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>Which are the best luxury sports cars you should drive in 2021? We have compiled a list of our top picks to help you make the decision with ease.

Combining uncompromised engineering with a high degree of care for its discerning customers, luxury sports cars leave little to compromise. 

Some sports cars are bare-bones performance machines stripped of all but driving essentials, like the Ariel Atom, Caterham 7, or the Lotus Elise. Cars like Toyota’s GR Supra hold the middle ground but are still more on the comfortable side, whereas luxury sports cars are a whole different ball game.

Luxury does come in many forms. Some of it has to do with the luxury sports car brand’s strength, but in all honesty, it has more to do with comfort and ample use of high-quality materials and components.

Next, there’s also technology and all the little things that make every drive an indulgent experience. For some, it’s also the ability to personalize your car to the tiniest detail. Finally, when you add performance to each of these traits, what you’re getting is a superb luxury sports car, and these ten are among the best vehicles on the market in 2021.

1. Porsche 911 GT3 Touring

Let’s start with sports cars fundamentals embodied in the most iconic sports cars silhouette ever created. The venerable 911 is a luxury sports car staple, and the GT3 Touring is just a perfectly mixed cocktail of convenience, style, and performance. So, what makes the all-new 992-generation Porsche 911 GT3 Touring the ultimate luxury sports car?

Source: Porsche AG

First off, its naturally aspirated 502-horsepower 4.0-liter flat-six powerful engine revs up to 9,000 RPM, just like inside a regular GT3. Next, it’s packed inside a sleek wingless body, losing on downforce but winning big in style. There’s more, as Porsche offers it with a six-speed manual transmission as a no-cost option, provided that you don’t live in California where it’s available only with an 8-speed PDK. 

Finally, instead of Alcantara, the Touring features extensive leather upholstery with a strong emphasis on fulfilling custom orders. This unique blend of enthusiast-pleasing features makes the 911 GT3 the most versatile 911 on the market, hence the epitome of a luxury sports car.

2. Lexus LC 500

To many, Lexus’ design is hard to digest, especially its spindle grille reminiscent of a Predator jaw. But, there’s something highly respectable about the way Lexus executed the looks of the LC 500 coupé, sculpting what is perhaps the most dynamic grand tourer on the market. Contrasting the bold exterior, the interior of this sports coupé is elegant and restrained, typical of modern-day Lexus.

Source: Lexus

When it comes to character, the LC 500 is powered by a 471-horsepower 5.0-liter V8 powering the rear wheels through a 10-speed Direct-Shift automatic with magnesium paddle shifters.

The interior of this luxury car offers caramel or black leather upholstery with Alcantara headliner and door card inserts, or should one opt for the Sport package, firm-hugging seats wrapped in red leather and Alcantara.

This trim isn’t just a gimmick though, as the Lexus LC 500 also gets a Torsen limited-slip rear differential and Yamaha performance dampers and an optional carbon-fiber roof, transforming the grand tourer into a more capable front-engined V8 sports car.

3. BMW M4 Competition

We’re continuing the best luxury sports cars by sticking to the ‘controversial front end’ theme, but this time from BMW and its new sports coupé, the M4. Powered by a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged straight-six and with extensive options, the M4 Competition could be specified to be an all-out track monster or a highly capable luxurious car.

 BMW M4 Competition
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Moreover, suppose the standard palette of high impact colors isn’t enough. In that case, BMW Individual offers a host of exclusive shades, including five ‘frozen’ finishes, enabling prospective owners to stand out of the crowd even more. However, suppose the owner of this luxury vehicle is inclined towards sheer speed. In that case, the M Performance is there with forged wheels, coilover suspension, titanium exhaust, and many, many more.

4. Lamborghini Huracán STO

Up until the Gallardo, the

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By: Sports Car Digest
Title: The 10 Best Luxury Sports Cars for 2021
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/luxury-sports-cars/
Published Date: Tue, 22 Jun 2021 07:34:26 +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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Title: The Swan Song of the V12
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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!
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Published Date: Sat, 30 Jul 2022 17:01:31 +0000

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