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2024 Volvo EX90 fully electric suv car review via 360 MAGAZINE.

2024 Volvo EX90

Introducing the All-New, All-Electric 2024 Volvo EX90 SUV

Welcome to Stockholm. Home of the global media unveil for the Volvo 7-passenger EX90. The flagship electric SUV is built on an entirely new platform, with architecture focused on advanced safety and intelligent mobility. The 2024 EX90 is earmarked as the first Volvo to represent a fresh generation of all-electric vehicles while symbolizing the latest evolution of Scandinavian engineering, design, and sustainability. 

Volvo’s Electric Future 

An ambitious transformation plan for complete electrification by 2030 and climate neutrality by 2040 is Volvo’s current vision. But how did we get to this inflection point where the profusion of EVs being launched consistently is the norm? Naturally, humans must consciously rethink their habits to reduce pollution, from what we eat to how we drive and live. Sadly, we overconsume in every category, so mindfulness and minimalism are vital pillars to saving this planet from self-destruction. Volvo’s formula for a fully electric future is to release one EV every year until the mission is accomplished. 

Introducing the 2024 EX90

To introduce Swedish culture from a mobility perspective, Volvo Cars Chief Executive Officer Jim Rowan addressed assembled media with remarks on the manifestation of the EX90 at the historic Kungstradgarden (King’s Garden Park) in downtown Stockholm. The EV will begin production in the United States at Volvo’s Ridgeville Factory in South Carolina late 2023, with first deliveries to customers early 2024. 

Ideally, the Sweden-based automaker’s safety tech is designed to learn your habits, study the surrounding environment, and keep all occupants as safe as possible. NVIDIA DRIVE has been tasked to oversee Volvo’s in-house software to create and analyze real-time data that depicts an accurate 360-degree view of the driving world. The vehicle’s core computer can perform over 280 trillion operations per second. In addition, continuous over-the-air updates allow the EX90 to evolve and develop as time passes. 

“The Volvo EX90 is a statement for where we are, and where we are going,” said Jim Rowan. “It’s fully electric with a range of up to 300 miles on a single charge, designed to further raise our safety standards, the first Volvo car to be truly defined by its software and part of a wider ecosystem, connecting to your home and your other devices. The Volvo EX90 is the start of something new for Volvo Cars in many ways.”

Volvo thought of everything to imbue the EX90 with efficiency, dynamics, and Scandanavian design elements. For instance, the aero wheels are styled to reduce turbulence, the LED headlamps digitally open and close like your eyes using specific lighting technology, and the EX90 can detect your approach up to 10 meters to prepare the vehicle for driving. 

Electric Motors and Battery

The first EX90 to market in the US will be a Twin Motor Performance AWD model energized by a 111kWh battery and two permanent magnet electric motors distributing 496-horsepower and 671 lb-ft of torque. Expect up to 300 miles of range before a charge is required. The e-SUV can restore juice from 10% to 80% in about 30 minutes using a DC fast charger (up to 250kW). But EV owners will almost always charge overnight at home using a Level 2 unit such as the ChargePoint Home Flex. This electrical upgrade will also future-proof your home. The ChargePoint app is downloadable through Google Play and will enable owners to activate the charger before arrival and set up the session payment. Another significant Volvo technology is bi-directional charging, which lets owners utilize the EX90’s battery to power their homes or another EV. It will become available soon, but the EX90 is already outfitted with the hardware. 

Lidar-Based Safety System 

Volvo’s laser-based radar system — dubbed lidar — employs exterior and interior sensors to accomplish an array of safety tasks, such as scanning the road to detect objects up to 820 feet away (in daylight or complete darkness). As part of the “360-degree Shield of Safety,” cameras and sensors evaluate your awareness and warns drivers if it senses they’ve become tired or inattentive. If the driver doesn’t react, the EX90 will stop safely and call for help. In addition to the technology, the EX90 is engineered with natural, responsibly-sourced materials. For example, the SUV comprises 15% recycled steel, 25% recycled aluminum, and over 105 pounds of recycled plastics and bio-based substances. 

Inside the High-Tech EX90

Simple and savvy is the best way to describe the welcoming interior. Its organic feel calms the senses and the evolutionary technology satisfies your connectivity desires. A Google built-in 15” vertical touchscreen is the nucleus of the EX90, with features such as Google Apps, Google Assistant, Google Maps, and Google Play. Sound is provided by a reference-quality Bowers & Wilkins audio system with Dolby Atmos and headrest-integrated speakers. Furthermore, the EX90 is operable through your smartphone and your personal profile loads as you enter the vehicle. 

Safety and Technology Enhancements 

One of Volvo’s committed safety missions is to keep every driver from being killed or seriously injured in one of its vehicles. So, for example, passenger detection sensors — especially on hot days — will warn if a child or pet is left inside the vehicle. 

Volvo has always invested in people who invest in the world to make this a better, brighter, and safer space. Having the freedom to move about freely and sustainably is the company’s sole objective. 

Pricing and Availability 

Interested US buyers can pre-order a 2024 EX90 at VolvoCars.com/us with an MSRP under $80,000. Customers placing pre-orders will receive prioritization when deliveries begin at the top of 2024. The future is now for individuals looking to decrease their carbon footprint while riding safely in style.

“We are laser-focused and razor-sharp on meeting our 2030 and 2040 goals. At the end of the day, tech wins,” concluded Rowan.

Experienced By: Kimatni D. Rawlings  

GMC PARTNERS WITH NTWRKby Colin Defenbau via 360 Magazine

GMC PARTNERS WITH NTWRK

GMC is teaming up with leading livestream shopping platform NTWRK for a full Day of Drops on October 20th to celebrate the reveal of its new all-electric vehicle, the first-ever Sierra EV. The Day of Drops will include six curated products from NTWRK, all powered by GMC.
“The Sierra EV is a bold play in GMC’s growing electric-vehicle portfolio, and we’re happy to be a part of their electric revolution. NTWRK is very passionate about a zero-emissions future, so this is the exact thing we can support and champion as we all work together towards an all-electric future,” NTWRK CEO Aaron Levant says.

“The Sierra EV is the newest addition to GMC’s electric revolution, which began with the GMC HUMMER EV supertruck,” said Molly Peck, vice president of Buick and GMC marketing. “This collaboration with NTWRK celebrates the next chapter of the Sierra franchise, bringing forward premium talent and products that enhance the reveal of the first-ever Sierra EV.”

NTWRK tapped fashion designer Dao-Yi Chow (Saks Fifth Avenue, Harrods) for the “Van Moof E-Bike” – a custom electric bike that levels up to the Sierra EV’s technology – automatic electronic gear shifting, anti-theft tech, removable power bank, and high-tech smart technology. The bike, which costs $1,000, is one-of-one, and fans will have the opportunity to purchase exclusively on the NTWRK app for a chance to go home with the unique riding machine.

Chow is a born and raised New Yorker who co-created the street-savvy fashion brand Public School in 2008, which has received high acclaim with several major fashion awards (CFDA’s
Swarovski Award for Menswear & Menswear Designer of the Year, US Woolmark Prize for
Menswear). His collections continue to be sold in boutiques and department stores such as Bergdorf Goodman, Harvey Nichols, Maxfield, Isetan, Boon The Shop, and Mr. Porter.
Additionally, American professional ice hockey center for the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs, Auston Matthews, will present the “Convertible Traveler Garment Bag” – a timeless piece for the Sierra EV audience who have affinity for luxury, fashion, lifestyle and travel. Matthews helped put his spin on this premium quality product that’s functional and transforms travel through tasteful design. Four bags will drop on NTWRK, each costing $340. Fans will have the opportunity to purchase these custom bags.

“I’m excited to be collaborating with GMC and NTWRK on this exclusive garment bag, it is a great way to travel in style,” said Auston Matthews.

Matthews is the first player in NHL history to score four goals in his debut. In his first year in the NHL, he won the Calder Trophy, and received the NHL’s Rookie of the Year award. Since then, he was voted as most valuable player in the NHL in 2021-22, thereby winning the Hart Trophy; he also became the first Toronto player to win the Ted Lindsay Award, distinguishing him as most outstanding player by the NHL Players’ Association.
NTWRK’s Day of Drops will also include a range of highly sought-after products such as art and highly sought-after collectibles. Other creators involved include Hoop Dream Studios, a curated
BE@RBICKS drop, and a luxury art drop featuring designers such as HAROSHI, Cristina Martinez, MATT SENNA, and more.

The Day of Drops will culminate in a special live episode, where GMC will reveal the first-ever Sierra EV at 5:00pm ET on October 20th.

About NTWRK

Named one of Fast Company’s “Brands That Matter” and “Most Innovative Companies” as well as Ad Age’s “Hottest Brands,” NTWRK is the premier North American livestream shopping platform where “entertainment meets e-commerce” (Forbes). Built on a digitally-innovative model of daily product drops, livestream shopping festivals, and exclusive partnerships with world-renowned brands and creators, NTWRK has fostered an organic global community of artists and fans since its launch in 2018. Under the motto “Shop, Watch, Connect” NTWRK provides a curated digital shopping experience that resonates with Gen-Z and millennial consumers.

About GMC

GMC offers a range of premium trucks and SUVs designed and engineered to the highest standard. With vehicles like the compact Terrain and full-size Yukon, all-new Canyon and Sierra light-duty, as well as the world’s first all-electric supertruck the GMC HUMMER EV, our trucks and SUVs deliver GMC’s signature combination of intuitive technologies, precise engineering and premium execution. Built on a strong foundation of manufacturing trucks since 1902, GMC now sells in a dozen countries across the world. Details on all models are available at www.gmc.com, Instagram at @GMC, Twitter at @GMC or at www.facebook.com/gmc.

Photo: Colin Defenbau

Fly Guy DC of Streetz 94.5 in Atlanta tour with Lexus NX via 360 MAGAZINE.

Tour ATL w/ Fly Guy DC in Lexus NX

Watch Radio Host Fly Guy DC and the 2022 Lexus NX: Atlanta Lifestyle Tour HERE.

Welcome to A-Town with cultural influencer and social advocate Fly Guy DC of Streetz 94.5 to explore the various levels of the broadcast specialist’s success. He gave Automotive Rhythms comprehensive insight into his lifestyle of entertainment, music, sports, and fashion while profiling Atlanta landmarks from the cockpit of the all-new, next-level 2022 Lexus NX 350 F Sport. Let’s ride. 

We connected with Fly Guy DC while he was wrapping up Streetz 94.5 on-air duties before hitting the urban streets of Atlanta to explore the culture. Deeply rooted in everything sensational, from sneakers and fashion to hip hop artists passing through town, the radio and TV personality was enamored with the Redline Lexus when we handed him the keys for the vibrant weekend. Most known for his ATL nightlife crowd control and primetime role as an on-air radio personality, Fly Guy DC has captured the culture with his charismatic energy, quick wit, and endearing professionalism. In addition, his hosting abilities have captivated crowds of over 50,000 attendees, including community initiatives, stadium events, college homecomings, and Fortune 500 exhibitions. Fly Guy DC continues to expand his repertoire on various networks including BET, MTV, VH1, Nickelodeon, and REVOLT TV.

Fly Guy DC of Streetz 94.5 in Atlanta tour with Lexus NX via 360 MAGAZINE.
Fly Guy DC of Streetz 94.5 in Atlanta tour with Lexus NX via 360 MAGAZINE.

We began our Saturday afternoon at the radio station, where the influential millennial finished his set before jumping into the Japanese luxury SUV. The 2022 NX is blessed with an attention-grabbing spindle grille, LED headlights, LED “blade” taillamps, and F-Sport styling including Blacked-out 20-in alloy rims. And throughout the tour, the music enthusiast seamlessly connected his iPhone using Wireless Apple CarPlay to chill out to Streetz 94.5 FM vibes through the 17-speaker Mark Levinson premium Audio system.

In Georgia’s busy and sprawling city, you can visit an array of bucket list attractions. A few places consist of SkyView Atlanta (a 20-story Ferris wheel in Centennial Park); historic Piedmont Park which inspires healthier lifestyles; the Tabernacle concert hall, originally opened in 1911; Tyler Perry Studios; the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park, Atlanta’s top tourist destination; the home of the Atlanta Falcons; and Brave‘s Stadium to watch Ronald Acuna Junior hit homers out of the park.

We cruised methodically through the busy quarters as onlookers glanced at the sporty vibes of our ride. He appreciated the turbo’s efficient power whenever we were en route. The NX F-Sport was chill when it needed to be and ready to rock when Fly Guy DC had an appointment to make. Additionally, he revels in newfangled technology for entertainment like the 14″ touchscreen and Lexus Interface. It uses cloud-based connectivity and a “Hey Lexus” voice assistant to satisfy driver requests. More importantly, wireless phone charging is a must since Fly Guy DC has too many hosting engagements to allow his phone battery to die. 

Automotive Rhythms periodically stopped for photos and videos of Fly Guy DC with the vehicle in popular locations. He chatted about the SUV’s comfort and driver-inspired cockpit, designed with the philosophy of perfect balance where key features are placed within reach and right where you need them. Moreover, ambient 64-color lighting provides a fully-immersive experience. For example, we swung by the AUC to discuss his time at illustrious Clark Atlanta University and how higher education is required to attain elevation in America from buying a home to purchasing your next luxury vehicle of choice, in this case, a Lexus NX. Quick and decisive, our all-wheel drive F-Sport cut through traffic like the Hawk’s Trae Young with the rock. 

Fly Guy DC prides himself on positively impacting our youth, giving back to communities, and improving the life experiences of his mentees. He continuously stays active by participating in literacy programs and career days. So naturally,  automotive safety is essential. The NX features LSS+ 3.0, aka Lexus Safety System Plus, the most advanced version of LSS and one of, if not the most advanced suite of standard safety features in its class. It includes a new E-Latch and Safe Exit Assist, which uses blind spot monitors to prevent occupants from opening a door if the vehicle detects another vehicle approaching too close. 

Saving the best for last, we jumped on 85 South towards 2000 Convention Center Concourse for an unforgettable experience at KickChella 2022, an experiential gathering for sneaker buyers, sellers, traders, and curious minds. “Whenever I’m driving the Lexus NX my kicks have to be fly. So, of course, that’s why I’m hosting KickChella which has excited the city with a variety of fresh new styles and special editions,” stated Fly Guy DC. Yes, he was right at home in the lifestyle atmosphere. 

Writing yet another chapter in the book of compact luxury SUVs, the all-new 2022 Lexus NX expands upon the legacy it has carved out in the segment and continues to win over thought leaders like Fly Guy DC. Expect an MSRP of $46,650 for the 2022 Lexus NX 350 F Sport model, and make sure to tap into the Digital Key. It lets the driver use their phone as a key without having the fob present. Keep rising people, and please go “experience amazing” at your local Atlanta Lexus dealer. 

Article: Kimatni Rawlins

Fly Guy DC of Streetz 94.5 in Atlanta tour with Lexus NX via 360 MAGAZINE.
Fly Guy DC of Streetz 94.5 in Atlanta tour with Lexus NX via 360 MAGAZINE.
Fly Guy DC of Streetz 94.5 in Atlanta tour with Lexus NX via 360 MAGAZINE.
Fly Guy DC of Streetz 94.5 in Atlanta tour with Lexus NX via 360 MAGAZINE.
Fly Guy DC of Streetz 94.5 in Atlanta tour with Lexus NX via 360 MAGAZINE.
Fly Guy DC of Streetz 94.5 in Atlanta tour with Lexus NX via 360 MAGAZINE.
New Maserati MC20 Cielo convertible Quail debut announced via 360 MAGAZINE

Maserati MC20 Cielo

Maserati MC20 Cielo made its North American debut today with an unveiling ceremony during The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering, a prestigious automotive event in California. The Quail, part of the influential “Car Week” in the town of Monterey, was the perfect backdrop to share the open-topped version of Maserati’s newest super sports car with North American audiences.  

Global Chief Executive Officer, Davide Grasso, was in attendance for the ceremony alongside Maserati Americas CEO, Bill Peffer, and Head of Maserati Design, Klaus Busse. Crowds of excited VIP guests and members of the media enjoyed the unveiling during a press conference which also showcased the new Maserati Grecale Trofeo SUV, and the Maserati MC20 Coupe. Thousands of guests were able to experience the MC20 Cielo during this year’s annual summer gathering, which has become a pivotal part of United States car culture.

Cielo — which means “sky” in Italian — is the spyder version of the new MC20 super sports car and offers a perfect mix of sportiness and luxury. Unique to the convertible segment, the Cielo features an innovative retractable glass roof with a state-of-the-art electrochromic (smart glass) window that can instantly be transformed from clear to opaque at the touch of a button on a central screen. The roof uses Polymer-Dispersed Liquid Crystal (PDLC) technology to provide a multi-faceted driving experience: it can be all-encompassing with the roof closed and opaque, offer a unique “sky feeling” when the roof is transparent, and allow for a holistic experience with the top down.

The MC20 itself represents a renaissance for the Trident brand as Maserati’s first super sports car in more than a decade. The soul of the MC20 is the revolutionary new Nettuno engine, a 3.0-liter, twin-turbo V6 delivering 630 horsepower (621 U.S. hp) at 7,500 rpm and producing 538 lb-ft of torque from 3,000 rpm. It also marks Maserati’s return to producing its own engines and, notably, is the first engine destined for the road to use an innovative pre-chamber combustion system featuring twin spark plugs, a technology derived from Formula 1 racing.

The MC20 Cielo was developed at the Maserati Innovation Lab and is produced at the historic plant on Viale Ciro Menotti in Modena, making it 100% Made in Italy.

Maserati S.p.A.  

Maserati produces a complete range of unique cars, immediately recognisable for their extraordinary personality. Thanks to their style, technology and innately exclusive character, they delight the most discerning, demanding tastes and have always been a benchmark for the global automotive industry. A tradition of successful cars, each of them redefining what makes an Italian sports car in terms of design, performance, comfort, elegance and safety, currently available in more than seventy markets internationally. The ambassadors of this heritage are the Quattroporte flagship, the Ghibli sports sedan, the Levante – the first SUV made by Maserati, and the Grecale, the all-new “everyday exceptional” SUV, all models characterised by the use of the highest quality materials and excellent technical solutions. Ghibli, Levante and Grecale are also available in hybrid versions. A complete range, equipped with 4-cylinder hybrid powertrains, V6 petrol and V8 petrol engines with rear-wheel and four-wheel drive, embodying the performance DNA of the Trident Brand. The top of the range is made up of the MC20 super sports car and the MC20 Cielo spyder, powered by the ground-breaking Nettuno V6 engine, incorporating F1-derived technologies available in the power unit of a standard production car for the first time. 

For further information visit: www.maserati.com

Maserati MC20 Cielo pebble Beach debut via 360 Magazine

Watch the trailer HERE.

Quail Debut

“Each commission represents a distinct design reflecting an aspect of what Phantom means to its ultimate owner. Many Phantom owners achieve their success through new ideas, unconventional methods, and their own relentless self-belief. The ‘Maverick’ Bespoke persona demonstrates how Phantom adapts to the modern age, asserting a creative, independent character.” Jonathan Simms, Head of Bespoke, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars showcases Phantom Series II for the first time in North America at The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering. The stunning commission was unveiled by Rolls-Royce Motors Cars Chief Executive Officer, Torsten Müller-Ötvös. Phantom Series II, the newest expression of the marque’s pinnacle motor car, proposes the broadest range of Bespoke opportunities ever offered by the House of Rolls-Royce.

The designers at Rolls-Royce created Phantom to provide the ultimate blank canvas. To demonstrate the power of Bespoke design with Phantom Series II, the unique Bespoke commission showcased at The Quail has been coined ‘Maverick’ by the Rolls-Royce Bespoke designers.

Phantom’s new expression features two unique Bespoke elements, utilising light and extending the impact of the iconic Starlight Headliner to the exterior. The Pantheon Grille is now illuminated, with each metal vane specifically finished to provide a subtle glow. The headlights are graced with 580 intricate laser-cut bezel starlights. Combined, these create a visual connection with the iconic Starlight Headliner inside and add to Phantom’s nighttime presence.

The exterior is finished in a classic Rolls-Royce two-tone colourway with Black over Monteverde green highlighting a bold, hand applied Peony Pink coachline. The coachline set against the darker colours draws inspiration from the interior colour design. Upon opening the coach doors, one encounters an interior suite of Scivaro Grey offset by a vibrant colour pop from large swatches in Peony Pink. The Obsydian Ayous open pore wood and canadel panelling present a contemporary yet warm look and feel. The Gallery in this special commission features a world first with a unique embroidery design finished in Scivaro Grey with a Peony Pink thread.

The Phantom Series II ‘Maverick’ commission is part of the 2022 Pebble Beach Collection and features a personalised treadplate which reads, ‘Pebble Beach 2022’ Special Commission. The Collection is further complemented with the first ever Black Badge Cullinan in Forbidden Pink and a world premier for a new finish, Ghost in Crystal over Sagano Green. These commissions are offered exclusively through authorised Rolls-Royce Motor Cars retailers and will be on display throughout the weekend of festivities for Monterey Car Week 2022.

PHANTOM SERIES II AT THE QUAIL VIA 360 MAGAZINE
The Clement Palo Alto all-inclusive hotel review by Vaughn Lowery for 360 MAGAZINE

Clement Hotel Palo Alto

A Personalized Luxury Accommodation in a Contemporary Atmosphere.

Choosing the right hotel may be a daunting undertaking, but once you’ve selected the right one, it’s usually a repeat. Clement Hotel is a repeat; we learned that one overseas family has been occupying two rooms for nearly 3 months. Opened since March 2016, Palo Alto hosts a six-star hospitality experience with one of the most advanced, and unique luxury all-inclusive establishments in Northern America. This pristine property is situated in Silicon Valley, just 30 minutes south of San Francisco and 20 minutes north of San Jose; the perfect location to avoid the hectic city life and dull suburbia.

The Clement Hotel follows a concept that is unprecedented, truly a one-of-a-kind. It’s secret? They just pay really close attention to each of their clients. Upon check-in, every client receives a personal concierge. Your concierge functions as an assistant, who facilitates your stay by supplying every need. Ours even assisted with providing a very specific, yet, makeshift listing of events, bars and restaurants within the San Francisco area, that played top 40 hip-hop. Prior to arrival, patrons complete an email survey with dietary restrictions, special needs, requests and preferred cuisines. The client relations representative is a “genie in a bottle,” that makes its customer’s wishes come true.

Always armed with a WiFi connected tablet, they can answer any queries or concerns about virtually any pressing issue that surfaces in any area of the property. And, if you’ve seemingly lost them, don’t fret because they’re strapped with an in-house networked iPhone with an extension so they’re reachable via text or call throughout the campus.

Once inside the rooms, the Clement Hotel showcases exquisite quality and embellishments. There are 23 stylish king suites available throughout 4 floors and all of which are well-equipped with cell phone chargers, international electricity outlets and floor to ceiling windows. The 650 sq. ft., single-bedroom offers modern and sophisticated comfort, providing an intuitive layout with an array of carefully curated amenities to enhance the guest’s stay. State-of-the-art technology is combined with comfort of the highest standard, such as luxurious Frette linens, 65-inch Samsung Smart TVs, Nespresso Vertuoline coffee machines, powered blinds and fully stocked in-room refrigerators. The bathrooms are lavish, containing a small screen TV concealed inside the mirror and a heated seat Toto toilet/bidet equipped with an infrared remote control. The glass stall showers are tourist, celebrity and business traveler ready, installed with rain head or massage handles. Or, enjoy a relaxing bath in its deep-soak tub with salts provided. Another meticulous detail that adds flair to this space, are the heated floors with wall thermostat control.

After a night on the town at San Francisco’s “Love + Propaganda” 360 Magazine enjoyed a toasted sesame bagel with salami, pepperoni and thinly sliced meat alongside of microwaved Brie cheese at 3AM in the 24-hour kitchen pantry. A fully stocked 6-foot display case refrigerates bottled refreshments alongside of an extensive variety of yogurts and Tin Pot, a local handcrafted ice cream prepared with organic ingredients. Not to mention, various granola bars, fruit and pre-wrapped goodies were sprinkled throughout. Other all-inclusive service and amenities include: breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks; all non/alcoholic drinks, inroom banqueting, minibar, business center, valet parking, twice-daily housekeeping services, overnight shoe shine services, high-speed internet, personal experience specialist and gratuities. Not to mention, an open bar service available anywhere in the hotel. This convenience-styled hotel is hosted by a very attentive and sympathetic staff that makes sure visitors feel at home at every moment. After all, business is all about relationships, and traveling alone after-awhile can be lonely. But, Clement actually makes lonely travels preferable, the entire staff is accessible, extremely professional and charismatic – our newest friends!

Guest’s visitors are also permitted to luxuriate in all that The Clement Hotel has to offer. An exclusive chef presides over “The Kitchen” area, which holds many of your tasteful dishes. In fact, one afternoon, former resident chef, Phillip Pagan, prepared appetizers (homemade potato chips) with built-in deep fryer at the island (adjacent to dining/living area), where the team freely reminisced about our recent travels and the gorgeous Jaguar F-Pace First Edition, which was our means of transportation.

Business drop-ins have access to secure private rooms that are well equipped for teleconferencing. They are ideal for receptions, private meals and activities. All attendees have complete access to all the above mentioned amenities and valet parking. In fact, most vehicles are kept underneath the property in a lower level garage, which is only accessible to staff.

For additional information on this property go HERE.

Article: Vaughn Lowery

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Lexus RZ fully electric vehicles via 360 MAGAZINE

2023 LEXUS RZ

With flying colors, the most aesthetically gifted electric vehicle of its category.’ – 360

The latest in Lexus’ electrified vehicle lineup was on display at the 2022 Electrify Expo this past June 3-5. The event, which features the newest electric vehicles, bikes, motorcycles and more, was the first time consumers can see the all-new battery electric 2023 Lexus RZ 450e in person alongside the all-new 2022 Lexus NX 450h+.

Taking Luxury All-Electric

As Lexus’ first global battery electric vehicle (BEV) model, the all-new 2023 Lexus RZ 450e embodies the unique Lexus vehicle design and driving experience made available through advanced, electrified technology. The utilization of a BEV-specific platform (e-TNGA), as well as a lightweight and highly rigid body, has enhanced the fundamental performance of the vehicle by achieving optimal weight distribution through ideal placement of the battery and motor. In addition, the DIRECT4 all-wheel drive system and the adoption of a new steering control and available Steer by Wire system (at a future date) enable vehicle control that is more true to the driver’s intention. The Lexus RZ’s exterior design expresses the seamless acceleration and dynamic torque-filled performance specific to BEVs, ushering in a new Lexus aesthetic and establishing a new design direction for BEV offerings. The RZ uses the latest Lexus Safety System+ 3.0, including standard Pre-Collision System, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert and Emergency Driving Stop System. The 2023 Lexus RZ 450e is expected to go on sale towards the end of 2022.

Lexus’ Popular Crossover Adds Plug-In Option

As the first PHEV in the Lexus lineup, the 2022 Lexus NX 450h+ sets the stage for the next chapter of the Lexus brand. The NX 450h+ has an EPA-estimated 36-mile range on electric power only, made possible by the newly developed, high-capacity lithium-ion battery. The system achieves the EV output equivalent to a 2.0-liter engine for an EPA-estimated combined 84 MPGe. The all-new NX is longer, and taller for more passenger and cargo space and features the model’s all-new Lexus Interface multimedia system, with available 14-inch touchscreen.

In addition to the two vehicles, the Lexus display will include two vehicle charging units, with Lexus product specialists providing demonstrations and answering questions from attendees; graphic walls with information about the Lexus RZ, roadmap of the future, and Lexus’ approach to electrification; and a fun, branded photo backdrop.

The 2022 Electrify Expo will make additional stops in Seattle, Austin, Miami and New York throughout the year – bringing the Lexus RZ and Lexus NX PHEV to a city near you. For more information, click HERE.

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 six models incorporating Lexus Hybrid Drive, Lexus is the luxury hybrid leader. Lexus also offers eight 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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Bugatti Ending Chiron Production

With global demand for the Bugatti Chiron surging in Q3 2021, production of the limited run of 500 has now entered its final phase. Fewer than 40 Chiron models remain available to order, in a Chiron Pur Sport or Super Sport model, rounding off a remarkable era of Bugatti’s history

The Bugatti Chiron quickly established itself as the new benchmark of the hyper sports car market. As the fastest and most powerful production vehicle in the marque’s 112-year history, the Chiron pushed the boundaries of automotive design, technology, engineering and manufacturing.

Four years since the very first of 500 bespoke units left the Atelier in Molsheim, the Chiron now enters its final production phase in Pur Sport and Super Sport form only, with less than 40 build slots left to be allocated. The final units of the Chiron and Chiron Sport are already being handcrafted, or scheduled to be built at Bugatti’s Molsheim Atelier, making way for the final encore of the Chiron era.

Since its highly anticipated reveal at the Geneva International Motorshow in 2016, the global success of Bugatti’s most recent hyper sports car platform has been unprecedented. 18 months after its initial announcement, 300 of the limited 500 series run of the Chiron had been sold. This sales momentum has continued throughout the years and into 2021, despite global challenges such as COVID-19. The United States is Chiron’s strongest market, contributing significantly to a record-breaking quarter in Q3, which welcomed Chiron sales that doubled year-on-year and even tripled in some regions.

With the revival of in-person events such as Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and a range of exclusive customer and media drive events, the Chiron continues to help drive Bugatti’s momentum, attracting universal acclaim, as the model becomes an increasingly rare proposition.

Hendrik Malinowski, Director of Sales and Operations, comments: “Our discerning customer base across the world consists of true Bugatti connoisseurs. They are hard-working, self-made individuals who regard owning one or multiple Bugatti masterpieces as the realization of a dream. They understand the devotion behind the pioneering design and engineering of each Chiron model. Their appreciation for the provenance and performance of our hyper sports cars comes from a genuine passion for the brand.

“With the Chiron Pur Sport and Super Sport, we are offering customers the culmination of years of continual development of the Chiron platform. This spectrum of performance, whether it be hitting the apex on-track, or cruising on Autobahns in total luxury, takes the Chiron to an entirely new level. Now with so few build slots remaining, the purity of the W16 recipe is being honored in style.”

Hitting the ground running

Throughout its lifetime, the Chiron has collected a multitude of accolades for its design and performance capabilities, solidifying its position in automotive history as one of the all-time greats. With a peak power output of 1,500 PS-a record for a series-production vehicle-1,600 newton meters and a host of surplus technological innovations, the Chiron redefined the pinnacle of automotive engineering in the 2010s. Sprinting from 0 to 100 km/h in 2.4 seconds, 200 km/h is reached in 6.1 seconds, with the 300 km/h mark achieved in 13.1 seconds.

The Chiron wasted no time in securing its first production car record in 2017, setting a new 0-400-0 km/h world record in a mere 41.96 seconds – the fastest time ever reached and officially measured at the time. Continuing a run of unrelenting success, just two years later, the Chiron reached speeds once thought to be unreachable by a road car. A near production prototype derivative of the hyper sports car surpassed the magic 300 mph limit with a speed of 304.773 mph (490.484 km/h)-a world record that stunned the automotive world and secured the Chiron’s status as an unquestionable automotive legend.

Building on a winning formula

Joining the Chiron family in 2020, the Chiron Pur Sport built upon the exceptional Chiron foundation to offer customers a truly uncompromising hyper sports car that is optimized for dynamic agility and downforce. With an entirely new aerodynamic, transmission and weight configuration, the Chiron Pur Sport effortlessly delivers the pin-sharp handling of a thoroughbred, hitting apexes in its stride. A 50-kilogram weight reduction and firmer suspension, combined with a 1.90 meter rear wing and close-ratio transmission mean the Chiron Pur Sport radiates connection and feel between driver and road surface.

2021 saw the unveiling of Bugatti’s latest masterpiece–the Chiron Super Sport–which alongside the Pur Sport will make up the final 40 units of Bugatti’s 500-strong Chiron production run. As the quintessence of luxury and speed, the Chiron Super Sport has been designed to embrace supreme longitudinal speed without compromising luxury and comfort. 

As such, the Chiron Super Sport is regarded as the ultimate Grand Tourisme, capable of crossing continents in a heartbeat. Defined by its longtail design, the Super Sport achieves extreme levels of aerodynamic efficiency, enabling the hyper sports car to reach speeds of up to 440 km/h. With an upgraded version of the renowned Bugatti 8.0-liter W16 engine, the Super Sport outputs 1,600PS – increasing power by 100PS over the base Chiron.

Bugatti illustration by Heather Skovlund for 360 Magazine

Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport

Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport Receives High Marks in North America: The Pur Sport continues to impress in the U.S.

Following its virtual debut last year, the Chiron Pur Sport has arrived in the United States. Limited to only 60 units, the newest production model from Bugatti is a pure driving machine designed for increased agility and handling – an uncompromising hyper sports car created for corners.

“The Pur Sport offers U.S. customers a new dimension of the Chiron that doesn’t require the Autobahn to fully experience,” said Cedric Davy, Chief Operating Officer of Bugatti of the Americas. “We now have the car for those customers who have been waiting for a Chiron geared more towards agility and dynamic cornering.”

In the short time, the Pur Sport has been in the United States, it has earned top marks from some of the country’s most prominent automotive publications:

  • “The Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport is the best car I’ve ever driven. Period. Full stop. End of story. It just is.” – Motor Trend
  • “Less weight, more grip, and shorter gearing make the Pur Sport an even wilder Bugatti Chiron.” – Car and Driver
  • “The Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport Is Worth Every Penny. Your $4 million car better be good, and this Bugatti delivers.” – Autoweek

In addition to rave reviews by journalists, the Chiron Pur Sport left a lasting impression on 24 Hour of Le Mans class winner and longtime Bugatti test driver Butch Leitzinger while testing in Southern California. “The seamless marriage of agility and brute force gives the Pur Sport abilities that are unmatched, not only by any other car but also by any other Bugatti.”

The Pur Sport has a starting price of $4 million and features a W16 engine that generates 1,500 horsepower and 1,180 lb.-ft. of torque.

For more information, please visit Bugatti’s website.

3 Must-Have Tools for Modding Your Vehicle

Modding your car can be a great way to optimise a vehicle for your needs without paying for costly mechanic fees. It can extend the life of old vehicles by restoring them to factory condition. Customising your car can be a laborious process, though. The best way to make the process as smooth as possible is to ensure you have all the right equipment. Here are 3 of the most important tools you’ll need to create a world-class custom auto.

Welder

Whether you’re installing a new body kit or patching up your car’s original frame, you’re going to need a welder to do it. Welders use extremely high temperatures to join metal together. Given the heat required, safety should therefore be your number one concern while welding. There are 3 main types of welding – MIG, TIG and stick welding. MIG welding creates heat through a wire electrode, and is easy to learn and usable on most metal thicknesses. TIG uses tungsten to produce the weld. It is the most reliable choice for particularly thin sheets of metal, but is also the slowest method. Finally, stick welding generates heat through an electric current between the metal and the electrode attached to the welder. This is the most versatile method of welding, as it can be used on most alloys, and also works on dented or rusted metals. However, it is also probably the most difficult one to learn. Given the different strengths and weaknesses of these methods, you should consider investing in a multi-process welder for the best results. MIG TIG stick welders can perform all the main welding processes so you can always use the best one for your modding, depending on the material and the thickness of your car’s frame.

Torque Wrench

When removing extremely tight and often rusty nuts and bolts on your car, you will soon realise that in many cases manual wrenches are not sufficient. Powered torque wrenches are therefore an absolute necessity for installing or getting rid of equipment in your car. Not only can they tighten and remove bolts in a flash, you can also set them to the exact power and accuracy you need for a job. Their widespread use among professional mechanics and hobbyists also mean that they are easily available, and less expensive than you might think.

Work Light

Lighting may not be an aspect you consider straightaway when working on your car. However, given the amount of small, precise parts you’ll need to access under your hood, you’ll soon realise its importance. Lighting is especially important for making modifications to your engine and battery, which both involve a lot of hard to reach, small parts. While mechanic-grade lighting installations can be prohibitively expensive for many modders, LED work lights are a great and economical alternative. LED lighting produces a bright white light that is ideal for engine visibility, and the portability of these work lights means they should be able to brighten even the most inaccessible parts of your vehicle.