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Buick recently revealed the Wildcat EV concept. It is the embodiment of the brand’s vision towards its new design direction as it shifts towards an all-electric future.

The Wildcat was designed to embody the all-new design language that will be the basis for future Buick production models. Mounted prominently on the body front and rear, the new tri-shield logo of Buick is also a symbol of the design transformation. New production models will also be proudly displaying the logo starting next year.

Global Buick and GMC Design executive director Sharon Gauci shared, “The Wildcat EV concept represents the real design future for the brand. Buick has always been forward looking and this expression is a glimpse of where we’re going, and the optimism we have for the limitless possibilities of an electric future.”

A new and expressive front-end design for Buick was also introduced by the Wildcat EV, seen in the bold, forward-leaning front-end appearance that has a low-mounted, trapezoidal grille. On both sides of the vehicle are sharp, high-mounted and horizontal check mark-shaped lighting with the primary lighting in the outer edges of the grille. When the driver approaches, they created a unique welcome choreography using the lights.

The 2+2 coupe also has a powerful presence, with a new laid-back proportion matched by a low, wide stance. The windshield curves towards the sides and seamlessly flows into the side glass, dramatically tapering off towards the back with the fast roofline to highlight the aggressive profile of the coupe.

Global Buick Design director Bob Boniface commented, “From every angle, the vehicle looks like it’s ready to pounce. It’s the result of careful attention to the proportions and sculptural beauty derived from the intersection of forms, not lines.”

“The more you look at the Wildcat EV concept, the more the details reveal themselves. Its timeless proportions acknowledge the brand’s rich design legacy, while our latest technology moves you forward,” added Boniface.

Other exterior design highlights are:

Unique semi-swing doors for more comfortable entry and exitOne-of-a-kind aluminum trim that seems to seamlessly flow into the interior seat structuresMicro-LED lighting technology and thin-beam project lenses for the front lightingRoof’s sail panels have balde-style taillights with horizontal lamps styled like check marks that is similar to the front lighting design‘State of charge’ indicator which is visible through the exterior hatchback glassJet Age-inspired 18-spoke ‘turbine’ wheels
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Buick Wildcat EV concept passenger side profile.

The Perfect Mix of Modernity and Warmth

For the Wildcat EV concept’s interior, the cabin has an inviting and comforting inner glow, while integrating new technologies designed to give a more enjoyable riding experience.

Buick exterior and interior design manager Therese Pinazzo said, “It’s a space intended to strike an emotional chord. It is defined by simple, graceful forms that convey balance, harmony, and a feeling of warmth.”

The 2+2 configuration is delineated by a conspicuous console that starts at the base of the instrument panel and runs towards the rear seating area. It uses a unique graphic and color contrasts to visually create an illusion of floating elements to accentuate the lightweight feel and spaciousness of the cabin.

Buick also took into consideration the importance of color to convey the feeling of warmth and comfort in the interior. Legato Green flows through the cabin with brushed or polished aluminum trim as accents. Some elements in the interior, like the seat belts, were given a lively orange color to add a more distinct look.

Other interior elements are the cockpit inspired seats with cantilevered headrests and looks as if it is floating. There is also the lightweight, flat-bottom steering wheel.

For the technology integration and infotainment interaction, the instrument panel uses a touchscreen as the access point, with another screen on the console.

The Wildcat EV concept was created to be a platform for futuristic features like biometrics, artificial intelligence, and aromatherapy. With driving pleasure considered to be of utmost importance, even the littlest detail is added like when the vehicle detects a rise in driver’s heart rate, vehicle settings are automatically adjusted to calm

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By: Reggie
Title: Buick Unveils Wildcat EV Concept (With Gallery Pictures)
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/buick-unveils-wildcat-ev-concept-with-gallery-pictures/
Published Date: Thu, 09 Jun 2022 14:08:27 +0000

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Here comes trouble: A Triumph TR6 with a Matchless frame

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Kids are impressionable, especially when motorcycles are involved. That magical combination of sound, smell and danger has a way of imprinting itself on young minds. But Kyle Harvey didn’t just dream of bikes as a child—he practically grew up with them.

Kyle’s trade is tool and die making, but his passion is building bikes. His father, Garth Harvey, got Kyle and his brother into bikes at a young age; as soon as they could start their old man’s vintage motorcycles, they were riding them. Living in Edenvale in South Africa’s Gauteng province, the boys also had direct access to the local Classic Motorcycle Club.

 

The folks at the CMC made quite an impression on young Kyle—and taught him everything he knows about vintage bikes. After helping numerous friends work on their bikes, he went on to open his own shop, named simply ‘The Workshop.’ Kyle has been building and restoring classic motorcycles for over a decade now.

This cheeky bobber is his latest build, and it’s immensely fascinating. The engine’s from a Triumph TR6 Trophy, the frame is from a Matchless, and the quirky handmade details on it are endless.

Custom Triumph TR6 with Matchless frame

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By: Ben Pilatti
Title: Here comes trouble: A Triumph TR6 with a Matchless frame
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/custom-triumph-tr6-matchless-frame
Published Date: Wed, 21 Dec 2022 17:01:12 +0000

 

 

 

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The Swan Song of the V12

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The V12 engine holds a special place in the heart of many automotive and motorsports fans. For some, it’s the sound of Formula 1 through the years, especially during the 1990s. For others, it’s engines like the 6.1 L BMW S70/2 from the McLaren F1 or the 3.9L Lamborghini V12 that powered all their cars from the Miura through to the Diablo. No matter where it lies in your heart, it is the “proper” configuration for many: 6 cylinders per bank, put into a V, and firing in an odd sequence to give it that special roar under power.

Yet, as concerns over fuel efficiency, qualms about environmental impact, and high-powered turbocharged V8 or V6 engines are the norm now, the V12 is slowly, but surely, being put to rest. In fact, the only place that V12s are still hanging on by the last threads of their engine mounting bolts are in supercars, hypercars, and a few ultra-luxury cars. Even then, many exotic brands have announced that their next cars will either be V10s or turbo V8s and V6s.

Since it appears that the swan song of the V12 is reaching a crescendo, we thought it only appropriate to celebrate the few remaining cars out there that carry them. It may be the last time we see some of these brands, many of which are known for their V12s.

The Amazing Last V12 Production Versions from the Big Brands

Ferrari 812 Superfast

Ferrari 812 Superfast

Ferrari 812 Superfast. Image via Supercars.

The writing is on the wall for the prancing horse, as the new Ferrari 296 GTB is showing the direction that Maranello is headed. Yet, unless you were invited to snag one of the limited-edition Monza SP1 or SP2 cars, there is still one car you can buy from the legendary marque that has all 12 cylinders fully intact.

The 6.5L F140 GA V12

The 6.5L F140 GA V12
The 6.5L F140 GA V12. Image Via: Wikimedia Commons.

The 6.5L F140 GA 65-degree V12 in the front of the 812 is the last road-going version of the V12 that debuted in the Ferrari Enzo. Producing a monstrous 789 HP and 530 lbs-ft of torque, it is no slouch either, as when the 812 Superfast debuted, it was the most powerful naturally aspirated production car engine ever made.

It has the typical low-rev Ferrari roar that rises into a howl as the car revs up to nearly 9,000 RPM, and will catapult the 3,845 (1,744 kg) car to 60 MPH in 2.9 seconds. As far as a curtain call is concerned, that’s a great way to bow out and focus on hybrids and turbocharged engines.

Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC

2022 Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC

2022 Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC
cedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC. Image via Supercars.

Mercedes-Benz used to be at the very top of the V12 pecking order when it came to luxury performance cars. Such classics as the S 65 AMG from the mid-2000s and the 500 TE AMG W123 Touring from the very end of the 1970s came with big V12s that sound astounding, but the biggest and baddest of the Mercedes V12s left on in a production car is the M279 E60 LA that hauled the S65 AMGs of 2014.

M279 E60 LA Twin Turbo V12

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By: Simon Bertram
Title: The Swan Song of the V12
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/v12-swan-song/
Published Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2022 10:49:26 +0000

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Road Tested: Gear from Shoei, Akin Moto and Rev’It!

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In our continuing quest to source motorcycle gear that combines safety and style, we bring you our thoughts on Shoei’s new ECE 22.06-approved NXR2 helmet. Plus a stealthy riding parka from Akin Moto, and the perfect pair of urban riding gloves from Rev’It!.

Shoei NXR2 helmet It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Shoei’s helmets. Every Shoei I’ve owned has fit and felt right from the first wear, with no major deviations in their sizing or shape from model to model. So when I was looking for a do-it-all street helmet to replace my well-used Shoei RYD, the new NXR2 was a no-brainer… and it hasn’t disappointed.

I loved the RYD for its combination of neutral styling, comfort and ventilation. The NXR2 basically feels like a premium version of the RYD; it has the same clean aesthetic, but ramps up the performance. And it’s one of the few helmets that meet with Europe’s new, and more stringent, ECE 22.06 standard.

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By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Road Tested: Gear from Shoei, Akin Moto and Rev’It!
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/shoei-akin-moto-revit-review-44
Published Date: Sat, 30 Jul 2022 17:01:31 +0000

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