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Last Porsche 911 Speedster Is To Be Auctioned For COVID-19 Charity Fund

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In an exclusive auction held online by RM Sotheby’s, the final chassis of the current-generation Porsche 911 Speedster to roll off the production line will be auctioned to raise funds for the United Way Worldwide COVID-19 Community Response and Recovery Fund.
2019 Porsche 911 Speedster 991 RM Sotheby's Auction for COVID-19
This 2019 Porsche 911 Speedster could be yours if you are the highest bidder. Credit: Porsche

Built in December 2019, this one of 1,948 Porsche 911 Speedster is the final vehicle of the seventh generation (991) production line and will be accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Porsche to confirm the chassis number as the last serial number in this model. 

Finished in GT Silver Metallic paint, the 911 Speedster features the Heritage Design package, a styling program introduced by Porsche in 2019 that draws inspiration from historical Porsche vehicles between the 1950’s – 1980’s and uses styling materials like corduroy, the iconic Pepita pattern and tartans. 

The Last 2019 Porsche 911 Speedster 991 RM Sotheby's Auction for COVID-19 fund
The last chassis number of the current production 911 Speedster. Credit: Porsche

Hosted by Porsche Cars North America and RM Sotheby’s the auction will be held entirely online with bidding opening from 11:00 am EDT Wednesday 15 April and closing at 1:00 pm EDT Wednesday 22 April, with the 911 Speedster going to the highest eligible bidder.

The winning bidder will also receive the following as part of the package:

  • A special handover event in the USA hosted by Klaus Zellmer, President and CEO of Porsche Cars North America
  • A personal behind-the-scenes tour of the Porsche AG Weissach Development headquarters in Weissach, Germany for the winning bidder and a guest that includes a lap on the test track and a 1:1 meeting with Dr. Frank-Steffen Walliser (head of the 911 projects) and Andreas Preuninger (head of the GT model lines).
  • An exclusive hand-made book that features photographs of the assembly and completion of the last 991 on the production line along with photographs and sketches from the Speedster design team.
  • A limited-edition Porsche 911 Speedster Heritage Design Chronograph watch designed exclusively for 911 Speedster clients. This one in particular features a strap made from the same cognac leather as 911 Speedster being auctioned and will also include the chassis number on the design, making it even more unique. 
Limited Edition Porsche Design 911 Speedster Heritage Chronograph. Credit: Porsche Design
Limited Edition Porsche Design 911 Speedster Heritage Chronograph. Credit: Porsche Design

United Way Worldwide will be the beneficiary of the auction, with funds being donated to its COVID-19 Fund in the U.S. 

Speaking on the impact of the auction Klaus Zellmer, President and CEO of Porsche Cars North America shared, “We are all profoundly affected by the current situation and the immediate impact it’s having on those most at risk in our communities. United Way continues to step up to the plate and their response to this crisis has been quite impressive. So we are proud to do our part. I also appreciate the swift support of RM Sotheby’s to make this possible and I am hopeful that the sale of a very special Porsche will help in a small way.”

For more information and to register as a bidder for the auction visit: https://rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/0020

To learn more about the United Way COVID-19 Fund visit: https://secure.unitedway.org/j/step/covid19-donate

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Jaguar to Re-Release Special Classic Edition to Celebrate 60 Years of the E-Type

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Jaguar will release six restored and matched pairs of the iconic E-Type to celebrate the sports car’s 60th anniversary, known as the “E-Type 60 Collection”.
Jaguar Classic E-Type 60 Collection Edition 9600 HP and 77 RW
The Jaguar E-Type 60 Collection Pair in “Flat Out Grey” and “Drop Everything” Green. Credit: JDHT

It’s almost been 60 years since Jaguar launched the iconic Jaguar E-Type. To celebrate the anniversary that occurs in March 2021, Jaguar is releasing six special matched pairs of two of the oldest and most famous E-Types: The “9600HP and “77 RW”.

These two specific cars played a pivotal role in the original unveiling of the car at its world debut in Geneva, Switzerland, in March 1961.

Jaguar Classic E-Type 60 Collection 1961 Geneva William Lyons 9600HP
Jaguar founder Sir William Lyons presenting the E-type ’9600HP’ to media in Geneva, March 1961. Credit: JDHT

The “9600 HP” E-Type Coupe was an Opalescent Gunmetal Grey colored 3.8-liter Fixed-Head Coupe and one of the first two models to be revealed to an invite-only event at the Parc des Eaux Vives. To make it to the launch, public relations manager Bob Berry drove it “flat out” from Coventry to Switzerland the night before the launch and managed to make it with only minutes to spare in time for demonstration drives.

Jaguar Classic E-Type 60 Collection 1961 Geneva William Lyons
9600HP’ with Jaguar founder Sir William Lyons at the E-type launch, Parc des Eaux Vives, Geneva, 1961. Credit: JDHT

Due to the overwhelming response and demand for test drives, Jaguar Test and Development Engineer Norman Dewis was told to “drop everything” and join Bob in Geneva. It was the British Green 3.8 liter “77 RW” roadster that he drove overnight to Geneva to complete the media road test drives.

Jaguar Classic E-Type 60 Collection 1961 Geneva Norman Dewis
Jaguar test and development engineer Norman Lewis driving the “77 RW”. Credit: JDHT

Once described by Enzo Ferrari as “the most beautiful car ever made,” the sleek, long lines and rounded curves of the E-Type were appealing to a wide range of customers and with an impressive top speed of 150mph saw over 70,000 racing off the factory floor over its 13 year production period.

“The Jaguar E-type is a genuine icon, as sensational today as the moment it was unveiled in 1961,” shared Dan Pink, Director of Jaguar Classic. “It’s testament to the E-type’s advanced design and engineering that it can still be enjoyed and admired as passionately almost 60 years on. The E-type 60 Collection is a lasting tribute for E-type admirers, honouring the car’s legacy and the achievements of the team that created it – many of whom have descendants working for Jaguar Classic today, expertly restoring, maintaining and future-proofing enjoyment for generations to come.”

Like the first two models shown in 1961, the six matched pairs of E-Type 60 Collection will feature a coupe and a roadster in commemorative detailing and two exclusive paint colors: “Flat Out Grey” for the “9600 HP” coupe and “Drop Everything Green” for the 77 RW roadster.

Jaguar Classic E-Type 60 Collection 1961 Geneva Jacques DeClippel
Belgian Jaguar importer Jacques DeClippel with the original Jaguar E-Type Roadster “77 RW”. Credit: JDHT

Every E-type 60 Collection edition built by the team at Jaguar’s Classic Works facility in Warwickshire will be an existing 1960s 3.8-litre E-type fully-restored to exclusive 60th anniversary tribute specification.

Orders are currently being taken and pricing available through Jaguar Classic directly.

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Bentley Bentayga Speed SUV Is the Ultimate Performance Edition

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Bentley reveals the new Bentayga Speed model – the ultimate performance edition of the brands popular SUV.
2021 Bentley Bentayga Speed Driving Front Side View
The new 2021 Bentley Bentayga Speed. Credit: Bentley Motors

Bentley has announced a new “Speed” version of the Bentayga SUV, building on Bentley’s tradition of Speed models dating back to 2007 with the Continental GT Speed.

The most luxurious version of the Bentayga Speed to date, the new Speed version tweaks the 6.0-liter W12 engine to deliver maximum performance and includes many luxury extras as standard, including the Mulliner Driving Specification.

2021 Bentley Bentayga Speed Driving Side View
Available with Bentley’s Black Specification. Credit: Bentley Motors

Hand-built at Crewe, the new Bentayga Speed increases the Bentayga’s performance to new levels, utilizing the 6.0-liter W12 twin-turbocharged engine to achieve a top speed of 190mph (306km/h) and deliver peak power of 635 PS (626 bhp).

Effortless acceleration is always guaranteed thanks to 900 Nm (664 lb.ft) of torque, available as a plateau from 1,500 rpm to 5,000 rpm while the Bentayga Speed’s 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) sprint is delivered in 3.9 seconds.

2021 Bentley Bentayga Speed Rear Side View
2021 Bentley Bentayga Speed Rear Left View
Updated elliptical rear lights. Credit: Bentley Motors

“The new Bentayga has already raised the benchmark for luxury SUVs, against which all others are measured. Ahead of the launch of the new Bentayga Hybrid – the world’s only definitive luxury hybrid – in the coming months, it’s important that we still recognize the customer desire for absolute performance” shared Adrian Hallmark, Bentley Motors Chairman and Chief Executive. “The new Bentayga Speed remains the fastest SUV in the world, but more than that, it’s also the most luxurious version of the new Bentayga – the best of both worlds, the pinnacle.”

The Bentayga’s appearance has also had a few additions in the form of darkly tinted accents, a new front and rear bumper, and oval-shaped quad exhausts. If that’s not enough, there’s the option to upgrade to Bentley’s Black Specification featuring gloss black or carbon-fiber exterior chrome work and black 22” Bentayga Speed wheels.

2021 Bentley Bentayga Speed Wheel
22″ Bentley Bentayga Speed rims. Credit: Bentley Motors
2021 Bentley Bentayga Speed Name Badge
Speed badging on the new Bentayga Speed. Credit: Bentley Motors

The new interior of the Bentley Bentayga Speed also sees Alcantara introduced to the cabin and the Mulliner Driving Spec diamond quilting and “Speed” embroidery across the seats and wall panels.

The new Bentayga Speed now also has a fully digital driver’s information panel similar to the Continental GT and new Flying Spur. The display brings a contemporary look to the cockpit and can be customized to the driver’s requirements.

2021 Bentley Bentayga Speed Interior
Alcantara leather and Mulliner Driving Specification stitching come standard. Credit: Bentley Motors
2021 Bentley Bentayga Speed Steering Wheel

Exact release dates of the 2021 Bentley Bentayga Speed and final pricing are yet to be revealed but are expected to be upwards of USD$240,0,000.

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Maserati’s New Trofeo Collection Have Been Given Ferrari Built V8 Engines

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Maserati has announced both the Ghibli and Quattroporte Trofeo models will be given sporty Trofeo upgrades and powered by Ferrari built V8 engines.
Maserati Trofeo Ghibli Levante & Quattroporte Trio
The new Maserati Trofeo Collection. Credit: Maserati

Beginning in 2018 with the sporty Levante Trofeo SUV, Maserati has now announced the Ghibli and Quattroporte will also receive a super-sports upgrade and be made available in Trofeo versions – the top of Maserati’s range.

Powered by a 580 horsepower 3.8 V8 Twin Turbo engine, both the Ghibli Trofeo and Quattroporte Trofeo have a top speed of 326 kilometers an hour and take the title of Maserati’s faster sedans ever. In contrast, the Levante Trofeo’s maximum speed is 302 km/h.

Maserati Ghibli Trofeo 2021 Side View
2021 Maserati Ghibli Trofeo will launch in red. Credit: Maserati
Maserati Ghibli Trofeo 2021 Side Right View
Maserati Ghibli Trofeo 2021 Interior

The engine, which is already in the Levante Trofeo, is built at the Ferrari plant at Maranello to Maserati’s specifications, and has been modified and developed to deliver equally impressive performances on the rear-engine sedans.

Although entirely new for Ghibli, the V8 engine has already been used in the past on Quattroporte GTS as the 530 hp version and today is available in the 580 hp V8 engine in the new Ghibli, Quattroporte and Levante Trofeo.

2021 Maserati Ferrari V8 engine
580hp V8 engine built in Maranello at the Ferrari plant. Credit: Maserati

The Ghibli Trofeo has also been given two extra air vents on the hood of the car while the lateral air vents are bordered in red with the distinctive Trofeo badge and features a new front grille finished in Black Piano.

2021 Maserati Quattroporte Trofeo Side View
The 2021 Maserati Quattroporte Trofeo sedan will launch in green. Credit: Maserati
2021 Maserati Quattroporte Trofeo Front Right View

The Trofeo details continue into the interior, with a new on-board panel that displays an exclusive interface at switch-on, and headrests that bear the Trofeo badge with the name in three-dimensional embroidery. Both Trofeo models also feature full-grain Pieno Fiore natural leather and carbon fiber inserts with the Italian flag embellished on the central pillar.

Like the Levante Trofeo, the new Ghibli and Quattroporte Trofeo incorporates the Integrated Vehicle Control (IVC) system, with a specific setup that guarantees enhanced driving dynamics and greater active safety.

2021 Maserati Levante Trofeo White Side Profile
2021 Maserati Levante Trofeo launching in white. Credit: Maserati

Both sedans feature a “Corsa” button that sets the car for an even sportier driving style. Also included is Launch Control, a function that first appeared on Levante Trofeo, to unleash all the engine’s power for the ultimate driving experience.

2021 Maserati Levante Trofeo White Rear View

For their official launch, the Quattroporte Trofeo model will be released in green, the Levante Trofeo in white and the Ghibli Trofeo in red to celebrate Maserati’s all-Italian heritage.

The new Ghibli and Quattroporte Trofeo will be built at the Avvocato Giovanni Agnelli Plant (AGAP) at Grugliasco (Turin), and Levante Trofeo at the Mirafiori (Turin) plant.

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