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Alfa Romeo resurrects Giulia GTA as a two-seater with F1-enhanced styling

The car keeps most of the Alfa's most beloved characteristics and expands upon them.

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Nearly 110 years in, Alfa Romeo is still creating beautiful stallions that combine athleticism and elegance. To celebrate its 110th birthday, Alfa Romeo has unveiled the Giulia GTA, a model steeped in history and big on style.

GTA stands for "Gran Turismo Alleggerita". "Alleggerita" is an Italian term for lighthearted. The moniker can trace its roots back to 1965 when the Giulia Sprint GTA, a specific version derived from the Sprint GT, designed as a sports car and presented at the Amsterdam Motor Show.

2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA Designers have added a wing to the back of the Giulia GTA.Photo courtesy of FCA US LLC

That model featured a Giulia Sprint GT with its traditional body removed and replaced by an aluminum version, which saved 205 kg. The car also had its engine production upped from the 115-horsepower as it was originally tuned to 170 horsepower. That weight savings, combined with the power boost, helped the car win numerous racing championships.

Alfa Romeo is hoping similar success will follow with the Giulia GTA. The automaker has taken notes from the modifications of the 1965 model, reducing the weight and upping the aerodynamic design elements of the new Giulia GTA. Engineering solutions came directly from Formula 1 thanks to Alfa's partnership with Sauber Engineering and the use of the Sauber Aerokit.

Standard equipment on the new model includes: side skirts; a rear spoiler; active front slipper; titanium Akrapovič central exhaust system that is integrated into the carbon fiber rear diffuser; and 20-inch center lock wheels; a larger front splitter; a real carbon rear wing; and fresh springs, shock absorbers, and bushings for the suspension system. The car's track has been widened 50 mm.

2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA The cabin features the new features found I the 2020 Alfa Romeo Giulia.Photo courtesy of FCA US LLC

The car's 2.9-liter bi-turbo engine is made of aluminum and is capable of unleashing 550 horsepower in the new model. This is thanks to turning, with the engine being a carryover from the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifolgio. It can get to 62 mph from a standstill in 3.6 seconds.

Alfa Romeo's design team has given the car, which features the fresh changes made to the car for the 2020 model year, a number of enhancements including a 100-percent Alcantara dashboard, door panels, glove compartment, side pillars, and the central trim on the seats.

The new matte carbon inserts endow the interior with a distinctive technical and aesthetic elegance. In the new GTAm, the interior is unique in that it features a roll bar, no door panels or rear seats and the door is opened with a belt in place of the handle, another touch that comes from the racing world.

This model is a two-seater. The rear seating area becomes a upholstered "basin" that holds helmets and the fire extinguisher.

2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA This car was born ready to race, which is evident by the seatbelts.Photo courtesy of FCA US LLC

Due to the loss of the seat as well as other enhancements, the Giulia GTA has slimmed 100 kg from the original weight of the model.

The car will be sold in two variants. The Giulia GTAm is the two-seater configuration approved for on-road use, with front splitter and larger visible rear wing in carbon, the ultimate expression of sportiness. In the GTA version, with the same power, Giulia offers four seats, no rear roll-bar; spoiler and splitter optimized for daily use on the road; the same door panels, seats and windows as those of the Giulia Quadrifoglio.

Alfa Romeo will sell just 500 versions of this new car. Tthe new owners will also receive a personalized experience package kit, which includes a Bell helmet in special GTA livery, a full racing set by Alpinestars (race suit, gloves and shoes), and a personalized Goodwool car cover for protecting his or her GTA or GTAm. Additionally, the Alfa Romeo customer experience also includes a specific driving course devised by the Alfa Romeo Driving Academy.

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The 2022 Honda Civic Sedan will be made in Canada.

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The 11th-generation Honda Civic has arrived, bringing with it a toned down exterior appearance compared to the 10th-generation model, but a funkier interior. The Civic has been the top choice for first-time American buyers, Millennials, Gen Z, and multicultural customers since 2015.

With the new Civic, designers wished to give the car a more planted appearance. This was achieved by moving the A-pillars forward nearly two inches, elongating the hood, and visually connecting the pillar to the front wheel hub. The low cowl hides the windshield wipers allowing better forward visibility. Additionally, the outside mirrors have been positioned away from the windshield pillars.

2022 Honda Civic Sedan Sport

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Honda's team has also widened the track of the car, emphasizing the new dimensions with stronger shoulders, wide-set LED taillights, and a more aerodynamic trailing edge of the trunk lid. Headlights, daytime running lights, parking lights, and available fog lights all utilize LED lights.

Suspension improvements, a 1.4-inch longer wheelbase, and lessened noise, vibration, and harshness contribute to the Civic's better ride generation-over-generation and more dynamic drive capabilities.

Honda plans to sell the Civic Sedan in eight paint jobs, including three new ones: Meteorite Gray Metallic, Sonic Gray Pearl, and Morning Mist Blue Metallic.

Honda will sell the new Civic with the same powertrains that were in the 2021 model: a 2.0-liter four-cylinder and a 1.5-liter turbo-four. Both are paired with a continuously variable transmission. Though they are the same engine, Honda tells that power deliver, engine sound, overall refinement, and fuel economy ratings have been improved. The 1.5-liter has also gotten a power boost.

Normal and Eco drive modes are standard. A Sport mode is available in some models.

The best fuel economy comes from the Civic EX, which gets an EPA-estimated 33 mpg in the city, 42 mpg on the highway, and 36 mpg combined.

The car's changeover includes design and technology refreshes and additions in the interior as well. The car's instrument panel has been designed with minimal cutlines to improve windshield reflections and visual distractions. There's new honeycomb mesh stretched from door to door across the dashboard that encompasses air vents under one harmonious look.

Product planners have paid special attention to the touch points of the new Civic, ensuring that high-quality and practical materials abound. For example, there's new premium center console trim specifically designed to hide fingerprints and smudges to help maintain a high-end appearance.

2022 Hodna Civic Sedan Touring

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Honda has enhanced the car's front seat design, introducing next-gen seat framing that firmly holds the body in place, enhancing comfort on long trips.

Much of the Civic's technology is similar to what you'll find in the 2021 Honda Accord. Civic LX, Sport, and EX grades get a seven-inch LCD instrument display that puts the all-digital speedometer and tachometer on the left side of the panel while the physical speedometer dial is on the right.

In the top-level Touring trim, Civic gets a fully digital instrument panel that measures 10.2 inches. Here, drivers can choose between having their speedometer and tachometer displayed as a dial or a bar graph that flanks the screen. In the middle is a variety of user-selectable information, such as the current music selection and a trip computer, with the center of the display used to indicate the status of various Honda Sensing safety and driver assist systems. The brake lights, headlights, and turn signals of the displayed Civic vehicle image turn on and off with those functions.

Civic LX, Sport, and EX get a standard seven-inch infotainment touch screen that comes complete with ta volume/power knob and tuning/selection knob. There's a row of hard buttons below the screen that perform skip, audio menu, and audio source functions. Civic Touring gets a nine-inch infotainment touch screen with similar buttons and knobs.

Honda has included a slight finger rest area below the screen to make selection easier. Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard. Civic Touring comes standard with wireless charging capability and a custom-tuned, 12-speaker Bose audio system.

The 2022 Civic will be the first car in the world to have Honda's next-generation airbags for both front row passengers. The passenger airbag is designed to expand and wrap around the head and shoulders of the parties for a brief moment upon impact disallowing spinning and twisting of the neck, head, and shoulders, and lessening the impact of knocks to the upper body. The donut-shaped driver's airbag performs a similar function.

The automaker's upgraded suite of Honda Sensing active safety and driver assist technologies now uses a single camera system that provides a wider field of view than the previous radar-and-camera-based system. More powerful computer processing speeds and fresh obstacle and road sign detection abilities make the system more accurate and quicker to respond than before.

Honda Sensing also has added traffic jam assist functionality and more natural steering action when using lane keep assist. Low speed braking control has been added for 2022.

The 11th-generation will be produced in Alliston, Ontario, Canada, and for the first time, the Civic Hatchback will be manufactured in the U.S., at the company's Greensburg, Indiana plant. All Civic production in North American will use domestic and globally-sourced parts.

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This one-off Rolls-Royce Phantom is the result of a partnership with Hermès.

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A new, bespoke Rolls-Royce Phantom is the result of a partnership between the super luxury automaker and Hermès, a French luxury goods company. The Phantom Oribe was designed and handcrafted by bespoke specialists at both houses after being commissioned by Japanese entrepreneur, art collector and supercar enthusiast Yusaku Maezawa.

The exterior of the car was designed to match the green and cream glazes of antique Japanese Oribe ware, something Maezawa is a prominent collector of. The upper part of the saloon is finished in Oribe Green, a bespoke color created exclusively for this client over the course of many months by specialists in the Surface Finish Center at Goodwood, the home of Rolls-Royce. In an uncharcacteristic twist, the paint formulation will be made available for use on the client's private jet.

The lower section of the car is cream colored.

Rolls-Royce Phantom Oribe design process

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The interior of the Phantom is designed to seamlessly meet the exterior as colorways and textures blend to create a unique and intimate riding experience.​ The cabin of the vehicle is finished predominantly in Hermès Enea Green leather, extending from the steering wheel to the duchess handles, gear selector, and rotary controls. Further, it covers the upper instrument panel, interior pillars, and parcel shelf.

The car's glove compartment, luggage compartment lining, center console, and decanter stowage compartment have also been constructed using the material. The glove compartment lid is embossed with the signature Habillé par Hermès Paris.

Delicate Hermès piping adorns the headrest cushions and calf supports of the rear seats, while soft Seashell White accents and matching lambswool floor mats complete the look.

Hermès created all the leather upholstery using stitching and edge-painting techniques originally employed by master saddlers.

Rolls-Royce Phantom Oribe

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The interior also features wooden speaker frets that have been created by perforating open pore Royal Walnut, which also features on the center and rear console and picnic table backs. The Hermès 'Toile H' finds a home on canvas on the door armrests, centre and rear consoles and headliner.

The Phantom's Gallery wears unique artwork that Hermès commissioned that is based on the work of celebrated French artist and illustrator Pierre Péron. The work has been handprinted on the wood and is presented behind a wall of glass.

"This unique Phantom is a fusion of East and West, ancient and modern, serenity and exhilaration. It was a great creative and cultural exchange working with Hermès; we learned a great deal from each other. It is always a pleasure when a client brings us a bold, clear and imaginative vision, and a great thrill to see it realized so perfectly," said Michael Bryden, Lead Designer, Rolls-Royce Bespoke Collective.

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