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$242,000 Mercedes-Maybach S 650 Night Edition will only be sold in the U.S.

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The Mercedes-Maybach S 650 is already one of the most luxurious cars you can buy. The new Night Edition model is one of the most exclusive.

Just 15 of the 2020 Mercedes-Maybach S 650 Night Edition models will be headed to the U.S. Each features a distinctive exterior hallmarked by carbon fiber and black elements. The car's Obsidian Black paint job is highlighted by carbon fiber trim on the front and rear, a carbon fiber rear spoiler, and shadow "smoked" 20" Maybach forged wheels. Night Edition badges adorn the front fenders.

2020 Mercedes-Maybach S 650 Night Edition

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It is powered by a 6.0-liter V12 biturbo engine that delivers 621 horsepower and 738 pound-feet of torque. It can get to 60 mph from a standstill in 4.6 seconds.

It has the company's Magic Body Control suspension that uses a camera to scan the road ahead and adjusts the proactively counteract the jostle of imperfections in the pavement.

Each model gets Night Edition leather floor mats and a trunk mat in black with porcelain edges. Night Edition badging features on the interior trim. The details are illuminated by 64-color ambient lightning.

It also comes equipped with the Maybach S 650's two executive rear seats with a 43-degree recline angle and power calf rests, front and rear seats with massage feature, a wood/leather steering wheel and leather covered door sills and seat consoles, and rear seat entertainment.

On the dashboard are two 12.3-inch high-resolution display screens, one in front of the driver and one centrally located to control the car's infotainment system. Mercedes has given the model a head up display, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a Burmester High-surround sound system.

The model is now arriving at showrooms in the U.S. priced at $242,950.

Earlier this year, the 2021 Mercedes-Maybach GLS 600 debuted. It's a super luxury take on the already plush GLS offering plenty of power, chrome, and high-tech interfaces.

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The Jeep Gladiator Rubicon is made to be trail-ready

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If you want to go off-roading but you’re apprehensive behind the wheel? Jeep is introducing the Jeep Adventure Academy, a program that provides hands-on, off-road driving instruction to Jeep 4x4 owners.

"Off-roading is a rite of passage for Jeep 4x4 owners and the new Jeep Adventure Academy will provide key knowledge every off-roader can use for hitting the trails," said Jim Morrison, Head of Jeep Brand, FCA - North America. "The new Jeep Adventure Academy underscores the Jeep brand's commitment to delivering Jeep 4x4 vehicles that provide owners with a sense of capability, safety and security to handle any condition or adventure with confidence."

2021 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk Jeep Trailhawk models are trail-tested ahead of their retail salePhoto courtesy of FCA US LLC

The Academy kicks off this October and will take place at select locations nationwide. Instructors from Jeep Jamboree USA will lead the program alongside off-roading experts.

Each Academy session will focus on several essential areas of off-roading instruction, including 4x4 system basics, driving techniques, trail etiquette, vehicle preparation and equipment, how to properly read terrain and challenging obstacles, safety tips and more.

The Jeep Adventure Academy will take place during the first three weeks in October at the following locations:

  • Holly Oaks Off-road Vehicle Park, Holly, Michigan: October 2-4
  • Southern Missouri Off-Road Ranch, Seymour, Missouri: October 9-11
  • Hollister Hills State Vehicular Recreation Area, Hollister, California: October 16-18

Registration is available at jeepadventureacademy.com. A one-day session starts at $99 and requires Jeep 4x4 vehicle ownership. The academy sessions will be led by professional staff from Jeep Jamboree USA, an organization that has been conducting off-road adventures since 1953.

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Famed puzzle maker Ravesburger has created a new Lamborghini-themed 3D puzzle.

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The Lamborghini Huracán EVO is the most successful V10-powered Lamborghini ever. Now, the supercar is getting the Ravensburger 3D puzzle treatment. The 3D jigsaw puzzle faithfully replicates the Huracán EVO V10 car in a 1:18 scale.

The puzzle is mounted to a replica chassis. Lamborghini fans will be able to pick out the car's signature Y-style front bumper and Y-shaped embedded in the headlights. It also has the hexagonal details of the traditionally sized Lambo and wears a Arancio Xanto orange paint job. The low-slug profile of the puzzle gives it volume though it measures just 26 cm in length.

Ravensburger Lamborghini Huracán EVO 3D puzzle

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Ravensburger is making the puzzle available with 32 high-quality feature accessories, such as the axles and four rotating wheels that faithfully replicate the Aesir rims found on the real car, along with front splitter and rear diffuser.

The puzzle contains 108 numbered pieces.

Ravesnburger recommends that the puzzle is best for adults and children ages 8 and older. It is sold in Europe for €34.99. In the U.S., a Lamborghini Huracán EVO goes for upwards of $208,000.

Earlier this year, Lamborghini bounced that it had pattered with Lego to create the Lego Technic Lamborghini Sián FKP 37Lamborghini Sián FKP 37. That model includes a V12 engine; a moveable rear spoiler; front and rear suspension; and steering powered by a wheel complete with the Automobili Lamborghini badge. There's also scissor doors, which open to reveal the intricately recreated cockpit, with a fully-functioning eight-speed sequential gearbox controlled by a movable paddle gearshift.

Lego also sells LEGO Technic versions of the 2020 Land Rover Defender and Nissan GT-R. Additionally, LEGO recently started selling a replica of Dom's Chargerfrom the "Fast & Furious" franchise. Additionally, a Ducati motorcycle model was recently sold by the company.

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