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2020 Audi SQ8 will set you back at least $89,000 and give you access to 500 hp, animated headlights

The 2020 Audi SQ8 is not the automaker's top expression of SUV sport refinement (that's the RS Q8), but its darn close. The two-row SUV capitalizes on the technology and engaging drive the SUV offered in the Q8 model, and gives it the power boost the model was so desperately needing.

If you find yourself needing a new SQ8, you'll want to be prepared for the high price tag. It starts at $89,000 and has a top-tier model starting price of $94,500. Those prices exclude a $995 delivery fee that applies to all SQ8s.

The SUV is powered by a robust 4.0-liter V8 that generates up to 500 horsepower and 568 pound-feet of torque. All-wheel drive is standard. Torque-vectoring all-wheel drive is offered as part of the Sport Package.

The exterior and interior of the model feature S model design elements include badging and blacked out trim. The model has Audi's signature Singleframe grille as well as frameless doors. There are pronounced wheel arches and an inclined C-pillars. At the back are a diffuser and quad exhaust outlets.

The SQ8 comes standard with LED headlights, LED taillights, and dynamic turn signals. Buyers can upgrade to HD Matrix-design LED headlights with full LED taillights. When equipped with the available HD-Matrix design headlights, fast-moving light animations play in the headlights and taillights when the vehicle is locked and unlocked.

Audi has equipped the model with standard 21-inch 10-V-spoke S-design wheels with all-seasonn tires.

It's available with a Sport Package, which ups the ante with active roll stabilization, an all-wheel drive sport differential, and red brake calipers.

Opting for the Black-Optic Package gives the car 22-inch Audi Sport 5-V-spoke anthracite wheels with all season tires, and black exterior accents that complement the mirror caps, roof rails and Singleframe grille.

The long list of standard features includes: two touch screens in the center stack (a 10.1-inch and an 8.4-inch) to control comfort and convenience features; perforated, heated and ventilated Valcona leather S sport seats with diamond stitching; Aluminum Spectrum interior trim; quad-zone automatic climate control, a Wi-Fi hot spot; wireless Apple CarPlay; wireless Android Auto; internet music streaming; a panoramic sunroof; wireless charging; a Bang & Olufsen Premium 3D audio system; .and 12.3-inch driver information display.

A 19-speaker sound system and head up display are available.

It's a five-seater that has available leather, massaging front seats functions; heated rear seats; additional interior leather color options including black, Rotor Gray and Arras Red; and the added choice of Gray Oak high-gloss wood or Carbon Vector interior trim.

The SQ8 has standard seating for five passengers. The rear seats feature 40/20/40 spit functionality.

Audi has equipped the model with the latest standard and available technology including adaptive cruise control, Audi pre sense, an overhead camera with 360-degree view and pedestrian and cyclist detection, cross traffic alert with braking, turn warning with assist, traffic sign recognition, blind spot monitoring, rear crash alert and assist, and safe exit warning.

The 2020 Audi SQ will arrive at dealerships this spring.

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The headphones and earphones carry many of the same signature style elements as Lamborghini vehicles.

Photo courtesy of Automobili Lamborghini

New York-based premium audio brand Master & Dynamic has partnered with Automobili Lamborghini to create a range of co-branded headphones and earphones. The collection incorporates design elements inspired by the iconic Italian super sports car company's vehicle range, which includes the Huracán, Urus, and Aventador.

The inaugural collection consists of the MW65 Active Noise-Cancelling Wireless Headphones and MW07 PLUS True Wireless Earphones that are available in three colorways. The headphones are available in silver metal/light grey/yellow Alcantara; black metal black/yellow Alcantara; and black metal/black/grey Alcantara. Alcantara is widely used in sports cars. The signature Lamborghini "Y" motif appears on all models.

Lamborghini x Master & Dynamic

Photo courtesy of Automobili Lamborghini

"Sound resonates with Lamborghini: the peerless music of a Lamborghini aspirated engine has a highly sensory and emotive appeal," said Katia Bassi, Chief Marketing & Communication Officer of Automobili Lamborghini. "The combination of design sophistication and technology in delivering a purity of sound is a talent shared by Lamborghini and Master & Dynamic."

The MW65 Active Noise-Cancelling Wireless Over-Ear Headphones offer two modes of ANC so users can tailor their sound to their environment, and feature up to 24 hours of battery life and Bluetooth 5.0 with a 30m/100ft connection. The MW07 PLUS True Wireless Earphone features 10mm Beryllium drivers and a stainless steel charging case providing 40 hours total battery life.

Jonathan Levine, Founder and CEO of Master & Dynamic said, "As a young boy obsessed with cars, I remember being mesmerized the first time I saw a Miura. That feeling and excitement is still with me today whenever I see a Lamborghini. To create something that initiates such a visceral response has always been my intention at Master & Dynamic."

The Master & Dynamic for Automobili Lamborghini collection is available at lamborghinistore.com, MasterDynamic.com, MasterDynamic.co.uk, and MasterDynamic.eu now.

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The McLaren Senna GTR is ready for the track but the LEGO Technic version is ready for your office shelf.

Photo courtesy of LEGO

The latest model to join the LEGO Technic family is a track-ready take one of the most beloved supercars of all time. The LEGO Technic McLaren Senna GTR is extreme, just like its real life namesake. The model is the first McLaren to get the Technic treatment.

It's an 830-piece model is designed for builders ages 10 and above. Its real life version was designed for track enthusiasts. The Senna GTR takes the athleticism of the Senna supercar a step further with a vehicle, "designed to deliver the most extreme, raw and engaging driving experience possible," according to the super luxury automaker. They call the vehicle "mind-bendingly fast", which makes it a perfect fit for a track day.

LEGO Technic McLaren Senna GTR The box will reach shelves in January.Photo courtesy of LEGO

The beating heart of the McLaren Senna GTR is a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 engine that achieves approximately 813 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque. Its carbon fiber body weighs just 2619 pounds and rides on a motorsports chassis.

The total engineering package is designed to deliver a raw racing experience. It's beyond engaging. The well-engineered wing helps you ride the line between control and out of control and, quite possibly, life and death.

LEGO hasn't pushed its model to that extreme, but many of its parts hold true to the spirit of the car. It features a V8 with moving pistons, an aerodynamic body style, dihedral doors, and a one-of-a-kind blue livery. The model is 12 inches long when completed.

"The team responsible for the design of the McLaren Senna GTR worked incredibly closely with their design counterparts at the LEGO Group to capture the extreme looks, excitement and essence of such an incredible supercar for LEGO Technic builders," said Robert Melville, Design Director McLaren Automotive. "Just like the real thing, the LEGO model is packed full of incredible details from the rear spoiler to the moving pistons in the V8 engine to the dihedral doors meaning that we're as proud of the model as we are of the real car."

LEGO Technic McLaren Senna GTR The model features dihedral doors.Photo courtesy of LEGO

The LEGO Technic McLaren Senna GTR will be launched globally from January 1, 2021 from LEGO.com, LEGO stores and other retailers globally, and participating McLaren retailers, with a recommended retailer price of $49,99.

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