care about the parts they can sell.

You’ll get more for a car that’s in good physical condition. This means a vehicle that’s not rusted out and doesn’t have a bunch of dents and dings in the doors.

You’ll also get the most from scrap buyers if your car is relatively rare. The less time your make and model was in production, the fewer parts are available on the market. This increases the demand and makes scrap buyers willing to offer you top-dollar.

Unfortunately, this also means they don’t care about the bells and whistles your car has. That 8-disc CD changer or TV screens installed in the headrests won’t impact how much they offer you. They’ll offer you a price based on the weight of the metal components and it’s up to you to take it or leave it.

Sell the Non-Metal Parts

Since your car’s value is set by the amount of metal it has, the best thing you can do is get rid of the non-metal parts. This can be anything from the radio and sound system to the engine and tires.

Put those items up for sale on your own. Use online marketplaces like Craigslist or eBay, and reach out to local mechanics shops to see if they’re interested in your parts.

This will let you get the full amount possible from your car. Remember, scrap buyers aren’t typically interested in the interior of your car.

Use that to your advantage. Sell the items yourself to get the most from your junker.

Get Rid of the Battery

Scrap buyers don’t want your car’s battery and will likely remove it before giving you a quote. You can save yourself time and frustration by removing the battery before contacting the scrap buyer.

Instead of just tossing it in the trash, sell the battery. If it’s in good shape, you may be able to sell it to a private buyer. If it’s not, you may be able to find a mechanic or a battery shop that will pay you for it to recycle it.

This may not add tons to what you get beyond the scrap value of a car, but every penny helps.

Keep the Car Whole

It may be tempting to take the car apart and sell the doors or undamaged panels yourself. But this can hurt the amount you’ll get when you scrap the rest of the car.

This is because scrap buyers base their offers entirely on the weight of the car itself. The more parts that are there, the more you’ll get for the car.

Many companies also prefer to see the car fully assembled. It makes it easier to transport the car and also makes it easier to weigh.

If possible, leave the car fully assembled and only remove the easy-to-access parts inside the car and under the hood. These won’t impact the scrap value.

Get Quotes from Different Scrap Buyers

Different scrap car buyers will offer different prices for your car. This means you’ll want to shop around before you decide to sell your car for scrap.

Get quotes from several buyers and choose the one that offers you the highest price.

Keep in mind that you may want to expand your search for the right buyer. Demand for certain makes and models can vary from city to city. If you’re willing to transport the car a bit farther away from home, you may get a higher price.

If you’re in a pinch, you can always list the car for scrap online. Keep in mind that you probably won’t get the best price possible.

Always Double-Check the Scale

When you’re selling a car for scrap, the price you get comes from the weight of the car. The lighter the car is, the less you’ll receive.

Most buyers are honest and won’t try to cheat you on the offer. But that doesn’t mean that every scrap buyer you work with will do the same.

That’s why it’s always a good idea to double-check the scale before the car gets weighed. When nothing is on it, the scale should register absolutely nothing.

If the display shows any number, request that they zero it out before they weigh your car. This way, you’ll get the amount you’re actually due rather than getting low-balled.

Make Sure You Have the Title

You can’t scrap a car that you don’t own. This means you’ll need to provide proof of the title to the scrap buyer before you can sell it.

Make sure you have the title on-hand before you contact scrap buyers for a quote. If you don’t know where your title is, contact the DMV and see if you can get a new one issued.

If you can’t, some scrap buyers accept previous registrations to prove ownership. This isn’t standard and varies from state to state. If you don’t own the car outright, you won’t be able to sell your car for scrap.

Selling a Car for Scrap Is a Great Way to Make Fast Cash

Selling a car to a dealership is a great option if it’s running. But if you’re stuck with a junker in your yard, scrapping it is the best choice.

Use these tips when selling a car for scrap and you’ll be able to get the highest amount possible.

Looking for more tips on how to make money when you’re in a pinch? Check out our latest posts.

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Chevrolet Silverado 2WD RST DBL

By Anthony Sovinsky x Vaughn Lowery

The truck buyer is a unique individual looking to satisfy a variety of needs that match the demands of their lifestyle. Like the American dream, where there is a will there is a way. The all new 2019 Chevy Silverado 2WD RST DBL has created the perfect means to wherever their journey ends.

The Silverado has undergone some plastic surgery for this year; and we must say, for a full-size utility truck, it looks good. Let’s start at the front. The grille is just down right colossal which gives it with a very dominant presence. It’s design features are evocative of its athletic brother, the Camaro, with a near identical LED headlight ensemble. Below the headlamps are two more sets of functional lighting components that include daytime reflectors and fog lights. Tasteful cuts and lines give it a very modern look while preserving its rugged nature. Aside from looking like it belongs in a transformer movie, the Silverado is also equipped like one. It possesses the following: a tailgate with lift assist; power back and release; a corner step rear bumper for ease of access to the truck bed; 12 fixed durabed tie downs with each corner rated at 500lb and LED durabed lighting.

The double cab was undoubtably spacious and the convenience package afforded enhanced comfortability as well as style. We encountered a number of useful additions which were of great use. First off, the bucket seats were ergonomically designed to allow for cozy travel no matter how far the destination. Next, the ultra crisp sound of the Bose audio system immediately heightened the driving experience and instantly became a key highlight of the vehicle. For music, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come standard so prompt connectivity was a must. Furthermore, we had access to 4 USB ports to charge our phones. This comes in handy when there is a cabin full of avid cell phone users who are all on 10%. Lastly, the 8” HD color infotainment system with touchscreen and voice recognition makes it easy to navigate the city while allowing for handsfree texting and phone calls.

When powering a truck there is usually a sacrifice of efficiency for power. Well Chevrolet has solved that problem in 2019 with a 2.7 liter V4. Yes, that’s right, a 4-cylinder. Now, how does it power a full size truck? Easy, they turbocharge it, resulting in 310 hp and 348 ft-lb of torque (20 mpg street and 23 mpg highway). Because it’s boosted, torque is readily available at the tap of the throttle, providing the truck with additional pep to pass slow vehicles and getting up to highway speed faster.

While the tank-like structure and ride height provide a secure feel and safe ride, it does inhibit maneuverability in city traffic. The safety package ($890) increases the driver’s awareness. Front and rear park assist made it much less painful to park In confined spaces, which appeared quite often during our commutes in Los Angeles. Rush hour can become even more of a nuisance if you can’t switch lanes fast enough to keep with the flow of traffic. Lane change along with side blind zone alert allowed us to safely merge into different lanes.

In short, the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 2WD RST DBL possesses a bold futuristic styling. It’s agility is in tandem with other truck manufacturers and is well worth its value being priced well-equipped for just under $50,000.

For additional information go HERE.

Mercedes, 360 MAGAZINE, Neo Classics®, René Staud, Jürgen Lewandowski, teNeues

Neo Classics®

Neo Classics® are rare manufactured vehicles, one-of-a-kind high-end cars, special short-run cars, and “young classics.” They are vehicles that become legends—and coveted collectors’ items—the moment they leave the factory.

Faster, more powerful, more exclusive: whether they’re called supercars or hypercars, these are turbo-charged fantasies in chrome. For most of us, however, they will remain dreams on wheels. In this book, René Staud brings the dream a little closer. Page after gleaming page, the “Master of Light” brings these shining stars to our coffee table—from the Bugatti Chiron to the Lamborghini Huracán Spyder to the Mercedes AMG One. The images are accompanied by expert texts from the seasoned automotive writer and aficionado, Jürgen Lewandowski.

René Staud is considered one of the most sought-after automotive photographers and one of the most innovative in the industry. With the Magicflash® lighting system, he has given not only his art, but studio photography in general an important impulse. He has published six volumes with teNeues. With more than 70,000 copies sold, they are in turn classics of automotive literature.

With texts by Jürgen Lewandowski, the automotive section editor of the Süddeutsche Zeitung for over 20 years, and the author of roughly 100 books about cars. Among his books published by teNeues are the best-selling titles The Porsche 911 Book and The Ferrari Book – Passion for Design.

• Special cars in a special book

• The term Neo Classics® is a registered trademark and, at the same time, the focus of this book: it’s about vehicles that stand out for their price, their exclusivity, or their performance

• A wonderful gift for all lovers of exceptional cars

Photo © 2019 Staud Studios GmbH, Leonberg, Germany. www.staudstudios.com. All rights reserved

© Neo Classics® by René Staud & Jürgen Lewandowski, published by teNeues, $125, www.teneues.com

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JAY LENO’S GARAGE

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

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

About “Jay Leno’s Garage”

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

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

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Las Vegas Concours d’Elegance

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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ABOUT LAS VEGAS CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE (LVCE)

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

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Audrain Auto Museum

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

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

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

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

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

2020 Range Rover Evoque AWD

By Camila Isopo × Vaughn Lowery

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


Price: $56,850

Design: 

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

Tech:

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

Performance:

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

Safety: 

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

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

Build your own.

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

Custom Land Rover Defender 130 in Midnight Blue

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

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

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

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

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